GB athletes got their EuroCup 2023 campaigns started this weekend, and the domestic leagues continue to ramp up.
The EuroCup 2023 Champions Cup group stages took place this weekend, with GB players representing their clubs from the BWB National League, Spanish league, and German league.
Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) were event hosts for this round in the group stages. In their opening fixture they won 73:62 DECO Metalferro Amicacci Abruzzo. Bilbao won their second fixture 63:89 against Galatasaray SK. In their third fixture, Bilbao took the win 74:76 against Hornets Le Cannet. Rounding out a perfect weekend at their home venue, Bilbao won 84:71 in their final match against Manchester Revolution.
CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) had a comprehensive 41:89 victory to get their 2023 EuroCup campaign underway in their opening fixture against Interwetten-Coloplast Sitting Bulls. In their second fixture against ASD S. Stefano Sport, CD Ilunion won 77:62. In their third fixture against RSV Lahn-Dill, the Spanish side won 55:65. Rounding out their weekend, CD Ilunion won 79:53 against CS Meaux, going 4/4.
In the Primera Division, Servigest Burgos (Helen Freeman) won 40:70 against hosts Fundacion Vital Zuzenak. Freeman had 5 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds.
In Germany, RSV Lahn-Dill (Gaz Choudhry, Simon Brown) won 54:71 in their opening fixture against CS Meaux. In their second fixture against Interwetten-Coloplast Sitting Bulls, Lahn-Dill won 77:44. In their third game, Lahn-Dill were defeated 55:66 by CD Ilunion. Lahn-Dill took the win in their final match of the weekend against ASD S. Stefano Sport, winning 67:85.
Manchester Revolution (Martin Edwards, Niamh Horan, Sophie Carrigill) were defeated 67:63 in their opening fixture against DECO Metalferro Amicacci Abruzzo. In their second fixture against Hornets Le Cannet, Manchester Revolution were defeated 50:91. Galatasaray SK took the win 80:84 in a close third fixture. In their final game of the weekend, hosts Bidaideak Bilbao took the win 84:71.
You can find full stats for all EuroCup 2023 games here: https://www.iwbf-europe.org/
Elsewhere in Spain in the BSR, Amiab Albacete (Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Lee Manning, Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt) won 67:60 in the rearranged game against Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Kyle Marsh, Lewis Edwards, Peter Cusack). For Amiab Albacete, Harry Brown had 3 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds. Ben Fox had 13 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Lee Manning was joint game leader on points with 22 points, team leader on rebounds with 19 rebounds and had 3 assists and 19 rebounds. For Amivel Reyes Gutierrez, Kyle Marsh was team leader on assists with 7 assists, and had 14 points and 2 rebounds.
At home in the BWB National League Premier Division, London Titans (Jack Perry, Jude Hamer) had a comprehensive 28:78 victory against hosts CWBA (Kayla Bell). Jack Perry had 46 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists. For CWBA, Kayla Bell had 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist.
Sheffield Steelers (Tyler Baines, Maddie Thompson) won 79:51 against visitors Wakefield Whirlwinds. Tyler Baines had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Maddie Thompson had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
In the BWB Women’s Premier League, East London Phoenix (Sophie Carrigill, Amy Conroy, Jude Hamer) were defeated 53:81 by visitors Loughborough Lightning (Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Robyn Love, Lucy Robinson). For East London Phoenix, Amy Conroy had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jude Hamer had 6 points and 4 assists. For Loughborough Lightning, Siobhan Fitzpatrick had 4 points. Robyn Love had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Lucy Robinson had 11 points and 7 rebounds.
In the US, University of Alabama (Joy Haizelden) won 69:66 at home against visitors ABC Medical in the UA Early College Classic. Joy Haizelden had 6 points and 2 assists.
EuroCup 2023: https://www.iwbf-europe.org/
Spanish League: http://bsr.feddf.es/
German League: https://rollstuhlbasketball.de/
BWB National League: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/national-league/
BWB Women’s Premier League: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/womens-premier-league-2022-23/
University of Alabama: https://bamaadapted.com/sports/womens-wheelchair-basketball/schedule/2022-23