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Cowboys settle score against bucks
Jan 21, 2011, 3:00 pm

Only last week the 1st team bandits were handed a loss in overtime against Hythe stags, this week it was the turn of the 2nd teams of the respective clubs to meet in their 3rd division clash at Weymouth College.

As the visitors entered the sports hall coach Alex Fuhrmann was immediately on his guard as he noted several of their 2nd team featured in the 1st team game the previous week. Despite this Weymouth were still confident their second string could come away with a strong result.

The first quarter did not go to plan as hoped, with Hythe finding the basket several times and Weymouth struggled to find their groove as they could only muster 7 points for the entire quarter, 5 coming from guard Filippo Romano. As the 2nd period kicked in there was a much better performance from the home side, led by veteran Gerrard Stanley and forward Sam Dodge. Hythe were successful in getting to the basket multiple times so coach Fuhrmann made the change to a man to man defense which would pit each individual with their opposite on the Bucks side. Weymouth then lost Romano to an injury that only a man could suffer from, though his teammates picked up their intensity and in a quick flurry outscored the visitors by 7 points for the quarter leaving a 25 – 30 deficit at the half.

With momentum on their side Weymouth started the second half with a new sense of determination, though this was short lived as a couple of turnovers led to Hythe scoring the first 7 points and running the lead back to 12 points. With a quick substitution, bringing in forward Gaz Williams, Weymouth switched to a quick pace of offense holding bucks to 1 basket as the lead was shaved to only 4. As the period closed coach Fuhrmann continued his verbal ferocity at the referees in defense of his team as then Stanley again with only a minute remaining, hit 2 shots to bring the score level at 43 - 43.

With 1 period remaining in the game both teams were set on getting the win though Weymouth had the momentum along with fresh legs from their regular substitutions. There were a couple of setbacks within the first 2 minutes as Weymouth lost both Connor Doherty and Steve Howlett as they fouled out the game. The home side were so determined that this was note even noticed on court as a recovered Romano stepped up again hitting a 3 pointer along with Eric Olson hitting back to back baskets. With 2 minutes left in the game and with a 1 basket lead, Hythe took a timeout to reevaluate their strategy. Weymouth used this time to refresh their own game plan, which they executed to perfection. Hythe unable to score against the Cowboys smothering defense, Williams and Stanley put the game away scoring 9 straight points and giving them a 70 – 58 victory.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “nothing like a close, fierce game to get your blood pressure up. This is how we should be playing every game from juniors up to bandits, with passion and determination. After a first half of ups and downs we really found our feet in the second and showed what kind of performance we are capable of.”

Scorers/Roster: Gerrard Stanley 15, Gaz Williams 13, Filippo Romano 12, Dan Campbell 11, Sam Dodge 11, Eric Olson 4, Jack Speary 2, Steve Howlett 2, Connor Doherty, Rob Legg.

Injury Hit Bandits Struggle on
Jan 18, 2011, 6:38 pm

Weymouth Bandits next game was away to a defiant Bournemouth Bears side, who have already notched a good win against the seasiders this season. Weymouth were without several starting players due to injury, but nevertheless they brought some inspiring youth from the 2nd team, such as the eager point guard Dan Campbell and 'The Chief'  Rob Legg.

The first quarter start with both teams exchanging shots and baskets pretty much levelling each other point for point. At the mid-point of the quarter the Bears found space to hit a long 3 pointer which seemed to move them on their way, from then on they pick 6 straight points and ended the quarter 8 points up as Weymouth struggled to find any sort of rhythm.

Chris Canham needed to change things and opted for a man to man defence which hasn’t let them down in the past. So Weymouth stepped out for the 2nd quarter, only to be brushed aside by the bears who picked up 7 further points with no reply. A quick time out was called for the Bandits to regroup, Canham made another change with athletic Gaz Williams coming in, Bandits then stepped again onto the court and with an inspiring pass into the middle from Michael Willemse to Garry Clark who cashed in with a basket, Weymouth raised their game by six gears and went on a run of their own. This mainly due to the strength inside by Ian Manley, Gaz Williams and Garry Clark. Weymouth went into the half down by 13 points but still positive they could pull it back.

