REMATCH was the name of the game in the North East Men.
Everyone was looking forward to Sunday as Seymour and Wodonga locked horns to see who would take the points…
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Defining moments come and go quickly around these parts and the Wolves vs Blasters round four clash is one we shouldn’t forget too fast. It was electric.
Plenty to play for on both sides – the returning champions had flown out of the blocks to start this season while the Wolves were out for a little piece of revenge to set the stage for the rest of their 2018/19 CBL campaign. The experienced campaigners put on a show as Seymour surged to a 70-61 victory.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic as Seymour couldn’t stretch Wodonga to breaking point early. The Wolves rallied through Josh McKay (21 points) and Deba George (10 points), throwing down considerable offensive firepower. It was an inside showdown as Thomas O’Connor (17 points) had to contend with George and the like in the paint, but O’Connor showed his class when it mattered most. Alongside with long-range bomber Jack Murphy (19 points) and Robbie Sartori (16 points), the Blasters’ trio started to carve out a handy margin approaching the end of the half… but that was just the beginning.
Bailey Lloyd, Mitchell Donovan and McKay hit some crucial shots to keep the margin manageable at the break and that was where it would stay through the remainder of the clash. Wodonga slashed the gap to two near the start of the fourth but it would soon spread out once again.
In the end some clutch shooting from Murphy and O’Connor stole the show and let the Blasters escape Wodonga with one of the more important early season wins yet in 2018/19 CBL.
It pushes Seymour to top of the ladder with a 4-0 record and plenty of momentum heading into its round 4 bye.
Seymour started the weekend just as strongly with a 71-66 win over Wallan. Thomas O’Connor (28 points) and Matthew Boland (17 points) led the Blasters’ rampage while the Panthers were led by Jordan Paul (16 points) and Max Viitala (16 points).
Wodonga’s Round 4 started much better than it finished with a 95-61 triumph over Wangaratta. Loading up from the three-point line, the likes of Wolves’ tandem Deba George (25 points) and Blake Mills (14 points) proved too potent for the Warriors, who were led by Sam Waite (14 points).
Shepparton thrashed Myrtleford 77-37 as James Brock (23 points), Ryan Sarkady (11 points) and Dylan Wayman (10 points) shared the workload in an impressive victory. Jackson Townsend (six points) and Luke Zanin (six points) were the best for the Saints.
Shepparton backed up with an 87-79 win over Wallan to round out the successful weekend in style as Dylan Wayman (Josh Labatlus (19 points).
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Wodonga and Wangaratta went all the way to the final siren in a 68-66 thriller. The Wolves knocked over a fast finishing Warriors line-up that once again has to be content with a good showing, but not good enough for the points. The match ebbed back and forth as neither roster really grasped the initiative. Just as the result started to bubble out of their reckoning, Wangaratta would reel Wodonga back in – the shooting of Jorja Reidy (26 points) and Abbey Chapman (nine points) in particular aiding this objective early. It boiled down to a frenetic final five minutes as the sides looked to split the 59-59 impasse. Breanna Green (21 points), Mel Kirby (15 points) and Jade Mccowan (11 points) made some clutch shots to push the gap out to nine, but Wangaratta rallied for one last salvo. The efforts of Billie Stemmer, Reidy and Chapman slashed the margin but in the end Wodonga timed its run just that little bit better to take its second win on the trot. It leaves Wangaratta sitting in last with a 0-3 record, but there’s plenty to be pleased about from that result given the efforts of Reidy, Alaana Northey (12 points) and Chloe Storer (11 points).
Kyneton eased past Maryborough 62-44 to keep in contact with the top of the table as Jessica Mangan (17 points) and Brooke Mangan (10 points) starred for the Tigers while Maggie Tranter (16 points) was the best of the Blazers.
Shepparton thumped Myrtleford to the tune of 84-56 as Rhianna Barton (23 points), Ashleigh Rae (17 points) and Marni Sharp (16 points) shone for the Gators. The visitors were led by Abbey Zamperoni (23 points).
Wangaratta’s second clash of the weekend didn’t pan out as well as its first in hind sight as Bendigo delivered a 95-46 smashing.
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Edged out despite a magic run to the line, the best efforts of Terang couldn’t halt Geelong in a 71-77 defeat. Geelong was comfortably ahead through the opening three stanzas as Lachlan Edwards (18 points) and Connor Hultgren (16 points) led from the front. It was threatening to be a monstrous blow-out… but that was before Lachie Stephenson (22 points) was unleashed in the fourth term and delivered in spades. He was on fire throughout the last term, as he dropped all 22 of his points to bring some respectability to the score-line and force Geelong to steady the ship and see out the six-point triumph.
