Category: General News

FIRST TROPHY GOES TO TILE HILL!

Easter rolls in once again and our season starts to draw to a close – BUT there are things to settle before the curtain comes down on a busy eight months.
One issue which was sorted was the Handicap Cup Final which was won for the past two seasons by Arden Griffins but yesterday it went the way of Tile Hill Trojans 1 who defeated Tamworth Tigers at Rawlett School in Tamworth.
Trojans 2 were undone at Aylesford earlier in the week as were Leamington Spartans at the hands of Coventry College – both games in Division One.

NOW GET READY FOR WOODLANDS SUMMER LEAGUE….
After three successful Summer League competitions at the Woodlands Sports Complex, it is returning for a 4th year and will be tipping off late May/early June. If you didn’t know how it works, the clock is a running one it’s very much aimed at development and a bit of fun. Officials from the WBA support the running of the Woodlands Summer League and it contains a mixture of experienced local players and beginners. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Dec Connolly – Declan.connolly@coventry.gov.uk / 07943 846142

HALL OF FAMER ROGER PAYNE IS BACK IN COVENTRY!
Roger Payne, (pictured) arguably Warwickshire Basketball’s most successful coach has returned to the city of Coventry and has joined forces with Paul Adams in the running of Coventry Tornadoes. Roger, who won two titles as a player before taking NINE as a coach after injury cut short his playing career has been out of the area for a few years enjoying success as a joint owner and coach at several clubs.
Roger was inducted into the Warwickshire Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 as an acknowledgment of his services to basketball in our Area. He is arranging camps involving several NBA players and a tournament called “Kings of the Court” which takes place in August at The Wildcats Arena Nottingham.

He has also employed the services of his son Bryson to work with the youngsters of Coventry and he will be coaching the under 17 side as “The Family Business” continues to develop. Roger’s details are found by logging onto www.ballersheaven.com

WARWICKSHIRE BASKETBALL ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING…..
It is time for you to nominate your favourites for consideration for the Warwickshire Basketball Awards which will be presented at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting and Presentation evening which this year takes place on
THURSDAY 20TH JUNE AT
JAGUAR SOCIAL CLUB, FENTON ROAD, COVENTRY CV5 9PS.
The categories we are looking for nominations for are:
Individual Award
Refereeing Award
Table Officiating Award
Club/Team Award.
PLUS
Young Player of the Year (under 19)
If you feel that someone qualifies for consideration in any of the above please e mail us with their name and why you think this – in no more than 150 words please.
ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 31st MAY
Please E MAIL to mike.maddox@warwickshirebasketball.co.uk

TROJANS SLIP UP – GRIFFINS CELEBRATE!

It was always going to be tense and that’s exactly how it was – BUT, Arden Griffins basked in the glory of taking the first points off Tile Hill Trojans 1 this season.
The Champions elect were awful in a first half they would like to forget as Griffins ran riot at the other end to go 28 points up before half-time at 22-50, but the second half was a different story as they were pegged back and Trojans came to within four at 63-67 before a series of technical fouls broke the momentum and Arden realized their ambitions.
Elsewhere Aylesford came past Tamworth and Stratford chalked up their second victory in five days at Leamington. JM Grizzlies went ahead of Trojans 2 in the league table and Coventry College had to forfeit their game at Ernesford tomorrow due to illness – time constraints preventing a re-match before the end of the season. Stratford play again tonight as Tigers visit and Rugby do likewise in Division Two against Westwood.

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS – GLADIATORS OUT!
With Warwickshire Hawks’ interest in the play-offs ending at Gladiators, the teams who made progress faced off in the quarter-finals last weekend. The results were as follows:
Bristol Hurricanes 89-85 RCT Gladiators
Chelmsford Lions 85-67 Taunton Tigers
Richmond Knights 75-85 Doncaster Eagles
Nottingham Trent Hoods 67-83 Lewisham Thunder
This weekend Lewisham play Chelmsford while Bristol host Doncaster.

QUARUPLE OVERTIME IN TWO BBL GAMES….
The history books were out last weekend and records were smashed as Worcester Wolves and Surrey Scorchers went to QUADRUPLE OVERTIME before Wolves edged home 152-150! Then, unbelievably Glasgow Rocks repeated the act in their game against Bristol Flyers with a result of 113-111 also coming after four additional periods. Can you imagine that in the Warwickshire Basketball League – how would we get to the pub – energy-wise and in time?

