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Huskies lack bite in attack
Oct 19, 2014, 11:08 am

Weymouth Huskies 34 Plymouth Raiders 38


Following a narrow loss in their opening game of the season Weymouth Huskies were keen to put things right in their meeting with new team Plymouth Raiders in the Exeter District Womens Basketball league. Sadly for the Weymouth team it was a case of deja-vu as the chance to win a closely contested game slipped away from them.


With Laura Bucke away at university, coach Andy Blackwood threw the relatively inexperienced Nicola Powell into the starting line-up and was rewarded when she scored one of the Huskies opening baskets. In a tight low scoring first quarter the Raiders held a narrow 8-6 lead. In the second quarter Plymouth’s Danielle Caulwell was proving to be their main scoring threat. She hit a long-range 3-point shot to extend the lead, only for Jayne Guppy and Rebecca Kimber to hit back with two baskets each for the Huskies. As in the first game Weymouth’s Carly Lawes was able to use her speed on attack to draw several fouls but was then unable to convert many of the foul shots into points. The first half ended with the Huskies leading 18-17.


The third quarter continued in a similar vein with the lead changing hands several times. Agata Sikora joined in with the scoring for Huskies and, with two minutes left in the quarter, the Weymouth team led 25-23. However three unanswered baskets just before the end allowed the Raiders to lead 29-25 going into the last period.



Back came the Huskies once more to tie the game at 29-29 early in the fourth quarter. Carly Lawes was continuing to draw fouls from the Plymouth defence and, when Caulwell had to leave the game with her fifth foul, it looked as though the balance had shifted towards the Weymouth team. Unfortunately missed foul shots once again proved costly as the Huskies failed to take advantage. At the other end of the court the Raiders were proving more effective as they made a pair of foul shots and then, in her only scoring contribution in the whole game, Crystal Pering made a decisive 3-point shot with three minutes of the game left. Trailing by nine points Huskies were forced to use an aggressive full court pressure defence which proved effective and denied the Raiders any more scores. Huskies were able to add five more points but, as other chances went begging, they were unable to complete the comeback.


After the game Huskies’ new Australian recruit Rebecca Kimber said “Once again we worked really hard and no-one can be faulted for their effort. Our offence is beginning to look more effective and we created lots of good open chances – we just weren’t able to finish enough of them. I feel we played better overall tonight than last week and it’s not going to be too long before things click into place.”


Huskies MVP: Carly Lawes


Scorers/Roster: Rebecca Kimber 15 pts   Jayne Guppy 10   Carly Lawes 5  Nicola Powell 2  Agata Sikora 2   Jo Telfer   Rosie Moore   Anna Goulding

Oct 9, 2014, 7:48 pm

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits  58 - 30  Broadclyst Bullets

After a high flying start to the season in the 1st game, Weymouth wanted to continue the strong tempo against the suspected weaker side Broadclyst.

As the 1st quarter got under way, both teams were matching point for point with Mike Willemse opening the game for the Mission Fitness Bandits scoring the first 6 points but the Bullets kept themselves close to the home side with some tactical offensive plays and finishing the quarter 10 - 10.

In the 2nd quarter Weymouth struggled to do anything right, no shots would fall and top scorer from the previous game, Craig Sorrell got into serious foul trouble and was forced to the bench. The Mission Fitness Bandits just couldn't find the momentum they needed to continue being dominant and the half finished 19 - 23 to Broadclyst.

After some serious half time talk from Coach Fuhrmann, Weymouth entered the 2nd half with more determination and structure, making it difficult for the Bullets to break through the strong defence. Court captain Liam Wyatt hit a huge 3 pointer and Vitoldas Balciunas scored back to back buckets to get the Mission Fitness Bandits back on track ending the 3rd quarter up 34 - 30.

The 4th quarter proved to be Weymouth's strongest, breaking through Broadclyst's defence with ease and preventing the tired away team from getting inside the paint for easy baskets, forcing them to take difficult outside shots under pressure. The Mission Fitness Bandits outscored the Bullets 24 - 0 in the final quarter sharing the points between all the team and ending the game with a respectable 58 - 30 win.

