Bethan Fagan

History made at BUCS Big Wednesday!

For the first time in the history of BUCS, wheelchair basketball featured in the BUCS Big Wednesday event – the pinnacle of inter-University sports leagues in the UK. At this popular event, final matches took place across 16 different league sports to name the 2021-2022 champions.

Split across three geographical divisions – Northern, Midlands, Southern – wheelchair basketball marked its inaugural year in the BUCS line-up this season.

After regular season matches and qualifying for the final, University of Nottingham and Cardiff Met Archers advanced to BUCS Big Wednesday to play in the final at the David Ross Sports Village.

The final was enjoyed by a roaring BUCS Big Wednesday crowd, willing both teams to succeed. The game was a close match, and UoN managed to pull ahead in the final quarter and take the win 66:40 to claim the title of first ever BUCS Wheelchair Basketball champions.

Jo Richards, British Wheelchair Basketball Participation Director, said:

“The addition of wheelchair basketball to BUCS is overwhelmingly positive as it is an inclusive sport and increases opportunities of activity available to students across the country.

Seeing the final amidst the BUCS Big Wednesday line-up is a big moment for disability sport. Congratulations to all the teams involved, and well done to University of Nottingham and Cardiff Met for progressing to the final!”

University of Nottingham win BUCS
University of Nottingham win the BUCS Wheelchair Basketball league

Women’s Premier League Round-up: 19th March

Cardiff Met Archers 63:43 East London Phoenix

Home team Cardiff Met Archers were unrelenting in their energetic offensive plays against visitors East London Phoenix and won the match 63:43.

Amy Conroy (Phoenix) was match leader on points with 30 points, and top performer for East London Phoenix on assists with 4 assists, followed by teammate Freya Levy with 3 assists. Conroy was top performer for East London Phoenix on rebounds with 10 rebounds, followed by Curran Brown with 9 rebounds and Freya Levy with 8 rebounds.

Katie Morrow (Archers) was top performer for Archers on points with 25 points, followed by Jade Atkin with 16 points and Leah Evans with 8 points. Jade Atkin (Archers) was game leader on rebounds with 16 rebounds. Archers teammate Katie Morrow had 8 rebounds. Maddie Martin (Archers) and Jade Atkin (Archers) were tied on game leader on assists with 5 assists each.

Conroy currently holds the highest average points per game with an average of 25.5 points per game, followed closely by Robyn Love (Loughborough Lightning) with 19.8 per game and Lucy Robinson (Lightning) with 17.2 per game.

Our next BWB Women’s Premier League games are both live on BBC Sport, with Loughborough Lightning hosting Cardiff Met Archers on 2nd April and Worcester Wolves welcoming East London Phoenix on 3rd March.

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GB Round-up: 19/20th March

Celebrations for Alabama Crimson Tide as they win the National Championships, and the regular season in the German league sees dramatic final matches.  

Alabama Crimson Tide (Joy Haizelden) took the collegiate National Championships in style with a buzzer beating victory against Illinois 50:48, marking the end of an incredibly successful season for the University of Alabama side. GB star Joy Haizelden had 8 points, 2 steals and 3 rebounds during their final match against Illinois on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Alabama Crimson Tide finish the season on an impressive streak of 13 wins.  

In Germany, RSV Lahn-Dill (Simon Brown) won 60:70 away against Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer). As teams played their final regular matches of the German league across the weekend, RSV Lahn-Dill (Simon Brown) won their match against ING Skywheelers 72:38. Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer) won their match, defeating RBC Köln 99ers 45:70 on the road. Rhine River Rhinos currently sit in third place in the table with one more game to go, and RSV Lahn-Dill look ahead with confidence to the semi-finals following a near-perfect season record of 15/1.

In Spain, eight GB stars on were court in Albacete as BSR Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) won their match at home 84:69 against Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards).

Kyle Marsh (Amiab) was Albacete’s top performer on points and assists with 19 points and 11 assists, making 3/5 3pts attempts and 6/6 free throws, and had 11 assists and 4 rebounds.  Harry Brown (Amiab) had 9 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds. Ben Fox (Amiab) had 8 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. Gaz Choudhry (Amiab) had 18 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. Lee Manning (Amiab) was game leader on rebounds with 16 rebounds, and had 12 points and 3 assists.

Phil Pratt (Mideba) was game leader on assists and rebounds with 13 assists and 7 rebounds, and had 18 points. Charlotte Moore (Mideba) had 1 rebound. Lewis Edwards (Mideba) had 8 points, 1 assist, and 5 rebounds.

