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ATT: U15 Players - Dorset Schools Basketball Team Launched
Apr 4, 2011, 9:44 am

Weymouth Basketball Club and Dorset Storm have launched the search for the first Under 15s boy’s team to represent Dorset in the inter-county basketball championships. The Head coaches of Dorset’s two largest basketball clubs, Alex Fuhrmann and Luke Kemish, have combined forces to start the search for Dorset’s hottest basketball talent.

The inter-regional tournament is one of the highlights of the basketball calendar, and provides players with the opportunity to get themselves noticed by Regional and National Coaches who work closely with the Area Performance Centres.

The duo, who got the green light to proceed late on Friday night, will face a race against time to get a team together but are confident that they will be able to do it. Dorset Storm head coach Luke Kemish was excited about what the opportunity meant for basketball players in Dorset: “It’s a great opportunity for the players of Dorset to show that they can compete with any other county. It’s a really exciting development to have the two most established clubs in Dorset working together to promote basketball across the county.”

To be eligible to play, the players must fulfil one of the following criteria:
- Live in the county
- Attend school in the county
- Registered for a club located in the county

Additionally all players must be born in either 1996 or 1997 and available for the tournament which is on Saturday 30th April in Paignton.

Weymouth Basketball Club Head Coach Alex Fuhrmann was keen to encourage as many players as possible to come along to the trials: “This is a great opportunity for players aiming to progress to the next level in regional basketball. We’re very excited to be working together and we hope will be the initial step in putting the county back on the basketball map. ”

The trials will be held at 12pm-2pm on Sunday 10rd April at Rossmore Leisure Centre, Poole with a further training session for the players selected on Sunday 17th April at Weymouth College 11am - 1pm (both sessions have £2.50 charge to attend).  Any player interested in attending the trial needs to contact either Luke Kemish (info@dorsetstorm.co.uk), or Alex Fuhrmann  (weymouthbasketball@gmail.com) so the coaches know how many players to expect and further information can be given.

Thank Yous
Apr 2, 2011, 7:08 am

Gina has asked me to thank you all at the basketball club. Firstly for the friendship, respect and honour you all have shown towards Ross over the years.

Secondly, for your kindness and strength on a very hard day thursday, she felt that our actions helped her through and for that she is very grateful.



Cowboys bounce back to success at home
Apr 1, 2011, 10:30 am

Weymouth Cowboys 71 – 59 Portsmouth U20’s

After loosing the night before in overtime, Weymouth Cowboys were ready to bite back when they hosted their final home game of the season against Portsmouth U20’s.

As planned the cowboys fired up and ready to play put their opponents on the back foot as they exploded to an impressive 15 point lead. Led by season stand out Gaz Williams and his 16 points in the opening period, Weymouth looked to use the visitors as retribution for the previous night’s loss. With all confident and going forward, the premature celebrating was very short lived as a fearless Portsmouth side rallied. With Weymouth unable to control the ball the visitors kept pushing the ball and at half time were only 35 – 25 behind.

In similar fashion to the night before, Weymouth came out in the second half with renewed determination, led by guard Dan Campbell. Weymouth still making unfavourable passes allowed the visitors to score though still finding their own scoring promise and keeping their lead. As the final period wound down, the lead came as close as 6 points until veteran Eric Olson secured back to back baskets. As the final minute counted down the Weymouth spectators and team were treated with an appearance from 12 year old stand out Max Gilmartin who finished up the game with a level head 71 – 59.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “We seem to have a clear trend, coming out at the beginning of the game to run up a score and then spend the rest of the game allowing our opponents to edge back. Playing at our best from start to finish should be our focus and hopefully we can cap of the season next week with a final win.”

Roster/Scorers: Gaz Williams 24, Sam Dodge 13, Dan Campbell 13, Eric Olson 8, Filippo Romano 6, Giles Heaman 3, Jack Speary 3, Matt Board 1, Steve Howlett, Connor Doherty, Max Gilmartin.

Cowboy 5 streak halted in overtime
Mar 31, 2011, 4:43 pm

Weymouth Cowboys 93 – 99 Bournemouth Barracudas

After 5 strong wins in a row in Solent Division 3, Weymouth Cowboys squared up against Bournemouth Barracudas in hopes of extending their streak.

Things were not as planned from the start as the hot Weymouth side went down by a shocking 14 points in the opening minutes and could find no success from their usual scorers. With a quick time out the visitors re-evaluated their game plan and remedied the situation with affect as Gaz Williams and Jack Speary both hit back to back 3 pointers. As the first half continued things remained positive as a change in defence provided another spark and the teams were near level at 39 – 42 in favour of the Bournemouth side.

The start of the second half was a complete clone of the first, as again Weymouth gave up easy baskets and made very little effort in stopping their opponents. Again a time out was called, again they conformed and found success from veterans Giles Heaman and Steve Howlett. Both teams went back and forth, neither being able to pull away and Weymouth with a 2 point leads. As the final seconds ticked down a metal lapse allowed the home side to score and force the game into overtime with an 83 – 83 score line.

In overtime it was obvious the more experienced home side, despite being able to only down to 4 players were a class above as they forced the young Weymouth side to make multiple mistakes. Weymouth with their own 3 players fouled out were clearly frustrated as coach Alex Fuhrmann jumped from the bench to give the referee a honest piece of his mind. With only 10 seconds remaining in the game, the result was set and the home side capped off the game as 99 – 93 winners.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “A clear example of 50% effort and a disappointing result. If we’d put out of second half effort over the whole game we would of found a different result. We were all frustrated as their were lots of fouls being called, regardless we played to the whistle and with the game from our grasp made sure the officials were clear of my opinion. Its all part of the game and look forward to playing a great natured Barracuda side next season.”

