WOMENS WARRIORS V DUNDEE DRAGONS
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL SCOTTISH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
ST AQUINAS SECONDARY SCHOOL GLASGOW
SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 2018 10.30AM TIP
Match Report by DDWSC Vice-Chairman Kevin Rattray
Dragons travelled on the back of a heavy defeat to Lothian Phoenix but still confident following a strong showing against St Mirren Warriors in their first Development League fixture.
Dragons were without Michael Mellon who was away on Invictus Games duty but welcomed the return of Stephen Carling and Mairi Simms and the debut of Blair Marshall into senior basketball.
The journey to Glasgow was relatively uneventful, certainly more uneventful than trying to cross the frozen wastes of the school car park, phew that was a bit hairy!
The match started with Tina Gordon and Jon Macleod taking up their respective refereeing positions.
Dundee started with player/coach Gemma Lumsdaine leading, as always, from guard and a further four of Ben Leitch, Blair Marshall in attack, Rhys Colliar as second guard and David Birtles at point.
Dragons started very quickly and built up a 10 point lead with baskets from Ben and Blair and a strong well organised defence expertly keeping the warriors at bay.
Changes to the Dragons line-up followed quickly with Ronny Robb, Stephen Carling and Mairi Simms getting in on the action.
Scoring slowed down through the second quarter, but with no lack of endeavour or commitment and 2 of Dragons finest Kirsteen Burns and Jay Anderson, in Warriors pink, helping to test a resolute Dragons defence constantly.
Dragons remained in control on the scoreboard with further baskets for David Birtles and Ronny Robb taking the half time score to 18-4 for the Dragons.
This Warriors team is made of stern stuff and they forced the Dragons back constantly in the second half bringing them to within 8 points by the end of the third quarter, although another 2 baskets by Ronny kept the Dragons just enough in front.
The final quarter saw the reintroduction of Ben and Gemma, they were never going to be kept out of the action for too long!
Ben rattled in 4 baskets although the 3 pointer eluded him, not through lack of trying.
The match came to an end with the Dragons 30-10 to the good and a great feeling of a match played in absolutely the right spirit with encouragement from all sides and delight about being able to do this again in Dundee in a few weeks time.
Hospitality followed from the warriors with enough food to probably feed the Glasgow Warriors fans arriving for the rugby a couple of street along.
All that was left was now to negotiate the icy car park and an angry jannie, who really wanted us away.
Noe of this spoiled the day though, and special mentions to Paula Leitch for side-line duties and Gordon Lumsdaine for expert score keeping.