Published 24 Mar 17
The ladies have 1 match next week -
Thu 30 Mar 17 - vs Portsmouth Smugglers @ Kings School @ 2015hrs
23 Mar 17 - Solent Ladies Div 1 - Winchester City Royals 64 Dorset Dragons 28
15 Mar 17 - Solent Ladies Div 1 - Winchester City Royals 45 Solent Kestrels II 62
The Royals ladies came into the game trying to reverse a slight slump in form but also had a number of injuries to deal with. The ladies started the game with good energy but struggled to make any shots. Kestrels, conversely, made a good percentage of their shots and soon opened up a 12 point lead midway through the first quarter.
With a limited roster the lady Royals couldn't play any high pressure defence and consequently whenever they started to reduce the deficit the Kestrels got easy shots to maintain their advantage.
Kestrels maintained their 12 point advantage into half time. Into the 3rd period tiredness started to show with the Royals, and although still fighting they knew the game was up.
Kestrels stretched the lead slightly during the 4th quarter to end up winning 62 - 45.
The Royals ladies are still at the top of the league - but now with a much reduced advantage
8 Mar 17 - Solent Ladies Div 1 - South Coast Tigers 78 Winchester City Royals 45
The ladies played table toppers, South Coast Tigers, in the Solent league on Friday night. Knowing from the home fixture that it would be a tough game, the ladies were unfortunately going into the battle with only 6 players. The ladies went out quite organised and ready following a fast paced warm up however, the Tigers proved too much for them offensively and took control of the score board in the first quarter. Still, the Royals went on undeterred and battled in the second quarter in an attempt to close the gap. Things took a turn for the worst in the third with Natalie Smyth on 4 fouls and a muscle injury to Clare Hart left the Royals with only 5 players for the remainder of the game. A couple of made three point shots from Smyth and Forward Martina Mannozzi helped cushion the blow of the loss, as well as some great fast breaks. Defensively, the ladies battled until the end with great hustling under the hoop from Freya Herivel. Points also came from Lena Zimpel and Hannah Wallis. Sadly though the Royals' effort wasn't enough and Tigers took the win in what turned out to be a very physical battle. Final score 78-45 to Tigers. The Royals now sit 2nd to Tigers in the Solent league, purely by goal difference.
Published 8 Mar 17
In sport, the start of a new season is a time to recruit new players to strengthen the team, to embrace the anticipation of what challenges may arise and to display determination to be the best you can be.
For Winchester City Royals Ladies basketball team, the 2016-2017 season is the start of something new. Two very successful teams, Winchester Diamonds and Winchester
Panthers, have merged their talents and joined the family of the Winchester City Royals club.
This new and improved ladies team are playing in both the Solent and Wessex leagues, with
a roster consisting of a dynamic range of players. What does every new team desire? A
brand new kit! Luckily for the Royals Ladies, Paul Wallis of Hantec Systems Limited was only too pleased to sponsor the team, resulting in both new home and away kits. Decorated in yellow and blue on their home court of Kings School and white and blue when on the road, the team really appreciate this generosity and support, having gone onto purchase warm-up t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts, arriving to games looking professional and united. With two experienced coaches, Paul Philp and Iain Warner, at the helm, the ladies’ ship set sail to a flying start this season.
They are currently sitting at the top of the Solent Area league table and having battled to the final of the Richard Bell Plate, played on Sunday 29th January, won comfortably with a resounding victory 49 – 14 over the Yateley Silverbacks .
Winchester City Royals Ladies are certainly improving their skills week on week, enhancing
their execution of plays and hope to protect their position in the league tables for the rest of this season.
The team are very grateful to Hantec Systems Limited for their sponsorship.
Published 24 Feb 17
The Ladies team played league leaders, Aldworth Arrows, in the Wessex Ladies Div 1 on Thu 23 Feb 17. The Royals ladies were short on numbers due to illness, injury and holidays so new they were in for a tough evening. Neither team could get much going in the 1st quarter which ended with the Arrows narrowly ahead 10-7. To counter the Arrows height advantage inside the Royals had to defend aggresively and consequently picked up more fouls than they could afford - consequently the defensive intensity had to drop and the Arrows took advantage of that. The Royals had opportunities to peg the score back and managed to stay in touch through the 3rd quarter. The final quarter saw the Royals push hard to close the gap - which they did - but the Arrows had the fresher legs and managed stay far enough ahead into the final minutes. The Royals fought valiantly until the end to narrow the gap leaving the final score 40-34 to Aldworth Arrows.