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SCOTTISH WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
ST MIRREN WARRIORS V DUNDEE DRAGONS
SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER EASTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL PAISLEY 1.30PM
Match Report by Kevin Rattray, DDWSC Vice-Chairman
The Dragons squad arrived almost simultaneously, ok Michael was there first but for the rest of us this was quite an achievement. The match started in glorious sunshine, I know it’s not relevant but on one of the sunniest days of the year we were all indoors!
Dragons started with Gemma, Michael, David, Rhys and Ronny with Kevin Myers and Ben on the bench.
It was clear that the day would bring fireworks, unfortunately this was nothing to do with the match which started frantically with Michael conceding the tip to a girl several inches shorter than him.
For the first six minutes or so it seemed that a famous nil-nil draw may have been on the cards, but then St Mirren jumped into a 4-0, then 8-4 lead, but this was as far in front as they would get.
Ben was introduced for Ronny then Kevin for Rhys and Dragons started to build some momentum to their play prompted by Gemma’s excellent player coaching.
Score after score followed with the match going nip and tuck for the whole of the first half finishing 16-16, we knew this was going to be tough and St Mirren with their multiple interchanges were causing Dragons defence many problems.
First half Scorers Ben 8 Kevin 4 David 2 Michael 2
The second half burst into life with Dragons in the ascendency very quickly and flying into a 22-16 lead, but being pegged back to 22-18 almost immediately.
The Dragons defence organised by Gemma and with Ben employing a single player press was now in complete control and St Mirren were struggling to make ground and open up shooting opportunities.
Scores were also now flowing very consistently as Dragons stretched the lead to 34-18 and Ronny and Rhys were reintroduced to the action to close out the victory.
The final few minutes brought Ronny his first 2 scores of the match, the second one being a press steal followed by an outrageous hook shot.
The match came to a close with Michael trying to beat the buzzer from his own half with a final end to end throw of the ball, which missed everything including the net, the backboard and the back wall.
Final Score St Mirren 18 Dundee Dragons 46
Second Half Scorers Michael 10 Ben 10 David 4 Ronny 4 Kevin 2
A good first match of the season for Dragons and although St Mirren started the likelier side, Dragons rustiness was swept away as the match progressed and Dragons organisation was ultimately too strong for St Mirren. Now if only we could get everyone training regularly!
Thanks due to the drivers David B, Michael, David L and Sally as well as to Paula and Sally for table officiating and off field organisation, another fantastic full on Dragons team effort.
Next match is away to Phoenix first team in the Scottish Cup, the challenges just keep coming!
KEIGHLEY COUGARS V DUNDEE DRAGONS
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LEAGUE FRIENDLY
UNIVERSITY ACADEMY CAMPUS KEIGHLEY
SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2017 11AM
Match Report by DDWSC Vice-Chairman Kevin Rattray.
Both teams were slightly depleted of playing numbers for the match with basketball, Invictus Games training and work commitments cutting down on the playing numbers but no shortage of enthusiasm and talent on display.
The match started with Richard Johnson from Bradford Bulls and Mathew Micklethwaite taking up their respective refereeing positions.
Huge thanks to both of these guys your assistance on the day was absolutely invaluable.
Dundee elected to receive and were first to show with an early try from Ronny Robb, converted by himself which really settled the Dundee nerves, although Keighley’s Becky was denied a try by a last-ditch Robb tackle as she ghosted between the elder citizens Kevin Rattray and Mairi Simms.
Dundee’s pace continued to challenge the Keighley defence, although they held from for long periods, but quick tries by Robb and Stephen Carling, who’s pace was a real threat all match, put Dundee in control.
Keighley continued to push towards the Dundee line with a very effective kicking game forcing Dundee to drop out from under the posts on numerous occasions.
As the half progressed Dundee’s organisation and constant changing of the point of attack became very difficult to defend and tries followed from Robb twice and Carling with an excellent team try, and converted by himself.
The half stumbled to an end with Rattray’s creaking bones dotting down a try, created by Robb, which the scorer duly converted.
Half Time Cougars 0 Dragons 36
Dundee kicked off the second half into a stiff breeze (not really, but I felt like it was uphill into that breeze)
Carling scored for Dundee very early into the second half and it looked like Dundee might go on to dominate the proceedings, but this Keighley team is made of strong stuff.
They forced Dundee back again and again and were only denied tries by a bouncing ball that wouldn’t bounce the right way and a fantastic sweep from one side of the court to the other to save the day for Dundee’s defence by Jay Anderson.
It was now time for Anderson to show her attacking abilities with a fantastic team try where the ball came from Simms to Robb onto Carling then into Rattray’s hands to give a pass to Anderson to score in the corner, the tricky conversion was the only one missed all afternoon.
Anderson then followed this with her second try in quick succession and knocked over the conversion with great skill.
The match came to an end with Ronny Robb scoring and converting the final try of the match to cap an excellent Man of the Match performance.
Final Score Cougars 0 Dragons 58
Thanks to Gavin Dobson for keeping a record of the scoring, as there is no way that I would remember, not that I’m old and forgetful it’s just that……..
Keighley’s welcome hospitality followed as we all mingled with the participants celebrating Cougars legend Brendon Rawlings testimonial event, good luck Brendon from all of us at Dundee Dragons.
Chat moved onto league matches next year where hopefully we’ll meet up again on a home and away basis.
The journey home was considerably better than the journey down and the clouds parted as we crossed the border as you would expect and the sun shone on us
(OK it was just a coincidence but let me have some dramatic license!)