CAN GRIFFINS DO WHAT NOBODY ELSE HAS?

All eyes will be on Hereward College on Monday evening as Arden Griffins try to stop the Tile Hill Trojans roller-coaster in the top of the league tussle.
Trojans have won all their games so far and Griffins are their nearest rivals so a defeat here could prevent the Champions from retaining their title. Griffins were at home last night and destroyed Leamington Spartans while third-placed Aylesford Hawks were in impressive form when they defeated Ernesford Eagles earlier in the week but failed to arrive at Coventry College last night where the game was awarded 20-0.

Cracovia Stratford entertain local rivals JM Grizzlies tonight and in Division Two, leaders Rugby Rage – also unbeaten so far play host to Team Rebels who lost on Wednesday to Westwood Rhinos. Trojans 3 hit 5 from 12 free-shots in the frantic final three minutes before edging it over Nuneaton Predators.

HOT SHOTS – PART DEUX!….…
Here are the game statistics from the games played to the end of FEBRUARY.
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FIELD GOALS (points per game)        3 POINTERS                      FREE SHOOTING %
(min 10 games)                                                                                   (min 50 shots)
DIVISION ONE
V Cerkunovas (Cov. Coll.) 31.10    P Roberts (Arden) 78          R Fennell (Aylesford) 71%
R Fennell (Aylesford) 27.64             R Fennell (Aylesford) 36      L Hatfield (Arden) 68%
L Hatfield (Arden) 24.55                   L Hatfield (Arden) 34           L Bolda (Tamworth) 64%
S Workman (Arden) 23.60        N Evans (Tamworth) 34       P Somers (Tamworth) 62%
L Bolda (Tamworth) 22.00             B Linnett (Tile Hill 2) 30        S Workman (Arden) 60%
………………………………………………J Coulson (Stratford) 30…………………………………..
DIVISION TWO
G Trabliks (Rugby) 25.55              L Taylor (Nuneaton) 38          Z Deen (Nuneaton) 79%
T Robinson (Tile Hill) 21.22          G Trabliks (Rugby) 21            S Alford (Rebels) 76%
D Martin (Rugby) 18.50              M Kearsley (Westwood) 21    M Buckley (Tile Hill) 61%
L Taylor (Nuneaton)) 17.77         A Popadadrosos(Rebels)15     G Trabliks (Rugby) 60%
M Kearsley (Westwood) 16.71    D Martin (Rugby) 12               L Taylor (Nuneaton) 56%

Thanks to Tony Bates for the statistics – tony.bates@warwickshirebasketball.co.uk

CORPORATE GAMES SET TO RETURN TO COVENTRY…..

Phil John has been asked to assist with the organisation of the basketball tournament for the Corporate games which is returning to Coventry this August to be based at The XCEL Centre.The basketball games will be played on the 3rd and 4th of August and there will be two registration evenings on 1st and 2nd.
It is hoped to have between 8 and 10 teams in the competition, with the first day pool games and then
Play-offs on day 2 for places. There is also a need for 6 referees and 2 table officials on both days as it’s
the intention to use two courts each day. Also needed are at least one or maybe two administrators
to sort scores and monitor progress of games. Fees are yet to be fixed but would be line with the
usual officiating rates applying.
There is also a need to have 2 people at the registration evenings.
For further information e mail: phillip.john@warwickshirebasketball.co.uk

ARE YOU PLANNING TO ENTER THE LEAGUE NEXT SEASON…..

As the end of this season looms the Executive Committee of Warwickshire Basketball are looking at the structure of the leagues for 2019-20. It would assist us greatly if you and your team could indicate their interest in playing in Warwickshire next season by dropping an e mail to us at the address below.
This is purely to give an indication and formal entry forms will be sent out shortly.

FOUR GO THROUGH TO SEMI FINALS!

The Challenge Cup takes centre stage this week and through to the semi-finals are pool winners JM Grizzlies, Westwood Rhinos and Rugby Rage.
Joining this trio will be Nuneaton Predators 2 who won their game against Team Rebels by default after the home side failed to arrive and the game was awarded 20-0.
In Division One Aylesford Hawks hammered Coventry College by forty, with Ricky Fennell hitting the heights and Ernesford Eagles had a blistering final two minutes to beat Leamington Spartans in the game played last Friday.

Tile Hill Trojans 3 beat Nuneaton Predators on Monday then followed this up with a lack-lustre performance against Rugby Rage on Thursday. The game was classed as a double header with the result counting as the cup tie as well as the league fixture.

