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Tropics Affected by the Storms
Nov 3, 2013, 12:15 pm

Weymouth College Tropics 19 – 28 Dorset Storm B
Weymouth College Tropics 15 – 22 Dorset Storm A

Weymouth’s U16 side got the Solent Basketball League U16s season off to a cracking start at Rossmore Leisure Centre on Friday evening as the two met in the season’s opening game.  Weymouth took an early lead but a basket from Weymouth product Josh Westlake gave Storm B a 5 – 2 lead at the end of the opening period.  Storm B consolidated their lead with four different players helping them score nine second quarter points as Tropics saw starting point guard Max Gilmartin fall to injury and the result slip to 14 – 6 loss into the half time break.  Some tough interior defence limited their opponents scoring, as the teams traded blows in the third period, led by Taine Mackay’s defence.  Weymouth finished with a strong 4th quarter push, but it was not enough as Storm B took a 28 – 19 win.

Game 2 in the evening saw Storm A in action against the Weymouth College Tropics.  A poor opening quarter from Storm A and some stellar defence again from Weymouth resulted in them leading 2 – 4 at the buzzer. Quarter two highlighted the continued defence but also the woeful offence as the two teams combined for just one basket. Weymouth scored the solitary basket and led 2 – 6 at the half.  The second half could only get better for both teams as the game came alive in the third period.  Mackay and Luke Strong both scored early points for Weymouth setting them up for a run that could carry all the way through the quarter.  Unfortunately by the end of the third Storm A had turned a four-point deficit into a seven point lead, 15 – 8 and during the final period both teams exchanged blows as Storm A finished with a 22 – 15 victory.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “As first games go, I think we did really well. Our main focus coming into this season is DEFENCE, DEFENCE, DEFENCE and we held our opponents to a limited number of baskets. Unfortunately our success didn’t come on the offensive end, but I’m not too worried as I was so keen to install a good defence and there is a lot of season to go. We were limited in our efforts with Max going down with injury so soon in the first game and not having our captain (Jerry Thompson), but I was really pleased with Rory Legg, Joe Southcott and Tim Hendy who all made their competitive debuts.”

Roster: Taine Mackay, Dion Benson, Joe Stickley, Luke Strong, Max Gilmartin, Kim De Leon, Ewan Goodwin, Rory Legg, Tim Hendy, Joe Southcott.


Cowboys Attacked by Tigers!
Oct 19, 2013, 9:51 am
Torbay Tiger Cubs 74 Weymouth Cowboys 51

Exeter and District Basketball Association Division 2 - Weymouth's first game of the season in Torbay.

The first half was fast paced with Weymouth and Torbay trading baskets. Canham,Turner and Olson managed to put points on the board. Legg and Brown also got some baskets for Weymouth,  and a few more baskets from Kinder and Canham saw Weymouth leave the first half with 25 points but Torbay pulled ahead with 44 points. 

Canham got the second half started with 2 quick baskets. Olson got Weymouth's next basket followed by Kinder, Canham and Brown. Kinder, Canham and Turner were having good games as they got even more baskets for the Cowboys. The game ended with a final score of Torbay 74 Weymouth 51.

Eric Olson said "Tough loss, we will get them at home."  It was a well fought match by Weymouth but Torbay was a very good team.

Game MVP: Josh Turner

Scorers/Roster: Chris Canham 17, Josh Turner 9, Eric Olson 8, Sam Brown 8, Jake Kinder 6, Rob Legg 3, Max Gilmartin, Jerry Thompson.

Huskies show promise in season opener
Oct 8, 2013, 9:02 pm

Exeter University 41 Weymouth Huskies 18

Having spent the whole of last season without any competitive fixtures, and with half the squad never having played league basketball before, it was always going to be a tall order for the Weymouth Huskies to compete with an experienced Exeter University side in the opening game of the Exeter District Womens Basketball League.

The lack of experience was evident in the first quarter with Weymouth showing little fluency or confidence in offense. They were slightly better defensively but with just a single basket from Jane Guppy to show for their efforts they trailed 16 -2 at the end of the first ten minutes.

However the second quarter was a different affair entirely, as the Huskies stepped up a gear defensively and were able to release Carly Lawes on a number of fast breaks to score some easy points. Anna Goulding, in particular, came off the bench to display some very energetic and effective defensive work. With the final seconds of the first half ticking away Rosie Moore launched a speculative shot from just in front of the halfway line which almost went in and at the end of a much more competitive quarter the Huskies trailed 27-12.

In the third quarter Lawes again led the main attacking threat for Weymouth but Laura Bucke, Jane Guppy and Steph Jones were all contributing effectively. The Huskies created a number of openings for Bucke and Guppy inside the University defence. Unfortunately they were unable to take advantage of several free throws after being fouled in the act of shooting, which would have helped them close the gap on the home side.

