Year: 2024

The Weekend Wrap

The Weekend Wrap 2023-24 Week 20

Saturday 24th February

Manchester Magic D2 76–66 Leicester Warriors

Manchester Magic D2 moved to 12-7 in the NBL Division Two after a home win against Leicester Warriors on Saturday afternoon.

Magic were led by, Andre Gayle 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block, with support from, Josh Pearce 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 3 blocks, Darstin Onye 17 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, a steal and 2 blocks, Tyme Regent-Bascombe 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and a block, Dan Davies 4 points, 7 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and a block and Shaquille Furlonge 4 points, 6 rebounds and an assist.

Up next for Magic D2 is an away game against Bristol Hurricanes on Saturday 2nd March at 6:30pm.

Barking Abbey 55-53 Manchester Mystics D1

Manchester Mystics D1 moved to 8-9 in the WNBL Division One after an away loss against Barking Abbey on Saturday evening.

Mystics were led by, Irene Oboavwoduo 16 points, 8 rebounds, an assist and 4 steals, with support from, Elizandra Costa 13 points, a rebound, 3 assists and 2 steals, Rehana Khalil 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals and Success Odemwingie 7 points, 4 rebounds, an assist and 4 steals.

Up next of Mystics D1 is a home game against Loughborough Riders on Sunday 3rd March at 5:30pm.

Trafford Magic U18 104–55 York Eagles

Trafford Magic U18 moved to 13-3 in the Premier North after a home win against York Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is an away game against Manchester Giants on Thursday 29th February at 7:00pm.

City of Birmingham Rockets 69-59 Manchester Mystics U18 2

Manchester Mystics U18 2 moved to 3-8 in the Premier North after an away loss against City of Birmingham Rockets on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 2 is an away game against Cardiff Met Archers on Saturday 9th March at 5:15pm, their final game of the regular season.

Manchester Magic U16 81–62 Newcastle Eagles

Manchester Magic U16 moved to 17-0 in the Premier North after a home win against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 was an away game against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday, find out how they got on below.

Trafford Magic U16 60-69 Sheffield Elite

Trafford Magic U16 moved to 6-10 in the Premier North after a home loss against Sheffield Elite on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against Manchester Giants on Saturday 2nd March at 12:00noon.

Manchester Swarm 86-57 Manchester Magic U16 2

Manchester Magic U16 2 moved to 4-9 in the Conference North West after an away loss against Manchester Swarm on Saturday afternoon.  

Up next for Magic U16 2 is an away game against Stockport Falcons 1 on Wednesday 6th March at 2:00pm, followed by a home game against Manchester Giants on Saturday 9th March at 1:00pm, followed by a home game against Preston on Sunday 10th March at 3:00pm.

City of Birmingham Rockets 61-78 Manchester Mystics U16 2

Manchester Mystics U16 2 moved to 5-9 in the Premier North after an away win against City of Birmingham Rockets on Saturday afternoon. 

Up next for Mystics U16 2 is an away game against Bristol Academy Flyers on Saturday 9th March 1:00pm. 

Mersey Mavericks 18-68 Manchester Mystics U16 3

Manchester Mystics U16 3 moved to 8-5 in the Conference North after an away win against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 3 is an away game against City of Leeds Gold on Saturday 9th March at 2:00pm.

Manchester Giants Green 51-63 Manchester Magic U14 2

Manchester Magic U14 2 moved to 9-3 in the North West 1 after an away win against Manchester Giants Green on Saturday afternoon.  

Up next for Magic U14 2 is a home game against Stockport Falcons White on Saturday 9th March at 1:00pm

Manchester Magic U12 82–32 Cheshire Wire

Manchester Magic U12 moved to 8-1 in the North West Irwell League after a home win against Cheshire Wire on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 was an away game against Stockport Falcons on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got on below.  

Sunday 25th February

Myerscough 68-64 Manchester Magic U18

Manchester Magic U18 moved to 12-4 in the Premier North after an away loss against Myerscough on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 is a home game against City of Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd March at 3:30pm.