DAVID’S KEEPING US IN THE PICTURE…..

Thanks this week go to David Valente the father of Grizzlies’ Daniel for he has sent in several action photographs of Grizzlies games. We sent the picture in the title to the Coventry Telegraph this week and they gave it prime position with the weekly basketball report.
Grizzlies were at Tamworth where Tigers took the points with ease but a sterling performance from their visitors earned them accolades from everyone present.
Leading the way for Tigers was Lukasz Bolda who landed 28 points including 17 in the third quarter, but Dan Borg set the scene with four three-pointers in the opening quarter. Grizzlies scoring was headed by Harry Adaway who made 13.

TIGERS HOST HANDICAP CUP FINAL…..

The final of the Bob Castledine Handicap Cup is now fixed for Wednesday 17th April at Rawlett Centre Tamworth and it will feature Tamworth Tigers v Tile Hill Trojans 1 with an 8.15pm tip-off. Ironically the pair meet at the same venue in Division One of the Warwickshire Basketball League next Wednesday – just two weeks prior to the final so this match will be a pointer as to who might take home the coveted trophy currently held by Arden Griffins.

WEST MIDLANDS SUMMER LEAGUE OPEN FOR ENTRIES …..
The West Midlands Summer League is set to run once again over the forthcoming months and teams who wish to play should contact Keith Kershaw as soon as possible to register their interest.
The cost is still to be finalised but is expected to be around £250 per team to include court hire, officials and trophies.
For further information contact keith.kershaw@mypostoffice.co.uk or phone 01214201116.

NOW IT STARTS TO GET TOUGH!

The future of the Division One trophy rests in the hands of the top three sides – Trojans, Griffins and Hawks who play each other in the next few weeks.
Griffins had to overcome a bruising encounter with Tamworth Tigers as Trojans had it much easier against Warwick China Red as the games featuring Aylesford, Leamington Coventry College and Trojans 2 were all called off.
Battle-weary China Red (PICTURED) play their third game this week when they go to Stratford tonight as Ernesford Eagles entertain JM Grizzlies who won against China Red on Wednesday.
Tile Hill Trojans 3 made victory number four for their season with a win over Team Rebels who had defeated Nuneaton Predators earlier in the week. Westwood Rhinos found the going tough when they hosted Rugby Rage who kept their unbeaten record going in style.

YOUNG TIGERS GET READY TO ROAR…..
Back in the day, Tamworth Tigers were strongly featured in every competition run by Warwickshire Basketball. They then slipped off our radar but came back a few years ago under different management. Now, as part of the regeneration of basketball in the town Tamworth, Tigers are involved in the launch of THE GRASSROOTS BASKETBALL ACADEMY this Sunday. Tigers have really established themselves back in Division One this season and are clearly looking to the future by trying to attract youngsters to our great sport.

The Grassroots Academy launches at 12noon at Landau Forte Academy – see details in the picture opposite, but for further enquiries please contact 07985 737011 or 07825 082559.
On behalf of Warwickshire Basketball THE BEAR FACTS wish Tamworth and Tigers every success with their new venture.

DURREL FOSTERS AN INTERNATIONAL CALL-UP…..
Our congratulations go to Durrel Foster (pictured) a Finham Park student and Coventry Elite Under 16 player who has made the Welsh Under 15 squad of players, invited to turn out for their Country in a tournament in Sweden in May.
According to Coach Marcus Garvey, Durrel has made great improvements this season and will hopefully make the team for the European championship later on in the season.

YOUR HELP NEEDED FOR CHARITY EVENT …..
Ian Pursglove is trying to raise money for this great cause by inviting you to donate directly to his fundraising page as he attempts to complete one of his athletic feats. If you were to consider just 10p a mile that would be be £20 towards a great cause – 200 miles in on a bike?
Please feel free to share with those you work with and help Ian to raise even more. You can donate at.- https://www.justgiving.com/Ian-Pursglove
Just Giving sends your donation straight to Care of Police Survivors and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

GREAT DISCOUNTS AT POWERLEAGUE – WOODLANDS
Dec Connolly has told us that for all of our Clubs’ players, athletes, gymnasts, parents or associates, POWERLEAGUE are offering memberships for just £9.99/month, with no joining fee. This includes full access to the fitness suite and all classes in the Studio!
If anyone would like to take up this offer, they will need to speak to Ruben Costa by calling 02476 856870 or emailing ruben.costa@powerleague.co.uk.
Please reference ‘Woodlands Club Offer’ when enquiring.

