Saturday, 26 November 2016


(at Gloucestershire College)
Saturday, 19th November 2016)
Gloucester Saxons 20 - 16 Leadonites (ht: 12-12)
Bristol Storm Girls (U13) 10 - 12 Leadonites (ht: 8-6)
(Golden basket overtime - Regulation time score 10-10)
Worcester Wolves 10 - 4 Leadonites (ht: 4-4)
It was good to see things worked upon in training being put into effect in the games or at least attempted. However, the perennial favourites of offensive spacing, passing and shooting all need more work.
Also was it great to have so much support from family in the sports hall.

Leadonites U12s returned to action with three matches at Saturday’s GLOZBALL U12/U13 CVL with Alfie Fisher making his club debut.
Gloucester Saxons 20 - 16 Leadonites
The Ledbury club dominated the first quarter taking a 10-2 lead with baskets from Archie Allcock, Ben Deards and Ben Lewis. This prompted Saxons to introduce their first five and despite a score from Samuele Miccio the hosts recovered to tie the half-time scores at 12-12. Gloucester then took control of the match scoring the next six points before scores from Ben Lewis an Adam Dudley narrowed the margin of defeat to 4 points.

Bristol Storm (U13) Girls 10 – 12 Leadonites
An inexperienced starting five, led by team captain Joe French, battled their older and taller opponents valiantly but still found themselves 8-0 down after 4 minutes. The introduction of Miccio, paid dividends as he scored the next 6 points to limit Storm’s half-time lead to 8-6.
Despite conceding an early basket in the second half Leadonites started to take a grip of the match and baskets from Ben Deards and Adam Dudley levelled the match. Late missed Leadonites free-throws left the match tied 10 points each at the end of regulation time. Leadonites showed the greater desire in the golden basket overtime and capped off a close exciting match with the winning score when Archie Allcock made a lay-up.

Worcester Wolves 10 – 4 Leadonites
After the high reached against Storm this was the match that got away. Early scores from Adam Dudley and Ben Deards gave Leadonites a 4-0 lead before being pegged back to 4-4 at half-time. Despite the greater possession for Leadonites a combination of poor substitution decisions from the Leadonites coach and missed scoring opportunities allowed Wolves to ease to a comfortable victory.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

U18s game postponed

The proposed U18s mini tournament set to involve Leadonites and Gloucester Saxons at Gloucestershire College has been postponed the New Year.

Leadonites will seek to arrange a friendly, or two, for the seniors to be played before Xmas.

Match Results from GLOZBALL U14s

Saturday, 5th November 2016
(At Gloucestershire College, Gloucester)

- Gloucester Saxons 36 v 8 Team Gloster Jets
- Bristol Flyers 36 v 4 Leadonites
- Gloucester Saxons 35 v 0 Leadonites
- Bristol Flyers 40 v 8 Team Gloster Jets
- Leadonites 18 v 24 Team Gloster Jets
- Gloucester Saxons 22 v 16 Bristol Flyers

1. Gloucester Saxons 4-0
2. Bristol Flyers II 3-1
3. Team Gloster Jets 1-3
4. Leadonites 0-4

Bristol Flyers II 36 - 4 Leadonites
Like rabbits in the headlights the Leadonites boys struggled to move let alone find a foothold in this opening encounter. Dylan Kitchen scored whilst being fouled, in the second half but was unable to sink the and1 shot. The Leadonites second basket came as time expired and Finlay Chalkley scored a free throw for two points.

Gloucester Saxons 35 - 0 Leadonites
Possibly the worst performance ever by a Leadonites team of any age at any time during the club's 19 month existence. And with Kitchin's missed free-throw as time elapsed on the second half this was certainly the first time that a Leadonites team has failed to score even one basket in a match. Lack of fight, lack movement and an inexplicable inability not just to shoot the ball but even to take a shot were the main causes of such an uninspiring performance from the Ledbury team. One bright spot was the effort shown by debutante Gwilym Kemp.

Leadonites 18 – 24 Team Gloster Jets
(report as submitted to the Ledbury Reporter)
Having suffered predictably heavy defeats against higher graded opponents in Bristol Flyers and Gloucester Saxons and with only baskets from Dylan Kitchin and Finlay Chalkley to show for their below par efforts, hopes were higher for Leadonites’ last match of Saturday’s Glozball U14s CVL in Gloucester.

The match started well with George Robb scoring the first of his game high 8 points in the first minute. But missed free throws from Josh Spriggs and Alessio Miccio together with loose team defence contributed to Jets establishing an 8-2 lead before Leadonites were able to strike back. Two baskets from Chalkley either side of Miccio scoring his first points of the day left the half-time score level at 8 points all.

A missed free throw from Michael French, poor rotation of substitutions and contestable refereeing calls saw Jets go on an 8-0 run to lead 16-8 mid-way through the second half. Debutante Gwilym Kemp fouled out of the match forcing his team mates to up their efforts and the Ledbury team started their fight back. However, a combined 10 points from scores by Miccio and Robb proved too little, too late; leaving this low on confidence Leadonites team ruing the one that got away.