IMPORTANT MESSAGE..

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!

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): 

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: nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk

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.dunwell@basketballengland.co.uk (North West, North East), Sam Lewis sam.lewis@basketballengland.co.uk (West Mids, South West, South) Laura Doherty laura.doherty@basketballengland.co.uk (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.

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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.

 

National League Division 3 Table
P W L F A PTS
DONCASTER EAGLES 21 20 1 1957 1652 40
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM 21 17 4 1669 1414 34
BIRMINGHAM METS 21 12 9 1695 1598 24
DERBY TRAILBLAZERS 21 12 9 1843 1696 24
WOLVERHAMPTON  UNI 20 11 9 1562 1439 22
COVENTRY  FLAMES 21 10 11 16160 1710 20
WARWICKSHIRE  HAWKS 21 9 12 1794 1777 18
SHEFFIELD SABRES 21 9 12 1552 1644 18
STOKE KNIGHTS 21 8 13 1597 1718 16
STOURPORT SPARTANS 20 8 12 1490 1705 16
MANSFIELD GIANTS 21 5 16 1488 1697 10
DERBYSHIRE ARROWS 21 4 17 1665 1872 8

 

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National League

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

RHINOS STUN 100% GRIZZLIES

Westwood Rhinos, without Jack Ford stunned the previously unbeaten favourites for promotion from Division Two with a superb performance which brought them a 57-52 win. Tile Hill Trojans 3 came close to their first-ever hundred as they struck at Nuneaton 2 in a double-header in which they also managed to beat the handicap where they needed to win by 30 plus. Ernesford will be looking to follow up their home win over Leamington last Friday with another at Grace Academy, this time versus Nuneaton 2 tonight. In Division One Trojans 1 hit Leamington’s first team for six and a few more following their five-man blitz at Rugby last Friday, whilst Rage try to recover at home to Aylesford Hawks tonight.

Meanwhile a sterling effort from Tigers was not enough to stop Hawks going through in the Handicap Cup semi-final who made it in the final minute.

HANDICAP CUP – ALL THE LINE-UPS….

The line-ups have changed since the games this week in the Handicap Cup competitions meaning they will be like this:

Division One

            Mon 23rd – Handicap Cup Final – Tile Hill Trojans 1 v Aylesford Hawks

            Mon 30th – Plate Final – Tile Hill Trojans 2 v Arden Griffins

Division Two

            W/c 23rd – Challenge Cup Semi-finalists – Westwood Rhinos, Coventry                                           Tornadoes 2, Ernesford Eagles and JM Grizzlies (draw next Tuesday)

            W/c 23rd – Plate Semi-finalists – Team Rebels, Leamington Spartans 2,                               Coventry Tornadoes 1, Tile Hill Trojans 3 (draw next Tuesday)

            W/c 30th – Plate final – The two winning sides in the Plate Semi-finals

            W/c 30th – Bowl Final – The two losing sides in the Challenge Cup Semi-finals

ALL THE GAMES ABOVE ARE TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE PARTICIPATING CLUBS.

JUSTIN’S GIANT LEAP IS ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN….

Justin Hoskins (pictured), likeable player/coach at Coventry Tornadoes is taking a big step for charity on 17th May. He is stepping out of an aeroplane at 10,000 feet to do a sky-dive and is looking to get some financial support for his giant leap for his chosen charity The Alzheimer’s Society. Justin said, “This charity is really close to my heart as my grandad had Alzheimer’s and in memory of him I want to raise lots of money towards the cure.” He went on, “I can guarantee you will hear me scream like a girl, so surely THAT is worth a tenner!”

To donate just follow the link to Justin’s charity –

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/justin-hoskins?newPage=True

(If you give a lot more we could always sabotage his parachute – only joking J)

ROLES REVERSED IN NATIONAL LEAGUE…

Warwickshire Hawks bounced back on the Division Three victory trail last weekend with a 101-89 win over bottom-placed Derbyshire Arrows U23. Despite not having a full squad, Hawks picked themselves up from their recent run of poor form and, after trailing the first quarter 25-26, took control of the game in the second and third, which saw them leading 82-65 going into the final period. Arrows tried gamely to strike gold but with little success as Curtis Hadley led the Moreton Morrell-based side home with 30 points as Scott Owen showed his mettle with 24. Hawks travel to Stourport on Sunday where they are looking for revenge over Spartans to whom they lost by a solitary basket in November.

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It was down to earth though for Coventry Flames, who crashed 71-101 to Derby Trailblazers II at Coventry University. Flames started on the back foot as Derby hit them hard with an opening quarter of 32-19, and when they followed this with another reversal Flames found themselves 58-36 adrift at the half. Trailblazers went on the record another two period successes to leave Coventry on the floor and the wrong end of a big scoreline despite 24 form L Creary. They go on the road tomorrow with a visit to City of Birmingham and they will be hoping for a better performance than they gave a few weeks ago when COB took them 79-57.