Cardiff Met Archers 36-107 Manchester Mystics U18

Manchester Mystics U18 moved to 9-0 in the Premier North after an away win against Cardiff Met Archers on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 is an away game against City of Birmingham Rockets on Saturday 2nd March at 2:20pm.

Newcastle Eagles 50-90 Manchester Magic U16

Manchester Magic U16 moved to 18-0 in the Premier North after an away win against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game against Sheffield Elite on Sunday 3rd March at 1:00pm.

Manchester Mystics U16 84–32 Nottingham Wildcats

Manchester Mystics U16 moved to 10-1 in the Premier North after a home win against Nottingham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon. 

Up next for Mystics U16 is a home game against City of Birmingham Rockets on Saturday 2nd March at 1:00pm.

Manchester Magic U14 88–62 Manchester Giants

Manchester Magic U14 moved to 12-0 in the Premier North after a home win against Manchester Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is an away game against Milton Keynes Breakers on Saturday 2nd March at 1:15pm.

Stockport Falcons 51-72 Manchester Magic U12

Manchester Magic U12 moved to 9-1 in the North West Irwell League after an away win against Stockport Falcons on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 is a home game against Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday 10th March at 12:30pm. 

Manchester Magic U12 2 100–19 Bromborough Bulldogs

Manchester Magic U12 2 moved to 7-0 in the North West Mersey League after a home win against Bromborough Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 2 is their final game of the regular season, away against Cheshire Raptors on Sunday 10th March at 11:00am. 

Padgate 28-65 Manchester Mystics U12

Manchester Mystics U12 moved to 8-0 in the North West League after an away win against Padgate on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 is a home game against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday 9th March at 1:00pm.

Your team performance of the week last week was Manchester Mystics U16 3 with 50% of the vote.

Who was your team of the week this week?

Who was your team of the week this week?

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The Weekend Wrap 2023-24 Week 19

Thursday 15th February

Sheffield Elite 67-72 Trafford Magic U16

Trafford Magic U16 moved to 6-8 in the Premier North after an away win against Sheffield Elite on Thursday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 was an away game Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got on below.

Saturday 17th February

Leeds LDM 40-77 Manchester Magic U18

Manchester Magic U18 moved to 12-3 in the Premier North after an away win against Leeds LDM on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 an away game against Myerscough on Sunday 25th February at 2:00pm.

Nottingham Wildcats 43-91 Manchester Mystics U18

Manchester Mystics U18 moved to 8-0 in the Premier North after an away win against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 is an away game against Cardiff Met Archers on Sunday 25th February at 2:00pm.

Manchester Magic U16 111–67 Leicester Riders

Manchester Magic U16 moved to 16-0 in the Premier North after a home win against Leicester Riders on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 is a home game against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday 24th February at 1:00pm, followed by an away game against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday 25th February at 3:30pm.

City of Leeds Gold 29-118 Manchester Magic U14

Manchester Magic U14 moved to 11-0 in the Premier North after an away win against City of Leeds Gold on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is a home game against Manchester Giants on Sunday 25th February at 12:30pm.

Manchester Mystics U12 2 88–89 Mersey Mavericks

Manchester Mystics U12 2 moved to 0-7 in the North West League after a home loss against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 2 was an away game against Padgate on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got on below. 

Sunday 18th February

Bristol Academy Flyers 59-55 Manchester Magic D2

Manchester Magic D2 moved to 11-7 in the NBL Division Two after an away loss against Bristol Academy Flyers on Sunday afternoon.

Magic were led by, Josh Pearce 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks, with support from Dan Davies 9 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, David Hewitt 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, Fortune Iguma 7 points and 6 rebounds and Lutae Jones 7 points and 5 rebounds.

Up next for Magic D2 is a home game against Leicester Warriors on Saturday 24th February at 7:00pm.

Manchester Mystics D1 59–62 Brent Bulls

Manchester Mystics D1 moved to 8-8 in the WNBL Division One after a home loss against Brent Bulls on Sunday evening.

