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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 23

  Sunday, March 8, 2020

Thursday 5th March

Magic U18 79–38 Trafford U18

Magic U18 moved to 13-0 in the Premier North after a significant win at home against in-house rivals Trafford on Thursday evening.

Trafford U18 moved to 4-10 in the Premier North after a challenging loss ‘on the road’ against in-house rivals Manchester Magic on Thursday evening.

Up next for Magic U18 is an away game against Durham Wildcats on Tuesday 10th March at 7:45pm before a home game against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday 14th March at 1:00pm.

Up next for Trafford U18 was a home game against City of Leeds on Sunday find out how they got on below.

Saturday 7th March

University of Chester 63-71 Magic Seniors

Magic Seniors moved to 10-8 in the NBL Division 2 North after a hard-fought win on the road against University of Chester on Saturday evening, keeping them in contention for a spot in the play-offs.

Magic were led by Richard Bell 14 points, 17 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block, Josh Grant 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, Andre Gayle 13 points, 6 rebounds, an assist and a block, Jason Ani 11 points, 7 rebounds and an assist, Daniel Pilkington 6 points, 8 rebounds and an assist, Kyle Elly 4 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals, Ty Jordan 4 points, a rebound, an assist and a steal, Bailey Goodall 3 rebounds, Elgin Govan 1 point and Mo Shegow 1 rebound.

Up next for Magic Seniors is their final home game of the regular season against Sheffield Hallam Sharks on Saturday 14th March at 6:30pm.

Derby Trailblazers 48-80 Magic U16

Magic U16 moved to 19-1 in the Premier North after a thrashing win on the road against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday afternoon

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game against in-city rivals Manchester Giants on Saturday 14th March at 12:00noon.

City of Leeds 71-56 Trafford U16

Trafford U16 moved to 13-6 in the Premier North after a tough loss on the road against City of Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is a home game against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday 14th March at 1:00pm.

Sheffield Hatters 71-85 Mystics U16

Mystics U16 finish the regular season with a 10-5 record in the Premier North after an exciting win on the road against Sheffield Hatters on Saturday afternoon.

Mystics U16 await confirmation of the league placing and news about their fate in the play-offs.

Sheffield Hatters 2 57-86 Mystics 2 U16

Mystics 2 U16 finish the regular season with a 14-2 record in the North League after a considerable win on the road against Sheffield Hatters 2 on Saturday afternoon.

There are no play-offs for the North League teams so this concludes the Mystics 2 U16’s season, where they finished the league in second place, congratulations to the players and coaching staff for their amazing achievement this season.

Magic U14 104–85 Manchester Giants

Magic U14 moved to 14-0 in the Premier North after a convincing win at home against in-city rivals Manchester Giants on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is an away game against City of Birmingham on Saturday 14th March at 12:20pm.

Newcastle Eagles 39-75 Mystics 2 U14

Mystics 2 U14 moved to 10-5 in the North League after a comfortable win on the road against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 was a home game against Stockport Lapwing on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got on below.

Mystics U12 Red 60–19 City of Leeds

Mystics U12 Red 38–71 Sheffield Hatters

Mystics U12 Red moved to 5-3 in the Girls Regional Pool 1 after a win and a loss at home against City of Leeds and Sheffield Hatters respectively on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 Red is a series of games at home against City of Leeds and Leicester Warriors on Saturday 21st March.

Sunday 8th March

Trafford U18 75–62 City of Leeds

Trafford U18 moved to 5-10 in the Premier North after a pleasing win at home against City of Leeds on Sunday afternoon, to go 1-1 on the week.

Up next for Trafford U18 is a home game against Cheshire Wire on Thursday 12th March at 6:30pm.

Cardiff Met Archers 57-73 Mystics U18

Mystics U18 moved to 5-4 in the Premier Division after a resounding win on the road against Cardiff Met Archers on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 is a home game against Charnwood College Riders on Saturday 14th March at 1:00pm, followed by an away game against Nottingham Wildcats on Sunday 15th March at 2:00pm.

