VJBL 28.07.2017

Weekly reports are updated as provided by the coaches.

Opposition
Nunawading 3
Score
36-35
Venue
Vermont South
Match Report
Despite Nunawading being on the bottom of the ladder, they have been having a positive second half of the season, beating us by 4 points the last time we played them. In addition, they lost to the top team, Bulleen, by just two points last week, notwithstanding the fact that Bulleen have lost just one game all season.
As we were expecting, this was a tough game, with Supercats trailing by 3 at the end of the first, and by 2 points at halftime. Geelong were able to get in the lead and were up by 2 points going in to the last, and they extended the lead to 7 points in the fourth.
Nunawading continued coming however, and in the end came up short by just one point.
Best Players
Jesse Ombega
Merrick O’Neil
Jackson Smith
Zane Kneebone
Coaches Comments
‘Great job by the lads.
Played really great defense and demonstrated a willingness to run a system and execute offensively.
Extending our record to 10-5 puts us in a great position going in to finals.
Also, congratulations to Billy (Hayward), Rhys (Petroff) and Zane for being selected for BVC Jamboree and ensuring that our team will be well represented in Echuca later this year.
Bad luck to Merrick on missing out on selection; unlucky I believe as I feel like he is one of our best players week-in week-out.’

 

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Opposition
Melbourne Tigers 2
Score
23 – 22 Win
Venue
Try Boys
Coaches Comments
Played Melbourne Tigers at Try Boys last Friday and played some of the best team basketball for the year. It was nice to finally put all the training and learning together especially against a team at the top of the ladder. Keeping tigers to only 6 points in a half was very rewarding for the great defence the girls were playing. Our first half of basketball was the best we have played in 2 seasons, except for our foul line shooting, had that been better our score of 9 points would have been a lot more. Our 2nd half was not as good as the first half as we were starting to allow Tigers back into the game with poor offence and some very lazy defence that was putting Tigers at the foul line, by fouling shooters and the big number of fouls we had. Tigers were eventually playing better in the 2nd half, the way the girls were playing was helping that though. Tigers hit the front with about 4 minutes to go and that looked like they were going to win by a few points. The last 3 minutes of basketball was even better than our first half, which turned the game into the best win of the year. Having only 7 girls available made the win even more outstanding as one of our better defenders in V.J. was sitting on the bench injured. It would be unfair to name individuals as good players as it was our best team game for the year.
Great job girls

Opposition
Altona 2
Score
W40-19
Venue
Alonta
Best Players
Another great team effort
Coaches Comments
After having last week off with the bye i wasn’t sure how rusty the girls would be, not playing together for a month.
Though some elments of their game were off a little, ie finishing off their shots, some bad passing and a lose player at times when playing defence, these will need to be fixed up before the finals.
The girls were still really strong, coming away with another good win.
They spread their defence all night, worked really well calling plays and running them was at their best tonight.
The whole team scorced which was great, i beleive that is a first.
The girls have now gurrateed they will play finals as they are still a game clear on top and three games clear of third.
Well done girls solid win, the hard work conitues sunday.

Opposition
Casey
Score
Geelong (72) def Casey (64) loss
Venue
Casey Stadium
Match Report
Geelong went back on the road to play the top placed Casey Cavaliers.
The young Supercats were out to improve on the previous poor performance.
For three quarters the Geelong team won each period. The third quarter saw Geelong score 22 points and go into the last with the knowledge that the Cavs would throw everything at the Supercats. Geelong were able to sustain their lead and came out 8 point winners.
The young Supercats improved their ability to defend and played extremely good team game.
Best Players
Harry Den Dryver
Billy Dawson
Jet Kneebone
Coaches Comments
The ability to defend and get their running game back helped to get this win. Winning the rebound count also led to the victory

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Opposition
Bacchus Marsh
Score
32-28 W
Venue
Bacchus Marsh
Match Report
A bit of a slow start in the first scoring wise but evened out to 9p-10p.
2nd 1/4 we lifted in d but still very low scoring 9p-6p with a 2 point lead at the main break.
Our 3rd quarter wasnt great missing way too many easy shots 4p/11p and heading into the last 3p down.
To the boys credit they lifted in the last and applied more pressure coming home with a 4p win.
Best Players
Jarrod Africa
Noah Kulic
Ollie Chester
Josh Brunt
Coaches Comments
Missing so many easy baskets at this stage of the season and in this age group at this level is really not acceptable. We need to be better finishers and I have asked the boys to put in the extra effort away from Team training to improve this, individually they improve and we improve as a Team.
As a Team we really believe that we are winners and we have been able to prove that in the close games.
Three games before finals and we are in a good position, no time to be complacent , we will amp up training again this week.

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Opposition
Corio bay 3
Score
41-45 loss
Venue
Arena
Match Report
Another close game for the boys, Slightly down in the first quarter due to lack of rebounding, The second and third quarters where much better in defence and offence, The boys dug in getting back to within 3 points in the last minute, Regaining possession was difficult and we couldn’t get the last couple of baskets we needed for the win
Best Players
Xavier Stanley, Neo Slattery
Coaches Comments
We need to fight harder through each quarter to ensure we maintain and hold the lead

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Opposition
Melbourne 4
Score
Geelong 33 lost to Melbourne 40
Venue
MSEC
Match Report
Unmanned and up against the 2nd side, the girls shared the lead all the way until the 4th. With a late rally the girls got close but in the end went down by 7
Best Players
A Peacock, I Honey, E Nekrep, M chalmers
Coaches Comments
Really proud of the girls efforts. Down to only 2 guards and 5 healthy players they gave their all and maintained their standards all match. awesome effort

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Opposition
Dandenong 5
Score
45 35 win
Venue
Away
Match Report
A tight game that we probably should of put away earlier. Credit to Dandenong for hanging around but we missed a lot of shots that should of seen us win by more. Defensively we worked harder this week creating pressure and turnovers which was pleasing.
Best Players
Indie, Griff, Tom, Gus, Josh
Coaches Comments
Nice to get back on the winners list. Tough 3 weeks ahead heading into the finals. Let’s give ourselves every chance by working hard and bringing a positive attitude.

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Opposition
Frankston 2
Score
40 to 33 loss
Venue
Geelong
Match Report
A visit from the undefeated Frankston would be a huge challenge for the girls with our finals spot on the line. We planned to stop there transition game and to be tight in defense. We started well but 4 missed layups was the difference in the first with the Blues able to take a 11 to 1 lead into the first break. We settled after the break but could not close the gap for the next two periods with the margin 12 going into the last quarter at 16 to 28. A quick basket after the break to Frankston to take a 14 point lead but then the girls flicked the switch and went on a 13 to 2 run to close the gap to 3 with 6 minutes to play. Frankston steadied and the girls gave away momentum with reaching fouls to run out 7 point winners.
Best Players
Bridget
Ash
Chelsea
Jess
Coaches Comments
To score 17 points in a quarter against the top team shows the ability of the team. With a must win game away against 6th Mornington this week, we will take the same intent from Friday night and pressure the opposition from the start.
Focus at training this week will be finishing from transition.

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