The third quarter Bandits decided to go out with a big side with Clark, William, Manley, Canham and Willemse. Even though the Bears continued to pick up points, the Bandits seemed to score when they wanted to, with some nice one two passing Clark picked up a few more baskets, Manley had some confident drives that resulted in free throws which he tucked away, Canham picked up the guards spirit with a couple open 3 pointers. A couple of changes were made and Campbell made a strong appearance at point guard, getting defenders to commit to fouls sending the Bears deep into foul trouble. Even with the Bandits efforts the Bournemouth based side go into the end of the quarter well up.

In the fourth Weymouth emphasis was on keeping their heads above the water, Bournemouth had dominated most of the game with Weymouth showing only glimpses of what they can do, so they went out to prove they can keep up. Again led by the strength of Manley and the persistence of the Bandits guards Weymouth played their best quarter of the game. Rob Legg managed to over power the Bears big men on several occasions to win rebounds, Canham and Willemse both linking together exchanging passing on the way to baskets. Harris making some well deserved drives resulting in more free throws. Camp persisted to pick up and fight for loose balls giving Weymouth second chance offences. The bandits went into the end of the game beating the bears confidently in this quarter. But unfortunately over the length of the game, Bournemouth had done enough to win the game convincingly 70 - 43.

Chris Canham said “We were without a couple of important players, but included several younger players who definitely deserved the opportunity to play for the Bandits, and over the course of the game they proved they have what it takes.”

Scorers: Canham 16, Clark 12, Manley 5, Campbell 4, Legg 2, Williams 2, Harris 1, Willemse 1, Camp

Raiders almost miss the punchline against Jesters
Jan 16, 2011, 10:47 pm

Exmouth Jesters 72 Weymouth Raiders 81


Weymouth Raiders repeated their opening game win against a competitive Exmouth Jesters side who very nearly came back to have the last laugh.


In a high scoring first quarter it was the Raiders who were quickest out of the blocks opening up an early 9-2 lead thanks to Alok Bahl and Gerrard Stanley. However, the Jesters came straight back with a string of four unanswered scores including a three point effort from Grove to take a narrow lead. Mid way through the quarter though the Exmouth offense dried up and Weymouth were able to run in quick points stretching out to a 20 -11 advantage. The two teams then traded points until Exmouth hit two 3 point shots in the last minute to close the gap to 29-22 in favour of the visitors.


In the second quarter Weymouth seemed to have grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. Bahl and Stanley seemed unable to miss from outside and Giles Heaman was playing his usual fast running game. Coach Andy Blackwood was able to rest some of his starters and give some court time to youngsters Steve Reece, Gerry Legg-Saunders and an impressive looking Chris May. A streak of ten unanswered points in the last three minutes of the half left the Raiders in charge at 53-33.


If the second quarter belonged to the Raiders the third went completely the other way. Turnovers by Weymouth gave easy baskets to the Jesters and the Raiders could manage only a single score in the first five minutes as the gap almost halved with the score at 55-44. A Weymouth time-out restored some sanity to proceedings but the remainder of the quarter was a close affair finishing with the Jesters right back in contention with the score at 62 – 54 to Weymouth.


The final period looked to be heading to a tense finish as Exmouth continued to close the gap to just four points. Crucially midway through the quarter a pair of 3 point shots from Bahl and another from Stanley settled the Weymouth nerves as they restored a double digit advantage. This allowed them to run down the clock and to see out the last few minutes relatively comfortably.


Speaking afterwards coach Blackwood said ‘This was a classic “game of two halves.” Our offense in the first half was the best it’s been all season and Alok and Gerard were on fire as we racked up over 50 points. Then in the second half they came right back at us and we were relieved to hang on for the win in the end. You have to give the Exmouth boys credit for the way they fought back, but we’ll need to sharpen up to make sure we don’t make that mistake again.’


Raiders: Alok Bahl 28 points; Gerard Stanley 26; Gile Heaman 20; Mark Talmage 5; Andy Blackwood 2; Chris May; Gerry Legg-Saunders; Steve Reece.

Cowboys cruise to 2nd round
Jan 14, 2011, 2:42 pm

Despite only winning one game this season, Weymouth’s second favourite basketball team has found success with continued team chemistry and a 1 point loss to top of the league side Southampton Eagles away from home.


