Round Reports

MLEAGUE 2017 – SEMI FINALS REPORT

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MLeague’s 2017 Finals series kicked off with the Semi Finals showcasing the top 4 teams in each division. Find below highlights and full results in each division. For more photos and videos, check out our Instagram.

Premier Men’s

Southern Seahawks and Northern Lightning had quite an even first quarter, however Seahawks consistency across all thirds enabled them to pull away in the second and consolidate their lead in the third and fourth quarters, running out 28 goal winners, 66-38. Meanwhile Melbourne City Blackhawks continued their fine form with an 18 goal win over Bayside Bobcats, 55-37. Blackhawks led from start to finish, their solid defence and consistent attack no match for Bobcats who struggled to create opportunities and convert turnovers. Blackhawks, the reigning premiers, now claim the first spot in the Grand Final and will meet the winner of Bobcats and Seahawks. Going into the Preliminary Final against Seahawks, Bobcats will take confidence in the fact they lead their season head to head 3-0 (in Rd 1 67-49, Rd 6 49-47, and Rd 11 56-43). However Seahawks, who were last year’s Runners Up, will be hoping to cause an upset come Wednesday night.

  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 55 def Bayside Bobcats 37
  • Southern Seahawks 66 def Northern Lightning 38

 

Premier Mixed

Parkville Panther’s continued their undefeated run with an impressive win over Eastside Sonics, 48-33. In a hard fought battle, Panther’s ability to capitalise on turnovers was the deciding factor in their 15 goal win as they put out a performance that will be tough to beat come the Grand Final. In the other Semi, and the closest match of the round across all divisions, City West Falcons and Bayside Blazes were locked in a battle of momentums. Falcons, up by as many 5 goals in the final quarter, saw that lead pegged back with some tight defence and slick attack from Blazes. However Falcons managed to hang on and keep their Finals campaign alive with a 1 goal, 53-52, win. They now meet Eastside Sonics in the Preliminary Final, who lead their head to head 1-0 (in Rd 8, 61-51).

  • Parkville Panthers 48 def Eastside Sonics 33
  • City West Falcons 53 def Bayside Blazes 52

 

Division 1 Men’s

Having lost to Doncaster by 2 goals last week (51-49), Northern Titans had much to prove going into the Semi Finals. After a neck and neck struggle for the first half, Doncaster broke free in the third, taking a small lead into the fourth quarter. But solid, full court pressure from the Titans pulled the game back in the final quarter, and stifled Doncaster’s movement. Titans strong last quarter sealed them not only the game, but a spot in the Grand Final. Meanwhile after a 21 goal victory over St Kilda last week (57-36), Melbourne Bucks were hoping for a repeat performance. Goal for goal over the first quarter, Bucks ability to capitalise on St Kilda’s errors had them 10 goals up at the main break. In the second half, Bucks applied strong defensive pressure and kept the momentum up until the final siren, running out 20 goal winners, 59-39. This sets up a repeat of the 2016 Preliminary Final between Bucks and Doncaster, where Doncaster came out on top (and went on to win the Premiership against St Kilda). With the head to head this season locked at 1-1 (Doncaster took Rd 3, 66-51, while Bucks took Rd 10, 47-45), this Preliminary Final will likely go down to the wire.

  • Northern Titans 53 def Doncaster & Districts 48
  • Melbourne Bucks 59 def St Kilda Bullets 39

 

Division 1 Mixed

In a tight tussle Fitzroy Phoenix were too good for Yarra Jets, as they won by 6, 47-41. While Jets took an early lead into the first break, several key turnovers saw them five goals down at half time. A strong defensive fight back in the second half allowed Jets to peg this back to 2 within the last quarter, before a series of errors eventually enabled Phoenix to run out 6 goal winners. Meanwhile in the Doncaster derby (which also guaranteed that for the third year in a row, a Doncaster Mixed team will contest the Grand Final), Red defeated Teal by 22, 70-48. Leading from start to finish, Red looked in fine form as they were able to remain consistent throughout all four quarters. DDNA Teal now meet Fitzroy Phoenix in the Preliminary Final, and judging by their past meeting (Teal winning by just 4 in Rd 6, 46-42), this looks set to be another intense battle.

  • DDNA Red 70 def DDNA Teal 48
  • Fitzroy Phoenix 47 def Yarra Jets 41

With the Preliminary Finals happening this Wednesday night, make sure you get on down to the State Netball & Hockey Centre to see some of the best men’s and mixed netballers in the country!

Preliminary Finals Fixture:

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MLEAGUE 2017 – ROUND 11 REPORT

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The final round of MLeague saw numerous surprises, with some teams fading while others finding form coming into Finals next week.

Find below highlights, full results, and ladders of each division. For more photos and videos, check out our Instagram.

Premier Men’s

Bayside Bobcats recovered from their only loss of the season last week, to defeat Southern Seahawks, 56-43. Bobcats got off to a great start and then consolidated their lead over the next three quarters to run out 13 goal winners. They will now face Melbourne City Blackhawks in the Qualifying Final next week and be looking to avenge their Round 10 loss last week. Meanwhile Northern Lightning defeated Western Thunder to claim 4th spot. Lightning’s slightly different lineup certainly helped them, as they led from start to finish recording a 57-46 win. They now play Southern Seahawks, who lead their head to head 2-0 (in two dominating performances: 82-47 in Rd 4 and 69-40 in Rd 9),  next week in the Elimination Final.

