The New Year has brought more success for the ladies and more heartbreak for the men.

The Jags had to concede their cup match to South Bucks Comets when they were unable to get a team together due to a combination of illness, injury, work and holiday commitments. With a small squad Coach Purvey was aware this might happen at some stage in the season, and sadly it put the Jags hopes of progressing in this competition to bed.

The Jags league form has been inconsistent, and against the London Patriots they started slowly and then more than held their own, but the lead lost in the opening period was enough to see the Patriots win 69-53.

The Jags next action is away to Woodley Harriers on Tuesday 28th January at 8.20pm.

The Lemmings travelled west along the M4 before Christmas to take on the Swindon Silverbacks, and lost by just 3 points 41-58. More recently Coach Church’s charges went down 41-58 at Woking to the Blackhawk Thunder B team, however the Lemmings got a ‘W’ against the Wolfpack Wolves when the finished on the right side of a high scoring encounter – the Lemmings taking it 77-73.

The Lemmings are next in action on Tuesday 28th January when they host Windsor Warriors at Wellington College at 9.00pm.

The Falcons lost heavily to quick-breaking teams – 45-73 at Chiltern Fastbreak and 47-79 at home to Wolfpack Mohegans, and they conceded 70+ points for a third game in a row when Farnborough Phantoms 3s scored 79, but the Falcons recorded their best ever total of 74 points – 33 by Paul Howard.

Defence will be the key in the remaining fixtures for the team, starting with a tough encounter against Reading Rockets at Wellington College on Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm. Although not top of Div 3 the Rockets are the only unbeaten side left in the division and are in the Karl Taylor Cup Final on Sunday against the leaders of Div 1, Team Swindon.

The Storm are second in Wessex Ladies Div 1 and second in the Wessex Regional League East but play in the Richard Bell Cup Final this Sunday (26th January) at the Aldershot Garrison at 1.30pm against the old enemy – Aldworth Arrows.

The Storm beat Winchester City Royals twice home and away – 62-43 in Winchester and 70-40 at Wellington College.

The Suns, not to be out-done by the Storm, are also in a final this Sunday; at 10.00am they will play the Farnborough Phantoms Academy in the Richard Bell Plate Final.

Recently the Suns, who are 6th of 9 in Ladies Div 2, beat Reading Rockets 42-30 but lost 41-52 to Chiltern Fusion.

We wish both ladies teams all the best for their finals on Sunday.

If you can get there to watch the venue is the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre – postcode setting is Rawlinson Rd, Aldershot GU11 2LQ.

Jack Hammer

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