Basketball Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17
Saturday 28 January 2017
With the greatest availability of playing options and the highest level of competition our club has ever been involved in, it has been a semester of expansion and new opportunities for University of St Andrews Basketball Club. Our Women’s 1st Team are now competing at the top level possible in Scotland - in both the BUCS Premier North League and the BasketballScotland Senior Women’s National League – while our Men’s 1st Team are maintaining their status as serious contenders in BUCS Scottish 2A and in the Tayside and Fife Local League. Our newly established Men’s 2nd Team are also making themselves known with their first formal competition in BUCS Scottish 4A this year.
It has been a steep learning curve for the Women’s 1st Team and Head Coach Callum Knox, entering into the top level for university basketball and matching up against the UK’s elite sporting institutions. With injuries plaguing a number of starting players, Freshers and bench players have had to step up in competitions and the improvement seen in the entire squad’s individual abilities has been immeasurable. Despite their current low positioning in the league tables, the score margins are narrowing and with all they have learned this semester, we are confident that the wins will start to tumble for the women in Semester 2.
The learning curve for the Men’s side of the club has been equally steep but for different reasons. This semester has seen the development of two competing Men’s teams under the guidance of newly appointed coach, Ross Bain. Ross has taken on the difficult task of cultivating a Men’s 1st Team consisting largely of new members whilst also training up our newly formed 2nd Team to the standard of BUCS level competition. Putting both teams through their paces at training sessions and in matches, his perseverance and experience in coaching university basketball has shone through. With both teams sitting mid-table in their respective leagues, high finishing positions are not beyond reach. The Men’s 1st Team have fought hard to earn a place in the quarterfinals of the BUCS Scottish Conference Cup and are hopeful that they can progress through this competition next semester.
In addition to competitive basketball, our club continues to grow in other respects. We are continuing our work with local schools, with focus on Madras College, to deliver coaching to school pupils. This semester has also seen significant development in our club members with 20 newly qualified table officials and four members upgrading their qualification to Level 2 table official. These significant developments result from the commitment of our members and we hope the improvement and growth of our club can continue into 2017!
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