Scottish Wheelchair Basketball Development League Match Report St Mirren Warriors Vs Dundee Dragons




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!



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Try Curling at Dundee Ice Arena

The Curling Season is almost upon us again and we’re kicking it off with two free Come & Try Sessions on Monday 30th October at Dundee Ice Arena.

Wheelchair Curling is a great sport to participate in; it’s like Chess on ice played in your own day wheelchair, and with our experienced coaches guiding you all the way you’re bound to have fun.

Wrap up Warm and we’ll look forward to welcoming you there!

Match Report: Keighley Cougars 0 Dundee Dragons 58





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!

Summer Holidays

dragons holiday announcement
We’re on Holiday!
It’s time for us to have a well earned break from the court, returning in a few weeks for a busy new season!
Saturday Sessions recommence Saturday 19th August 10:00
Wednesday Sessions recommence 16th August 18:00
Thursday Tennis starts again on 17 August 18:00
Enjoy the break!