CBL Round 1 Review

FAMILIAR faces welcomed our newest sides in a bumper start to the CBL 2019/2020 season.


IN the battle of the newcomers, Southern Peninsula took the points over Lakes Entrance in a 105-71 triumph.

The Sharks shattered the Pelicans’ defence early as Matthew Brasser (31 points) flourished across the court in league with Ben James (15 points) while Lakes Entrance was led by Chris Fields (25 points).

“Entering the Country Basketball League provides a fantastic development opportunity for our players and coaches,” Southern Peninsula coach Ben White said. “Primarily building a strong pathway between our junior and senior programs, but also allowing our local senior players to continue to develop in the Big V off season.
“Half of our squad consists of junior players, a number who got to play significant minutes in the game providing them with further development opportunities at Southern Peninsula.

“The win is an added bonus for the team; we had local player Matt Brasser leading the way with an impressive 31 points and a number of assists as well as two of our Junior Sharks – Ben Forsyth (14) and Darcy Jones (15) – stepping up in their first senior games and playing a significant part to the team’s success.

“It was great to see Lakes Entrance also having a similar focus in developing their junior players and coaches alongside a host of experienced senior members of the team.”

James Russell – Lakes Entrance. Picture: BASKETBALL VICTORIA

Southern Peninsula and Lakes Entrance felt the sting of Sunday basketball, with the Sharks – led by a conference leading Brasser (39 points) – were downed 78-89 by Moe –  led by Jayden Van Dyk (23 points) and Ben Van Dyk (19 points). The Pelicans fell 67-98 to Traralgon as Andrew Savige (24 points) and Christian D’Angelo (23 points) led their respective teams.


Speaking of Traralgon, the T-Birds took a thrilling 92-86 triumph over Churchill to tip off the season with Christian D’Angelo (23 points) and Luis D’Angelo (17 points) leading the charge against the likes of Jeremy Sheers (23 points), Jordan Canovan (22 points) and Zac Bezzina (21 points).


Maffra defeated Sale in an 89-83 thriller led by Mehmed Bektas (23 points) and Frazar Brouns (18 points) over the Sonics’ Billy Hughes (34 points) and returning NBL star Rhys Carter (22 points). Sale’s secondary clash of the weekend against Churchill went much better in a 98-80 victory. Hughes (24 points) and Carter (15 points) continued their one-two punch while Churchill was led by Sheers (16 points) and Bezzina (16 points).


Warragul took an 82-67 win over Moe, led by Warriors’ Jarryd Moss (39 points), and an 80-65 win over Korumburra, led once again by Moss (25 points).


Moe swept its weekend with a pair of wins over Warragul and Maffra. Ellie Coutts (19 points) flourished in league with Carly Mullen-Bianconi (14 points) and Caitlin Demczuk (12 points) in the 67-59 win over Warragul, while Warriors’ Mikaela Dickson (18 points) led from the front. The Meteors smashed into the Eagles in a 74-64 triumph led by Coutts (30 points) while Maddison Wild (15 points) led the Maffra scoresheet.

Maffra fared better on Saturday night, defending their home court in a 65-38 victory over Sale as Wild (22 points) and Eliza Osborn (12 points) pushed the Eagles to victory while Breanna Kerton (10 points) led the Sonics’ scoring.

Warragul’s second clash of the weekend fared better as the Warriors took a 73-63 triumph over Korumburra with Jasmine Ferguson (21 points) and Shanara Notman (18 points) leading the way while the Wildcats were led by Tyla Angwin (28 points). Korumburra was left with a 0-2 start to its championship defence coupled with its 46-70 loss to Traralgon on Saturday. Joanna Watson (14 points),  Lauryn King-Church (14 points) and Jade Melbourne (12 points) led the T-Birds’ effort while Alahna Arnason (15 points) was the best of the Wildcats.



Portland has landed with the Coasters breaking through Warrnambool and Terang in its CBL Round 1 double header.