LEAGUE TABLES…..LEAGUE TABLES……LEAGUE TABLES….….LEAGUE  TABLES

National League Division 3 Table
P W L F A PTS
DONCASTER EAGLES 18 17 1 1700 1419 34
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM 19 15 4 1479 1261 30
BIRMINGHAM METS 19 11 8 1539 1448 22
DERBY TRAILBLAZERS 19 11 8 1634 1505 22
WOLVERHAMPTON  UNI 19 10 9 1471 1370 20
SHEFFIELD SABRES 18 9 9 1309 1380 18
COVENTRY  FLAMES 18 9 9 1378 1451 18
STOKE KNIGHTS 19 8 11 1446 1546 16
STOURPORT SPARTANS 18 8 10 1344 1519 16
WARWICKSHIRE  HAWKS 19 7 12 1629 1629 14
MANSFIELD GIANTS 19 4 15 1329 1523 8
DERBYSHIRE ARROWS 19 3 16 1472 1679 6

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British Wheelchair League

Premier Division        Northern Ireland Knights 49-110 CWBA 1

Division 3                Plymouth Raiders 43-38 CWBA 3

National League

Division 3                Warwickshire Hawks 101-89 Derbyshire Arrows U23

Coventry Flames 71-101 Derby Trailblazers II

 

Under 16                 Warwickshire Hawks 35-82 Coventry Elite

Northamptonshire Titans Purple 70-64 Coventry Tornadoes

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 Redditch Royals 60-101 Coventry Tornadoes

PROTECTING YOUR CLUB AGAINST SAFEGUARDING ISSUES….

SAFEGUARDING means protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals, allowing people (especially children, young people and vulnerable adults) to live free from abuse, harm and neglect. 

To PROTECT YOUR CLUB AND PLAYERS against any potential safeguarding issues, here are our top tips:  

  1. Ensure all players and staff are aware of what is appropriate conduct and what is not.
  2. Ensure all your coaches and bench personnel have the correct DBS checks in place
  3. Take any concerns you receive seriously, reporting them promptly to your local Welfare Officer and offering support to those involved.  

For more information, visit the safeguarding section of our website.

 

DIV ONE PLAYING CATCH-UP……

It’s make or break time for the Division One sides and none more so than the games featuring Arden Griffins and Tile Hill Trojans 1.

Several postponements have led to the teams playing “catch-up” as the league season reaches its climax, and both Griffins and Trojans were in action this week. They both won as expected and the final game of the season is now confirmed as 2nd April when the title should be decided – unless! JM Grizzlies march on in their quest for top flight status and they won convincingly at Tornadoes as nearest rivals Nuneaton 1 hammered their second team at Jubilee.  Westwood did likewise when they entertained Rebels and Ernesford Eagles play host to Leamington 2 tonight. (PICTURE FROM NUNEATON 1 V lEAMINGTON 2)

HANDICAP CUP – ALL THE LINE-UPS….

The line-ups move a stage further on Monday night in the Handicap cup competitions meaning they will be like this:

W/c 23rd – Division One Handicap Cup Final – Tile Hill 1 v Aylesford or Tamworth

W/c 30th – Division One Plate – Tile Hill 2 v Arden Griffins

W/c 23rd – Challenge Cup Semi-finalists – Westwood Rhinos, Coventry Tornadoes 2,                             Ernesford Eagles plus JM Grizzlies (best losing score)

W/c 23rd – Plate Semi-finalists – Team Rebels, Leamington Spartans 2, Nuneaton                                              Predators 1 plus either Nuneaton 2 or Tile Hill 3

W/c 30th – Plate final – The two winning sides in the Plate Semi-finals

W/c 30th – Bowl Final – The two losing sides in the Challenge Cup Semi-finals

ALL THE GAMES ABOVE ARE TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE PARTICIPATING CLUBS.

AFTER ANOTHER VICTORY  –  CAN FLAMES MAKE THE PLAY-OFFS?

         WARWICKSHIRE HAWKS 83 – 90 COVENTRY FLAMES

Coventry Flames flew the flag for the City as they took on Warwickshire Hawks in the most local of all derbies, and took the honours too with a seven-point victory at Moreton Morrell. Looking back, just a few weeks ago, Hawks were flying themselves and were in contention for the play-offs, but a sudden dip in form has seen them crash towards the basement of the table, while Flames have been motoring the other way, slipping up on the odd occasion, but they now stand in a creditable sixth position and are hoping they can pull it off in their last five games. Their shock defeat at Derbyshire Arrows recently might come back to haunt them though as they continue their drive for promotion. The game against Hawks was expected to follow a similar path to the last time the pair met back in November, but unlike then when Hawks won 94-73  it was Flames who took the points despite a last-ditch attempt by the home side to grab something from the match.

With little to choose throughout the fixture, Flames had built a 71-60 lead as they entered the final quarter and it was all too much for the jaded home team despite 22 from Curtis Hadley and 17 from Mark Larner.

