Final Score – Round 3

Youth Women
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Round 3
Eltham Wildcats 51 def by Frankston Blues 67
Top Performers: J. Weddle 13 points, K. Toohey 12 points, E. Davies & R. Burrows 6 points

The Eltham Wildcats headed down the Eastern Freeway on Saturday night to take on the Frankston Blues in a very competitive match. After a close first half the Wildcats had numerous defensive lapses which the Blues utilised with their great perimeter shooting (making 9/18 from three) to increase the lead in third period. To Eltham’s credit our girls fought hard and won the fourth period (14-13) taking plenty of positives from the contest forcing 31 turnovers, getting up 83 shot attempts and grabbing 50 rebounds as a team.

Coach D’Wayne Hogan is looking for improvements on both ends of the court as the group continues to improve weekly.

“Defensive lapses, playing safe rather than being aggressive hurt us but we still generated a lot of opportunities offensively.

“Over the next few weeks we are going to tweak the offence to hopefully help us increase our shot making.”

Emma Carr, Kiara Ferronato & Jessica Del Brocco all played their first game of the season.

“We were really impressed with the girls who played their first game of the season. They played valuable minutes and contributed well for our group,” said Hogan.

The Youth Women will have the Easter weekend off to regroup and prepare for their next game against McKinnon (12pm) at Eltham High School on Sunday 11th April.

Youth Men
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Round 3
Eltham Wildcats 85 def Ringwood Hawks 64
Top Performers: N. Dillion 19 points/8 rebounds, O. Magbegor 12 points/10 rebounds, T. O’Connor 9 points

The Eltham Wildcats remain undefeated after a convincing win on Saturday night against the Ringwood Hawks. The Wildcats immediately took control of the game in the first quarter with their defensive pressure only allowing the Hawks to score a total of 7 points while executing 20 points of their own. Ringwood bounced back winning the second period (23-18) and traded baskets in the third to get themselves back into the game 57-64.

The fourth quarter was another display of elite defence from the Wildcats as they outscored the Hawks 21-7 to close out the game and earn their 4th win of the season.

Coach Craig Stratford isn’t content with his groups 4-0 start to the season.

“We still have a lot to improve on. We will continue to work hard at practice and get better every week.

“The group will take a well earned break over the Easter weekend and come back ready for our next challenge against Dandenong and McKinnon.”

As mentioned by Coach Stratford the Youth Men will play their next home game at Eltham High School against McKinnon on Sunday the 11th of April at 2pm.