Let's start our weekend report with our featured team - the U12s. Here Proud Coach Stuart tells us how the afternoon went:
"The U12 National League, mixed regional squad, kicked off in style with 2 home matches against Shenley and Reading.
Every Eagles player made a positive contribution and the team worked tirelessly throughout both matches, which was amazing to witness. The team spirit shown both on the court and from bench was immense.
Results are not always the main objective of the day, and this day was no different. The players brief was to:
Show fast breaks
Look for the pass and move
Demonstrate tough defence and of course have fun and show some flair.
Captain Immie (the only girl in all 3 squads) led the way with relentless fast breaks and ended the day joint top scorer with Jack.
Plenty of positives to suggest this Eagles team will be competitive at this high level and the future looks orange!
The Eagles family is not just about the on-court action, thank you parents for you continued support too. A big cheer also goes to our 2 junior table officials and 2 junior referees along with our experienced scorer, whom without we would not have a game"
The U18s also showed great spirit and notched up the Eagles' first NL win of the season. Well done boys. Coach Chris reports:
"Away at Kingston gave us our first league win of the season with contributions across the team and the beginnings of the zone attack offence paying dividends.
There was no score for the first 5 mins of the game on some pretty unforgiving rims but we went ahead and never trailed in the game. There were several runs by both teams and a few occasions it got close but we kept pulling away benefiting from a longer bench and at the end when Kingston pressed we were fresh enough to break it down.
Dillon provided a great effort on offence top scoring with 15 and special mention for Harry Millbank who was dynamic in a short burst at the start of the second half having already played for the U16s.
Free throws and missed lay ups could have cost us in a closer game so plenty to work on
Great result - well done boys. A 54-71 win."
And last but not least, in their development season, the U16NL played a tough game against the unbeaten Woking Blackhawks. Coach Steve was on the bench and gave us this report.
"The U16s played against a very good Woking team who were much bigger, organised and experienced. The Eagles got off to a poor start and were caught out by Woking’s defensive pressure. They were down points early and heads went down as the zone attack was not working. But, hey ho, this was the first time playing against a zone - so early days.
A timeout was called to try and find some of the Eagles' spirit. This worked and from here on in the Eagles played much, much better. Alex and Harry were the stand out performers contributing at both ends of the court. Harry dominated the 4th quarter with some great scoring and circus shots and the Eagles actually won this quarter. Lyran once again showed off his potential on the offensive end. Once the Eagles learn to play better against the press and defend the fast break the results will start to got the Eagles way.
At the end of the game the referee came over and complimented the Eagles on the way the played. This was a very good performance against a very, very good team. The Eagles showed great team spirit and this bodes well for the future.
So, next week sees our U14s and Girls start their NL campaigns. Good luck to all!