This weekend saw the U10, U12 and U14 squads in action in the North of Scotland Regional Development League.
The U10s started the weekend off at Mearns Academy with games against Grampian Flyers, Dundee Madsons and Panthers satellite club, Arduthie Primary School. With only 5 players available, this was a tough line up of games for our young players. However, through determination and hard work, the team scored some great baskets along the way. The team showed great skill with great defence from Mark, excellent dribbling from Jameel, super passing from Rocco, fantastic fast break lay ups from Ben and brilliant shooting from Meghan. Well done to all involved, and a big thank you to Andrew Fraser for coaching.
Panthers faced Madsons in the first game and initial nerves were on show in the first half. Even though Panthers didn’t win the game, the players worked well as a team- moving the ball and scoring some fantastic baskets. In game two, Panthers faced club rivals Pumas in a tough match which saw both teams trading baskets until the final whistle. Fantastic shooting from Arduthie players Ruri and James, and great rebounding from Alex Donaldson kept Pumas in the game. However, Panthers finished the game victorious.
The final game saw Panthers face Forfar Muskies. This was by far the best game for Panthers as everything came together. Fraser Sim led on the court with his decisive passing and drives to the hoop. Angus Foubister found his rhythm scoring consistently from under the basket. On her Panthers debut, Hollie Holland impressed at both ends of the court, scoring some great left hand lay ups, which in the end, led to Panthers’ second victory. Robbie Stark (pictured below) led the team on Saturday with his outstanding defence and hustle, stopping opponents in every game, fantastic effort.
The Pumas had a very tough weekend of fixtures playing Madsons, Grampian Flyers, Forfar Muskies and Panthers. Results may not have gone our way, however, the determination from the players on court and the non-stop hustle was clear to see. Pumas kept their heads high despite other teams dominating them with a full court press. Fantastic passing from Melanie allowed Pumas to score some great baskets. Pumas certainly saved the best til last in a Pumas v Panthers grudge match. Individual defence had picked up and Pumas did not give up until the final whistle. Very well done to all players involved and a big thank you to Jackie Bruce and Michael Diamond for coaching.
The boys had two very tough games against Dundee Madsons and Fraserburgh Storm. There were some glimpses of what has been worked on in training coming out on the court, especially from elder statesman, Blair Leese, who put in two good shifts, both on offense and defence. RDL debutantes Calum, Lachlan and Scott (all of whom only started playing in the summer) gained some valuable competitive court time and Scott even bagged his first basket. It was great to see every one of them give it their all, chasing down on defence to the final buzzer in both games.
The U14 girls started off with a competitive first game vs Fraserburgh storm. There were some real progressions from the drills in training for attacking the defence. Players Marcie and Isla took the ball to the hoop strong, scoring baskets and drawing fouls from the other team.
The second game vs Highland Bears was difficult. The first half was tight with Faith and Madeline scoring on the fast break at will. The second half unfortunately seemed like the girls ran out of gas and let turn overs turn into fast break lay ups, resulting in a big deficit to try and come back from. Two very good games this weekend from Lily whose passing helped the U14 girls score several fast break lay ups.