It was a compelling opening to the Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men season with all 16 teams playing their season opener at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium in front of packed crowds. Not only friends and family in the house, but opposition teams trying to find any edge they can on their competition for the year, analysing team’s opening contests.
Hawthorn opened up the competition with a comprehensive victory, an 80-48 win over. Marcus Cusinato registering the year’s first double double with 10p & 10r.
Diamond Valley clinched an opening round win with a 17 point win over Sandringham. Justin Petrie led the team with 22 points. The Sabres looked ok here though and will be poised for another good year.
Altona’s debut in the top flight didn’t go to plan, suffering defeat at the hands of McKinnon. Luke Peyenborg topped the Cougars list in a spread affair with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Tom Georgiadis and Samson Rocker are two players to keep your eyes on for the Gators.
Blackburn used a 35-14 final term to blitz Sherbrooke. The Suns stuck fat for three quarters keeping pace with an early title credentialed outfit, however Jack Roberts’ 25 points ended up being too hot to handle.
The combination of Jamie Ahale (24p. 8r) and Mitch Dielemans (23p) got the better of 2016 runners-up Ringwood in a great battle. Matt Hickey had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks in a brave effort.
Nunawading let slip a handy lead in the opening half before ‘home’ side Dandenong snuck away with the points. The Rangers 66-63 victory was one of the lower scores from the weekend, however potentially sets up their season as a defensive stalwart.
Joel Rimes balled out for Bulleen en-route to a comfortable victory over Knox. The Boomers led from start to finish as Rimes recorded 17 points, 11 rebounds and six dimes against a new look Raiders outfit.
In the final game of the weekend, the Melbourne Tigers handled Eltham pretty comfortably off the back of a 24-9 second stanza. It was a balanced attack which saw the Tigers get over the line, seven players recording eight points or more.
An interesting take on the first half of Round 1 in Molten VYCM, and there’s plenty of questions that have come out of the first weekend of the year. The next part of the conundrum is how many we can answer by the end of the opening round.
ROUND 1 RESULTS
Hawthorn defeated Waverley (80-48)
Blackburn defeated Sherbrooke (92-65)
Diamond Valley defeated Sandringham (80-63)
McKinnon defeated Altona (73-66)
Kilsyth defeated Ringwood (89-80)
Dandenong defeated Nunawading (66-63)
Bulleen defeated Knox (84-61)
Melbourne defeated Eltham (79-67)
We are finally underway and what a jam-packed weekend it was. Melbourne sent a message to the rest of the league, handing Bulleen a 47-point thumping. Briana Babic starred with 24 points in 28 minutes, while Charlotte Letts chipped in 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals off the bench. There was little to cheer about for the Boomers.
Altona debuted in style in the Youth League's top competition with an outstanding 21 point win over Kilsyth. The Gators have some talent at their disposal, with Claudia Armato regsitering 16 points, while Kobe King-Hawea showed glimpses of talent as well.
Nunawading came out all guns blazing in their first outing, knocking off Hawthorn. Tessa Boyd (23pts, 8rebs), and Caillin Ibbotson (12pts, 10rebs) led from the front for the Spectres. Lara Edmandson was impressive in a losing team, notching up 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic.
Dandenong took home a 10-point win, in a low scoring affair against Sandringham. In what was a strong team effort, the Rangers out rebounded their opposition by 13. The margin could have been more if the Sabres took advantage of the 22 turnovers committed by their opposition.
In what was a tight contest, the Ringwood Hawks claimed victory over Knox. Neehara Ravikumar was sensational for the team in green, finishing with 22 points, including 5 treys. For the Raiders, Leah Santomaggio did all she could, collecting 20 points, and 5 rebounds.
On the back of an impressive team scoring effort, Hume City has started the year on the winners list. It was at the expense of Diamond Valley, who struggled from the field, shooting just 20%.
Eltham were outscored by 19 in the second term, and eventually lost to Waverley by 13 points. Nyaduoth Lok scored 14 points, and had 4 rebounds for the Falcons. That was all in just 19 minutes of play. Lil Brancatisano played well for the Wildcats despite the loss; she finished the game with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.
In the country clash, Bendigo held off Ballarat and claimed a 15-point win. Jessie Rennie went off for the victors; she had 25 points, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. Taylah Wynne did well in a losing side, collecting 15 points and 3 assists.
ROUND 1 RESULTS
Dandenong defeated Sandringham (57-47)
Waverley defeated Eltham (70-57)
Nunawading defeated Hawthorn (61-42)
Bendigo defeated Ballarat (74-59)
Ringwood defeated Knox (70-66)
Melbourne defeated Bulleen (86-39)
Hume City defeated Diamond Valley (62-48)
Altona defeated Kilsyth (69-48)