Big V Wrap 20th & 21st April 2024

BIG V WRAP 20th & 21st April 2024

A very successful weekend for the Storm, with four wins from five games.

(Mitch Smith 25, Bailey Goodgame 17)

(Mitch Smith 20)

That winning feeling continued for our Youth League Men on Saturday night as they racked up their second win of the season, against Chelsea at the Bellarine Sports Centre.

In a close contest, both sides remained in touch for the majority of the contest, not letting their opposition get too far ahead at any stage of the contest. Mitch Smith and Bailey Goodgame were proving to be a handful for the Gulls, as they put together the majority of the Storm’s tally in the first term, however, not to be denied, the Gulls managed to slip ahead by three points at the first break.

The Storm shared the scoring load across the second term, as they began to get on top of the contest, erasing the Gulls advantage and working themselves to a three point lead at the half.

Despite the contest remaining close all the way through the second half, having gained the lead at half time, the Storm showed poise to hold on to the lead for the entire second half to come out five point victors.

Sadly, on Sunday, it was a crash to earth for the Storm as they headed to Pakenham to meet the Warriors and couldn’t make it two from two for the weekend.

Pakenham have showed in recent seasons, that they are a tough proposition again this season and they showed right from the start of this contest, that it was going to be a tough day at the office for the Storm Boys.

Bellarine managed to keep pace with the home side in the first half of the opening term and in fact, held the lead at various stages. However, the Warriors went on a 16-0 run to the quarter time break and they remained in control for the rest of the game.

The only bright light for the Storm was the continued form of Mitch Smith, who was the only Storm player to make double figures on the scoresheet.

(Sienna Quinlan, Lucy Howard 18)

After recording their first loss of the ’24 season last weekend, our Youth League Women bounced back to give Coach David Smith, in his 50th game coaching for the Storm and Co-Captain Sienna Quinlan, in her 50th Storm game, a win for their milestones.

Bellarine eased their way to a seven point lead at quarter time and then into the second term, they left the Venom in the rear view mirror as they set about restricting the opposition to just nine points in the second term, whilst piling on 24 points of their own.

Lucy Howard and Sienna Quinlan were proving a real headache for Warrandyte as they scored 15 of the Storm’s 24 points for the quarter, to all but wrap up the battle with a half still remaining, as they headed into the rooms with a 22 point margin on the scoreboard.

From here on, the Storm never looked back as they extended the advantage to 25 points at the last break and then cruised to the line to collect the win by 21 points in the end.

(Chantelle Hall 18, Bridgett Rettstatt 18)
It was back to back wins for our Championship Women on Saturday night, with a strong showing against Camberwell, running out comfortable 36 point winners.

In a tight first quarter, neither side could get the advantage by the first break, with scores tied at 17 a piece.

From there, the Storm set about dismantling the opposition and crushing their spirit, with a 23 to 6 quarter to have the match in their keeping. The twin towers of Chantelle Hall and Bridgette Rettstatt, who has taken to the Championship level, like a duck to water, were almost unstoppable as they set about making it a dismal night for their opponents.

The growing strength of this side is the amount of scoring options at the disposal of Coach Tim Sanderson, with an impressive 32 points coming from the bench for the game, showing there are a number of strings to the Storm bow this season.

Charlotte Armstrong and Georgia Varley were also among the points for the Storm, making important contributions to the cause.

Taking a 33 point lead into the last quarter, the Storm cruised to the line, giving the Storm coaching staff the opportunity to try a few different looks down the stretch, which will no doubt help the versatility of this side down the stretch.

(Nick Velasquez 22, Kavione Green 18 & 15)

The last game on Saturday night at Storm HQ was a very entertaining battle, between two evenly match teams who stuck with each other all night, before the Storm were able to edge ahead late in the game to return to the winners list.

Nick Velasquez had a good night for the Storm, with a 22 point return, whilst KG also chipped in with 18 points and 15 rebounds, with great support from Rohan Jarvie with 16 points and Lewie Varley with 12 points, 8 assists and four steals for the game.

With scores level at 67 at piece at three quarter time, the Storm found the lead early in the last, via a Jesse Burn basket in his 50th Storm game and from there, the Storm went on a 19-10 run to the finish line to seal their second win of the season, with KG scoring 9 of the 19 points in the finishing run.


Youth League Women

Bellarine v Sherbrooke @ Bellarine Sports Centre 5:30pm
Championship Women
Bellarine v Sherbrooke @ Upway High School 6:00pm
Championship Men
Bellarine v Shepparton @ Shepparton Sports Stadium 7:00pm
Youth League Men
Bellarine v Mornington @ Bellarine Sports Centre 7:30pm

SUNDAY 28th APRIL 2024
Championship Women
Bellarine v Hume City @ Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium 1:00pm
Championship Men
Bellarine v Hume City @ Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium 3:00pm