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 60+: Another Masters first for WEBBA men.  

 

WEBBA has been represented at GB Masters events since the team below - coached by the late, great Robbie Henderson - played in the 40+ men's category at the 8th tournament, held in Exeter in 2003.

 

 

WEBBA men have played at every GB Masters since then, but only started appearing in other International Masters events when Pete Radford was invited to play for Strathclyde’s 60+ team in the 3rd Strathclyde Masters at Easter 2016.  He played for them again when they won the Galway 60+ trophy in 2017 and again when they came 2nd to Galway/Harlem in 2018.

 

Galway 2018 was also the first time that a WEBBA 40+ Men’s team played in this great Irish event, as reported in Webba news by player-coach Densil Williamson after the tournament.

 

WEBBA first entered a 50+ Men’s team with this small but effective squad at Dundee in 2013.

 

 

Rich Wills, number 4, had badly sprained his ankle the week before travelling (note the strapping), so only stepped on court for the tip-off to say he’d played.  He then coached the team admirably the rest of the weekend, doing a grand job of keeping all five players happy with their court time.  The story of the weekend, though, was when Rich phoned around to try to get a 6th player. Mark Warren was in the south of France house-sitting, or dog-sitting, or both, and dropped everything, got on his motorbike and rode from The Pyrenees to Dundee in time for their Sunday morning tip-off.  Think of that whenever you hear someone say of a person, ‘they’ll go the extra mile’.  The team photo was taken on the Saturday, while he was burning rubber on a French motorway, but he’s in the next one.

 

Strathclyde Masters 6th International Basketball Tournament, Paisley, April 5th-7th, 2019

 

Last weekend, finally, Pete was able to get together the area’s first ever 60+ team to contest an international masters event.  Strathclyde hosted seven women’s 45+ teams, eight 50+ men’s teams and four 60+ men’s teams from the UK and Europe.  

 

Five players with very long associations with WEBBA made the trip; Paul Ambrosius (who first played WEBBA 40+ in Aberdeen 2004), Ken Nottage (who lit up WEBBA courts for Stroud in the early 2000s, after a distinguished, 19-year national league career for five different clubs, and England honours at every junior level, finishing with 58 appearances for the senior men), Pete Radford (WEBBA from 1976 with KBI and Lockleaze to the present day – with an 8-year sabbatical with Pirates), Gordon Shovlin (Webba with Lockleaze since 86 to the present day) and Mark Warren (Empees) of the epic motorbike ride.  They were joined by Ray Kirk from Exeter, Steve Murray from Oxford, Richard Herbert from Hertfordshire (England U16 Schoolboys), and the Welsh Police and British Police basketball legend that is Clive Jones from Bridgend (alongside the very long and distinguished police teams career, Clive also represented Wales at U15, U19 and Senior Men for 13 years from 78-91).  

 

To reflect the slightly wider-than-Webba make-up of the team, they called themselves Severnside, being a side from both shores (and slightly inland) of our region’s great river, estuary and sea.  But they wore WEBBA’s colours with pride.

 

 

Note that Gordon and Pete were pioneers for WEBBA at all three Masters age levels.  If you’re wondering why Paul Ambrosius isn’t in the picture, he orignally told former Derby area teammates that he would play for them, but switched his allegiance to Severnside once he knew there was a team from his home area.  When they turned up with only six players (including his 74 years old former juniors coach; still playing extremely well!) to play Severnside in their first game on Saturday, Paul felt duty-bound to honour his first commitment, so it was agreed that he would play for them.  

 

That first game was tough, but Severnside gelled from the first minute and withstood everything Derby threw at them, including lots of elbows, to win by ten points.  In game two on Saturday afternoon they met the hosts, Strathclyde, who had never lost their own 60+ tournament.  The Severnside chemistry was even better than in the first game and they beat the hosts by 16 points, with every player contributing in all departments.

 

Strathclyde tournament dinners are noted for their hospitality and entertainment, so the Severnside boys played another blinder to take it easy on the liquids and the dancing, thinking ahead to an early appointment with Shannon at ten o’clock on Sunday morning.  Shannon is a very experienced, wily side, containing several former Irish internationals. They have contested 60+ tournaments all over Europe for almost a decade.  Regardless, our boys continued to play even better than the previous two games to win by eighteen points.

 

Despite having played three, won three, with a +44 points-for difference, the tournament was set-up to provide a final at 3pm for the top two teams. Unfortunately for Severnside, Ken Nottage’s flight home was at 3pm because he had to get back to Cheltenham to coach his home team in a cup semi-final.  

 

Having done the right and honourable thing in loaning Paul Ambrosius to Derby at the start of the tournament, they were hoping to have him back to replace Ken when Derby lost their last game to Strathclyde.  If Derby had won, Severnside would have played them in the final, but Strathclyde’s win by double figures put them into second place.  Understandably, the organisers (both Strathclyde players) insisted that the ‘players can only play for one team in an age group’ rule had to apply.

