Match Report 9th September
U10 Woking Blackhawks vs Richmond Knights 7-21
10:10 am Tip off
The first game of the new season for the Woking Blackhawks under 10 squad. It marked the start of a new beginning, both for the players and the coaching and managerial staff.
The boys met in the back of Chessington Sports Centre where Amy handed out the fresh new kit, the boys got changed and suited up. Coach Simon and Coach Joe got the boys doing a passing exercise in the café area, passing to the hand. After a few near misses and the possibility of a broken ceiling light the boys had been woken up and were ready to go. The Blackhawks team walked out on to court followed by the crowd of supportive parents. The boys did a few lay up-warm up drills and the starting five was selected. Charlie (the new captain), Omar, Oliver, Arihan and our big man Jimmy.
The game tipped off and both teams had a number of possessions and attempts. A few moments of brilliance and then out of nowhere a stunning pass from Omar to Jimmy under the basket and score, the first point of the new season and a tremendous cheer from the crowd. 2-0 to Blackhawks. A couple of near misses from Richmond however not resulting in an equaliser, meant that when the end of first quarter whistle was blown Blackhawks were in front.
The Second Quarter started with a Blackhawks ball however the Richmond 2nd five were a very strong group of players and, much to the disappointment of Blackhawks, made a run of 8 points. We soon adjusted with a few instructions from Coach Simon and Joe to the speed and then a few attempts just bouncing of the rim. A duel for the ball between the two teams left one of the Richmond boys bewildered as Josie, Mrs strong, had wrestled the ball out of his hands without even batting an eye lid. A wonderful jump shot from Aaron left the crowd gasping as it just fell short. The half time whistle was blown. 2-8 in favour of Richmond. A great effort and incredible work ethic in the second quarter Kieron, Aaron, Josie, Arihan and Carson, a big well done goes to you guys.
In the third quarter the Coaches decided to return to the 5 that played the first quarter, with one switch, Carson for Arihan, as Arihan had worked very hard, especially on defence throughout the first two quarters, after being nominated by the Richmond coach to play the second quarter. The third quarter was full of action, many attempts by both teams and some great moments. Oliver the speed machine had 4 steals converting to fast break attempts, a real positive. About half way through the third the coaching staff made a tactical substitution to put Kieron back on the court. His presents on court lifted the team and gave them exactly what they were looking for to help get them through the closing minutes.
The Blackhawks final push came in the second half of the 4th quarter. The past 6 weeks of training sessions and homework seemed to have paid off, the ball was moving and the defence was all working together as a team. The offence was firing on all cylinders. Charlie our captain had a majestic fake and drive straight to the basket for 2 points. Carlson had a few attempts and Omar had some great transition play. Unfortunately, the comeback wasn’t quite enough and the final score was 7-21 to Richmond.
Overall a great performance and a very promising start to the season. There were many positives to take from this performance as well as certain areas to improve and learn from. Great job today team, bring the enthusiasm and energy on Saturday morning.
I would like to thank the parents and spectators on behalf of the club for being the taxi service this morning and for the cheers, support and encouragement you gave the players. Thank you very much.
Bring on this season!