In this week’s edition of our newsletter you’ll find: The Weekend Wrap, Next Home Games, On The Website, Level 2 Referee Course, Want To Play 3×3 Basketball?, Fancy Joining Our Community Leagues?, Shop Online?, Community Sessions, Walking Basketball At Amaechi Basketball Centre and National League Fixtures And Results. We hope you enjoy it.
The Weekend Wrap
Manchester Magic suffered a double defeat at the weekend as illness and suspension left the squad short of numbers.
They put in a fighting performance at Team Northumbria on Saturday night, going down 83-71despite 26 points for Donte Gittens ans 23 for Michael Anumba.
Then, with Gittens missing because of sickness and Stefan Gill serving the second game of a three-match ban, the Magic fell to a 83-98 home defeat to Worthing Thunder.
Not even 27 points from Hamad Ali – 21 of which came in the first half – could deny the Thunder as Magic slipped to seventh in the Division One table, albeit just four points off leaders Loughborough Student Riders.
Ryan Lewis also had an influential game against Worthing, scoring 15 points and collecting 12 rebounds. Anumba added 20 points to his weekend tally.
Magic’s next outing is a short trip to winless Lancashire Spinners on Saturday (5.45pm).
It was a disappointing weekend, too, for Manchester Mystics in the WBBL Cup, as they went down to a 76-86 home defeat to Caledonia Pride in the quarter-finals.
Lauren Thomas-Johnson, who played all but two minutes of the contest, scored 25 points for the Mystics, with Georgia Jones adding 14 points and 10 assists.
Rheanne Bailey (11) and Samantha Roscoe (10) also made it into double figures for scoring.
The Mystics return to league action on Saturday, when they host Leicester Riders at the National Basketball Performance Centre (4pm).
There was knockout woe, too, for the Mystics U16s, who lost 69-60 to Sheffield Hatters in the last eight of the National Cup less than 24 hours after making a 384-mile round trip to Haringey for a league game against the Angels.
The Mystics were beaten 66-37 in London but still remain in the hunt for honours.
Elsewhere, Magic’s U18s boosted their league aspirations with a double win, recording a 67-61 victory at Sheffield Junior Sharks on Saturday before easing past Cheshire Phoenix 76-55 on Sunday.
There were also victories for the Magic and Mystics U14 first teams. Magic U14s won 65-44 at Manchester Giants to retain second place in the Premier North table, while the Mystics put in a very classy display to beat Hatfield Fliers 82-57 (report).
Magic’s U14 third team again showed plenty of fighting spirit in a 76-40 loss at Lancashire Spinners, while the Mystics U16 second team were edged out 63-59 at Stockport Lapwings. An injury-hit Trafford Magic U16s lost 62-32 at home to Cheshire Wire.
Tickets: Adults £5, Concessions £2.50, Family of 2 Adults and 3 Children £12.50
Upcoming Magic fixtures:
Saturday 2nd December at Lancashire Spinners at 5:45pm
Sunday 10th December at Team Solent Kestrels at TBC Cup Semi-Final
Friday 15th December at DBL Sheffield Sharks at 7:30pm BBL Trophy Saturday 16th December vs Derby Trailblazers at 6:30pm
Saturday 6th January at Loughborough Student Riders at 2:00pm
Upcoming Mystics fixtures:
Saturday 2nd December vs Leicester Riders at 4:00pm
Saturday 9th December at Caledonia Pride at 1:00pm
Saturday 16th December at Nottingham Wildcats at 5:30pm*
*Nottingham have a Cup game so this fixture may move
Sunday 7th January at BA London Lions at 2:00pm
On The Website
News items on the website this week:
Thursday 4th January – Friday 5th January
9:30am – 5:30pm (both days)
at the Amaechi Basketball Centre
Please register interest by 20th December
Tutor and organiser: Rick Dell
To register or for more information contact Rick on
Want To Play 3×3 Basketball?
Want to play 3×3 basketball? We’re planning on running leagues for men, women and juniors on Wednesday and Sunday nights (8pm-10pm) at the Amaechi Basketball Centre. If you would like to register your interest or want to know more, drop an email to Toloe, our Basketball Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 0161 881 0090.Why 3×3?
It’s growing hugely in popularity.
It’s simple to play.
It’s exciting to watch
Each squad only needs 4 players
And each squad plays several games in one night
Oh, and it will become an Olympic sport at the Tokyo Games in 2020
Fancy Joining Our Community Leagues?
We’re looking for teams to join our Monday night Adult leagues and Friday night leagues.
Our Monday adult leagues, which restarted on Monday 18th September after the summer break. It costs just £24 per team per game and you’ll be playing at the fantastic Amaechi Basketball Centre in Whalley Range. If you’d like to enter a team or want to know more, contact league organiser Jane Thomas-Johnson on 07968 077138.
We’re looking for junior teams – boys and girls – to join our Friday Night Leagues at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.
We are running 4 leagues in total: A Foundation League for mixed abilities (Approximate age range: 8-12). A Development League; (Age range: 9-13); A Premier League for players just below National League standard (Age range: 12-15); and a College League (Age range: 14-17).
If you are interested and want to know more, contact Phil Gordos on 07872412926 or the office on 0161 881 0090.
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Manchester Magic and Mystics in the Community, Coaching Sessions:
5:30 – 6:30pm Year 3-6 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2.50
6:30 – 7:30pm Year 7-11 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2.50 7:30 – 9:45pm Open Age Leagues Men & Women – £24 per Team
8:30 – 9:30pm Adult-only session for Men and Women who want to learn how to play basketball – £2.50
5:45 – 6:30pm Turn-Up-And-Play Year 3-6 Boys & Girls – £2.50
6:30 – 9:30pm Year 7-13 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £16 per Team
9:15 – 10:15am Tiny Tots Age 3 – 5 Coaching Boys and Girls – £2.50
9:15 – 11:00am Primary Boys Year 1 – 6 Practice followed by Games – £4
9:15 – 11:00am Primary Girls Year 1 – 6 Practice followed by Games – £4
For Saturday morning primary sessions: Groups are not meant to be a rigid division of school Years, just a guideline. Just get there and enjoy yourself!
For Tiny Tots sessions we say 3-5 year olds, however, it is up to the parent’s understanding of their child as to whether they feel the child can cope with the session.
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.