ANOTHER year of sensational MUVJBL action came to a close on Friday night with our last 18 champions crowned across VC and VC Reserve.
BOYS VC – Ringwood Hawks 67 def. Dandenong Rangers 59
Ringwood has completed its dominant 2018 season defeating the Dandenong Rangers by eight points. Using a complete team effort with four starters scoring in double figures, the Hawks have overcome a halftime deficit to win the title game. Australian and Victorian representative Tyler Robertson was magnificent scoring a game-high 20 points for the Rangers, but it wasn’t enough to secure the upset victory for Dandenong.
GIRLS VC – Sandringham Sabres 51 def. Waverley Falcons 42
Sandringham crowned off its U21 Girls VC campaign in style with a 51-42 win over Waverley. Both sides fought their way past ladder leaders Bellarine to earn a place in the finale but once the dust settled the Sabres proved too potent. After trailing early in the clash, Sandringham dug deep through Ella Batish (10 points), Morgan Riley (10 points) and Chloe Hicks (eight points) to finish the season on a high note. The Falcons were gallantly led by Nyaduoth Lok (15 points) and Mia Parsons (14 points).
BOYS VC – Sandringham Sabres 61 def. Melbourne Tigers 56
The Sandringham Sabres have used a stellar first half effort to defeat the Melbourne Tigers by five points and capture the VC title. Driven by the duo of Tyrone Simos-Primerano and Kingsley Box the Sabres built a 15-point halftime lead and held on down the stretch. Josh Giddey was sensational scoring a game-high 19 points for Melbourne. But it wasn’t enough for the Tigers to secure the victory and finish their dream season undefeated.
GIRLS VC – Bulleen Boomers 54 def. Dandenong Rangers 41
The bright lights captivated Bulleen as the Boomers took a 54-41 victory over Dandenong in an enthralling VC Girls championship clash. Back and forth throughout the opening three terms, neither side truly seized advantage as the ball flew from end to end. Taking the triumph with a brilliant 15-4 run to end the clash, Bulleen was superbly led by Vic Metro U18 quartet Abbey Ellis (20 points), Sophia Locandro (11 points), Erin Riley (10 points) and Jayde Cadee (seven points). Izzy Anstey (12 points) proved her might under the ring for the Rangers in tandem with Elly Morgan (six points) and Eleanor Nichol (five points), but in the end they couldn’t go all four rounds against a mighty Bulleen roster.
BOYS VC RESERVE – Bulleen Boomers 78 def. Ballarat Miners 55
Joel Capetola’s incredible 39-point effort has led the Bulleen Boomers to a 23-point thrashing of the Ballarat Miners to win the VC Reserves title. Nailing five treys in the rout, the Miners had no answer for Capetola’s hot shooting. Jarrod Hunter was valiant in defeat for Ballarat scoring 21 points. Bulleen stormed to the title game knocking off the league leading Eltham Wildcats in the semi-final and finished the mission rampaging to the title.
GIRLS VC RESERVE – Ballarat 44 def. Nunawading 35
Ballarat took out the VC Reserve U18 Girls title in style with a 44-35 triumph over Nunawading. The atmosphere benefitted Ballarat as the girls ran away with the clash following a scintillating 20-point third term. Charlotte Todd (22 points) caught fire and drilled everything in a sensational performance while national star Georgia Amoore (nine points) was never far from the action. Taylah Schmidtke (10 points) and Isabel Feller (eight points) led the Spectres’ scoring.
BOYS VC – Nunawading Spectres 54 def. by Knox Raiders 68
A stirring second effort has seen the Knox Raiders run out as 14-point winners against the Nunawading Spectres in the VC title game. The two teams were tightly matched in the first half with the Raiders holding a narrow 2-point lead at the main break. In the second half, Knox dominated the contest behind the efforts Oliver Dempsey and Ivan Rajher. The duo combined for 31 points in the victory and ended the Spectres dream run to the title game. James Roche finished his outstanding season scoring 16 points to lead Nunawading.
GIRLS VC – Southern Peninsula Sharks 65 def. Dandenong Rangers 57
Southern Peninsula made amends for their National Junior Classic campaign with a sensational end to September. The Sharks surged to take the 65-57 triumph over Dandenong on SBC Court 4 as they held an early lead and took it all the way to the end. Fresh off a sensational under-16s national championships campaign for Vic Country, Southern Peninsula was strongly led by Gemma Simon (23 points) and Paige Price (15 points) with Keely Toohey (12 points) also starring in the victory. Nyadiew Puoch (16 points), Dallas Loughridge (12 points) and Abbey-Lee Wood (12 points) shone for the Rangers in the narrow defeat.
BOYS VC RESERVE – Hawthorn Magic 55 def. by Geelong Supercats 69
The Geelong Supercats have completed the dream run defeating the Hawthorn Magic by 14 points to be crowned the VC Reserve champions. Finishing the regular season in eighth, the Supercats found form at the perfect time of the year playing outstanding basketball when it mattered most. Hamish Carey was the star this night, scoring a game-high 22 points in the victory, Jay Posterino chipped in with 16 points for Geelong.
GIRLS VC RESERVE – Broadmeadows Broncos 56 def. Eltham Wildcats 45
Broadmeadows surged home against Eltham to take a 56-45 triumph in VC Reserve Girls. They clamped down the Wildcats’ offence through the final term to take out the sensational victory as Emma Povh (21 points) and Chrissy Triantafyllopoulos (19 points) were sensational for the Broncos on offence. Alana Mierisch (15 points) and Mia Mcauliffe (eight points) led the Wildcats’ charge.
