On Sunday 12th August COB Rockets Wheelchair Basketball played 2 friendlies at Nechells wellbeing centre B7 5DR.

Both games were against tough opposition, Stoke Spitfires and Northampton Phoenix. With players missing COB gave 2 of our junior players their first taste of game play and even Coach Craddock had to come out of retirement to have some court time.

The first game against Spitfires was a close encounter. Both teams played with determination and guile in the game, however with the score 23 – 26 to Spitfires in the last quarter Rockets had to go for the 3 point play with only 1 minute on the clock. Unfortunately the shot went up and bounced off the rim with the score remaining 23 – 26 to Spitfires. The game showed the standard of Rockets can play at with plenty of optimism for the future.

The second game against Phoenix proved to be a lot harder with only a 10 minute turnaround and just 7 players in the Rockets team. Rockets lifted themselves and came out firing on all cylinders to a lead in the first quarter 6 – 5. However Phoenix recovered and the speed of their team took it’s toll on Rockets tiring players by the end of the third quarter to leave the score16 – 26. Tiredness and injury saw Phoenix pull away to a 20 – 36 victory, however the effort given by Rockets players was excellent and a testament to what we want to achieve with wheelchair basketball in Birmingham.

Coach Craddock cemented, “The positives of how far we have come and how we play on offence and defence can be seen. We do have areas to improve, however make no mistake COB Rockets are a team to be reckoned with and this proves the potential for an amazing team we will have in Birmingham.”