Bethan Fagan

B2022: Scorching semi-finals at Smithfield!

It was a mega Monday at Smithfield for the wheelchair basketball semi-finals, where our medal match fixtures were determined!

First up, Scotland Women were welcomed by the Smithfield crowd as they headed out to play Canada in the first women’s semi-final. The Canadian side took the win 12-5 after a strong first half by the Scottish team. They’ll head into the bronze match.

Next up, England Women had a 8-6 defeat by Australia after a scorching match-up between the two, with the host nation team drawing the loud support of the crowd. With the result of both women’s semi-finals, we’re all set for a home nations bronze medal match as England meet Scotland!

Jade Atkin commented:

“Tough game, tough loss so we’ll catch up and work that out tonight. We could have won if we had a few minutes more! It was just one of those games. It’s made us all the more keen for the bronze medal match – we’re ready come back and at least get a medal!”

In the next session, England Men’s match against Australia went into overtime as both teams were evenly matched on court. In 3×3 ruling, there is no set time limit – whichever team gets 2-points first wins. With England Men landing 1pt within only seconds of overtime beginning, Australia answered with a 2pt shot from across the court and claimed the spot in the final with a 11-12 win. England Men will go through to the bronze medal match where they will meet Malaysia.

Lee Manning commented:

“We couldn’t get it done in front of the amazing home crowd here, but we’ve got a lot to still play for coming in tomorrow to get that bronze medal and show off for the crowd here.

“You can learn a lot from a defeat. I just want to say I’ve got the utmost respect for every single one of [my teammates]. They’ve come out of their shells – the development they’ve shown since the start of the summer is honestly staggering. I’m proud to be part of the team with them.”

Northern Ireland will play in the 5/6 place playoff tomorrow during the first session of the day.

Schedule: https://iwbf.org/2022/07/26/match-schedule-released-for-the-3×3-at-birmingham-2022/

B2022: Group stages complete – next stop: semi-finals!

Getting us underway in the first session, host nation England Women’s suffered a 8-13 defeat by Canada in their second game of the pool stages. With this result, England Women finish second in Pool A and will play Australia in the semi-final which takes place tomorrow (1st August).

Joy Haizelden commented:

“It was okay… we didn’t hit some of our shots that we normally make. I think we need to work on spacing the floor a little bit better. We made it through to the semi-finals so that’s all that matters – it’s about ‘survive and advance’!”

Later in the day, Northern Ireland Men had a huge win against Australia in front of a roaring crowd. The Team NI athletes took the victory 9-11 – a fantastic result for the team, but unfortunately the points difference was not enough to secure their place in the semi-final in their highly competitive pool. Team NI Men will play in the 5/6th place playoff.

Nathan McCabe commented:

“We came out putting everything into this game – we just worked together and just played as a team to win.”

Looking toward the semi-finals tomorrow, England Men won their pool 2/2 and will play Australia in the semi-finals. Scotland Women’s completed their pool stages yesterday, and their semi-final opponents were confirmed as Canada following the conclusion of Pool A today.

B2022: Group stages day two!

Team Northern Ireland got their Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games campaign underway today with their opener against Canada. The Canadian team took the win 5-13, and the athletes representing Northern Ireland will rally to prepare ahead of their next fixture tomorrow against Australia.

Matthew Rollston commented:

“We’ll be back. We’ll do game analysis tonight or tomorrow morning – we realise Australia has already beaten [Canada] in a two point game so we’re going to see what we can do to work that out!”

England Men’s had their second fixture against Malaysia where the host nation team secured the win 9-19. A great start for host nation team England Men’s as they go 2/2 in the group stages and are through to the semi-finals in strong form. The semi-finalists will be determined following the conclusion of the group stages, with more matches to come tomorrow (30th July).

Scotland Women had their first victory of the competition against South Africa, winning their second Pool B game 16-2 in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Scotland Women are through to the semi-finals, with their match-up to be determined tomorrow.

England Women return to the court tomorrow with their second group stage fixture against Canada, looking to impress the Smithfield arena once again.

B2022: Birmingham 2022 is officially underway!

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games officially got started today (29th July) following a spectacular opening ceremony the night before. Wheelchair basketball marked its first ever appearance in a Commonwealth Games as teams took to the court at Smithfield. This event sees an integrated programme of fixtures, with running game and wheelchair basketball fixtures side-by-side for the crowds to enjoy.

Wheelchair basketball is one of eight para-sports taking place at Birmingham 2022, making a significant moment for sport with the biggest para-sport programme ever seen at a Commonwealth Games.

