THE LADIES took centre stage as Warwickshire Bears competed in the opening round of the British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s League in Sheffield at the weekend.
Whilst pleased to be in attendance at the two-day event, the weekend was a tough one for the Bears who lost both games on Saturday before having to forfeit Sunday’s scheduled matches due to the forecast heavy snow which duly arrived.
However, coach Jacob Robinson declared himself proud of the Bears’ efforts against Worcester Wolves and Angels of the North 2nds.
“The girls did really well and should be proud of their efforts. Hopefully they will learn from the experiences they have had,” said Robinson.
“Going forward, we know that, as a team, we need to work harder at training and support one another’s development so we can continue to compete against such well drilled teams.
“They all have the ability but we just need more experience playing together as a team.”
Against Worcester, Bears found themselves facing Jordanna Bartlett, a former GB player who was returning to basketball after recently having a baby boy.
Despite the passion and drive so characteristic of the Bears, they were unable to hold off the Wolves who had no trouble finding the Bears basket, whilst holding a tight defensive grip on their own basket in the process in their 42-18 victory.
It was almost as tough for the Bears against another renowned team in the shape of Angels of the North, who prevailed 34-19.
Despite a marked and continued improvement by the Bears throughout the game, it was still not enough to stop the Angels securing a convincing win.
The Bears are next in action when the first and third teams visit Leicester to take on the Cobras on January 7.
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