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Spotlight on Derby Trailblazers’ ‘enjoyable start’ to the WEABL season

Derby Trailblazers’ head coach Paul Bowen is enjoying his side’s new journey in the Women’s Elite Academy Basketball league, which has already included a victory in their debut season.

The Trailblazers introduced their first ever WEABL side this summer and registered a 77-35 win over Myerscough College in just their second fixture of the season, with Megan Lovatt leading all scorers with 23 points.

“The standard has been really good,” said head coach Bowen.

“I have been impressed with the quality of the teams we have played so far.

“It’s been an enjoyable start to the season and I am looking forward to getting some more games played.

“I have a great group of players, practice is always competitive and the team is getting better all the time.

“I was really proud with how the girls played against Myerscough, we played really well as a team and to get our first WEABL win was massive for the girls and the academy.

“Right now we feel like we can compete against anyone when we play to our full potential, so it’s really about being ready to go on game days.”

Trailblazers sit fourth in the Northern Conference with a record of 1-1, having lost their opener 69-47 against Sheffield College.

Their male counterparts feature in Division One and Division Three of the NBL, with the top flight side recently defeating Nottingham Hoods 109-93 to sit fifth in the table.

“The girls are definitely more focused in everything that they do,” he said.

“It’s great to see them stepping up to the challenge.

“Ultimately this season is about growing and getting better. Of course we want to be competitive and win games, but our real focus is investing in our player development and getting better in everything we do.

“Over the next few years we hope to continue to grow in terms of number of players but also in terms of our competitiveness. We have a good stream of young players coming through our club who have been coached well. “Hopefully most of them will join the academy.

“We now have on-campus accommodation which is a game changer for us – so while I expect the bulk of our players will be home grown we do have the ability to house any keen girls who want to join our family club environment.”