It was a proud moment for host nation Team England as England Men’s had a 17-2 victory over South Africa in their opener. The crowd were cheering loudly throughout, with both teams making history as the first athletes to compete in a wheelchair basketball fixture at the Commonwealth Games.

Lee Manning commented:

“Lovely to get a win under our belt! The crowd is special here – I haven’t had the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd like this before – it really is overwhelming. Like I said out on court – thank you to everyone that has come to support.”

Back-to-back with the men’s team, England Women’s joined the party with a 1-20 win over Kenya, getting their campaign off to a winning start and gaining valuable on-court familiarity in the fast-paced 3×3 format.

Charlotte Moore commented:

“It was a crazy atmosphere to go out into and play, and obviously it’s the first time it’s been [at the Commonwealth Games] – to have such a great turn out for the first game, we genuinely feel the support and it gave everyone so much energy to go play and enjoy the experience.”

In the evening, Scotland Women’s competition got underway with a hard-fought game against Australia, where the Scottish team were defeated 12-5. Scotland had a huge amount of support from the crowd, who will no doubt be behind them for their next fixtures over the coming days.

Northern Ireland Men’s will have to wait until tomorrow (30th July) to get their campaign underway, with their first fixture taking place in the evening session.

Birmingham 2022 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball fixtures released

Image credit: Chris Cox / TUB Podcast

The full fixtures schedule for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball competition has been released.

Team England will be competing in both the Men’s and Women’s competition, having gained qualification automatically through host status. Northern Ireland Men’s and Scotland Women’s both qualified at the IWBF Europe qualifiers earlier this year in April.

Birmingham 2022 will be the first time that wheelchair basketball has been featured in a Commonwealth Games. The 3×3 format of the game is an exciting, fast paced version of the sport and is sure to wow the crowds in Birmingham

Pool A and Pool B get underway on the 29th of July, with coverage on BBC channels throughout the competition. Each competition day has two sessions, and the final placings will be determined on the 2nd August.

See all wheelchair basketball fixtures here: https://www.birmingham2022.com/schedule/day-by-day

Our Commonwealth Games fanzone is the best place to get all your home nations coverage. Find out more about the teams competing, as well as tracking fixtures and news stories across the Games. Click here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/commonwealth-games-fanzone/

Northern Ireland Men’s 3×3 team named for Birmingham 2022

Image credit: Chris Cox / TUB Podcast

The excitement continues to build ahead of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which gets underway on the 29th July.

The athletes representing Northern Ireland Men’s are James MacSorley, Matt Rollston, Nathan McCabe and Conn Nagle. The team will be making history at the Smithfield venue as wheelchair basketball features in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

Northern Ireland Men’s 3×3 qualified earlier this year at the IWBF Europe 3×3 Commonwealth Games Qualifiers. Their final fixture against Scotland was one of the highlights of the tournament, the outcome decided in the last few seconds of the game with youngster McCabe sinking the winning basket for his team and booking their place at the Games.

Northern Ireland Men’s will join England Men’s in the 3×3 wheelchair basketball competition in Birmingham. Tickets available here: https://tickets.birmingham2022.com/

Get ready for Junior Championships 2022!

The teams competing in the highly anticipated return of the Junior Championships have been confirmed, with a strong field of teams in both the U14s and U18s competition. This will be the first time the competition has been held since the last Junior Championships in 2019, and junior athletes across the country are ready to give it their all!

The competition takes place 6th August – 7th August at The University of Worcester Arena, and it is free for spectators to watch. The future stars of the sport will be competing across three courts across the weekend.

If you have any questions, get in touch at membership@britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk  

U14s teams:

  • South East
  • Yorkshire
  • Scotland
  • Wales

U18s teams:

  • Scotland
  • West Midlands
  • South East 1
  • Yorkshire
  • Wales
  • North East
  • South East 2

Clubs invited to host Commonwealth Games Legacy Open Events

To celebrate the Commonwealth Games and the legacy of Birmingham 2022, we’re inviting clubs across the country to host open days as part of the Inspire a Generation initiative.

These open day events will take place in the months following Birmingham 2022, where wheelchair basketball makes its historic first ever appearance in the Commonwealth Games. After seeing the home nations athletes in action across the competition, we hope clubs will be able to attract new participants to their club and increase their awareness in the local area.

Clubs can sign up to host a Commonwealth Games Legacy Open Event via our online form. Clubs with successful applications will receive a grant and marketing material to help support the promotion of their event.

Apply now: https://inspireageneration.com/commonwealth-games-legacy-sign-up-form/

Find out more about Inspire a Generation here: https://inspireageneration.com/what-is-iag/