Mystics were led by, Elizandra Costa 16 points, 2 assists and a steal, with support from Rehana Khalil 15 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals, Remi Idowu 10 points, 6 rebounds and a steal, Irene Oboavwoduo 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Natalie Feurtado 6 points, 7 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Up next of Mystics D1 is an away game against Barking Abbey on Saturday 24th February at 2:00pm.

Manchester Mystics U18 2 55–79 City of Birmingham Rockets

Manchester Mystics U18 2 moved to 3-7 in the Premier North after a home loss against City of Birmingham Rockets on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 2 is an away game against City of Birmingham Rockets on Saturday 24th February at 2:20pm.

Newcastle Eagles 128-66 Trafford Magic U16

Trafford Magic U16 moved to 6-9 in the Premier North after an away loss against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is a home game against Sheffield Elite on Saturday 24th February at 3:30pm.

Manchester Mystics U16 3 58-57 Liverpool

Manchester Mystics U16 3 moved to 7-5 in the Conference North after a home win against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 3 is an away game against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday 24th February at 12:00noon.

Bromborough Bulldogs 80-59 Manchester Magic U14 3

Manchester Magic U14 3 moved to 5-3 in the North West Dee League after an away loss against Bromborough Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 3 is a home game against Cheshire Phoenix on Saturday 2nd March at 1:00pm.

Padgate 47-37 Manchester Mystics U12 2

Manchester Mystics U12 2 moved to 0-8 in the North West League after an away loss against Padgate on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 2 is an away game against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday 16th March at 1:00pm, their final game of the regular season. 

Your team performance of the week last week was a two-way tie between Manchester Magic U16 and Manchester Mystics U14 with 50% of the vote apiece.

Who was your team of the week this week? (vote closed)

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The Weekend Wrap 2023-24 Week 18

Saturday 10th February

Doncaster Eagles 81-88 Manchester Magic D2

Manchester Magic D2 moved to 11-6 in the NBL Division Two after an away win against Doncaster Eagles on Saturday evening.

Up next for Magic D2 is an away game against Bristol Academy Flyers on Sunday 18th February at 3:00pm.

Manchester Mystics D1 64-76 Ipswich

Manchester Mystics D1 moved to 8-7 in the WNBL Division One after a home loss against Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.

Mystics were led by, Rehana Khalil 23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, with support from Irene Oboavwoduo 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals, Elizandra Costa 10 points, a rebound, 3 assists and 3 steals, Carina Costa 7 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals, Hannah Alty 4 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal, Remi Idowu 2 points, 6 rebounds and Favour Elabor 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and a block.

Up next of Mystics D1 is a home game against Brent Bulls on Sunday 18th February at 5:30pm.

Manchester Magic U16 105–45 Trafford U16

Manchester Magic U16 moved to 14-0 in the Premier North after a home win against in-house rivals Trafford Magic on Saturday afternoon. Trafford Magic U16 moved to 4-8.

Up next for Magic U16 was an away game against Derby Trailblazers on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got on below.

Up next for Trafford U16 is a home game against Northamptonshire Titans on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got on below.

Manchester Magic U14 2 56–57 Manchester Swarm

Manchester Magic U14 2 moved to 8-3 in the North West 1 after a home loss against Manchester Swarm on Saturday afternoon.  

Up next for Magic U14 2 is an away game against Manchester Giants on Saturday 24th February at 4:00pm.

Manchester Mystics U14 2 51–78 Manchester Mystics U14

Manchester Mystics U14 2 moved to 3-6 in the North 1 after a home loss against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics on Saturday afternoon. Mystics U14 moved to 10-0.

Up next for Mystics U14 2 is an away game against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday 2nd March at 3:00pm.

Up next for Mystics U14 is an away game against Sheffield Hatters on Saturday 17th February at 12:00noon.

Manchester Magic U12 74–18 Mersey Mavericks Purple

Manchester Magic U12 moved to 7-1 in the North West Irwell League after a home win against Mersey Mavericks Purple on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 is an away game against Cheshire Wire on Saturday 24th February at 4:00pm.