 

Even with just seven players, and without Ken’s dependable ball-handling, distribution and points-scoring, the game was neck and neck until the last two minutes.  Severnside lost the first quarter by three points, but won the second by one and the third by another three, to start the fourth quarter up by a single point.  The game slipped away when, through epic defensive efforts, two Severnsiders fouled out and another pulled his groin and they were left with only four on court.  Strathclyde’s defence was just as heroic, but they had seven players on their bench to replace the fouled-out and wounded.  Five Strathclyders were able find the gaps to score the winning points against just four remaining Severnsiders, to avoid the embarrassment of having their trophy stolen away by the newbie team from the south west.  

 

Nevertheless, played four, won three, lost one (with the best for and against difference of all four teams) in their first ever 60+ tournament was a great effort.  Well done to all involved.

 

The team was hoping to be able to contest the Dublin International in May and the GB in Manchester in June, but other commitments mean that they will have to wait until the Galway International in November to get together again and give all the other teams another fright.  

 

2017 GB Masters Report – From Densil Williamson.

This year’s GB Masters took place on the 17th & 18th June in Manchester. WEBBA entered a team in the 40’s ‘B’ pool, and the 50’s ‘A’ pool. There was unfortunately no representation with the Ladies competition this year.

We’d would like to thank everyone for their participation in this year’s masters. Especially Chris Staddon who took over the coaching job for the over 40s from Tony Kissoon (who was promoted/demoted depending on your view to the over 50s). Chris nearly lead the over 40s to overall victory in group B in his first year in charge. That was a magnificent effort from everyone. The team was only beaten on points difference and only lost one game narrowly.

 

There were 4 new comers to the over 40 squad; David Colclough, Christian Hill, Alex James and Andres Tcach. All fitted in well and added to the over 40s squad and enjoyed the social side of things as well. It was also nice to see Andy Harris for returning to the fold as well. Andy has hardly played any basketball this year, but he wanted to play in this tournament and performed well 

 

There is a special thanks to Nick Watt. Even though Nick was injured on Saturday, he made the effort to be there to support the guys on Sunday

 

Now to the over 50s squad. This year they had one of best tournaments for a while. They won two games and forced Harlem (including ex New York Knick – Charles Smith – still 6’10”, despite being over 50!) to play their 'A' game all the way through the match with them. It may not be shown by the score, but they could not take their foot of the peddle as WEBBA worked hard to stop them. and to stay in contention. The final game against Bournemouth was special. The last 4 minutes of the final quarter saw WEBBA play some of their best Basketball of the tournament. WEBBA should feel proud of the way these 2 teams represented them in this year’s tournament. The effort was unbelievable, especially after losing Chris Viera to injury in the first game.

 

Over 40s results on Saturday;

 

Plymouth 32 - 46 WEBBA
Nottingham 32 - 44 WEBBA 

 

Over 50s results on Saturday;

 

Celts 32 -  48 WEBBA
HARLEM 59 - 35 WEBBA 

 

Over 40s results on Sunday;

 

Bournemouth 35 - 39 WEBBA
Checkmate Knights 46 - 40 WEBBA 

 

Over 50s results on Sunday

 

WEBBA 26 - 52 North London
WEBBA 37 - 20 Bournemouth 

 

Considering the teams had hardly any training together, they produced some magnificent results. It shows how much potential we have in our squads. The aim for next year is to get at least 3-4 training sessions in before the Masters, so at least we can work on a few plays. Also, we would like to recruit some more players for both teams

 

Our goal is to have WEBBA mentioned in the same breath as Harlem, Louisiana, London, Sheffield. We are now getting a reputation for playing some good basketball and that is down to those representing WEBBA this weekend.

 

Thanks also to WEBBA for funding new kit for the 50’s.

 

 

Jun 17, 2014, 7:45 pm

This year’s GB Masters took place in Nottingham over the weekend 7/8 June, and our region was once again represented in the men’s over 40’s and over 50’s categories, with a ladies team – the Bristol Dribblers playing in the ladies tournament.

The 40’s

First up for the 40’s was Congleton, who were brushed aside 45-20, followed by a far closer game against Templogue 49-42, which meant that the 40’s qualified for the upper pool on the Sunday, where they would face 2 ex national league sides in Swifts and Plymouth in a round-robin to see who would place 1st, 2nd & 3rd. Sunday saw the first loss, but by only 3 points – 38 -35, a result that meant a win by more than 5 would see WEBBA home to a win. A terrific start saw WEBBA race out to a big lead, which Plymouth could only close down to 15 at the end, which meant a 45-30 win for WEBBA and the 40’s B Pool GB Masters Champions 2014.

