The VYC Cobra Men and Women are headed to the Big-V Playoffs this weekend.


Mark Landells’ Men will head to Dandenong on Saturday night to take on the Rangers (7pm), who own the league’s second best record at 18-4. The Cobras (14-8) draw the Rangers after finish fourth in the Watson Conference standings, falling short in a road thriller to Keilor last weekend to narrowly miss out on climbing into third. Though the Rangers enter as favourites on paper, the Cobras recorded a surprise win at Dandenong earlier this season, thanks to a 38 point explosion by Mitch Dielemans. Dielemans (28.6ppg/4.7apg) and Luke Rosendale (18.2ppg/6.7rpg/4.1apg)- winners of the VYC Player of the Month award for June and May, respectively – will be available for Saturday’s showdown, after missing a number of late season games with NBL1 commitments.


Claire Knight’s VYC Women travel to MSAC on Sunday to battle the Melbourne Tigers (10am), in a battle of #3 and #2 in the Watson and Terrill Conferences. Despite a resounding home win over Dandenong to close the regular season, the Cobras fell on the wrong end of a season tiebreaker with Ringwood to fall to third in the Watson Conference, finishing with a 16-6 regular season record. They’ll face the Terrill Conference’s second ranked Tigers, who enter the postseason with a 14-8 record. Kilsyth claimed the lone regular season battle between the two teams, dominating the Tigers on the road, 105-63, back in Round 6, but the Tigers enter the postseason in impressive form, having won three of their final four games.


Tickets for both games are available at the door, with the Men’s game streamed live on the Dandenong Basketball Facebook page.