Junior Roundup: Under 16 Boys End Manchester’s Unbeaten Run!

The weekend proved to be a hugely successful one across the club as a number of key results went our way with the players across the junior programme once again doing the club proud.

This is perhaps best demonstrated by our Under 16 Boys Premier side, who took down league leaders Manchester Magic 65-59 at Nechells Wellbeing Centre to hand the Mancunians their first defeat of the season.

The result could prove pivotal in the Northern Premier division, with Rockets holding on to top spot in the standings thanks a monumental final quarter from Coach Douglas’ side in which the team overpowered Manchester 23-10 in a frenetic final period of play.

It is sure to be a fascinating conclusion to the season for a side who have excelled this campaign and will be looking to finish the season off on a strong footing after such an important win.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Coach Ricardo D’Alva’s Under 18 Boys Premier side took to the road for the first of their two road trips over the course of the weekend as they headed to Huish Taunton Tigers.

In a slightly less dramatic game, the team stormed back from an early Tigers onslaught to claim a crucial win in the context of their season.

Despite a tough start to the year, the team have stabilised to find themselves in mid table – a packed end of season schedule means the team have a chance to climb up the standings in the final weeks as they look to finish the year on a high.

The positive results continued with a road win for Coach Dudley’s Under 18 Boys Conference side who comfortable dispatched of Shrewsbury Storm on Saturday afternoon.

The win opened up a gap between the team and third placed West Bromwich Albion and puts pressure on Stourport Spartans who need to win their game in hand to match our 6-3 record.

Danielle Brunetti’s Under 16 Boys Conference side recorded a second successive win as they saw off Team Wolverhampton at Nechells to leapfrog Worcester Wolves into second place in their conference.

In the day’s other early game at Nechells, Coach Matt Gaskell’s Under 14 Conference side slipped to the narrowest of defeats against Birmingham Bears.

A tough final quarter saw our visitors take the win by way of a 57-53 scoreline, but Coach Gaskell will have positives to take from a spirited display from his young side.

Sunday was a quieter affair with our Under 18 Boys Premier side on the road once again as they look to fulfil their aforementioned busy schedule.

A decisive second quarter saw Reading take the win despite at the John Madejski Sports Centre with the game finishing 91-75.

Stay tuned to our channels for the latest news and updates from across the club as we approach a busy end to the season with a lot on the line for many of our junior sides!