CBL Round 8 Preview

A QUARTET of local derbies for Maffra as they host Sale & Bairnsdale this weekend as they look to continue their strong play.


Two wins for the men will see them jump to 2nd place while 2 losses could see them slip to 4th place on the Gippsland ladder. The 3rd placed Maffra women face 4th placed Sale and with a win the Sonics will see both clubs with an even record and down to head-to-head. They played in Round 5 and the margin was just 4 points in Maffra’s favour.

Bairnsdale teams are still searching for their first wins of season and the matches against Maffra will prove tough.

Ararat are on the road for 3 testing matches in South Australia. On Saturday night the men and women face Millicent, with the womens team recovering from their loss to Geelong in Round 6 to pick up 2 road wins in Round 7 and solidifying their 2nd place spot on the South West ladder. Ararat women are currently in the midst of a 3 game losing streak and will need all guns blazing to leave Millicent with a win.

The mens matchup will be 4th placed Ararat and 5th placed Millicent. Ararat are yet to win a game on the road and Millicent’s only win has come at home. On Sunday, Ararat will head to Mt Gambier to face the undefeated Lakers who are riding a 6 game winning streak.

Terang are on the road in Round 8 as they take on Colac on Saturday night with the Colac women looking to earn their first win of the season against the 4th placed Tornadoes. The Colac men have won 2 straight since their loss at Mt Gambier in Round 4 while Terang picked up their first win of the season against Millicent in Round 7 and sit in 5th position on the South West Ladder.

Terang’s women will then head to Geelong on Sunday to face the unbeaten Supercats who have a 5 game winning streak heading into the match.

In the North West, the Mildura men will host Horsham with Mildura entering the match on a 4 game win streak and Horsham, having their 5 game win streak snapped last weekend at Bendigo will be looking to return to their winning ways and keep hold of top spot on the North West Mens ladder.

Bendigo will head down the highway to Castlemaine, with the womens match a tale of differing fortunes as the Lady Braves will be riding high after their dominating win over Horsham in Round 7 while Castlemaine are still seeking their first win of the season. The mens matchup is much the same as Bendigo sit tied at the top with Horsham and Castlemaine are in 6th position with a 2 win and 6 loss record. Castlemaine have traditionally given Bendigo problems and will be hoping for an upset win that propels them back into contention for a finals berth.

Kyneton host Maryborough, with the Blazers earning the points over the Tigers in both mens and womens matchups in Round 3. Brady Neill was the difference in this matchup as he torched the Tigers for 31. In the womens matchup, the shorthanded Kyneton team couldn’t contain Tori Chandler and Maggie Tranter who combined for 39 points on the day.

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