Next, and final, WRL event for 2017 will be at The Emirates Arena on 7 October 2017 with a come and try and a match against Glasgow panthers, what a great way to finish a history making season!
DUNDEE DRAGONS V HALIFAX
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINAL
DUNDEE AND ANGUS COLLEGE GARDYNE CAMPUS
SATURDAY 8 JULY 2017 3PM.
Match Report by Kevin Rattray, DDWSC Vice-Chairman.
Both teams were slightly depleted of playing numbers for the match with only 7 players apiece but no shortage of enthusiasm and talent on display.
The match started with Peter Lowis and Bryan Johnson taking up their respective refereeing positions.
Halifax were first to show with multiple tries in quick succession and some excellent and clever drop goals from Jack Brown, who pulled the strings every time he was on the ball, he was ably supported by Halifax man of the match Nathan Mulhall, who’s pace was something Dundee had faced very rarely.
The Halifax attack was relentless and ruthless with every Dundee mistake being punished with points on the board with Robert Hawkins and Gavin Dobson also getting in on the scoring action.
Dundee Dragons for 40 minutes were being given a real Wheelchair Rugby league lesson, although they did unfortunately compound the situation with some comical defending and teamwork suggesting they had just met.
Half Time Score Dundee 0 Halifax 58
I don’t know what was said at half time to Dundee (I do actually but this is a family show) but they came out with a new-found determination to compete.
The second half was a tighter affair with Dundee getting on the scoreboard through Ronny Robb after 42 minutes converted by Ian McKeen.
What followed was defences on top, sets being played and hard fought at every tackle, with Dundee managing to disrupt Halifax previously imperious flow and also creating some chances of their own, often through the excellent play of Dundee man of the match David Birtles.
The difference in the match was palpable with no more scoring until the 72nd minute when Halifax managed another converted try, but this was quickly followed by an Ian McKeen try and conversion for Dundee on the 77th minute.
Tiredness was now a factor and Halifax ran in 2 more tries to bring their scoring up to 72 points.
With a first half of 58-0 and second half of 16-12, Dundee came away having learned so much from this excellent Halifax team and with an increased enthusiasm to get out on the field of play again.
The players and officials then retired to the adjacent sport hall for refreshments where stories were shared and respect given from player to player.
Dundee send best wishes to Halifax in the final, but as a work in progress feel that we know where the target is, and within the next few years we would plan to revisit the Challenge Cup semi-final and who knows maybe we can dare to dream about the Final.
From a Dundee perspective, many thanks due to our very own Ian Hall, Jen Muir and Kirsteen Burns for support, first aid, scoring and getting everything in place to make things happen.
A club is nothing without such dedicated volunteers.
Heres a little clip from the game:
On Sunday, we saw five wheelchair basketball teams from across Scotland arrive at the peak for an action-packed day of basketball. These championships form an important step in the talent pathway for many of our young players and there was a lot of exciting wheelchair basketball to be watched throughout the day.
With a range of abilities across the teams; from those newer to the sport to the more experienced players, everyone was given ample time on the court. The event was a great opportunity for some of the under-15 and under-19 squads to get some playing time against other teams. As well as this, the under-13 teams got a chance to hone their skills against some new competition in some more conditioned 3-on-3 games.
West of Scotland was crowned victors of the tournament, after beating every one of their opponents. Ben Leitch of Tayside &Fife took tournament MVP after a number of stellar performances on the court.
Our head of Wheelchair Basketball, Tina Gordon had this to say about the event:
“It was a really positive day all round, a lot of enthusiastic kids and supportive parents. There was a wide variety of players from 6 to 19. There are those who are looking for representative honors for Scotland and GB, as well as those just getting into the sport. This lent itself to a great atmosphere for the day which became a festival for basketball as the day went on.”
A huge thank you to all the teams from Central, Grampian, West of Scotland, Tayside & Fife, and East & Highland who all made their way to the Peak for the event.
Another big thank you is deserved to all the sponsors who made this event happen. RGK, Lord’s Taverners, IPro Sport, Hollister and Scottish Disability Sport – thank you for your continued support.
Here are some pics of the Dragons representing Tayside & Fife, including Ben Leitch collecting his MVP.
Grampian Flyers V Dundee Dragons: Play Off Final Match Report by Sally Lumsdaine.
With Grampian Flyers already having won the first ever Scottish Development League they were hungry to get the double by also winning the play offs which were held on Saturday, 17th of June at the Peak in Stirling. These two teams are highly competitive and with Dundee just having snatched victory at the Grampian Cup there was a score to settle.
Both teams came out fighting and the scene was set for a nail-biting game that saw baskets being traded either end. The first quarter saw Dundee just edge ahead finishing 14 – 12. The second quarter was equally tense but the Dragons held off the flyers to go into half time only 3 points ahead.
Emotion was running high at the start of the second half and the players had to keep their wits about them as the pressure started to build. Dragons started pulled ahead in the third quarter but in the final stages of the game the Flyers fought back hard to take the lead 29-28. With only a few minutes left on the clock both teams stepped up and battled for the win. It was the Dragon’s defence however that made the difference denying the attacking Flyers team the scoring opportunities they needed whilst the Dragon’s forwards ensured they got every basket they could. The game ended Dragons 38 to Flyers 33.
Gemma Lumsdaine (Captain); Ben Leitch ( 21 points); Michael Mellon (17 points): Steven Carling; Mairi Simms; David Birtles and Rhys Colliar: Jen Scally (Head -Coach); Conor Smart (Assistant Coach).