  • Northern Lightning 57 def Western Thunder 46
  • Bayside Bobcats 56 def Southern Seahawks 43
  • Bye: Melbourne City Blackhawks

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Premier Mixed

Parkville Panthers have finished the season as the only undefeated team across all four divisions, as they put on a clinic against second placed Eastside Sonics. Missing some players from their regular lineup, Sonics weren’t able to match Parkville as they ran out 36 goal winners, 66-30. Both teams will meet again next week in the Qualifying Final, with Parkville going in favourites leading their head to head this season 2-0 (53-31 in Rd 2) . Meanwhile Valley Wolves recorded their third win of the season, defeating Western Tigers 69-62, while Southern Stars recorded their very first win of the season with a 65-44 win over a depleted Bayside Braves. In the match of the division, Bayside Blazes and Melbourne City Blackhawks had an incredibly tight battle. Momentum shifted throughout the match, and with scores locked within the final minute, both teams had the chance to take the win. However Blazes solid defence and steady attack managed to snatch it by a single goal, 47-46, to secure third position. They now face City West Falcons next week in the Elimination Final, who lead their head to head 1-0 with an incredibly tight 50-48 win way back in Rd 3.

  • Valley Wolves 69 def Western Tigers 62
  • Parkville Panthers 66 def Eastside Sonics 30
  • Southern Stars 65 def Bayside Braves 44
  • Bayside Blazes 47 def Melbourne City Blackhawks 46
  • Bye: City West Falcons

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Division 1 Men’s

Northern Titans finish atop the ladder despite a loss this round to Doncaster, 51-49. Doncaster took control early in the first, and consolidated over the next quarter. However Titans slowly chipped away at the lead as they came back into the game over the second half. Doncaster managed to stay composed, treasuring position as they ran out 2 goal winners. Both teams will return next week to meet again in the Qualifying Final, which will no doubt be another intense and tight affair, with both teams now locked 1-1 on past meetings (Titans had their own 2 goal victory, 55-53, back in Rd 4). Third placed Melbourne Bucks had an impressive 21 goal win over St Kilda Bullets, and these two teams will also face off again next week in the Elimination Final. Melbourne Bucks will go in with increased confidence, having now won both their past two meetings (Rd 4, with a tense 46-45 win), however St Kilda, who were last year’s Runners Up, will be wanting to rectify previous mistakes. Meanwhile Melbourne City Combat and Northern Illusions recorded wins over Footscray Falcons and Central Blazers. Combat had an 11 goal win over Falcons, 51-40, while Illusions had a tight outing against Blazers, just getting across the line by 3, 43-40.

  • Melbourne City Combat 51 def Footscray Falcons 40
  • Northern Illusions 43 def Central Blazers 40
  • Melbourne Bucks 57 def St Kilda Bullets 36
  • Doncaster & Districts 51 def Northern Titans 49

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Division 1 Mixed

DDNA Red took out the minor premiership as they defeated DDNA Teal 59-50. While Red got off to a great start, Teal fought back, getting the difference down to just 3 goals early in the final quarter. However Red were able to both create turnovers and crucially convert them, as they ran out 9 goal winners. Both teams will meet again next week in the Qualifying Final, with Red having now won their previous two meetings (Rd 4, 64-49). Yarra Jets continued their brilliant run into finals, with a 51-47 win over Melbourne Bucks. While the match didn’t quite have the same form that has seen Jets rise over the last few rounds, they are certainly the dark horse going into their first Finals campaign, as they face Fitzroy Phoenix (who lead their head to head 1-0, with a tight 45-42 win in Rd 5). Phoenix themselves had a convincing win over Northern Illusions, 52-37, while Monash Palladium also put out a dominating performance against Northern Titans 58-36.

  • Yarra Jets 51 def Melbourne Bucks 47
  • DDNA Red 59 def DDNA Teal 50
  • Monash Palladium 58 def Northern Titans 36
  • Fitzroy Phoenix 52 def Northern Illusions 37

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MLEAGUE 2017 – ROUND 10 REPORT

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Upsets and shifting momentums were the themes of Round 10, as teams aim for a top 4 finish with just one round remaining before finals.

Find below highlights, full results, and ladders of each division. For more photos and videos, check out our Instagram.

