Sport Shorts - August 26
The Women's Div2 Black Angels team won the first leg of its three-match grand final against Pakenham.

26 August 2019, Liam Petterson

The Black Angels Div 2 Basketball side won the first leg of their best-of-three grand final by 28 points against the Pakenham Warriors. Playing at the Nona Lee Sports Centre, the side prevailed 75 – 47 thanks to a solid performance by Amelia Smith who picked up 21 points, seven steals, seven rebounds and four assists. The side will be hoping to clinch the premiership when it travels to Pakenham this Saturday for the second leg.

The Women’s Football Club secured a VFLW finals berth with a 6.10 – 46 to 4.5 – 29 win over NT Thunder. Sophie Abbatangelo was best on ground in the victory which solidified a 5th-place finish and a home elimination final against the Geelong Cats this Saturday. The side defeated the Cats by 14 points two weeks ago away at Deakin University Geelong so will fancy their chances at home.

The Uni Blues and Blacks continued their dominant form heading into the VAFA Football finals series. In Premier, the Blues won their 7th consecutive match by outclassing Old Trinity Grammarians 21.10 – 136 to 10.12 – 72. With one round remaining before finals, the side are all-but-guaranteed to finish as minor premiers, having won 14 of their 17 matches with a percentage of 168.38. In Premier B, the 3rd-placed Blacks dispatched Beaumaris by 95 points.

In Gridiron, the Senior Men’s opening match culminated in a 44 – 22 victory over the South Eastern Predators at home. The home-and-away season runs until 10 November and the Royals will be hoping to build on last season’s disappointing finals exit. The Club’s senior Women’s season will kick-off against the Northern Raiders on 15 September.

The Women’s Vic League 1 Hockey team earned a dominant 10 – 0 win over WestVic in the final home-and-away round to be officially awarded the minor premiership. In what was the side’s 10th consecutive victory, Kate Saunders bagged a hattrick while Florine Van Grimbergen scored a brace.

Following the premiership success of the Senior Women’s side at the Soccer Club, the Senior Men’s State League 4 team earned a 5 – 2 win against Spring Hills FC. John Wood continued his rich vein of form by scoring a goal to take his season tally to 16 goals from 18 games. Despite being out of contention for the premiership, mathematically the 3rd-placed side can still finish as runners-up, though they must defeat 2nd-placed Surf Coast FC this weekend and hope results go their way in the final round of the season.