CONGRATULATIONS to all our Country Basketball League champions following another exceptional season on court across country Victoria.
Rising to the top in their respective competitions, the best of CBL proved their calibre over the weekend by holding aloft the pennant.
Traralgon T-Birds 77 def Moe Meteors 73
Traralgon won its fourth straight Gippsland women’s title following a nailbiting four-point win over the Moe Meteors. Traralgon’s Tanarly Hood and Jade Melbourne combined for 56 points and Moe’s Ella Cornish scored a team high of 22. Tanarly Hood was awarded most valuable player in the match.
League MVP – Tanarly Hood (Traralgon)
Top Scorer – Jamie Lee Jeffs (Korumburra)
Defensive Player of the Year – Jaz Ferguson (Warragul)
Warragul Warriors 54 def by Moe Meteors 57
The match was close from beginning to end with the Moe Meteors coming out victorious by just three points. Moe’s Stephen O’Brien scored a game high of 15 points, which also saw him take out the Grand Final MVP award, while Ambu Uliando led Warragul with 13 points in defeat.
League MVP – Blake Gallatly (Maffra)
Top Scorer – Jordan Canovan (Churchill)
Defensive Player of the Year – Andrew Savige (Bairnsdale)
NORTH EAST WOMEN
Wangaratta Lady Warriors 69 def Wallan Panthers 46
Wangaratta was able to maintain a comfortable margin against Wallan all game and took out its first North East Women’s CBL championship, also known as the Isobel Smith Shield, by 23 points. Wangaratta’s Jade McCowan took home the Frank Smith award for most valuable player in the grand final and also scored a game high 14 points. Wallan’s Megan Marasco top scored for the Panthers with 12 points.
League MVP – Sarah Mellington (Wodonga)
Top Scorer – Sarah Mellington (Wodonga)
Defensive Player of the year – Sarah Mellington (Wodonga)
NORTH EAST MEN
Seymour Blasters 61 def Wodonga Wolves 53
Seymour returned to the top of the podium yet again with its third straight North East Men’s Championship following a hard fought win over the Wodonga Wolves. It was back and forth all game but the Blasters were able to build a match-defining margin late to take the championship by eight points. Jordan Hockley was awarded the Shane Williams Memorial Award for most valuable player in the match and Seymour’s Leo Viitala scored a game high 24 points.
League MVP – Josh McKay (Wodonga)
Top Scorer – Jalen Barker (Myrtleford)
Defensive Player of the year – Josh McKay (Wodonga)
NORTH WEST WOMEN
Horsham Lady Hornets 34 def by Bendigo Braves 56
Bendigo has won the first ever North West Women’s conference championship with a 22 point win over the Lady Hornets. Bendigo’s Poppy Blanch and Horsham’s Emalie Iredell both scored a game high of 13 points for their respective teams. Bendigo’s Caitlyn McLachlan was named the most valuable player in the match.
League MVP – Laura Anderson (Swan Hill)
Top Scorer – Jess Mangan (Kyneton)
Defensive Player of the Year – Caitlyn McLachlan (Bendigo)
NORTH WEST MEN
Horsham Hornets 74 def Bendigo Braves 63
Horsham has been rewarded with its first CBL title, taking down the Bendigo Braves in front of a packed Horsham crowd. Tim Pickert scored a game high 22 points while Bendigo’s Matthew Andronicos and Tanner Rayner both scored a team high 15 points. Tim Pickert was awarded as the most valuable player in the match.
League MVP – Tim Pickert (Horsham)
Top Scorer – Tim Pickert (Horsham)
Defensive Player of the Year – Matthew Andronicos (Bendigo)
SOUTH WEST WOMEN
Geelong Supercats 59 def Portland Coasters 47
Geelong completed its debut season with a 12-point win over the Portland Coasters to claim the South West Women’s championship. Georgia Varley led Geelong and the match with 24 points while Alana Strom was Portland’s leading scorer with 13. Geelong’s Georgia Varley also received the most valuable player award for the match.
League MVP – Olivia Fuller (Millicent)
Top Scorer – Olivia Fuller (Millicent)
Defensive Player of the Year – Olivia Fuller (Millicent) & Jessica Watson (Geelong)
SOUTH WEST MEN
Mt Gambier Lakers 73 def by Colac Kookas 88
Mt Gambier’s hope for a 3rd straight conference title has been dashed by the Colac Kookas. Colac enjoyed just a 6 point lead at half time but were able to pull away in the second half despite a great shooting performance from Mt Gambier’s Matthew Berkefeld, scoring a game high 29 points including 7 3-pointers. Lewis Varley was awarded the MVP for the match scoring a team-high 25 points in the process.
League MVP – Kane de Wit (Mt Gambier)
Top Scorer – Kane de Wit (Mt Gambier)
Defensive Player of the Year – Jacob Pupavac (Colac)