Serbia celebrated its second straight win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. After thriller victory in Day One, Serbia cruised past United Kingdom on Friday 71-59 and booked a ticket for the next stage. At the other side, UK dropped to 0-2 in Group D. They will have to beat Slovakia in do-or-die game on Saturday. Snezana Colic (178-G-92) was the leading player in Serbia with 24 points. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) helped with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while hero from Day One Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) added 10 pts in this meeting. Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) shined in defeat with 25 points and 9 boards. Their second scorer was Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) with 14 points (7 rebs). Serbia was up by 7 at the halftime, but UK cut the margin to 5 pts with ten minutes to go. Serbia shined offensively in the last quarter (21-14) to take the victory in this meeting. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Serbia will play against Russia and will try to win Group D with perfect 3-0 record. As mentioned above, UK will take on Slovakia.
Bart Sengers has been be appointed as the new National Performance & WBBL Franchise coach on a two-year contract. The highly respected Dutch coach will take charge of the WBBL franchise & Female National team Programme with immediate effect. This role will work with those players who have the potential to play at the Commonwealth Games and players who have long term potential to represent Scotland and Great Britain alongside a complement of highly talented non-Scottish players. Importan... [read more]
Bart Sengers has been be appointed as the new National Performance & WBBL Franchise coach on a two-year contract. The highly respected Dutch coach will take charge of the WBBL franchise & Female National team Programme with immediate effect.
This role will work with those players who have the potential to play at the Commonwealth Games and players who have long term potential to represent Scotland and Great Britain alongside a complement of highly talented non-Scottish players. Importantly, he will also work with coaches and clubs who buy into our system to support their development where he can. We are also looking at the additional support we can put around clubs and coaches who want to develop players to a high standard.
Sengers joins the organisation with a vast coaching experience in the female game behind him having lead numerous Dutch National squads at Euro A Championships & been awarded coach of the year for two consecutive seasons (2012 & 2012) in the Dutch Senior Women's National League with Eurosped Twente and Lekdetec Bemmel respectively.
His early career saw him installed as assistant coach with the Senior and U18 Dutch National teams before progressing to lead their Under 18 Women at Euro A in both 2015 & 2016. His appointment is a huge coup for basketballscotland, the WBBL Franchise and our National Squad and was part of a rigorous recruitment process which saw a number of high quality coaches apply from which Sengers emerged as the outstanding candidate.
In the last two seasons he has been Head of Women's Performance Basketball at the University of Edinburgh leading them to success in the Scottish Basketball Championships as well as hugely successful campaigns in BUCS. He is now relishing the chance to lead the new WBBL Franchise and the Scotland Women's National Performance Pathway;
His excitement for role was clear and the opportunity to work with a group of talented athletes in stating; 'I am really excited to do all I can to make a difference for women's basketball in Scotland. I have seen a lot of talented players and I am excited to contribute to them developing best they can. Coaching in the WBBL next season is also something I am excited about.'
In discussing what he was most looking forward to in the role, Sengers had this to say; 'I am most looking forward to getting started! There is a lot of work to be done like getting players to buy in, planning practices, making development plans for our talents and deciding on how to maximize their ability together as a team.'
With the challenge of the WBBL also aligned to this role, the new coach was excited about how this can impact the game in Scotland and provide further opportunities.
He stated, 'Having a WBBL franchise in Scotland is fantastic. It gives a lot of Scottish players a chance to see this level of play in their own country and now a chance to play at that level is closer to home than ever.
"It can inspire young kids to start playing basketball and talented players to work even harder.'
Kevin Pringle, CEO at basketballscotland had this to say about this appointment and the future of the female game in Scotland under Sengers guidance;
He said, 'We are absolutely delighted to have appointed Bart to this key role for the organisation and the performance side of the female game.'
On Sengers profile and experience he added that he was 'without doubt the outstanding candidate that we spoke to and it bodes well for the game in Scotland that such a talented and sought after coach wants to work with us in developing & growing our sport.'
Further to his vast coaching experience and success, Sengers holds an MSc in Applied Communications Science.
He will take up his role with immediate effect and will initially hold a two year contract in the build-up and participation in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Eurobasket.com All-English WBBL Awards 2016 - May 17, 2016
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Playoffs MVP: Abigail Asoro (183-F-93) of Northumbria; Player of the Year: Amber Stokes (178-SG-90) of Nottingham; Guard of the Year: Amber Stokes (178-SG-90) of Nottingham; Forward of the Year: Baendu Lowenthal (183-F-88) of Sheffield Hatters; Center of the Year: Ashley Harris (187-F/C-90) of Nottingham; Domestic Player of the Year: Helen Naylor (180-F-87) of Sheffield Hatters; Import of the Year: Amber Stokes (178-SG-90) of Nottingham; Young Player of the Year: [read more]
Lee Ryan is counting down the days to when his Oaklands Wolves side step onto a Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) floor for the first time. One of two new clubs announced yesterday as competing during the 2017-18 campaign, the 'Wolfpack' are ready to get their teeth into the challenge of joining the UK's women's elite - along with fellow newcomers Basketball Scotland. 'This is great recognition for the work we have done here in a relatively short time,' enthused the play-caller.... [read more]
Lee Ryan is counting down the days to when his Oaklands Wolves side step onto a Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) floor for the first time.
One of two new clubs announced yesterday as competing during the 2017-18 campaign, the 'Wolfpack' are ready to get their teeth into the challenge of joining the UK's women's elite - along with fellow newcomers Basketball Scotland.
'This is great recognition for the work we have done here in a relatively short time,' enthused the play-caller.
'Our players have proved that they can compete over the past two seasons with us winning the Women's League and Trophy in 2014/15 and having three players compete for Brixton this season.
'Having our own WBBL franchise will now give us a new challenge and raise the standard of everything we deliver.
'The league is impressive and has already elevated the level of the women's game - I believe that we can add to the growth of the sport and provide another opportunity for elite players,' continued Ryan.
'It is also perfect timing for our recently launched youth programme.
'We currently have three girls in the England Under 16 squad and this will give them and their teammates the opportunity to compete all the way through the Basketball England junior leagues into the top flight WBBL.'
The team will play its home fixtures out of the impressive Oaklands College and everyone involved with the facility and the club are looking to build upon their past experience of hosting international youth camps and games involving England.
'We are ready to create a fun home game experience for current and new supporters throughout Hertfordshire and beyond,' confirmed Michael Ball, Director of Basketball.
'Oaklands Wolves intend to make Sunday afternoon their home game day and we will be looking to help grow the WBBL fan-base.'
You can find out more about Oaklands Wolves via wolves.oaklands.ac.uk and on social media via their official facebook page and on both Instagram and twitter as Oaklandsball
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