ACTION aplenty greeted teams this week, including a 43-point barrage from Zachery Dunmore in a gallant effort against Colac.
It was dialled in on Saturday night at Churchill as the Blue Devils and Warriors locked horns in a defining Gippsland Men’s clash. Warragul emerged triumphant with a 67-58 victory over Churchill… but not without significant challenges for the visitors. The Warriors couldn’t put the cue in the rack despite shooting out to an 18-4 lead early through the first term as Murray Meyers (10 points) and Declan Bagot (10 points) hit the scoreboard quickly. Churchill didn’t let the elastic band break as it stayed within striking distance throughout the middle stanzas as Vashon Weaver (14 points) and Daniel Blakeley (11 points chipped away at the deficit. But their efforts couldn’t erase the gap with Warragul rotating through the roster to great effect. The Warriors’ stellar win moves them to a 6-1 record approaching the half-way point of the season.
Moe kept within striking distance of Warragul with its 106-73 win on the road over Western Port. Even with Harry Pepper out of the line-up for the weekend, the Meteors shot through the sky as Billy Bundle (39 points) racked up a fat stack of points in league with Jayden Van Dyk (21 points) and Ben Van Dyk (13 points). Jack Gaze (20 points) and Oscar Keating (13 points) were the best of the Steelers’ brigade.
Churchill rounded out the weekend with a 107-56 demolition of Bairnsdale. There was little respite for the Bullets as Andrew Petrou (27 points) and Ben Morrow (18 points) went on the warpath. Joseph Groves (17 points) and James Russell (14 points) were the best of the Bairnsdale bunch.
A back-and-forth epic at Maffra greeted Eagles and Meteors’ fans alike as the visitors eked out a thrilling 68-60 triumph. With only seven suiting up, the Meteors turned to its prime performers to get the job done under the difficult circumstances. Caitlin Demczuk (17 points) continued to deliver on her exceptional season so far, dropping three last-term treys to seal the deal alongside Samantha Waters (14 points). Jennifer Wrigglesworth (12 points) and Emerson Connolly (12 points) were the best of the Maffra brigade.
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Firing on all cylinders, Bendigo knocked over Maryborough 76-60 to take another big scalp in the North East. Backing on from their two-point thriller over Swan Hill last week away, the Braves returned home and shone against the Blazers. Danielle O’Toole (13 points) and Tess Barnes (13 points) reaped the benefits of an even-split amongst the Bendigo roster, despite the best efforts of Claire Blower (21 points) and Bella Westbrook (10 points).
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Despite the best efforts of Shepparton, Kyneton was able to take its record to 4-1 with a 63-52 win on Sunday afternoon. Rebecca Van Kuyk (21 points) and Brooke Mangan (17 points) formed an exceptional one-two punch that knocked over the Gators, despite the stellar shooting of Marni Sharp (20 points) and Rhianna Barton (12 points).
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Shepparton held on by the skin of its teeth in a thrilling 74-69 clash against Wallan. You could scarcely split them as both sides rained threes in a stellar shootout. But in the end it went to the Gators as Gabe Evans and Josh Labatlus made some clutch shots at the death to take it out.
Seymour proved too potent for Myrtleford in a 75-55 victory. Extending their winning streak to 5-0 this season, the Blasters rattled off another textbook triumph as Matthew Boland (22 points) and Robbie Sartori (14 points) led the charge. Abram Cox (15 points) and Marcus Laspina (13 points) were the best of the Saints’ brigade.
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Bendigo took out a 80-71 victory over Maryborough to sweep a successful night at Bendigo Stadium. Tanner Rayner and Liam Ly delivered when it mattered most to take out the nine-point triumph while Brady Neill continued to rack up some almighty tallies in the North West for the Blazers.
Castlemaine claimed an important 79-69 as Cameron Devereaux (21 points) and Lloyd Needs (16 points) led the charge for the Cannons against the Flyers’ best in Lachlan Gardner (17 points) and Thomas Gilbert (16 points).
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A plethora of almighty clashes gave the South West fans plenty to smile about across Round 5 as the likes of Mt Gambier, Colac and Geelong took emphatic victories across the weekend.
