26 May, 2018

National Championships Premier Division Final

Sheffield Steelers complete the treble as they claim the National Championships Premier Division title and break The Owl’s reign at the top.

The showcase game of the 2018 National Championships was undoubtedly the 19:30 Premier Division final, a battle which for the first time in the sports history was streamed via BBC Sport Online.

The atmosphere on the British Wheelchair Basketball’s Elite Training Centre Court was electric as the top two teams of the National League took to court to fight for the title crown. Viewers at home were able to watch some of GB’s most prominent elite players compete for their home clubs away from their international commitments.

The Owls demonstrated why they are currently ranked 10th in Europe as they drove the first quarter to a three point lead 15-18 in their favour. The Steelers regrouped and answered back decisively claiming the following three quarters and ultimately the National Championships Premier Division Crown 75-53. The National Championships win completes the treble for Sheffield Steelers, who claimed the EuroLeague 2 title in April and finished the 2017/18 season as the winners of the Premier League.

Head Coach of The Owls and GB Paralympian Dan Johnson is proud of his team’s performance and commented:

“The Steelers were a strong team at the start of the season and they are still a strong team. However, The Owls have had an incredible season in the BWB National League and also in IWBF’s EuroLeague 1.  I’m incredibly proud of how this team has played throughout the season.”

Delighted by his team’s win, Head Coach of the Sheffield Steelers Kev Hayes commented:

“This is simply a great finish to complete a fantastic season for us by completing the treble. I’m incredibly proud of the guys putting the work in. I couldn’t ask for anymore from them.”

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