Round 12 of the Country Basketball League is upon us and there will be 33 matches across all 4 Conferences.
CBL – Round 12
The North West is back on court for the first time in 2018. Mildura welcome Maryborough with the hosts looking to reverse the 6 point loss to the Blazers in their last meeting. The Blazers have only one win on the road this season and will be hard-pressed to earn this one.
Kyneton will travel to Horsham to face the ladder leaders in both men and womens competitions. In their last meeting, the Lady Hornets narrowly escaped Kyneton with a 4 point win while the mens match was a convincing 37 point win for Horsham.
Swan Hill host Bendigo with the Lady Braves looking for revenge for the 7 point loss in their last meeting. The Lady Flyers will need their best to earn a repeat result. The Swan Hill men captured their first win to close out 2017 but opening 2018 against Bendigo is a tough proposition. In their previous meeting the Braves won by 25 points.
On Sunday, Swan Hill is back in action with Castlemaine coming to town. The Lady Flyers will be looking to keep the Lady Cannons winless with Swan Hill winning by 35 points in their last meeting. In the mens match the Cannons are in the midst of a 5 game losing streak and will be looking to stop it against the Flyers. In the last meeting the Cannons won by 42 points.
In the South West Conference we are treated to a top of the table mens clash with Colac hosting the undefeated Mt Gambier Lakers. In their previous meeting the Lakers won by 9 points.
Terang host Ararat with Terang looking to continue their winning ways. The previous matchup between the women was a 22 point win to the Tornadoes. The Terang men currently hold a 3 game win streak however in the last meeting it was the Redbacks who came out victorious by 21 points. Terang sit in 3rd place on the ladder but a win by the Redbacks could see that position threatened heading in to finals.
Portland host Millicent with the Coasters men still searching for a win this season. In the last matchup the Magic won by 12 points. The womens clash promises to be exciting with the top of the table Millicent team facing the 3rd placed Coasters. In the previous matchup, Millicent were comfortable 26 points victors.
On Sunday, Terang host Mt Gambier men with the Tornadoes looking to improve on the 23 point defeat suffered earlier in the season.
In the North East, Wangaratta host Shepparton with the Lady Warriors looking to bounce back from a miserable round 11. In the previous meeting, Wangaratta won by 8 points and will need to get back in the winners list to hold on to 2nd place on the ladder with the 3rd placed Gators hot on their heels. The Wangaratta men will be looking to repeat and potentially improve on their 4 point loss to the undefeated Gators earlier in the season. The Warriors come in to the match with a 4 game losing streak that could be extended without a top performance.
Myrtleford host Seymour with the no clear favourite entering the womens match. The Saints sit above Seymour on the ladder by a single win but it was the Lady Blasters who won the previous match by 21 points. In the mens matchup the clear favourite is the 2nd placed Blasters. Seymour won the previous match by 13 points at home but the Saints could be set to cause an upset in front of their home crowd.
On Sunday, Myrtleford will travel to Wodonga to face the ladder leading Lady Wolves with the last meeting going to Wodonga by 18 points. The previous matchup between the mens teams was a thriller with the Wolves escaping with a 4 point win.
Echuca host Wallan with the Lady Pirates looking to improve on the 30 point loss in the last meeting and the Panthers hoping to keep ladder pressure on Shepparton for 3rd place. The mens matchup sees Echuca enter with a 5 game losing streak and Wallan sitting in 4th place on the ladder, one win behind 3rd place Wodonga. Their last meeting went the Panthers way by 41 points.
In Gippsland we will enjoy a full feast of matches. Sale host Warragul with the visitors the favourites entering both matches. In a clash between 5th and 6th, the previous matchup between the women the Warriors won by 36 points and in the mens matchup it was 44 point margin between the undefeated Warriors and 6th places Sonics.
Moe and Maffra face off with the Eagles looking to reverse the results from their last matchup. In the womens match it was a 6 point win for the Meteors while in the mens match Moe won by just 2 points. Both matches look set to be thrillers with all teams vying for home court in the finals.
Bairnsdale host Korumburra with Korumburra the favourites after defeating the Bullets by 42 points in the men and over 100 points in the women.
On Sunday, Maffra are back on court facing the teams from Warragul. Maffra women defeated the Warriors by 9 points earlier in the season while the Eagles were defeated by 18 points last time.
Another exciting matchup with the undefeated T-Bird women on the court against the 2nd placed Meteors. In the last meeting Traralgon escaped with a 5 point win and the Traralgon men will be looking to stop their 4 game slide as they face the Meteors who they defeated by 11 points last time they met. A loss for the T-Birds all but knocks them out of finals contention.
Sale host Korumburra with the Wildcats looking for a repeat of their earlier meeting. In the womens matchup, the 3rd place Korumburra Wildcats won by 34 points and in the mens matchup Sale were defeated by 43 points despite sitting above them on the Gippsland ladder.
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