Elsewhere, Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James MacSorley) defeated visitors CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) in a high-scoring match ending 85:75. James MacSorley (Bilbao) had 6 points, going 4/4 on free throws, and had 2 rebounds. Gregg Warburton (Ilunion) was top performer on points for Ilunion with 23 points, and had 3 assists and 4 rebounds. Terry Bywater (Ilunion) had 2 points and 2 assists.

Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) had a 68:57 victory at home against Servigest Burgos (Lee Fryer). Abdi Jama (Amivel) had 14 points and 3 assists. Peter Cusack (Amivel) had 5 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

In France, CS Meaux 1 (Helen Freeman) were defeated 78:58 away to Red Dragon Metz.

At home in the National League Premier Division, Jack Perry (London Titans) had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in their home game against CWBA where the away team won 61:76. Tom Smith (CWBA) had 17 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.

Maddie Thompson (Steelers) contributed to Sheffield Steelers victory over Thames Valley Kings – Thompson had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.

In the BWB Women’s Premier League, Amy Conroy (Phoenix) had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in a tough away game loss 63:43 against hosts Cardiff Met Archers. Jade Atkin (Archers) had 16 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Conroy currently holds the highest average points per game with an average of 25.5 points per game.

GB Round-up: 12/13th March

A clash of GB talent in Spain as Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards) won their match 77:53 against Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James Macsorley). Phil Pratt (Mideba) was game leader on assists with 11 assists and had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and netted two 3pts. Charlotte Moore (Mideba) had 2 points. Lewis Edwards (Mideba) was team top performer on points with 20 points, and had 10 rebounds and 4 assists. James Macsorley (Bilbao) had 4 points and 2 rebounds.

CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) won their match 85:54 against Fundación FDI Las Rozas. Gregg Warburton was joint top performer on points with 24 points with a 2pt average of 63% (12/19) and had 5 rebounds and 10 assists.

Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) were defeated 59:55 away against Iberconsa Amfiv. Peter Cusack had 14 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.

Servigest Burgos (Lee Fryer) won their match at home against UCAM Murcia BSR 60:53.

BSR Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) suffered a 72:67 defeat on the road against BSR Ace Gran Canaria. Gaz Choudhry had 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 10 points. Kyle Marsh was team top performer on points with 24 points, netting two 3pts, and had 10 assists and 3 rebounds. Lee Manning had 13 points, 2 assists and was game leader on total rebounds with an impressive 20 rebounds. Harry Brown had 2 points and 3 rebounds. Ben Fox had 1 assist.

Winning teams declared in the final round of Women’s League 21/22!

North Wales Knights 1 took home the trophy in Division 1, and Sheffield Steelers won the Division 2 title in a dramatic winner-takes-all final match as the Women’s League 2021-2022 concluded this weekend.

North Wales Knights – Division 1 winners and Division 2 second place

In Division 1, it was a strong weekend for Wakefield Whirlwinds who won every match they played in Round 3, ending North Wales Knights winning streak from the previous two rounds. It was a mixed weekend of results for London Titans, yet they held steady to keep the momentum they had been building over the season and claimed second place in Division 1. North Wales Knights 1 earned the top spot through a series of consistent performances across all three rounds.

London Titans, Division 1 second place

In Division 2, the battle for the top spot came down to the final match, with Sheffield Steelers taking the win 19:36 in a dramatic finish to the season. North Wales Knights 2 took second place overall in Division 2.

Sheffield Steelers, Division 2 winners

IWD2022: Q&A with GB legend Caroline Matthews MBE

In honour of International Women’s Day 2022, Caroline Matthews MBE reflects on the changes within women’s wheelchair basketball. Caroline has no shortage of experience, having dedicated a decade of her life to representing Great Britain in which she earned an impressive 125 caps and attended two Paralympic Games (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008).

Outside of her duties on the court wearing the GB vest, Caroline has given a huge amount of her time and effort over the years into developing the women’s game within Wales and on the international stage. Caroline changed the landscape of the sport within Wales and co-founded Cardiff Celts (now Archers), and has held several coaching roles in both national and international capacities.

Recently you were part of the commentary team for a BWB Women’s Premier League match – how was that experience for you?

I loved it! You kind of get used to certain levels of nerves on a daily basis – work nerves, player nerves, coaching nerves…and I re-discovered a whole new type of nerves – commentator nerves! But I love chatting through and analysing basketball games, and it was a real privilege to be able to do this in my home town of Cardiff.