The Mission Fitness Bandits face last year’s league winners Exeter University 1st's, away on Monday 13th hoping to continue the win streak and pose a threat to the rest of the league.

Weymouth MVP: Vitoldas Balciunas

Scores: Vitoldas Balciunas 13, Craig Sorrell 11, Mike Willemse 9, Jake Kinder 7, Carl Carter 4, Joel Franks 4, Jim De Bertrand 4, Liam Wyatt 3, Andy Steel 2, Chris Canham 1.

Jesters Too Much for Cowboys
Oct 7, 2014, 4:40 pm

Exmouth Jesters A 103 - 49 Weymouth Cowboys

Weymouth Cowboys faced their first game of the season away from home with a crushing defeat. The game started off with Jesters scoring three unanswered baskets, then Cowboy hit back with Kyle Houlden and Andy Steel getting some point on the bored, however it wasn't enough to slow the Jesters lead increasing. The Jesters passed their way through the Weymouth defence and took a large lead to end the first half 46-21.

As the second half started Jesters come out running the fast break. Simon Dean and Steel creating offense for Weymouth to try and get back into the game, but Jesters hit hard and carried on building on their lead. Jesters finished as strong as they started to close the game with the win 103-49.

Coach Connor Doherty said, "It was a hard first game of the season to be defeated like that, but we have positives to build from. We’re going to find some tough matchups in division 1, but I’m hopeful the lads will stay determined and show through."

Weymouth MVP: Andy Steel

Roster/Scorers: Andy Steel 14, Simon Dean 10, Kyle Houlden 8, Tommy Hodson 8, Alex Legg 4, Rob Legg 2, Joe Southcott 2, Alex Mills, Stephen Reece.

Tropics Get Fresh Look from Community
Oct 6, 2014, 5:47 pm

Youth basketball is on the rise in the borough and Weymouth Basketball Club has been able to boast 5 separate age group teams. In an effort to keep the cost of basketball down and remain competitive with the pitch sports, it has been local businesses that have provided the support required to give an Olympic Legacy.

Weymouth Basketball Development officer Alex Fuhrmann, “When looking for support from the community we often look to those businesses that can provide a link or connection with sport. However, this time we were approached by a company who simply wanted to assist the club in delivery sport to young people.”

Step forward ‘Goodwin Health & Safety Associates’, a company that provide solutions to a variety businesses and companies by providing training, assessment & consultancy covering IOSH courses, driver CPC, reversing assistant/banksman, manual handling, duty of care/site audits, NVQ assessment, environmental/waste audits, WAMITAB Awards.

Why is a company who are not connected to the sports sector supporting a local sports club? Goodwin Health & Safety Director Ian Goodwin, explains “For us it isn’t about making a direct connection, my son has been a part of the Weymouth Basketball Club for a number of years and the positive effect team sport can have on young people needs all our support.”

Fuhrmann, “I know I’ve mentioned previously how the power of community can really affect a sports club and their members, but this really does highlight it. GHSA really have no connection to the sport of basketball, but it’s clear they do have a connection and desire to improve the quality of services offered to young people in the borough. We’re extremely proud to have made this partnership and can only hope other businesses in the area will take the same steps. It’s so important that young people have access to not just our club but all sports clubs in the area, covering a variety of sports.”

If any businesses are interested in how Goodwin Health & Safety Associates can assist them, contact ian.goodwin@hotmail.co.uk or alternately if you’re interested in seeing how you might help the basketball club or want to start playing yourself, visit the club website at www.weymouthbasketball.co.uk

Massage Weymouth grab hard fought victory against Torbay
Oct 2, 2014, 6:22 pm

Massage Weymouth Raiders 61 – 54 Torbay TOFS

In a close and exciting match, the Raiders dug deep to win the second game of the season against a strong Torbay side.

