The last two days saw a busy weekend for the Sheffield Steelers and the start of a new event that we want to make a regular. On Saturday, Steelers hosted the first mini tournament for new players of the sport, invited from Yorkshire, and this can be extended. 12 people turned up to take the chance and experience game atmosphere. Divided into 3 teams and coached by some of our juniors, the teams played in a round robin 2 halves of 10 minutes each. Our very own John "Robbo" Robinson refereered, the table was officiated by Jo Harper and Maisie Waring.
All participants enjoyed the day, showed team spirit and learned new skills. We will keep you updated for the next round and hope to see increased participation. Thanks again to all helpers, in particular coaches Mark Schofield, Jack Waring and Harry Brown and the players who made this a success and feel good day!
The event was followed by Sunday's home games, with the third Div team facing the Lowriders before the first Div central and Superleague teams took on the Titans from London.
The third Div team, coached by Adrian Kennedy started off with a true nail biter. Only narrowly the Steelers team was leading by a few points, with minutes to go. Though the nerves seemed to get the better of the players as they continued to turn over the ball in the last 5 minutes. With only 1 second on the clock, leading by 1 point, Steelers committed a crucial foul that saw Lowriders sinking both their foul shots and winning the game. The disappointment was visible on Steelers faces and it seems the team will have to go back to the drawing board to work on game finishing and passing. End result 41 - 42 to Lowriders.
In the second match of the day, Steelers Div 1 central, coached by Paul Hudson met up with Titans. The first half was rather uneventful for the Steelers team, that heavily relied on the experience of Kevin Hayes and Steve Owen, going into half time narrowly behind the Titans. The third quarter saw the break for Steelers and taking the lead. All players contributed and took the game home to a win with 52 - 41.
The last game of the day was the one to watch. Our young Superleague squad, coached by Kevin Hayes faced Titans for the second time this season and were seeking revenge after a tough loss a couple of months ago. Steelers stormed into the first quarter, running excellent speed, defence and team play with George Bates making most of the points and getting Steelers in a 16 to 2 advantage. The Titans needed some time to catch up on this but Steelers never let go of the momentum throughout the game. Joe Caudwell dominated the defence and had a fantastic game, so did Richard Seargant and Harry Brown, the two point guards who controlled the pace and offence in the game, running fast breaks and outside threats. Steelers secured the win with confidence 58 - 45.
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