After a long and hard regional season, the game the girls have been waiting for was here. It is a great achievement to get to the final considering the teams we faced in the league this year.
Before September some of the girls had ever met and some only started playing basketball when they joined the Wolves. The girls have worked hard and put in the time in training since September 2012.
The Wolves lead the regional league right up until the last game of the season, with a great 8-1 record and the final still to come, the defeat to Fury in the last regular season game by four points brought us down to earth, yes we lost but the spirit and determination was part of the team. Fury was also 8-1 in the league, we were determined not to lose again.
RDL Final game tipped off 12 noon at Meadowbank Sports Centre.
Wolves started strongly, Leah Stewart won the jump ball and right from tip off our team made their presence felt with rapid movement and their intention that they are here to win. Laura
Baxter forced the first turnover from Fury in which the Wolves capitalised on and Laura was able to then drive the ball to make a great pass to Leah Stewart to score the first basket of the game. The Wolves were certainly playing some great basketball, great defence from Charlie Smith resulted in another turnover in which Caroline Cassidy received a pass from Mili Bolatiki to score another
two points, just before the quarter ended Leah Stewart finished off the Wolves scoring with a cheeky back pass and drive to finish with a basket. The first quarter came to an end … and what a quarter from the Wolves, Fury only managed to Score one basket with one foul point added to their tally. The score was 15 –
3 to West Lothian with Leah Stewart leading scorer.
2nd quarter started and the Wolves did not ease of the pedal, however the scoring was lower due to the defensive play from both sides. Alison Howells managed to get her first points in her 3rd match for the season by scoring two baskets, and what a
time to get her first baskets with Roko Bolatiki getting the other basket from a fantastic fast break and great run from her. Halftime, Wolves 20-5 Fury
Fury started the 3rd quarter with two quick baskets due to two unfortunate turnovers. The Wolves quickly redeemed themselves with some great passing to break down the Fury defence. Leah Stewart was the key element with two quick baskets to take the Wolves into the driving seat with Caroline Cassidy intimidating in defence and Roko Bolatiki putting pressure on Falkirk offense. The whole team was showing great quality, defence, determination and some great shooting which extended their lead further.
End of 3rd, Wolves 28 – 14 Fury
Eight minutes away from being champions, the girls knew it wasn’t over yet. They kept their feet firmly on the ground to dominate the game. Clare Young started things off with a quick basket with just 30 seconds gone after a powerful offensive rebound. Fury managed to score three consecutive baskets before the Wolves displayed again our passing game, great defence and some individual skills. Rachel Wallace was able to produce some good defending which resulted in turnovers and capitalised by finishing off two baskets to take the scoring to 34 -22.
With two minutes to go, the team produced the best team move of the day, the exchange of 6 passes in which all 5 Wolves players got a touch of the ball to split the Fury defence and score with a clinical pass made by Beth Kean to Leah Stewart to score another two points. 40 seconds before the final buzzer a fast break from Fury was on its way, but Laura Baxter and Amy Canavan were able to contain it and force the turnover, eventually the final buzzer went and it was then confirmed the girls had done
it, they had become RDL Champions with great scenes of jubilation, emotion and happiness all round, supporters shouting at the top of their lungs and the coaches jumping for joy. The final team talk and huddle was a joyous one for all.
Final Score: West Lothian Wolves 38 – 24 Falkirk Fury
What a game, even now it’s hard to believe what had just happened in front of our very own eyes. The girls played absolutely fantastic! This is a great moment in club history.
The supporters were great and the atmosphere at Meadowbank was incredible. We believed, we came, we played the
wolves’ way, and we won. This was not an individual effort, everybody contributed and worked as a unit with each one showing their individual skills, team ethic and commitment to reach a common goal.
Head coach Luis Romero said after the final: ‘We all know how bad our players wanted to be RDL Champions. What can I
say? We never thought it could happen something so great when we started the season in September. It has been a real honour to coach these players, we have gone through good and bad moments during the season, but the positive ones are the dominating ones. Some of our players are really top quality and
beating all National League Division One teams like Phoenix, Kats
and Fury ... it has been like a dream coming true."
A special mention goes to Rachel Crow who was not able to be at the final today, thank you for helping to get to the final and also to Eilidh Clark who also contributed during a part of the season on the road to the final.
And the biggest thank you is to our Team Manager Lorraine Stewart for her dedication and hard work in getting the venues organised for training, the kit, keeping everyone informed of updates or changes even when working abroad, and organising fundraising for the club.
That’s dedication! A MASSIVE THANK YOU!!
The U14 Wolves girls #Madeithappen...
Javier Ramos, assistant coach and RDL Champion