National Cup Semi-final Preview

It’s semi-finals day tomorrow with two big games for our Rockets as both our Under 16 Boys Premier and Women’s First Team look to progress to the National Cup finals.

Women vs Thames Valley Cavaliers (A) 13:00 tip-off

Our Women’s First Team have enjoyed a memorable cup run to this point.

Coach Emery’s side have taken down Derby Trailblazers, Manchester Mystics and Anglia Ruskin Uni, all away from home, after receiving a BYE in the first round.

After upsetting the odds to take down Division 1 Ruskin last time out in the quarterfinals, the team are eagerly anticipating tomorrow’s game – with the matchup representing yet another significant milestone in the progression of our female programme.

Head Coach Ryan Emery is in an optimistic mood ahead of the game and is looking forward to the latest stage of this brilliant cup run.

“We are all really excited about the semi-final on Sunday,” he said.

“We have had a great run in the cup and want to take the next step and get to the final. We know it’s going to be a battle against a good team but I know we are well prepared and we are going to give it everything!”

The team have bought into the new style and ideas of the coach this year and Emery was full of praise for the way the players have responded to him and Assistant Coach Mintoft this season.

“It’s very difficult to put in words how much I’m enjoying working with this team.

“Everyone has improved so much and their commitment to our team has meant we are on a great path!

“I’m excited to continue to work with everyone and be a part of their successes!”

Keep up with the game with live updates across our social media channels from midday tomorrow!

Under 16 Boys Premier vs Manchester Magic (H) 11am tip-off

Also vying for a place in their respective National Cup final are our Under 16 Boys Premier.

The team, similarly to our women’s side, have defied all early expectations to sit atop their division alongside their fantastic cup run.

Coach Douglas’ side overcame London Elite last time out to set up a date with Manchester, and with the Magic also fighting to knock Rockets off their perch at the top of the league standings, there is sure to be an extra layer of intrigue to this one!

The game will take place at The Lighthouse Young People’s Centre with limited seating for spectators – please arrive early if you are planning to get behind the team!