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October 19th 2021

For the second edition of our new feature ‘The COLBC Weekly Round-Up’, we offer a snapshot of all the week’s JNL results and academy progress.

The weekend of the 16th/17th October 2021 saw the club compete in 9 different fixtures across the country in both the JNL and ABL.


Coach Murray Bingham took his developing U18 Conference team on the road to face John Leggott College in Scunthorpe and picked up the W, 43-70 to begin a tough double-header weekend for the team. Aided by strong performances from the groups younger players, Coach Bingham was elated, commenting:

“This was a great team win for the boys early in the season. We looked very competitive right from the offset, everyone played their part and there was a legitimate contribution from each player within their roles. The improvement I’m seeing already as a collective is really promising.”

U18 Boys Conference Performer Of The Week: Bartosz Rolka

Our exciting U14 girls team hosted the Lanashire Spinners at LBU Arena and began the game very strongly with nothing to separate the two sides at the end of the first quarter. The difference came as the Spinner’s more experienced players pushed ahead, while our youthful COLBC group were still getting used to the pace and physicality of the game. However, Coach Ben Allen was buoyed by his team’s focus, saying:

“There was great effort shown by all today. This performance gives us lots of things to work on in practice but I am again excited by the hard work this group are putting in to get better each week. Layla Newby is awarded this week’s POG for great passing and outstanding resilience.

U14 Girls Performer Of The Week: Layla Newby

Our U16 Boys Conference team took a tough loss to the Bradford Dragons at home on Saturday, going down 60-87, while our U16 Boys Premier Team also faced a real challenge against a physically dominant Manchester Giants team. 

With COLBC getting off to a very slow start, the visiting Giants capitalised on every mistake, missed shot and loose ball. The size and athleticism of the Giants proved to be very difficult to overcome as they controlled the boards on both ends, pressured the ball full court and forced their way to a 30 point lead at half-time. COLBC continued to fight in the second half, with some impressive individual offensive moves, however it just wasn’t enough as the Giants stomped their way to a 57 point victory. Coach Sam Messam reflected on the loss:

“As a team we put together some positive moments towards our ongoing development. Unfortunately, much of our good work was overshadowed by a dominant performance from an athletic and talented Giants team.”

U16 Boys Conference Performer Of The Week: George Mitchell


LBU arena hosted Coach Murray Bingham’s U18 Boys Conference team, fighting through their second game in as many days as they went down 36-80 to a far more experienced Sheffield Elite team.

Our U14 Boys Conference team faced a real challenge with many of our U12 boys playing up against a much more developed Barnsley Metros squad. A 19-100 scoreline doesn’t do much to reflect the effort shown by our very young side in a game where Coach Marcus Browne was very impressed with the attitude and resilience of his team.

U14 Boys Conference Performer Of The Week: Luca Pogoreanu


Inconsistency was the theme of the week as our COLBA Allerton HS boys faced a gritty game against a hard-working Priestley College side at home on Wednesday in week 3 of the ABL season. Struggling to find a rhythm, the COLBA lead never stretched past 5 points until late in the 4th quarter as Terry Kodom secured a key offensive rebound, before passing off to Valdir Issac to secure the win in the final minute, 96-66.

The JNL U18 Premier League beckoned on Sunday as we hit the road to face St Helen’s Saints. A strong start had the team in excited spirits early on, however our game day squad of just 9 players fell to a very effective and consistent defensive performance as the Saints annulled our attacking threat for large periods of the afternoon. 

Coach Newby was in mixed spirits as he commented on the 78-44 defeat: “A tough and hard nosed St. Helens disrupted our offensive flow which ultimately dictated the outcome of the game. Defensively they were switched on and physically good. Critically we adjusted too slowly as individuals and as a team. Foul trouble would then force rotation and credit to St Helen’s they capitalised. A positive aspect was the emergence of Akil Simpson, Marcello Maffezzoli and Beau Sproul as they adjusted to U18’s Premier play. Additionally, Terry Kodom continues to impress on the boards. We have a lot to learn but plenty of time to move forward.

COLBA Performer Of The Week: Akil Simpson

That concludes edition 2 of the new COLBC Weekly Round-Up. Until next week you can keep an eye on all things going on and the club on our Instagram, Twitter & Facebook pages.