CBL Round 4 Preview

ONE month in and the action is heating up across the league as the wheat and chaff are being found out quickly.

NORTH EAST WOMEN

One v two. The battle begins Sunday afternoon as one of the conference’s biggest clashes yet tips off between Swan Hill and Bendigo. It’s still early days in the North East women’s race to the title but the Braves and Flyers respectively have started strongly. It will be a clash to keep an eye on for sure.

Maryborough can bounce back to the top of the table with its Saturday night clash against Swan Hill followed up with its home clash against Myrtleford. Maryborough’s young stars are shining so far and time will tell just how far this group of Baby Blazers can carry the association.

Maryborough v Swan Hill

Echuca v Kyneton

Swan Hill v Bendigo

Maryborough v Myrtleford

 

NORTH WEST MEN

Echuca returns to the court this week to face Castlemaine and Kyneton, with a pair of wins catapulting the Pirates clear of the tightly packed top tier of the North West, including Maryborough, Mildura and Kyneton. Despite a whopping loss to Maryborough last week, the signs have been promising for the Pirates early in season 2018/19 and will take great confidence from this start.

Maryborough on the other hand can keep its winning ways going with victory over Swan Hill. It’s hard to see the 0-3 Flyers doing much to stop the rampage of the Blazers, but there’s always a chance in a league shaping up to be this close.

Mildura v Bendigo

Castlemaine v Echuca

Maryborough v Swan Hill

Echuca v Kyneton

Swan Hill v Bendigo

 

SOUTH WEST MEN

Bacchus Marsh can continue its confident start to life in CBL when the Lions host Ararat on Saturday night. The newcomers saw Will Feben go ballistic across last weekend – nailing threes from seemingly all across Victoria – and will aim to take that form into this week’s battle against the Redbacks.

In a battle of the bookends of the league, Mt Gambier will travel to Portland. It’ll be on the Coasters to back up confidently from their match the night before against Warrnambool, as both sides search for a debut win in the season. 

Hamilton v Terang

Bacchus Marsh v Ararat

Colac v Bellarine

Portland v Warrnambool

Bellarine v Ararat

Warrnambool v Colac

Portland v Mt Gambier

SOUTH WEST WOMEN

Plenty on the cards around the South West as the Coasters, Magic, Kookas and Tornadoes hit the court for double-headers.

Portland looks to continue its great start to the season with its home clashes against Warrnambool and Terang. Cherie Beckingham, Kayla Pickert and Alana Strom made their impact felt early in the season debut and there will be plenty on the line in the neighbourly battle against the Mermaids on Saturday.

Horsham at Millicent will be one to watch as both sides look to springboard their way to the top of the ladder. Who knows who is taking that one out but there will be plenty on the line as the sides jostle for the inside barrier heading into the second month of the season. With its match against Terang the night before, Millicent has the chance to make a grand statement and set itself up early on, which is never a bad prospect in a league as competitive as this one.

Colac v Bellarine

Portland v Warrnambool

Millicent v Terang

Warrnambool v Colac

Portland v Terang

Millicent v Horsham

 

GIPPSLAND MEN

Moe vs Churchill is set to get some serious attention as the perennial CBL stars duke it out. Ben Morrow and Daniel Blakely have shot out of the gates but it’s just as hard to take your eyes off the Meteors. Harrison Pepper has lit up the league thus far – carrying on from his strong form last season to make an immediate impact in his fourth year in the CBL.

Korumburra also has a shot of getting off the first tee when it battles Warragul on Saturday night.

 Maffra v Churchill

Korumburra v Warragul

Moe v Churchill

Warragul v Western Port

Sale v Traralgon


GIPPSLAND WOMEN

In contrasting fortunes down the South Gippsland Highway, the Korumburra women are flying. The Jeffs, Chloe Hogg and Gemma Dixon have shone early and given plenty to cheer about. The Wildcats battle Warragul in a tantalising first vs second showdown in Gippsland Women.

Traralgon can bounce back to the top of the pops if they can swing through Moe and Sale across the weekend. Emirson Devenie took the league by storm last round and has another double-header to impress within this weekend.

Korumburra v Warragul

Traralgon v Moe

Sale v Traralgon

 

NORTH EAST MEN

Shepparton can continue its rampaging start to CBL 2017/18 when it heads across to Benalla on Saturday night. It’s all on the Breakers to get on the scoreboard after a narrow loss to Myrtleford last Sunday left them sitting 0-3.

Benalla v Shepparton

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