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Vic M-League 2019: Men’s Premier Division wrap – Round 11

MEN’S Premier Division Round 11 had a number of big matches, headlined by a massive match between DDNA and Sirens Netball, with Sirens only just getting over the line in the tight clash. DDNA applied exceptional pressure to the high-ranked side, seeing Sirens come away with a one goal victory (47-46). Melbourne City Blackhawks backed up their Round 4 win against Pasifika Sharks with a five goal win this time around (70-65). The Blackhawks had the upper hand from the get-go, applying phenomenal pressure across the court to create turnovers aplenty. Meanwhile, Southern Seahawks well and truly ran over Ariels for a 13 goal win (47-34).

Geelong Cougars went better than their Round 4 four-goal victory over St Therese, extending the margin this time around for an impressive 11-goal win (58-47). It was a tight battle early, and while both sides had dominant patches it often seemed as if the sides were even throughout thanks to the intense contest on every ball across the court. Neither side seemed to take much control throughout the first half, playing tug of war with possession leaving Geelong with a one-goal lead at the first break and St Therese with the leg-up at half-time. The second half loomed as a tight one before the Cougars came out and blew Saints out of the water, shooting 34 goals to 22 on their way. Brayden Pastore and Cameron Allum were impressive as ever at the post for the Cougars, sharing the load as per usual and benefiting off their teammates’ speedy and strong drive down the court. That was a real issue for St Therese, with the side unable to apply their brand of hands-over pressure to deny easy ball down the court given the speed with which Geelong used the ball. In defence for Geelong were Luke Marko Rawlings and Joshua Burns, with the pair using their typical flair to deny easy ball into Saints shooters, Josh Clavarino and Connor Lilly, while Saints attackers, Riley Richardson and Guy Keane used their typical speed and circle feeding to find their goalers despite the defensive pressure. One of the more interesting contests of the match was clear in the final quarter, seeing Geelong player-coach Gez Murphy lining up on young gun Tristan Comans, in a battle of experience and tactical knowledge versus raw talent. The pair were unrelenting to the final whistle, creating a formidable battle through the midcourt. While Geelong extended their lead in the second half, credit to St Therese for sticking in the game and contesting every ball, finding opportunities to close the margin once more.

Vic M-League 2019: Men’s Premier Division wrap – Round 7

WITH the midway point of the 2019 Men’s Premier Division season upon us, plenty of big matches played out on Wednesday evening with big results changing up the dynamic. The ladder leaders were dealt their first loss of the season with close matches aplenty while one big blowout bumped up the percentage of one of the top four.

Round 7 saw some big results, with St Therese recording the biggest margin of the round over Ariels, defeating the bottom side by 31 goals (62-31). Meanwhile, Melbourne City Blackhawks defeated DDNA 65-61, sitting comfortable in fourth with the victory while Pasifika Sharks were dealt a savage blow by Southern Seahawks, going down by one goal (61-62) amid plenty of controversy down to the final whistle thanks to feisty and physical contests across the court.

Sirens Netball impressed with a massive victory over the ladder-leading Geelong Cougars to take their winning streak to six matches and cut Geelong’s stellar record off, defeating the Cougars by three goals (48-45). It was a fantastic third quarter effort from the Sirens that took them from five goals down to two goals ahead by the main change, effectively turning the tide and putting the Cougars in a losing position they are not used to. While Geelong recovered from their unexpected fade-out relatively well in the final quarter, Sirens had all the momentum and well and truly earned their victory. It was the exceptional shared effort of Sirens’ Brodie Roberts and Josh Smith in goals, with the duo combining for 24 goals apiece and able to have an effect from all areas of the circle. It was a similar story in attack for Geelong, though the side experimented more in the circle with stalwart goal attack Brayden Pastore key to their attacking movement, finding plenty of space and goaling true while also acting as a feeder at times with Jed Christian and Cameron Allum. Sirens’ Will Jamison was a lock in goal defence, doing everything possible to shut down Geelong’s frontline and succeeding on plenty of occasions, rocketing the ball back up the court into attack, while Geelong’s Alastair Punshon utilised his vertical leap to intercept loose ball coming down court.

VIC M-League 2019: Men’s Premier Division wrap – Round 6

THERE were more close matches than not in Round 6 of Men’s Premier Division, with two games down to the wire with two goal margins finishing matches on a high note. The other two matches saw sides extend their lead early before a fight back from their opposition but to no avail, finishing with seven and 11 goal margins respectively.

Sirens Netball pulled off a fantastic come-from-behind performance against St Therese, running out two goal victors (51-49) over the Saints to continue on their merry way in second on the ladder. Meanwhile, Southern Seahawks jumped DDNA into sixth on the ladder with a seven-goal win and their second for the season, while Melbourne City Blackhawks landed back in the top four with an eleven-goal victory over winless Ariels.

Pasifika Sharks came close to dealing Geelong Cougars their first loss of the season, only going down by two goals and keeping the undermanned Cougars under the pump. Despite missing stalwart player-coach Gerard Murphy and key goaler Luke Marko-Rawlings the Cougars got off to a fantastic start with a 17 goals to 10 first quarter, before a phenomenal fight back from the Sharks saw the underdogs shoot 20 goals in the second to be down by only two goals half-time thanks to a bag of 19 from goal shooter Junior Levi, who went on to finish with 60 goals to his name. The Sharks were unafraid to make changes, giving players a run across the court in hope to trip up their opposition. This saw the scoreline see-saw in the second half with both sides finding bursts of energy to take control but ultimately seeing phenomenal defence and attacking movement. The attacking prowess of Sharks’ Cameron Powell was vital with feeds into Levi needing to be pinpoint accurate to get over and around the aerial ability of Geelong’s Alastair Punshon and Joshua Burns, while the other end saw Brayden Pastore showcase his silky footwork and speed teaming well with Cameron Allum in goal shooter, with the pair sharing the load to shoot 34 and 32 goals respectively.