Big V – Round 2

Senior Men

Camberwell vs. Melb Uni – Sat 8.30pm @ MU Sports Centre

Camberwell vs. Blackburn – Sun 2pm @ Balwyn High School

In another local derby the Division One Men will be hoping to achieve their first home win of the season after the opportunity was taken away from them last weekend thanks to a broken ring. The Dragons Men face the Vikings on home turf this week and will be making sure they cover their three point shooting which hurt them both times they met last season. For the Vikings, it was young big guys Michael D’Agostino and Seb Lamonato that did the damage against Southern Peninsula with both being the teams only double figure scorers. Unfortunately for the Vikings that wasn’t enough, as they got convincingly beaten.

The Dragons will have Adam Gibson returning to the line-up after he was a late withdrawal last week with flu-like symptoms. Whilst there could be some tired legs as it’s the second game of a double header weekend, the Dragons will give everything they’ve got to protect their home floor. Welcome to new players Trevor Smyth, Mike Jones, Nathaniel O’Hara and Matthew Foster to the club.


Senior Women

Camberwell vs. Hawthorn – Sun 12pm @ Balwyn High School

The Lady Dragons face local rivals the Hawthorn Magic this week at the Dragons Lair. The new look Camberwell girls started off a bit slowly last week, but once they got going they showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with. Rachael Wansbrough impressed in her first game for the Dragons with 27 points and 16 rebounds but was also well supported by Prue Ainsworth who bobbed up with 9 points in as many minutes.

Hawthorn had a tough start to the season last week, getting belted by an impressive Geelong squad by 40 points. Nicole Swan was the standout for the Magic with 15 points, Coach Nelson will be making sure she can’t get her 3 point shot firing to make sure they have the best chance possible of winning. Whilst the Dragons are heavily backed favourites, anything can happen in this local derby so expect a fiery encounter.


Youth Men

Camberwell vs. Coburg – Sat 6pm @ Balwyn High School

The Youth League Men had planned to start their season last week, but thanks to a ring mishap they were lucky enough to have an extra week of preseason. In their first game of the season they come up against the newly promoted team, the Coburg Giants. The Giants started their season with a 3 point win last week against the Keysborough Cougars with Pietro Badalassi having 15 points for the Giants. The Dragons will ensure they keep him off the foul line to limit his output in this one.

After the disappointment of last weekend Coach Kumar has had his squad hit the track hard again this week and with their sights set firmly on a finals birth this season they will wanting the usual suspects of Reagan Ibbotson and Simon Rennie to guide them in the right direction. The club is excited to see current U20 players Tom Clifford and James Guley make their BigV debut and hopefully they will assist the team in getting their first win of the season.


Youth Women

Camberwell vs. Chelsea – Sat 4pm @ Balwyn High School

In the rematch of the preseason tournament Grand Final we see the Dragons and Gulls go at it, in what will be a very physical matchup if their previous encounters are anything to go by. In the tournament Grand Final, it was foul trouble and a terrible third quarter which hurt the girls. They will be wanting to ensure they put in a full 40 minutes and have a lot of contributors like they did in last week’s game against Sherbrooke.

With Rachel Bett returning to the line-up this week that will add some extra scoring punch to go alongside Michelle West and Rachael Nevin. If they can get some solid contributors off the bench again then their depth may be too much for the new Chelsea Gulls outfit. Coach Hauer will be figuring out a way to limit the damage that Shantelle Thorburn can do after she had a well-rounded game last weekend in her debut.


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