NBL1 Women: Frankston Blues (72) def Dandenong Rangers (60)
In a side missing Darcee Garbin, Frankston showed no Blues, getting the job done over Dandenong in special ANZAC-themed jerseys. After a slow start, the home side was able to open up a seven-point buffer at the main break. The Rangers responded to the pressure in the second half, outscoring the Blues by one point in the third period. However, Frankston took over in the fourth with 21 points to 15 to claim a 12-point win.
Tessa Lavey returned with a bang for the home side with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists but it was Chelsea D’Angelo who shone brightest. After struggling with injury and plying her trade with the Southside Flyers, the youngster put up 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Fellow WNBL player Lauryn Hippolite and Rangers sharpshooter Tenya Sooalo led the way for the visitors with 12 points each.
FRANKSTON 72 (D’Angelo 24, Lavey 19, Hill 9)
DANDENONG 60 (Hippolite 12, Sooalo 12, Vincent-Lord 11)
NBL1 Women: Frankston Blues (81) def Dandenong Rangers (74)
Coming into this game as one of the championship favourites, the Frankston Blues proved why they hold that title. However, the Dandenong Rangers can be proud of keeping within striking distance of the home side, especially under a new coach in Sam Woosnam. It was the first period that proved to be Dandenong’s downfall. After being outscored by six in that term, they managed to outscore the Blues 21-20 in the second period before just being outscored by two in the third. In the final period, each side scored 19 apiece, showing how crucial the start was for the win.
After a big off-season winning Prahran Summer Jam and working on his 3×3 game, Dillon Stith took his game to another level with 24 points, five rebounds and four assists. Will Peirce was also impressive with 17 points at 57 percent from the field. Dyson King-Hawea led the way for the Rangers, also scoring 17 points.
FRANKSTON 81 (Stith 24, Peirce 17, Cleary 16)
DANDENONG 74 (King-Hawea 17, Soukup 15, Perry 11)
NBL1 Women: Frankston Blues (57) def by Sandringham Sabres (74)
The Sabres led the whole game, dominating inside the paint (42 pts in paint). Sandringham’s 49 rebounds were too much for Frankston’s 31.
Funda Nakkasoglu led the Sabres with 22, backed up by Chelsea D’angelo’s 23.
FRANKSTON 57 (D’angelo 23, Batish 8, Wilkins 8)
SANDRINGHAM 74 (Nakkasoglu 22, Pineau 18, O’Neill 11)
NBL1 Men: Sandringham Sabres (82) def by Frankston Blues (111)
In what could be an early playoffs preview, the Frankston Blues came out as convincing winners over an undermanned Sandringham Sabres side.
The Sabres came out firing on all cylinders, leading 24-19 at the end of the first period. However, the Blues rallied back with a 36pt second quarter, which placed them in a position to runaway with the game in the second half.
Dillon Stith was key to Frankston’s success scoring 24pts and 3reb, while Tom Wright was the best performer for the Sabres, with 24pts and 4ast.
FRANKSTON 111 (Stith 24, Trist 19, MacDonald 18)
SANDRINGHAM 82 (Wright 24, Goonewardene 18, Gabsch 17)