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Tandoori Bandits Relentless Against the Fury
Apr 14, 2012, 4:38 pm

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 105 - 68 Portsmouth Fury

Monday 2nd April and it was Weymouth Tandoori Bandits second game in as many days.  With a win away the day before the Bandits were feeling confident.  They were facing Portsmouth Fury who had produced a mixed bag of results during the season so far, leaving them a couple of places above the Bandits in the SABA mens division 2.

The game started with the visitors controlling the tip and finding the net, taking the lead within the first minute of the game. The Bandits answered with Chris Canham, taking a foul and putting both of his free throws away from the line. The scoring proceeded to go from end to end keeping the scoreline tight to within one.  As the quarter drew to a close the Bandits took a timeout to make some changes.  Now opting to push the ball up court quickly, catching Fury in transition, the home side began to score quick easy points, taking the lead in the last breaths of the first quarter.  After the break there was no let up for the Fury as the Tandoori Bandits continued to run the ball at their defense. It was not long before the Weymouth side had created a comfortable lead for themselves and gained positive momentum to feed from.  Some impressive perimeter shooting from the visitors was keeping them in the game, but the Bandits were still scoring themselves, Dzintars Kalkis, Ian Manley and Julien Lawes running in consecutive baskets, taking the home side into the halftime break with a 22point lead.

The second half began much the same as the first with baskets at both ends, but the Visitors looked more determined and were putting together some good offence.  Fury lead the quarter by four points right into the 9th minute, until some strong inside play from Ian Manley stopped them in their tracks. Grabbing six points Manley lead the charge, Stealing the quarter from the visitors by five points in the final minute of the third. The fourth quarter belonged to Weymouth from the start, in particular Dzintars Kalkis, running the breaks and dominating the backboards for 16 of an impressive 47 point game total. The fast pace was taking its toll on the seven man Portsmouth squad by now, and as the game end drew closer, the score gap slowly extended, with the Bandits refusing to let up for a minute. A final flurry of points from the perimeter in the closing minutes, was not enough for Fury to damage the lead Weymouth had built, but served as a warning to the home side of Fury’s intentions for the return fixture in Portsmouth on the 27th.

Coach Che Osborne said, “I was pleased to see us contesting every shot taken by Fury this evening, we really made them work for every point on the scoreboard. I would like us to settle into our half court offence better when the fast break is not on, still executing our offence and making decisions to the same level as we do when were on the break.  However the over all performance of the team was exceptional tonight. I think we were tight on the defensive end whilst showing the ability to identify and exploit the weaknesses of our opposition. The finest performance of the season so far in my opinion.”

Scorers/Roster: Dzintars Kalkis 47, Ian Manley 20, Chris Canham 10, Julian Lawes 9, Brett Dunster 7, Matt Board 6, Andy Steel 4, Giles Heaman 2.

Tandoori Fires up Bandits against Southampton Southsiders
Apr 5, 2012, 5:47 pm

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 77 – 61 Southampton Southsiders

The prospect of an away fixture the day after a club social evening, which involved a potentially late night and some irresistible over indulgence at the hands of team sponsor and arguably Weymouth’s finest indian restaurant The Weymouth Tandoori had the potential to be a tough situation.

Travelling light with only 7 players Weymouth made the trip to Southampton for a late afternoon encounter with Southsiders. Weymouth tried to set the tone early with two baskets from Matt Board and Ian Manley, who were the first on the scoresheet for the Bandits in a tight first quarter.  Southampton who were seeking revenge for a 30 point loss in Weymouth at the end of February had some young talented players in the team who began scoring from all over the court with some impressive jump shooting, in a bid to try and keep the gap close in the first half.  Unfortunately for them the Tandoori Bandits were playing some great team defence giving up just 31 points in the first half, sending both teams to the bench at the end of the first half with the scoreline reading, Bandits 38-31 Southsiders.

After the break the Southsiders started the second half strong, managing to find some much needed confidence at halftime, they began cutting in to the bandits lead.  Using their screens well to find open jumpshots the Southsiders showered the Bandits defence with successive 3 pointers, cutting the Bandits lead down to 3 by the start of the 4th quarter.  The Bandits turned up the defensive pressure once again in the fourth, keeping the home team scoreless for 7 minutes.  Meanwhile on the offensive end of the floor, the Tandoori Bandits started firing on all cylinders. 6 of the Bandits 7 man squad getting on the score board.  Ian Manley coming up biggest of the scorers in the fourth, scoring 10 of his 22 point game tally as the game finished 77 - 61 in the Weymouth teams favour. 

