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Sep 23, 2009, 1:34 pm

Exeter Eagles open with a loss…but a cracking game! 

23rd Sept. 2009.

Exeter Eagles Ladies went down to a powerful Newton Abbott Pacers ladies team 57-61 in an enthralling game last night. In a very up tempo style the Eagles took an early lead only to be pegged back by the Pacers who went into the half time break 30-29 up. Both teams played very hard at both ends of the floor in a high quality and very quick game. The Pacers closed the game out by 4 points to seal the victory. 

However the refs Karl Rowland and Dave Smoothy were as red faced as I have seen them!  An iron lung my have to be supplied for the Refs by the young Eagles ladies team at further fixtures!!!!


Coach Henman.

Devon Peelers Take The Spoils
Sep 21, 2009, 10:56 pm

Devon Peelers women took first blood in an open match with a much improved Bridport Diva's. In a low scoring match which was evidently an early season match Peelers managed to stay one step ahead of Bridport despite the best efforts of MVP Gwen Alner.

Peelers lost Claire Langdon in the first quarter to a serious knee injury that appeared to 'pop' out whilst falling following a shot. This loss upset the pattern of the Peeler's game plan.

MVP Vicki Lewandowski stepped up to the plate with 6 points in the first quarter with captain Andi Darbey assisting with 4 quick break points to give a 4 point lead at the end of the 1st quarter.

This was extended to 6 points at the end of the 1st half with Sarah Hodgkinson finding the basket with two outside shots. With good defensive rebounding by Gemma Willcocks Peelers seemed all in control.

Emma Prestwich came into the game in the second half with some hard running to prevent fast breaks by Bridport's Gwen Alner and the Peelers extended their lead to 8 points at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Just when Peelers were all in control Gwen Alner and Sarah Fullegar came back at Peelers who were cruising, Gwen scored a 3 pointer in the last quarter but Peelers held on for the last offence of the day winning by 3 points.

Cowboys get out gunned in season opener
Sep 19, 2009, 12:58 pm

Weymouth’s new basketball team, the Weymouth Cowboys started their Exeter and District league last week, squaring off against the Devon Peelers. Comprised of mostly 16 – 19 year olds from the area the cowboys faced a team that were packed full of experience in the Peelers.


From the get go the young side looked shaky, missing countless open lay-ups and allowing Peelers to comfortably keep par with them. It was only when Budmouth School prospect Gareth Williams steps up grabbing his team mates missed opportunities to keep Weymouth going. After the lethargic start Williams lead Weymouth to an 8 point lead at the half showing signs that they could compete against already established teams.


Devon came out much more aggressive in the second half switching to a man defence and forcing the young side to show their physical side. This worked to the Devon’s advantage as Weymouth’s frustration boiled over with Williams fouling out of the game. The Cowboy’s let the lead slip away and though keeping it within 5 point lead by college first year Dan Campbell, they lacked the focus to hold off the Peelers allowing for a 67 – 63 final score lose.


Coach Alex Fuhrmann “nothing to be worried about, it’s the first game of a new season for a new team. If this is the competition typical of the league then I'm happy that we are going to be able to compete and hopefully win some games.”


Scorers/Roster: Gareth Williams 19, Dan Campbell 13, Greg Kazek 8, Eric Olson 6, Alex Legg 5, Chris Philbrick 4, Marco Deter 4, Norton Rogers 2, Connor Doherty 2.

MVPs for the match were Dave Prywata for the Peelers with 28 pts and Dan Campbell with 13 points and an impressive 72% from the free throw line.

Taunton Come Out Fighting For the New Season
Sep 19, 2009, 12:53 pm

Taunton Revolution hosted their first game of the 2009 season at new venue Castle Sports Centre in Taunton on Monday 14th September against Exeter Nomads. Boosted by a good turn out of supporters including Andrew Knutt the Director of ADK Ltd, their main sponsor, the Revolution club came out of the gates focused, however Nomads would strike first with a few tough baskets.

Revolution guard Matt Acott was on fire in the first getting Taunton on the scoresheet with the first 7 points of the game, and 9 in the first quarter. Towards half time the game was close and neither team established a big lead. Strong inside play from Martyn Gladys would see him with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in the first half helping secure a lead of 40-36 at the break.

In the third session Nomads made their push to take the lead briefly, where a 3 pointer from Revolution Captain Marc Eggleton would tie the score. Acott would leave the game after a collision with the end wall, helping Nomads keep Taunton within reach. In the last period Taunton would make good use of fresh players to keep their energy up and get out on the break consistently.

In the last few minutes Cooper, Eggleton and Gladys would all secure the game from the free throw line. Revolution held Nomads to only 14 points in the quarter to take the win 78-69. A fantastic team effort and a great start to the season;

Most Valuable Player of the game was Matt Acott finishing with 24 points.

Poppy Whewell Named as Exeter Eagles Ladies Club Captain.
Sep 12, 2009, 4:29 pm

Poppy Whewell has made a welcome return the Exeter Eagles Ladies Basketball team as club Captain. The 6'2' Centre has committed herself for the season and brings great experience to a young Eagles team. I was very happy when Poppy said she wanted to play again. I was shocked at how high she can jump! A great athlete  and Player and a big bonous for the club. We are also hoping that some of the other players will also be returning from their studies.


Coach Henman

Congratulations to Norman Waldron for his Long Service Award to Schools Basketball
Aug 17, 2009, 11:35 pm


 Norman Waldron receiving his Long Servica Award for his work with English Schools Association

Congratulations from the Exeter and District Basketball Association to Norman Waldron who was recently the recipient of a Long Service Award from England Basketball for his work with the English School’s Basketball Association. Pictured here receiving his award from Rick Wooldridge.

‘The English Schools Basketball Association Secretary since 1981 and chief organiser of the Lilleshall Under 13 Inter-Regional tournaments for 25 years. Norman Waldron is one of the most well known and well respected basketball figureheads in England – both nationally and in his South West homestead’. Norman and Rick Wooldridge also formed one of the first basketball clubs in Devon – the Torbay Tigers – 34 years ago and earlier this year they became the 77th club in the country to receive the Sport England – England Basketball Clubmark Award.

2008 /9 season comes to a close with Play-Offs
May 15, 2009, 8:53 pm
       Congratulations to all those that participated in a fine and very entertaining season in both the League and Cup Competitions. All that is left is a reminder that the AGM is fast approaching (June 3rd) - all teams are to attend. There are Executive posts up for renewal and volunteers needed to assist in roles for the 2009/10 season.
       The entry forms for the new season will be out at the AGM, if you are an external club that would like to participate in next year's League please contact us via the web as soon as possible.

Not the Walk-Over that was Expected
Apr 7, 2009, 11:25 am
         The men's Exeter Police team went into their last home match of the season with several of their main players missing again due to work commitments and now facing the Champions Elect North Devon. North Devon arrived with a full squad but were surprised by the Police's better use of the basketball and were 16 - 10 down at the end of the first quarter. This wasn't going to last for long and by the time the half had finished North Devon were ahead 29 - 24 with some good play from their MVP Barry Wright with four quick baskets to close the half.
           In the second half Police lost another of their players who was summoned from the Court for work commitments by the mobile phone (their should be a law about it!) Dave Prywata had another good shift top-scoring the game with 22 points but was pipped to the MVP by Marcin Zacyzinski. Graham Brown astonished the crowd with 3 '3 pointers' from down town including two in quick succession that made North Devon 'look up and listen'.
           The Police ended up losing the match 45 - 61 but was not the walk-over that North Devon expected!

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