Leicester Riders Women travelled to Sweden this weekend to take on Visby Ladies Basketball Club in a three game pre-season series.
The student based women’s team made the long trip to the Swedish town of Visby in the Gotland islands to continue their preseason training overseas.
Game 1 – Riders 77 Visby 72
Riders controlled the first half in a fast paced game before Visby mixed up the defence forcing a strong come back to create a tight game down the stretch.
Game 2 – Riders 61 Visby 48
The Riders were able to improve their defensive output alongside being able to create additional ways to score following overnight adjustments and a well rounded team performance.
Game 3 – Riders 72 Visby 53
Riders combined their lessons learnt in the opening two games with a tough finish to the trip. Georgia Jones led another well balanced scoring performance with 14 points whilst Rheanne Bailey and Maaja Bratka added 10 each. Young Charnwood College Student Eleanor Jones pulled down 14 rebounds.
Matthew Harber was pleased the with progress of the young group throughout the trip.
“Each of our three games in Visby provided us with new challenges and it was very encouraging to watch our growth from Friday to Sunday.
The individual growth of some of our youth players was very impressive. We’re committed to the growth of our young cohort, as their contributions will make the biggest difference throughout the season.
I think this training camp has helped to further establish our game style and each player will leave camp knowing what their role is for this year and the areas they will need to develop throughout the season.
I would like to thank Visby Ladies for their hospitality and how welcome they made us feel. They’re a great organisation who I wish all the best for the upcoming year in the Damligan!”
Visby Ladies Head Coach, Tamara Ruzic was also very pleased to have the Riders visit their club.
“We were happy to have Leicester Riders visiting us. We hope that this is a start of a more long term exchange between our two clubs. We felt we have good contact with their coaches and they made a professional impression. As for our team, it was our first games together and it gave us feedback on where we are and with what we need to work more before the regular season starts.”
Riders take on Barking Abbey this Saturday at 7.30pm in their final preseason friendly ahead of the WBBL season launch on October 11th at Loughborough University.