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November 2nd 2021

Edition 3 of ‘The COLBC Weekly Round-Up’ offers a snapshot of all the week’s JNL results and academy progress.

The weekend of the 30th/31st October 2021 saw the club compete in 7 different fixtures across the country in both the JNL and ABL.


It was a tough loss on the road for our U12 Girls as they faced a far more experienced Manchester Mystics side going down 107-30. Coach Ben Allen was happy with the resilience of his young team who continued to fight throughout the game.

U12 Girls Performer Of The Week: Jessica Woodward

Coach Murray Bingham’s U18 Boys hosted Teeside in an incredibly close one down at LBU arena on Saturday afternoon, finishing with a 1 point loss.

Coach Bingham was, however, in a buoyant mood after the game:

“Very tough loss against a technically strong side out of Teeside. Quite a few opportunities were left on the table in the form of defensive stops and poor finishing, however this is something I don’t doubt can be resolved quickly. We had a strong emergence from a few different players taking on new roles and embracing the adversity brought from some players being missing. Despite the loss, I am not disappointed in the game result as it’s becoming clear that players are developing game by game. We’re in a much better place than we were at the start of the season and I look forward to our next matchup against Teeside.”

U18 Conference Performer Of The Week: Archie Wilson


Our U14 Girls faced another tough opponent in the Newcastle Eagles who again used their experience to press from the start and put our younger squad under a lot of pressure. A fantastic effort from all our young women meant the game finished up with a 78-24 loss away in this one.

U14 Girls Performer Of The Week: Renee Ieronymakis

Coach Marcus Browne took his U16 Boys on the road to East Durham for a slow starting game from our development squad. Our COLBC boys began to find a groove in the second half as they went back and forth with the Lions throughout the 3rd and 4th quarter. Our slow start, however, meant that East Durham took home the win 73-38 on the day.

U16 Conference Performer Of The Week: Luke Easton

In a double-header at LBU, both our U14 squads faced tough travelling opposition and found some great learning opportunities within the pressure of the defence.

Coach Ryan Weir’s Premier squad suffered a 32-80 defeat to a strong Birmingham Elite squad while Coach Jake Shuttlewood’s development squad lost 26-72 to the York Eagles.

Commenting on the defeat, Coach Shuttlewood looked to the future:

“On the whole, we showed a lot of good moments that demonstrated glimpses of what we are capable of as a team. We have lots of exciting prospects and the team has improved a lot, just from their first outing a few weeks ago. They will continue to improve with weeks to come! My performer of the week goes to Jacob Yishne for his great offensive rebounding.”

U14 Premier Performer Of The Week: Efe Dolunay

U14 Conference Performer Of The Week; Jacob Yishne

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