The game started well, with Raiders taking a quick lead, their zone defence making the opposition work hard to score. Good rebounding and steals from Connor Doherty and Sam Brown led to points from the fast break and, together with baskets from Simon Dean, resulted in Massage Weymouth leading by 5 points at the end of the first quarter. However, Torbay responded by bringing on some of their strongest players and began to play aggressive offence. With Raiders players fouling and making turnovers under pressure from their defence, Torbay took the lead with multiple three-pointers to end the first half 22 – 27.

After a half time team talk from Coach Sorrell, the Raiders changed their defence to come on strong in the third quarter with Dan Park working hard, forcing turnovers and getting the Torbay side into foul trouble. Strong drives from Jeff Robertshaw and shots from Piotr Lason meant that the Raiders could close the gap and force the opposition to resort to fouling to stop them. But the fourth quarter was where the Raiders really pulled the game back with fantastic teamwork, scoring 24 points to Torbay's 8. Performing well under pressure, Max Gilmartin took on the role of point guard and the Raiders grabbed the lead with a three-pointer from Piotr Lason who scored 20 points in the second half. Points from Connor Doherty and Dan Park helped to keep the momentum going. In the final minutes of the game, the Raiders held on to their lead by just a few points, coping with the strong offence and outside shooting of the Torbay side to win the game 61 – 54 ahead.

Coach Craig Sorrell said, “I'm incredibly proud of our team performance tonight. We showed that we can win games and play well together to beat a strong side. And even when we were losing, we kept our heads up and got the win.”

Massage Weymouth MVP: Piotr Lason

Scorers/Roster  Piotr Lason 23, Jeff Robertshaw 14, Dan Park 6, Simon Dean 4, Tom Storey 4, Max Gilmartin 3, Scott White 2, Connor Doherty 2, Sam Brown 2, Kyle Houlden.

Huskies go so close in season opener
Sep 28, 2014, 12:34 pm

Weymouth Huskies 26  Isca Bolts 30


New season. New players. New kit. But, in their opening game of the Exeter District Basketball League, the Weymouth Huskies were left contemplating their old problem of getting enough points on the board to win. Last season the Huskies finished one place behind the Bolts in the league table and it seemed likely that this game could be a close encounter. The arrival of new players Rebecca Kimber, Agata Sikora and Nicola Powell has given the squad a stronger look so there was much to look forward to for the Weymouth team.


Both teams needed the first couple of minutes to shake off the close season rustiness before the Bolts took a 5-0 lead midway through the first quarter. However a change of defensive formation seemed to spur the Huskies into action at the other end of the court. With Jayne Guppy being particularly effective the Huskies went on a 10-2 scoring run which saw them lead 10-7 at the end of the first period. At the start of the second quarter Isca came straight back with six unanswered points. Weymouth were looking to exploit the speed of Carly Lawes who was repeatedly fouled on the fast break but was unable to take advantage from the free-throw line. The first half closed with Isca Bolts holding a narrow 16-15 lead.


The third quarter was all about defence. Weymouth switched to a very effective man-to-man defence which stifled their opponents from Exeter and restricted them to just two baskets. Unfortunately the Weymouth players were finding it equally difficult to score at the other end with only Laura Bucke managing to put the ball in the hoop and the quarter ended with the scores level at 20-20.


The fourth quarter was an equally tight affair until a run of three baskets by Anna Allen of the Bolts opened up a gap. The Weymouth response came from Ellen Blackwood and Rebecca Kimber to leave the Huskies trailing by two points with three minutes left. Unfortunately for Weymouth they were unable to score again despite creating several good chances. The final basket from Sarah Blackburn was enough to seal the win for the Bolts leaving the Huskies to reflect on what might have been.


Speaking afterwards Huskies’ coach Andy Blackwood said “The overwhelming feeling right now is one of disappointment and frustration. Defensively we were superb and I really thought we had the momentum to go on and win the game in the last quarter. Tomorrow I’ll be better able to reflect on the positives. This was a team who beat us by 30 points last year so we’re clearly narrowing the gap but it still hurts to get so close to winning yet not complete the job.”