The BWB Women’s Premier League is a gamechanger for both the women’s game at home and internationally. Do you have a sense of pride in your personal involvement towards the growth of the women’s game?

I played wheelchair basketball for Great Britain for ten years (2001-2011). I worked full time as a lawyer throughout my time as an international basketballer, so it was like having two full time jobs. It was hard and we all sacrificed a lot. When I started to play wheelchair basketball there wasn’t a team in Wales – my first team was in Bristol and I soon moved to a national league team based in London. The MILES that I put on my cars were staggering!

But I just love this game (always have and always will!) it was all a million percent worth it. It gave (and continues to give) me so much, so many opportunities I would never have had if I hadn’t taken that plunge and gone to my first wheelchair basketball session – and I’m always looking for ways to give back to the sport that has given me so much.

The WPL is an enormous step forward for wheelchair basketball and, in particular, women’s wheelchair basketball, in the UK and I am thrilled to see one of the teams based in Cardiff. Twenty years ago there was no wheelchair basketball in Cardiff – and now we have one of the four WPL teams in the UK… imagine what will come next! I am very excited to see the growth of the WPL.

How has the sport changed since you first started playing, focusing on the women’s game in particular?

Wheelchair basketball has changed enormously since I began. When I started to play there wasn’t a separate Women’s League – we all played as part of the (predominantly male) National League teams – using a size 7 ball and often having to play different roles to, in some cases, work around the men in the team. The first Women’s League in the UK started in 2005 – and I remember holding a size 6 ball for the first time! The league gave the women’s wheelchair basketball players around the UK the opportunity to play only against other women (prior to that, this was available at international level). In that league (which is still thriving today), women played a full role on court – and were never just on the court “for points reasons”. It was great fun – and we all learned a lot. After a few years, Women’s League had enough teams to run in two divisions – and now we have the WPL! I’m very excited to see how WPL develops.

Funding is a huge part of the changes to the Women’s League that has come through. When I started playing, there was simply no funding. The GB team trained one weekend a month and we covered our own expenses…but we all had such passion for the game and it is great to see where that has led the sport today.

Compared to where the sport was when we started, the teams in the WPL today enable more athletes to better structure their lives around training, which will inevitably increase the standard of women’s wheelchair basketball in the UK.

I really can’t wait to see where the WPL league will go. Being able to build these teams around Universities offers athletes (from the UK and abroad) the opportunity to go to university, study (for your future) and train with the best support and coaches available at that location.

The WPL is such an incredible opportunity – I only wish I was twenty years younger!

Do you think the overall perception and awareness of the sport has changed since you started?

I think disability sport has always had a positive effect on people’s perceptions. When my knees became so severely degraded with arthritis that I could no longer play the running game of basketball – at the time, I didn’t know anything about disability sport generally or wheelchair basketball. I wasn’t aware that it existed and when it was suggested to me, as I wasn’t a full time wheelchair user, I didn’t think I would be able to play.

Eventually, I got up the strength to go to my first wheelchair basketball session and I was soon racing around the court in a chair – grinning from ear to ear and loving every minute of it. I was instantly hooked!

I think that there is now greater media coverage of disability sport – which can only serve to raise awareness of the opportunities available to people with any level of disability. From my perspective, it can only help the whole of society for everyone to realise what an individual CAN do…instead of focusing on limitations.

What advice would you offer to the future stars beginning their journey in the sport?

Give it a go! That’s all there is to it.

For anyone sitting on their sofa thinking, I’d like to have a go at wheelchair basketball (or any sporting activity) – you’ve got nothing to lose – so give it a go!

When I went to my first wheelchair basketball session in Bristol I had no idea where my basketball journey would take me (and continue to take me). I’ve never looked back – it was one of the best decisions of my life!

IWD2022: Women in coaching, a spotlight on WPL Head Coach Rosie Williams

Photo credit: Carl Robertson

To commemorate and celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, we spoke to Cardiff Met Archers Head Coach Rosie Williams. Rosie shares her own personal journey into coaching, as well as discussing how the programme at Archers is about more than just the scoreboard.

Archers compete in the BWB Women’s Premier League, the first of its kind in women’s wheelchair basketball, and are certainly making an impact in the inaugural season. Rosie shares head coach duties with Tom Guntrip, and have proved a successful partnership in the development of one of four foundation teams within the league.

Rosie’s role makes her the first female coach in the Women’s Premier League, etching her name into the legacy of the league and paving the way for the future generations of women in coaching as a role model.

