THE CBL preview tips off this week with a celebration of Terang mainstay Michael Payne.
SOUTH WEST MEN
Michael Payne has been a massive part of Terang Basketball Association for 20 years, starting off in the domestic competition and playing in the Junior representative squads.
He has had more than his fair share of life experiences along the way. Having to remove cancer in 2011, then to have minimal invasive heart surgery in 2015 and to follow that a major open heart operation in 2017.
Whilst this has taken its toll on him, he has always been a part of the association in many ways, coaching our junior representative sides, having a role on the committee and now the Men’s CBL coach for the last and current season.
Michael was part of the first resurgence of Terang CBL Men’s side back in 2010, under the guidance of coach Marcus Rees. Michael is well known for his defensive ability and is always the first to put his hand up to play against the main scoring utility from the opposition. He has shown this grit and determination on the court, but more importantly off the court, is always happy to help and support the juniors coming through. At 27 years of age and having gone through many life experiences, Terang would like to congratulate Payney on 100 games.
In other clashes, there is a lot of action ahead this weekend in the South West Men’s competition. One to look out for is Horsham v Mt Gambier as this game could go any way. The last time these two teams met, it was a thriller that left Horsham victorious by 4 points. With the lakers claiming their first draw last week, they will be more determined than ever to redeem themselves and take back second spot. Bellarine have a challenge this week, with two games against two tough teams, Bacchus Marsh and Terang, which could put its second spot in jeopardy. Ararat have a tough week ahead with its games against 3rd spot Mt Gambier and Warrnambool who will be determined to get a win on the board for the season.
Hamilton vs Portland
Bacchus Marsh vs Bellarine
Horsham vs Mt Gambier
Warrnambool vs Ararat
Ararat vs Mt Gambier
Bellarine vs Terang
Warrnambool vs Hamilton
SOUTH WEST WOMEN
Bellarine are up against the two bottom teams this week of Terang and Warrnambool. However both these teams currently have an extensive losing streak that they will be determined to break. The bottom team, Warrnambool have a good chance to get a win on the board this weekend with its double feature against Bellarine and Geelong. Horsham and Millicent will be battling it out for 2nd spot this week. After Horsham’s Emalie Iredell amazing 30 point performance last week, it brings a good opportunity for Horsham to claim top spot with Portland taking a break this week.
Horsham vs Millicent
Warrnambool vs Bellarine
Bellarine vs Terang
Warrnambool vs Geelong
The battle for top spot. Moe vs Maffra will be one to watch this week as the winner takes the spot at the top of the table. However Maffra will be challenged with its two games this weekend and will need to win both to be on top next week. Traralgon will look to continue their momentum from their impressive win last week into this weeks matches against Western Port and Churchill. If Christian D’Angelo can continue his incredible form in recent weeks, the T.Birds can pull together 4 wins in a row and be in contention for moving up the table.
Maffra vs Bairnsdale
Traralgon vs Western Port
Bairnsdale vs Sale
Churchill vs Traralgon
Moe vs Maffra
This week features games between 2nd v 3rd and 4th v 5th, which will attempt to shake up the leaderboard. If Maffra’s Coco Henry can continue her outstanding performances from the two games last week, Maffra can contest for 3rd spot on the ladder. With Warragul and Traralgon both coming off strong wins last weekend, both teams will be determined to secure that second spot on the table.
Traralgon vs Warragul
Moe vs Maffra
NORTH EAST MEN
A quiet one for the North East Mens Competition with just the one game to be played out. However this is not one to miss. 2nd vs 3rd. Winner takes second spot and contends for the top spot in coming weeks. With Seymours close game against the top team, Shepparton last week, they will be more determined to take out Myrtleford and claim the top spot.
Seymour vs Myrtleford
NORTH EAST WOMEN
North East Women only has one game this weekend with top spot Bendigo taking on 3rd place Kyneton. Kyneton will be intent on redeeming themselves from their loss last week and will attempt to break the Braves perfect winning record.
Kyneton Tigers vs Bendigo Braves
NORTH WEST MEN
Two games this week for the North West. Mildura v Maryborough is set to be a thriller as 2nd v 3rd and the winner get second spot. Mildura will be looking to backup its good performance last week and Jay Madigan will be determined to have another high scoring performance. Bendigo will be looking to continue on their impressive form from the last 5 weeks in the game against Kyneton. however with the Tigers 4 straight losses, Sharp Shooter Mathew Quinn will be aiming for a field day to bring his team over the line.
Mildura vs Maryborough
Kyneton vs Bendigo