CBL Round 6 Previews

ANOTHER bumper round greets players, coaches and fans alike across the Country Basketball League this weekend.

NORTH EAST MEN

Seymour and Wodonga will be a battle to keep an eye on for many reasons. Seymour’s rampaging start to the season continues to gain momentum and it’ll take a lot to knock the Blasters back at the rate they’re travelling. These are the sort of defining games you love to see as a spectator as Wodonga will need to pull out all the stops to get this one done. They were close last time around… can they change the script on the away court this week?

Breaking the drought one way or another will be one of Wangaratta or Benalla. The newcomers to the league, Benalla has not been too far off the pace recently – downed by a whisker against Shepparton and a seven-point margin against Myrtleford – but there’s plenty to be pleased about. The young brigade of Lachlan Kego, Patrick Mahoney and Corry Westbury have been pushing the Breakers along and are getting closer to that elusive victory by the week. It’s been a bit tougher for Wangaratta to start the season, but have home court against Benalla and have been led by Jake Bowen and Sam Waite to name a couple.

Benalla backs up on Sunday afternoon battle Wallan on the road.

 

SEYMOUR V WODONGA

WANGARATTA V BENALLA

WALLAN V BENALLA

 

GIPPSLAND MEN

Traralgon has two bites at the cherry this week to break their form slump as they host Churchill before heading over to Bairnsdale on Sunday. The T-Birds are young but have certainly given it their all through the opening five games. Those D’Angelo boys – Luis and Christian – are tearing up the competition and posting some remarkable stats for their age. If a few other pieces slot together you would expect this side to rise back up the ranks through the second half of the season.

Churchill will host Western Port in the second of its two clashes across the weekend, as the Blue Devils aim to rise back up the ladder, after finding itself in an unfamiliar fifth spot. You can’t keep a good side down so expect them to rocket up the ladder sooner rather than later.

Warragul vs Sale will certainly be an A grade encounter between two of Gippsland’s form sides at this stage of the season, while the sides at opposite extremes – Moe and Korumburra – will battle it out on Sunday.

 

TRARALGON V CHURCHILL

WARRAGUL V SALE

BAIRNSDALE V TRARALGON

CHURCHILL V WESTERN PORT

MOE V KORUMBURRA

 

GIPPSLAND WOMEN

Korumburra is up and about and has been tough to stop so far this season. The Wildcats are relishing their barnstorming start as Chloe Hogg, Jamie Lee Jeffs and Loni Jeffs have flourished. It’ll take a lot for Moe to drag this one back, but you’re always in the clash when Carly Mullen-Bianconi and Caitlin Demczuk start rattling off points.

Warragul will be out to take the points against Sale and stay in touch with the top two in the pool.

 

WARRAGUL V SALE

MOE V KORUMBURRA

  

NORTH EAST WOMEN

First vs second. It’s always a thrill to see this happen across the league and this week offers up an interesting insight as Bendigo hosts Wodonga on Saturday night. The Braves have scarcely missed a beat through the initial four clashes – racking up three emphatic wins and a thriller against Swan Hill recently. They’re certainly poised as a side to beat in the league – with Danielle O’Toole, Tess Barnes and Keisha Tonzing consistently in the points, but the Wolves are certainly up and about too. It’s hard to tell too much from a pair of games, but Wodonga has certainly not missed a beat through the likes of Breanna Green and Charlotte Beaven keeping up the tempo. Expect fireworks and make sure you’re down for one of the bigger clashes yet in the season.

Echuca and Wangaratta are battling to break the drought with one of these bottom-ranked sides getting through to take their maiden triumph of season 2018/19. Chloe Storer has been the anchor of the Warriors’ side thus far and will take to her task against the likes of Alexandra Tenace and Bridget Byrne.

Kyneton will battle Myrtleford as both sides aim to keep their formlines going.

 

BENDIGO V WODONGA

KYNETON V MYRTLEFORD

ECHUCA V WANGARATTA


NORTH WEST MEN

Mildura can pump itself right up the ladder with a pair of wins from its away double-header against Bendigo and Echuca. Mildura has turned around its slow start with a pair of convincing wins in recent times over Bendigo and Swan Hill. Dallas Brown has continued his strong form from the winter campaign through to the Heat’s summer onslaught and has shared the responsibilities well alongside Aaron Lucchesi and Zane Lueth. These are a pair of primo clashes that said as Echuca and Bendigo alike both have eyes on top half of the draw. Bendigo’s on a two-game run while Echuca has bounced back after a couple of mid-season losses to steady the ship. Either way the visiting Heat will bring stoke the fires for this epic shootout across the North West.

 

BENDIGO V MILDURA

ECHUCA V MILDURA

 

SOUTH WEST MEN

The battle rages between next-door neighbours as Bellarine (4-1) takes on Geelong (5-2) in a certain thriller down the coast. Both sides are relishing their first season in the competition with the

Josiah King showcased his all-round calibre by leading the undermanned Storm in its trip to Mt Gambier last week and the side will definitely be on the warpath with its sights firmly set on the Supercats. Wayne Nyieth and Connor Hultgren have impressed early for Geelong as the side looks to bolster its winning record heading into the second half of the season. With a fair logjam from second to fifth in the conference, there’s plenty to play for as these two sides aim to sort themselves out this weekend.

Horsham and Ararat will face with plenty on the line for both sides as the Hornets aim to fly a little bit higher while Ararat aims to break its dogged streak of near-miss losses. With the fireworks on display this week from their offence, expect the Redbacks to launch into some potent work come Friday night.

Warrnambool hosts Bacchus Marsh before driving down to battle Geelong away on Sunday afternoon.

HORSHAM V ARARAT

WARRNAMBOOL V BACCHUS MARSH

BELLARINE V GEELONG

GEELONG V WARRNAMBOOL

SOUTH WEST WOMEN

Sitting middle of the pack, Bellarine and Geelong will battle it out with a different set of circumstances on the line for the Storm and Supercats respectively. The Storm’s season is in the midst of a lull following its debut match victory over Warrnambool. Bellarine hasn’t taken the point since, despite a close call against Colac and a couple of blow-out losses thrown in there as well.

The Supercats have put some better performances on the board and will come into the game with better form, but not to say amazing form. Win, loss, win, loss, win is an interesting line that Geelong will hope to crack this weekend. They’ve shared the scoring this year as Chloe Skinner, Georgia Varley and Kleo Talbot amongst others have all taken charge. It makes them a potent line up as they’ve already run 14 through the roster.

Geelong will then host Warrnambool to round out the weekend as the Supercats hope to bump their record up with the double-header.

 

BELLARINE V GEELONG

GEELONG V WARRNAMBOOL

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