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Raiders Leave North Devon Empty Handed
Oct 4, 2011, 3:19 pm

North Devon 81 – 20 Weymouth Raiders

Given the scale of the defeat in their opening game of the season, the mood amongst the Weymouth Raiders on the long trip back from North Devon was surprisingly buoyant. The Raiders included eight debutants in their eleven man squad and had had only one training session together prior to their encounter with the highly experienced North Devon team. To make the challenge even tougher North Devon were playing in the top division of the Exeter District League last season and have started this campaign by winning both their opening two games convincingly.

An upset looked possible for about a minute of the opening quarter as the Raiders took an early lead through Andy Steel. Unfortunately the young pretenders were quickly put in their place, and the pattern of the match established, as a string of baskets from Ellis and Wrey let the Raiders know it wasn’t to be their lucky night. A single shot from outside by Andy Blackwood was all the Raiders could manage in reply as the first quarter ended 21- 4 to North Devon.

The second quarter continued in much the same vein. Raiders did not help themselves by giving the ball away too frequently with careless passing and this enabled North Devon to regularly break away for easy baskets. There was a little glimmer of hope for Weymouth towards the end of the quarter when Gerry Legg-Saunders scored back-to-back baskets but a half time score line of 39-12 left Raiders with little hope of staging a recovery.

In the third and fourth quarters Weymouth continued to show plenty of spirit but still found points very hard to come by. The final score of 81-20 was an accurate reflection of a very comfortable win for North Devon.

The Raiders are very much a “nursery” team – aiming to give experience to young players in the hope of developing the skills to enable them to progress up to Weymouth’s other two teams – the Cowboys and the Bandits. For this reason there is no attempt to keep the “best” five players on the court and to substitute bench players in only occasionally. Instead the philosophy is to give everyone, irrespective of ability or experience, a fair share of court time. The down side of this policy is that, occasionally, as in this game, they may end up on the wrong side of a heavy defeat. For coach Andy Blackwood however there were some positive things to take from the game. Speaking afterwards he said “It was always going to be a difficult opening game for us and, although it’s never fun to lose, I’m not too down heartened by the size of the defeat. We have many inexperienced young players who are sure to learn a lot as the season progresses. I suppose what pleased me most was the positive attitude that everyone displayed. Nobody’s head dropped and everyone kept working hard. If we can maintain that, then we should have an enjoyable season.”

Raiders MVP: Jamie Dixon

Raiders scorers: G. Legg-Saunders 6 pts, A. Steel 6 pts, A. Blackwood 4pts, D. Dale 2 pts, J. Dixon 2 pts, M. Ayles, C. Brown, M. Dixon, J. Durston, K. Houlden, S. Reece

Pacers Start New Season In Style
Sep 25, 2011, 8:23 pm



EXETER EAGLES                            33



With little time for pre-season training before the start of the new Exeter and District League Basketball season, the opening minutes of this first game were, unsurprisingly, a very scrappy affair, with shooting often wide of the mark and recognisable offensive player movement lacking. However Pacers were having the better of the opening exchanges and by the first break were 8-4 points ahead.

At the start of the second quarter Pacers offensively held a much better shape and were now shooting from a closer range. As a result Pacers’ lead was extended, up to eleven points at one stage. Then, with some lapses in the visiting team’s defence, the Eagles players had a run of scoring which brought the game back to being very much in the balance. Pacers recovered a little, scoring consecutive baskets, but a 3-point score by the home team just before the break left Pacers just six points ahead, 22-16, at half-time.

The start of the second half saw Pacers have their best period of the game with excellent transitional play moving the ball up court quickly and Emily Ashford, Lucinda Baines and Emma Stainforth finished off the moves effectively. With their lead firmly into double figures, Pacers dropped the intensity of their work rate and in the remaining minutes of the third quarter Eagles recovered the deficit a little to be behind 27-38 at the break. Pacers looked to pick up the pace of the game and their rate of scoring at the start of the final quarter. However the players lacked the same vision as previously and so their lead was not greatly extended whilst at the other end of the court Eagles failed to make any inroads into the score differential as Pacers’ defence remained resolute. Consequently, at the final whistle, the Newton Abbot based players were very pleased to get their season started with a win, 48-33. The most pleasing aspect of the game though was how quickly debutants, Jodie Churchward and Emma Stainforth, settled into the team with both of them making significant contributions during the game.


Scorers/Players: E. Ashford 16, L.Baines 12, E. Stainforth 8, J. Churchward 4,

A. Sinden 4, T. Burton 2, P. Rothwell 1, G. Sinden 1 and H. Burton.

Regional Referee's Seminar
Jul 9, 2011, 11:25 am

Message from Darren BOLT:


‘I am determined to ensure officials at all levels within West and Wales are assisted to increase their knowledge, experience and understanding, this of course will enhance the area’s various league structures’.


‘In my role as referee’s representative in the SWRC I have taken steps and spoken to Will Jones in recent months, we have both come up with an idea which will set the West and Wales apart from other regions in delivering top quality presentations and clinics to referees of all abilities across the area. This will enhance the quality of Officiating across the regions at all levels and provide everyone who referees in our areas at every level a real opportunity to improve and learn from top quality officials’.


