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THE COLBC WEEKLY ROUND-UP: 1ST-7TH NOVEMBER 2021

November 10th 2021

Edition 4 of ‘The COLBC Weekly Round-Up’ offers a snapshot of all the week’s JNL results and academy progress.


The weekend of the 6th/7th November 2021 saw the club compete in just 5 different fixtures across the country in the JNL.


SATURDAY


Coach Jake Shuttlewood took his U14 conference boys on the road to Bradford losing 55-35 in this local derby, however, noticeable improvements in all quarters showed the hard work that both coaches and players have been putting in at practice.


Jake showed a positive mindset after the game, commenting:


“The first quarter was hard as we started slow and they came out of the blocks quickly. We had stayed competitive and kept it tight within 6 points and even tied it up on four different occasions. Again, we have really set out what we are capable of and it is now about matching it consistently. My performer of the week goes to Ethan Rawson for his great movement on and off the ball.”


U14 Conference Performer Of The Week: Ethan Rawson


SUNDAY


Our U14 Premier squad travelled to the Newcastle where they faced an experienced and well-coached Eagles side. Although it was a challenging experience with some tough lessons, the players showed a great deal of resolve.


Coach Weir was complimentary of his chargers in defeat saying:


“This weekend was a great test against a strong pressing Newcastle side. Our ability to preserve and win stretches throughout a tough game is a real testament to the boys and they showed resilience right until the buzzer. The last few weeks have given our group an understanding on the level of effort and intensity at which the game must be played. We expect to come back even stronger in the coming weeks.


U14 Premier Performer Of The Week: Nako Mokete


The U14 girls hosted the Manchester Mystics 1st team at LBU arena who are arguably one of the best teams in the country currently, and the well-drilled north-west side did not disappoint. Coach Jim Carnegie’s Manchester girls showed well-rounded skillset and offensive game to win -


The COLBC girls, who continue to show significant development, had a number of strong runs throughout the game and the matchup taught them some very valuable lessons despite the 27-103 result.


Coach Ben Allen was quick to draw some positive conclusions:


“This was a very disciplined and experienced Manchester 1st team who controlled the game from start to finish. There is a lot to work on at practice but very impressed with the perseverance of our young team. Thanks to Jim Carnegie, the Mystics Head Coach for his continued commitment and understanding in developing girls basketball.


U14 Girls Player Of The Week: Victory Uzomah


The U16 Conference Boys also headed to the North-East and to the den of Teeside Lions with a number of developing players in the group. There has been significant improvement over the last few games and some new players have come into the fold including George Mitchell, Josh Norton and Ayden Deacon. The Lions secured the 88-49 win with an impressive performance on the glass and a strong transition game.


Coach Browne was happy with his teams efforts, saying:


“We saw our strongest quarter of the season so far, collectively scoring 20 points and our half court offence has improved. Teeside’s strong rebounding was a major factor in the game today and gives us something to work on moving forward.”


U16 Performer Of The Week: George Mitchell


Coach Murray Bingham took his U18 Conference team to cross-town rivals LDM, who deserve all the credit in this 84-28 encounter with a tenacious defensive performance that put our developing team on the back foot from the outset. 


Coach Murray Bingham reflected on the game:


“A disappointing result against a very physical LDM side. The game definitely exposed the gaps in our game across the board but a collective it can be taken in stride and used as a learning experience.”


U18 Conference Performer Of The Week: Neil Davies


That wraps up another week of fixtures for the club. As always, thank you to all players, coaches and parents for all their efforts.