TIGERS ROAR INTO CUP FINAL!

Tamworth Tigers are heading for the Handicap Cup final following their victory over Coventry College, where they will meet Tile Hill Trojans 1 after their win against Leamington Spartans.
Tigers brushed aside College in their semi-final at Rawlett after a sensational start saw them add 17 to their 20-15 handicap without College troubling the scorers. The visitors then recovered but the damage was done and Tigers go in search of cup glory following their promotion last season.

Westwood Rhinos secured victory in their Round Robin game at Nuneaton Predators 1, pulling back a ten point handicap in Jack Ford’s final match before leaving for a spell of duty in the Falklands, and Grizzlies had to climb back from twenty down as they hosted Team Rebels at The Bridge. Grizzlies managed to get their noses in front at the end of the third quarter before Rebels resistance collapsed. Eagles meet Trojans 3 tonight – Friday.

COMMITTEE MEETING NEXT WEEK…..
There is a meeting of the Executive Committee of Warwickshire Basketball next TUESDAY 5th March at The Citrus Hotel Ryton-on-Dunsmore starting at 7pm. Final plans for the remainder of the season will be among the items to be discussed along with confirmation of the Annual General Meeting date and venue.

WALKING BASKETBALL BACK AGAIN THIS WEEKEND!

Walking Basketball is taking off in a big way Fortnightly meetings are run by Trojans in Coventry and the next one is this coming Sunday 3rd March at Woodlands starting at the earlier time of 9am and going through to 10.30.

The cost is £5 per person and all are welcome.
If you fancy trying it out – AND GETTING A SWEAT ON – contact Mike Maddox (details on Contacts page).

TORNADOES’ COACHING COURSE COMING SOON…..
Coventry Tornadoes are advertising a Level 1 Coaching Course on Saturdays13th April and 11th May. The sessions take place at Woodlands Academy and will run from 9am to 5pm on both dates. The cost is £125 and is being organised by Sport Structures who can give more information by contacting them on 0121 455 8270 – education@sportstructures.com

HAWKS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS!

The tension is mounting as the hunt for points goes on and Aylesford Hawks fired themselves back into contention with two wins in four days, thanks largely to the scoring abilities of Ricky Fennell and Matt Glover.
Hawks have lost three times so far and are chasing unbeaten leaders Tile Hill Trojans 1 and Arden Griffins who have just one reversal. These two meet at Hereward College on Monday and an away victory would throw the title race wide open.
Meanwhile, Trojans 1 made life equally as difficult for JM Grizzlies as Hawks did at Warwick China Red. Leamington Spartans left Trojans 2 on their backs at Hereward College and Coventry College had to call off their trip to Tamworth on Wednesday night due to logistical problems. After last week’s fixture at Bilton, Ernesford Eagles return home to Grace Academy tonight where they entertain Stratford.
In Division Two Rugby Rage are still unbeaten at the top but lost Matt Berry in last Friday’s win over Team Rebels after he broke a bone in his right hand. Rebels had a bad week, going down at home to Westwood Rhinos too.

Friday 15th February

LEVEL 2 COACHING COURSE…..
Warwickshire Hawks are running a Level 2 Basketball England Coaching Course next spring at their Moreton Morrell home and aspiring coaches can get the qualification completed by enrolling onto it.

Warwickshire Basketball needs more qualified coaches in our leagues and this presents a great opportunity for all.

For further information contact Alex Birch details on the poster or e mail – alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk

TORNADOES QUIT WARWICKSHIRE LEAGUE – BOMBSHELL!

Coventry Tornadoes’ players are reeling following the notice issued to them by owner Paul Adams informing them that he has quit the Warwickshire Basketball League with immediate effect!
“Tall Paul” (pictured) sent out the notice earlier this week saying that he could not continue to run the side and cited lack of commitment, payment issues and shortage of players.
He said how sorry he was to have come to this decision and would be happy to support players if any of them wished to transfer to other clubs. This posed a problem to The Executive Committee for the deadline for transfers and registration passed last week but it was decided at on Wednesday that any players wishing to move to another club may receive special dispensation and should contact Warwickshire Basketball for approval. Paul is also looking to bounce back next season stronger and better equipped
THE BEAR FACTS understands that the remainder of Tornadoes’ operation will continue as normal…………….Under league rule 3g Tornadoes’ results to date have been deleted.

