On Monday 13th November the Alford Bulls basketball club hosted a home game against Meldrum Academy. The U15 team played first and the U18 team played straight after. Scores were:
Alford Bulls U15 vs Meldrum Academy
Home: 28 : 9 Guests
Alford Bulls U18 vs Meldrum Academy
Home: 23 : 42 Guests
Over the weekend, several of the Alford Basketball U18 and U16 players took to the International School to play in the Regional Development League. It is great to see these pupils embracing every opportunity to play basketball in and out of school, allowing them to improve in confidence, skill, and match play. I am very proud and impressed with these young athletes. A big thank you goes to William in S6 who organised the teams and entry into the league, as well as playing himself.
Shigeru has been selected as captain of the U15 basketball team. He will lead the team in various friendly fixtures and the Scottish Cup School Basketball League. Shigeru was selected as captain due to his supportive, calm attitude, effort, determination, and basketball progress over a very short time.
One of the junior basketball coaches, William, has recently started coaching his own primary teams on a Wednesday after school. He also plays and captains the senior team at Alford as well as playing for the Alford Bears adults’ team. On the 20th May, William completed his Level 1 referee course, delivered at Alford Academy with seven other candidates. William’s dedication to his coaching and basketball, in general, has been incredible and he has shown maturity and enthusiasm as a great leader in everything basketball. We would like to take this opportunity to thank William for his volunteering efforts and congratulate him on all he has achieved so far. If you are interested in basketball coaching, refereeing or table officiating, please see Mrs Niven or the Active School sports co-ordinators for more information.
On Monday, Alford basketball club hosted Westhill Academy S1 and S2 basketball teams. The relatively new junior teams showed how far they have come with the S1 team drawing with 14 points and the S2 team winning by 1 point with a 21-20 finishing score. A big thank you goes to William, for managing the team, Lance and Christen for captaining the teams and our volunteer referees, Aiden Shaw, and Andy Porter. The man of the match goes to Ben, on the S1 team and Cameron on the S2 team.
Last week our S1 basketball team won their first match as an ‘S1 only’ team. They beat Bridge of Don Academy 19:6 points. The team worked brilliantly and were led by their captain Lance and the top point scorer and ‘player of the match’ for sheer determination was Dakota.
The S2 team also played brilliantly, but unfortunately lost their game, against a very strong defensive team, by only 4 baskets.
The S1 and S2 basketball team recently played their first game against Westhill Academy this. For their first game, the team played so well, coached by their coach, William, and their captain Lance. The teams defending skills were excellent and their attitude was exceptional. The team kept the score even through out the match and were eventually defeated by only 5 points. The school are so proud of this young talented team, and we can’t wait to see more from them as they grow in confidence and improve their match play.
The newly established Alford Basketball Club now has merchandise for people to purchase via the following link https://nordikota.co.uk/partnerships/alford-basketball. Currently there are hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts and beanies in royal blue and navy which are the Alford club colours. There will also be tracksuit bottoms, tracksuit tops and water bottles coming soon. There is also the opportunity to put your name on the back of the clothing. These will be useful as team warm-up or travel-wear, but also for anyone wanting to support the club.
Alford Academy Basketball Club now have a Junior Team, which includes a dedicated and talented group of boys and girls from S1 to S3. The S1/2 mixed team have their first friendly match against Westhill Academy on Thursday 23rd February. Here you can see our newly appointed team captain, Lance modelling the new Junior kit, which was very kindly donated by the Parents Council. Our Vice Captain is Christen. We are always looking for more girls to be involved to make up girls’ teams and mixed teams. See Mrs Niven or the PE Department for information.