Manchester Mystics U12 2 28–86 Stockport Lapwings

Manchester Mystics U12 2 moved to 0-6 in the North West League after a home loss against Stockport Lapwings on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 2 is a home game against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday 17th February at 3:30pm. 

Sunday 11th February

Manchester Magic U18 61–57 Charnwood College Riders

Manchester Magic U18 moved to 11-3 in the Premier North after a home win against Charnwood College Riders on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 an away game against Leeds LDM on Saturday 17th February at 4:45pm.

Manchester Mystics U18 98–52 City of Birmingham Rockets

Manchester Mystics U18 moved to 7-0 in the Premier North after a home win against City of Birmingham Rockets on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 is an away game against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday 17th February at 12:00noon.

Derby Trailblazers 56-122 Manchester Magic U16 

Manchester Magic U16 moved to 15-0 in the Premier North after an away win against Derby Trailblazers on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 was a home game against Leicester Riders on Saturday 17th February at 1:00pm. 

Trafford Magic U16 72–53 Northamptonshire Titans

Trafford Magic U16 moved to 5-8 in the Premier North after a home win against Northamptonshire Titans on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against Sheffield Elite on Thursday 15th February at 1:00pm, followed by an away game against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday 18th February at 3:00pm.

Manchester Magic U14 106–59 Newcastle Eagles

Manchester Magic U14 moved to 10-0 in the Premier North after a home win against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is an away game against City of Leeds Gold on Saturday 17th February at 12:20pm.

Stockport Falcons 41-53 Manchester Magic U14 3

Manchester Magic U14 3 moved to 5-2 in the North West Dee League after an away win against Stockport Falcons on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 3 is an away game against Bromborough Bulldogs on Sunday 18th February at 3:00pm.

Manchester Magic U12 2 70-33 Liverpool

Manchester Magic U12 2 moved to 6-0 in the North West Mersey League after a home win against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 2 is their final home game of the regular season against Bromborough Bulldogs on Sunday 25th February at 12:30pm. 

Tuesday 13th February

Trafford Magic U18 91–51 Sheffield Elite

Trafford Magic U18 moved to 12-3 in the Premier North after a home win against Sheffield Elite on Tuesday evening.

Up next for Trafford U18 is a home game against York Eagles on Saturday 24th February at 3:30pm.

Your team performance of the week last week was Trafford Magic U18 with 80% of the vote.

Who was your team of the week this week? (Vote closed)

Coach Jim's Report

Coach Jim’s report: Mystics U14 at Mystics U14 2

Going into a local derby without 4 of your starting 5 could be either deemed as risky as rock climbing in flip flops or as generous as giving a small child £5 per tooth as the Tooth Fairy. The fact that all 10 Mystics u14 I’s stepped up in the game versus Mystics II proved that focus and effort can compensate for such apparent disadvantage.

We started as nervously as a soft-backed turtle swimming in shark invested water. This reduced the first quarter mainly to a shoot-out between the outstanding Akeala Daniel and the powerful E. Osifo. We shaded it 18-14 but improvement was called for and subsequently, delivered.

We simplified our offense even further to begin the second period. The girls carried this master plan (!) out to perfection to score 21 points from 7 different players to make it 3 baker’s dozens to 2 by half-time. Our third quarter haul of 26 points from a slightly different Magnificent 7 gave us breathing space at 65-41 easing into the final 10 minutes.

This may explain why the fourth quarter was as tame as a house-trained hamster. More shading, via a 13-10 score line, brought the final result to 78-51, a pleasing tally for a team without its 4 leading markswomen. Mystics II put in a spirited display as they look to cement their play-off chances. They pushed us all the way (sometimes literally!) and deserve credit for doing so without a couple of key players (not Yale and Chubb!) 

With 2 league games remaining, another win against our closest rivals, Sheffield next Saturday will see Mystics I crowned champions of the inaugural Northern premier League and ensure a #2 seeding with a home tie in the play-offs.

Thanks to James and Louise for their assistance as well as to our loyal band of supporters. 