I have arranged a Referee Seminar/Clinic at Richard Huish College in Taunton (Central Location) for Sunday 28th August 2011. The clinic will begin at 11am and finish at about 3/4pm. There will be presentations and power-points in a classroom setting, followed by mechanics and rules sessions in the Dome at the college. I want this to become a regular event in our calendar and hope that this initiative will happen several times during the season.


The sessions will be delivered by Will Jones (FIBA), Haydn Jones (FIBA), Gavin Williams (FIBA) and myself (BBL).


There will be a very minor cost to Officials to attend this event. The amount will depend on how many attend but I envisage a nominal cost of £5-£10 per referee and I will also be seeking a contribution from regional basketball committees to assist with this development.


‘I would encourage all referees at whatever level they officiate to play a part in this initiative which will set us apart from other regions’.

Those interested please email their 'expression of interest' to him on dbolt5900@btinternet.com

League Entry Applications To Be In Soon!
Jun 6, 2011, 9:50 pm

With less than a week to go, league applications are flooding in for the 2011/12 season, despite the difficult financial situation Exeter and District Basketball Association's decision to reduce costs last year to assist clubs and squeeze increases this year seems to be paying off with clubs entering the league increasing again.

If you still wish to get an application in, they must reach the General Secretary by the 13th June via email and followed up with hard copy and cheque for entrance fee as soon as possible so that the fixture schedule and referee's appointments can be organised prior to the mid September start.

A 2011/12 application form can be found under the 'Download' tab - come and join the entertaining season where teams want to play and over 97% were played last season.

Torbay Tigers Claim 'Best in The West' Title 2011
Jun 6, 2011, 9:44 pm

In the first event of it's kind, Torbay Tigers triumphed over the top teams of adjoining regional leagues to claim the 'Best of the West' Title on behalf of Exeter and District League.

In a 'round robin' competition involving five leagues and with some very closely fought contests, Tigers secured three wins to claim the trophy in what is hoped to be the first of several tournaments of it's kind.

Level III Referee's Course to be held 3rd to 5th June 2011
Apr 7, 2011, 3:40 pm


 Darren BOLT will run a Level III Course between Friday afternoon 3rd June until Sunday 5th June 2011, the course will be for 12 people and will take place at Middlemoor, Exeter. Full costs of the course are awaited from EBBA but if anyone would like to express an interest in participating on the course to email Darren on dbolt5900@btinternet.com

Check out The Whistle Blower section for help and advice for the course that ranges from the current rules updates, to Game Management and 'Decision Time' where we test your knowledge!

Torbay Tigers Take Two Titles 2010/11 Season
Apr 6, 2011, 9:02 pm

Torbay Tigers followed up their Division I Champions title by taking the Play Off Final on Sunday 3rd April to wrap up a successful season - Tigers currently have two teams in the League with their 'development' side obtaining a very respectable position in Division II to show all is going well at the Torbay club based at Churston Ferrers school.

Duskies 'White' Washed
Mar 12, 2011, 12:36 pm

Dusk's Weymouth Huskies faced a very tall and strong Exeter Eagles White team on Wednesday 9th March @ Weymouth college. 

The Eagles who are currently in second position in the Exeter district basketball association's womens league table, with an impressive 14 games with 3 losses record were going to be very tough opposition for the Huskies, in what was to be their last league game of the 2010/2011 season.

The game began and the visitors wasted no time, winning the tip and running the ball in quickly for first blood.  The Huskies were working hard on defence but the sheer size and strength of the Eagles meant that they were collecting all of the rebounds at both ends.  This left the Huskies with few options on offence and the hosts struggled to get into the game with just twelve points in the first half 8 from Jayne Guppy and 2 each for Ellen Blackwood and Nicole Cornish.

The Second half began and the Huskies changed their defence to man to man hoping to slow the Eagles attack and get some much needed turnovers.  Although  the change in defence slowed the visitors for a spell and allowed Weymouth MVP Sarah James to grab a couple of baskets, it was short lived as the visitors took a timeout and changed tactics.  The Huskies were now dealing well with the full court press which was killing them early in the game, but their shots were just refusing to fall.  The Huskies worked hard on defence for the last quarter and played some good possession basketball on offence but it wasn't enough to stop the Eagles finishing the game comfortable winners 95 - 24.

Coach Che Osborne said " It was always going to be a very tough game tonight and I think we lacked at times on the defensive end of the court.  I think we played some good basketball at the offensive end at times, but we really struggled to finish at the basket which is what puts the points on the board at the end of the day.  That being said most of the girls always manage to stay positive and approach every game with an excellent attitude.  It hasn't been easy this season and we have very rarely been up to full strength if at all. We will have plenty of stuff to work on ready for next season where I hope we can improve our league standing by this time next year".

Jayne Guppy 12, Ellen Blackwood 6, Sarah James 4, Nicole Cornish 2, Carly Dean, Leanne Handley, Sadie Osborne, Rosie Moore, Rosin Greenup,

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