Crusaders and Titans claim glory on Super Saturday
Super Saturday saw 16 junior wheelchair basketball teams from across the country hit the courts of All Saints Sports Centre, Sheffield, for the highly awaited climax to the 2012/13 season: The Lord’s Taverners Junior League Finals.
Always a fantastic showcase of the sport and its future talent with the nation’s top U15 and U19 juniors battling it out, this year’s event proved to be no exception.
With teams having travelled far and wide for the chance to lift the coveted trophy of The Lord’s Taverners Junior League, the level of play was extremely strong from the very start; in the end, after a great day’s play, the U15 title was won by CWBA (Crusaders Wheelchair Basketball Club, from Coventry), who defeated the RGK Sporting Club Rhinos (from Wolverhampton) 20-16 in a close match.
Meanwhile, the GLL & Aspire London Titans were crowned champions of the U19 event after a nail-biting battle against the Vikings (from St Helens), both teams taking turns with the lead before the Titans closed out a 30-26 victory.
Captain of the Vikings, Billy Bridge said: “Today’s been amazing: there’s so much young talent coming through thanks to the support from The Lord’s Taverners. It’s The Lord’s Taverners Junior League where I first started playing – now I’m competing for the Great Britain Junior Team and there are so many young players coming through that can hopefully make it to the international level and GB level.”
Laurie Williams, who presented medals on the day as one of The Lord’s Taverners Ambassadors and a member of the Standard Life GB Women’s Squad, said: “The Lord’s Taverners Junior League is a fantastic opportunity for young wheelchair basketballers to build their skills in a friendly and supportive environment. And I definitely believe that The Lord Taverners Junior Programme played a huge role in my development in the sport and was crucial in my journey to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.”
Standard Life GB Men’s Squad and a London 2012 Paralympian, Peter Finbow, who presented medals on the day, said: “It’s been great to see so many young athletes here today. The standard from all teams, both on the court and in terms of professionalism off it, has been fantastic. The Lord’s Taverners Junior League Finals is always a huge part of the wheelchair basketball calendar and from the talent and enjoyment I’ve seen today, it’s clear why.”