THE HARD work begins now for Warwickshire Bears Women according to coach Jacob Robinson after his side were crowned British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s League Division Three (B) champions.
Saturday’s 28-22 victory over Eastern Blue Stars at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena clinched promotion to Division Two on the final weekend of the season.
Robinson said: “That was a perfect end to a good season for the girls. There was great commitment from everyone and promotion was definitely earned. Now it’s time to get the hard work in ready for next season.”
Team captain Aimee Hillson was overjoyed with the result and said: “The team have played so well this season and the addition of three new players has been brilliant.
“We’ve gelled together as if we’ve been playing much longer as a team. I’m so proud of the girls and very excited for what the future holds for the Bears Women.”
The Bears had a tough game ahead of them, knowing victory would secure top spot and promotion in only their second year playing as a team.
With only six players available, this was again going to be a tough challenge for an inexperienced squad.
Bears knew a strong defence was key to securing victory and they did well to limit the Blue Stars’ main scorer Kate Dickings to minimal scores.
Anna Turney was key with an MVP role as Bears built an early lead and led 13-7 at the end of the first period.
The second quarter was a close affair as neither team was able to regularly convert the chances they made, but Bears again slightly won the quarter and extended their lead to 19-10 at the halfway stage.
A positive third quarter saw Bears extend their lead to 23-12 and, although the Blue Stars fought back in the final quarter, the clock was against them and the Warwickshire side held firm to be crowned champions.
Bears remain on the hunt for new players, especially female and junior additions, and would like to attract sponsorship. For more details call 07946 518354 or email [email protected].