Northern Ireland claim U15 crown while the U19 title heads to the West Midlands
Wheelchair Basketball was the main attraction in Worcester last weekend (16 April) as the UK’s top 16 junior teams travelled to Worcester Arena to battle it out in the Lord’s Taverners 2015/2016 Lord’s Taverners Junior League finals.
With each of the teams having played their way to a highly coveted spot in the finals, the day once again treated spectators to another fantastic showcase of the sport.
CWSC Phoenix was first on court at the U15 finals and got off to a flyer in their quarter final against Hampshire Hornets 1. After taking a big early lead they never looked back and went on to secure their semi-final place with a convincing a 31-9 win; next they would face London All Stars who qualified for the semi-finals with an almost as comfortable 20-7 victory against the CWSC Phoenix 2.
Qualifying for the second of the U15 semi-finals were RGK Tees Valley Titans who fought out the first close encounter of the day against CWBA. This one went down to the wire but it was the Titans who held on to a tense 19-16 victory against the CWBA. But normal service was resumed in the final quarter final as Northern Ireland WBC cruised to a 32-11 win against the Sheffield Steelers.
CWSC Phoenix 1 31-9 Hampshire Hornets 1
London All Stars 20-7 CWSC Phoenix 2
RGK Tees Valley Titans 19-16 CWBA
Northern Ireland WBC 32-11 Sheffield Steelers
Northern Ireland continued their fine form in the first semi-final, again going past the 30 point mark they proved too strong for the Titans when securing a 14 point win. CWSC Phoenix 1 then made a big statement in their semi-final after a big win against the London All Stars
Northern Ireland WBC 34-20 RGK Tees Valley Titans
CWSC Phoenix 1 30-5 London All Stars
Taking place in front of a packed crowd, it was a repeat of the 2014/2015 final. Both CWSC Phoenix and Northern Ireland WBC shone as they took centre stage. The first half saw Northern Ireland push ahead, with the score being 10-2 at half time. With everything still to play for in the second half, CWSC Phoenix made a run to test the nerve of the Northern Irish but they managed to overcome the Phoenix fightback win the final by a score of 24-19 and with it the U15 title.
Northern Ireland WBC 24-19 CWSC Phoenix 1
GLL & Aspire London Titans 2 were the first U19 side to qualify for the semi-finals with a 20 point victory over Wolverhampton 2 and South All Stars won by a similar margin in their last eight match up against GLL & Aspire London Titans 1, setting up a GLL & Aspire London Titans 2 v South All Stars game in the semi-final.
Meanwhile the second semi-final would be contested by the Sheffield Steelers who won 26-16 against the RGK Tees Valley Titans, and Wolverhampton 1 who qualified with a 32-20 victory over the North Wales Knights.
GLL & Aspire London Titans 2 39-19 Wolverhampton 2
South All Stars 32-13 GLL & Aspire London Titans 1
Sheffield Steelers 26-16 RGK Tees Valley Titans
Wolverhampton 1 32-20 North Wales Knights
GLL & Aspire London Titans 1 put on a stunning performance to secure their place in the Gold Medal game with a 31-14 victory against the South All Stars but the real drama was in the second semi-final where Wolverhampton 1 and the Sheffield Steelers played out the game of the day in a close, yet high scoring game. With the scores being tied at the end of regulation the game went to overtime with a place in the final on the line and Wolverhampton 1 eventually edged out the Steelers by two points.
GLL & Aspire London Titans 1 31-14 South All Stars
Wolverhampton 1 34-32 Sheffield Steelers
Wolverhampton 1 took the momentum from there thrilling semi-final win into the start of the final against the Titans and after taking a 12 point lead in to half-time they never looked like giving it up.
Wolverhampton maintained their focus and drive at the start of the second half and although both sides continued to demonstrate great skill and teamwork, it was Wolverhampton 1 who took the U19 Title.
Wolverhampton 1 21-12 GLL & Aspire London Titans 2
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