In this week’s edition of our newsletter you’ll find: Magic vs Reading Rockets, Mystics vs Team Northumbria, National League Play-off Picture, US College Tournament Update, Court crew needed for Manchester Magic’s senior games at the Amaechi Basketball Centre, Shop Online?, Club Merchandise, Community Sessions, Walking Basketball at Amaechi Basketball Centre, Fancy becoming a referee? and National League Fixtures and Results. We hope you enjoy it.
Team Northumbria have won the League Title after beating Westminster and both Reading and Magic losing their games to Loughborough (66-73) and Derby (73-85) respectively.
Although the Magic cannot win the league, they can still finish second of they beat Reading at home on Saturday 25th March at 6:30pm, in their final regular season game before the play-offs, the game will be a winner takes second battle, so we need your support.
Mystics had a weekend off this past weekend as the WBBL Trophy final was contested between Leicester Riders and Sevenoaks Suns, the Suns came away with the victory to be crowned Trophy Champions, Sevenoaks’ Renee and Len Busch become the second father/daughter duo to win a Trophy this season with Mystics own Georgia and Jeff Jones having won the WBBL Cup earlier in the season.
Mystics travel to Barking Abbey (25th March) and Cardiff (1st April) before their next home fixture against Team Northumbria on 8th April.
Mystics upcoming Fixtures:
Saturday 25th March @ Barking Abbey Crusaders at 2:00pm
Saturday 1st April @ Cardiff Met Archers at 2:30pm Saturday 8th April vs Team Northumbria at 4:00pm
Sunday 9th April @ Sheffield Hatters at 2:00pm
Sunday 16th April @ Caledonia Pride at 1:00pm Saturday 22nd April vs Oaklands Wolves at 7:00pm
National League Play-off Picture
National League Play-off fixtures have been announced, let’s take a look at who the Magic and Mystics junior teams will face.
Magic U18 at home to the winner of Birmingham Mets vs Ipswich in Round 2 on weekend of 1st/2nd April
Trafford U18 missed out on a play-off spot
Mystics U18 at home to Sevenoaks Suns in the Quarter Finals on weekend of 8th/9th April
Magic U16 at home to the winner of Leicester Dynamite vs Lancashire Spinners Bury in Round 2 on weekend of 1st/2nd April
Trafford U16 away at the winner of Liverpool Red vs Sheffield Junior Sharks 2 in Round 2 on weekend of 1st/2nd April
Magic 2 U16 missed out on a play-off spot
Mystics U16 at home to Leicester Warriors in Round 1 on Saturday 25th March at 1:30pm
Magic U14 at home to the winner of York vs Newcastle in Round 2 on the weekend of 1st/2nd April
Magic 2 U14 at home to Derby Trailblazers in Round 1 on Sunday 26th March at 1pm
Mystics U14 at home to Derby Trailblazers in Round 1 on Sunday 26th March at 12:30pm
US College Tournament Update
Last week we gave you an update to our former players currently playing out in America in the US College system, this week we have a couple of Tournament updates for you.
Pharroh Gordon (Sophomore) at College of Saint Rose (NCAA Division 2)
College of Saint Rose made the NCAA Division Tournament
Third Round Lost 66 – 69 vs Saint Thomas Aquinas, Pharroh did not play.
Kingsley Nwagboso (Sophomore) at Connors States (NJCAA Division 1)
Connors States Won the NJCAA Division 1 Region 2 Championship and advanced to the National Tournament as the number 17 seed (seeds are in brackets)
NJCAA Division 1 National Championships
First Round on Monday 20th March 11am EDT vs Spartanburg (#16) won 96 – 90 Kingsley played 2 minutes and grabbed 2 rebounds.
Second Round on Tuesday 21st March 3pm EDT vs San Jacinto-Central (#1)
Keep up to date on how Kingsley gets on via our website here
Court crew needed for Manchester Magic’s senior games at the Amaechi Basketball Centre
We need dedicated and diligent individuals to:
Clean the court surface prior to games;
Put up/put away bleachers;
Put up/put away courtside banners;
Ensure benches and tables are in place for players and table officials.
Games usually take place on Saturdays at 6.30pm, with occasional Sunday games at 4/5pm.
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Limited selection of Merchandise will be available at the Centre at selected times, including during Magic games, examples of clothing will be on display but they are only available to purchase online via the link above. The club gets a percentage of the sales to put back into the club.
Manchester Magic and Mystics in the Community, Coaching Sessions:
5:30 – 6:30pm Year 3-6 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2
6:30 – 7:30pm Year 7-11 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2 7:30 – 9:45pm Open Age Leagues Men & Women – £21 per Team
8:30 – 9:30pm Adult-only session for Men and Women who want to learn how to play basketball – £1
5:00 – 6:00pm Boys and Girls Session Ages 14 – 18 – £2
7:15 – 8:45pm Year 7-13 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £16 per Team
9:15 – 10:00am Primary Year 1 & 2 Coaching Boys and Girls – £1.50
9:15 – 11:00am Primary Year 3 – 6 Practice followed by Games Boys and Girls – £3
Walking Basketball at Amaechi Basketball Centre
Walking Basketball at Amaechi Basketball Centre
Sundays 7:00pm – 8:30pm £3
Walking Basketball delivers a walking paced version of the fast and furious game we are all used to.
Walking Basketball is suitable for all irrespective of gender, age, size, ability and/or impairment.
We are running a Level 1 referees course at Amaechi Basketball Centre on Sunday, 26 March 10am-3pm. Just £25, which also gets you a whistle & manual. Tutor: Rick Dell, level 3 referee. Contact Rick Dell on 07803241172 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to demand, we are running another Level 1 Referee Course on 21 May. Contact Rick Dell on 07803241172 or at email@example.com
We are also running a Level 2 referees course at the Amaechi Basketball Centre from 11-13 April – cost is just £120. Contact Rick Dell on 07803241172 or at firstname.lastname@example.org