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|
|BSR Amiab Albacete||Harry Brown Gaz Choudhry|
Ben Fox Lee Manning
|BSR ACE Gran Canaria||James MacSorley|
|CD llunion||Terry Bywater|
|RSB Thuringia Bulls||Helen Freeman|
|RSV Lahn-Dill||Simon Brown|
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