From a young age, Rosie was heavily interested in sports from the word go and got involved in just about everything she could. When Rosie was introduced to wheelchair basketball, she was immediately hooked.

“I fell in love with it because it was a sport you weren’t good at straight away. If you’re sporty in school you’d kind of be at the top of the class in PE, and for the first time I was bottom of the group. It was a really exciting prospect that I was put in a situation where I could really learn about something. That was my background in participating and then I went on to coaching pretty quickly because I was so obsessed with learning about the game. I’d just fallen in love with it. It was the first time in my life I could be a nerd about something and truly geek out about it!”

“At school I had to get some volunteering hours and I started volunteering at the development sessions, and became the leader and started leading that group.”

The transition from participating, to volunteering, to coaching was a natural progression for Rosie as her skills developed. From leading those initial development sessions to now coaching a High Performance team in the highest level of domestic competition in women’s wheelchair basketball, Rosie’s journey into her current role at Archers has been built on a foundation of dedication and sacrifices.

“When I played for my local football team aged eight, I would bring in session plans for my coach and I would like this is how you should do your game plan and I would write game plans out… so I have always been obsessed with the coaching side of sport, but I didn’t realise what it was or what I was doing because I was too young.”

“At the time, my club didn’t have a Women’s League team or a Junior League team. I’d go away and play for any team that would have me. As a 15 year old I was travelling the country, going to Nottingham where the women’s league was based. The GB Women’s head coach at the time had heard about what I was doing and had heard that I was also interested in being a coach. So he said that if I ever needed any support or help he’d be more than willing to help me because he’d seen the graft I was putting in as a kid and I took him up on it.”

“Between the ages of 16 to 18, I started travelling to Worcester, again, independently, sometimes there and back in a day on the train for ten hours for a single session so I could learn, observe and be a part of the programme. I was learning from Haj at the time as well, shadowing some of his sessions.”

“In my first year at university I became the assistant coach for Division 1 Coyotes Team which was the GB women’s team that played in the National League at the time. Initially I had played in one game and they said that I should assist in coaching. They would rotate me with the head coach and I’d assist them. I’d also started taking the lead on some performance analysis as we had nothing at the time.

“At the end of my first year they invited me to sit on the bench at Continental Clash with the seniors and I had started to be team manager for the under-25s group, so I was able to be around more performance groups. After that, I coached at Coventry, I coached for Wales, and in 2019 I was assistant coach for the Invictus Games. Now I also work with Wales Women, so lots of different and interesting groups.”

With International Women’s Day 2022 in view, Rosie reflected on the people who have empowered her to achieve her goals or have provided a source of inspiration in her sports coaching journey.

“When I was playing in the Women’s League, I had a match against London Titans and their coach Ann Wild, and immediately I just loved what she she did. The players felt so cared for and understood, even if they were sat on the bench and instantly I knew I just wanted to play for her because I wanted to learn. I wanted to be amongst it. I wanted to see what she was doing and why people were so captivated by what she was doing. It was an amazing year learning from her. And still, I stay in contact with her because anyone who has had an interaction with her just wants to have another one, and I think that that’s an amazing quality. I don’t particularly remember what she did, but I do remember how she made me feel – she made me feel seen and cared for, and that I could fulfill my potential.”

“I played for Wales U19 so played against Scotland quite a lot, and seeing Tina Gordon from Scotland on the other side was again a moment where you saw a woman amongst a group of male coaches not be fearful of being tenacious, and being verbal and expressive. That then taught me again that I didn’t have to be in my box. I think that she was just someone else who stood out to me because she went against the grain of what I perceived being a woman in coaching was.”

“Alongside that, I would watch international sport and would see the likes of Steph Wheeler from the USA. Steph leads a successful program at Illinois where people again want to be. She’s so passionate. You looked down the bench and see all the USA players holding hands at 2016 Rio like they felt a part of something. As the leader of that group, she was the person they looked at to go wow, we’ve got something really special here. What is it that she’s done and why has it been so special? I think more recently they’ve pushed against the grain and demanded more female coaches amongst the team which again, was led from the front from her and I’ve always looked to her and seen her as being a leader.”

Alongside women in sport who have directly inspired her journey, Rosie also cited allyship from male coaches as being vital in her development: “I also want to give a special mention to Mike Hayes at North Wales, because that’s a male coach that has not only given a voice to female players and female coaches, but has put his ego aside to let me mentor him after being his player so many years – not all coaches would do that. He really encourages players’ input in the women’s game – he embodies all the values that we want to see from a male coach in the women’s game. He cares about making those young women leaders and giving them ownership of their development.”

