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29 April, 2021

GB internationals to go head-to-head as best teams in Europe compete at Champions Cup

All eyes will be on the Champions Cup this weekend with up to 14 GB athletes expected to line-up for their clubs as the top teams in Europe go head-to-head in Germany. 

Hosted at RSV Lahn-Dill’s Rittal Arena Wetzlar, the eight-team competition features clubs from Germany, Italy and Spain, and is a new tournament for this year following the cancellation of the usual continental tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The competition gets underway with the quarter-finals on Friday (30 April), with the winners progressing through to Saturday’s semi-finals before the final placing games, including the final, on Sunday (2 May). 

There will be plenty of British interest with six of the eight teams featuring British players on their rosters (Baskets 96 Rahden, BSR ACE Gran Canaria, BSR Amiab Albacete, CD Ilunion, RSB Thuringia Bulls and RSV Lahn-Dill). 

A full list of the GB athletes to look out for is below as well as the game schedule (all timings are listed as BST): 

Baskets 96 Rahden Peter Cusack Jake Robinson
Thomas Smith 
BSR Amiab Albacete Harry Brown Gaz Choudhry
Ben Fox Lee Manning
Kyle Marsh 
BSR ACE Gran Canaria James MacSorley 
CD llunion Terry Bywater
Gregg Warburton 
RSB Thuringia Bulls Helen Freeman 
RSV Lahn-Dill Simon Brown
Ian Sagar 
Schedule 

Friday, 30 April 

11:30 – RSB Thuringia Bulls v Baskets 96 Rahden 

14:00 – CD Ilunion v GSD Porto Torres 

16:30 – BSR Amiab Albacete v Bidaideak Bilbao BSR 

19:00 – RSV Lahn-Dill v BSR ACE Gran Canaria 

Saturday, 1 May 

11:30 & 14:00 – 5th-8th Placement Games 

16:30 & 19:00 – Semi-finals 

Sunday, 2 May 

09:00 – 7th Place Game 

11:30 – 5th Place Game 

14:00 – 3rd Place Game 

16:30 – Final – 1st Place Game 

More information, including live streaming and live stats, can be found on the IWBF Europe website: https://www.iwbf-europe.org/the-competition/champions-cup-2021  

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