Coach Jim's Report

Coach Jim’s Report: Mystics U14 vs Hatters

The Weekend Wrap

The Weekend Wrap 2023-24 Week 17

Saturday 3rd February

Manchester Magic D2 70–75 Derbyshire Arrows

Manchester Magic D2 moved to 10-6 in the NBL Division Two after a home loss against Derbyshire Arrows on Saturday evening.

Magic were led by, Darstin Onye 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block, with support from Martell Elly 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal, Saul May 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, Bailey Goodall 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block, Dan Davies 6 points, 10 rebounds, an assist and a block and Andre Gayle 6 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

Unfortunately, during the first half, Tyme Regent-Bascombe suffered an injury to his eye after accidental contact during a defensive play.

Up next for Magic D2 is an away game against Doncaster Eagles on Saturday 10th February at 4:00pm.

Trafford Magic U18 79–77* Myerscough

Trafford Magic U18 moved to 10-3 in the Premier North after a home overtime win against Myerscough on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 was an away game against Team QE Basketball Academy on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got one below.  

Manchester Magic U16 103–45 York Eagles

Manchester Magic U16 moved to 13-0 in the Premier North after a home win against York Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 is a home game against in-house rivals Trafford Magic on Saturday 10th February at 1:00pm, followed by an away game against Derby Trailblazers on Sunday 11th February at 1:00pm.

Trafford Magic U16 78–89 Leicester Riders

Trafford Magic U16 moved to 4-7 in the Premier North after a home loss against Leicester Riders on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against in-house rivals Manchester Magic on Saturday 10th February at 1:00pm, followed by a home game against Northamptonshire Titans on Sunday 11th February at 3:00pm.

Manchester Mystics U16 2 46–80 Leicester Riders

Manchester Mystics U16 2 moved to 4-8 in the Premier North after a home loss against Leicester Riders on Saturday afternoon.  

Up next for Mystics U16 2 was a home game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics U16 on Monday, find out how they got on below.  

Manchester Mystics U14 2 72–68 Newcastle Eagles

Manchester Mystics U14 2 moved to 3-5 in the North 1 after a home win against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 2 is a home game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics on Saturday 10th February at 1:00pm.

Mersey Mavericks Silver 8-76 Manchester Magic U12 2

Manchester Magic U12 2 moved to 5-0 in the North West Mersey League after an away win against Mersey Mavericks Silver on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 2 is a home game against Liverpool on Sunday 11th February at 12:30pm. 

Sunday 4th February

Team QE Basketball Academy 70-100 Trafford Magic U18

Trafford Magic U18 moved to 11-3 in the Premier North after an away win against Team QE Basketball Academy on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is a home game against Sheffield Elite on Tuesday 13th February at 6:30pm.

Manchester Magic U16 2 59–69 Lancashire Spinners

Manchester Magic U16 2 moved to 4-8 in the Conference North West after a home loss against Lancashire Spinners on Sunday afternoon.  

Up next for Magic U16 2 is an away game against Manchester Giants Green on Sunday 18th February at 10:00am.

Lancashire Spinners 72-79 Manchester Mystics U16 3

Manchester Mystics U16 3 moved to 6-5 in the Conference North after an away win/ against Lancashire Spinners on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 3 is a home game against Liverpool on Sunday 18th February at 3:00pm.

Manchester Mystics U14 100–36 Sheffield Hatters

Manchester Mystics U14 moved to 9-0 in the North 1 after a home win against Sheffield Hatters on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is an away game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics 2 on Saturday 11th February at 1:00pm.

Macc Town 14-79 Manchester Magic U12

Manchester Magic U12 moved to 6-1 in the North West Irwell League after an away win against Macc Town on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 is a home game against Mersey Mavericks Purple on Saturday 10th February at 3:30pm.

Manchester Mystics U12 65–25 Lancashire Spinners

Manchester Mystics U12 moved to 7-0 in the North West League after a home win against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 is an away game against Padgate on Sunday 25th February at 1:30pm.