Moving her attention back onto the Women’s Premier League, Rosie reflects on how it feels to be a founding member of the league.

Rosie Williams coaching
BWB / SA Images

“It’s a privilege and an honour that we’re able to give people an opportunity to thrive in a genuine and authentic person-centred programme where they’re able to express themselves, and naturally that has had a knock-on effect in their ability to play basketball and their ability to trust each other. We aim to encourage our players to go out of their comfort zone, whether it’s on or off the basketball court.”

“We have athletes that come a day early to camp so they can coach an Inspire a Generation session and they’ve never coached before joining us. They are doing that because part of their recruitment was us asking “What can we do for your personal and professional development?” We really care about ‘the other stuff’.”

“We’ve got another player who hadn’t ever been a table official, and at the weekend they table officiated a WBBL game. Basketball is a medium in which we can give them access to opportunities and give them an amazing life experiences. It just feels amazing that we can give people an opportunity to do these things in a place where they feel safe.”

The Archers WPL side features several players who made their first international appearances as GB Juniors, combined with players who are relatively new to the sport. Across the league, this mix of experience means that players and coaches involved in the WPL can benefit from playing with, or against, senior players with years of experience, including GB Women’s athletes.

“I think for the players there’s an opportunity to grow, learn, develop by playing against the [GB Women] but it also gives them a platform to show what they can do because it’s hard to break the mould, right? These girls have a chance to each week go out there and show them what they can do and show that age isn’t a barrier. For example, I’m the only female coach but also the youngest coach in the league, so I’m embodying what I am trying to make the players do. It’s putting me outside my comfort zone, it’s putting the players outside their comfort zone by giving them roles that they’re not normally used to due to lack of opportunity outside the WPL.”

“In this team they get the opportunity to be a leader – to be a passionate leader, a quiet leader – whatever leadership looks like to them, they get to be that. We give them a chance to define themselves as a basketball player so they don’t have come in and be the next anybody. They get to be the player they want to be. They’re not parts of a machine, they’re not being coached to be robots – they’re being coached to be decision makers that can really lead by example. Everybody can bring something and I think that’s what is really exciting about our group because they know that is what I genuinely believe in.”

“They have dedicated so much time to the programme – it’s our duty to give them the skills to deal with life beyond sport through the medium of basketball. I guess I’m so passionate about that because I’m a Performance Lifestyle practitioner too and that’s what’s so unique about our programme. We have two head coaches that have experience beyond coaching basketball, so therefore we naturally just encourage them to do that too.”

The passion the coaching duo at Archers have for the development of their athletes and volunteers is far-reaching, Rosie concludes: “The players get to write their next chapter. It’s not going to be the game results, it’s going to be about what that group can do together, for each other for the social change they are creating together. I think it’s such a powerful tool that they have everybody on a mission to succeed in a way that they want to succeed.”

Each of the four teams in the Women’s Premier League are based at High Performance Partnerships (HPP), which are centres of excellence for wheelchair basketball within the UK. Reflecting on what impact these HPPs are having, Rosie particularly notes the development opportunities with the HPPs:

“The impact that the HPPs are having joins a movement that we’re seeing in football, in rugby, where the movement isn’t about sport, it’s not about a specific sport, it’s about women in sport getting opportunities. I think that the HPP has given a platform to disabled women and it’s an additional part of the movement where there’s real opportunity for change.”

“At Cardiff Met Archers, we’re investing in every part of the game. We’re not just invested in the WPL – we are invested in our BUCS programme, in our community programme, into the ‘Inspire a Generation’ programme, into our National League teams. We’re invested in making this a hub for wheelchair basketball, no matter what level you are you will get an experience you will enjoy.”

“At our first camp we had rugby players coming to that session and helping deliver the S&C. We’ve started to build relations with other societies of the the university – we’re not just seen as an isolated wheelchair basketball group. We have a thriving community and system that is really enabling people to make friends and connections, and I think it’s just an amazing opportunity to study and play. That play can be recreational or it can be elite.”

“Over the next year, we are going to focus on what we can do for Cardiff as a community as well. Already, we’re having primary schools and disability professionals email us, and we’re also motivating our athletes to make an impact in their local communities outside of Cardiff.”