 

40’s squad:

Abe Ahmed, Richard Chambers, Steve Claringbould, Steve Derrick, Colm Fox, Tony Kissoon, Peter Klepsch, Jamie Lee, Chris Staddon, Nicholas Watt, Barry Wyatt.

 

The 50’s

The 50’s always knew they were up against it with a first game against last year’s winners – an all-star team from Louisiana USA. Despite throwing up everything but the kitchen sink; WEBBA lost 67-48, though a spirited comeback meant they took solace from winning the second half. The second game was against London team Wandle, who were outclassed in the A pool, and WEBBA won 66-26. That win meant that the 50’s also qualified for the upper pool on the Sunday, although the first game would be Louisiana again. A similar scoreline saw WEBBA come out second best again by 60-46. Second place overall was still up for grabs, but having lost 2 players through injury, WEBBA found themselves short-handed and just failed to overcome Manchester Panthers, losing out by 49-42. Despite the disappointment, WEBBA 50’s still placed 3rdoverall.

50’s squad:

Paul Ambrosius, Michael Bailey, Mark Powell, Peter Radford, Gordon Shovlin,Michael Walter, Mark Warren, Richard Wills, Densil Williamson.

 

Bristol Dribblers

Always facing an uphill task against what is intrinsically a National League side, Bristol lost out to Edinburgh by 49-19, which put them at a disadvantage for the rest of the tournament. Pride was restored with a win against Nunthorpe 44-32, but the earlier defeat placed them into the lower pool, and Sunday losses against Oxford (28-34) and Glasgow (31-47) led to a somewhat unrepresentative placing of 10th out of 13.

 Next year the tournament is in Leeds, so any men over 40, and ladies over 35 who fancy getting involved, please contact Denzil Williamson (Men’s co-ordinator) or Sue Hughes (Ladies co-ordinator)

GB Masters website

 

2017 GB Masters Report – From Densil Williamson.

 

This year’s GB Masters took place on the 17th & 18th June in Manchester. WEBBA entered a team in the 40’s ‘B’ pool, and the 50’s ‘A’ pool. There was unfortunately no representation with the Ladies competition this year.

 

We’d would like to thank everyone for their participation in this year’s masters. Especially Chris Staddon who took over the coaching job for the over 40s from Tony Kissoon (who was promoted/demoted depending on your view to the over 50s). Chris nearly lead the over 40s to overall victory in group B in his first year in charge. That was a magnificent effort from everyone. The team was only beaten on points difference and only lost one game narrowly.

 

There were 4 new comers to the over 40 squad; David Colclough, Christian Hill, Alex James and Andres Tcach. All fitted in well and added to the over 40s squad and enjoyed the social side of things as well. It was also nice to see Andy Harris for returning to the fold as well. Andy has hardly played any basketball this year, but he wanted to play in this tournament and performed well 

 

There is a special thanks to Nick Watt. Even though Nick was injured on Saturday, he made the effort to be there to support the guys on Sunday

 

Now to the over 50s squad. This year they had one of best tournaments for a while. They won two games and forced Harlem (including ex New York Knick – Charles Smith – still 6’10”, despite being over 50!) to play their 'A' game all the way through the match with them. It may not be shown by the score, but they could not take their foot of the peddle as WEBBA worked hard to stop them. and to stay in contention. The final game against Bournemouth was special. The last 4 minutes of the final quarter saw WEBBA play some of their best Basketball of the tournament. WEBBA should feel proud of the way these 2 teams represented them in this year’s tournament. The effort was unbelievable, especially after losing Chris Viera to injury in the first game.

 

 

Over 40s results on Saturday;

 

Plymouth 32 - 46 WEBBA

 

Nottingham 32 - 44 WEBBA

 

 

Over 50s results on Saturday;

 

Celts 32 -  48 WEBBA

 

HARLEM 59 - 35 WEBBA

 

 

Over 40s results on Sunday;

 

Bournemouth 35 - 39 WEBBA

 

Checkmate Knights 46 - 40 WEBBA

 

 

Over 50s results on Sunday

 

WEBBA 26 - 52 North London

 

WEBBA 37 - 20 Bournemouth

 

 

Considering the teams had hardly any training together, they produced some magnificent results. It shows how much potential we have in our squads. The aim for next year is to get at least 3-4 training sessions in before the Masters, so at least we can work on a few plays. Also, we would like to recruit some more players for both teams

 

Our goal is to have WEBBA mentioned in the same breath as Harlem, Louisiana, London, Sheffield. We are now getting a reputation for playing some good basketball and that is down to those representing WEBBA this weekend.

 

Thanks also to WEBBA for funding new kit for the 50’s.

 

Densil Williamson

 

 

 

 



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