MUVJBL Under 16 Girls weekend preview: Round 7

TONIGHT marks the start of Round 7 for the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Girls competition, with some top teams looking to bounce back from Round 6 losses.

Ashe Pool:

Waverley Falcons (6th, 3-3) vs. Dandenong Rangers (2nd, 5-1)
Diamond Valley Eagles (1st, 5-1) vs. Bellarine Storm (5th, 3-3)
Keilor Thunder (3rd, 4-2) vs. Ringwood Hawks (8th, 2-4)
Kilsyth Cobras (7th, 2-4) vs. Hawthorn Magic (9th, 1-5)
Ballarat Rush (4th, 4-2) vs. Sunbury Jets (10th, 1-5)

In the Ashe Pool, the only game within two spots of each other is the seventh placed Kilsyth Cobras hosting the ninth placed Hawthorn Magic, with the Cobras picking up their first win last round and the Magic hoping to break a five-game losing streak since opening their season with a victory. After suffering their first loss of the season last week, Dandenong Rangers travel to Waverley Falcons and have won all three games on the road, while the Falcons are 2-1 at home. The now top-of-the-table Diamond Valley Eagles host Bellarine Storm who are hoping to gain more breathing space from the bottom four sides. In other matches, fourth placed Ballarat Rush host cellar dwellers, Sunbury Jets, while third placed Keilor Thunder led by Jaz Salon (13.0 points per game and fourth overall in the competition) take on eighth placed Ringwood Hawks.

Watson Pool:

Altona Gators (7th, 2-4) vs. Nunawading Spectres (4th, 4-2)
Bulleen Boomers (1st, 6-0) vs. Knox Raiders (2nd, 4-2)
Sandringham Sabres (3rd, 4-2) vs. Melbourne Tigers (5th, 4-2)
Eltham Wildcats (8th, 1-5) vs. Frankston Blues (10th, 1-5)
Southern Peninsula Sharks (9th, 1-5) vs. Bendigo Braves (6th, 3-3)

Four of the top five shooters reside in the Watson Pool making for some potential high-scoring games. Bendigo Braves’ Caitlin Richardson (14.3 points per game) leads the way and her side travels to take on Southern Peninsula Sharks and Sienna Privitera (13.3 points). Second placed Knox Raiders travel to Bulleen Boomers in a top-of-the-table clash. Jaida Reid (Knox Raiders – 13.8 points per game) is among the top shooters in the league, while Bulleen have plenty of potent options in the forward half. Elsewhere, third placed Sandringham Sabres host fifth placed Melbourne Tigers in what is promised to be a great clash, while seventh placed Altona Gators host fourth placed Nunawading Spectres and ninth placed Southern Peninsula Sharks host sixth placed Bendigo Braves.

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