basketballscotland and the West Lothian Wolves are pleased to announce that Grant Dickson (Pictured below) has been appointed as West Lothian Community Coach.
Grant will be working as part of basketballscotland’s communities team, task managed by West Lothian Wolves and West Lothian Council to deliver coaching in West Lothian and work with key partners in the area to develop youth basketball for the club.
This is an exciting project which was made possible by Spalding and Sportsmatch investment. Both basketballscotland and West Lothian Wolves are excited about the impact that the newly appointed community coach will have on the club’s youth programme. Grant, who was ‘Young Coach of the Year for the season 10/11’ is excited about the prospect of working for his club and hopes to make a difference by getting more youth players in the wolves’ development pathway.
Malcolm Currie, Wolves’ Chairman is also delighted with the appointment :’We are really pleased to offer Grant this position. Having a dedicated person working in the schools to promote our club and the sport will help us build a good base of players at the under 12 and under 14 level, which will allow us to complete the player pathway from under 12 age group right up to senior men and women. We are excited about the potential growth our club will experience over the next three years.
The Under 14 Girls were in action for the first time this season on Sunday 21st October.
The Under 14 Girls have been working hard in the preseason with their new Head Coach Luis Romero and their new Assistant Coach Javier Ramos. The club are hoping that the new Spainish coaching team will be able to inject a bit of flair and excitment into the under 14s programme this season. From seeing the girls on the floor on Sunday it looks like this may be happening.
The Wolves' first opponenets on the opening league day was the East Lothian Peregrines. Coach Luis came into the game expecting the East Lothian group to be a difficult foe based on the pervious couple of years results at the Regional Development League and National Challenges. The story of the game was also made even more interesting with the fact the Gayatri Vijapurkar would not be playing due to her family moving down to London, and Beth Kean also out for the game. East Lothian were also down a couple of players.
The Wolves started off the game very dominant and put a lot of defensive pressure onto the Peregrines and played their transition and offensive games at a very high pace. This lead to the Wolves not allowing the Peregrines to score in the first half, while putting in 33 points themselves. The Wolves continued strong in the second half and ran out winners of the game with a final scoreline of 49-10. The leading scorers for the game were Leah Stewart and Claire Young, who both scored 12 points. Coach Luis was very pleased with the teams hustle but was really impressed with the rebounding effort put in by Rachel Wallace and Caroline Cassidy.
The second game of the day saw the Wolves play the Stirling Knights. The Wolves played very well in this game as well, outscoring their opponents in every quarter. However the first half was a closer affair with the score at half time reading 16-9 to the Wolves. The turning point of the game was the third quarter, due to the Wolves improving their defense and finding the basket with ease. The Wolves won the quarter 19-2 and created a comfortable lead. Leah Stewart was again the lead scorer with 15 points, while Rachel Wallace and Claire Young had 8 points each. Coach Luis was very happy with the second half of this game saying, 'We are getting better at putting pressure on the ball and trying to understand how to use our body to react quick, I was also very happy with how we connected defence to offence. Our rythme was good in the second half, so I am pleased.'
It is the start of a long season for the girls, but they have begun their season in a very positive way.
Lets Go WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Wolves have another busy weekend ahead of them. Tonight the Senior Men Division 2 are on Court against the Mid Lothian Madness. Tomorrow the Senior Men Division 1 are in action against the Boroughmuir Blaze at Deans High School tipping at 13:15. Finally The under 14 boys and girls both kick off their seasons on Sunday at Forresters High School with a couple of games each. Game reports will follow next week. Also you can follow us over the weekend on Twitter and Facebook.
Good Luck over the weekend!!!!!!
Lets go Wolves!!!!!!!
The Wolves Senior Men had their first game of the season, travelling away to Dunfermline to face off againt the Reign. The Wolves Div 1 team have a big squad this season, with a number of new squad members to the squad joining the returning members and some players stepping up from Division 2 from last year. Despite a squad of 14 the Wolves were only able to field 7 players due to work committments, weddings and coaching courses.
The game started with Dunfermline coming out really strong and pushing out an early lead of 22 to 9 at the end of the first quarter. The Reign squad pushed the ball, and shot the lights out. They played with confidence and looked to be the stronger team initially. The Wolves coach spoke to his team at the break and the Wolves came into the second quarter a different team. the Wolves defense lifted to last years standard and the Reign began to struggle to find baskets. On top of this the Wolves started to move the ball better and started getting open shots. The Wolves newest player Sean Hume hit four 3 point shots in the quarter. As well as this the Wolves became more agressive and got into the key to pick up some fouls and get free throws. The Wolves won this quarter 23 to 3 points and went into the half up by seven points.
