Last weekend, our U12 Boys and Girls travelled to Perth College UHI to take part in the National Challenge Competition.
On the Saturday, the boys took to the floor. They found themselves in a Tough Qualification Group against Dundee Madisons (The eventual competition winner) and St Mirren and following two tight games, they progressed to the Bronze Group in the Afternoon.
Two wins in the Bronze Group provided the boys with a very well earned 7th Place.
The Girls opened up the day with an excellent 38-22 win against Tayside Musketeers before taking on Ayr Storm in what turned out to be the game of the day.
Following two extremely close quarters (8-6 and 21-18 to Wolves), Ayr brought the game back to tie by the end of the 3rd.
Wolves retook the lead in the 4th to take the win 37-31 and qualify for the Gold Group in the Afternoon.
The Girls started the gold group off with a early 18-7 first quarter lead against Lady Rocks.
The Girls held the lead into Half Time (29-16) and following a back and forward 3rd Quarter, the lead was held at 14pts.
A forth quarter fightback from the Rocks brought the game to within 3 with just over a minute to go but the Wolves held strong to take the win 42-27.
The Girls then faced St Mirren knowing that a win would give them the Championship.
A tight game throughout left the Wolves trailing 21-20 going into the 4th Quarter but with 4 minutes to go they had turned it around to take the lead by 3.
Some excellent defence allowed Wolves to pull away and take the lead 33-22 and in turn the National Challenge Shield.
On top of becoming the first Wolves U12s team to win the National Challenge, our own Erin O'Sullivan was named the tournament All Star 5 by BasketballScotland.
Congratulations to both squads, for not only qualifying for the National Challenge in the first place, but for providing some excellent basketball and entertainment across an excellent weekend.
Next up is the turn of our U14 Teams who travel to Inverness Royal Academy this weekend for their own National Challenges.
Good luck to those taking the long drive north this weekend!!
On Sunday, we ran one of our biggest tournaments to date. 4 hours of high level, fast, exciting 3v3 basketball from the younger end of the club.
12 teams, randomly selected by a draw, took part in the event supported by Coaches and older players as Officials.
For the first part of the tournament, the teams were split into 2 groups of 6 where they played everyone in their group once.
Group A: Yellow (1), Navy Blue (2), Red (3), Black (4), Brown (5), Grey (6)
Group B: Orange (7), Green (8), Purple (9), White (10), Pink (11), Light Blue (12)
1st - Grey
2nd - Yellow
3rd - Brown
4th - Navy Blue
5th - Red
6th - Black
1st - White
2nd - Light Blue
3rd - Purple
4th - Orange
5th - Pink
6th - Green
For the 2nd half of the tournament, the top 3 teams from each group qualified for the Gold Group and the bottom 3 for the Silver Group
Following another round of games, we had our winner
1st - White (12pts)
2nd - Grey (9pts)*
3rd - Purple (9pts)*
4th - Yellow (6pts)*
5th - Brown (6pts)*
6th - Light Blue (3pts)
1st - Red (12pts)*
2nd - Pink (12pts)*
3rd - Black (10pts)
4th - Green (5pts)
5th - Navy Blue (4pts)
6th - Orange (0pts)
* - Position decided by head 2 head where pts were the same
A massive thank you to all the players, parents, coaches and volunteers who helped this day happen and an even bigger thank you to Shepherds Surveyors who provided sponsorship for the tournament
On Sunday 28th January, The West Lothian Wolves will host one of their biggest ever tournaments.
The West Lothian 3v3 Challenge will take place at Deans Community HS from 12pm-4pm for kids Aged 8-12 (12 years old at time of Registration)
The event will include 12 teams, selected by a seeded pot draw, and will include 60 games across 3 courts.
All teams will receive a guest coach for the afternoon which will incude club players and coaches
Registration is free and is open on our Event Registration Page
Tickets are still available on our Event Registration Page for our next big Social Event, The Big New Year Bash, taking place on the 5th January at Livingston Football Stadium. Tickets are £5
After our season of "Revolution" this year was always about "Evolution"
The club has been expanding over the years and now has matured into the high performing (Division 1) and still inclusive (largest club membership) basketball program that the club's leadership team envisioned.
This maturity now places some new challenges for our club.
Starting with a clear understanding of our club culture and our image.
We have been exploring what the club means to us and what we want its image to project.
Many of our members, and the basketball community, have been "work-shopping" everything our club means to us. In short, we have been defining our own "Culture".
One of the outputs from these sessions is our very own Wolves "Pyramid of Success" which gives a brief summary of all the layers that will deliver on the club's "Ambition" and "Purpose".
These values are "OUR" values. They have been developed by "US" and will be lived and championed by all of us.
Our "Pyramid of Success" is just the start of our Cultural Awareness Journey. We will now have to develop our very own "Code of the Wolf" which will lay out the standards that will support our ability to fulfil our aims and values.
Building and agreeing that code will again be incumbent on us all so stay tuned for our next workshop.
In the meantime, please read carefully our pyramid and lets hear your feedback.
A massive congratulations from everyone at the Wolves to Senior Women player, Sara Plummer, who has completed the very impressive feat of successfully reaching the role of FIBA Table Official.
Sara, who is also a Basketballscotland Level 3 Table official, completed the Digital Scoresheet Software Training (DSS) and is now registered as a FIBA Table Official for the next 2 years.
Well Done Sara!!!!
West Lothian Wolves - BYE
Glagow University - BYE
University of Edinburgh - BYE
Tayside Musketeers vs Falkirk Fury
St Mirren WCS vs City of Edinburgh
Glasgow Fever vs St Andrews University
Lady Rocks - BYE
Polonia Phoenix - BYE
Edinburgh Lions vs West Lothian Wolves
Dunfermline Reign vs Falkirk Fury
Glasgow University vs St Mirren WCS
Ayrshire Tornadoes vs City of Edinburgh
Boroughmuir Blaze vs Heriot Watt University
Highland Bears vs Stirling Knights
Glasgow Storm vs Edinburgh Lions or West Lothian Wolves
Pothlethen Panthers vs Pleasence
University of Edinburgh vs East Aberdeen Warriors