The Kilsyth Cobras VYC Men’s and Women’s teams have been announced for the 2019 Big-V season.
Returning for her second season at the helm, Claire Knight takes aim at a second consecutive playoff berth for the Cobra Women, who advanced to the postseason for the first time following a five-year drought in 2018. They’ll be led by team MVP Sarah Haberfield and leading scorers Grace Moxey and Miranda Gartner, while Erin Burgoyne, Lauren Bird and a healthy Maddie Taranto will look to build on promising 2018 campaigns. Chloe Anderson, Nikita Young, Isabella Clark, Caitlyn Groves, Chloe Goring, Caitlyn Shannon and Alannah Anderson round out coach Knight’s roster, which will look to improve on last season’s 12-10 regular season record.
The Cobra Men will look to return to the VYC postseason for the third consecutive season after matching the Women’s 12-10 record in 2018. Headlining coach Mark Landells’ group in 2019 is the league’s reigning scoring champion and All-VYC point guard, Mitch Dielemans. Matt Dwyer, Roberto La Morticella, Hamish MacDonald and Tony Marchese – all members of the Cobras title-winning team from 2017 – are set to return, providing the Cobras with valuable championship experience, while Nick Feller looks poised to build on a strong 2018 rookie campaign. Second year guards Mitch Jackson and Dyson Sumsion round out the list of returners, while Ben Bara, Luke Rosendale and Josh Tomasi will each make their VYC debuts with the Cobras this season.
The Cobra Women and Men tip-off their 2019 VYC regular season on Saturday night at home, when they take on Sandringham at 5.30pm and 7.30pm, respectively. Entry for all 2019 VYC regular season home games is FREE!
VYC Women’s Roster:
Erin Burgoyne, Lauren Bird, Madalene Taranto, Sarah Haberfield, Chloe Anderson, Isabella Clark, Caitlyn Groves, Grace Moxey, Miranda Gartner, Chloe Goring, Alannah Anderson, Caitlyn Shannon, Nikita Young
Head Coach: Claire Knight Assistant Coaches: Michael Walsh, Erica McMenamin Team Manager: Tracey Bird
VYC Men’s Roster:
Mitchell Dielemans, Matthew Dwyer, Luke Rosendale, Hamish MacDonald, Josh Tomasi, Roberto La Morticella, Mitchell Jackson, Dyson Sumsion, Nick Feller, Ben Bara, Tony Marchese
Jamie Ahale, Lachlan Vandervorm, Ben Adams, Liam Evans, Ben Ahale, Roosevelt Williams, David Okwera, Riley Spicer, Mitchell Douglas
Head Coach: Mark LandellsAssistant Coach: Gavin MeagerDevelopment Coach: Jesse NoyesTeam Manager: Jacqui Rosendale
The NBL1 Cobra Men have fallen to Diamond Valley in heartbreaking fashion, losing 90-98 to the Eagles on Retro Night. For the second consecutive week, the Cobras found themselves on the wrong end of a big crunch time surge, surrendering a 15-2 run to the Eagles over the final five minutes of the game.
via Roy Ward, NBL1.com.au Kilsyth Cobras coach Sam Woosnam needed to make adjustments more than her players did. 📺: @KilsythCobras 🆚 @DVBasketball Womens Highlights #NBL1 pic.twitter.com/VOSztiOMX1 — NBL1 (@NBL1HQ) May 18, 2019 Just weeks before the NBL1 season, the team received happy news that WNBL guard Steph Blicavs was pregnant and wouldn’t be playing.
The NWBL Cobras have opened their 2019 regular season campaign with a 2-2 split during their four game weekend in Brisbane. Despite heading up north shorthanded to start the season, the Cobras were able to record a pair of impressive wins over the Red Dust Heelers and West Adelaide Thunder. Without veteran Sean