Leicester Riders Women travelled to Sheffield this weekend to take part in Plate the Betty Codona Classic weekend.
The annual weekend of basketball, in it’s third year, featured the top eight WBBL teams in the country battling over two days for the coveted Betty Codona Cup and Plate.
On the first day a young Riders team, featuring many Charnwood College student performed well against the Brixton Topcats but narrowly came up short setting up a match up with Cardiff Met Archers on the second day of the tournament. Boosted by senior players such as Georgia Jones, Maia Bratka and Dee Hayward the Riders were able to grab the victory.
“Overall, I’m very happy with what we achieved this weekend. Obviously it would’ve been nice to play in the Plate Final today, but this weekend was not about trying to win that competition. It was about showcasing our young British players and improving a couple of areas of our game which are going to play a key part in our success in the last phase of the season.”
Coach Harber was pleased with the approach of the young members of the squad following the first day of the tournament and the leadership role of the senior players on the roster on day one.
“I came away from our Brixton game yesterday with a big smile. It was a risk playing with 8 of our Academy players and only a handful of our regular WBBL squad, but they played hard, with great spirit and attitude.
“They represented us with real pride. Nicole Hoffman and Harriet Swindells really stepped up and showed they can deliver at the next level. Robyn, Mollie and Nat were terrific leaders and great role models for our next generation of players.
On the second day of the competition the Riders faced Cardiff Met and continued the strong performances from day one of the competition.
“The game against Cardiff was good too. We carried over our momentum from yesterday and played a cohesive game at both ends. We continue to show signs of growth and maturity, and the question will ultimately be how consistently can we deliver collective defence and offence in high pressure situations.
“We will need to play on a high level next weekend in order to beat Cardiff on the road!”