Recently Nellakir completed works on the new Casey Indoor Stadium flooring. The venue has really started with a great opening round. Here is the report from Basketball Victoria on the Victorian Metro vs Victorian Country game that opened proceedings on the new court with over 1000 people attending the two game series.
The grand opening to the newly developed Casey Stadium proved to be a massive hit as over 1,000 people swept through the doors to see the first ever basketball game played at the brand new facility when Metro defeated Country in the two-game series.
Metro hoisted the trophy for the second time in the concept’s short span, backing up from its aggregate win in Shepparton in 2016. There was no need for a count back this year however, with Metro winning both women’s and men’s games; in fact, winning all eight quarters across the two contests.
The crowd were given a spectacle in the opening half of the night, watching Metro’s Lucy Dawson (29 points, 8 rebounds) and the game’s most valuable player Jackie Vanderzaag (16 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals) wreck havoc on the Country defence. Vanderzaag’s full time teammate at Waverley Sarah Yousef chimed in with a handy 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists as well.
Country only had one player in double figures in Tanarly Hood (18 points, 7 rebounds), however did find valuable contributors to keep the team in the game for the most part: Rebecca Noller (8 points, 5 rebounds), Lyndsey Hoogenhout (8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Caitlin Shadbolt (8 points, 3 rebounds).
The Casey locals saw their eyes light up at half-time of the women’s game, when local hero Raheem Lemons alongside Brandon Conley and Pat Golong produced ooo’s and ahh’s from the stands watching the three battle it out for the Rowville Community Bendigo Bank Dunk Contest.
Conley certainly made claims that his dunking resume was well respected, however Golong’s involvement with the Cavs community, dunking over three Casey junior players had the judges handing out perfect 10’s! Golong’s three dunks just edging out Conley to raise the trophy and the $500.
The opening quarter of the men’s game was simply an offensive juggernaut at both ends of the floor. The two teams put up a combined 68 points in the first quarter, setting the tone for what had an All Star flavour feel to it.
Metro chalked up triple figures before the end of the third and the game’s 250 points (135 to 115) is an Origin Series record for most points in a game.
Alex Bogart-King paced the Metro line-up with 26 points on a stellar 13-17FG from the floor, while five others finished in double figures including the game’s most valuable player Ivan Platenik (25 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals).
Country found contributors in Jack Burnett (21 points, 7 rebounds) and Nick Ross (19 points), as well as Lewis Varley (17 points, 7 rebounds) and Michael Rebula (17 points, 8 rebounds).
Bendigo’s Jessie Rennie made the trip down all worthwhile, taking out the Rowville Community Bendigo Bank 3 Point Shootout, narrowly defeating Dandenong’s Amy Baum and Knox’s Taylor Lee. In an exciting concept, Rennie made them count when it mattered most, continuing her excellent in game shooting from deep throughout the 2017 Big V season.
As the clock wound down on another successful Origin event, Blackburn’s quartet led by head coach Paul Lankford wanted to make sure the crowd was leaving with highlights from the games. Vikes duo Brendan Trewella (18 points, 6 rebounds) and Jack Roberts (8 points, 3 steals) made sure of that, throwing down multiple thunderous jams in the final quarter.
Metro now take a 2-0 series lead as the 2018 Origin event heads back to a Country venue, where the locals will attempt to peg one back!
Metro 80 (Dawson 29, Vanderzaag 19, Yousef 13) def Country 63 (Hood 18, Noller 8, Hoogenhout 8, Shadbolt 8)
Metro 135 (Bogart-King 26, Platenik 25, Trewella 18) def Country 115 (Burnett 21, Ross 19, Varley 17, Rebula 17)