The second half was a much tighter contest with the Wolves winning both quarters by only two points each. The Reign never gave up fighting and showed a massive imporvement from last year. The Wolves' Andy Sturrock played the game with a badly sprained ankle, however he made a real impact on the game with his usual rebounding and defense. Owen Cook had a great all around game with 9 points, 2 steals and 6 rebounds. Marc Dickson lead the rebounding game with 9. Sean Hume was the leading scorer with 25 points while having a 50% shooting average from behind the three point line.
The Wolves are up against the Boroughmuir Blaze this weekend, which will be another tough game.
Lets go Wolves!!!!!
The Wolves Cadettes started their National League Campaign in winning ways with a confident 72-51 win over Ayr Storm. However they had back to back games and they faced off against St Mirren in their second game of the day. This was a difficult ask for the girls, who all must have been exhausted. The Wolves really displayed a great attitude and did not give up to the end of the game. The girls were down by 10 in the fourth quarter, only to fight back and get a lead in the last minute of the game. Unfortunately the girls ended up losing the game by 1 point. The girls are of course upset at this loss, however the interesting question is how will the girls play when they get to play St Mirren with fresh legs. This is going to be an interesting season for the girls, so make sure you check back here for more news as and when it happens.
West Lothian Wolves Community Coach- £9.50 per hour (16 hours per week)
basketballscotland in partnership with West Lothian Wolves seeks to appoint a committed community coach to work within the West Lothian Sports Development Team, covering the West Lothian area, promoting and developing participation in Basketball within schools and local community.
You will have experience of both sports development & coaching within a Basketball environment, as well as a relevant academic qualification, minimum of basketballscotland coaching level 2 or UKCC Level 2 Basketball Coaching Qualification.
You will deliver a Basketball Development Plan within West Lothian and surrounding communities increasing participation levels in the sport of Basketball, identifying and developing pathways for talented young people and raising the profile of Basketball as a sport for all within the community. Working in partnership with West Lothian Wolves you will be task managed by West Lothian’s Sports Development Officer and West Lothian Wolves’ management committee.
Please note that all applications must submitted in to basketballscotland no later than 12pm on Wednesday the 17th of October
For a detailed discussion contact Jay Runga, Club Development Officer (07720972902) or Andrew Smyth, West Lothian’s Sport Development Officer, on 07770350336.
The Wolves have finally returned to the Scottish National League this season with the Cadette team competing in the Scottish National League Division 2. Before any league games have been played the girls were matched up against Beacon in the Scottish Cup on Sunday 7th October. The girls have been training hard over the last couple of months and have added a number of good players to round off the squad.
This game was a big step up for the girls as a number of the squad are actually still u14s players, however they will be playing in both u14 and cadette squads this year. Despite the youth of the squad the girls played a very good game on both ends of the floor. The Wolves led throughout and got big contributions from a number of players. The majority of the scoring came from Leah Stewart and Abbie Cronin, however Gayatri Vijapurkar, Rachel Wallace and Cara McKwoen pulled down a number of important defensive rebounds. Gayatri constantly reached up for offensive rebounds, but did not capitalise with scored baskets. Team defense was also very important with everybody contributing on the defensive end.
Abbie Cronin did a great job at the point guard position bringing the ball up under pressure time and again. Although the Wolves were in the lead for the whole game Beacon made a couple of runs at different points to keep the game within reach. Beacon put on a full court press to end the second quarter and were able to score 6 unanswered points to bring the Wolves lead to a managable 6 points at the half.
The Wolves came out strong on the second half and again stretched the lead into double figures. At times the Wolves played lovely team basketball. One play saw Leah Stewart pull down a rebound and deliver a lovely out let pass to Rachel Wallace, who took a couple of strong dribbles to the middle of the court before making a lovely pass to Abbie Cronin for the lay-up.
The Wolves ran out eventual winner with a scoreline of 56-43. Coach Steph said after the game, 'I am really happy with the girls today, they played really well and stepped up in order to compete in the game. There are loads of areas for us to improve, which we will be working on over the coming weeks.'
Well done Wolves. Keep working hard!!!!!