This weekend Hawks have the chance to get back into winning mode as it is their turn to host Arrows, with a 5pm tip-off on Saturday night. Flames move home to Coventry University Sports Centre on Sunday when they receive Derby Trailblazers (4.30pm)

National League Division 3
P W L F A PTS
DONCASTER EAGLES 17 17 0 1624 1337 34
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM 18 14 4 1398 1182 28
DERBY TRAILBLAZERS 18 10 8 1533 1434 20
BIRMINGHAM METS 18 10 8 1455 1369 20
WOLVERHAMPTON  UNI 18 9 9 1389 1294 18
COVENTRY  FLAMES 17 9 8 1307 1350 18
SHEFFIELD SABRES 17 9 8 1230 1296 18
STOURPORT SPARTANS 17 8 9 1303 1433 16
STOKE KNIGHTS 18 7 11 1360 1505 14
WARWICKSHIRE  HAWKS 18 6 12 1528 1540 12
DERBYSHIRE ARROWS 18 3 15 1383 1578 6

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National League

Division 3                Warwickshire Hawks 83-90 Coventry Flames

 

Under 16                 Coventry Elite 85-55 City of Birmingham II

Leicester Riders 49-82 Coventry Tornadoes

West Bromwich Albion 118-33 Warwickshire Hawks

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 Coventry Tornadoes 106-51 Worcester Wolves

Leadonites A 60-66 Coventry Elite

Under 15                 Tamworth Tigers 67-27 JM Grizzlies

Redditch Rapids 55-69 Coventry Tornadoes

Yardley Defenders 37-110 Warwickshire Hawks

Nuneaton Predators 52-58 Leicester Riders – O/T

Under 13                 Bromsgrove Bears 70-26 Arden Griffins

Arden Griffins 25-98 Warwickshire Hawks

WALKING BASKETBALL “RUNNING” ON TUESDAYS….

Walking Basketball, successfully launched by Trojans in 2017 is now into week five of its Tuesday morning sessions and is taking off nicely. It comprises a one-hour programme starting at 10am and caters for the Over 50 age group of players.

 

Trojans Walking Basketball is targeting beginners or people who have not played for many a year and wish to get going again. It features a warm-up, stretching, ball skills and a fun game between all participants, followed by optional tea or coffee in the Woodlands bar.

The cost is £4 and spaces are limited so if you know anyone who might be interested in joining up tell them to e mail for further details …… info@trojansbasketball.co.uk.

TORNADOES STRIKE TWICE……

Coventry Tornadoes had something to cheer about this week as both their first and their young second teams went through in their cup competitions. Tile Hill Trojans 1 destroyed Warwick China Red for the second week running to move to the final of the Bob Castledine Handicap Cup where they will meet Aylesford or Tamworth. Arden Griffins meanwhile sauntered through in the Plate at Leamington Spartans, with Trojans 2 squeezing past Rugby in a thriller..Westwood Rhinos shocked JM Grizzlies in a close finish at The Bridge but JM could go through as the best losing side (see details below).

CUPS – PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY….

OK, so we are through to the latter stages of the Handicap Cup Competitions and this is how they will work:

Division One (the easy bit) – 8 teams contested Round 1. Four went into the semi- finals with the four losing sides into the Plate competition. The winning sides will contest both finals.

Division Two – 10 teams entered The Challenge Cup, including guests Tornadoes 2. Five winners (Grizzlies, Spartans 2, Rebels, Rhinos and Eagles) went into the second round along with the team with the smallest losing margin – Tornadoes 2.

These six qualifying teams from Round 1 played each other this week with the winners and the team with the smallest losing margin moving into the Challenge Cup semi-finals. The remaining four losing sides from Round 1 (Trojans 3, Tornadoes 1, Predators 1 and Predators 2) are meeting in the Plate Qualifier for a place in the Plate semi-finals.

The remaining two losing sides from the Challenge Cup Round 2 will go into the Plate semi-finals where they meet the winning sides from the Qualifier. There will be more information after this week’s games.

ALL THE SEMI-FINALS TAKE PLACE DURING W/C 23RD MARCH AND THE FINALS DURING W/C 30TH MARCH.

 DIVISION ONE TEAMS FACE OFF AGAIN – IN THE SHIELD….

All eight Division One sides went in the draw for the opening round of the Warwickshire Basketball Shield Competition which is a straight knock-out and which will be run with up-to-date handicaps added.

The fixtures and dates have come out as follows:

Monday 2nd March – Tile Hill Trojans 2 v Leamington Spartans

Monday 2nd March – Warwick China Red v Tile Hill Trojans 1

Thursday 5th March – Arden Griffins v Aylesford Hawks

Friday 6th March – Rugby Rage v Tamworth Tigers.

ALL THE GAMES ABOVE ARE TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE PARTICIPATING CLUBS.

Officials will be appointed once these games are fully confirmed.

The semi-finals will take place during week-commencing 11th March at venues to be announced and the finals in week-commencing 18th March.

