Bethan Fagan

Round three of the Junior League sees fierce competition

Round three of the British Wheelchair Basketball Junior League competition took place this weekend (15-16 January), with scores of young talent taking to the courts in pursuit of Elite 8s qualification. Qualifying for the Elite 8s competition gives teams the opportunity to earn a place in the Junior League gold medal match, taking place at the National Championships later this year.

In Pool A, Wakefield Whirlwinds came away with an enviable record of back-to-back wins, having not lost a game during this Junior League season so far. Wakefield Whirlwinds took on Scottish Wizards in the first match of the day, with Wakefield Whirlwinds winning 63:39. In the second fixture of the day, Mohawks defeated Scottish Wizards 47:33. Mohawks suffered a defeat in their final match of the day against Wakefield Whirlwinds, who took the victory 59:26.

In Pool C, Thames Valley Kings opened round three with a win against Aces Wheelchair Basketball Club (83-21). Next up, The Bears gave a solid winning performance against Aces Wheelchair Basketball Club in a high scoring match (40-60). On the third fixture of round three for Pool C, Thames Valley Kings took on The Bears and came away with their second victory of the day, beating The Bears 65-30.

Pool B was postponed and is being rescheduled.

Junior League 21/22 fixtures and results: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/junior-league/

National League: 15-16 January round-up

The National League continued this weekend with a winning streak underway in Division 1 South.

Division 1

CWBA 2 edged out Plymouth Fusion in their first game of the year during a close match, ending in a dramatic win for the away team (65:67). CWBA 2’s are on form with a winning streak as their victory over Plymouth Fusion is their third win in a row.

Division 2

Plymouth Fusion 2 took the win 83-53 against Blackhawks in a high scoring match between the two teams, treating the fans to a thrilling back and forth first quarter 20-18 before the home team pulled away with the lead.

A full list of results and league tables are available here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/national-league/

GB stars back in action in Germany and rivalries in Italy grow

GB athletes proved instrumental for their teams across Europe this weekend. RSV Lahn-Dill (Simon Brown) retained top position in the German league, going 9/9 in the season so far. Elsewhere, several GB athletes contributed to high scoring victories in the Italian league as the rivalry between Briantea84 Cantù and Avis S. Stefano burns bright. 

In Spain, Servigest Burgos hosted Fundación Fdi Las Rozas, with the visiting team taking the win 44:55. Lee Fryer (Servigest Burgos) had 10 points and top performance in assists for his team (7 assists). 

In Germany, league leaders RSV Lahn-Dill opened their 2022 with a win over RBC Koln 99ers, dominating the home team 45:85 with Simon Brown (Lahn-Dill) taking 5 points. Lahn-Dill start the year with a continuation of strong form, having won all their fixtures so far. 

Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer) travelled to Hannover United where the two teams clashed for top three placing in the league. Hannover United took the win 64:45, meaning Rhine River Rhinos currently sit fourth overall with a game in hand. 

In Italy, the rivalry between group leaders Briantea84 Cantù and Avis S. Stefano builds as both teams chalked up wins on Saturday. Briantea84 Cantù defeated Millenium Basket 71:47, with Ian Sagar and Sophie Carrigill both featuring for the winning side. Sagar had 11 points. 

In France, Red Dragon’s Metz (Fin Tonner) claimed the top spot on the table this week with their 61-58 win over Les Aigles Du Velay. Elsewhere, CVHG Gennevilliers (Tom Barnes) travelled to Club Tregorrois Handisport De Lannion where the home team took a 70:58 win. 

Helen Freeman has joined CS Meaux and we will update on their results and stats as soon as they become available. 

National League: 8-9 January round-up

The New Year celebrations continued for Sheffield Steelers as they defeated current league leaders The Owls in their opening match of 2022, while the Sussex Bears continue their winning streak in National League 2.  

Premier Division 

Four teams brought in the New Year, getting us underway with two exciting Premier Division match ups.  

Sheffield Steelers successfully carried over the momentum they had been building toward the end of the last year with a dominant performance over the current league leaders, The Owls (73:48). The Steelers wowed the home crowd, putting up 24 points in the second quarter. 

Exeter Otters welcomed CWBA for their first game of the year, treating fans to a high scoring fixture where CWBA narrowly took the win (64:68). The Otters found their rhythm in the second quarter, but it was CWBA’s consistency across the game that earned them the win. Liam Hassell put up 28 points, earning the mantle of top scorer for the game.  

National League 1  

Division 1 North opened with North Wales Knights hosting Lancaster Bulldogs, with the home team taking the win in overtime (71:66).  

Wakefield Whirlwinds took a confident win against home team Manchester Giants Mavericks (8:103), locking the home team out for two quarters with unrelenting defence.  

Division 1 South got underway with Plymouth Fusion taking an important win (58:44) against Jaguars WBC. Plymouth currently sit third in the table and will look to retain their hard-earned position in the top three.  

The Bears took their first win of 2022 against Aces Wheelchair Basketball Club (55:49), continuing their success at the top of the league as overall leader.  

National League 2 

Division 2 South saw two of three fixtures take place, with the Plymouth Fusion vs Swansea Storm game postponed. 

The Bears 2 took the win (55:47) against Thames Valley Kings 2, earning back-to-back victories for the club on a joint gameday with The Bears 1.  

Cardiff Met Archers suffered a defeat (42:58) to visitors and current league leaders Sussex Bears. This victory extends the winning streak by Sussex Bears to six games.  

National League 3 

Division 3 Central got underway with Sheffield Steelers 3 earning the win (45:25) over visitors Hereward Heat with a dominant performance throughout every quarter.  

Stoke Spitfires took a loss against Leicester Cobras, where the two teams were tied in the first two quarters leading to a dramatic fourth quarter where Leicester Cobras took the win.  

Division 3 South got the New Year underway with Hampshire Harriers putting up 68:17 against Aces Wheelchair Basketball 2.  

League leaders Folkestone Arrows travelled to Windsor Monarchs to take a comfortable 14:50 win against the home team.  

A full list of results and league tables are available here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/national-league/