Big V Review – Round 2
DIVISION 1 MEN
V’s WESTERN PORT STEELERS
A slow start and a 26 to 39 opening term for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men proved costly in the run home on Saturday night, allowing the Steelers to record an 8 point win.
As suggested in our Previews on Saturday, Western Port rely heavily on the scoring power of their import Dylan Travis and unfortunately for the Supercats, that was the difference in the end.
Travis finished the night with a massive 36 points for the game at a clip of 50% from the field to be the dominant player of the game. He was also deadly from the stripe converting 14 of 17 from his trips to the free throw line.
With Travis on fire and the Supercats trying hard to ‘put him out’, it allowed some of the lesser lights of Western Port to grab thier chances too, with Matthew Turner (22) Bevan Camilleri (17) and Chris Taylor (12) adding to the offensive pressure.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Supercats as they fought hard to only be down by 1 point at the half and to be level at three quarter time, however, in the last, the Steelers were able to steady with a 28 to 20 run to the finishing line.
Lewie Varley (30) was best for Geelong, with another good showing by quickly improving big man Jacob Pupavac (15) and Lewis Beks showing a bit more of what he is capable of with 13 points including 3 of 5 from downtown. Captain, Emerson Varley also chipping in with 13 for the match to make it a good scoring spread.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 99 (Lewie Varley 30 Jacob Pupavac 15, Lewis Beks 13, Emerson Varley 13)
WESTERN PORT STEELERS: 107 (Dylan Travis 36, Matthew Turner 22, Bevan Camilleri 17)
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v HAWTHORN MAGIC
It’s fair to say that it’s been a challenging start to 2018 for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women. Firstly losing in overtime in week 1, only to go down by the smallest of margins to the Hawthorn Magic on Sunday.
There had been rumours circulating all week that former SEABL Supercat Rohanee Cox was going to be suiting up for the Magic this season and when the team lists came in, Cox’s name was there.
In a reasonably low scoring affair, baskets were hard to come by with both teams shooting at less than 30% for the match.
For the Supercats, Raini Matthews led the scoring with 11 points, whilst talented youngster Olivia Virt was the only other Geelong player to make double figures on the score sheet with 10.
The battle on the glass was a close call, particularly with the presence of Cox, the Magic only just came out on top with 45 boards to the Supercats 42
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 52 (Raini Matthews 11, Olivia Virt 10)
HAWTHORN MAGIC: 92 (Rohanee Cox 17, Lily Davies 13, Brigitte O’Neill 11)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v COBURG GIANTS
In a very enterntaining game on Saturday night at our new Big V Home, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, Darren Hindle record his first win for Geelong as our Youth League 1 Men defeated Coburg by just 2 points.
It was a very even contest all night with both teams playing a quick transition game for most of the match.
As expected, Daniel Butera was the key for the Giants, contributing 23 points to his team’s cause, with good support from Rory Killen (15) and Jarryd Reid (14).
For Geelong, Joshua Hindle and Josiah King were the key playmakers and exerted their influence on the game for most of the night and they got good support from the reliable Max Kos.
There was also good signs for dangerous perimeter shooter Jack Dunstan who drained 4 of 5 from outside the arc for the game, to be a good contributor to the Supercats victory.
Due to the fast pace of the contest, there were plenty of turnovers, with both sides recording 20 each for the match.
This was an important win for Geelong, showing they have the poise and ability to close out a tight contest, which was something they struggled to master in 2017.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 85 (Joshua Hindle 16, Josiah King 16 Max Kos 11)
COBURG GIANTS: 83 (Daniel Butera 23, Rory Killen 15, Jarryd Reid 14)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v KEILOR THUNDER
Well it wasn’t quite the christening of the new AWA Alliance Bank Stadium we were hoping for as the Thunder rained on our parade.
It was a horror first quarter and a half for the Supercats, with close to a 30 point deficit before something was stirred and they set about reeling in the Thunder lead.
‘Cyclone’ Carly Saunders began to impact for her side at both ends of the court to become a key to a potential Supercats victory and got good support from Olivia Willie and Chelsea Shields-Harris to play Geelong back into the contest heading into the last term.
Unfortunately for the Supercats, the size of the fightback caused a loss of petrol tickets heading down the stretch and the Thunder were able to pull away in the last to go on and record an 18 point victory.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 58 (Carly Sanders 23, Olivia Willie 12)
KEILOR THUNDER: 76 (Amelia Velardo 21, Katie Byrne 15, Zoe Garth 11)
BIG V PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
This weeks POTW is Lewie Varley from the Division 1 Mens side who bagged 30 points, 5 boards and 3 assists on Saturday night against Western Port.
NEXT WEEK – EASTER BYE