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British Wheelchair League

Division 3                CWBA 3 34-40 Swansea Storm

 

English National League

Division 3                Stoke-on-Trent Knights 71-83 Coventry Flames

Warwickshire Hawks 72-86 City of Birmingham

Under 18                 City of Birmingham 74-64 Coventry Elite

Under 16                 Shropshire Warriors 66-71 Coventry Elite

City of Birmingham 85-65 Coventry Tornadoes

Worcester Bears 89-49 Warwickshire Hawks

Warwickshire Hawks 49-100 City of Birmingham

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 15                 JM Grizzlies 0-20 Coventry Elite

Coventry Tornadoes 61-66 Frankley Falcons

Under 13                WBA D Squad 21-113 Coventry Tornadoes

Arden Griffins 15-75 Yardley Defenders

LIST OF ALL PLAYERS AND OFFCIALS STILL NEEDED ASAP….

By Thursday morning only SIX clubs had responded to our plea for club membership details to be sent to Garry Kearsley – garry.kearsley@warwickshirebasketball.co.uk

We need name and registration numbers for all personnel. Please send in if you have not already.

HAWKS GROUNDED – AGAIN AS FLAMES SCORCH KNIGHTS……                      

Warwickshire Hawks crashed to another defeat, this time 72-86 at the hands of high-flying City of Birmingham who dominated all four quarters of their game at Moreton Morrell.

Trailing 39-45 at the half, Hawks never got their act together and despite 24 from Mark Larner and 15 from Matt Yates, they went down to defeat number eleven.

 

 

Flames, on the other hand have had a good season and sit in sixth place in the Division Three table. They travelled to Stoke-on-Trent last weekend and came back with an 83-71 win after trailing 44-36 in mid-game.

Our two leading local sides go head to head tomorrow (Saturday) at Moreton Morrell  in a vital fixture for both sides which tips-off at 5pm.

 LEAGUE TABLES…..LEAGUE TABLES……LEAGUE TABLES….….LEAGUE  TABLES

National League Division 3 Table
P W L F A PTS
DONCASTER EAGLES 16 16 0 1537 1256 32
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM 17 13 4 1314 1115 26
DERBY TRAILBLAZERS 17 10 7 1466 1350 20
WOLVERHAMPTON  UNI 17 9 8 1319 1217 18
BIRMINGHAM METS 17 9 8 1346 1300 18
COVENTRY  FLAMES 16 8 8 1217 1267 16
SHEFFIELD SABRES 16 8 8 1153 1226 16
STOURPORT SPARTANS 16 8 8 1234 1324 16
STOKE KNIGHTS 17 7 10 1293 1419 14
WARWICKSHIRE  HAWKS 17 6 11 1445 1450 12
MANSFIELD GIANTS 17 4 13 1169 1355 8
DERBYSHIRE ARROWS 17 2 15 1297 1511 4

 

SAFEGUARDING – IMPORTANT MESSAGE…

3d little human read an open book

YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE THAT WE HAVE A CONSTANT NEED FOR PHOTOGRAPHS TO USE IN THE PROMOTION OF WARWICKSHIRE BASKETBALL, BUT REMEMBER – You need permission from all players and officials if you are taking photos or filming any activity during a match, even if this is for training purposes. IF THERE ARE ANY UNDER 18’S PRESENT THEN YOU NEED WRITTEN CONSENT FROM PARENTS before the event. The form that you sign as part of your registration to a club is not sufficient, specific consent is required. If you observe anyone taking photos or filming, please check that they have everyone’s consent (especially for any under 18’s) and ask them to stop if they do not have permission from all attendees. If you are concerned that unauthorised photography or filming is happening then please contact your local safeguarding officer (For WBA this is stephanie.zoka@warwickshirebasketball.co.uk)

 

 

TOP FOUR BREAK CLEAR……

Division One’s top four sides are now clear of the pack after impressive victories this week. Leaders Arden Griffins eased past Rugby as Trojans 1 slammed Warwick China Red, Aylesford Hawks and Tamworth Tigers both won too as a gap appears in the table. Grizzlies closed in on Nuneaton at the top of Division Two with a win over Rebels, but Ernesford are hoping to upset things tonight at Grace when the Warwick side visit them. Nuneaton 1 are back on the winning trail with victory over Tornadoes and Trojans 3 wrapped things up early at Rebels.

Now it’s back to the cups with the semi-finals taking place in the big one and unaccustomed to their role they will play, Griffins turn out in the Plate.