A strangely low scoring fourth quarter from both teams showed the best and worst of the Huskies’ play with hard defensive graft being let down by throwing possession away far too easily. However there was much for coach Andy Blackwood to be positive about. Speaking at the end of the game he said  “In the past Exeter University have been the sort of team that have blown us off the court so I’m very pleased with the way we’ve competed with them and made them work hard for their victory. Our defensive display in particular was fantastic for three quarters once we’d shaken off some initial nerves. With a little more confidence and composure on offense I think we’re going to make a real impact in this division.”

Huskies debutant India Hodder was also positive about her first experience of competitive basketball. “Although I’ve played a little at school, I’ve only been with the Huskies for 4 weeks and tonight was my first ever proper game. It was a little confusing to begin with but I think we all improved as the game went on. I’m very excited about the rest of the season and seeing what we can achieve.”

MVP: C Lawes

Huskies roster: C Lawes 12 pts  J Guppy 3 pts  A Goulding 2 pts  L Bucke 1 point   I Hodder,  S Jones, R Moore, S Herman.


Sportshall Closure
Sep 11, 2013, 7:04 am

Due to Budmouth's opening evenings, the following dates there will be no basketball sessions...
Wednesday 2nd October
Thursday 3rd October
Thursday 7th November


2013/14 Season Forms
Jun 16, 2013, 1:51 pm

Players/Parents/Members,

2013/14 Registration & Standing Order forms have been emailed out. If you've not received them please contact weymouthbasketball@gmail.com and we'll get them out ASAP.

WBC Committee


Exeter League Awards
Jun 13, 2013, 6:19 am

Congratulations go to Jordan Daniels for being chosen as the Young Player of the Year at the Exeter League Awards Evening. Congratulations too to the entire Raiders squad as the team were voted, by the other teams in the league, to be awarded the Fair Play trophy as a reward for their positive attitude and good sportsmanship throughout the season.


Tropics Fall Short as Season Ends
May 19, 2013, 2:57 pm

Weymouth College Tropics 23 – 35 Dorset Storm A
Weymouth College Tropics 39 – 43 Dorset Storm B

In the closing matches of the season, Weymouth’s under 16 basketball team travelled to Poole in an effort to finish an underwhelming season with a win.

In their first game of the evening they faced Dorset Storm A who also failed to live up to their potential and looked to finish with a win. Unfortunately for the Weymouth side it was not to be as Dorset flew out the gates, finding multiple baskets and taking a commanding lead despite some tough rebounding from Scott White and Taine Mackay. As the game progressed the young Tropics side did manage to fight back with some key baskets from Matt Clarke-Williams and improved team passing. Despite the improvements Weymouth still couldn’t chip away at the lead and though they traded basketball with their opponents they were unable to grasp the lead and finished the game 23 – 35 at a loss.

In the second game of the night, Weymouth faced title bound Dorset Storm B. Though Weymouth had previously beaten the top team in their previous meeting, it was still going to be a tough match as Weymouth still struggled to find their true form. It seems both teams were unable to find their stride as each failed to gain a commanding lead, with each defensive effort keeping the score down. It was only in the second half of the game that Dorset took their chance and found themselves with a 6 point lead. Fortunately for the Tropics this was short lived as the reality of a loss to end the season set in and spurred the side into action and an opportunity to win the game. The teams fired back and forth lead by Jake Kinder and Luke Strong and with only 4.8 seconds left Clarke-Williams was sent to the free throw line to steal the win, the young captain unable to hit both free throws and thus sent the game into overtime. Once again Weymouth was unable to start strong as Storm quickly scored back to back and take an overtime win 43 - 39.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “It’s a real shame we had to finish like this. I still stand by my opinion in that we have the most talented team in the league and should have walked away with not only wins this evening but also the title. As always we showed flashes of what we’re able to do but for whatever reason the lads didn’t step up and let those games get away from them. I’m still positive though as we have some great younger players coming up and looking forward to making another push next season.”

Roster: Jake Kinder, Matt Clarke-Williams, Taine Mackay, Josh Westlake, Joe Heffell, Joe Stickley, Dion Benson, Scott White, Harry Bown, Luke Strong, Jerry Thompson.


2012/13 End of Season Presentation
May 17, 2013, 9:10 am

Players/Members/Parents,

We are pleased to present our upcoming end of season presentation.

Date - Friday, 7th June
Time - 6.30pm
Venue - Weymouth Sports Hub (Redlands)

We encourage all players/families to attend as its a fun family environment with an onsite playground/area for the kids and a bar/seating area for the adults.

All teams will be presenting several awards, so please come along and support your club/teams.


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