Monday 5th February

Manchester Mystics U16 2 30-72 Manchester Mystics U16

Manchester Mystics U16 2 moved to 4-9 in the Premier North after a home loss against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics on Monday evening.  Manchester Mystics U16 moved to 9-1.

Up next for Mystics U16 2 is an away game against City of Birmingham Rockets on Saturday 24th February at 12:20pm. 

Up next for Mystics U16 is home game against City of Birmingham Rockets on Saturday 2nd March at 1:00pm.

Your team performance of the week last week was a four-way tie between Manchester Mystics D1, Manchester Magic U18, Manchester Magic U14 and Manchester Mystics U14 with 25% of the vote each.

Who was your team of the week this week? (Vote closed)

The Weekend Wrap

The Weekend Wrap 2023-24 Week 16

Saturday 27th January

St Helens Saints 65-59 Manchester Magic D2

Manchester Magic D2 moved to 10-5 in the NBL Division Two after an away loss against St. Helens Saints on Saturday evening.

Up next for Magic D2 is a home game against Derbyshire Arrows on Saturday 3rd February at 7:00pm.

Manchester Mystics U18 2 50-71 Nottingham Wildcats

Manchester Mystics U18 2 moved to 3-6 in the Premier North after a home loss against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 2 is an away game against City of Birmingham Rockets on Saturday 24th February at 2:20pm.

City of Leeds Gold 34-92 Manchester Magic U16

Manchester Magic U16 moved to 12-0 in the Premier North after an away win against City of Leeds Gold on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 is a home game against York Eagles on Saturday 3rd February at 1:00pm.

Milton Keynes Breakers 123-49 Manchester Mystics U16 2

Manchester Mystics U16 2 moved to 4-6 in the Premier North after an away loss against Milton Keynes Breakers on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 2 was an ‘away’ game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics on Monday evening, find out how they got on below.

Leicester Riders 55-79 Manchester Magic U14

Manchester Magic U14 moved to 9-0 in the Premier North after an away win against Leicester Riders on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is a home game against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday 11th February at 12:30pm.

Lancashire Spinners 61-48 Manchester Magic U14 2

Manchester Magic U14 2 moved to 8-2 in the North West 1 after an away loss against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday afternoon.  

Up next for Magic U14 2 is a home game against Manchester Swarm on Saturday 10th February at 1:00pm.

Manchester Magic U14 3 47–48 Congleton Grizzles Red

Manchester Magic U14 3 moved to 4-2 in the North West Dee League after a home loss against Congleton Grizzles Red on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 3 is an away game against Stockport Falcons on Sunday 11th February at TBC.

Manchester Mystics U14 84–34 Lancashire Spinners

Manchester Mystics U14 moved to 8-0 in the North 1 after a home win against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is a home game against Sheffield Hatters on Sunday 4th February at 12:30pm.

Sunday 28th January

Manchester Mystics D1 63–40 Team Solent Kestrels

Manchester Mystics D1 moved to 8-6 in the WNBL Division One after a home win against Team Solent Kestrels on Sunday afternoon.

Mystics were led by, Rehana Khalil 19 points, 8  rebounds, 2 assist and 4 steals, with support from Carina Costa 10 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal, Elizandra Costa 9 points, a rebound, 3 assists and 3 steals, Irene Oboavwoduo 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, Natalie Feurtado 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals and Success Odemwingie 4 points, 9 rebounds and a block.

Up next of Mystics D1 is an away game against Anglia Ruskin on Saturday 4th February at 4:15pm.

Manchester Magic U18 81–73 Manchester Giants

Manchester Magic U18 moved to 10-3 in the Premier North after a home win/loss against Manchester Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 an away game against St. Helens Saints on Sunday 4th February at 1:00pm.

City of Edinburgh 93-95 Trafford Magic U18

Trafford Magic U18 moved to 9-3 in the Premier North after an away win against City of Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is a home game against Myerscough on Saturday 3rd February at 3:30pm, followed by an away game against Team QE Basketball Academy on Sunday 4th February at 3:00pm.  

