Basketball
Bears discover early season positives

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 18 October 2012 Updated: 23/10 09:45

DESPITE results not going to plan, the start of the new basketball season has provided plenty of positives for Bromsgrove Bears.

The Women’s National League side have suffered defeats against Northampton Titans in the National Cup, Bristol Storm in the National Trophy and Nottingham Wildcats in the league, but the performances have left reason to be optimistic.

The young side led for long spells against Nottingham and with many u16s making the step up, including Amelia Parchment, Danielle Caulwell, Catrina Yang and newly appointed England player 15-year-old Rebecca Taylor, the signs bode well ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Cardiff Celts.

The newly formed u15 boys NL side were beaten by Leicester in their first game but will travel to Coventry next time out in positive mood.

Liam Healey led the scoring charts and will look to repeat his performance throughout the season.

Bears’ local league men’s side are also a newly formed unit and they have won one and lost two of their first three league games.

The victory came against Solihull Sils with a mixture of youth and experience playing key parts.

Bears ran out winners by 25 points with Daniel Bolsher (23) and Jon Murch (17) top scoring.

The women’s local league team gained a huge victory on Friday night, overcoming Bucaneers 114-21.

This was a great achievement for such a young side who included 13-year-olds Victoria McGachie and Elly Duffy in the squad.

The u16 girls were beaten by a well established Nottingham side but they were able to hold their heads high at the end after battling hard throughout. Shanice Turner and Victoria McGachie shone with Holly Phipps creating some great moves to basket.

SATURDAY night sees the women’s National League side entertain Cardiff Celts at Bromsgrove School Sports Arena (5pm) before the men tackle Derby Trailblazers (7.30pm).

Providing fun for all of the family, this is a great chance to support your local team and one child is admitted free with each paying adult (£3).

Refreshments will be available as well as half time competitions to get involved with and interval entertainment from cheerleading group The Fireworks.

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