Coach Che Osborne said, "To be honest I was a little concerned we wouldn’t be at our best after a late night and serious over consumption of Indian cuisine, however we seem to be improving every game whatever the situation at the moment thanks to the hard work and commitment of some great players.  I think the game was won on the defensive end of the floor on this occasion. The fourth quarter in particular sealed it, stopping the opposition scoring for seven minutes is a great achievement. One which won us the game in my opinion."

Scorers/Roster:Ian Manley 22, Dzantis Kalkis 17, Andy Steel 14, Chris Canham 8, Julian Lawes 6, Giles Heaman 6, Matt Board 4.

Tropics Teeter on Top of the Table
Apr 3, 2012, 10:10 am

Weymouth Tropics 48 - 36 Dorchester Tigers
Weymouth Tropics 28 - 45 Dorset Storm B

In the most recent local U16 clash of the basketball world, Weymouth’s U16 side has been battling to keep their dream alive, continuing to fight for top of the table.

In their opening game, Weymouth squared off against neighbours Dorchester Tigers who were able to find some new recruits to boost their ever growing performance. Both teams were keen to take an early lead, Weymouth finding success from captain Jordan Daniels and guard Josh Kirby who both put pressure on Tigers to response. In the second half Tigers were able to find scoring success, hitting several layups to bring the lead under 20. However with a well timed steal and follow up layup, Weymouth were again on top using team work to pass the ball and find open players under the basket, closing the game 48 – 36 ahead.

In their second game of the evening it was not such a relaxing event as Storm were very quick to come out of the gates to find scoring success, putting them ahead by 8 points. Weymouth were valiant in their effort to find an answer as Jay Willson hit a long range 3 pointer, followed by some inspiring shooting from Jake Kinder who hit 3 straight effort from outside. Unable to find a way of stopping Storm and captain Daniels going down with a calf injury, Weymouth battled on in effort, though unfortunately finishing the game 28 – 45 at a loss.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “Despite our best effort we couldn’t get both games away this evening, though I’m happy to say that the win against Dorchester has kept us very much still in the hunt for the league title. It’s probably going to come down to the last game of the season at the end of the month and there isn’t a better way to do it as far as I’m concerned.”

Weymouth MVP: Jordan Daniel & Jake Kinder

Roster: Matt Clarke-Williams, Errol Marquez, Jake Kinder, Joe Heffell, Jordan Daniels, Josh Kirby, Jay Willson, Jay Zhou.

GH Podiatrist Teams With Cowboys
Apr 3, 2012, 9:25 am

Over the 2011/12 season basketball in the local area has continued to grow, Weymouth Basketball Club delivering opportunities for all ages and abilities to participate. With the increased popularity, local businesses supporting the ethos, Weymouth Basketball Club are happy creating another partnership, this time with GH Podiatrist.

With other sponsors stepping into support the first team (Bandits) it is a huge boost that GH Podiatrist, are stepping forward and forming an agreement with Weymouth Basketball to be the leading sponsor of the clubs second team, the Cowboys.

Weymouth Basketball Development officer Alex Fuhrmann, “After discussions with GH Podiatrist, it was clear we both shared similarities. Cowboys are a newer team that are responsible for supporting those players that are quickly moving up the club ranks. GH Podiatrist are beginning a new experience focused on delivering medical advice via their clinic alongside physiotherapy (Matt Flux), osteopathy (Oliver Wilson), and sports massage (Gordon Sharp).”

It’s also with great pleasure that the club has renamed their second team the ‘Weymouth GH Podiatrist Cowboys’ in respect to their new partners.

“This particular partnership is one we feel is the natural direction of how the basketball club will develop in the coming years, creating links with those businesses that are directly involved in the community well being. GH Podiatrist has taken a huge step for those supporting their community and we hope our partnership will continue for many years.”

Weymouth GH Podiatrist Cowboys next home game is 19th April, 8pm at Weymouth College Sports Hall.

For those seeker advice from Giles Heaman, GH Podiatrist / Chiropodist, they are working out of 'Formotion clinics', Chalbury Corner, Preston. Tel: 01305 837055.

Giants Look for Redemption
Mar 28, 2012, 3:15 pm

Weymouth Giants 8 - 33 Dorset Sotrm
Weymouth Giants 21 - 26 Dorchester Tigers 

After being shocked in their last match up and coming away with two losses the young Weymouth side was eager to regain their previous form and get back to winning.

