Hello everybody, a sheepish Stormy this week after some big calls last week!
Before we get to my stupidity, it’s very important to mention that this Saturday. Our Home triple header will be a “Pink Sports Day” in aid of Breast Cancer.
Most of us will know someone who has been affected by this horrid disease so please get along and lend your support.
DIVISION 1 MEN
V Corio Bay Stingrays, Saturday 8th May 7.30pm, Bellarine Sports Centre
Before we look at this game, exciting news for those who read my column last week….there was a unicorn sighting in the Otways during the week!
Oh dear, old Stormy put the commentator’s curse on our Division 1 Men last week. So much so, that Coach Luke Beuglehall has suggested that next time Stormy makes such an outlandish statement and the team loses, I’ll be invited to training and something about tar and feathers!
So, no massive predictions this week, just that any battle against our cross-town rivals is always a cracking one.
Both sides have been playing great basketball to start the year and with our boys knocking the Rays off in the first round of the season at this place, they’re gonna try to come to our place and return the favour!
Stormy’s expecting a bit of old-fashioned trench warfare in this one, with neither side wanting to fall to the other.
At the end of the battle, I think the home side will get the job done and bounce back to the winners list.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
V Craigieburn, Saturday 8th May 5.30pm, Bellarine Sports Centre
Our Division 1 Women host Craigieburn on Saturday night, still in search of that next win to turn their season around.
As Stormy said last week, our ladies just need to hang tough, keep working hard and take the chances when they present themselves and the chance will come.
This week’s visitors are in good touch sitting on a 4-3 record for 2021 and Darcy Saunders is leading the way averaging 15.67ppg.
Our cause isn’t helped with Jasmine Whatley likely to miss through suiting up for the Supercats NBL1 Women’s Team on Saturday night.
If Saunders can be held or not be playing and Bellarine can get good minutes out of Olivia Fuller, Jess Scannell, Olivia Virt and Tiarna Ralph, there’s a good chance that the Storm can get back on bord the winners list.
Stormy has faith that the ladies will get the job done on Saturday night.
YOUTH LEAGUE 2 MEN
V Sunbury, Saturday 8th May, 3.30pm, Bellarine Sports Centre
Our Youth League Men kick off Saturday’s big triple header hosting Sunbury, who they met and defeated back in Round 2.
The Jets have really hit their straps since then, to sit in second place on the Terrill Conference ladder with a 5 and 3 record.
After a bit of a purple patch, the Storm lads have let a couple of winnable games slip before really hitting their stride with a strong win over Southern peninsula last week.
Kody Wilson is in sparkling form, chalking up another 21 point return, with Ethan Nicholls also chipping in with 21.
This team is now starting to really settle into stride and getting good contributions across the team.
That will need to continue this week as clearly, Sunbury have improved since these sides last met and won’t be as easy to overcome as last weeks opponents.
It should be a cracking opening to a cracking triple header and Stormy is pretty confident our Youth League Men can get things off to a perfect start with a win.
Good luck to all our teams this weekend, get down to the Stadium to cheer your Bellarine Storm Teams on and most importantly, get behind the breast cancer fundraising activities for our “Pink Sport Day”.
Now….where did that Unicorn go?