It is with great sadness that I report to you today the passing of Stevie Duff. Stevie was an inspirational figure in basketball and disability sport in East Lothian and throughout Scotland. He is directly responsible for the growth of basketball in East Lothian , as well as the formation of the East Lothian Peregrines Basketball Club and Lothian Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club. He was a great player in his younger days, playing for Scotland and spending time in America playing, until injuries forced him to hang up his boots. However he made the biggest impact on the sport through his sports development work, volunteering and coaching. Stevie moved over to coaching and playing wheelchair basketball and worked hard to develop the sport in Scotland. Stevie recently took on the role of Head of Basketball at basketballscotland, leading the development of our national squads and coaches.
The basketball community in Scotland is very sad at the loss of one of it's greatest personalities.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time of mourning.
The following is taken from a post of the basketballscotland facebook page:
'basketballscotland Results for the first ever Scotland U12 National team game...
Scotland Blues u12 boys took on the Djursholm Indians in the opening game of the Goteborg basketball festival...What a game!
After a shaky start, the boys pulled it together on the defensive end with great pressure and defensive blocks, led by captain Calum Stewart on the offensive end, we won the game 35-30.
The boys did themselves and the country proud. Well done!!
...next game up Scotland U12 Girls blue V Lidingo BC'
Our very own William Wardrop was part of Scottish basketball history being named in the starting five for the first ever Scotland Under 12s game. Well done to the Scotland team, and well done to William
The Wolves would like to wish William Wardop, Gayatri Vijapurkar and Rachel Wallace good luck for their trip to Sweden. They all leave early tomorrow morning and are all excited about their first opportunities to represent Scotland on the basketball court.
Also a big congratulations to Rachel Wallace who was named as the U13 Vice Captain.
I will look to update their progress
West Lothian Wolves younger players have been selected to play for Scotland in this summers national and international calander.
William Wardrop and Gayarti Vijapurkar have both been selected for respective U12 Scotland squads, with Rachel Wallace being called up for the U13 Scotland squad. Congratulations also go to Rachel for being selected as co captain for the U13 squad as she has lead by example and has shown to be encouraging and supportive to her team mates.
Both the U12 and U13 Scotland Squads will be flying out tomorrow to Sweden to compete in the Goteborg Basketball Festival. First game is on Thursday with the final on Sunday. We wish them all the very best of luck.
Leah Stewart has been selected for both the U14 and U15 Scotland squads.
She is also the Captain for the U14 Squad. The U14's squad are hosting the Summer Slam at Meadowbank Stadium on the 8-10th June where we will also see the Womens GB Team play Canada in a warm up friendly.
Leah then joins U15 Squad to travel to Italy on the 8th July to compete in the San Marino
Even though the game was almost a month ago, the game report for the Ladies victory over Lions in the final game of the season never made it to the website. Apologies! So, without further ado, here it is:
Edinburgh Lions v Wolves (Senior Women) 15.4.12
The Wolves were looking to end the season on a high and quickly settled into the game, running their plays smoothly. Passes were accurate and strong which effectivley broke down the Lions defence. Wolves took the first quarter with a good lead of 8 points. In the second quarter the Lions tried to close the gap by taking the outside shot, however Wolves time and again closed down the shooter or won the rebound to create a quick turnover. Going into half time the Wolves had retained the lead and had opened the gap to 12. In the third quarter the Wolves had grown in confidence and continued to challenge the Lions for every point. This continued into the last quarter where the Wolves did not sit back but with a combined team effort continued to play with all they had. It was an excellent win to mark the end of the season.
Final score 56-30 to Wolves. L.McGill was top scorer with 24 points.
GO WOLVES! - See you next season!
The club will be holding an Awards/Fun training night at Armadale Academy on the 25th June from 6-8pm.
All club members, coaches & parents are invited to come along & take part in this fun awards session.
So put this date in your diary & look out your training shoes for a fun awards night!