Nottingham Wildcats Arena once again played host to British Wheelchair Basketball’s Women’s All-Star Game. It was Team West who retained their crown against Team East in the stunning finale to the BWB Women’s League season. Take a look at a recap of BWB’s recap below.
The first quarter saw the defending champions, Team West, push to an 8-2 lead before Team East hit back to within one point (7-8) with just under seven minutes played. The end-to-end battle continued with both teams capitalising in the key, but at the end of the first 10 minutes of the game, Team West had edged ahead once more to hold a three-point lead: 14-11.
The second quarter saw Team West pile on the pressure on defence whilst maintaining their strong form under the basket; at half time, therefore, the defending champions had played their way to a 32-14 advantage.
Team West came out firing after half time, the Vixens’ Amy Conroy immediately sinking a three-point shot upon the teams’ return to court. Team East, however, immediately responded – quickly working their tally up to 21. It was, nevertheless, Team West who entered the final 10 minutes of the game ahead by 57-27.
The fourth quarter saw Team East continue their gritty performance, demonstrating fantastic teamwork at both ends of the court; but an incredible game by Team West saw the team defend their title as they closed out victory by 71-39.
MVP: Clare Grffiths (Team West)
During the event we managed to catch up with some familiar faces to talk about the impact of Women’s league and how it’s helping the game to grow.
Rosie Williams, who helped Team West take home the All-Star crown, said: “Playing with and against some of the best athletes in the country was such a worthwhile experience. It was fantastic to see the level of participation increase so much this year. On top of that the standard of play hit a new level. Competing in my first ever All-Star game was nerve-racking to say the least; to get the win was undoubtably an awesome way to finish the 15/16 women’s league season. Massive thank you to all players, coaches, officials and volunteers for an incredible women’s league season.”
International Siobhán Fitzpatrick reflected upon a succesful season with CWBA: “We started the new women’s league season with some fresh faces and initially we didn’t know how the team would work together – little did we know how successful we really could be. Last year we finished last, and we definitely weren’t happy, so we got back to training and this year convincingly won the national women’s league! We will use this success to keep up with training and try to go onto win the national championships later in June! I’ve loved every minute of playing with CWBA and can’t wait for next season!”
The standard of play impressed Evelyn Roberts: “It’s fair to say women’s league has had a fantastic atmosphere this year with both experienced and new players entering the scene. The standard has been high throughout, increasing through the season. But with some challenging games we are pleased with the outcome on the scoreboard. Ready for play off’s in June and the new season next year”
Finally, we caught up with Ella Beaumont who was already looking ahead to the playoffs: “The standard of women’s league this weekend has been the best yet! Matches have been closer than ever, making them fast and furious. It’s exciting to see new players emerging and I look forward to the final battle at playoffs in June to see which teams come out as champions.”
Source: BWB/Nik Terrell