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Cup Competitions

CUP FINALS DAY

Played at the Aldershot Garrison Leisure Centre on Sunday 26th January 2020

RICHARD BELL PLATE
FARNBOROUGH PHANTOMS 79 AZTECS SUNS 46

A strong performance by Farnborough in the first quarter paved the way to a comprehensive victory over Suns. A thirteen point deficit at the end of the quarter did not deter Aztecs who fought back well in the second quarter, reducing the lead to 10 points. However, from then on, Farnborough made their superiority pay with a dominant third quarter winning it by a clear 15 points and continued in the last 10 minutes to win the Plate. There were some outstanding contributions from both teams worthy of mention. For Aztecs Suns, their number 10, C Phillips and Number 33, B Webb never stopped running and trying whilst for Farnborough, in the first quarter, V Obanor was outstanding, and their Captain, L Ewing played well throughout. But the MVP for the Richard Bell Plate was awarded to Farnborough’s Olivia Treacy for her all round game with shooting and passing accuracy.

KARL TAYLOR PLATE
SLOUGH SCORPIANS 65 WOKING BLACKHAWKS THUNDER A 46

In a Division 1 v Division 2 Final, Slough proved too strong for a game Woking side. They led by 13 points after the first quarter, but Woking edged the second by 1 points. With the score at 34 – 22 at the break, Slough then went on a scoring spree with 15 unanswered points to build what proved to be an unassailable lead. Woking didn’t capitulate and fought hard to pull the game back. There were some outstanding performances on both sides especially by Liam Roberts on the Slough team and Janis Neveroskis playing for Thunder. Liam Roberts was named as MVP.

RICHARD BELL CUP

AZTECS STORM 65 ALDWORTH ARROWS 37

The final between the two strongest Ladies teams over the past few seasons was eagerly anticipated. Aztecs proved to be the better team on the day, outplaying Aldworth whose cause was not helped by an early injury to their key player, Caroline Turner. However, they played with heart throughout but Aztecs were strong defensively and had the accurate shooting of Becky Wellington throughout the match to ensure that their score ticked over. Every player deserves credit for the way the game was played and Aztecs deservedly were the winners. Debate on who should be awarded MVP was fierce, but after consideration, it was awarded to Auriel Stevens from Aztecs for all aspects of basketball.

KARL TAYLOR CUP

READING ROCKETS 77 TEAM SWINDON 91

On paper one would have expected Team Swindon who are leaders in Division 1 to have it their own way against Division 3 Leaders Reading Rockets. However it was anything but this with a really entertaining and well fought out final. Swindon just had the better of the first quarter edging it 21 – 15. But Reading stormed back in the second to lead by 43 – 42 at the half time break. Swindon regrouped in the third quarter and won it by 21 points to lead by 77 – 57 with just the fourth quarter to go. Despite a gallant effort by Reading they were never in a position to reduce the arrears completely but a spirited effort saw them win the final quarter by six points. Swindon deservedly took victory. It was great to see two new teams contest the final. MVP for the game was awarded to Tony Wilburn, the Swindon Captain.

Thanks should be recorded for the efforts of the Committee for the smooth running of Finals Day. Also to the referees and table officials who officiated on the day.

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