Colac and Ararat had a shootout for the ages in a 100-96 triumph for the Kookas. Zachery Dunmore (43 points) was too hot to stop as the Kookas struggled to contain the long-range dynamo. He knocked in nine threes to push the tempo and keep the Redbacks in contact with the fast-finishing Kookas. But the one-two punch of Jordan Lingard (31 points) and the returning collegiate star Nathan Lemke (29 points) proved too much in the dying stages for the Redbacks to handle. Colac zoomed past Ararat – going from 83-91 down to the final tally in the blink of an eye. It was a masterclass as Lemke and Lingard helped propel the visitors to a defining victory as Ararat was left to wonder what might have been in the home-town thrilling clash. The weekend didn’t get any better for Ararat with its 63-79 loss to Portland on Sunday.
Mt Gambier flexed its might as the side to beat as it delivered a 116-74 demolition of the visiting Bellarine. The Storm only travelled with seven players and the Lakers capitalised on the home court advantage knocking in 10 treys to seal the deal and clinch top spot. Lachlan Hunter (33 points), Matthew Berkefeld (22 points) and Kane de Wit (22 points) launched from all across the court to deliver the emphatic win while Josiah King (29 points) and Nathan Gronbeck (22 points) held their own for the Storm.
Geelong eked past Portland 77-73 as Connor Hultgren (18 points), Jack Dunstan (16 points) and Wayne Nyieth (13 points) shone for the visitors while Harris Jennings (17 points) and Trenton Johnson (12 points) led from the front for the Coasters.
The Lions continued to roar through the opposition in the South West with a 98-88 triumph over Terang. Taking it long-range, the likes of Jordan Kirk (18 points), Jason Christian (15 points) and Will Feben (15 points) relished the three-ball while Max Beaumont (23 points) shone inside. For the visitors Dean Brebner (20 points) and Scott Judd (19 points) held their own to keep the Tornadoes alive in the clash. Terang’s second clash of the weekend didn’t fare much better as Geelong came to town and took a 94-79 victory. Wayne Nyieth (21 points) starred alongside Connor Hultgren (17 points) while the home side had stellar performances from Lachie Stephenson (23 points) and Dean Brebner (16 points).
Horsham put the sword to Hamilton in a 98-63 triumph led by Matt Lovel (23 points), Jeremiah McKenzie (23 points) and Tim Pickert (22 points). The Hurricanes were led by Tyrone Ross (15 points) and James Cleaver (12 points).
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Millicent swept through Round 5 with a pair of resounding victories over Bellarine and a four-point thriller over Portland.
In its 104-54 triumph over Bellarine the likes of Emily Winter (31 points) and Olivia Fuller (27 points) continued their domination of the conference as they outscored the Storm together. Undermanned for the important clash, the Storm were led gallantly by Raini Matthews (12 points), Gemma Morison (11 points) and Tayla Reid (10 points). Millicent’s clash against Portland though was one for the ages and a defining clash of the season thus far in the South West.
Scarcely split throughout a thrilling showdown, it boiled down to a tense final few minutes as Alana Strom (19 points) levelled the sores 66-apiece down the stretch. The inside presence of Emily Winter (21 points) proved as dominant as ever as she forced her way to the free-throw line to help secure Millicent’s fifth win of the season.
Portland’s initial clash of the weekend went to plan as the Coasters took out an 85-60 victory over Geelong. Kayla Pickert (19 points), Taylah Nelson (17 points) and Alana Strom (15 points) shone in the triumph for the Coasters while Kleo Talbot (16 points) and Alannah Northam (16 points) were the best on court for the Supercats.
Terang’s fortunes continued to veer backwards after back-to-back losses to Horsham – 52-83 – and Geelong – 67-76 – across the weekend. Emalie Iredell (24 points) and Georgie Carberry (17 points) shone for the Hornets in the lopsided victory while Libby Moloney (16 points) led the charge for the Tornadoes. In Sunday’s clash at home against the Supercats, the Tornadoes fared much better, as Jaymie Finch (14 points) and Brittany Hyland (14 points) battled it out bravely. In the end Geelong had too much in the arsenal as Kleo Talbot (19 points), Vicki King (17 points) and Alannah Northam (17 points) shone for the Supercats.