Huskies MVP: Rebecca Kimber


Scorers/roster: Jayne Guppy 8 pts   Laura Bucke 6 points  Rebecca Kimber 5 pts  Carly Lawes 4 pts  Ellen Blackwood 3 points  Anna Goulding  Kazia Hodder   Nicola Powell   Agata Sikora

Mission Fitness Bandits kick season off with huge home win
Sep 26, 2014, 5:33 pm

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits 72 - 28 Exeter Nomads

The Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits could not have asked for a better start, kicking off their 2014-15 season with a huge win against last season’s runners up. The Mission Fitness Bandits featured a number of new members and have strengthened their squad in a number of positions.

New signing and team captain Liam Wyatt opened up the scoring for Weymouth in what proved to be a tight, low scoring first quarter. Both teams showed some early rust with Weymouth's Andy 'Beardy' Steel hitting a 3 point shot to put Weymouth up 13-8 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter Weymouth stepped up their defence holding Exeter to just 2 second quarter points and went into half time leading 29-10.

Exeter came out in the 3rd quarter looking like a different team, knocking down jump shots and forcing the Mission Fitness Bandits into some turnovers with their full court press defence. Coach Alex Fuhrmann called time out and inserted Jake Kinder who used his pace to get out on the fast break and scored 6 straight points to regain control.

In the 4th quarter was simply the Craig Sorrell show, knocking down jump shots from all over the floor including 4 three pointers. The swarming Weymouth team defence proved too much for the Nomads who could only muster 3 points in the final period, making the final score 72-28.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann said “I could not have asked for a better start to the season, it was an all-round team performance with balanced scoring and tough team defence. Nomads were league runners up last year, so this was a real statement game.”

Scores: Craig Sorrell 24, Jake Kinder 9, Andy Steel 8, Liam Wyatt 7, Vitoldas Balciunas 7, Carl Carter 7, Mike Willemse 4, Chris Canham 4, Joel Franks 2, Jim De Bertrand.

Sep 26, 2014, 5:28 pm


A new-look Massage Weymouth Raiders team travelled away to Taunton for their first game of the season against an experienced Revolution side and were unfortunate in not being able to head back to Weymouth with a season-opening win.

Massage Weymouth started the game with energy and tenacity, getting after every offensive rebound and pushing an older Revolution team to their limits early on. Although Massage Weymouth were able to play their fast-paced game in the frontcourt, they were unable to get the defensive stops to match at the opposite end. Revolution showed their experience by moving the ball well and hitting their open shots. Massage Weymouth would not go down early however as Simon Dean of the Raiders continually found ways of getting to the basket, taking contact and finishing well. Positive ball movement from point guard Max Gilmartin & big man Scott White helped Massage Weymouth keep the scores close at the end of the first. However, after the games first break Massage Weymouth could not regain their touch around the basket, shots would not fall and Taunton capitalized on the fast break to bring the teams to the half with the score 39-25.

After Coach Craig Sorrell’s half-time team talk, a revitalized Raiders team started the second half with the same tempo and confidence as they had started the game, moving the ball well and attacking Taunton on the fast break. Fantastic defense from guards Dan Park and Tom Storey saw Massage Weymouth force the Revolution into multiple timeouts, and as Massage Weymouth improved on the defensive side of the ball, they made it count on offense with Jeff Robertshaw strongly making moves in the paint as well as making points count at the line. Raiders headed into the fourth with promise after winning the third quarter. Massage Weymouth's positive play would be short lived though as Taunton regrouped and returned to what they did best, moving the ball, playing with patience and making open shots count. The final buzzer sounded with the final score Taunton Revolution 62 – 41 Massage Weymouth Raiders.

Coach Sorrell said ‘We started well and attempted to carry that momentum throughout the game. We were unlucky that a lot of our shots didn’t fall tonight as our ball movement and energy was fantastic, we simply went down to a more experienced and assertive Taunton side.’


SCORERS/ROSTER: Simon Dean 12, Max Gilmartin 8, Jeff Robertshaw 7, Dan Park 4, Alex Legg 4, Tom Storey 2, Scott White 2, Connor Doherty

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