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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 11

  Sunday, December 8, 2019

Saturday 7th December

Lewisham Thunder 49-101 Mystics U18 - Cup Quarter Final

Mystics U18 advanced to the Semi Finals of the National Cup after a mammoth win on the road against Lewisham Thunder on Saturday afternoon.

Mystics U18 will face Ipswich at home in the Semi-Final on Sunday 12th January TBC.

Up next for Mystics U18 is a home game against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday 21st December at 1:00pm.

Magic U16 84-53 Manchester Giants

Magic U16 moved to 8-0 in the Premier North after a comfortable win at home against in-city rivals Manchester Giants on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 was home game against Newcastle Eagles in the National Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday, find out how they got on below.

Derby Trailblazers 46-75 Trafford U16

Trafford U16 moved to 10-0 in the Premier North after a cosy win on the road against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against Manchester Giants on Sunday 15th December at 12:00noon.

Mystics 2 U16 117-10 Liverpool

Mystics 2 U16 moved to 7-1 in the North League after an enormous win at home against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 is a home game against Lancashire Spinners on Sunday 15th December at 3:30pm.

Cheshire Phoenix 34-77 Magic U14

Magic U14 moved to 5-0 in the Premier North after a considerable win on the road against Cheshire Phoenix on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 was a home game against City of Birmingham Rockets on Sunday, find out how they got on below.

Chorley Mammoths 39-94 Magic 2 U14

Magic 2 U14 moved to 7-0 in the North West League after an extensive win on the road against Chorley Mammoths on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is a home game against Mersey Mavericks Purple on Saturday 14th December at 3:30pm.

Nottingham Wildcats 43-88 Mystics U14

Mystics U14 moved to 6-0 in the North League after a substantial win on the road against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is an away game against Sheffield Hatters on Saturday 14th December at 12:30pm.

Coach Jim's report:

Last Saturday Mystics U14 visited the land of Robin Hood to play Nottingham Wildcats but it was the away side who turned out to be the sharp-shooters. Following last week's lightning beginning against Spinners (which received thunderous applause from the capacity crowd!), I opted to go with a starting 5 full of more speed than can be found in a major drugs haul, comprising of Emily, Daisy, Holly, Alejandra and Dominique.

This quintet of talented athletes put on a show worthy of top spot at the Royal Variety Performance. The 7 minute burst of up-tempo basketball they put together would have delighted those in the heavens. (It was an Angel Delight!) It was as near to perfection as a well-cooked full English breakfast with extra bacon. They purloined an 18-0 lead courtesy of offense as slick as Slickerman (Spiderman's best mate) and defence which was as mean as a miser with short arms and deep pockets.

The already commanding lead prompted me to make changes in keeping with my policy of sharing court time whenever feasible. To their credit, Nottingham, who are a capable outfit who resemble a set of teeth with plenty of filings- they are well-drilled - took advantage to hit back as the first quarter, which had been as exciting as any Game of Thrones episode, closed at 26-10. (The score, not the time.)

A similarly explosive opening to the second period saw us pull away further with 12 unanswered points. By half-time, both sides had doubled their tally so that we led 52-20. This had undoubtedly been our most impressive half of basketball of the season so far and by far. All available 11 Mystics had already combined to make more positive contributions than most charities receive in a similar time span.

The margin continued to increase throughout the second half despite the fact that Wildcats are a tall, physical well-coached team who ran some nice offensive sets. As their name suggests, they were ready to pounce on any lapses of concentration (which are likely to occur in any side at this age.) They capitalised on any occasion when we were like a novice apprentice witch i.e. when we had shaky spells. In fairness to our girls, these were rare and those involved invariably responded to the advice given to put things right immediately.

The contest was very well officiated both on the floor and on the table (under it, really). The senior referee was most complimentary post-game but I was distracted from his pleasantries because he was so wet. (Not wet as in he was a drip. Wet as in he was dripping.) Sweating sickness was supposedly eradicated over 300 years ago but this nice man must not have been vaccinated. He, himself, admitted that he had never leaked so much during a game - a testimony to the pace of our transitional game.

