Warwickshire Basketball confirm that, following a directive from Basketball England and with immediate effect all fixtures organised by the Warwickshire Basketball League are postponed. This includes Handicap Cup, Shield and League games scheduled to take place from Monday 16th, and the postponement will be in force for at least two weeks and until further notice is issued by our office.
The statement from BE is copied overleaf and all players, coaches, officials and followers are advised to follow the recommendations as basketball looks to contain the virus.
As soon as we know more we will contact everyone, in the meantime – stay safe!
Basketball England to suspend all basketball activity for two weeks
Basketball England has taken the decision to suspend all affiliated basketball activity and events for an initial two-week period because of the coronavirus outbreak.
This action will include National Leagues and competitions, England national teams, Academy leagues, talent programmes including Aspire, affiliated local leagues and Basketball England education courses.
The suspension of all activity will commence from 9am on Saturday, March 14.
We recommend this also applies to clubs’ practice sessions.
The decision has been taken in consultation with Basketball England’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Dane Vishnubala and follows careful analysis of the advice issued by the UK Government and regular BE board discussions to assess the full range of information. It has been made in the interests of the health and safety of our members, their friends and families and the wider community.
We understand the decision may result in inconvenience and disappointment to players, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters at a key period of the season, but it is our duty to protect everyone associated to our sport.
We are here to service all in our great game and recommend anyone involved who isn’t a BE member to follow this ruling. We believe the decision is necessary to mitigate the transmission risk posed when people gather and to assist in fighting the spread of the illness in the population.
Further updates will be issued on a regular basis.
Further enquiries – contact details
National League clubs: email@example.com
National teams: Further announcements will be made in due course.
Talent programme players/coaches: Contact your regional talent manager
Local leagues: Teams should contact your local league organiser, league secretaries should contact BE Relationship and Co-ordination managers – David Dunwell David.firstname.lastname@example.org (North West, North East), Sam Lewis email@example.com (West Mids, South West, South) Laura Doherty firstname.lastname@example.org (East, East Midlands, London, South East).
Officials: For NBL competitions, Assignr has been updated with all games cancelled. Please accept the cancelled game on Assignr so we know you are aware that the game has been cancelled. Clubs are asked to contact the officials they have appointed directly.
BUT, BEFORE THIS HAPPENED, THESE WERE THE MAIN STORIES….
grizzlies implode again!
JM Grizzlies, missing top scorer Richard Ingram slipped up once more as Michael Stokes hit 46 points to lead Tornadoes to a great win over the former title favourites.
Nuneaton 1 dumped their second team by a margin to go back on top and now just need to beat Westwood in their final game to take the honours. Tile Hill Trojans 3 came uip trumps against a weakened Rhinos last night and Ernesford were sent packing by a rampant Leamington 2.
In the Championship Shield, Trojans 1 sailed into the semi-finals after pulling back 52 points against Warwick China Red just after half-time, and Rugby v Tamworth goes ahead tonight after last week’s postponement – the winners playing again on Monday in the semis.
Warwick China Red have pulled out of the competition with a shortage of players.
It’s all coming together as the semi-finals take place, then it’s off to the finals for many of the teams playing in Warwickshire Basketball to bring a busy season to a thrilling climax.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – AMENDMENT…
THE INCORRECT DATE WAS PUBLISHED FOR THE AGM LAST WEEK – WITH APOLOGIES FOR ANY CONFUSION, PLEASE SEE THE CORRECT INFORMATION BELOW…..
The Warwickshire Basketball League Annual General Meeting, Members’ Forum and Presentation of Awards evening is to take place on Thursday 11th June at The Jaguar Social Club in Allesley Coventry starting at 7pm. All clubs planning on entering next season’s competitions must be present for the meeting but are invited to stay for the remainder of the evening and for the complimentary buffet.
The formal notice and details of the awards’ categories will be issued at a later date.
ALL HANDS ON DEC….
Likeable manager of Woodlands Sports Centre Dec Connolly is moving at the end of the month to a new post in Coventry. He is taking up a Sports post in the team preparing for the 2021 City of Culture adventure which Coventry is embarking. From all at Warwickshire Basketball we send our thanks for his help over past years and wish Dec every success and hope our paths cross again before too long. His replacement at Woodlands is yet to be announced
THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE NBL DIVISION THREE …
Warwickshire Hawks once again came good when It mattered as they took maximum points from Stoke-on-Trent Knights, winning 87-83. But Hawks did not have things all their own way as they crashed to a disastrous second quarter 18-34 as Knights struck back after their five point opening period deficit. When it really counted though Hawks had the right ingredient in Mark Larner who downed two shots in the last minute to grab the win. Curtis Hadley accrued 28 in total with Cameron Hibbert on 17 and Scott Owen on 12.
Hawks are at Moreton Morrell on Saturday and entertain Birmingham Mets – tip-off 5pm.
Coventry Flames, were well and truly extinguished at University of Wolerhampton, and were doused 91-69. Flames started well enough and trailed by four at the first break but poor second and third quarters left the door open for their hosts to pull away and lift the win.
Flames hope to re-kindle things on Sunday, hosting Sheffield Sabres at Coventry Uni. @ 4.30pm.
Division 3 Warwickshire Hawks 87-83 Stoke-on-Trent Knights
University of Wolverhampton 91-69 Coventry Flames
Under 16 City of Birmingham II 58-62 Coventry Tornadoes
Milton Keynes Trojans II 66-52 Warwickshire Hawks
Youth Basketball League (YBL)
Under 15 Tamworth Tigers 40-59 Nuneaton Predators
Warwickshire Hawks 68-75 Coventry Elite
Under 13 Coventry Elite 66-34 Arden Griffins
Nuneaton Predators 25-78 Redditch Rookies