Thursday, 26 June 2014
Great Britain’s women’s basketball team celebrated securing their place at next year’s Eurobasket tournament at the University of Worcester Arena last night.
Peter Buckle’s team, who played all of their home qualifying fixtures at the University Arena, went into their final group match against Lithuania knowing that they had already qualified for European basketball’s showpiece event alongside their final opponents.
In a tight
tussle, Lithuania, ran out 70-63 winners in front of another sizeable crowd at the
Rachael Vanderwal said after the game: “Qualification was the main goal coming
into the summer – that means everything. Obviously we would rather have
finished with a win, but we put up a really good effort.
Lithuania; they’re a great team and they were backed by a lot of their fans
“We knew it
was going to be a tough game and so it proved – the game went down to the last
few moments. We have a lot of positives to take into next summer though.”
Women 2015 finals will be held in Hungary and Romania in June next year. Great
Britain qualified as one of the five best second placed teams from the
qualifying groups, and they will join the likes of World Championship finalists
Spain, France, Turkey, Serbia, Belarus and the Czech Republic in the
part will be joint-hosts Romania, whose Assistant Coach is University of
Worcester lecturer Alex Radu.
This is the
third successive Eurobasket competition for which Great Britain has qualified,
and Vanderwal, who was part of the team which competed at London 2012, says
that the support from the Worcester crowd has been invaluable throughout the
really good here,” she says. “I think the fans’ support has made a big
difference – it’s been really loud in here. The facilities are absolutely
superb as well; they’re class.
“There are a
lot of children who have come out to watch us and that’s great to see. We want
to inspire the youth and the next generation and ensure that basketball is an
up and coming sport in the UK. We’re trying to be good role models and set a
good example for the kids, so hopefully they continue to come and watch us and
to play themselves.”
Britain’s men’s team begin the qualifying campaign for their Eurobasket
tournament in August, and will play two preparation games at the University
Arena against Latvia on Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20.
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