Big V Review – Round 8
DIVISION 1 MEN
V’s Sunbury Jets
The Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men made a welcome return to the winners podium on Sunday, defeating the Sunbury Jets in a close and entertaining contest at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium.
Jacob Pupavac dominated the paint early to give the Supercats a real advantage inside however, the Jets got themselves going midway through the term to establish an early break of five points at the end of the first.
By half time, the Supercats had reduced the Jets lead to just 1 point and setting the game up for a big second half with neither side giving the other anything easy.
At the start of the third, the Supercats went back to what had worked for them in the first term as Pupavac got the first couple for his side and then Lewie Varley began to exert some influence on the game as did Marko Vekic who was wearing Jets import Jon Alexander like a glove.
Alexander did pull the highlight of the term though with a big dunk much to his excitement.
Having found the lead at the end of the third term, the Supercats were still not guaranteed a win as the Jets were still right in the contest.
In the last, Geelong stertched the lead to 10 points by the midway point of the term before Jets big man Arthur Trousdell got on a bit of a roll and got his team back to 5 points with about 70 seconds left in the match.
From that point, scoring dried up for both teams and no further scores could be achieved as the Supercats were able to hold on for the win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 77 (Lewie Varley 23, Jacob Pupavac 21, Kyle Meyer 10)
SUNBURY JETS: 72 (Arthur Trousdell 21, Jon Alexander 20, Jacob Formosa 10)
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Whittlesea Pacers
Also returning to the winners list was our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women as they defeated the Whittlesea Pacers.
In an extremely physical contest, neither side were prepared to give the other an inch and that showed in the final result being just 5 points in the Supercats favour.
Caitlin Shadbolt had the ball on a string in the first term, scoring 9 points of her own by the half way mark of the term and with Bree Matthews had the Supercats out to a 10 point lead and looking like they were in total control of the opposition.
However, the experienced scorers for the Pacers in DiNunzio and Lambrou decided to step up and force their side into the contest by quarter time.
From that point on, scoring was tough for both sides as close physical checking made any flow in the game quite difficult.
In a tense final quarter, the game was squared up by L T Poa for the Pacers with just on three minutes left in the contest and the game tightened even more.
A Shadbolt 2 gave the Supercats a gap on their opponents before Georgia Varley took the game by the scruff of the neck, connecting three times from outside the arc to lead her team to victory.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 75 (Caitlin Shadbolt 26, Georgia Varley 21, Bree Matthews 10)
WHITTLESEA PACERS: 70 (Elyse Lambrou 18, L T Poa 14, Giulia DiNunzio 10)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Warrandyte Venom
The Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men are on a five game winning streak right now after defeating the Warrandyte Venom at their place on Sunday.
Once again it was a dominant third term that did it for the Supercats outscoring their opposition 23 to 11 after trailing by 6 points at half time.
Holding a 6 point lead at the last break, the Supercats were challenged by their hosts who threatened to bring the Supercats winning run to a close.
However, Tom Georgiadis announced his arrival, draining 10 points including a couple from outside the arc to lead his team to another win in his best performance of the season finishing with 17 points and 10 boards for the game.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 91 (Josiah King 18, Tom Georgiadis 17,Wang Nyieth 15)
WARRANDYTE VENOM: 83 (Jarrod Molnar 35, Cody Perry-Allamby 29)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Keilor Thunder
A big thud back to Earth for the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women as they fell to the Keilor Thunder at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Having won their last four games, the Supercats would have gone into the game with the confidence that they could overturn the result when these teams last met, where the Thunder accounted for the Supercats by 18 points.
However, it wasn’t to be as the Supercats were dominated by the classy Thunder outfit, showing clearly why they are the best team in the Competition so far this season.
Even if the Supercats weren’t to win this one, it would have been expected that following their recent good form the gap between the two teams may have closed but in the wash up, this time the margin was stretched out to 28 points at the close.
It was an all too familar tale for Coach Tim Sanderson, with Carly Sanders the only player to give any resistance and that could manage double figures for the match.
Apart from Sanders’ 26 points, the cupboard was bare for the Supercats. This has been the achilles heel of this side on occasions and is a problem that looked to have resolved itself in recent weeks with multiple contributors.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 57 (Carly Sanders 26)
KEILOR THUNDER: 85 (Zoe Garth 17, Katie Byrne 16, Amelia Velardo 13)
Big V Player of the Week
Stay tuned for this weeks winner, which will be announced at midday today.