THE Big V Men’s season has wrapped for 2022, with an ultra-entertaining fixture resulting in some big wins, close finishes and outstanding individual performances.
In Rookie Me Central’s season review series, we will be taking a look at how each side fared throughout the year and how their respective seasons panned out as a whole.
First up are the Chelsea Gulls, who had a campaign to forget with zero wins next to their name after 21 outings, and will need to fix multiple facets of their game if they are to turn things around next year.
2022 record – 0-21
Things could not have gone much worse for the Gulls, who could not conjure a win through their entire 2022 campaign. They ended up being the easybeats of the competition for the year, and have plenty of areas to improve.
Chelsea kicked off its campaign with a pair of blowout losses in the first round, and the news did not get any better from there, unable to change the narrative of their season, despite some close calls.
They got painstakingly close to claiming their first win of the season when they took on the Western Port Steelers in Round 5, but fell just a single point short in what was a valiant effort. The blueprint was there moving forward for Chelsea, but it could not match the output of classier opposition sides.
A low point came when they conjured only 49 points in a loss to the Camberwell Dragons in the 15th round, as their offence simply could not get going, which was a familiar tale all season.
Despite disappointing lows, there were still some promising outings from the Gulls, and while they didn’t turn them into wins, they were still competitive against quality competition.
Cheslea’s best performance came in Round 11, when it took on the Hume Broncos, who were looking likely for a top four spot. While the Gulls fell six points short of victory, it was still the best they looked all season, with some synergy finally coming on both ends of the court.
Moving forward, they will need to work on their output on both ends of the court. The best sides in 2022 had the capacity to score over 100 points on any given week. Just two players on their team averaged over 14 points, so they will need to grab some players that can put the ball in the bottom of the net ahead of 2023.
Defensively, they conceded triple-digit scores to the likes of Wyndham and McKinnon, which is never a recipe for victory. Their rotations on the defensive end need to happen faster and they will need to stay in front of the ball handler a bit more if they wish to keep their points conceded down.
In a disappointing season, there was one shining light in the form of Aaron Frost, who had a terrific individual season. He averaged a double-double of 17.48 points and 12.57 rebounds per game, and was a reliable source of scoring when the side desperately needed it.