Roster/Scorers: Dan Campbell 22, Giles Heaman 18, Gaz Williams 16, Jack Speary 10, Sam Dodge 9, Eric Olson 7, Steve Howlett 6, Connor Doherty 5, Matt Board.

3 prospects picked for Southwest England
Mar 28, 2011, 6:13 pm

Each year 20-30 of the regions most promising U13 players are invited to attend trials for the southwest area performance centre in light of representing southwest England.

Weymouth basketball club has been making several strides this season in promoting basketball and luck enough to send several players in hope of gaining a place. Throughout the day players were put through their paces in front of regional coaches and most notably Paul Christian southwest regional manager.

When results were sent through this week, Weymouth were luckily enough to receive 3 places naming Taine MacKay, Max Gilmartin and Jerry Thompson.

Club Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “We’re really pleased to see some of our kids get through to the next level of basketball. It’s a testament to our coaches that we’re producing this standard of player and I feel there will be more opportunities as we look to the future.”

Cowboys carry forward league success
Mar 28, 2011, 2:05 pm

Weymouth Cowboys 86 – 70 Southampton Uni Medics

Going into the final fortnight of the season, Weymouth Cowboys faced bottom of the league Southampton Uni Medics who were only able to field 5 players at Weymouth College.

The opening quarter of the game couldn’t have started better for the home side as they seemed possessed as no one could miss from the opening tip. Dan Campbell hit back to back 3 pointers joined by strong fast breaking from Gaz Williams and Sam Dodge. This amounted to an impressive 20 point lead and a comfortable position for the remaining game. As the game entered the 2nd period the Medic side jumped to life, hitting 8 straight points. Luckily for the home side they found rebounding strength from veterans Eric Olson and Mark Talmage who buffed the lead back to 20 points at the half.

In the second half all was still not going to plan as the Medics, despite feeling the fatigue from lack of players, were all heart firing back at Weymouth. Several turnovers from the Cowboys kept giving Medics multiple chances to strike back, it was only the continued scoring from Williams that kept pushing the home side ahead.

As the game entered its final 5 minutes, Medics still refused to lie down, though all was decided as Weymouth hit their open shots and moved the ball well to close the game a comfortable 86 – 70 ahead.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “Competitive game from start to finish despite both squads lacking numbers. Over the latter 3 quarters they actually outscored us, only our opening period gave us the required cushion.”

Roster/Scorers: Gaz Williams 31, Dan Campbell 28, Eric Olson 10, Sam Dodge 10, George Scott 4, Steve Howlett 3, Mark Talmage.

Ross Bowes: Funeral Arrangements.
Mar 23, 2011, 5:39 pm



Ross's Funeral will be on the 31st of March, 10am at Weymouth Crematorium.


Please wear what you feel comfortable in, Gina has made no specific request.


As a request from the basketball club, can all members wishing to attend let Chris Canham know and please meet up together outside at 9.30am, as it has been asked if we can all enter the Crematorium together as a club. 


If anyone wishes to give anything Gina has asked if people can donate to either the RED and White APPEAL or Fortuneswell Unit Dorchester Hospital.

Short handed Hardyes fall to strong armed College
Mar 23, 2011, 5:37 pm

Weymouth College 91 – 33 Thomas Hardye sixth form

Only a week after Weymouth College won bragging rights to the local basketball, the teams met again in Weymouth to reignite the rivalry.

Things didn’t go well for the visiting side as the day before, starting centre Alex Skidmore was out injured and leading scorer Alok Bahl was unavailable for selection. This did not dishearten Hardyes but certainly put a mental challenge in their path.

In the opening 3 minutes of the game both teams traded baskets and the affair looked to be a low scoring match up, until Sam Dodge decided to step up. Dodge scored nearly half his teams points in the opening quarter as Thomas Hardye could do nothing to stop him. As they entered the 2nd period, there were some flashes of potential from the Dorchester side as Dodge went to the bench with Henry Dale hitting 2 baskets to show some fight. This was a side note as College closed the quarter 41 - 16 with a long range effort from Wey valley stand out Josh Turner.

The second half didn’t fare any better for the visitors as they attempted to string together offences led by guards George Scott and Francis Anyanjo, the home side would not relent with scores from Connor Doherty and Dan Campbell. As the game entered the 4th period, College elected to play a majority of their bench who were more than capable of holding their own even as Ed May and Luc Scadden made back to back shots. Weymouth remained poised as Zack Phillips collected multiple rebounds and saw off a relaxed win over their opponents 91 – 33.

Hardyes Captain George Scott, “It was a real shame we couldn’t put out our strongest squad today. Though we had some key losses, we still put out a willing team that gave it our all. I’ve grown up playing with nearly all my opponents and it’s just great when we can match up and play a competitive game, whatever the outcome.”

Weymouth College: Sam Dodge 28, Dan Campbell 23, Gaz Williams 19, Jack Speary 9, Connor Doherty 6, Josh Turner 3, Zack Phillips 2, James Gillespie 1.

Hardyes Sixth Form: George Scott 9, Francis Anyanjo 8, Luc Scadden 4, Nick Beer 4, Henry Dale 4, Ed May 2, Joe Lillingham 2.

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