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Warwickshire Bears boss hails ‘fantastic’ team after busy weekend of action

Steve Carpenter 16th Nov, 2016 Updated: 18th Nov, 2016

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: AN ACTION packed weekend saw Warwickshire Bears’ ladies side pick up three wins from four matches and coach Jacob Robinson described their performances as ‘fantastic’.

Two games in as many days might have proved tough going for a Bears side that welcomed back Anna Turney after giving birth to her baby girl, while debuts were handed to Jaymee Powell and Jenny Lee Rollason.

But Robinson’s side were able to record back-to-back victories over Stoke Spitfires while also getting revenge over Angels of the North following just one defeat to the same side on Saturday.

“The ladies have done fantastic this weekend, with a heavy schedule of two games per day, for such a small squad,” said Robinson.

“But with the pride these girls have, they weren’t going to give anything less than 100 per cent for all the games.

“It was also great to see Anna Turney back playing again, and the new girls Jaymee Powell and Jenny-Lee Rollason were brilliant in their first women’s league games.”

The Bears dominated their opening match of the weekend against Stoke Spitfires and were way ahead of their opponents in both offence and attack as they eased to a 34-6 victory.

Angels of the North proved to be a more difficult opposition having recruited heavily from last season and Angels scored heavily in all quarters to inflict a 44-17 victory.

The Bears came up against the Spitfires again on Sunday and after turning up with less players, Robinson allowed one of his players to swap allegiances for one match only in the spirit of the game.

Even with the added of bonus of having Jaymee Powell playing for them, the Spitfires were unable to hold back a determined Bears team who ran out comfortable winners again, this time 26-11.

The final match of the weekend gave the Bears a chance to get revenge over Angels of the North and they were determined to put right the mistakes from the previous day.

From the start the Bears defence came out on top, limiting their opponents to just a few opportunities while staying in touch at the end.

It was the Bears who stepped up their offence in the second half of the match and overturned the result from Saturday to win 24-16.

“Playing for the Bears this weekend was one of my most exhilarating experiences since having my baby,” Anna Turney added.

“I loved getting back on court and feeling the blood pumping. It’s such a fast exciting game. The team spirit is great and we were all delighted with our hard fought successes.”

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