Its was hoped that this team chemistry would play the part as Weymouth hosted Portsmouth under 20’s in the intermediate cup.


With the visitors only bringing down 7 players it looked to be a strong game for Weymouth who put out one of their strong sides led by first team reserves Gaz Williams and Sam Dodge.


As predicted Weymouth were fully in control from the start with Williams scoring 8 of the teams first 12 points in the first 5 minutes. This was short lived as Weymouth then went on a draught of sorts, scoring only 1 point for the following 5 minutes. As the 2nd period came into play Portsmouth saw an opportunity and raced on the fast break tallying up a higher score than their hosts, closing the half only 27 – 24 behind.


At half time visibly irate Coach Alex Fuhrmann gave his team a sharp word with a small change in the defence and strict reminder to an exit from the cup.


Weymouth couldn’t of started the 2nd half any better as they fell back to their opening game form with Williams joined by Dodge racking up a 20 – 6 score line for the entire quarter. This signalled the end for the visitors as they entered 4th quarter and Weymouth found their perfect strategy, forward Eric Olson finding multiple passes to teammates cutting to the basket. The game closed with a 68 – 36 comfortable win.


Guard Dan Campbell, “I wasn’t shooting the ball particularly well this evening but my team mates really stepped up and I’m happy we got the win and the next round of the cup.”


Roster/Scorer: Gaz Williams 20, Sam Dodge 18, Gerrard Stanley 7, Filippo Romano 6, Eric Olson 5, Dan Campbell 5, Steve Howlett 4, Connor Doherty 1, Rob Legg.

Bandits Loose Second of the Season in OT
Jan 12, 2011, 1:57 pm

Weymouth Bandits hosted Waterside Stags, hoping to improve on an opening season game score line deficit of 49 points.

From the get go the visitors scored at will finding weakness in Weymouth’s 1-3-1 defence. Their outside shooters connected on three 3 pointers as well as scoring inside. Every starter for the Bandits made the scorer sheet but still found them selves trailing 14-22 after the 1st quarter.

With a change to man to man defence was called to stop the Stags which had an immediate effect, Alex Fuhrmann broke from the visitors shackles scoring a 3 pointer. Getting hot he continued to hit them, scoring 11 points in the 2nd quarter and finishing with 16 for the half. Weymouth managed to keep the score line close with solid play from last season's most valuable player Ian Manley and newly acquired centre Gary Clark.

The second half found effect with scoring combinations from Ian Manley and Jamie Harris, scoring 13 between them, and more long shots from Alex Fuhrmann that pushed Weymouth's tally to 18 in the third quarter. Solid defence continued from the home side but the visitors scored one more point than them, finishing 51-60 in the 3rd.

Going into the fourth quarter down 9, the Bandits had every chance to rustle up the Stags so an emphasis on defence was the call, Weymouth’s big men obliged with vital presence making shooting hard for the Stags and the hosts found themselves down three points with twelve seconds left. Having the hot hand all game, a play was called by team captain Chris Canham for Alex Fuhrmann to have the final shot. With time elapsing a shot was taken only to miss, followed by a frantic scramble for the loose ball that was tipped by Weymouth’s centre Gary Clark to an open Jamie Harris. Harris launched a prayer shot which banked in off the backboard to take the game to overtime.

An extra five minutes was played in spirit, but all ammo had been spent by the bandits and the stags bolted away with the win. Final score 72-82 to Waterside Stags.

Top scorer Alex Fuhrmann finished with 26 and was ''Extremely happy with the tenacity that Weymouth showed.'' 

Scorers/Roster: Alex Fuhrmann 26, Ian Manley 15, Jamie Harris 13, Gary Clark 11, Richard Camp 4, Sam Dodge 1, Chris Canham 1, Rob Legg, Carl Carter.

Raiders go on the run to escape the long arm of the law.
Jan 8, 2011, 9:47 pm

Weymouth Raiders 62 Devon Peelers 52


Chiropodist Giles Heaman showed the Police team a clean pair of heels as Weymouth gained revenge after an early season defeat against Devon Peelers. The Raiders’ guard was the chief beneficiary of a fast breaking Weymouth offense and he grabbed himself 25 points mostly from easy lay-ups.