FIXTURES……… FIXTURES….… FIXTURES……. FIXTURES…… FIXTURES……. FIXTURES

Match/ Date/Time                             Home                          Away                                           Venue

 HANDICAP CUP SEMI-FINALS                      (Handicaps in brackets)

HA5 POSTPONED                            Aylesford (20) v (15) Tamworth                       POSTPONED

 

HA6 Monday 10th @ 8.15                  Tile Hill 1 (5) v (35) Warwick CR              Hereward College

                                                               Referee: Richard Jones         Umpire: Mike Maddox

HANDICAP PLATE SEMI-FINALS

HP1 Wednesday 12th @ 8.15            Leamington 1 (25) v (0) Arden                    Newbold Comyn

                                                               Referee: Greg Halder             Umpire: Brian Jones

HP2 Thursday 13th @ 8.15               Tile Hill 2 (25) v (10) Rugby Rage                        Hereward College                               

                                                                 Referee: Ian Pursglove           Umpire: Brian Jones

 CHALLENGE CUP ROUND 2

HB6 Wednesday 12th @ 7.15           JM Grizzlies (0) v (25) Westwood                                    The Bridge

                                                               Referee: Marcus Garvey        Umpire: Andy Dickson

HB7 Wednesday 12th @ 8.15           Tornadoes 2 (35) v (30) Team Rebels               Woodlands  

                                                                  Referee: Ralph Cordes           Umpire: Dave Jenkinson

HB8 Friday 14th @ 7.45                     Ernesford (10) v (25) Leamington 2            Grace Academy  

                                                              Referee: Paul North                Umpire: Garry Kearsley

CHALLENGE PLATE QUALIFIER

HC1 Monday 10th @ 8.15                  Nuneaton 1 (5) v (20) Tornadoes 1               Jubilee Centre

                                                            Referee: Tony Bates              Umpire: Greg Halder

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British Wheelchair Leagues

Women’s Division 1   CWBA 65 Blackhawks 39

CWBA 64-31 Vixens

CWBA 50-45 Angels of the North

Junior Division      CWBA 64-20 Fletchlings

CWBA 75-22 Bear Cubs

 

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 Frankley Falcons 76-80 Coventry Tornadoes

Under 15                 Warwickshire Hawks 66-41 Leicester Riders

JM Grizzlies 37-71 Walsall 99ers

Leadonites A 48-76 Coventry Tornadoes

Under 13                 Warwickshire Hawks 47-46 Coventry Elite

Nuneaton Predators 46-83 Bromsgrove Bears

Arden Griffins 34-71 Redditch Royals

Leicestershire Ladies League

Peterborough Vytes 53-65 Tile Hill Trojans

 NEW APPOINTMENT FOR WARWICKSHIRE  BASKETBALL……                          

We are delighted to advise that Warwickshire Basketball have made a new appointment this week and that Dan Zoka has taken over the role of Officials Development Officer. Dan, formerly a player at Aylesford and now a member of Leamington Spartans, joined the Executive Committee in 2019 and was the winner of the Table Officiating Award for 2019. He has expressed an interest in developing not only his own skills as a a player and table official but also as a referee, and he will now be responsible for the coordination of all aspects of officials’ development in the Area.

This includes arranging of courses and the Officiating Conference which takes place in September.

IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE RUNNING OF OUR GREAT SPORT PLEASE CONTACT US – DETAILS AT THE END OF THIS BULLETIN.

 ABSENTEES MEANS LEVEL ONE COURSE RUNS AT A LOSS….

You may recall the Level 1 Referees’ course which was organised by Nuneaton before Christmas. Twelve candidates signed up for the event (pictured) but several cried off days before it took place leaving Nuneaton with a deficit in their finances.

As it was authorised by Warwickshire Basketball we have had to fill in the missing numbers from our Development Fund.  Therefore in future all courses will have to be paid for PRIOR to them taking place and we would take this opportunity to remind ALL clubs that there is an obligation to send people on our courses if they have not the required number of officials on their books.

Rule 10 applies and can be found on the Warwickshire Basketball website.

DAN WILL BE CONTACTING ALL CLUBS TO CONFIRM THEIR NUMBERS.

THE ‘G’ FORCE LEAD THE WAY!..

Both Arden Griffins and JM Grizzlies (pictured) maintained their 100% records as the teams returned to league action this week and the ‘G’ force continued to dominate. Griffins slammed a season-high 123 again Tile Hill Trojans 2 whil Grizzlies put paid to any hopes Nuneaton Predators had of taking the Division Two title. Elsewhere in Division One there were good wins for Trojans 1, Aylesford Hawks and Tamworth Tigers who almost had the perfect first half, keeping Warwick China Red to just ONE point at 34-1 before easing off. Coventry Tornadoes completely lost their way at Tile Hill 3, landing just two points in the third quarter, and Rebels and Westwood managed to get past Nuneaton 2 and Ernesford Eagles respectively.

results…. results…..results….results..results…..results…results

National League

Division Three           Coventry Flames 70-73 Stourport Spartans

Warwickshire Hawks 84-90 Doncaster Eagles

Under 16                 Coventry Tornadoes 56-81 West Bromwich Albion

Coventry Elite 63-42 Northamptonshire Titans Purple

 

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 15                 Nuneaton Predators 54-57 Warwickshire Hawks

Yardley Defenders 45-91 Coventry Elite

Under 13                Warwickshire Hawks 51-49 Redditch Rookies

 

HAWKS AND FLAMES SO NEAR TO NATIONAL LEAGUE UPSETS……                            

Warwickshire Hawks came oh so close to causing the upset of the season in National League Division Three but fell in the final minute of their 84-90 loss to unbeaten Doncaster Eagles.