As a team performance, this was akin to the summit of Mont Blanc- right up there. Individually, too, there was much to admire. In number order: Ciara amazed us with the number of defensive rebounds she pulled despite being the most vertically challenged player on view. Holly displayed a toughness worthy of Anthony Joshua by refusing to back down, or go down, following a right hook to the mouth. Dominique proved she is an Olympic sprinter in the making with her unerring lay-ups on her weak hand.

Daisy was immaculate at both ends throughout. (Enough said.) Emily impersonated a runaway train. She was unstoppable. (Enough said.) Alejandra shone as brightly as Sirius, the brightest star in the Galaxy. Favour did us one with her strength and finishing ability. Maria was again a model of focus and effort. Issy felt ill but played well. (Is that a pun?) Harriet was as reliable as a Robin while Amy rebounded well as well as demonstrating she is tougher than cheap steak by showing no pain and playing on even though she had broken a finger.

Such spirit and determination was also matched by Issy's resolve to continue to give her all despite feeling as well as the Rolling Stone, Keith Richard looks. Not to be left out, Molly has been ill for longer than it now takes me to cut my toe nails but she still had to be grounded to prevent her making an appearance. I include these examples merely to illustrate the phenomenal mental toughness this impressive group possesses.

Many thanks to my super assistants James and Louise and sincere gratitude to everyone who gave lifts to ferry us to the game. Without your kindness, some players would have missed out.

Next up, it's the long-awaited encounter of the only 2 unbeaten under 14 teams in either Premier League - Mystics and Sheffield.

Jim

 

Sunday 8th December

Newcastle Eagles 63-52 Mystics WBBL - WBBL Cup Quarter Final

Mystics WBBL drop out of the WBBL Cup at the Quarter Final stage after a low-scoring loss on the road against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Mystics were led by Sara Djassi 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, with support from Georgia Jones 12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal,  Sam Roscoe 11 points, 9 rebounds and an assist, Rheanne Bailey 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, Jade Mbam 6 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal,  Dom Allen 2 points, a rebound and a steal, and Vanessa Akra 4 rebounds.

Up next for Mystics WBBL is a home game against Leicester Riders on Saturday 14th December at 4:00pm.

Newcastle Eagles 57-117 Magic U18

Magic U18 moved to 5-0 in the Premier North after an emphatic win on the road against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 is an away game against in-house rivals Trafford U18 on Thursday 12th December at 6:30pm.

Magic U16 80-53 Newcastle Eagles - Cup Quarter Final

Magic U16 advanced to the Semi Finals of the National Cup after a significant win at home against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon, to go 2-0 on the weekend.

Magic U16 will face Luton at home in the Semi-Final on Sunday 12th January TBC.

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game against City of Edinburgh on Saturday 14th December at 1:00pm.

Magic 2 U16 62-63 Manchester Giants Regional White

Magic 2 U16 moved to 4-3 in the North West 2 after a one point loss at home against Manchester Giants Regional White on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U16 is an away game against Cheshire Wire White on Saturday 14th December at 10:00am.

City of Sheffield Hatters 77-42 Mystics U16 - Cup Quarter Final

Mystics U16 drop out of the National Cup at the Quarter Final stage after a disappointing loss on the road against City of Sheffield Hatters on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is a home game against City of Sheffield Hatters on Saturday 14th December at 3:30pm.

Magic U14 66-53 City of Birmingham Rockets

Magic U14 moved to 6-0 in the Premier North after a tense win at home against City of Birmingham Rockets on Sunday afternoon, to go 2-0 on the weekend.

Up next for Magic U14 was an away game against Cheshire Wire Green on Saturday 14th December at 2:00pm.

Mystics 2 U14 78-35 Newcastle Eagles

Mystics 2 U14 moved to 4-3 in the North League after a convincing win at home against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 is an away game against Stockport Lapwings on Saturday 14th December at 2:00pm.

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