Manchester Giants White 56-63 Magic 2 U16

Magic 2 U16 moved to 10-3 in the North West 2 after a narrow win on the road against in-city rivals Manchester Giants White on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U16 is their final home game of the regular season against Cheshire Wire White on either Saturday 21st March at 1:00pm.

Magic 2 U14 51–62 Mersey Mavericks Purple

Magic 2 U14 moved to 15-2 in the North West League after a disheartening loss at home against Mersey Mavericks Purple on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is a home game against Chorley Mammoths on Saturday 14th March at 3:30pm.

Mystics U14 90–42 Nottingham Wildcats

Mystics U14 moved to 15-0 in the North League after an impressive win at home against Nottingham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is their final home game of the regular season against Sheffield Hatters on Saturday 14th March at 3:30pm.

Coach Jim’s report:

Unless you are the current manager of Tottenham Hotspur expressing his opinion of the current Tottenham Hotspur manager, perfection is probably an unattainable ideal. However, Mystics' U14 starting five of Emily, Daisy, Holly, Alejandra and Elizandra almost achieved it in the opening 6 minutes of our penultimate premier league game versus a more-than-capable Nottingham Wildcats (who didn't have a Little John but did have a relatively big line-up.)

My mouth inadvertently dropped open several times in the manner of an uncontrollable ventriloquist's dummy in response to the way this newly-formed fab five performed both on offense and defensively to establish a lead which was more like the score in a table tennis match between the best player in China and the worst player on the Isle of Wight (21-0.)

The fact that I now felt able to replace all 5 Mystics en bloc so early in a must-win game is a testament to those on the bench (or chair). We are blessed with more strength in depth than Samson before his haircut and the whole of the GB tug of war team combined. On came Issy, Maria, Molly, Amy and Ciara (IMMAC, a cream for removing unwanted leg hair). To their credit, the standard remained unbelievably high until the end of the first quarter thanks to excellent ball movement and coordinated team defence from all 5.

So that all 11 Mystics on call could have an early appearance in court, sorry, on court, Harriet was introduced at the start of the second period. ('Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Harriet.') She and all 10 of her team-mates continued to excel for the whole of the following 10 minutes. The basketball they served up between them was nothing short of sumptuous and resulted in an incredible 50-12 half-time scoreline.

In our previous game against Spinners, I thought we had impersonated the front of a French policeman's cap - we'd peaked - but this whole-team first-half display had topped that. Having established a lead bigger than Pavarotti's stomach, I decided to spend the third quarter mixing and matching more frequently than Imelda Marcos changed shoes. (She amassed 1220 pairs before she died of leather fatigue in 1986.) Understandably, by fiddling more than Nigel Kennedy on the violin or Jimmy Carr on his tax returns, we lost our rhythm. From being as harmonious as the Temptations, we were temporarily as out of tune as a novice jazz quintet trying to play a country and western song wearing boxing gloves. We lost the quarter 18-21.

Happily, normal service was resumed throughout the fourth quarter with another thoroughbred (which I used to think was an alternative to wholemeal or granary) all-round team effort with positive contributions from everyone in an impressive 22-9 finale. This outing provided us with very useful preparation for our league decider next Saturday (viruses permitting) at home to Sheffield. If we win it (or lose by less than the 7 points we beat them by away), we will be ranked N1 for the play-offs. If we lose by 7 or more, we will be N2.

Many thanks to James, Louise, Mark and Aries for their invaluable assistance, to Darren, James and Mark for helping to clear up (and to anyone else who did) as well as to all of our loyal supporters.

Jim

Mystics 2 U14 94–10 Stockport Lapwings

Mystics 2 U14 finish the regular season with a 11-5 record in the North League after a commanding win at home against Stockport Lapwings on Sunday afternoon, to go 2-0 on the weekend.

Mystics 2 U14 will likely finish in third place, once all fixtures elsewhere are played, meaning they will have a home game in the play-offs against 6th place from the south, TBC.

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