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Cowboys outgunned by Team Solent
Jan 2, 2013, 10:48 am

Team Solent Southsiders 78 - 58 Weymouth GH Podiatry Cowboys

The Weymouth GH Podiatry Cowboys travelled to Team Solent hoping to avenge their previous defeat to the Southsiders and to register their first win of the season.

From the outset it was obvious that with a depleted roster of 7 players, including 2 making their debuts, the GH Podiatry Cowboys had to play their best basketball to overcome the home side’s full squad.

The 1st quarter was a low scoring affair with both teams struggling to convert shots and the defensive side dominating the rebounds at each end. The GH Podiatry Cowboys’ energetic play in the 2nd quarter, led by Giles Heaman and Jamie Harris, kept the Weymouth side in the game with the young Josh Turner converting a pair of tough shots to make a timely contribution. Team Solent made a number of 3-point shots and the GH Podiatry Cowboys failed to convert the home-side’s fouls into points and the home side eventually finished the half 34-25 up.

The Southsiders extended their lead in the 3rd quarter by exploiting holes in Weymouth’s tiring defence and using their size to convert offensive rebounds. Weymouth relied on the veteran duo of Harris and Heaman throughout the half with other notable moments of play from player/coach Eric Olson and Gerry Legg in the 4th quarter as the home side stretched the lead beyond Weymouth’s reach.

Coach Eric Olson said, " We all know that if we can cut out some of the little mistakes then we will start winning again, it just comes down to holding ourselves to a high standard, making lay ups and not turning the ball over, that said, I am happy with the way that we competed tonight. Everyone played hard and didn't back down against a team that was physically much larger than us. Even though we didn't get the win, I think we should be proud of our spirit.

Josh Turner and Jay Wilson both put in respectable performances on they debuts for the GH Podiatry Cowboys, showing that they have what it takes to compete at this level.

Game MVP: Jamie Harris

Scorers/Roster: Jamie Harris 18, Giles Heaman 16, Gerry Legg 7, Josh Turner 7, Eric Olson 5, Jim de Bertrand 3, Jay Wilson 2.

Cowboys Still Seek Win
Dec 24, 2012, 8:54 am

Weymouth GH Podiatry Cowboys 61 - 72 Dorset Storm Spartans

This is the second time the Weymouth GH Podiatry Cowboys came up against the higher ranked team, the Dorset Spartans. The last game was a defeat but this time Weymouth had the home advantage and they are looking for revenge with a strong team.

Weymouth was ready to win, the team came with high intensity offence and defence. Brett Dunster started off the game with the opening two points. GH Podiatry Cowboys defence were brutally punished with raining threes from the opposing team, we couldn't pressure the shooters in time hitting back-to-back threes through-out the quarter. Promising rebounds from Matt Board kept Dorset from slipping away with the game early on. The quarter ended 21 - 28 to the Spartans.

The second quarter started out with Steve Howlett on fire with his valuable mid range shooting and ended the game with a 100% field goal percentage. In addition, guard Giles Heaman unafraid of contact driving into the lane against stronger defenders, weaved his way through traffic for tough but successful lay-ups. Sam Dodge got active under the basket assisting the team with some defensive and offensive rebounds and key put-backs. From a tiring first quarter either teams barely scored more than a single digit as the half ended 32 - 42 to the Spartans.

The entire Weymouth side took their game to the next level coming into the half. Jake Durston pressured the three ball on the defensive end all quarter as Carl Carter got creative on defence, producing some vital steals, managed to bring Weymouth closer to a win. The GH Podiatry Cowboys kept the Spartans to only 13 points as well as scoring 19 to bring the game to within 4. The quarter ended 51 - 55 to the Spartons.

Coming into the forth, Ben Stokey showed a lot of potential in the post offence and defence causing trouble for the opposing team to create a shot and cut to the basket. Jamie Harris had taken over the scoring position in the fourth quarter with a scoring burst of 8 points in 8 minutes; it was too late for the GH Podiatry Cowboys. The Spartans came and defeated the GH Podiatry Cowboys once more 61 - 72.

MVP: Giles Heaman

Roster/Scorers: Giles Heaman 19, Jamie Harris 10, Brett Dunster 9, Sam Dodge 7, Ben Stokey 5, Steve Howlett 5 , Matt Board 5, Carl Carter 2, Gerry Legg 2, Jake Durston.

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits Progress to the Semi Final Of the Solent Men’s Cup
Dec 24, 2012, 8:49 am

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 68 – 61 Gosport Scorpions

Both teams had yet to play a competitive game in the cup progressing to the second round on the back of first round byes.

