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Big V Playoffs Week 1

FINALS DAY!!! – SUNDAY AUGUST 2ND

After a tough long rollercoaster of a season for the Camberwell Dragons Big V Program, the finals are finally upon us. There have been ups and downs throughout the last 20 weeks, and the Camberwell Dragons are proud to announce that 3 of the Big V teams have qualified for finals.

In what is to be one of the biggest Sundays in Dragons basketball history, Our senior women, and youth men and women look to keep their seasons alive.

Youth Women

Camberwell vs. Chelsea – Sun 11am @ Balwyn High School

Starting at Balwyn High School on Sunday morning at 11am, our Youth League Women head into a preliminary final against the Chelsea Gulls. The winner goes straight into the Grand Final and the loser goes home, in what is sure to be a fiery clash between these two sides.

These teams have met 3 times this season with Chelsea taking the victory twice. In round 2 Chelsea took the victory by 11 points on Camberwell’s home floor. In round 11 it was the Dragons getting one back by 4 points on Chelseas home floor. Their last encounter was just last weekend with Chelsea getting a home victory by 9 points.

Coached by John Hauer, our Youth Lady Dragons have had a terrific season, finishing top of the table with only 3 losses, including an unbelievable 13 game winning streak. Michelle West (11 points, 5 rebounds) and Zanelle Marama (8 points, 13 rebounds) have been consistent contributor’s with Rachel Bett (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) and Rachael Nevin (7 points, 6 rebounds) helping lead the way all season long.

Its going to be a huge clash Sunday morning at the Dragons Lair, and a huge start to what we hope will be a successful weekend for the Dragons. Get down to Balwyn High School at 11am to see this young side put it all on the line against the Chelsea Gulls.

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Senior Women

Camberwell vs. Geelong – Sun 1pm @ Balwyn High School.

The action doesn’t stop there, with our Senior Women going into battle directly after against the Geelong Supercats at 1pm. The winner of this game gets the opportunity to play off for a spot in the Grand Final with the loser having the play in an elimination game the following weekend, so the stakes are massive.

These two teams have faced off twice this season with them splitting the results, but only by an average of 5 points. The first encounter was back in round 8 with the Lady Dragons taking the victory by 5 points on their home floor. The next game came in round 14 with Geelong just getting over the line by 3 points down in Geelong.

It has been a successful year for a new squad, with a new coach in Justin Nelson, finishing the regular season with 15 wins and 5 losses. They finished equal second on the ladder, funnily enough, a record they share with their opponent this weekend. Leading the way all season has been Holly Greene (13 points, 9 rebound, 5 assists, 3 steals), Rachael Wansbrough (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Sarah Stone (13 points).

Expect this to be a neck and neck encounter all game long, with the winner the opportunity to set themselves up for a championship. Dragons fans, get down to Balwyn High School because you do not want to miss this one.

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Youth Men

Camberwell vs. Whittlesea – Sun 2pm @ Mill Park Basketball Stadium

And in the last game of the day its Camberwell Dragons Youth League Men taking on the Whittlesea Pacers for a spot in the Grand Final next weekend. The boys made a late, unexpected run into the playoffs, and then defeated the 3rd place Sunbury Jets in the first elimination final. This puts them one game away from playing off for the Youth League 1 Championship.

The Youth Dragons have taken on Whittlesea twice this year, with the Pacers winning both games. The first was in the round 1 with the Dragons losing by 13 points, and the second in round 7, going down by 11 points. But a lot has changed for the youthies since then.

In what has optimised the definition of a rollercoaster season, 2015 has been a tough one for the Youth Men and their head coach Ezra Kumar. They had a 2 win and 7 loss start to the year, put together a 5 game win streak, and finished with a magnificent 4 game win streak to scrape into the last finals position. James Guley (15 points, 4 rebounds) and Tom Clifford (11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) have been instrumental all season long, with Brad Hauer (7 points, 6 rebounds) contributing in a big way.

This is a massive game for the rolling Youth League Men. They are not expected to win, but they weren’t expected to beat Sunbury last weekend, and they weren’t expected to make the finals either. Its going to be a packed house at Mill Park Stadium at 2pm on Sunday and we need as many Dragon faithful we can get to help support the boys as the look to secure a grand final spot.

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This is one of the biggest day’s in Camberwell Dragons Big V history, and the teams need all your support. Get down to the dragon Lair, Balwyn High School or over to Mill Park Basketball Stadium if you can. Wear your maroon and yellow with pride. Lets help get our teams over the line and into the next week of the playoffs.

GO DRAGONS!!


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