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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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