Massive weekend of Sport for SPIDER-Y
Spiders Under 15s bring Home Bronze
Super Saturday saw 16 junior wheelchair basketball teams from all across the country hit the courts of All Saints Sports Centre, Sheffield, for the highly awaited climax to the 2012/13 season: The Lord’s Taverners Junior League Finals.
Always a fantastic showcase of the sport and its future talent with the nation’s top U15 and U19 juniors battling it out, this year’s event proved to be no exception.
The U15 Event saw some incredibly close games in the opening round with both the RGK Sporting Rhinos defeating the Knights and the Aces beating the Wakefield Whirlwinds by a single basket (28-26 and 21-19 respectively). In addition, the game between the Leeds Spiders and GLL & Aspire London Titans came down to just three points, the Spiders coming away the winners (21-19) whilst CWBA earned a 19-8 win over the Jaguar AllStars to secure their spot in the semi finals.
The semi finals saw CWBA continue their impressive form with a 28-12 triumph over the Leeds Spiders whilst the RGK Sporting Rhinos saw off the Aces 36-15.
In the 5th-8th Play Offs, the Jaguar AllStars worked their way to a 23-12 win over the GLL & Aspire London Titans whilst the Wakefield Whirlwinds suffered another extremely narrow loss, the Knights taking a 12-11 victory.
The 7th/8th Play Off saw yet another close match with the GLL & Aspire London Titans just clinching a 21-20 win over the Wakefield Whirlwinds.
In the fight for 5th place, it was Knights who came out on top with a 30-15 triumph over the Jaguar AllStars.
The Bronze Medal game was an incredibly gripping affair that came right down to the wire with both the Leeds Spiders and Aces tied on 23 points a piece at the close of regular time. An extremely tense overtime followed and whilst the Aces were first to score, in the end, it was the Leeds Spiders who came away victorious: 27-25.
The Final saw CWBA continue their undefeated run, denying a comeback by the Rhinos to take a 20-16 win and the U15s title.
Top Scorer for Spiders - William Bonner 18 point, Joseph Calcut 17 points, Laura Carter 10 points, Dagan Roberts 9 points and Toby Wales 4 Points.
The D.A.R.S.UK Player of the Match Award Winners - Toby Wales.
Rhinos hold the Dragons to draw
Leeds Rhinos first game of the season against Medway Dragons got underway at Morley Leisure Centre, Leeds on Sunday 7th April 2013.
Leeds first game at Morley was started off well with some great passing and tackling, but Medway opened the scoring with no10 Adam Barnett, converted by Colin Slover no 15, with Rhino’s replying soon after with a try from Joshua Gardner no 4, missed conversion.
Medway continued on and had a ten point lead with 20 on the clock, but the Rhinos thought back with tries and conversions from Gardner, Gary Atkinson and Becky Idell in quick succession give Rhinos an half time lead of 26-16.
The second half started well for the Rhinos with debut try for Jamie Simpson after a well worked passing sequence.
Keith Senior (Ex England and Leeds Rhinos Player) and now working for Leeds Rugby Foundation came along to see the game, its his 2nd time and he was really impressed with the progress we have made since last year and enjoyed every minute his words #Bobon.
Moment of the Game – Debut try from James Simpson, and a great tackle for Nathan Collins to prevent a match winner for Medway.
Big hitter today. Joshua Gardner 12 points 2 tries & 2 conversions.
Joshua Gardner (12 points), Joshua Butler (4 points), Gary Atkinson (10 points), Becky Idell (8 points), James Simpson (4 points)
Andy Atkinson (0), Gavin Dobson (0), Craig Grimes (0), Nathan Collins (0)
Leeds Rugby Foundation Player of the Game award – Joshua Gardner presented by Keith Senior and Coach Karli Wilkinson.