Manchester Mystics U16 75–51 Leicester Riders

Manchester Mystics U16 moved to 7-1 in the Premier North after a home win against Leicester Riders on Sunday afternoon. 

Up next for Mystics U16 was a home game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics 2 on Monday evening, find out how they got on below.

Monday 29th January

Manchester Mystics U16 75–21 Manchester Mystics U16 2

Manchester Mystics U16 moved to 8-1 in the Premier North after a home win against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics 2 on Monday evening. Manchester Mystics U16 2 moved to 4-7. 

Up next for Mystics U16 is an away game against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday 3rd February at 11:00am, followed by an away game against Sheffield Hatters on Sunday 4th February at 1:00pm, followed by an away game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics 2 on Monday 5th February at 7:45pm.

Up next for Mystics U16 2 is a home game against Leicester Riders on Saturday 3rd February at 3:30pm, followed by a home game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics on Monday 5th February at 7:45pm.

Your team performance of the week last week was Manchester Magic U16 with 75% of the vote.

Who was your team of the week this week? (Vote closed)

Coach Jim's Report

Coach Jim’s Report: Mystics U14 vs Spinners

The lead up to Mystics u14 I’s fixture with Lancashire Spinners last Saturday resembled a scene from ‘Casualty.’ For various reasons, mostly medical, we were without one short of a Magnificent 7 players. I’m pleased to report the 10 who remained standing honoured us with a brilliant all-round performance from beginning to end.

Sometimes, when you search for highlights, you are most likely to find them in someone’s hair. Not on this occasion. The adept finishing of Adele, Akeala, Anya and Mojan ranged from uncomplicated to draw-dropping. All four were equally impressive on defence but so were their team-mates Alycia, Eniola, Fatima, Lola, Mya and Neeusha. Whichever combination I had on the floor proved as difficult to get past as a 20 stone night club bouncer.

Our opponents do have 3 or 4 potentially high scoring players in their squad but our team defence was so in sink that they were often reduced to trying pot luck from distance. A small number did hit the mark to win them a coconut but the majority were more likely to hit the ceiling! That said, Spinners are no push overs and they competed well until the final whistle.

As mentioned previously, it is extremely difficult for young athletes to play at their optimum level for a whole game. Every now and again, (twice?) things happen that prove to be the exception to the rule. For instance, Man Utd did play quite well in one game this season and ‘comedian,’ Jimmy Carr did once say something which nearly made me smile. Likewise, in this game, Mystics treated us to some quality team basketball in every quarter. 

To register as many as 84 points without even the hint of a press against decent opposition is to be applauded. To limit them to just 34 and give our girls a victory as comfortable as an expensive mattress, bodes well for fast-approaching fixtures against Sheffield Hatters who are currently second in the Northern Premier League. We are the only team to have beaten them. We have done it once, we can do it again (and again!)

Many thanks to Louise, Ivan and our loyal band of supporters.

Best wishes

Jim

Coach Jim's Report

Coach Jim’s Report: Mystics U14 vs Newcastle

Once again, what stood out for me, apart from our bright red kit, in Mystics U14 I’s game versus Newcastle Eagles last Sunday was our terrific team spirit. Whether it be on court or on the bench, everyone roots for their teammates. They all seem to understand that trying to give reasonable court time to 12 players is extremely difficult (and not an option in close games.) This is a rare, very mature attitude for young athletes. I firmly believe that this togetherness will prove to be like a signed Thierry Henry Arsenal shirt – very valuable as time goes on, as it often does!

Before the game I spoke about mental toughness (a quality which can be taught and acquired) and how to respond positively to mistakes. Although we steamrollered through the first quarter 23-2, some of our finishing was looser than an XL t-shirt on a pet hamster. Understandably, some of our girls mirrored the fate of several English Kings and Queens in that their heads dropped momentarily. I explained that a preferable response is to quickly analyse what went wrong and move on. They are a very receptive group and I believe they will pay heed.

