Youth League Round 1 Preview

Written by  Mark Vallance , Published in News

The Melbourne Tigers Big V Youth sides both walked away with wins in round 1 and will be looking to go 3 on the trot with back to back games this weekend.

The Youth Women are up first on Saturday night at Oakleigh Rec Centre at 5:30pm when they go head to head with the Kilsyth Cobras. The Tigers were convincing winners in their Grand Final rematch, dispatching the Bulleen Boomers by 47 points. Kilsyth on the hand were on the receiving end of a 48-69 score line against the Altona Gators. The Tigers after the loss of Charlotte Letts last week to a knee injury have brought in the eldest daughter of Andrew Gaze, Courtney. The addition of Courtney has made the Tigers front court even stronger with the formidable duo of Jess Harley and Peri Kalka already dominating down in the low post. The Tigers also will have Monique Conti and Briana Babic in the back court which is a tough match up any day of the week.

The Youth Men are up straight after the Women at 7:30pm also against Kilsyth. The Tigers got through their 1st game with a strong win against the Eltham Wildcats, winning by 12 points. The Cobras came out of the 1st game with a big win, defeating last year’s runners up the Ringwood Hawks, 89-80. The Tigers match up pretty well against most teams and with a good mix of youth (Archi Manton, Max Kooyman-Hardge and Daniel Kinkella) and experience (Jack Bines, Daniel Sutcliffe and Billy Hughes) the Tigers will be tough to beat.
VYCW – 5:30pm vs Kilsyth Cobras Saturday 18th March – Oakleigh Rec Centre
VYCM – 7:30pm vs Kilsyth Cobras Saturday 18th March – Oakleigh Rec Centre

The next day both Youth Teams will be backing up against the Ringwood Hawks. For the Men it means a Grand Final rematch and the Tigers will be looking to send a message that they are wanting to go back to back. The Hawks will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Kilsyth.
As for the Women, their opponents snuck over the line in their 1st round match up against Knox Raiders, 70-66. Again though, the vaunted defence in the front court and the silky smooth skills from the back court will make this a tough game for the Hawks.
With all hope the Tigers will walk away with another 2 wins each and get the season off to a really strong start
VYCW – 12:00pm @Ringwood Hawks Sunday 19th March – The Rings
VYCM – 2:00pm @Ringwood Hawks Sunday 19th March – The Rings

Photo Courtesy Mick Connolly

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