Despite losing the first three quarters, Hawks piled into their illustrious experienced visitors and climbed from 14 down to get to within 2 with a Curtis Hadley three-pointer as the last minute approached, but desperation caused them to foul, Eagles went to the line six times and sank four as Hawks could not hit the target at the other end. Ash Dickson led Hawks with 21 and Hadley made 17.

They have a rare weekend off before returning to home action next Saturday against City of Birmingham.

For further information on Hawks Contact Alex Birch…………..Telephone 07525853423

Flames have been involved in close calls in many of their games this season and their match against Stourport Spartans proved to be no exception.

Flames were all over the place in the second quarter as they shipped 33 points and found themselves 42-55 down at the break. A further five point deficit in the third left them with it all to do but their defensive play stopped Spartans in their tracks as Flames won the last 13-8 but still fell three points short.

All Flames’ details can be obtained from Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

TOP TWO TO CLASH IN CUP!

The holders of the Bob Castledine Memorial Handicap Cup versus the past winners sets the scene for Round One of the 2019-20 competition. Then add to that it’s the past winners of the Warwickshire Basketball League versus the previous winners and you could not get a better build-up to the game which takes place at Hereward College on Monday night. All the other ties take place next week too, apart from the fixture at The XCEL where Westwood have had to call off their home game with Nuneaton 1 after being denied their court for booking reasons. In this week’s fixtures JM Grizzlies were awarded the points in their game with Rhinos after the Westwood club could not field a side. Where there WAS action Nuneaton were real Predators as they stole the points in the dying minutes at Ernesford last Friday. Leamington and China Red both gained valuable victories and Tornadoes’ tale of woe continued when Eagles soared over them. Division One leaders Arden and Tile Hill 1 both had wins too and it was a good week for Leamington who did the “double” over Trojans with 2 and 3 going down to Spartans.

results…. results…..results….results..results…..results…results

National League

Division Three           Coventry Flames 91-84 Birmingham Mets

University of Wolverhampton 76-85 Warwickshire Hawks

Under 16                 Warwickshire Hawks 40-63 Coventry Tornadoes

Coventry Elite 91-76 Sevenoaks Suns

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 Coventry Elite 53-97 West Bromwich Basketball

Coventry Tornadoes 114-52 Stourport Spartans

Under 15                 Coventry Elite 65-34 Yardley Defenders

Tamworth Tigers 29-84 Warwickshire Hawks

Nuneaton Predators 77-54 Walsall 99ers

Coventry Tornadoes 53-47 Bromsgrove Bears

Under 13             Yardley Defenders 41-46 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Elite 69-28 Nuneaton Predators

Coventry Tornadoes 86-47 Bourneville Bears

HAWKS DANCE WITH WOLVES AND FLAMES NET THE METS……                       

Warwickshire Hawks made a wretched start to their away fixture in the National League Division Three when they slipped to 13-28 at University of Birmingham, and it cost them the points as they finished on the wrong end of an 85-76 result.

Despite winning the second quarter 25-14 they could not break the Wolves’ resistance as Hawks’ scoring was once again led by Curtis Hadley who made 22 points and Austin Dickson 14.

They finally play at home tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Sheffield Sabres at 5pm at Moreton Morrell where they are looking to attract a good crowd.

For further information on Hawks Contact Alex Birch…………..Telephone 07525853423

Coventry Flames got their act in order to defeat Birmingham Mets II 91-84 with a controlled display despite being threatened in the third quarter by their visitors.

Coach Rob Eddon was delighted with the result, for his side contains nine players  who hail from the City and most of the squad are under 23. Flames had a purple patch when they took a 54-42 lead into the interval, and despite losing the third they kept their nerve to get the win. Flames travel to Dronfield Sports Centre this weekend for their game against Derbyshire Arrows U23.

All Flames’ details can be obtained from Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

WALKING BASKETBALL CONTINUES EACH TUESDAY….

Walking Basketball, sessions began last Tuesday morning at Woodlands Academy and continues each week for the foreseeable future. This is a series of one-hour programmes which commence at 10am caters for the Over 50 age group of players. The cost is £4 and spaces are limited so if you know anyone who might be interested in joining up tell them to e mail for details …… info@trojansbasketball.co.uk.

IT’S DÉJÀ VU FOR GRIFFINS!

