2018 Summer Girls Training Schedule and Camps

 

 

Wed 15-AugWednesday Club @ SJB - CANCELLED 

 

Sat. 18-AugPractice (10:00-12:30) @ Woking HIGH

 

Wed 22-AugWednesday Club @ SJB - CANCELLED 

 

Sat. 25-Aug:  Practice (10:00-12:30) @ Woking HIGH

 

Wed 29-AugWednesday Club @ SJB - CANCELLED 

 

Sat. 01-SepPractice (10:30-12:30) @ Woking HIGH

 

Mon. 03-SepCAMP II (day 1)(09:30-15:30) @ Winston Churchill

 

Tue.  04-SepCAMP II (day 2)(09:30-15:30) @ Winston Churchill

 

Wed  05-SepWednesday Club (6.30-8.30pm) @ SJB 

 

Sat.  08-SepPractice (10:30-12:30) @ Woking HIGH

 

Pre-season ENDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackhawks Girls – Cobras 1 38-37

Bracknell u14 League, Friday 15 Dec 2017

Where do I begin?!

Five girls turn up for the designated 8.30pm pre-game meeting at Wellington College and with minutes to spare, little Aaliyah turns up to provide us with that valuable, as it turned out, substitution.

Nora, Anthonia, Amelia, Alanagh and Aleena took to the floor and despite first blood going to the Cobras, Amelia responded with a move under the basket and scored.
The Cobras scored again but Alanagh and Nora combined beautifully off the give-and-go to draw level.
And so it went all the way to the end of Q1 but our Girls prevailed to finish the quarter 15-11 up with 6 points coming from Amelia who seemed to be in the mood for scoring.

Q2 was a disaster. We had to pull Anthonia off as she got into foul trouble early on and this may have upset our rhythm and our focus. The discipline of Q1 evaporated and turnovers caused havoc that resulted in a 0-10 score.

Half time score: 15-21

The Girls realised that something went wrong in Q2 and were keen to put things right. Amelia got us going again with another great move under the basket and followed up with two more baskets to get us back in the game.
Anthonia and Nora combined well before the Cobras came back with a basket of their own to make the score level.
Another time-out to rest the players.
Back on the court and Nora combines with Aleena for the latter to score magnificently.
It is very difficult to single out any one of the girls but Nora must have run a couple of miles in this quarter alone and putting in the effort that 8 steels require!

We finished Q3 13-8 up bringing the score to 28-29 after conceding a basket in the dying moments of the quarter.

At the break, we found out that Amelia was burning up and ready to be sick, be it from a cold or be it from the relentless pace of the game, so we had to rest her. What a trooper.
And here is the thing. Had Aaliyah not turned up, we would have had to play with four – four! – players until Amelia recovered, if at all.

Still, our Blackhawks steeled themselves and carried on. Time-outs were simply used to rest the players as there was not much wrong to put right other than not rushing the passes thus avoiding costly turnovers.

Little Aaliyah was thrown into the cauldron of a one-point game and all the pressure that such circumstances entail. Well she stood her ground and helped the incredible four other players to hold the fort until Amelia could come back on. Despite best efforts we found ourselves down by five points.
Another time-out.
The Paracetamol seemed to do its magic and Amelia announced she was ready to play. Aleena scored a wonderful deep-two shot, then she combined with Nora once again and Nora scored. The Cobras responded but Nora and Aleena were unstoppable. Another give-and-go and Nora scored. Once again the Cobras replied but once again Aleena and Nora combined to keep us within one point.
Heroic Amelia scored another great basket and the lethal duo (Nora and Aleena) combined for the n’th time to give Aleena the opportunity to score.

But we were still one point down and the time was running out.

Not for the first time, Alanagh took matters into her own hands and went up for the shot but the ball danced agonisingly around the ring and dropped out. The Cobras went into the counter-attack but hit the buffers as our brave girls screamed back to defend (don’t ask me how they found the energy) and thwarted their layup. Nora popped out of the scrum with the defensive rebound and it was our turn to attack with 49 seconds on the clock. After some frantic play, Aleena emerged with the ball on the left side and drained her shot to put us one point ahead with 6.8 seconds to go. With the ball in our opponents’ hands, Diego, the Cobras coach, called a time-out in the hope he would run a play to give his excellent no.9 a chance to win the game for them.
All our girls had to do was stick to their designated players like glue, win the ball back and hold it until the buzzer goes. Well, guess what. That was exactly what they did to the jubilation of everyone associated with the Blackhawks!

What an evening for our brave, BRAVE girls.

Our MVP was Amelia, who despite being ill, played the game of her life scoring 14 points. Aleena and Nora must have worn their shoes to the soles of their feet, while Anthonia and Alanagh did not stop running, cutting, defending, rebounding and helping in any way they could. We are eternally grateful to little Aaliyah and her parents who turned up to save the day.

Another one-point win for our Girls who are now 3-and-4 (3 wins 4 losses) and climbing up the table!

Blackhawks: Aleena(12), Nora(7), Amelia(14), Alanagh(1), Anthonia(4), Aaliyah.
Coach: Costas Rakitzis 

Woking Blackhawks Girls vs  Bracknell Cobra Girls

What a good win this was, especially when seen from a statistical perspective!

Led by Niamh and Nora, the girls did themselves and us all proud.

3-0 was a football score in Q1 with Nora scoring all 3 points but at least we kept a clean sheet as all five girls on the floor defended like lionesses.
Niamh continued Nora’s good work at the Point in Q2 and gave us the psychological basket very early to make it 5-0. The Cobra girls came back with a basket of their own but Anthonia and Niamh came back with one basket each to raise the spirits. Then Aleena decided it was time to attack the Cobras’ defence and lay a great pass to Niamh who made no mistake.

A message from coach Costa (Head of Girls Basketball)

Dear players, parents and volunteers

A very warm welcome to the new 2017-18 season!

Upon taking on this role, I promised the Club’s Exec that I will deliver a 3-year programme during which our young female players will develop as players and human beings to become the best they can be.

I also promised that the players will be at the top our pyramid and I will implement any changes necessary to ensure this is - and remains - the case.
This can only be achieved through constructive dialogue with me, my coaches and team manager.

My singular objective this season is to ensure that after every session, our players leave the court happy because they had fun and energised because they learned more and improved their game. It would also be nice to win a few games along the way!

 

Woking Blackhawks Girls v Yateley Silverbacks 26-25

Bracknell League U14 - 22 September 2017, Wellington College, Crowthorne

Friday evening. The satnav took us on a tour of Crowthorne but we finally made it into the car park with time to spare. Alanagh and her mum were there already and soon four more of our players arrived. At least we had a team.

Alexandra and her mum came the same way we did, so they had a tour of the town too before they made it in just before tip. We now had a sub too!