Tipping off the season on the highest note, the Coasters took an 81-54 win over the Seahawks as Nathan Hardingham (29 points) had a field day while Riley Nicolson (21 points) performed ably too. Hardingham (22 points) continued his scoring spree in the Coasters’ 84-76 win over Terang, with Jackson Dunlop (18 points) also impressing, while Terang was led by Jake Bartlett (16 points).

Geelong United showed off its new persona with a pair of impressive victories – downing Colac and Bellarine. In the cross-town showdown, Geelong United knocked back Bellarine 98-84 as Cohen Blythe (20 points), Tyler Erard (18 points) and Marko Vekic (17 points) led an even performance from United’s arsenal as did the Storm’s Sebastian Thomason (24 points) and Nathan Gronbeck (12 points).

United backed it up Sunday with a 92-73 victory over Colac with Max Kos (19 points) and Wang Nyieth (17 points) leading the scorers while Jordan Lingard (19 points) was on top of his game.

Colac’s Saturday night fared much better as the Kookas knocked over Terang 85-70 with Lingard (19 points) impressing alongside the Tornadoes’ Logan Mcleod (15 points).

Narrowly downed in their debut clash, the Millicent men fell just short of Ararat in an 85-89 defeat. DJ Woods (30 points) and Josh Fiegert (28 points) flourished for the Redbacks while Jordan Robertson (28 points) and Luke Black (16 points) excelled for the Magic.

In its second clash of the weekend, Millicent was outgunned 76-107 as Horsham’s Jeremiah Mckenzie (25 points) and Tim Pickert (23 points) went on a scoring rampage. Josh Murphy (24 points) and Frazer Bradley (14 points) were the best of the Magic brigade.



Geelong United showcased its new-look with a pair of emphatic victories over Bellarine and Colac. Starting the season on a high note, United headed down the road to face its local rival… with the match living up to its high-calibre billing. Geelong United took the 63-59 victory as Karli Bruce (15 points) and Abby Loughhead (12 points) led the young brigade while Olivia Fuller (30 points) relished her switch in locations as the former Milicent All Star 5 member dominated on offence for the Storm.


Geelong backed it up with another road-triumph, this time dispatching Colac 60-44 on Sunday as Carly Vuillermin (13 points) and Vanessa Marsh (10 points) took their turn in the spotlight while Colac was led by Emma Hawker (13 points) and Janelle Monaghan (11 points).


Welcoming their women’s team to the competition with a bang, Mt Gambier took a nailbiting 64-58 win over Warrnambool as Olivia Wormald (15 points) and Claire Hunter (10 points) took the game by the reins. Leah Bartlett (20 points) and Juina Lual (13 points) led the performance for the Mermaids with former Opal Nicole Gynes (nee Hunt) making her debut for the side in her return to basketball.


It wasn’t quite the start to a title defence that Millicent would desire as the Magic was bested 37-69 on the road against Horsham. Georgia Winter (14 points) and Sally Houlihan (10 points) were the best for Millicent while Faith McKenzie (26 points) had a massive game alongside Caitlin Story (13 points) for the hosts.




Wangaratta has started with a blast, knocking over Seymour and Wodonga to tip off the season with a perfect 2-0 record.

The Warriors commenced the CBL 2019/20 season with a 77-61 win over Seymour as Tom Young (17 points), Charlie Young (15 points) and Michael Jenkins (14 points) led the way. Robbie Sartori (24 points) continued his impressive statline in the CBL. Wangaratta continued the superb work on Sunday afternoon, travelling and taking the point from reigning premiers Wodonga 80-70. Connor Crimmins (19 points), Michael Jenkins (18 points) and Brodie Paul (12 points) feasted on the scoresheet while Jordan Teunon (16 points) and Darcy Skepper (11 points) led the Wolves.


Wodonga’s first clash of the weekend didn’t go to plan either with a 52-91 defeat at the hands of Myrtleford. Ryley Bouker (19 points) and Jackson Townsend (14 points) lapped up the Saints’ maiden clash of the season while Skepper (14 points) and Sam Hawkins (13 points) shone for Wodonga.


