Just one win from four starts for our Big V Teams in Round 12 on the weekend.
Bellarine 81 lost to Hume 97
(Max Kos 19, Bryce Cashman 16 & 17 rebounds)
It was a reasonably competitive performance by our Champ Men on Sunday against Hume in Broadmeadows.
After the home side set the pace early doors, the second quarter turned into a shooting fest as both sides went toe to toe on the scoreboard for the term, with the Storm trailing by just 10 points at the main break.
The good news for the first half, was the contributions being made across the team, which had them well in the contes with a half to go.
As expected, Hume found an extra gear in the third, as they continued to increase their lead, however, to the Storm’s credit, they stuck with the home side and weren’t blown away, like the last time they met.
Max Kos was leading the way for the Storm on the scoresheet through the game and Bryce Cashman played what is likely his best game for the Club since his arrival, finishing with 16 points at 7 of 9 from the field and pulled down an impressive 17 rebounds for the night, 13 of those at the defensive end of the court.
With Hume holding a 17 point lead heading into the last term, the sting had pretty much gone out of the contest as the home side went to the line with a 16 point win.
Lewie Varley and Rohan Jarvie als had nice day, both finishing with 12 points for the day.
Division 1 Women
Bellarine 76 d Warrandyte 52
(Georgia Varley 20 & 10 boards, Bh’rea Griffin 14)
A second term 21 to 2 scoring blitz by the Storm was enough for a return to the winners list on Saturday night against Warrandyte.
Captain Georgia Varley led the way in the quarter, receiving good support from Bh’rea Griffin and Karli Bruce to set up a hefty 19 point buffer by the main break.
Not much changed over the course of the second half, as the Storm maintained their lead for the remainder of the game and finally stretched it out to 24 points by the final buzzer.
Georgia Varley completed the day with 20 points and 10 boards, whilst Bh’rea Griffin chipped in with 14 points for the night and Jaimee Crombie finished on 11. Olivia Virt was also a solid contributor in the win with 8 points and 10 boards.
Youth League 2 Men
Bellarine 69 lost to Maccabi 81
(Vinnie Whelan 14, Indie Schwindlewski 12)
It was hard work for our Youth League Men at Storm HQ on Saturday night, as they faced Maccabi, in need of a win.
Maccabi held the early sway and were able to set up an early lead by five points at the quarter, with the Storm playing well enough to be poised to jump and take the game on.
After a very even second term with both teams finding plenty of scoring opportunities in what was a fast paced contest, that at times reached breakneck speed up and down the court, the Storm only trailed by six points heading into the main break.
Sadly, the third term was a bit of a disaster for the Storm, as the visitors went up a gear and the Storm’s scoring dried up, being outscored 4 to 20 for the period and facing a mountain to get back into the contest.
Pleasingly, the Storm didn’t fold and continued to fight out the last term, outscoring Maccabi 27 to 17 down the stretch, managing too narrow the deficit to just 7 points via Harry Crane with about 30 seconds remaining in the game.
However, key Maccabi playmaker Jarred Fibishenko was able to hold his side together to hold off a fast finishing Storm.
Vinnie Whelan was the leading Storm scorer with 14, whilst Indie Schwindlewski was important coming off the bench with 12 points for the game.
Youth League Women
Bellarine 56 lost to Blackburn 62
(Piper Copeland 16, Summer Field 11 & 12 rebounds)
Rare territory for our Youth League Women as they recorded back to back losses, going down to Blackburn by 6 points on Sunday.
In an uncharacteristic performance, the Storm struggled to fend off the Vikings who were up and about for the contest.
That was demonstrated by the Storm only enjoying the lead for about 3 minutes of the contest, that being in the first half.
The Storm certainly were not without their chances, with plenty of action inside the key, just not being able to get enough shots to drop. Another interesting stat was that the Storm put up 10 more shots for the game, for exactly the same return as Blackburn for the game.
With no Ash Withers in the side due to injury, the Storm needed to find different rebounding options, with Eliza Haugh again stepping up with double figure boards, pulling down 10, whilst Summer Field also worked hard with 12 rebounds to go with her 11 points for the day
SATURDAY 24th JUNE
Bellarine v Mornington @ Bellarine Secondary College 5:30pm
Bellarine v Craigieburn @ Bellarine Secondary College 7:30pm
SUNDAY 25th JUNE
Bellarine v Western Port @ Somerville Recreation Centre 12:00pm
Bellarine v Whittlesea @ Bellarine Secondary College 12:00pm
Bellarine v Camberwell @ Bellarine Secondary College 2:00pm