The second-half of the season started as the first half ended with Arden Griffins, and Luke Hatfield (pictured) dominating things court-wise, this time with a resounding win over Aylesford Hawks. Leamington Spartans had to call off their visit to Tile Hill with more than half of their team still enjoying their Continental trips, but Warwick China Red managed to get six players back in time to entertain Tile Hill Trojans 2 who made them pay for their shortages. Tamworth Tigers enjoyed their return to the action with Neil Evans in sparkling form from outside the arc as Tigers left Rage floundering at Rawlett to go into second place in the table. JM Grizzlies blasted Nuneaton’s youngsters out of it with a “ton” of points at Jubilee and hooray for Leamington 2 who gained their econd win at the expense of Coventry Tornadoes as two other games were called off due to court problems and Eagles dare tonight as Nuneaton 1 come to town. Please note Aylesford Hawks tip-off time is 8.00pm NOT 8.15pm as previously advertised

results…. results…..results….results..results…..results…results

National League

Division Three           Coventry Flames 57-79 City of Birmingham

Mansfield Giants 66-95 Warwickshire Hawks

Under 18                 Rutland Thunder 62-109 Coventry Elite

Under 16                 Warwickshire Hawks 48-50 Northants Titans Purple

Coventry Elite 42-74 West Bromwich Albion

Coventry Tornadoes 65-67 City of Birmingham Rockets II

 Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 Coventry Elite 54-43 Team SLAM

Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 102-33 Leadonites D Squad

Under 13                 Yardley Defenders 69-14 Arden Griffins

HAWKS SLAY GIANTS AND FLAMES DOUSED……           

Warwickshire Hawks bounced back to form with a thrilling away victory at Mansfield Giants after three pre-Christmas defeats in the National League Division Three. Hawks were led by Curtis Hadley who slotted home 31 points in a game which saw them leading 50-37 at half-time, before a great third quarter brought them a 27-11 domination of the Giants with an even final period closing the game. Mark Yates added 14 and Austin Dickson 11. They go on the road again this weekend with a fixture at University of Wolverhampton. For further information on Hawks Contact Alex Birch…………..Telephone 07525853423

Coventry Flames crashed to their sixth loss when they went down 57-79 at home to City of Birmingham Rockets. Flames struggled from the off and found themselves 24-15 adrift with ten minutes on the clock and an equally poor second period left them with too much to do to pick up anything from the game. After trailing 47-30, they made a fist of it after the break but COB were too canny and took home the points as Anderson made 17 and Samuel 11 for the home side.

All Flames’ details can be obtained from Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

GET REGISTERED NOW…….

All clubs are reminded that Warwickshire Basketball League Rules state that all players must be registered prior to 31st January and only those given special dispensation will be allowed to play in competitive games after that. In addition any person wishing to play in the handicap cup competitions MUST have played at least THREE league games for the side he wishes to play in.

 PLEASE – DON’T HIT THE HIGH NOTES!….

We have received a comment from two of our referees that they have once more been presented with a £50 note for payment for their officiating. Whilst this is appreciated, of course there must be some change given back and it was fortunate that the officials had sufficient money in their wallets to return to the club. Knowing that referees’ fees average around £20 we ask all clubs to ensure that they do NOT present such high currency in the future.

 WALKING BASKETBALL TO START NEXT TUESDAY….

Walking Basketball, sessions begin on Tuesday morning at Woodlands Academy. The sport will continue  its growth with a series of one-hour programmes which will commence at 10am from 14th  January and will cater for the Over 50 age group of players. It is hoped to get people “ off the couch” and into some activity so the Walking Basketball will be targeting beginners or people who have not played for many a year and wish to get going again. The cost is £4 and spaces are limited so if you know anyone who might be interested in joining up tell them to e mail for further details …… info@trojansbasketball.co.uk.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

So, the festivities are over and it’s back to work and down to the real graft that comes with the second half of a Warwickshire Basketball season. The fixtures now come thick and fast starting from next Monday when Division One leaders Arden Griffins travel to Aylesford Hawks while second placed Tile Hill Trojans 1 host Leamington Spartans. Tamworth Tigers, chasing the leaders play at home to Rugby Rage with Warwick China Red entertaining Tile Hill Trojans 2.

In Division Two, unbeaten JM Grizzlies are due to travel to Nuneaton Predators 2 – hopefully back in action following their temporary voluntary suspension in December, then Grizzlies play again to make it two in three days when Team Rebels visit The Bridge. The other games next week take place at Leamington, Hereward College and Grace Academy.

Finally, as we start up again, please do not forget to send in any pictures you might have from your matches so we can include them in THE BEAR FACTS and our weekly Press Release which is supported by the Coventry Telegraph.

 

 

 

results…. results…..results….results..results…..results…results

 National League

Division Three           Doncaster Eagles 88-78 Coventry Flames

Derby Trailblazers II 116-112 Warwickshire Hawks

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 15                 Bromsgrove Bears 47-69 Coventry Tornadoes

HAWKS AND FLAMES DOWN AGAIN……                       

Warwickshire Hawks’ Coach Alex Birch will be looking for a change in fortune when his side comes out of hibernation next, following their three defeats in the National League Division Three before Christmas.

Hawks were beaten narrowly when they made the trip to Derby just before the break and they more than held their own in the first half before a disastrous third period saw them slip from a two-point advantage to trail 91-78. They won the final period but it was too little too late as Mark Yates led with 29 and Curtis Hadley scored 25.

They go on the road again this weekend with a fixture at Mansfield Giants.

