Big V Preview Round 9
Division One Men (2nd 6-2): vs. Melbourne University (4th 6-4) @ Melbourne University Sports Centre, Saturday 8.30pm
The cries of “no Jason Reardon, no Geelong” have been put to bed for a week at least following last week’s win over Latrobe City 91-85 at Traralgon. They’re likely to have to do it again without the star swingman when they meet reigning champions Melbourne University on Saturday night. However if rising star Steve Wiasak can produce a similar performance to the one against the Energy the Cats will be in good hands. The forward had 34 points on 13-of-21 shooting, as well as grabbing 12 rebounds. “It was worth the 2.5 hour trip to Traralgon with the best display of team spirit we’ve shown all year,” coach Shayne Bow said. "The encouragement and mateship from the bench was fantastic and every player, in one way or another, contributed to the win." Bow is now looking forward to the challenge of playing the Black Angels at MUSC. “No matter where they are on the ladder, it will always be hard to win, especially on their home court and with their club support.”
State Youth Championship One Men (8th 3-5): vs. Hume City (6th 5-3) @ The Arena Annexe, Sunday 12.00pm
To say the Cats need a win against the Broncos is an understatement. After capitulating in the second half of last week’s loss 110-76 to Ringwood, they’ve fallen to a 3-5 record, and coach Luke Beauglehall knows their season could be shot at the half-way mark if they can’t claim victory on Sunday. With Supercats’ rookies Michael Rebula (19 points, seven rebounds) and Lachie Headlam (13 points, 12 rebounds) in the squad, Geelong was within eight at half-time. However they couldn’t keep pace with the Hawks in the third quarter, who skipped away to a 24 point advantage at the last break after a 29-13 period. Rebula and Headlam should both be available for the clash, with the Supercats playing Saturday night. Ben McCawley and Ben Scannell may also drop back from the Division One side roster, who also have Sunday off. Headlam and McCawley would provide the Cats with a handy inside duo against the Broncos.
State Youth Championship Women (2nd Watson Conference 5-3): vs. Whittlesea (4th Watson Conference 5-4) @ Mill Park Basketball Stadium, Saturday 6.30pm
Geelong faces another important test on Saturday night against Whittlesea. After dispatching Sunbury 59-39 last week, despite the absence of Jess Watson and Ellie Stevens, the Cats will again have to do it without the star duo against the Pacers. However confidence has been restored to a group that was summarily picked apart by Diamond Valley the week before. Every player got on the scoresheet, with Sharon Ford’s triple-double of 12 points, 17 rebounds and 11 steals the highlight. “The most pleasing aspect of the game was everyone contributing to the score and doing their bit in defense,” coach Kat Clancy said. “We got off to a slow start, but when we started to execute our game plan it paid off.” One area the Cats will have to improve against Whittlesea is shooting, after knocking down a horrible 24-of-102 from the field. That included a woeful of one-of-18 from beyond the arc.