Big V Review – Round 9
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Chelsea Gulls (Saturday)
v Collingwood All Stars (Sunday)
A horror weekend for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men on the weekend.
On Saturday night, the Supercats fell agonisingly short of causing a boilover against the Chelsea Gulls, going down by just 1 point in overtime.
With just seconds remaining and the Supercats in the lead, key Gull Cory Standerfer nailed a three pointer to tie the scores. Coach O’Brien called a time out with 5 seconds remaining and importantly, the restart was from the Supercats offensive end.
Following the inbound pass, there was a flurry of action under the Supercats basket but a clear shot just couldn’t be found, sending the contest into extra time.
The extra term was just as close as the previous four with neither side showing any interest in giving things away. Billy Feben nailed a big three pointer with just seconds to go to tie the scores again before that man Standerfer intervened again as he was fouled and sent to the line.
When Standerfer split his trip to the line, there was a glimmer for the Supercats to get the win with enough time on the clock for one last offensive attempt.
Kyle Meyer, who has been in great shooting form, was the go to man for the 3 point attempt but it just didn’t drop.
Sunday’s game at home against new kids on the block Collingwood All Stars was a forgettable one for the Supercats, leading by 10 points at half time and seemingly on the way to a win, were outscored by the All Stars 41 to 22 in the second half to grab a 9 point win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 87 (Lewie Varley 16, Kyle Meyer 16, Billy Feben 13)
CHELSEA GULLS: 88 (Matt Brasser 22, Mitchell Riggs 22, Cory Standerfer 15)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 70 (Kyle Meyer 17, Lewie Varley 12, Jacob Pupavac 10)
COLLINGWOOD ALL STARS: 79 (Jonathan Lindhe 28, Dylan Webb 16, Manuel Hendrix 14)
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Chelsea Gulls (Saturday)
v Hawthorn Magic (Sunday)
Our Luina Geelong Supercats had their own overtime battle on Sunday against Hawthorn Magic and came out empty handed, with the Magic causing a big upset.
The Supercats have got a bit of past history this season in terms of setting the pace, holding the lead for a majority of the contest, only to be overrun in the last term and that scenario played out again on Sunday as the Magic finished over the top of Geelong in extra time 13 to 4.
The last quarter of regular time was a great contest for the spectators as both sides fought hard to get the upper hand with scores tied regularly down the stretch and it was Brooke McKay that dropped the shot from outside the arc to get the game to extra time.
On Saturday night, the Supercats were able to hold out a determined Chelsea by 9 points on the back of a 20 point game for Tess Feery, whilst Georgia Varley also chipped in with 15.
Despite the Gulls outscoring the Supercats in the opening and final terms, the damage was done in the middle quarters as Geelong were clearly the more dominant team.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 69 (Tess Feery 20, Georgia Varley 15, Louise Johnston 13)
CHELSEA GULLS: 60 (Raynisha Washington 18)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 78 (Georgia Varley 25, Bree Matthews 18, Caitlin Shadbolt 10, Louise Johnston 10)
HAWTHORN MAGIC: 87 (Lara Edmanson 20, Breonna O’Conner 17, Rohanee Cox 13)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Coburg Giants
That winning feeling just keeps on keeping on for our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men as they added Coburg’s scalp to their belt on Sunday.
However, the Supercats didn’t get things all their own way as the cellar dwellers put up a real fight against their visitors but Geelong were just able to keep an edge over their opponents for the majority of the match.
It wasn’t really a day for the ‘shooters’ with neither side covering themselves with glory from outside the arc as the Supercats went 7 of 24 (29%) and the Giants posting an even worse 2 of 21 (19%) for the match.
Four of Geelong’s seven from downtown came from Max Kos as he led the way for the Supercats, with Josiah King and Wang Nyieth in the supporting roles for the day.
Another positive to come from the game for Coach Darren Hindle was the ability to again get a lot of court time in to all his charges which will only hold his side in good stead when it comes to the business end of the season.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 83 (Max Kos 20, Josiah King 16, Wang Nyieth 12)
COBURG GIANTS: 76 (Vito Carbone 24, Damien Watson 15, Jarryd Reid 13 )
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Chelsea Gulls
The Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women bounced back in emphatic form after the previous weeks defeat absolutely dominating the Gulls for three quarters, coming away with a 33 point win.
The opening quarter was nothing to write home about for either side, with just 13 points scored between the two sides, the Supercats having the lead 8 to 5 at quarter time.
From there on though, the Supercats clicked into gear and totally controlled the game. In a great defensive show, Geelong didn’t allow their opponents to score double figures in any quarter, whilst offensively, everything was coming up roses.
With the pressure out of the contest, Coach Tim Sanderson was afforded the luxury of resting key playmaker Carly Sanders for a large chunk of the match, which gave opportunity to players like Chelsea Shields-Harris who picked up a 10 and 10 double for the game.
All in all, a pretty comprehensive victory that will no doubt give the side some confidence heading into the second half of the season.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 63 (Jaimee Crombie 12, Chelsea Shields-Harris 10)
KEILOR THUNDER: 30 (Katrina O’Brien 14)