BOYS VC – Hawthorn Magic 49 def. by Eltham Wildcats 74
The Eltham Wildcats have won the VC championship defeating the Hawthorn Magic by 25 points in an impressive performance. Led by Emmett Wise (20 points) and Kristian Ferronato (17 points) the Wildcats were dominant in all facets of the game leading at every break. After finishing the regular season second, the Wildcats were deserved champions, as the Magic were valiant making the title game from seventh on the ladder.
GIRLS VC – Melbourne Tigers 50 def. Knox Raiders 45
Melbourne Girls surged to back up their National Junior Classic victory with a VC title, taking the victory 50-45 in an electric clash against Knox. Jessica Barnett-Tonna (14 points), Amy Kurkowski (13 points) and Keisha Hooper (11 points) shone for the Tigers while Gemma O’Donnell (15 points) and Jaida Reid (13 points) were the best of a mighty Raiders’ roster that fell just short.
BOYS VC RESERVE – Dandenong Rangers 64 def. Frankston Blues 32
A dominant Dandenong Rangers have captured the VC Reserve title defeating the Frankston Blues by 32 points. With four players scoring in double-figures, the Rangers were ferocious with their defensive intensity to force turnovers in the victory.
GIRLS VC RESERVE – Eltham Wildcats 62 def. Southern Peninsula 59
Eltham snuck home in a 62-59 thriller over Southern Peninsula to snare the Girls VC Reserve crown. It came down to the wire as the sides went shot-for-shot in a scintillating fourth term. Dropping 25-apiece, it boiled down to who seized the momentum when it mattered most as the Wildcats emerged triumphant through Elena Uzelac (16 points), Ashley Vee Mrmacovski (14 points) and Sophie Davies (13 points). Southern Peninsula was well led by Chantelle James (25 points) and Kyra Webb (17 points).
BOYS VC – Bulleen Boomers 47 def. Keilor Thunder 38
Ryder Cheesman and Ned Henderson have led the Bulleen Boomers to the VC title against the Keilor Thunder. Combing to score 24 points, Cheesman and Henderson were sensational. Kristian Tsapatolis was gallant in the defeat, scoring a game-high 15 points for the Thunder. The Boomers were marvellous all season long and finished the season as deserved champions.
GIRLS VC – Eltham Wildcats 44 def. Hawthorn 41
In a nail-biter, the Eltham U12 Girls added a VC crown to their National Junior Classic victory to cap off 2018 in style. The 44-41 win over Hawthorn was earned the hard way as the Wildcats had to see off a fast-finishing Magic roster to take the title. In the end the likes of Isobelle Wightman (13 points), Eden Berry (nine points) and Mia Vee Mrmacovski (eight points) were amazing for Eltham. Jada Kennedy (12 points), Ava Price (seven points) and Isabella Matthews (seven points) proved potent for the Magic.
BOYS VC RESERVE – Frankston Blues 60 def. by Blackburn Vikings 66
Thomas Gordon’s 21 points have driven the Blackburn Vikings to the VC Reserves title defeating the Frankston Blues by six points. Leading by 16 points heading into the final quarter, the Blues gave it everything they had to fight their way back into the contest. But fell short at the final hurdle as the Vikings held on down the stretch.
GIRLS VC RESERVE – Sandringham 50 def. Diamond Valley 46
Sandringham’s VC Reserve Girls claimed a 50-46 title victory over Diamond Valley to tip off their MUVJBL careers in style. Despite a good fight back by the Eagles, the Sabres rattled them early to take the championship through the likes of Stella Sakalas (12 points), Jasmine Perry (nine points) and Remy Phillip (nine points). Diamond Valley’s Emily Andrews (12 points), Kiara Keenan (10 points) and Makayla Buckingham (10 points) were gallant in the grand final defeat.
MUVJBL 2017/18 VC GRAND FINALS – RESULTS AND MVPS
G12 VC: Hawthorn 41-44 Eltham | MVP: Mia Vee Mrmacovski (Eltham)
G12 VCR: Sandringham 50-46 Diamond Valley | MVP: Jasmine Perry (Sandringham)
B12 VC: Bulleen 47-38 Keilor | MVP: Ryder Cheesman (Bulleen)
B12 VCR: Frankston 60-66 Blackburn | MVP: Connor Poppes (Blackburn)
G14 VC: Melbourne 50-45 Knox | MVP: Paige Galucho (Knox) and Amy Kurkowski (Melbourne)
G14 VCR: Eltham 62-59 Southern Peninsula | MVP: Ava Jordan (Eltham)
B14 VC: Hawthorn 49-74 Eltham | MVP: Emett Wise (Eltham)
B14 VCR: Dandenong 64-32 Frankston | MVP: Fraser Roxburgh (Dandenong)
G16 VC: Dandenong 57-65 Southern Peninsula | MVP: Paige Price (Southern Peninsula)
G16 VCR: Eltham 45-56 Broadmeadows | MVP: Emma Povh (Broadmeadows)
B16 VC: Nunawading 54-68 Knox | Oliver Dempsey (Knox)
B16 VCR: Hawthorn 55-69 Geelong | MVP: Hamish Carey (Geelong)
G18 VC: Bulleen 54-41 Dandenong | MVP: Abbey Ellis (Bulleen)
G18 VCR: Ballarat 44-35 Nunawading | MVP: Charlotte Todd (Ballarat)
B18 VC: Melbourne 56-61 Sandringham | MVP: Samuel Taulapiu (Sandringham)
B18 VCR: Bulleen 78-55 Ballarat | MVP: Joel Capetola (Bulleen)
G21 VC: Sandringham 51-42 Waverley | MVP: Chloe Hicks (Sandringham)
B21 VC: Ringwood 67-59 Dandenong | MVP: Kaide Fittolani (Ringwood)