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Week 2 Preview – WEABL

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As the WEABL moves into its 2nd week, we take a look at the four games across the league scheduled in for tomorrow afternoon. With two games in the Northern Conference and two in the South, there’s plenty to look forward to.

Charnwood College (0-0) v Sheffield College (1-0)

Defending champions Charnwood College get their title defence underway tomorrow with a home tie against Sheffield College.

The Yorkshire programme picked up their maiden WEABL win against Derby last week, securing a 69-47 victory thanks to 33 points from Zoe Kateregga. Charnwood will be a tougher nut to crack though, especially on their own court. Regardless of the outcome, the Riders should still provide another good yard stick for Sheffield to gauge themselves against within the Northern Conference.

2018/19 result – N/A

*edit* Sheffield have now forfeited this game 20-0 due to player availability.

Myerscough College (0-0) v Derby Trailblazers Academy (0-1)

Derby couldn’t claim their first WEABL last week as they came up short against Sheffield, but the Trailblazers will no doubt have been encouraged that they remained competitive in that fixture despite being on debut.

Myerscough get their season underway with a home opener and after going 4-5 a year ago, Coach Bernard would enjoy getting his side off to a fast start in 2019/20.

2018/19 result – N/A

Barking Abbey (1-0) v Oaklands College (0-0)

BA started the new campaign with a comfortable win on the road last week, downing Itchen 87-44 to move to 1-0. They now  head back to London and welcome an Oaklands side that went 1-9 last year.

Barking’s Cynthia Adebayo received WEABL Player of the Week honours after a 16 point and 18 rebound performance, pulling down a mighty 12 offensive boards as part of a stand out effort. If Oaklands are going to have a chance of slowing BA, they’ll need to ensure Adebayo doesn’t enjoy that kind of dominance in the paint once again.

2018/19 result -Barking Abbey 94 v 40 Oaklands Wolves

John Madejski Academy (0-0) v City of London Academy (0-0)

Both teams will be looking to get their season off to a winning start tomorrow as two playoff sides from a year ago lock horns in Berkshire.

CoLA eliminated JMA at the Final Four stage in 18/19, sealing a 63-54 win before losing to Charnwood in the final. The stakes might not be at the same tomorrow, but the Rockets would no doubt love to get a little bit of revenge and move to 1-0.

2018/19 result – John Madejski Academy 63 v 56 City of London Academy