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.
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 – email@example.com.
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
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SAFEGUARDING – IMPORTANT MESSAGE…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)