TWO weeks until the break and there’s plenty on the line!
Saturday night was a thriller with the clash against Traralgon and Sale. The T.Bird’s Christian D’Angelo (29 points) and Jarrod King-Church (21 points) lead the way to secure a 3 point victory over the Sonics. Traralgon got away early in the match with a 24-11 first quarter, however Sale fought hard to make up some ground with the help of their sharp shooter Billy Hughes securing 34 points for the match.
Maffra continue its leaderboard domination winning both matches this weekend and being tied for the top spot. Sam Whelan had ripping games with 23 and 26 points in each game to secure convincing wins over Korumburra (95-73) and Sale (89-66).
Bairnsdale secured its first win of the season in the game against Korumburra and catapulting them off the bottom of the leaderboard. The 10 Point victory was lead by Stephen Savage with 15 points for the match and allowed the Bullets to get away from their competitors early.
Korumburra continue its ladder domination with its 7th win in a row against Maffra and find itself 7 points clear of the second team on the table. Jamie Lee Jeffs was among the standouts of the game with 20 points to his name on the weekend. Although the end result saw the Wildcats winning by 13 points, the game started goal for goal with Maffra’s Coco Henry (18 points) getting involved early. In the 4th term the Wildcats broke away to secure the win 61-48. Maffra were able to come back from their loss on Saturday, to secure a win against Sale on the Sunday. Maffra maintained a consistent lead throughout the match with the help of Emerson Connolly (13 points) and Coco Henry (12 points). Despite Sales disappointing weekend with two losses over the weekend, in the game against the T.Birds, Sale found themselves even minutes into the 3rd term but fell away in the 4th to secure their 6th consecutive loss of the season.
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Shepparton had 2 massive wins over the weekend that pushed them into top position on the table. Their first match against Seymour was an absolute thriller. The game was neck and neck until the very end where the Gators were able to overcome the blasters to win by 2 points. Gabe Evans was the top scorer of the clash with 22 points to his name. In their second clash of the weekend they overpowered last position, Benalla making it their 8 consecutive loss for the season. The Gators had multiple high goal scorers with Liam Dodd (17 Points), Nick Dodd (17 points), Dylan Wayman (16 points) and Gabe Evans (14 points) all contributing to the 45 point victory over the Breakers.
Seymour recovered from their close loss to the Gators, with a convincing win over Wangaratta. The game was close early, however at 3 quarter time the Blasters kicked into gear with the help of Jack Murphy (24 points) and Thomas O’Connor (19 Points) to ensure the 29 point victory. Myrtleford had a close call on the weekend in their game against Wallan, where the panthers came back from 20 point deficit early in the 4th to go down by 6 points at the end of the match.
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A lot of movement on the ladder this week Swan Hill and Wodonga both winning their two games this weekend. The Flyers dominated in both its matches, securing wins over Myrtleford and Shepparton. In their first game against Myrtleford, the match was tight until the third where the flyers broke away to gain a 16 point victory over the Saints. In their second match for the weekend, Swan hill came back from an early deficit in the 1st win the match against Shepparton 68-50. Tess Denham was among the best for the day with 31 points to her name and leading the comeback to secure the victory. Wodonga also had two massive wins against Maryborough and Echuca to advance them up two spots on the table into 4th. With the help of Mel Kirby (23 points), The Lady Wolves got away early in the match against the Blazers to secure a 28 point victory. The impressive performance of Wodonga followed into Echuca with Jade Mccowan (16 points) leading the way to win 69-44 leaving Echuca on the Bottom of the Leaderboard. The Bendigo Braves continued their perfect record with their impressive win against the Lady Gators. The Braves got off to a slow start and Shepparton were determined to give the leaders a run for their money. However the Gators feel short and were defeated by 24 points.
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Castlemaine had two games this week and came out 1-1. However due to their decrease in percentage, the weekend caused it to drop to 4th position leaving a 3rd spot open for Mildura with its tight victory over Kyneton. The Tigers came close to ending its 4 game losing streak with a two point loss to heat. Kyneton started strong and dominated the play, however Mildura kicked into gear in the second quarter to make the game goal for goal until the very end. The Heat’s best included the likes of Jay Madigan (16 points), Dallas Brown (15 points) and Zane Lueth (15 points) the the Tiger’s Mathew Quinn scoring a match high of 23 points for the game.
Kyneton unfortunately didn’t follow up its form from Saturdays game as they went down to Castlemaine 77-65. Castlemaine had a strong lead early thanks to Lloyd Needs (19 points) and Cameron Devereaux (11 points).
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Horsham Hornets continued their impressive start to the season, now securing a perfect record 9/9 wins with their two games against Terang and Hamilton. As predicted in both games, the Hornets got away early and held an impressive lead to win convincingly by 18 and 41 points. Jeremiah Mckenzie and Tim Picket were the sharp shooters for both matches with 86 points between them this weekend.
With the Lakers Draw this weekend it moves down into 3rd place, with Bellarine taking their spot in second. Bellarine had its third consecutive win over the Geelong Supercats on the weekend, winning 81-72. The Storm’s Nathan Gronbeck assisted the storms consistent lead over the match with 20 points.
Ararat break its 8 game losing streak with its impressive win over the Hamilton Hurricanes by 21 points. Ararat got away early and held on to its lead through the duration of the match.
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Horsham jump up to second spot with their two massive wins this weekend against Terang and Geelong. Terang had a strong start to the game against Horsham, leading 23 -8 late in the first. However the strength of the Lady Hornets Lineup allowed the team to come back and win by 20 points. In its second match of the weekend, Horsham overpowered Geelong by 32 points resulting in their climb to second spot. Emalie iredell (30 points) and Georgia Hiscock (20 points) were among the best for the day, while Geelong’s Grace Brown (13 points) was the highest scorer for Geelong. Top of the table, Portland continued its domination with its win over Colac who fought hard against the top team. The Coasters leading scorers included the likes of Taylah Nelson (19 points) and Alana Storm (16 points).