Senior Championship Weekly Wrap
The trip to Tasmania over the weekend saw our SEABL Men win a cliffhanger whilst the SEABL women’s winning streak came to an end. Our YL women did enough to secure a finals spot whilst the YL men finished their season with a win. Find out all the details below!!
Eagles 43 def by Sandringham Sabres 69
Our YL women were outclassed on Friday night by the top of the ladder Sabres. Amelia Smith 15 points was the only player to have any real offensive presence as the Sabres were able to put on a defensive masterclass. With only 2 points the difference at quarter time, the Eagles were unable to build any offensive power as the Sabres ran out comprehensive victors.
Eagles 70 def. Hawthorn Magic 54
The Eagles bounced back brilliantly to seal their Finals place with a 16-point win over the Magic. Peterson was backed to her best compiling 21 points and 13 rebounds and received great support from Vasiljevic with 16 points and 4 steals and Morris with 11 points. The win meant that the team finished in 3rd place in the Terrill Division and will now meet the Melbourne Tigers in the cross-over Elimination Final on Saturday night.
Eagles 72 def. Sandringham Sabres 68
The Eagles led from start to finish to win an exciting game over the Sabres. In their last home game of the season, the men produced a fine team performance and were led on the scoresheet by Van Hout (16 points), Poelsma (14), Giddens (11) and McGrath (10). Kafritsas and Baggio both dominated on the boards collecting 12 rebounds each. Speaking after the game, Coach Braden Cotter was extremely pleased with his young side’s ability to handle the Sabres pressure throughout the game and come away with an impressive win. Before the game, Mark Girolami was recognized for going pass 50 Senior Championship games for the Eagles this season with the presentation of his certificate.
Eagles 74 def by Hawthorn Magic 83
2 wins to finish the season almost came to fruition on Sunday as the men lost a close encounter to the finals bound Magic. With 10 players contributing on the scoresheet, the Eagles almost caused an upset. Govett (12), Giddens (10) & Van Hout (10) all scored double figures whilst Baggio collected 10 rebounds to go with his 11 points. In the end, the men finished with 5 wins for the season to finish 7th in their division.
Eagles 72 def by. Launceston Tornadoes 83
The Eagles winning streak came to an end on Saturday night when they lost to the Tornadoes by 11 points. Despite missing the twin towers of Scherf and Magbegor, the Eagles got off to a fast start rattling up 31 points in the 1st quarter to lead by 3 but from then on it was hard work as the Tornadoes increased their defensive pressure. Skipper Wehrung posted 21 points to lead the way on the scoresheet whilst Rocci (10 rebounds) and Paalvast (8) did their best to cover on the boards. The loss leaves the women in 7th place with 1 game remaining. A win on Saturday night at home will see the team play finals in their 1st season whilst a loss could see the team miss finals altogether.
Eagles 95 def NW Thunder 91
It will go down as the best victory of the season!! The Eagles faced finals bound NW Thunder in Devonport on Saturday night and produced an absolute brilliant performance. Mike Best was unstoppable pulling down 13 rebounds and shooting 32 points and with Spear an able sidekick with 23 points and 9 rebounds, the Eagles were able to lead all night and grab the win on the road. Harding (15 points) and King-Hawea (11) provided great support and with the rest of the bench scoring also, it was a great team performance. The only lowlight of the evening was a serious injury to Daniel Camps. With 7 wins for the season and 1 game to go, the Eagles will look to finish the season on a high when they face another finals bound team in Ballarat this Saturday night at home.
SEABL Women v Ballarat Miners, 6pm @ DVSFC
SEABL Men v Ballarat Miners, 8pm @ DVSFC
Elimination Final - VYCW v Melbourne Tigers, 6pm @ Oakleigh Recreation Centre