Paralympians and international medallists will be among 180 wheelchair basketball players competing in Nottingham this weekend (25 & 26 January) as British Wheelchair Basketball’s Women’s League returns to the city for Round 2.
Hosted at Nottingham Wildcats Arena, women from across the UK will compete across two action-packed days of competition, with Sunday afternoon’s Division 1 games available to watch via the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and App.
Featuring GB internationals, including silver medallists from both the 2018 World Championships and last year’s European Championships, the competition will give fans in the East Midlands and across the UK the chance to watch the very best in Great Britain go head-to-head at the start of a Paralympic year.
As well as featuring GB internationals, Round 2 will see players of all ages and abilities taking to the court, including players making their first appearance in Women’s League.
After a thrilling two days of action during Round 1 in December, 20 games will be played in Round 2; with the action beginning at 10am on Saturday, 25 January. The competition continues on Sunday with more fixtures as the four Division 1 teams go head-to-head in back-to-back games, live on BBC Sport, on Sunday afternoon.
Angels of the North head into Round 2 top on points difference, after two wins from two during Round 1. The Angels have got the same record of CWBA, who also enter this weekend with a 100 per cent winning record.
The top-two will clash live in front of the live BBC audience at 15:30 on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be a brilliant spectacle. Both teams will have already played games against Blackhawks and Vixens on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Blackhawks and Vixens will both be hoping to secure their first victory of the 2019/20 campaign in Round 2 with the two teams meeting for the first time this season at 18:00 on Sunday, live on the BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and App.
North Wales Knights and London Titans both have 100 per cent winning records after the opening round in December, with North Wales Knights top of Division 2 after three wins from three.
They’re currently one point ahead of Wakefield Whirlwinds who have five points from three games; their only defeat coming against North Wales Knights.
London Titans are on four points after two games, and the Wakefield and London clash will be an intriguing battle in the opening game on court 2 on Saturday morning (10:00).
Leicester Cobras are level on points with London Titans, although The Cobras have played a game more, while Glasgow Rollin’ Rocks have one win and one defeat from their two games, with fixtures against Leicester and The Bears in Round 2.
The Bears and Angels of the North 2 are still searching for their first win of the season, but, one team will be celebrating in the opening match on court 1 as the pair go head-to-head.
South West Wales Dragons and Eastern Blue Stars are the only teams in Division 3 to remain unbeaten with two victories from their two Round 1 games, but it’s Wakefield Whirlwinds 2 who sit top of the table with two wins from three games.
Eastern Blue Stars play Wakefield in their first match of the weekend at 12noon on Saturday, while South West Wales Dragons begin with a game against London Titans 2, who have one win and one defeat after Round 1.
Jaguars are level on four points with South West Wales Dragon and Eastern Blue Stars, but Jaguars have played more one game. This weekend Jaguars face Eastern Blue Stars and Plymouth Raiders.
South East Sparks will be looking for their first win, while Plymouth Raiders will make their first appearance in this year’s competition after missing Round 1.
Venue: Nottingham Wildcats Arena (Greenwood Road, Nottingham, NG3 7ED)
The event is free to attend but entry is ticket-only for the two Division 1 broadcast games on the Sunday. Book your free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/british-wheelchair-basketball-12262223895
The following Women’s League fixtures will be available via BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and App (please note the below is tip-off – all games will be live 15 minutes prior to tip):
Sunday 26th January 2020:
15:30 Angels of the North v CWBA
18:00 Blackhawks v Vixens
Watch Sunday afternoon’s Division 1 games live: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/basketball/51129523
A full list of fixtures, results and league tables can be found here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/womens-league-18-19/