Category: General News

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.

 

FENNELL ON FIRE AS HAWKS HIT TON!

Back to form Ricky Fennell (pictured with team-mate Matt Glover) piled in another forty points as Aylesford Hawks slammed Coventry Tornadoes, notching up their first ton of the season on the way to three more league points.
Arden Griffins finally managed to play a game and their home fixture saw them also in the ton-up brigade against Stratford. Trojans 1 maintained their 100% record in a hard-fought game against Coventry College, while Tamworth took the points from Leamington. JM Grizzlies got their first win of the season at Warwick China Red & Trojans 2 go to Ernesford tonight.
In Division Two leaders Rugby Rage edged out Trojans 3 and meet Nuneaton tonight (Friday) at Harris School, while Trojans 3 lost out by eight at Westwood.

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IT’S AS YOU WERE AT THE TOP!

 

The leading lights in the first division carried on where they left off with victories for Tile Hill Trojans 1, Aylesford Hawks and Coventry College.
Arden Griffins’ frustration continued with their home game against Ernesford Eagles called off, as was the other fixture between Warwick china Red and Tamworth Tigers, whilst Tile Hill Trojans 2 made it three from three as they won at Coventry Tornadoes.
In Division Two Team Rebels continued their good form with a ten point win over Nuneaton, whilst leaders Rugby Rage were hosting Tile Hill Trojans 3 on Friday night at Harris School.

The draw was made on Wednesday night for the first round of this season’s Handicap Cup competitions. Aylesford have declined to enter so, excluding them, the top eight sides in the Christmas league table go into the Bob Castledine Cup with the remaining teams joining those from Division Two plus the addition of Nuneaton Predators 2 making up the other tournament.
The full draw is as follows:

Bob Castledine Memorial Cup

Tile Hill Trojans 1 v Coventry Tornadoes
Coventry College v Cracovia Stratford
Tile Hill Trojans 2 v Tamworth Tigers
Leamington Spartans v Arden Griffins
The four winning sides will contest the semi-finals with the four losing teams playing in the Plate competition semi-finals.

Division Two Handicap Cup

Pool A Ernesford Eagles, Rugby Rage, Tile Hill Trojans 3
Pool B JM Grizzlies, Team Rebels, Nuneaton Predators 2
Pool C Warwick China Red, Nuneaton Predators 1, Westwood Rhinos
Each team plays the other members of its pool with the three pool winners plus the best runner-up going through to the semi-finals.
The two sides with the poorest record will play off for a place in the Plate semi-final with the winner of that game joining the other three teams.
All fixtures to be confirmed by Ian Pursglove.

HERE WE GO AS WE LAUNCH INTO 2019!

Everyone at Warwickshire Basketball extends their wishes to you and your family for a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.
We are straight back into the action next week with a hatful of fixtures and a second-half of the season to whet the appetite as the Handicap Cup competitions are launched. So, we hope you had a great time and took advantage of the few days off to get fit for the New Year’s basketball – Warwickshire style!

A table-officiating course is being planned for mid-January and Warwickshire Basketball needs to get a list together of all potential applicants.
If you have members or colleagues who are interested enough to assist your club AND themselves by taking the course contact Niki Cross who is our organizer…………… niki.cross@warwickshirebasketball.co.uk

There is a meeting of the Executive Committee at The Citrus Hotel Ryton-on-Dunsmore starting at 7.00pm on Wednesday 9th January. The draw for the First round of the Warwickshire Basketball Handicap cup competitions will be made/confirmed at this meeting.

SEASON’S GREETINGS TO ALL BASKETBALLERS!

With no games scheduled now until January the Warwickshire Basketball office is closing down, so we take this opportunity to wish you a well-deserved Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
Our next bulletin will be on Friday 4th January when we will list the first games in the 2019 league programme and don’t forget you can get all the information you need on the Warwickshire Basketball website which will be regularly up-dated.
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY!

TABLE COURSE COMING SOON

A table-officiating course is being planned for mid-January and Warwickshire Basketball needs to get a list together of all potential applicants.
If you have members or colleagues who are interested enough to assist your club AND themselves by taking the course contact Niki Cross who is our organizer…………… nikicross@sky.com

LATE LATE SHOW FROM GRIFFINS!

Arden Griffins at last made it onto their home court after a spate of postponed games and they came from behind late on to beat Aylesford Hawks.
Tile Hill Trojans 1 lead the way though with an unbeaten run after they demolished Leamington Spartans. There was a second successive win for Trojans 2, against Cracovia Stratford who had only five players available. Ernesford Eagles headed to Tamworth where the home side were superior throughout, and Tornadoes were too good for JM Grizzles as Coventry College maintained their good form against Warwick China Red.
Division Two saw Rugby fall two short of a century at Nuneaton and Westwood crash at home to Team Rebels

GRIZZLIES JUST SHORT

A narrow two-point last minute defeat left JM Grizzles still without a win in Division One, after a pulsating game at The Bridge.
Arden Griffins showed Leamington Spartans the art of three-point shooting as they powered in another 12 on the way to defeating their hosts, but early leaders Tamworth Tigers came unstuck at unbeaten Tile Hill Trojans 1. Warwick China Red picked up their first win at the expense of Tile Hill Trojans 2 with the other two games being called off.
Division Two have just one game this week after Westwood cried off their fixture at Rebels. Tile Hill Trojans 3 go to Rugby tonight (Friday) looking to topple the unbeaten league leaders.