Congratulations to Cheshire Phoenix

Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club

Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club ended their inaugural season in the National League unbeaten following wins in the final two games of the season on 25th March.

The club was formed in 2014 and entered Group G of the 4th Division of the National League for the first time for the 2016/17 season, competing against fellow North West teams Vikings (St. Helen’s) and Calderdale (Halifax).

The format of the league involves 3 rounds of competition in January and March and the Phoenix opened the league with a win and didn’t stop for the rest of the season.  That winning streak took the Phoenix to the top of the table with a 100% record in their first season, much to the delight of all the players and supporters.

Head Coach Anna Jackson said:

“I am so proud of the team both on and off the court, when we entered the league this season we just did not know how we would measure up to other more experienced teams and I am so pleased we have done so well”  

“I have had a great time coaching the team this season and it’s been great to see new players getting their first experience of league basketball and to get everyone valuable court time.  We could not have done this without the support of our amazing volunteers so thank you to each and every one of them”

We look forward to hearing more about the continued success of Cheshire Phoenix next season!

Read reviews of the weekend’s season ending games below.

For more information, contact the club on 07711 356541 or find out more online at www.cheshirephoenixwbc.co.uk, Facebook facebook.com/cheshirephoenixwbc or follow on Twitter @PhoenixWBC.

 

Cheshire Phoenix wheelchair basketball team

Team

Anna Jackson – Coach

Caroline Ballard East – Captain, Katie Berisford – Vice Captain, Darius Fletcher, Llewellyn Gayle, Keiran Gayle, Owen Finn, Paul Southall, Rob Cayton, Niamh Horan, Steph Taylor, Stu McNeill, Kai Miller.

 

Game 1 Vikings Wheelchair Basketball Club V Cheshire Phoenix WBC

Starting 5 – Caroline Ballard-East, Paul Southall, Stu McNeill, Llewellyn Gayle, and Niamh Horan.

It looked like a nervous start from both teams, the first quarter of the game was neck and neck, ending both teams level at 6 points to 6.

With some wise words from the coach, Phoenix were able to pull away in the second quarter, with Vikings scoring 6 points, and Phoenix 14 points. Baskets from Southall, Fletcher, and Ballard-East put Phoenix in the lead with the score 20-12 to the Phoenix going into half time.

The third quarter was much of the same, with Phoenix adapting well to Viking’s attacks. Strong defence meant Vikings were only able to put up another 6 points, whilst Phoenix put away 15.

The fourth quarter looked a little closer, with some players tiring. The coach made some quick adjustments, resting the starting 5 ready to face Calderdale.

The substitutes played really well and carried on where the starting 5 left off and closed the game out with a final score of 48- 26 to the Phoenix.

Player of the Match:  Jointly awarded to Paul Southall, and Kieran Gayle.

Cheshire Phoenix game photograph

 

Game 2 Calderdale Wheelchair Sports Club V Cheshire Phoenix WBC

Starting 5 – Caroline Ballard-East, Paul Southall, Stu McNeill, Llewellyn Gayle, and Niamh Horan.

In the second game Coach Jackson stuck with the same starting 5.

It was an incredibly strong start for the Phoenix with the team putting up 20 points in the first quarter alone. The team didn’t slow down, netting another 15 points in the second quarter. The score at half time was 35-16 to the Phoenix.

The comfortable lead allowed Coach Jackson to give players a rest, and get all the substitutes on to try them in a mix of roles.

In the 3rd quarter Calderdale adapted to the Phoenix system and closed the gap outscoring them by 7 points across the quarter.

The final quarter was a tough fight with both teams tiring – further substitutions and a strong defence ensured the Phoenix kept the lead and won 51-28.

Player of the Match: Niamh Horan.

Cheshire Phoenix game photograph

 

Read about Cheshire Phoenix's earlier games on their website here.

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