4 November, 2019

National League: Swansea Storm start with victory as all 58 teams are now underway

Swansea Storm secured a 46-32 victory over Thames Valley Kings 2 on Saturday (2 November), meaning all 58 National League teams have now got their 2019/20 campaigns underway. 

The Division 3 Central / South West team have had to wait the longest to begin their season, but, an opening win against TVK 2 would no doubt have made the wait worth it. 

Division 3 

Staying in Division 3, Vikings continued their 100 per cent winning start to the season in Division 3 North, but they were pushed all the way by Calderdale. 

Vikings were trailing by three points in the final quarter, but the league leaders came back to win by the narrowest of margins – a 41-40 victory – to take their points tally for the season to eight. 

In the same division, Wakefield Whirlwinds made it two wins from two with 24-53 away win at Jaguars 2. Andrew Japes’ top-scored for Wakefield, adding 26 points towards his side’s total. 

Derby Wheelblazers claimed their first win of the season in a close encounter against CWBA 3 in the Central / South West Division. The Wheelblazers bounced back from their opening fixture defeat with a 40-34 victory. 

In Division 3 South East, Windsor Monarchs end the weekend at the top of the table despite losing 57-25 to Sparrows. The one point for playing sees Monarchs move ahead of Brixton Ballers – who didn’t play this weekend – while the Sparrows secured their second win of the season. 

Division 2 

High Rollers ended Frenfold Falcons’ unbeaten streak with a 62-32 win in Division 2 South – Ricky Cahill, Charlie McIntrye and Mason Billington all scored double figure points hauls for High Rollers. 

With the Falcons dropping points for the first time this season, Sussex Bears seized the opportunity, beating Hampshire Harriers 75-32, to move level on points with the Falcons. 

Jack Long scored 32 points to help Wolverhampton end the weekend top of Division 2 North, thanks to a 26-48 away win at Leicester Cobras. 

Division 1 

127 points were scored in Newark as a weekend-high points total of 34 from Marc Blackman catapulted Jaguars to a 66-61 victory in a thrilling end-to-end game against London Titans. 

The only other fixture in Division 1 South saw Aces secure a 44-28 win over Blackhawks to move up to second in the table. 

Glasgow Rocks made it two wins from two as they beat Lancaster Bulldogs 44-61 in Division 1 North. 

A full list of results and league tables are available here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/nl-premier-division-18-19/ 

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