For further information on Hawks Contact Alex Birch…………..Telephone 07525853423

Coventry Flames who lost out at home to Doncaster Eagles, had to face the league leaders once more the following weekend and they came very close to causing an upset before capitulating and going down 88-78.

Flames led the first but were caught and were level at 43-43 at half-time. Eagles were three up with ten minutes left but the visitors’ resistance broke and the Yorkshire side managed to keep their unbeaten record intact.

All Flames’ details can be obtained from Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

COMMITTEE MEETING NEXT WEEK….

There is a meeting of the Warwickshire Basketball Executive Committee next WEDNESDAY 8th January at The Citrus Hotel Ryton-on-Dunsmore starting at 7.00pm.

 WALKING BASKETBALL TO START ON TUESDAYS….

Walking Basketball, successfully launched by Trojans in 2017 opens a new chapter this month when sessions begin on Tuesday mornings. With the support of Dec Connolly at Woodlands Academy, the sport will continue its growth with a series of one-hour programmes which will commence at 10am from 14th January and will cater for the Over 50 age group of players. It is hoped to get people “off the couch” and into some activity so the Walking Basketball will be targeting beginners or people who have not played for many a year and wish to get going again.

The cost is £4 and spaces are limited so if you know anyone who might be interested in joining up tell them to e mail for further details …… info@trojansbasketball.co.uk.

 HANDICAP CUP COMPETITIONS DRAW REMINDER….

Bob Castledine Cup                  Rugby Rage v Warwick China Red, Tamworth Tigers v Tile Hill Trojans 2

Tile Hill Trojans 1 v Arden Griffins, Aylesford Hawks v Leamington Spartans

Challenge Cup              – Westwood Rhinos v Nuneaton Predators 1, Leamington Spartans 2 v Coventry Tornadoes 1, Ernesford Eagles v Coventry Tornadoes 2, Team Rebels v Tile Hill Trojans 3

Nuneaton Predators 2 v JM Grizzlies

First round ties are due to be played during week commencing 20th January 2020

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

On behalf of the Warwickshire Basketball League THE BEAR FACTS sends Christmas wishes to all our players, coaches, table officials, referees and team followers.

Many games have taken place since we began the season back at the end of September and both of our Divisions house just one unbeaten team, with Arden Griffins leading the way in Division One and, JM Grizzlies holding on to their 100% record in the Second.  We are grateful to the Clubs who have sent us action and team photographs and we like this one of Sean Maudsley scoring for Nuneaton 1 last week against Westwood Rhinos. Lloyd has kept us well stocked with pictures and we would love to receive more from the other sides.

The games get underway again on Monday 6th January so there is little itme to relax, but whatever you are doing over the festive period we wish you a happy and   peaceful time.

RESULTS…..RESULTS….RESULTS..RESULTS…..

National League

Division Three           Sheffield Sabres 87-79 Coventry Flames

Coventry Flames 70-81 Doncaster Eagles

Birmingham Mets 99-90 Warwickshire Hawks

Under 16                 Coventry Elite 51-54 Coventry Tornadoes – correction

Leicestershire Ladies League

Melton Mowbray 0-20 Tile Hill Trojans

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 15 LTG Cup    Coventry Tornadoes 53-74 West Brom Basketball

Under 13 LTG Cup    Warwickshire Hawks 56-59 West Brom Basketball

Coventry Tornadoes 56-52 Stourport Spartans

HAWKS AND FLAMES BOTH SLIP UP……                      

There was no Christmas cheer in either camp as both Warwickshire Hawks and Coventry Flames lost out in a busy weekend.

Hawks’ Mark Larner said “We were awful particularly in the final quarter when we just could not find the net.” But the damage was done in the opening half when the Warwickshire side trailed 47-33. A rally in the third quarter gave them some hope and they actually took the lead, but once it got tough in the fourth Hawks hit the buffers and Birmingham Mets cashed in. Tom Grayling led Hawks on 22 with Curtis Hadley one back on 21.

They go on the road again this weekend with a fixture at Derby Trailblazers on Sunday.

For Hawks Contact Alex Birch  …………..Telephone 07525853423

Coventry Flames headed north to Sheffield on Saturday, but returned home pointless after losing to Sabres 87-79, before on Sunday afternoon they entertained league-leaders Doncaster Eagles and suffered a similar fate, going down 70-81. They now face the daunting task of yet another trip to Yorkshire tomorrow (Saturday) when they meet up with last week’s opponents Doncaster in the return match.

 

For Flames Contact Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

 

ALL THE FORTHCOMING FIXTURES WILL BE LISTED IN OUR NEW YEAR EDITION OF THE BEAR FACTS AND WE HOPE TO HAVE LEAGUE TABLES FROM ALL ROUND OUR REGION SO YOU CAN SEE HOW WELL OUR TEAMS ARE DOING.

LOOK OUT FOR THE BEAR FACTS IN YOUR IN-BOX ON FRIDAY 3RD JANUARY!