Bellarine kept its unblemished record with a 93-84 shootout triumph over Bacchus Marsh. Josiah King (21 points) relished his second outing for the Storm while experienced tandem Ash Cannan (16 points) and Nathan Friend (12 points) assured Bellarine’s success. William Feben (31 points) was dropping hand grenades left, right and centre as notched his first 30-point game in the league to continue his barnstorming start to life in CBL South West.
Backing up for their second salvo of the weekend, Bacchus Marsh won the war of the weary as it picked up a 85-79 win over Geelong. William Feben (34 points) cut loose to drop treys from everywhere. Leading the Lions’ pride, Feben was unstoppable across the journey and received plenty of support from Darcy McMillan (18 points) and Jordan Kirk (16 points). Wayne Nyieth (28 points) and Conner Hultgren (15 points) were productive for the Supercats in the six-point defeat.
Mt Gambier continued collecting impressive blowout victories with a 89-56 victory over Warrnambool. The Lakers were well on top throughout the encounter as the seven who suited up for the trip delivered in spades. Kane de Wit (21 points) continued to lead by example in league with Lachlan Hunter (18 points) and Jason Nysten (15 points). For the Seahawks, Ryan Fary (14 points) and Adam Lawson (13 points) kept grinding it out in spite of the burgeoning scoreline.
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Warrnambool slumped to its third loss of the season in spite of a thrilling 76-77 loss to Millicent. The Mermaids fell just shy of breaking the drought through the likes of Juina Lual (16 points), Kathyrn Aitken (14 points) and Lily Killey (12 points). Millicent’s most magnificent were Olivia Fuller (30 points) and Emily Winter (22 points).
Geelong took the sword to Terang in a 104-35 barrage on home court. Chloe Skinner (22 points), Ally Knights (17 points) Breella Case (13 points) and Ashlea Withers (13 points) had free rein over the Tornadoes defence as they powered ahead. Skinner’s six three-pointers led the blitz for the Supercats as they emphatically returned to the winners list. Terang was led by Brittany Hyland (nine points).
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Kyneton took out a two-point thriller over Maryborough on home court over the weekend. The Tigers stole the show to end the Blazers’ unbeaten streak as Aidan Darmanin (24 points) and Louis Bongiovanni (12 points) starred. The Blazers stoked the scoreboard through Brady Neill (21 points) and Matthew Johnston (15 points).
Mildura proved too powerful for Swan Hill in a 78-58 victory. Played as the Swan Hill tournament curtain raiser on Friday night, Mildura took the points and showcased its standard pretty convincingly. Sharing the scoring, the Heat lit up the away court as Craig Baker (12 points), Dallas Brown (10 points) and Jay Madigan (nine points) amongst others sliced through the Flyers. Swan Hill was led by Oscar Gale (13 points) and Zac Denham (12 points).
The grand final rematch lived up to its billing… and then some. With top spot on the line and two unbeaten records brought in to this round 4 showdown, there was plenty to play for. Taking the triumph, Moe claimed a thrilling 65-54 win on the away court over Warragul. Maintaining their winning streak over the Warriors, the Meteors’ impact came after a bit of a slow start. The first term was dictated by the likes of Warragul’s sharp shooters in Murray Myers (five points, Sam Flanders (five points), Dwain Scott (11 points) – but Moe dragged the gap back to seven at the first break.
From there the onslaught saw Harrison Pepper (17 points), Ben Van Dyk (five points) and Jayden Van Dyk (nine points) launch from beyond the arc. It was those clinch moments that fell the Meteors way down the stretch as. Jarrod Castle (19 points) shone in the defeat for the Warriors, with the loss knocking them off the perch for top of the table. Simon Vannapraseuth (13 points) continued his steady start to the season as Moe took top billing on the ladder ahead of its round five bye.
The long-range shooting from Sale proved the difference in an 88-73 victory over Western Port. The away trip treated the Sonics well as Billy Hughes (32 points) went to town with five threes en route to his second 30-point game already this season. Mehmed Bektas (31 points) loaded up as well in the rampage to give Sale its second win of the year. Sam Burch (16 points) and Thomas Bahen (13 points) led the Steelers efforts.
Churchill ran riot at Bairnsdale with a 115-54 demolition in the Sunday afternoon clash. Jordi Williams (18 points) and James Russell (14 points) led the Bullets’ scoring while for the Blue Devils, Daniel Blakely (23 points) and Dustin Weir (19 points) were on top of an even performance across the entire roster.
Warragul took out the Conference’s one clash over the weekend with a 90-60 demolition of Moe on Saturday night. Shanara Notman (25 points) and Mikaela Dickson (20 points) ran riot against the Meteors, who were gallantly led by Carly Mullen-Bianconi (18 points) and Caitlin Demczuk (10 points) and Danielle Davies (10 points).