KORUMBURRA women are flying as the Wildcats extended their unbeaten CBL 2018/19 record.
GIPPSLAND – WOMEN
Korumburra has shown its skill after knocking off Traralgon and Sale over the weekend.
They had to toil to get back into the clash against Traralgon on Saturday night as the T-Birds raced ahead at the half through the likes of Joanna Watson (14 points), Emirson Devenie (11 points) and Laura Vannapraseuth (11 points). But Korumburra never let the door shut completely on their chances of victory with a third term surge
The Jeffs – Loni (10 points) and Jamie-Lee (16 points) – dug deep late in the fourth term to level scores and force the overtime. It was then the Wildcats for the taking as Chloe Hogg (12 points) made a pair of clutch shots to go ahead. A late trey off Lauryn King-Church (six points) gave Traralgon one last gasp, but they couldn’t take it any further.
Staying on top through a strong victory on Sunday over Sale 73-68, despite an incredible comeback from the Sonics late in the clash. It was an outstanding weekend that head coach Mat Holmes put down to the mix of experience and youth in the line-up.
“Our girls had a really solid weekend grabbing wins in both games,” Holmes said. “Traralgon is always a difficult assignment over there, I think they said they’ve won 17 straight on their home court and hadn’t been beaten there since 2015.
“To go 13 points down just before half-time and then find a way back into the game was huge for us.
“It was on the back of a six-foot 15-year-old debutant in Alanna Arnason and a 16-year-old zippy guard in Zali Rogers who turned the game in the third, then our more experienced crew in Gemma Dixon and Loni Jeffs showed the poise down the stretch in OT.
“Sale was an great match, very close up till half time with our girls in a bit of foul trouble, but got the momentum change in the third to go in 17 points up at the last break.
“Sale came at us hard with a manic press and made some great perimeter shots to go on a 17 to 0 run and draw the game with two mins to play.
“Thankfully our girls were able to show some poise and got away with the win to help us continue a great start to the season.”
Warragul bested Maffra 74-52 on Saturday night as Shanara Notman (14 points), Mikaela Zeldenryk (13 points) and Kylie Mullen set the stage for victory. Maffra was led by Coco Henry (19 points).
Maffra bounced back Sunday to claim an 83-75 victory over Traralgon, in spite of the monumental effort of Emirson Devenie (36 points). Devenie terrorised the Eagles defence – including four treys – but just as oppressive down the other end of the court were Alex Gallatly (19 points), Jennifer Wrigglesworth (18 points) and Faith Biddle (13 points).
GIPPSLAND – MEN
Warragul took out a potent Maffra line-up in a 75-63 triumph as Dwain Scott (22 points) and Sam Flanders (18 points) shone for the Warriors.
Traralgon bounced back and went toe-to-toe with Maffra in a one-point thriller at home. Thriving at the death, Sam Whelan (22 points) and Andrew Quirk (21 points) made some clutch shots to bring the Eagles back to the winners list.
Traralgon’s Saturday night clash went a bit better in a 69-59 victory over Korumburra with Luis D’Angelo (23 points) and Christian D’Angelo (17 points) leading the way.
Bairnsdale had a tough double-header, downed 57-90 against Sale on Saturday before a 66-92 loss on Sunday to Moe.
SOUTH WEST – MEN
Mt Gambier and Horsham remain the unbeaten sides in CBL South West after some resounding results across the board.
Horsham thumped Bacchus Marsh to tip off the round with a 101-57 lashing at home court. Jeremiah McKenzie (25 points) leaned back to nail five from beyond the three-point arc and in league with Tim Pickert (23 points) and Matt Lovel (12 points). William Feben (17 points) and Max Beaumont (12 points) were stoic for the Lions in defeat.
Horsham then went on to knock over Ararat in a 103-82 shootout on the road. Pickert (29 points) once again alongside Damien Skurrie (23 points) hit some obscene shots from across the floor in league with Matt Lovel and Mitch Martin (17 points each). Pickert went ballistic through the second term – rattling off 16 points including three treys – to rocket the Hornets to a 43-point term. The tempo only carried on from there as the best efforts of the Redbacks’ brigade – Zachery Dunmore (26 points) and DJ Woods (25 points) – were strong but not enough to hold back the Horsham onslaught.
Ararat split its opening round double-header, knocking over Warrnambool 108-68 in front of a burgeoning home court as the Redbacks were led by Dunmore (31 points) and Josh Fiegert (29 points).
Mt Gambier opened its account at home emphatically as it brushed aside Hamilton 116-55. The Lakers’ potent barrage featured 11 long bombs from the likes of Matthew Berkefeld (23 points), Sam Stafford (23 points) and Kurt Rodis (17 points). Sam Brewer (10 points) was the lonely Hurricane in double figures from the toughest away trip in CBL.
Geelong took the reins against Hamilton to tame the Hurricanes in a 82-68 victory. Conner Hultgren (24 points) and Max Kos (22 points) were the best of the Supercats while James Cleaver (16 points) and Angus Noske (14 points) stood tall for the Hurricanes.
Bacchus Marsh continued its winning ways in the CBL debut season with a 78-50 victory over Colac.
