SHEFFIELD’S WESTFIELD HEALTH HATTERS JUNIOR PLAYERS JO LOWRY & GEORGIA GAYLE RETURN FROM EUROPEAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ARE NOW READY TO STEP UP TO THE WBBL CHALLENGE NEXT SEASON
England U16 won the silver medal after losing to Germany in a closely contested final, with both teams remaining unbeaten and dominant throughout the previous 10 days of the tournament. England have now earned promotion into the top European Division at this age group which is a fantastic achievement considering the lack of funding in the sport. Jo was a regular starter for England and for her own Junior Hatters team last season, she demonstrated good offensive control at point and great defensive capabilities.
It was a different story for England U18 who started off very strong in their pool games, progressing on to the top 8 play-offs but then faced the giants of European basketball Hungary (who came 3rd in the World Champs and eventual winners of the tournament!). Unfortunately England were unable to secure another win in the tournament and finished 8th out of 17 teams. Although the team performance overall was not as good as expected, Georgia remained consistent throughout the campaign with an allround performance and top scoring for England.
Hatters are extremely proud of both players who have been a credit to both their country and our club. Both players have worked extremely hard all season, both on and off the court as they balance their basketball with schoolwork and examinations. We look forward to next season and their continued development within our programme which will prepare them for another campaign with England next summer. Developing home grown talent is the key to our continued success as players like Jo and Georgia move on and up into our top womens team WBBL Westfield Health Hatters….(Betty Codona – Club Chairman)