Returning the spotlight to Rosie, the motivated and dedicated coach outlined her personal aspirations for the future: “Initially and immediately with Cardiff Met Archers I want to develop a programme where athletes deem success as more than just the result on a basketball court – that’s my immediate goal. Beyond that, I’m keen to break the mould and become a coach in the GB system. I love what I’ve done as team manager. I love that I’ve got to the World Championships and European championships and beyond. I’ve got to learn so much but I’m really ready for the next level. Beyond women’s basketball, again on breaking the mould, I want to coach a men’s team because I think it’s really important to do so.”

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GB Round-up: 5th/6th March

GB athletes continue to dominate the Spanish league table, and a weekend of exciting matches take place at home in the National League and Women’s Premier League.

In Spain, BSR Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) won their match against UCAM Murcia BSR 44:69 on Friday night. Gaz Choudhry was joint game leader on asissts with 6 assists, top performer for Amiab on rebounds with 12 rebounds, and had 14 points with a 2pt accuracy of 70%. Kyle Marsh had 14 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Harry Brown had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Ben Fox had 2 points, 1 assist and 2 rebounds. Lee Manning had 9 points and 11 rebounds. Manning currently holds position as top performer in the league overall on average rebounds, with an average of 11.4 rebounds per game.

Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James Macsorley) narrowly won their home game against visitors BSR Ace Gran Canaria 69:65 in a close battle between the two teams. Macsorley had 8 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds, with a 2pt accuracy of 57%.

Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) had a victory on the road as they travelled to Fundación Vital Zuzenak, winning 59:86. Gregg Waburton was game leader on assists with 13 assists, and had 20 points and 1 rebound. Terry Bywater had 14 points, landing 2/3 attempted 3-point shots, and had 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bywater continues to hold his position as overall league leader on average points per game, with an average of points 22.3 per game.

Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards) travelled to Fundación FDI Las Rozas and won 39:56. Lewis Edwards had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Phil Pratt had 11 points, 6 rebounds and was game leader on assists with 10 assists.

Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) suffered a defeat at home by Fundación Aliados, who narrowly took the win 62:64 in the final moments of the game. Abdi Jama had 4 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Tyler Baines had 4 points and 2 rebounds. Peter Cusack had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

In Italy, Briantea84 Cantu (Sophie Carrigill, Ian Sagar) add another win to their perfect performance during the regular season, going 8/8 with a win against Padova Millennium Basket 56:71. Ian Sagar was game leader on points with 23 points, joint game leader on rebounds with 16 rebounds, and had 2 steals.

Special Bergamo Sport Montello (Martin Edwards) were defeated 71:51 on the road against ASD Wheelchair Firenze. Martin Edwards was joint top performer on rebounds for his team with 9 rebounds, and had 18 points and 4 assists.

Dinamo Lab Banco Di Sardegna (Billy Bridge) suffered a 53:80 defeat at home by S. Stefano AVIS. Billy Bridge had 4 points, 4 assists and 8 rebounds.

In France, CS Meaux 1 (Helen Freeman) won their match 88-45 against Meylan Grenoble Handibasket.

The Crimson Tide (University of Alabama) (Joy Haizelden) travelled to the UA Early College Classic, going 3/3 in the tournament. They won their first match 62:45 against Illinois, their second match 65:12 against Arizona, and their third match against Mavericks UT Arlington 61:42. Across the tournament, Joy Haizelden had a combined total of 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 steals.

At home in the National League, the weekend saw an exciting series of Premier Division matches.

Tom Smith (CWBA) had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in their 82:56 victory against Thames Valley Kings. Jack Perry (London Titans) had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, helping London Titans win 64:39 against Exeter Otters. Maddie Thompson (Sheffield Steelers) had 11 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds, where Sheffield Steelers were defeated 61:53 by The Owls.

In the Women’s Premier League, Cardiff Met Archers (Jade Atkin) won 42:49 against Worcester Wolves (Sarah Hope, Kayla Bell). Sarah Hope had 19 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Kayla Bell had 9 rebounds and 1 assist. Jade Atkin (Archers) had 23 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists.

Loughborough Lightning (Lucy Robinson, Robyn Love, Laurie Williams, Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Jude Hamer, Niamh Horan) won their away game against East London Phoenix 60:71. For Loughborough Lightning, Laurie Williams had 10 points, 13 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Robyn Love had 28 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 block and 4 steals. Siobhan Fitzpatrick had 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Lucy Robinson had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Niamh Horan had 3 rebounds.

For East London Phoenix, Amy Conroy had 30 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 steal.