Splitting its results over the weekend, Shepparton feasted on an 82-65 win over Benalla before faltering against Wallan on Sunday afternoon in a 74-79 narrow defeat. The one-two combination of Atem Atem (31 points) and Javaan Mumtaz (25 points) proved potent for the Gators while the Breakers followed the lead of Lachlan Kego (25 points). The Gators hosted the Panthers in a Sunday afternoon thriller as Maxwell Viitala (39 points) lit it up in an entertaining shooting showdown against Atem (28 points).




Starting their title defence in style, the Wodonga women surged ahead with a pair of emphatic victories over Myrtleford and Wangaratta respectively. Lighting up home court under their 2018/19 championship banner, the Wolves made light work of Myrtleford as reigning Conference MVP Mel Kirby (23 points) picked up where she left off alongside Caitlin Reid (15 points) and Lauren Ardern (13 points). Abbey Zamperoni (23 points) toiled for the visitors. The Wolves backed up the next day to sweep through Wangaratta 74-47 as Casey Ardern (17 points), Kirby (14 points) and Breanna Green (11 points) showcased the side’s range and depth. Chaye Crimmins (13 points) and Chloe Storer (10 points) were the best of the Warriors’ roster.


It didn’t start well for Wangaratta either, dropping its opening clash 40-59 against Seymour. Chloe Storer (14 points) and Jorja Reidy (10 points) worked hard at the coalface, but in the end the Blasters lived up to their moniker through Tayha Watkins (18 points), Olivia Pearce (14 points) and Dyani Ananiev (11 points).


Mirroring the men, the Shepparton Gators women blazed away to knock over debutants Benalla 69-37 before hitting a Wallan-shaped brick wall to the tune of a  47-66 defeat. Briana Moon (18 points), Marnie Sharp (11 points) and Madeleine Bev Rijs (11 points) led the way for the Gators while Isabella Riley (13 points) was the best of the Breakers’ brigade. In complete contrast, the Gators struggled to curtail the Panthers as Wallan’s Carley Cranston (16 points) and Macy Byrnes (12 points) led the charge, while the Gators were led by Bev Rijs (9 points).




Sweeping its double-header road trip in style, Bendigo knocked over Mildura and Swan Hill to start the CBL campaign on the highest note. Sharing the success in its 89-56 win over Mildura were Tanner Rayner (15 points), Jake Lloyd (14 points) and William Smythe (14 points), while the Heat was led by Zane Lueth (15 points) and Noah Valentich (12 points). They backed up to deliver an 116-55 victory over Swan Hill as Lloyd (27 points), Trent Leech (22 points) and Smythe (14 points) ran riot. Jacob Seears (20 points) was the best of the Flyers.


Echuca’s title defence got off to a strong start with a 72-61 win over Kyneton. Tyler Phillips (21 points) and Riley Clarke (14 points) held court for the Pirates while Thomas Scott (18 points) and Carson Mcsweeney (15 points) were the best of the Tigers. Kyneton’s second clash of the weekend didn’t fare better as they were beset by a 47-93 loss to Maryborough. Brady Neill (24 points) and Harrison Butler (15 points) led the Blazers while Mark Colverd (11 points) and Scott (10 points) continued their strong form.


Maryborough took down Bacchus Marsh 66-58 as Harrison Butler (24 points) led the charge alongside Brady Neill (18 points) while the Lions were led by Max Beaumont (18 points) and Jordan Kirk (10 points).


Splitting results in the return of the North West Women’s conference, Kyneton, Maryborough and Bendigo took the first up wins in the season debut.


Kyneton opened the season with an emphatic 58-50 win over Echuca as Adrienne Cameron (14 points), Amelia Jarvis (12 points) and Emily Attard (12 points) led the charge for the Tigers while Georgie Eishold (16 points) and Alexandra Tenace (10 points) were the Pirates’ finest.


Maryborough took a 62-54 win over Kyneton on Sunday as Millie Cracknell (23 points) led the conference in league with Maddison Egan (16 points) while the Tigers were well supported by Molly Greetham (14 points) and Kasey Ward (12 points).


Bendigo capped off the weekend in style with a 71-48 win away against Swan Hill. Hayley Harrington (21 points) took the game by the scruff of the neck for the Braves while Laura Anderson (18 points) led the Flyers.

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