Premier Men’s

In the upset of the division, Melbourne City Blackhawks managed to deal Bayside Bobcats their first loss of the season, as they claimed an important 3 goal victory, 56-53. This now guarantees them second spot and the double chance in finals, with Bayside still taking out the minor premiership. A dominant first half saw Blackhawks leading 35-24 at half time. However momentum swung Bayside’s way as Blackhawks failed to put the game away, losing the second half 21-29. With minutes remaining it was still anyone’s game, however Blackhawks kept their composure and managed to hold off the Bayside’s valiant fight back. Meanwhile in the other match of the division, Southern Seahawks and Western Thunder had quite a tight battle. Seahawks led throughout the first half, however Thunder managed to reign back the lead, leading the match by a goal early in the third. Experience prevailed, as Seahawks’ solid defence and sharp shooting, enabled them to run out 5 goal winners, 66-61. With just one game and the top 3 spots now finalised, all eyes will be on Western Thunder VS Northern Lightning as they compete for the last finals place. With their head to head locked at 1-1 (Lightning won in Rd 1 37-34, Thunder in Rd 6, 49-38), there looks set to be a fierce battle on Court 1 come Wednesday night.

  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 56 def Bayside Bobcats 53
  • Southern Seahawks 66 def Western Thunder 61
  • Bye: Northern Lightning

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Premier Mixed

Defending champions, Parkville Panthers, kept their undefeated record in tact, as they ran out 21 goal winners over Western Tigers, 57-36. Panthers only led by 1 at quarter time, 9-8, however a blistering 17-7 third quarter, contributed to their dominant second half. This win now guarantees them the top spot and the minor premiership, regardless of the result of their impending battle with second place Eastside Sonics in the final round. Sonics themselves had a tightly contested win over third placed Bayside Blazes, 52-47. Even at quarter time, a 21-5 second quarter helped Sonics take a 16 goal half time lead. Despite momentum shifting and Blazes winning the second half 30-19, Sonics’ lead was already too great and they hung on for a 5 goal win. In one of the more crucial games of the division, City West Falcons managed to enact revenge on Melbourne City Blackhawks (Blackhawks had defeated them in Rd 1, 53-49), with an 8 goal win, 50-42 that now guarantees them a finals spot. Falcons 24-11 first half was too much for Blackhawks to recover from, and despite them winning the second half 31-26, it was not enough to topple Falcons. Meanwhile Valley Wolves had a 7 goal win against Bayside Braves, 54-47. Braves started strongly with a 20-10 first quarter however faded in the second half as Wolves were able to capitalise on turnovers and chip away at the lead, eventually notching up their second win of the season. With Falcons having the bye in the final round, the top 4 teams are now set, however for this final round all eyes will be on Court 2 as Parkville Panthers take on Eastside Sonics in what is sure to be a tightly fought match.

  • Eastside Sonics 52 def Bayside Blazes 47
  • City West Falcons 50 def Melbourne City Blackhawks 42
  • Valley Wolves 54 def Bayside Braves 47
  • Parkville Panthers 57 def Western Tigers 36
  • Bye: Southern Stars

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Division 1 Men’s

Melbourne Bucks scored the upset of the division as they defeated Doncaster & Districts, 47-45. Bucks had a strong first half which saw them take a 29-20 lead at half time. However Doncaster rallied in the second half, as they came back into the game. A 25-18 second half, was not enough to get them across the line, as Bucks held on to the lead and the match by a slim 2 goal margin. Meanwhile Northern Titans win over Footscray Falcons gives them a one game lead at the top of the ladder. Titans led the match from start to finish, as their experience in defence and composure in attack contributed to their 17 goal win, 49-32. St Kilda Bullets had a convincing 14 goal win over Northern Illusions and remains in 4th spot, 47-33 while Melbourne City Combat came from behind to defeat Central Blazers, 43-40. A 15-9 final quarter propelled Combat into the lead and they managed to hang on to record their third win of the season. With the top 4 teams all playing each other in the final round (Titans V Doncaster, Bucks V St Kilda), there could be numerous changes to the top 4 ladder positioning, and subsequent finals matches, depending on these results.

  • Melbourne Bucks 47 def Doncaster & Districts 45
  • Northern Titans 49 def Footscray Falcons 32
  • St Kilda Bullets 47 def Northern Illusions 33
  • Melbourne City Combat 43 def Central Blazers 40

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Division 1 Mixed

Yarra Jets recorded the upset of the division, as they defeated DDNA Red, 48-41. Jets led from start to finish, however DDNA mounted a valiant final term fightback, especially notable given they played the match out with 6 players on court, it was not enough as Jets held on to win by 7, all but guaranteeing them a finals spot. Both Fitzroy Phoenix and Melbourne Bucks put on dominant displays against Northern Titans and Northern Illusions respectively, both winning by 24 goals each. Bucks recorded their highest score of the season with a 60-36 win, while conversely Phoenix had their best defensive game, keeping Titans to just 26 goals, helped particularly by a 14-4 last quarter. Finally, Monash Palladium got off to a great start against DDNA Teal leading at quarter time 16-11. However momentum swung Teals way in the remaining three quarters as both fierce attack and solid defence allowed them to get back into the game and eventually come away with the win by 9 goals, 49-40. The battle for the minor premiership is on in the final round as DDNA Red comes up against DDNA Teal – no doubt Teal will be hoping to avenge their 64-49 loss in Rd 4.

  • Melbourne Bucks 60 def Northern Illusions 36
  • Yarra Jets 48 def DDNA Red 41
  • Fitzroy Phoenix 50 def Northern Titans 26
  • DDNA Teal 49 def Monash Palladium 40

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