The fact that we missed more lay ups and put backs than there are Wonders of the World was far less of a problem than if we had been unable to create as many scoring opportunities as there are in a maximum break at snooker. Another plus was our team defence. As is always likely, our 4 internationals, Anya, Jane, Tiana and Mojan, did play exceptional on and off the ball defence (although one or two of them can be more like a tortoise than a hare in their defensive transition at times!) but so did the vast majority of their team-mates, notably Neeusha, Mya, Elsa and Alycia who can all be proud of their overall contributions. 

In attack, I was reminded of the Sioux nation getting it’s own back on the US cavalry at the Battle of Little Big Horn in that we proved too powerful for the Eagles despite the fact they never gave up and did their coach proud throughout a well officiated game played in excellent spirit. Most of our points were shared amongst 6 players, most often off the dribble but what pleased me most was the decisive and accurate passing shown by Lola T, Sophie B, Mya and Neeusha. I was also happy to see Fatima’s and Alycia’s confidence with the basketball and Lola P not being afraid to put her body where it hurts (and inevitably, it did!) 

A 76-34 victory obviously could have been even more resounding had I not shared the minutes around but players who train hard deserve the opportunity to show what they can do in case they are called upon in tougher contests. Equally important, in my opinion, I see absolutely no value in demoralising opposing players and coaches by running them into the ground accumulating an unnecessary cricket score.

Many thanks to James, Louise and Dawn for their invaluable assistance and to all parents for your support and cooperation. 

Best wishes

Jim.

PS. Please note that this Thursday’s training session is from 6 til 8 at Chorlton HS – not the one I first went but the one nearly all of you hid from me at! Next game. Saturday 27 January at home to Spinners at 1.00

The Weekend Wrap

The Weekend Wrap 2023-24 Week 15

Saturday 20th January

Manchester Magic U16 98–68 Bristol Academy Flyers – National Cup Final

Manchester Magic U16 were crowned National Cup Final champions after a win over Bristol Academy Flyers at the National Basketball Performance Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester Magic U16 National Cup Champions 2023-24
Manchester Magic U16 National Cup Champions 2023-24

Magic U16 were led by, Demi Babalola (MVP) 20 points, 24 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals and 2 block, with support from Nathan Brown 21 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals, Tom Richardson 20 points, a rebound, 2 assists and 3 steals, Jack Walton 11 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals and Harley Blake 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal.

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game against City of Leeds Gold on Saturday 27thJanuary at 10:30am.

Manchester Mystics U18 46–85 CoLA Southwark Pride – National Cup Final

Manchester Mystics U18 suffered defeat in the National Cup Final against CoLA Southwark Pride at the National Basketball Performance Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Mystics U18 were led by, Irene Oboavwodo 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals, with support from Elizandra Costa 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals, Alex Hernandez 11 points, a rebound, an assist and a steal and Maisie Keyes 2 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists.

Up next for Mystics U18 is a home game against City of Birmingham Rockets on Sunday 11th February at 3:00pm.

Manchester Magic D2 69–66 Bristol United

Manchester Magic D2 moved to 10-4 in the NBL Division Two after a home win against Bristol United on Saturday evening.

Magic were led by, Andre Gayle 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, with support from Darstin Onye 12 points, 4 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks, Tyme Regent-Bascombe 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, Dan Davies 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block, Josh Pearce 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal and Martell Elly 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.

Up next for Magic D2 is an away game against St. Helens Saints on Saturday 27th January at 5:00pm.

Sunday 21st January

Spen Valley Vipers 20-84 Manchester Magic U14 2

Manchester Magic U14 2 moved to 8-1 in the North West 1 after an away win against Spen Valley Vipers on Sunday afternoon.  

Up next for Magic U14 2 is an away game against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday 27th January at 1:00pm.

Manchester Mystics U14 76–34 Newcastle Eagles

Manchester Mystics U14 moved to 7-0 in the North 1 after a home win Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is a home game against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday 27th January at 1:00pm.

Cheshire Phoenix 31-66 Manchester Magic U12

Manchester Magic U12 moved to 5-1 in the North West Irwell League after an away win against Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 is an away game against Macc Town on Sunday 4th February at 11:15am.

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