Both teams seemed to be suffering the after effects of the festive season as the first quarter got off to a sluggish start. Raiders’ big man Rob Legg also managed to pick up three foul calls early on, leaving him vulnerable for the rest of the game. However, ten unanswered points for the Raiders towards the end of the period left them with a 16 points to 8 advantage.


At the start of the second quarter it was Connor “The Shark” Doherty who picked up the scoring momentum for the Raiders. The young Irishman made 3 consecutive shots, backed up by scores from Mark Talmage and Chris May. Peelers could manage only one solitary basket in reply during this spell as the Weymouth team moved out to a 29 – 10 lead. As so often happens, however, the momentum changed as the Peelers started to find their range from outside and outscored the Raiders by 10 – 2 in the last few minutes of the quarter to close the gap at half time to 31-20.


The third quarter was dominated by the Raiders’ fast break, and Heaman in particular, as the game swung decisively to Weymouth. With a 49-29 lead, coach Andy Blackwood felt confident enough to start making several substitutions, but this disrupted the Weymouth offense allowing the Peelers to once again close the gap slightly to 51 – 35 with one quarter remaining.


Blackwood persisted with the line-up at the start of the fourth quarter and could only watch as Karl Rowland began to pick up some easy points inside for the Peelers. With the Raiders managing only one basket from Jack Speary in the first few minutes and the score standing at 53-46, Blackwood was forced to call a time-out and make changes to protect the lead. Weymouth were then able to see out the last few minutes without too many problems as Heaman, Talmage and George Scott all kept the scoreboard ticking over.


Raiders: G Heaman 25 points; C Doherty 10; M Talmage 8; C May 7; J Speary 6; G Scott 4; A Blackwood 2; L Scadden; S Reece; R Legg

Merchandise Now Available!!!
Jan 5, 2011, 2:48 pm

For all team merch' see our new shop...


[More designs and clothing options coming soon] 

Huskies Tame The Tigers
Dec 21, 2010, 7:37 pm

On Wednesday 15th December the Taunton Tigers came to Weymouth college sports hall.  They were expecting to beat Weymouth Huskies in the same way they had done in Taunton a little more than a month previous.  The current league standings put Huskies at the bottom of the table and Taunton in 7th place also making the Tigers the favourites to take the game.  Unfortunately non of this had occurred to the Huskies.

The game started well for the Home side, they came out with a strong starting five and put the pressure on with a man to man defence. This worked very well to stifle the Taunton attack.  The Huskies offence was performing well at the other end of the floor and 3 baskets from Huskies forward Jayne Guppy added to singles from both Nicole Cornish and Carly Dean put Weymouth into a 5pt lead, 10 - 5 as the first quarter ended.  The second Quarter was much more evenly matched, both teams trading baskets in some end to end basketball.  6pts from Sarah James added to 4pts from Rosie Moore and 2 more each for Dean and Cornish. Those crucial 14pts were enough to ensure the home team went away at half time with a small but significant 2pt lead.

In the second half Weymouth took control of the game with some tenacious defence.  Jayne Guppy had been assigned to stop Tigers number 21 Wallace from receiving the ball at all.  Wallace had done so much damage in the last game, she scored 17 of their 53pts and received game MVP so the Huskies knew stopping her was one of the keys to the game.  Guppy held Wallace to 4pts for the duration of the game while the rest of the Huskies suffocated the remaining Taunton attacks.  10pts from James, 8 from Guppy and 2 more from Dean was enough to see the Weymouth side finish the game 44 - 38 and claim a much deserved home victory.

Coach Che Osborne Said " this was a great win this evening and the girls deserved it.  They played excellent defence and really took the game to Taunton on the offensive end.  It's our best performance this season so far in my opinion and it encourages me the way the girls seem to get better with each and every game we play"

Huskies MVP:  Sarah James

Huskies Scorers : 16 Sarah James, 14 Jayne Guppy, 6 Carly Dean, 4 Nicole Cornish, 4 Rosie Moore, Ellen Blackwood, Sadie Osborne, Leanne Handley

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