DEADLINE DAY TRANSFERS…
Following the demise of the Coventry Tornadoes men’s team several players have already been given permission to transfer to other clubs. They are:
Michael Junior Stokes from Tornadoes to Cracovia Stratford
Sam Perry-Huggins from Tornadoes to Team Rebels
David Olah from Tornadoes to Team Rebels
In addition Radhouen Foudhaili has registered to play for Leamington Spartans and Suliaman Charley has been registered for Ernesford Eagles.

HANDICAP CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW…
THE DRAW FOR THE SEMI-FINALS OF THE BOB CASTLEDINE MEMORIAL HANDICAP CUP SEES LEAMINGTON SPARTANS TRAVEL TO TILE HILL 1 AND TAMWORTH TIGERS HOSTING COVENTRY COLLEGE. (More details next week)

SPARTANS STUN HOLDERS!

Leamington Spartans stunned the Bob Castledine Handicap Cup holders Arden Griffins by knocking them out!
There were no shocks at Hereward College though as Trojans 1 eased through against Tornadoes, followed by their second team who fell short against fancied Tamworth Tigers,
Coventry College were 20 points too good Cracovia Stratford meaning that the semi-finalists are Tile Hill 1, Leamington, Coventry College and Tamworth.
In the Challenge Cup, Nuneaton 1 were also giant-killers as they edged out Warwick China Red by a single point to go one up in their round-robin event. JM Grizzlies were in form at Nuneaton 2 with the final tie of the week taking place tonight at Rugby where Ernesford Eagles are the guests.

COMMITTEE MEETING NEXT WEEK….
There is a meeting of the Executive Committee on Wednesday 6th February starting at 7pm. It takes place as usual at The Citrus Hotel, Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

WARWICKSHIRE HAWKS – SEASON BEST PERFORMANCE…..
Warwickshire Hawks were impressive as they defeated City of Birmingham Rockets at Moreton Morrell to go level on points at the top of National League Division Four with three other sides including Rockets who have lost their last three games.
It was a tough uncompromising affair with neither side able to establish any sizeable advantage, but a superb second-quarter spell of defensive play restricted Rockets to just nine points as Hawks took a 29-26 half-time lead.
After the break it was all things even as Ash Dickson led Hawks home on 18 and Curtis Hadley chipped in with 17.
Hawks were without the injured Mark Larner and had two others nursing strains and sprains by the end.

 

500 EDITIONS AND STILL GOING STRONG!

Welcome to issue number 500 of THE BEAR FACTS the weekly bulletin which attempts to keep all of Warwickshire’s basketballers up-dated.
It was back in October 2003 that the first one was sent out in an attempt to ensure that players and officials knew what was going to happen the following week. This came after a spate of “no-shows” by people who were unaware of fixtures and changes. To this service we have added over the years, league tables, courses and other event information and have tried to make THE BEAR FACTS our mechanism for communication between everyone involved in our great sport.

LAST WEEK FOR REGISTRATION….
Next week brings the end of January so we have to remind you that no players can be registered to play in this season’s league or cup after 31st.
In addition, in order to qualify to play in the Handicap Cup competitions, which starts next week, players must have turned out at least three times in league matches for the team or club to whom they are registered – unless they receive special dispensation.
*Remember by registering your players, they are covered for personal accident insurance, and it’s a compulsory requirement if participating in Warwickshire Basketball competitions.

WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL AGM
The AGM of the re-formed West Midlands region takes place next week and everyone from around the Area is invited to attend.
Basketball England’s Charlie Ford who heads up the APSIRE talent programme will be in attendance to give an update, and colleagues can see how they could fit into the talent pathway. Also Laura Doherty is coming along, and she is the Basketball England lead for the West Midlands Region.

The meeting will be headed up by Luke Freer who is the Basketball England appointed Chairman and he is looking for as many people at the meeting as possible.

The details are
DAY: Wednesday 30th January 2019
TIME: 7.30 pm 9.30 pm (arrive from 7pm)
VENUE: The Factory Young People’s centre, 5 Devon way, Birmingham, B31 2TW

Please come along and if you cannot make it call or email Luke with any thoughts you may have.
Luke Freer lukefreer23@gmail.com

THE BEAR FACTS IS THE WEEKLY BULLETIN FROM WARWICKHSIRE BASKETBALL.