SOUTH WEST – WOMEN
Horsham put last week’s loss to Portland behind them emphatically with a pair of potent wins over Colac and Bellarine. The Hornets started their barrage on Saturday night in a 81-54 win over Colac, with Emalie Iredell (27 points), Rebecca McIntyre (20 points) and Faith Mckenzie (19 points) rattling off some rapid-fire scoring. The Kookas had plenty of output from Emma Hawker (20 points) and Michelle Winch (12 points) but couldn’t stop the potent Hornets’ triad taking siege.
Flawlessly firing off free throws, Horsham made the most of their trip to Bellarine with an 88-71 triumph. Knocking in 26 frees and forcing Bellarine into foul trouble, Horsham’s Emalie Iredell (32 points) had an absolute field day. She topped the division’s scoring this week after this extraordinary effort, including 10 free throws on the back of 11 field goals. Jessica Watson (20 points) and Raini Matthews (20 points) carried their strong form from the opening round.
Colac rounded out the weekend’s results with a 78-51 victory over Warrnambool as Janelle Monaghan (21 points) led the charge in league with Winch (18 points) and Jessie Lang (11 points). The Mermaids put up a brave fight with only six available as Renee Tuck (13 points) and Annie O’Brien (10 points) stood tall in spite of the odds.
NORTH EAST – WOMEN
Echuca’s tough start to 2018/19 continued with a pair of losses to Kyneton and Maryborough over the weekend. Lashed from pillar to post by the Tigers, the Pirates were led by Remy Day (14 points) and Lucy Eishold (11 points). Kyneton’s barrage stemmed from the sharp-shooting of Rebecca Van Kuyk (25 points), Michelle Fletcher (20 points) and Molly Greetham (14 points). Backing up against Maryborough the next day, Echuca competed bravely, but in the end fell 62-84.
Maryborough’s superb start was highlighted on Saturday night with a win over Shepparton 70-58 as the Blazers shot ahead through Tori Chandler (19 points), Claire Blower (14 points) and Maggie Tranter (12 points). Shepparton’s only player making it into double-digits was Marni Sharp (20 points).
Wodonga took Myrtleford by siege in a 74-52 away victory on Saturday night. Taking the game away from the Saints from beyond the arc, Charlotte Beaven (22 points) went ballistic from the three line as she knocked down two treys in a minute… before doing the same in the third to really ice the result. In league with Breanna Green (12 points), the Wolves ripped into the Saints’ defence while on the other side of the ball, Racquel Stevens (13 points) led the Myrtleford scoring.
NORTH EAST – MEN
Seymour fired off another explosive win to maintain their high octane start to the CBL 2018/19 season. Thomas O’Connor (23 points) and Matthew Boland (22 points) combined for the perfect one-two punch as the Blasters recorded a 116-64 win over Wangaratta. The Bowens – Jake (13 points) and Isaac (11 points) – pushed the Warriors’ initiative in the lopsided result.
Myrtleford has launched itself head-first into the new season, recording back-to-back wins over Wodonga and Benalla to take top status in North East. In a pair of closely contested battles, the Saints rose above with a 66-56 win over the Wolves and a 57-50 victory over the Breakers.
Myrtleford had great output from Marcus Laspina (14 points) and Jackson Townsend (11 points). Benalla’s seven-point defeat on Sunday was led by Patrick Mahoney (17 points) and Nicholas Spencer (14 points).
It was a fairly tough weekend across the board for the Breakers, who were outmatched in their home debut by Wallan in a 58-81 defeat. Lachlan Kego (18 points) and Corry Westbury (14 points) toiled for the Breakers while Wallan was led by Maxwell Viitala (23 points) and Jordan Paul (10 points).
NORTH WEST – MEN
Maryborough has surged to first in North West Men following strong wins over Mildura and Echuca. The Blazers lit it up on Saturday night to press past the Heat 74-65. Maryborough struggled to shoot past Mildura at first, as the Heat continued to battle through with Dallas Brown (14 points) carrying on from his strong Big V form alongside Zane Lueth (14 points). But the potency of the Blazers’ Matthew Johnston (27 points), Brady Neill (21 points) and Harrison Butler (15 points) fired off – including Johnston’s ridiculous three-point shooting with seven threes to his name.
They carried on the following afternoon to smash past Echuca 97-64. Johnston (24 points) nailed another eight three-pointers while Brady Neill (24 points) had three of his own to showcase the Blazers’ outside presence. Without young star Luke Rosendale, the Pirates were unable to go toe-to-toe despite the best efforts of Tyler Phillips (22 points) and Karaan Richardson (11 points) carrying their side’s offence.
Echuca had better luck in its Saturday night clash against Kyneton, taking out a 68-64 victory on the back of some strong work off Liam Tenace (21 points), Phillips (19 points) and Dan Newman (14 points). Kyneton’s Aidan Darmanin (21 points) and Louis Bongiovanni (20 points) were the best of the Tigers’ bunch.
Castlemaine defended its home court with a 74-61 win over Mildura. Cameron Devereaux (20 points) led the Cannons to their first win of the year.