The Tandoori Bandits started the game well despite the long journey to the naval town. Early scores from the Scorpions key players were soon answered with moves to the basket from Kalkis, Dodge and Carter. From the outset it was clear that without the presents of any of the first team or other guards everyone would need to handle more of the ball than usual. With momentum swinging Weymouth’s way the first quarter ended 16 -10 in the away sides favour.

Buoyant from the first period knowing the Scorpions were there for the taking the Tandoori Bandits started the second as if the game was a done deal. However this act of complacency saw the home side regain control of the game capitalising on a down turn Weymouth’s motivation. A series of inside moves and 3’s left the Tandoori Bandits stunned moving toward the half as they struggled to regain their stride. Half time score Scorpions 30 Tandoori Bandits 27.

It was clear that in order from the Tandoori Bandits to progress to the next stage of the cup they needed to up their intensity at both ends of the floor. This call was answered by all players stepping it up on defence and offence at the start and throughout the third. Daniels and Stokey in particular played essential roles in pressurising the home side, forcing them to take poor shot decision and create turnovers. This allowed Weymouth to run the fast break, a characteristic feature of their game which had yet to feature. A run of unanswered scores from Manley and Kalkis saw Tandoori Bandits regain the lead forcing the home side into foul trouble. Beyond this time the balance of the game was aligned in the Tandoori Bandits favour. Sustained scoring from across the roster during the final quarter coupled with team foul problems for the Scorpions placed the victory firmly within the away sides hands. Final Score Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 68 – Gosport Scorpions 61.

Captain Chris Canham, “ Away games against any team when you have to travel for more than two and a half hours to get to are always going to be a challenge. However, despite our inconsistent intensity the team picked it up when it was required and worked hard to achieve the result we needed. A big thank you to the guys from other teams in the club who stepped up and helped the Tandoori Bandits progress in arguably the best cup run the club seen in several years.”

Game MVP: Dzintars Kalkis

Roster/Scorers: Dzintars Kalkis 25, Ian Manley 20, Chris Canham 11, Sam Dodge 7, Carl Carter 2, Jordan Daniels 2, Ben Stokey 1.

Rockets steal a win from the Cowboys
Dec 10, 2012, 5:56 pm
Weymouth GH Podiatry Cowboys 65 -  Petersfield Rockets 71

The Cowboys were looking for their first win of the season at home to the Rockets after 2 early losses. The home team went out strong in the first quarter, with Giles Heaman picking up 9 points towards a 2 point Cowboys lead at the close, 15-13.

The Rockets countered in the 2nd quarter, with a scoring streak of 8 unanswered points shortly after the break. Fortunately for the Cowboys Adam Bradley stepped up with 10 points to keep the Cowboys in the game, leaving the Home team trailing by 5 going into the second half.
There was nothing between the teams through the 3rd quarter, both adding 18 points to the tally and leaving the Cowboys with everything to do in the final quarter. Despite coming out with a full court press and several Cowboys pushing in to late foul trouble, the Rockets did enough to finish 71-65 up on the hosts.
Coach Alex Fuhrmann said, "a tough finish for a home game, but with some really strong spells of basketball. We'll keep our heads up going into our next game."

Game MVP: Giles Heaman
Scorers/Roster: Giles Heaman 25, Adam Bradley 15, Carl Carter 9, Matt Board 7, Ben Stokey 5, Brett Dunster 4, Gerry Legg-Saunders, Steve Howlett, Jake Durston, Jamie Harris.

Raiders - two games coming up
Dec 7, 2012, 5:56 pm

We're away at Torbay Thurs 13th. Need to leave college at 6.00 p.m.

Then we are at Peelers on Monday 17th . Need to leave from college at 5.20 p.m.


I need to know who's available and who's not. Please text me on 07763768250 or e-mail andyblackwood@talktalk.net but note I am no longer on Facebook so posting a comment there will be no use to me.



Xmas Social Ahoy!!!
Dec 6, 2012, 5:14 pm

Weymouth Basketball Xmas social 2012

‘A Classic Park Street Shuffle and a Curry’

Sat 15/12/12

Start @ Railway Tavern (Train station) 18.30 - 19.00
And then swerve down the Park district to the Tandoori

Appointed Sponsors of ‘The Bandits’

Everyone’s welcome from all senior Squads
Over eighteens for drink but younger welcome as long as you toe the line


Your Faithful Social Secretary.........Steve H (Goldstein) 07771565905

Note – I will not book the curry house but will advise them that circa 10.00 we will be arriving en force. Coaches can you please gauge interest and let me know on numbers!!

