Wire trio represent North West at U13 regional development tournament

After two days of intense competition at the U13 Regional Development Tournament, held at the Regional Performance Centre in Manchester, the North West team have finished a creditable fifth in the ten team national tournament.

Saturday saw the group stages, and after four competitive matches against teams from the East Midlands, South West, South East and West Midlands, the North West team were extremely unlucky to finish third in Pool A after a three way tie with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss.

With only two teams progressing to the final four, the North West team were left to battle it out for 5th to 10th places on the Sunday. However, with three more wins against the North East, Yorkshire and the South, the North West team were able to secure a very well deserved overall fifth place (6 - 1 record) in the tournament. The eventual winners of the tournament were the East region.

Cheshire Wire were represented in the North West team by U13 players James, Miguel and Zak and Coach Steve Welsh who was the Head Coach of the North West team. Congratulations to all three players on being selected to represent their region and to Steve on a fabulous coaching performance.

Cheshire Wire victorious in 2017 U14 Anthony Walker Tournament

 

Cheshire Wire U14s battled through six gruelling 40 minute matches to win the 2017 U14 Anthony Walker Tournament by beating Cheshire Phoenix 47 – 20 in the final in Liverpool. 

The tournament was attended by five teams, namely Cheshire Phoenix , Cheshire Wire , Lancashire Spinners , Stockport Falcons , and the hosts Liverpool . After a round robin tournament, the semi-finals saw Cheshire Wire play against Liverpool and Cheshire Phoenix play against Lancashire Spinners. After the earlier match in the morning which saw Wire snatch a one point victory over Phoenix 23 – 22, it was expected that the afternoon’s contest would be a close encounter also but Wire had other thoughts and put together what can only be described as a dazzling performance of team basketball by those who witnesssed it.

Congratulations go to the whole team and to their coach, Lewis Halpin.

2016-2017 season wrapped up at presentation evening

                                        

 

The 2016 – 2017 season was drawn to a fitting conclusion at the Club’s recently held end of season presentation evening. A large gathering of players and their parents saw the eight teams that had represented the Club during the season acknowledged and congratulated by their coaches for their effort and hard work. In addition, the following players were recognised for their outstanding individual contributions to their teams during a tough season.

Team Most Improved Player Best Defensive Player Players’ Player Coach’s Player
U14 White Danny Gelder Lucas Barber-Smith  Miguel Ferran Zak Williams
U14 Green James Harrop Adam Chedd Max Pedder Max Pedder
U14 Premier Matt Roberts Louis Mckie Andy Williams Elliot Cochrane
U16 White Lloyd Horne Sean Mottram Marley Quansah Callum Settle
U16 Green Fin Williams Lewis Bridges Jack Waller Adam Massey
U16 Premier Danae Johnson Dean Cousins Kaan Uzunali Owen Ball
U18 II Adam Massey Adam McGrath Tom Ellwood Danae Johnson
U18 I Kaan Uzunali Alex Price Tom Mottram Jake Edwards

The evening was also an opportunity to recognise one individual for their outstanding contribution to the Club as a whole. This years winner was Alex Price who is seen below collecting his award from Coach Carl Wilson.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Ex Wire players go head to head in EABL final

 

In the recently held Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL) Final at the Leicester Arena, Cheshire Wire old boys Joe Cummins (CWBC 2015)(Barking Abbey) and Joe Bielak (CWBC 2016)(Charnwood) found themselves in direct opposition. After finishing the regular season 14 – 0, Barking Abbey were able to continue their dominance in the postseason by winning the final 82 – 65 and completing a perfect season (17 – 0). Above we see Joe Cummins (no 6) and the rest of the Barking Abbey team celebrating their success.

The full game can currently be found by clicking the following link http://www.eabl.org/2017/03/live-stream-eabl-final-charnwood-v-barking-abbey/

Wire in the Junior National League Playoffs 2017

                                                                                                                             

Congratulations to the U16 Boys Premier team (coached by Carl Wilson) and the Under 18 Mens team (coached by Dave Price) on their fabulous achievements. Both teams, after tight and competitive regular seasons, were able to play their way into the playoff positions within their respective leagues and reach the playoff stages of this years national league competitions.

The U18 Men face a trip to Durham Wildcats  in the first round of the playoffs whilst the U16 Boys must wait another week to find out who their second round opponents will be from either Eastside Eagles London  or Nottingham Junior Hoods  who meet in the first round this coming weekend. Their game will also be away.

Good luck to both teams, their coaches and their parents!

Cheshire Wire continue to build with a successful half-term basketball camp

Warm up before the start of a busy day

Camp winners and coaches

Cheshire Wire Basketball Club have continued to build on the popularity of basketball within Warrington and the surrounding area by holding another successful basketball camp during the February school half-term. The camp was held over three days and attracted over 40 participants per day ranging in age from 7 to 17. With several experienced coaches in attendance, all the participants were able to continue the development of their games whilst having an enjoyable time doing so. Congratulations to everyone involved in helping to make this another successful camp.

Achievement banners hoisted at Birchwood

 

As part of the clubs ongoing development, and as mentioned a few weeks ago, the club was in the process of having a series of banners printed to acknowledge the club’s outstanding competition achievements since it was established in 2013. Well, those banners have been printed and are now proudly adorning the main wall at the Birchwood Leisure and Tennis Complex, the home of Cheshire Wire Basketball Club. The club committee felt that it was important not to lose sight of how far the club had come in such a short space of time, to pay tribute to the hard work of previous club teams and to hopefully inspire all of our current teams to continue to strive for such honours. There are probably many clubs throughout the whole of England who would relish the opportunity to be able to display as many banners as this but may well never get the chance to do so. We should all be extremely proud of our club and its heritage.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Cheshire Wire Basketball Club would like to take the opportunity to wish all of the club’s players, coaches, volunteers, parents, spectators, partners and all of the opponents that we have battled with so far this season, a very merry christmas and a happy new year for 2017.

We all hope that Cheshire Wire Basketball club will continue to grow and prosper as we move forwards into 2017 and eventually, through all of our hard work, achieve the successes that we all hope for.

 

 

Merry Christmas from Cheshire Wire Basketball Club

New wall banners for Birchwood

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As part of the ongoing development of our home court at Birchwood Leisure and Tennis Complex, the club was granted permission by the Head of Birchwood Community High School to hang some banners in the Sports Hall so that the venue would start to look a little more like home. With this in mind, the Club committee agreed that the first banners to be completed would be a series of achievement banners that would highlight the successes of the club to date since it was formed in 2013.

Consequently, eight banners (each one 8 ft x 4ft) have now been printed by local Warrington printer, Warrington Signs & Custom Vehicle Wraps, based in Howley, Warrington. Thanks to Mike and his team at Warrington Signs for doing such a great job.

As much as we would like to hang these banners immediately, they wont be adorning the walls of Birchwood Sports Hall until the week before Christmas.

The eight banners that have been printed represent the following major club achievements:

2014
Under 15 Boys National League Runners up

Under 18 Men North Premier Champions
Under 18 Men National League Runners up

2015
Under 15 Boys National League Third

Under 16 Boys North Premier Champions
Under 16 Boys National League Fourth
Under 16 Boys National Cup Champions

2016
Under 16 Boys National League Runners up

Hopefully, it wont be too much longer before we have the opportunity to add to the collection and maybe, one day, even hang a National League Champions banner.