Their first game was against Dorset Storm who looked well drilled and ready for the game. Weymouth had a few key players missing but still had a 10 man strong squad including debut from Harry Bennett. Weymouth came out with great intensity and played brilliant defence through the first two quarters, unfortunately  because of their inexperience they struggled to find the basket and found themselves down at the end of the first half. The second half started and Weymouth found some success with baskets inside but they couldn’t keep up with the more experienced storm and the game finished 33-8.

The second game was against the Dorchester Tigers who have struggled against Weymouth in previous match ups this season so the Giants felt they could grab a win heading into the game. The defence once again was brilliant from Weymouth but they struggled to find any success on the offensive end despite recently learning a new offensive scheme. The game went back and forth for the first three quarters with lots of lead changes making for an exciting game. Going into the fourth quarter the Tigers lead by 2 and Weymouth felt confident they could over come this small deficit and leave the contest with a win. Unfortunately their offence didn’t pick up enough to get them past the tigers and the game finished 21-26.

Coach Dan Campbell: “It’s a shame we didn’t come away with a victory tonight but we have plenty of time to work on our errors before our next games and hopefully we can finish the season strong and end up in the top spot.”

Roster: James Cotson, Daniel Hampson, Jay Bennett, Harry Bennett, Kieron Scott, Josh Westlake, Louis Weaver, Emily Screen, Jonah Osment.

Kestrels take second win Vs Huskies
Mar 27, 2012, 10:51 pm

Kestrel Ladies 91 - 29 Weymouth Huskies

The Kestrels went into the game with the upper hand over the Huskies who had a depleted squad to face the Eastleigh team.

The first quarter started with positive play from both sides but the Huskies were struggling to find the net whilst the Kestrels got off to a solid start with 3 consecutive baskets. The Huskies slowed there play down making spaces in the Kestrels defence allowing an easy basket from Carly Dean. This was followed up by a free throw attempt from Ellen Blackwood proving good.

Into the second quarter the Huskies picked up more pace allowing another successful shot from Dean and Blackwood. Before the Weymouth side called a time out to set out a new play. Which proved successful which Blackwood laying the ball off to Rosie Moore to score three consecutive baskets from outside the key. Although the Huskies played some strong defense through the first half it didn't stop the Eastleigh team from netting 45 points over the two quarters.

The third quarter proved to make tricky work for the Weymouth side. But the Huskies proved they weren't giving up by scoring the first points of the quarter with a perfectly timed shot from Blackwood. Followed up by well executed jump shots from Moore and Dean to end the quarter.

As the fourth quarter began the Weymouth side showed they wanted more baskets to their name. With these coming through a free throw from Blackwood following by baskets from Dean and Blackwood once more. The Huskies defence within this quarter proved they wanted the ball by playing strong man to man defence even when fatigue was beginning to set in. With good defending from every single Huskies player. The strong defence allowed one more basket to be scored, a jump shot from Moore to end the game with the Huskies being pleased with their efforts against 2nd placed Kestrel Ladies. Ending the game Kestrel Ladies 91-29 Weymouth Huskies.

Coach Che Osborne said, "We faced a good team this evening with a small side both in size and numbers. The girls took the challenge on positively as they always do and although the scoreline showed a big difference in the two sides, there is steady and constant improvement in the Huskies both individually, and as a team. This is being noticed and commented on by many people involved in the league, from other coaches and players to referees. We showed some great basketball this evening but just couldn't match the energy and pace of the hosts for 40 minutes. Overall i'm pleased with the progress the Huskies are making week in week out".

Roster/Scorers: Rosie Moore 10, Carly Dean 10, Ellen Blackwood 9, Jo Flint, Steph Jones, Nadine White.

Portsmouth Navy Command The Tandoori Bandits.
Mar 27, 2012, 10:33 pm
Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 60 - 68 Portsmouth Navy

With recent results and performances going the Bandits way this fixture was set to be a competitive encounter against the Solent Area Division Two Leaders, Portsmouth Navy. The Navy had only lost one game all season and The Tandoori Bandits showing the best form within the league over the past 3 games.


The game started at an accelerated pace, both Weymouth and The Navy exchanging baskets making for some exciting end to end basketball. Unfortunately for the Bandits, the Navy managed to squeeze a couple quick points in unanswered to give them a lead. With both teams playing tight defence, the scoreline in the first quarter was particularly low, but it was the Portsmouth side who had commanded the advantage. The Navy, with their size advantage, dominated the rebounding, gaining second and sometimes third chances at the Tandoori Bandits basket on numerous occasions.  The Bandits offensive pace and determination was all that kept them close, as the Navy shifted up a gear into full ahead. This determination was capped off at the end of the quarter with veteran Alex Fuhrmann hitting a much needed buzzer beater for three in the final seconds, brining the hosts close but still slightly behind the visiting side.


