Shepparton Gators are riding high on confidence and are on top of the Big V division two men's ladder after a winning double at the weekend.DAMEN FRANCIS May 13, 2014 3:15am
The Shepparton Gators juggernaut rolls on, with two more wins under their belt at the weekend.
The Gators shored up their place on top of the Big V division two men’s ladder by thumping Coburg Giants 85-46 at Shepparton Sports Stadium on Saturday night and accounting for Pakenham Warriors 88-57 at Cardinia Life YMCA on Sunday.
Gators coach Russell Parker said confidence in the group was sky high.
‘‘We’re pretty pleased with the effort so far,’’ Parker said.
‘‘Matt Bartlett keeps on keeping on, the defence work of Matt Waight has been invaluable and we dominated the rebounds again.
‘‘(The Warriors) challenged us in the third quarter this weekend, but whether we got complacent because we got tired I’m not sure.
‘‘It’s a big effort, most of the guys didn’t get home until 11
Bartlett continued his stellar form, with 62 points across the two games, including 15 field goals from 21 attempts and six of eight three-pointers on Sunday and five assists on Saturday night.
JL Lewis was equally dominant, with back-to-back double-doubles, but everyone contributed.
Bailey Michel caught the eye with a pair of treys against the Giants and Bellamey Sims impressed with his court time in both games.
‘‘Bailey certainly wasn’t shy about having an attempt, so good on him, but it’s always pleasing to get our young guys onto the court,’’ Parker said.
‘‘We got to the stage where the opposition coach put his bench in as well, but Bellamey got some good minutes early in the game and he played well (on Sunday) as well.’’
Sims is able to play at the two or three spots and Parker said the young player’s speed, athleticism and strength could ensure he is a valuable asset if his development continues.
The Gators host fourth-placed Keilor Thunder this weekend in what looms as a bumper Saturday night clash in Shepparton.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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