SWRL Under 16s Vs Bristol 31-01-2012

Dorset win the battle of the two Storms in Bristol.

Match Report

Dorset Storm (26, 16, 17, 27) 86

Bristol Storm (3, 10, 12, 11) 36

On Sunday 29th January the under 16’s travelled to Bristol to play their counterparts. Due to injuries and unavailability the coach went with seven under 15’s to play the match. On arrival the team was somewhat taken aback by the stature and squad size of their opponents, however, having been ‘geed up’ by the coach these two factors had little effect.

To start the game Storm started with their two regular guards of Hennessy and James in the back court with Kapuskinski, Harland and Hester in the front court. As with the previous match the team was asked to work hard from the start and impose themselves on their opponents. To this end the team hustled straight from the off and within the first five minutes of the match forged a 16 point lead with Hennessy sinking a number of jump shots and Kapuskinski in his fluent cutting style driving to the basket through the centre of Bristol’s defence with consummate ease to make six early lay ups. By the end of the quarter the team were 26 – 3 up.

Throughout the second quarter the coach continued to interchange all seven of his team asking them to set up plays, try to pass more and not to play as individual’s .By the end of the first half the team had gained a lead of 42 – 13.

For the second half the team were asked to play full court press.  It was an ideal opportunity to practice, because without doubt in the future with tighter games this would be a tactic that would be brought into play.  This game plan was worked on for a period of two minutes by the end of which all players had switched on to it and there was a general all round understanding by all that it was hard work and required a lot of concentration for the duration.  Alongside this the coach asked the team to seize opportunity to try shooting on the three point line if the opportunity was there. To a player they all took this on and with it brought confidence albeit the initial reaction to follow up for rebounds was not quite as forthcoming. By the end of the third Storm were 59 – 25.

Going into the last quarter the team were asked to put all they had practised into the final 10 minutes, again they did this with enthusiasm and with some success to close out the game 86 – 36.

At the end of the match all seven of the team had as in the first game worked very hard and gained further insight to what they needed to work on whether it be teamwork confidence or awareness of the game around.them.

Scorers: Kapuskinski 33, *Harland 14, *James 12, *Hennessy 11, *Hester 7, *Awdziejczyk 5, Old 4.