OUR last night at the Melbourne Utd. Victorian Junior Basketball League for season 2018/19 is coming up this Friday!
18 bumper grand finals will be on the cards as our VC and VC Reserve teams battle for the last set of trophies to cap off another exceptional season across the MUVJBL!
We had ??? championships decided across last weekend as our elite VJL sides battled it out throughout Victoria for the gold. It’s been a momentous season for our league as the competition continues to grow!
Both of our MUVJBL Under-18 VC Grand Finals will be livestreamed via the Basketball Victoria Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/BasketballVictoria – ensuring anyone who can’t make it can still see the best and brightest take their place in the biggest arena of the season.
Dandenong’s Under-18 Girls will battle Knox in the U18 VC Girls grand final, with Dandenong taking a huge scalp in the preliminary finals to make it through. The Rangers bested the almighty Boomers in the preliminary final epic. The 55-52 result was driven by Elly Morgan (16 points) and Leia Hanafin (11 points). Knox powered past Nunawading 70-50 on Friday night as Zoe Jenkins (22 points) and Charlise Dunn (19 points) unloaded on the Spectres’ defence. It was a clinical performance from the second seed and will put them in great stead heading into Friday night’s finale.
Melbourne and Bulleen are set to vie for the Under-18 VC Boys title following a pair of impressive preliminary final performances. Tiger’s tyro Josh Giddey (25 points) continued his extraordinary under-18 year in the victory over Nunawading while Owen Foxwell (20 points) and Nicholas Woodall (17 points) impressed for Bulleen over Kilsyth.
In the Under-18 VC Reserve games, Kilsyth will face Nunawading 2 in the girls’ clash while Ballarat and Casey are vying for the boys’ title.
Ringwood and Kilsyth will battle it out in the Under-21 Girls VC grand final, with Kilsyth knocking over top-of-the-battle Nunawading in a do-or-die 45-42 preliminary final victory on Friday. Annabelle Deerbon and Miranda Gartner have been electric for their respective sides this season and will be primed for one last salvo on Friday night from 8.50pm at Dandenong.
Dandenong has come home with a wet sail to book its place in the Under-21 Boys VC grand final, flying home from fifth to battle top seed Waverley. Rangers have Kobe Williamson returning to the roster in recent weeks to decimate the opposition while Timothy Angus has been in red-hot form and will finish the season above 300 points.
The mighty Dandenong under-16s – that can seemingly put no foot wrong this season – will battle Keilor. With a side featuring FIVE Victorian Under-16 representatives in 2019, having also won the National Junior Classic and the Australia Day tournament… it will take a lot to knock over the Rangers’ girls! But Keilor has shone equally, especially with Australian/Victorian powerhouse point guard Tess Heal who knocked in 27 points in its 83-55 win over Bulleen. Expect firework when this clash tips on at 9.10pm.
Eltham continues to surge at every avenue, with this all-star team out to win another piece of silverware when it battles Waverley on Friday night. The Wildcats emerged 72-42 victors, with the one-two punch of Victorian representatives Kristian Ferronato (22 points) and Harry Stones ripped apart the Rangers. Waverley was led by its Victorian representative as well, with David Amum (15 points) starring alongside Matt Jefferson (14 points) to take the 61-55 win over an impressive Bulleen.
In VC Reserve, Sunbury will face Waverley for the girls’ title while Casey will battle Hawthorn for the boys’ championship.
Hawthorn and Melbourne will battle it out in the Under-14 VC Girls grand final following a pair of incredible seasons throughout the year. Hawthorn defeated Sale in an incredible 53-38 performance while Melbourne bested Eltham 45-33 to earn their place in the finale. The Hawthorn Under-14 boys will battle Kilsyth in the other U14 grand final.
In VC Reserve, Bulleen will square off with Diamond Valley in the girls, while Sandringham faces Bulleen in the boys.
Melbourne’s high-flying Under-12 Girls will battle Nunawading in the finale while the boys will be Hawthorn facing Dandenong.
In VC Reserve, Warrandyte will face Eltham in the girls clash while Diamond Valley faces Southern Peninsula in the U12 boys.