BLUES YOUTH LEAGUE WOMEN’S DEPTH THE SECRET TO WINNING GRAND FINAL SERIES AGAINST SHERBROOKE

BLUES YOUTH LEAGUE WOMEN’S DEPTH THE SECRET TO WINNING GRAND FINAL SERIES AGAINST SHERBROOKE

The Frankston Blues Big V Youth League women are just two wins away from erasing the ghosts of 2018, and will take on Sherbrooke in the 2019 best-of-three Grand Final series tipping off on Saturday night in Belgrave.

While she was excited to be able to return to the championships series, 2018 Defensive Player of the Year Abby Chernisoff made it clear that the Blues were seeking to go one better this year.

“We have a good opportunity to get the win this year,” advised Chernisoff. “We really want to make amends for last year – you could say it is a case of righting the wrongs of the past.”

Frankston have been the hottest team in the competition and are riding an incredible 17 game winning streak entering the grand final series. Led by Kassie Boorer who leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game, it is the Blues’ depth and range of scoring options that Chernisoff explained is her team’s greatest asset.

“We have definitely got more depth this year than last year. This year we have a full roster, a squad of 13 in fact, so unfortunately one girl will have to miss out on the grand final.”

To emphasize the scoring spread, a staggering 9 players average 6 points or more throughout 2019 as the Blues logged more points than any other team, and they did so with Boorer only suiting up in 10 of their games due to NBL1 commitments.

“We have so much strength offensively, it is hard for teams to stop us and shut us down,” Chernisoff further added. “If one person is shut down or having an off night, we have plenty of other scoring options.

“Defensively we also have the best record in the league, giving up the lowest amount of points per game. We are good at both ends of the court, It will be really hard for Sherbrooke to match.

“Nobody gets tired on our team as everyone gets pretty even minutes. On average, the most anyone will play is around 22 minutes – that’s another strength of ours.

“We have been together for 2 years now, we have really gelled together as unit and we are ready to go out there and do our best to win that championship.”

While the Blues are riding a 17 game winning streak, Chernisoff knows that their biggest challenge is posed by their grand final opponents. The Sherbrooke Suns were last team they lost to back in round 3, all the way back on March 30 in a road game at Belgrave. While the Blues won the return encounter at home on June 16, it was only a 5 point victory.

“Their shooting percentage is very good from the perimeter, so we know we need to close out with hands in faces and not let them get open shots,” acknowledged Chernisoff.

A finalist for Defensive Player of the Year honours again in 2019, Chernisoff was more focused on the job at hand. (Award Nominations)

“Last year I won the award, and to be nominated again, is pretty good,” she said. “Taking a charge, and defending post players, and getting in their head a bit is what I try and do. But all that counts for nothing if we don’t get the job done in the grand final series.

“For the first time ever, the Big V [podcast] has backed us for the first time this season, so that’s nice to know! We know it is going to be a couple of tough games, and we know Sherbrooke’s crowd will back them this Saturday. We hope as many Blues fans can help support as as we look to go one better than in 2018.”

Game Details

Game 1 – Sat 17th August 6:00 PM Tip-off @ Belgrave Height Christian School
$5 Adult, $2 5-15 Year-Olds, Free Under 5 Years-Old.
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Game 2 – Saturday 24th August 7:30 PM Tip-off @ Frankston Basketball Stadium
Adults $10, Under 12 Free, Junior Blues Free
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Game 3 (if required) – Sunday 25th August 1:00 PM Tip-off @ Frankston Basketball Stadium
Adults $10, Under 12 Free, Junior Blues Free
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