Men and Youth Women sides set themselves for finals
WARRANDYTE’S Division One Men and Youth League Women look poised for Big V finals as the season passes the halfway mark.
Heading into the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, the Mens team are currently 2nd on the ladder with 11 wins.
The men’s side are perched comfortably with the standout being import Jacob Thom, who has well and truly settled in to life at the organisation.
He’s averaging 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists over 15 games, including an impressive dunk against Collingwood that featured in the Big V highlights reel.
Brenton Charles continues to provide good support for the side, currently placed second in the division for average assists and total assists with 77 so far this season.
Bryan Moore and Andrew Kelly have also been solid scoring options for the Venom.
Although they broke their four-game win streak against Western Port Steelers in Round 11, the team will be hard to stop in the backend of the season.
Youth League One Women
The Youth League Women have hit a similar vein of form at the midway point of the season, sitting two games clear in 4th position — despite losing their last two matches — thanks to a five-game win streak to start the season.
Venom’s Ellie Caruana (Round 5) and Claudie Kuen (Round 7) also received Blue Carpet nominations — which is a round-by-round list of the 12 best men and women players in the entire Big V League.
They seem to have a penchant for the close encounters, which includes a two-point victory over Keilor in Round 8 and a hard defensive effort against Eltham leading them to a one-point victory against their crosstown rivals in Round 9.
A 41-point rout of Corio Bay in Round 7 stands as their most comprehensive performance, with Kuens 30 points rounding out a dominant display.
Division One Women
The Women’s side have started to get their campaign rolling, despite sitting second from the bottom of the ladder, the team have been playing well.
Skipper Meg Dargan continues to set the pace for her side, averaging 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists with her best returns coming against Camberwell and Bellarine.
In Round 7, a 20-point final quarter against third-placed Bellarine gave the Venom their first win of the season, an important scalp to get their season underway and instil some confidence in a talented side.
Dargan again proved to be the difference with an impressive season-high 23 points.
In a strange turn of events, the away fixture against Mildura was called off at half-time due to a significant water leak making the court unsafe for play, turning the match into a veritable “wet weather game.”
Youth League One Men
The Youth League Men also sit last in their division despite getting off to good starts against finals bound Bendigo and the undefeated Ballarat in the last month.
Sebastian Goldby led the side with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Hume in Round 8, prevailing by three points for their second win of the season.
The sides only other triumph was a thrilling one-point win against Werribee in Round 3 with Goldby, Harrison Ayton and Mitchell Kerr- Read all throwing in solid scoring contributions.
Despite a 2–13 record, the Venom have shown promising signs in numerous close games and will look to square the ledger as the season