Tandoori Bandits Hold to Beat Eagles
Dec 4, 2012, 10:13 pm

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 90 – Southampton Eagles 88

The Weymouth Tandoori Bandits are up against the Southampton Eagles for the first time this year, they were looking to sweep the eagles off their feet.

Both teams started out the first quarter with a man-to-man defense. Bandits had a promising start to the game with the starting five playing some high intensity offense and defense. For the first three minutes each team traded baskets. With the assistance of Ian Manley with a shot that wouldn’t miss and Chris Canham with aggressive drives managed to start a streak of fourteen unanswered points, the Eagles were in trouble early on; The quarter ended 29 – 16 to the Tandoori Bandits.

Starting the second quarter the Tandoori Bandits didn’t drop their intensity, looking to take over the game in the second quarter. The Eagles were forced to change their defense to a full court man-to-man press. The Weymouth side decided to punish the Eagles by getting them into early foul trouble to control the game. Due to the press the seaside outfit were finally showing weaknesses in their game on offense; determined to get back on track, they kept a solid defense ending the half 47 – 37 ahead.

The opposing Eagles relieved their full court pressure defense at the start of the third quarter whilst the Bandits were planning a fast pace, end-to-end third and forth quarter. Alex Fuhrman started the third with some fast pace transition baskets to set the standard early. With some exceptional rebounding by Daniels and Dodge, the team were able to keep the pressure on the Eagles. The quarter ended with a promising 57 – 73 lead to the Tandoori Bandits.

The Bandits were feeling confident going into the final quarter of the game though the Eagles weren’t ready to hand the game over to the opponents and came out with a lot of motivation and determination. Weymouth were beginning to feel the fatigue built up throughout the game as the Eagles gave it everything they had, including a four point play and a streak of thirteen unanswered points. Dzintas made crucial clutch free throws in the final quarter, finishing the game with a 100% free throw percentage. Even with an inspiring effort from the Eagles they couldn’t break the Bandits morale as they go on to win with a block from Board to conclude the game. The final score was 88 – 90 to the Weymouth side.

MVP: Chris Canham

Roster/Scorers: Ian Manley 23, Kalkis Dzintas 22 , Chris Canham 22, Alex Fuhrmann 15, Jordan Daniels 6, Sam Dodge 2, Gerry Legg, Matt Board.

An Unfortunate Loss For The Cowboys
Nov 26, 2012, 9:07 pm

Weymouth Cowboys 56 – 80 Dorset Storm Spartans


It’s still a slow start for the Cowboys with their second game ending in an unfortunate loss to the Dorset Storm Spartans. Weymouth Cowboys are still finding their footing with new arrivals playing with experienced veterans.


It was a late start due to the team arriving at the wrong location by a simple mistake. But when the game did start it was a good start for the Cowboys. In the first half the Cowboys were never more than one step behind the Spartans. The zone defense kept the Spartans at bay for most of the first half and the five-out offense was working well, getting points on the board. Half-time ended with the Weymouth Cowboys not far behind. The half-time score was; Weymouth Cowboys 24-31 Dorset Storm Spartans.


After the half-time talk from the coach, Alex Fuhrmann, the team went out and started with no mistakes. The team took their chances as instructed by the coach and quickly caught up with the Spartans. The Cowboys also slowed down their offense taking their time and not rushing the ball, this was a clear improvement with great passing from players such as Jamie Harris and Gerry Legg-Saunders who each netted a number of assists. Although even with the continuation of Jim De Bertrand’s great game, the Cowboys were not a match on defense. They were losing many of their defensive rebounds to a stronger and taller Spartan team. The second chance points were starting to pile up against the Cowboys, which became clear as a win started to appear further out of reach. After a hard fought game, the scores showed an 80-56 win to the Spartans.


Coach Alex Fuhrmann quoted “The team made some unnecessary turnovers during the latter minutes of the game, this gives us a clear idea of what to work on for later games. On the other hand there are positives to take from the game such as great zone defense and communication.”


MVP: Jim De Bertrand


Roster/Points: Jim De Bertrand 16, Jordan Daniels 10, Eric Olson 6, Gerry Legg-Saunders 6, Ben Stokey 6, Giles Heaman 5, Jamie Harris 5, Steve Howlett 2, Jake Durston, Tommy Hodson.

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