Outlaws 2 have completed the season with 13 wins and 1 loss.
This group of players have developed so much as a team since last season and individually every single player has improved.
They have all worked hard and shown what training and a willingness to listen and learn can achieve.
I was going to pick a Most valuable player for the team but i dont think it would be fair to do so every player has played there part in the teams success in becoming Divison 3 South East champions and they head to the Championship Finals in Worcester on June4/5th to battle to become overall 3rd Division National champions
Lets Go Outlaws!
Essex Outlaws Premier team have finished there season in 5th place.
Outlaws completed there season beating the Belfast Knights away 74-40 with debutants Steve Murphy and Tom Smith Scoring 34 between them to help the Outlaws get the win.
Last game vs Leeds Spiders at home was a great game for the spectators but not ending with the Outlaws on top.
Leeds have really stepped up this season and shown why they are going to the Championship finals ahead of the Outlaws.
Outlaws have some rebuilding to do in the next year but i believe the future looks positive.
Essex Outlaws young player Freya Levy has just returned home from the Under 25 European Championships in Germany.
She is a Champion and Gold medalist we are all proud of you and what you have achieved with many more achievements to come.
Excellent job Great Britain under 25 ladies.
Essex Outlaws Premier team were away this weekend knowing that they needed one win at the least to give them any hope of making the national playoffs at the end of the season.
Up first the Oldham Owls on saturday.
Outlaws gave everything to try and get the result and it took Oldham playing there best basketball to keep the Outlaws behind at the half time point.
The Outlaws coach made changes to the line up and they didnt work well at all with the Outlaws struggling to score and Oldham coming out fired up in the 3rd quarter. The game was taken away from Outlaws in 5 minutes off poor basketball.
The game result really didnt show the excellent work the Outlaws put in to the game with Oldham running out 79-50 winners.
Game 2 of the weekend was against Sheffield Steelers who were unbeaten since the first day of the season.
The Outlaws team that played performed very well pushing Sheffield all the way and if a few more shots had dropped at vital points in the game then it really could have happened.
Outlaws having only 5 players for the game played with great heart and spirit and never giving up.
It took Sheffields GB players past and present to step up at the end to pull away and win the game 58-46.
Outlaws have two remaining games against Belfast Knights and Leeds Spiders.
Mansell will blood some of the second team members at the premier level with next season in mind and coming back stronger to make a challenge for the Play offs next season.
A huge congratulations to the athletes who have been selected to represent the GB Junior Men at the 8th Fazza International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Dubai, UAE, from the 22nd–29th April 2016.
This tournament provides the GB Junior Men with an opportunity to build the team and challenge for selection for the World Championship in 2017. The squad combines the experience of Jim Palmer and Billy Bridge, two members of the 2014 U22 European Championship, and seven members of the team who are making their international debuts.
Pool stages will take place 24-27th April with the semi-finals and medal matches on the 27-28th April. The tournament will see Great Britain, Japan, Kuwait, Morocco, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and UAE put into two pools in the quest to secure a places in the knockout stages.
Matches will be live streamed at Dubai Sports T.V and also Dubai Club for the Disabled YouTube channel (DCD).
The GB Junior Men’s Team
· Jim Palmer – 1.0 (GLL & Aspire London Titans)
· Alex Mitton – 1.5 (Norwich Lowriders)
· Lanre Sowami – 2.0 (GLL & Aspire London Titans)
· Lewis Edwards – 2.5 (Tornados)
· Billy Bridge – 3.0 (Dinamo Lab Branco di Sardegna)
· Harry Blyth – 3.0 (GLL & Aspire London Titans)
· Ben Fox – 3.5 (Swindon Shock)
· Peter Cusack – 3.5 (CWBA)
· Matt Travers – 3.5 (Essex Outlaws)
· Aaron Hirst – 3.5 (RGK Tees Valley Titans)
· Jacob Robinson – 4.0 (GLL & Aspire London Titans)
· Mac Tomlinson – 4.5 (Swindon Shock)
Sunday 24th April
Two exciting games and two good results for the Outlaws
Outlaws 2 were up first playing in a title decider with the visiting Hackney Sparrows.
The game started well for the Outlaws taking an early lead but as expected this was always going to be a close battle and the Sparrows height was causing trouble for the defence and they ended the quarter 14-10 up.
The second quarter saw the Sparrows play with 5 tall players and the Outlaws struggled to get anything inside without being swamped from all angles.
Coach Mansell tried a press but the sparrows broke through and scored too easily again the London side won the quarter and took a lead of 8 points into half time 24-16.
Second half the Outlaws were better organised and to take away the sparrows height advantage they picked out players and managed to attack the sparrows with 5 against 4. Great ball movement and some excellent finishing saw the Outlaws win the quarter 17-6 (33-30)
The 4th quarter was very tense with both teams crating good chances and finishing it was going to come down to who could stop who the most. Alex Gerrish was pushed up to hustle the ball handling of the sparrows and this did enough to take them out of their stride and gave the Outlaws the advantage.
With literally 30 seconds to go Alex Gerrish drove hard to the basket and was fouled, two big free throws were awarded.
Alex kept his cool and sunk both shots giving the Outlaws the 3 point lead, Sparrows managed to get a shot away on the buzzer from near the half way line which rattled the ring but it was the Outlaws who come out on top winning 43-40 and taking the league title and promotion to division 2 next season.
Outlaws Premier Team
Today the visitors were the Coyotes (GB Ladies)
Outlaws had two players missing for today, Richard Chiassaro and Matthew Travers both away with their GB squads. Richard with racing and Matthew in Dubai with the GB under 22 squad.
Outlaws knew these ladies would be well prepared for the games by the GB staff and they came out with a real hunger for victory.
Jack Gibbs was on fire in the first quarter backed up by Mansell and the team creating great chances for them the Outlaws took the lead and the first quarter 21-14.
The Second and third quarters were tight with the ladies playing some excellent defence and the Outlaws hitting some big shots to keep things under control. Second quarter the score was 19-15 (Half time 37-26)
Third quarter score was 19-15 (56-41)
The 4th quarter saw the Outlaws rotating the bench and giving Murphy from Outlaws 2 a taste of the premier league in which he did well.
The Outlaws strength was the ability of every player being able to score for the team and this was just too much for the Coyotes to contend with the Outlaws running out 76-63 winners.