As with most games so far this season, Dzintars Kalkis proved to be a hit for Tandoor Bandits. In the second quarter he seemed to score at will, from lay ups right through to three pointers. This and the continued strong defence from Chris Canham and Brett Dunster seemed to push Weymouth forward going into the end of the half with a one point lead at 34-33.


The start of the third quarter was quite the reverse, Navy had obviously gathered themselves during the break and changed their plan of attack. They came out quick to the surprise of Weymouth, putting 8 quick fire points past the Bandits to take control of the game. Weymouth were then rocked with some tough refereeing that seemed to leave the Bandits reeling and interrupt their momentum completely. A quick timeout and a change to the Tandoori Bandits lineup  turned the game back around for the Bandits. They went a scoring spree of their own bringing the deficit back with some excellent fast break basketball, Sam Dodge & Giles Heaman getting in on the scoring.


Finally came the fourth quarter, which seemed to be a very slow quarter in comparison, both teams now tiring from what had been a strong and competitive game of basketball.  Portsmouth carried on scoring most offences, whilst Weymouth made a couple mistakes to let the points advantage slip in favour of the Portsmouth side. But again the Bandits made some subs, injecting some much needed energy back into the game.  Julian Lawes and Point Guard Dan Campbell provided the Tandoori Bandits with some hope and a look at the win, as the game clock moved into the final minutes. Unfortunately The Navy managed to hold on and secure the win with a final score of 68 – 60.


This leaves Weymouth with a tall order to secure best possible position of third spot in Solent Division 2. They must now take four wins from four games in order to do this.


Coach Che Osborne said “The Navy had some particularly big players both in size and ability, we matched them all the way to the end, but credit due to the Portsmouth side as they did deserve the win. Also a big well done to the Bandits for fighting for the win right to the closing minutes and giving as good as they got.”


Roster/Scorers: Dzintars Kalkis 17, Chris Canham 9, Julian Lawes 8, Alex Fuhrmann 7, Sam Dodge 6, Brett Dunster 5, Giles Heaman 4, Dan Campbell 2, Eric Olsen 2.

Double Win for U16 Tropics
Mar 27, 2012, 1:12 pm

Weymouth Tropics 57 – 20 Dorchester Tigers
Weymouth Tropics 41 – 39 Dorset Storm A

In the latest Solent U16 league fixtures, Weymouth’s under 16 team saw themselves squaring off against both Dorchester Tigers and Dorset Storm, hoping to push their position up the table.

In the first game Weymouth were fortunate to face Dorchester after the county town side came off a tough 3 point loss to Dorset Storm. This however didn’t have the desired effect as Tigers were still in a competitive mode, resulting in Tropics going basket for basket in the first period. As the half continued Weymouth used their subs effectively to keep fresh legs on the court in an effort to wear down their opponents. This worked to perfection as Tiger became fatigued, allowing Jordan Daniels and Jay Willson to make multiple layups and grow a sizable lead going into the second half. The third period picked up from the end of the second, with Josh Turner and Jay Zhou providing a secure defensive presence allowing Matt Clarke-Williams and Errol Marquez to extend the lead to 30 points. As the game closed, Weymouth were able to rest their starting line up, giving everyone a strong run out with a convincing 57 – 20 score.

In their second game it was hoped that Weymouth would come away with their first double win of the season as Storm were only able to field a 5 man team. In basketball nothing is ever certain, as Storm with a match break came out rejuvenated taking a 7 point lead and leaving Weymouth scratching their heads. Fortunately Weymouth were ready to take back their opportunity, with Turner returning to the court finding success scoring consecutive baskets and Taine MacKay playing solid defence. As the game came into the closing minutes the two teams traded the lead until with 10 seconds left, Josh Kirby pulling down a rebound, hitting Daniels as he sprinted down the court to finish the layup, giving Weymouth the 41 – 39 win and top position in the league.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “I sometimes wonder if these lads are trying to give me a heart attack, almost toying with their opponents and then coming up with the goods in the last 5 seconds. We were fortunate to get some great production from our second unit and some great defence from individuals down the stretch. I’m looking forward to our next game in 3 weeks, in hopes of securing our top position.”

Weymouth MVP – Jordan Daniels & Josh Turner

Roster: Jordan Daniels, Josh Turner, Taine Mackay, Jerry Thompson, Jay Zhou, Josh Kirby, Matt Clarke-Williams, Gerry Legg, Errol Marquez, Jay Willson.

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