14th Nov, 2019

Great Britain hockey stars prove too tough to handle for Warwickshire Bears

Solihull Editorial 17th Oct, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

WARWICKSHIRE Bears were brought crashing down to earth after losing 32-58 at home to C.W.B.A in Division One of the British Wheelchair Basketball League.

The visiting team included a host of Great Britain internationals and their experience showed against a newly promoted Bears team on Sunday.

Charlotte Moore and Joy Haizelden were back fresh from their Rio Paralympic experience and the GB duo played their part as C.W.B.A took a 10-6 lead into the second quarter.

The bears showed plenty of fight and determination in the second quarter and were still very much in the match at the half-way point as they trailed by just one points at 22-23.

Both sides traded points in what was a tight third quarter with the scoreline changing as the visitors took a four point lead heading into the final quarter.

C.W.B.A then went on to prove their dominance and experience by limiting the hosts rare glimpses of the basket as they racked up the points to end up comfortable winners.

“I’d like to congratulate C.W.B.A on a fantastic win and especially their GB junior player Peter Cusack who was awesome.” said Bears boss Tom Masterson.

“We will go away and hopefully learn from this and learn that this is a new level for many of the team and we need to up our game so much more if we are to live with these teams.”

The Bears’ second made some amends by maintaining their winning start thanks to a 47-26 win over C.W.B.A’s third team in the Third Division South & West.

Masterson added: “Thanks to our second team, were able to get some joy from the weekend and it was pleasing to see how some of them have come on. Hopefully they will soon be pushing for more court time in the senior team.”

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