In this week’s edition of our newsletter you’ll find: The Weekend Wrap, Next Home Games, February Half-Term Community Camp, 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 dropped out of the National Trophy at the Semi-Final stage after a 74-91home loss to Team Northumbria.
In a scrappy affair, it was Northumbria’s superior long range shooting that did the damage, making 12 from 24 from beyond the arch, where Magic made just 4 from 23. Five of those Northumbria threes came from Atif Russell who ended the game with a colossal 37 points.
The Magic were led by Stefan Gill’s 22 points and 6 assists, with support from Ryan Lewis (19 points and 6 rebounds), Michael Anumba (11 points and 6 rebounds) and Donte Gittens (8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists). Richard Bell had 5 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks on his home debut.
The Magic will look to end the losing streak against Team Solent Kestrels on Sunday 4th February at 5:00pm at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.
Manchester Mystics took an 86-68 road victory at Cardiff Met Archers on Saturday afternoon.
The Mystics were led by Lauren Thomas-Johnson’s 24 points and 5 rebounds (earning her a place in the WBBL All-Star 5 for Week 15), with ample support for Georgia Jones (18 points and 8 assists), Samantha Roscoe (12 points), Dominique Allen (10 points and a place on the bench of the WBBL All-Star 5 for Week 15) and Natalie Chaloner (9 points and 8 rebounds).
The next game for the Mystics will be on Saturday 3rd February against Nottingham Wildcats at 4:00pm at the National Basketball Performance Centre.
After Magic 2 Seniors beat Barrow Thorns on the road 73-68 last weekend, they stepped up a gear to hammer them 94-45 at home this weekend.
Magic U18 sealed their place in the U18 Men’s National Cup Final with an 81-71 victory at Canterbury Academy Crusaders in the National Cup Semi Final. They will face the winner of Charnwood College Riders and Haringey Hawks in the final.
Magic U16 will join the U18s in Worcester as they won their National Cup Semi Final beating Haringey Hawks 87-79 in front of a packed house at home on Sunday afternoon. They will face Sussex Storm in the final.
Mystics U18 earned a 53-37 home win against City of Leeds. Mystics 2 U16 picked up a 52-39 victory over Stockport Lapwings. Mystics U16 lost 54-48 in a hard-fought game at Sevenoaks Suns. Mystics 2 U14 lost 82-30 at City of Leeds Gold.
Magic U14 beat local rivals Manchester Giants 77-45. Magic 2 U14 beat Mersey Mavericks 78-54. Magic 3 U14 lost 72-47 to Lancashire Spinners.
🎟️ Tickets: Adults £5, Concessions £2.50, Family of 2 Adults and 3 Children £12.50
Upcoming Magic fixtures:
Sunday 4th February vs Team Solent Kestrels at 5:00pm
Sunday 11th February at Reading Rockets at 5:00pm Saturday 17th February vs Team Newcastle University at 6:30pm
Sunday 18th February at Bradford Dragons at 4:15pm
Saturday 24th February at Hemel Storm at 7:00pm
Saturday 3rd March at Worthing Thunder at 7:30pm Saturday 10th March vs Lancashire Spinners at 6:30pm
Sunday 11th March vs Leicester Warriors at 5:00pm
Upcoming Mystics fixtures:
Saturday 3rd February vs Nottingham Wildcats at 4:00pm
Sunday 4th – Thursday 15th February GB Window Saturday 17th February vs Team Northumbria at 4:00pm
Saturday 24th February vs Caledonia Pride at 4:00pm
Saturday 3rd March vs Cardiff Met Archers at 4:00pm
Sunday 4th March at Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters at 2:00pm
Sunday 11th March at Nottingham Wildcats at 5:00pm
The Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics will be holding a five-day basketball camp this February half-term. The camp will run from Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February.
It’s for children in aged 5 – 16 years old and will run from 9:30am to 3:30pm each day. All abilities welcome.
You’ll get expert tuition from some of the top National League coaches in the country, together with some of our senior Magic stars.
The cost of the camp is £48 for the full week or £12 per day, if you book by Friday 9th February.
To book call 0161 881 0090 or call in at the Centre.
You can pay by cash, card or cheque. Cheques are payable to GMCB.
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.
Shop Online? (Double donation week have been extended for another week, 18th-24th on selected online stores)
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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.