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Week 5 Preview – WEABL

Nick Winter/Copleston High School

Following a two week hiatus for half term, the WEABL is back with a bang as five games are spread across the two Conferences. Let’s take a look at what week 5 has in store for us.

The Sheffield College (1-1) v Myerscough College (0-2)

It’s been an up and down start to the season for debutantes Sheffield, opening the campaign with a maiden win over Derby before a 20-0 forfeit against Charnwood. Myerscough have also had struggles of their own, losing heavily to the Trailblazers before a 20-0 forfeit against the Riders.

Sheffield will hope that home court advantage plays a part in this one as they lean on Zoe Katteregga, who had 31 points in that opening day win.

Nottingham Academy Wildcats (0-1) v Charnwood College (3-0)

A tough match up to get a read on with Nottingham only having played one game and two of Charnwood’s three victories to date coming via forfeit.

Still, the Riders are defending champions for a reason and have plenty of quality at their disposal. Their one game to date was a 60-44 win over Manchester in early October, hopefully that doesn’t leave the visitors a little rusty here.

Manchester Mystics Academy (1-1) v Derby Trailblazers Academy (1-1)

In what should be an interesting match up, two sides at .500 clash tomorrow in search of a grip on a playoff place in the early going.

Manchester’s only win so far came last time out against Nottingham, with Jade Mbam (13.5ppg) putting in a strong performance. For the Trailblazers, they’ll look to Megan Lovatt (15.0ppg) and former WEABL Player of the Week Kenny Hamilton to lead the way. Hamilton currently averages an triple-double after 2 games, with 12.5 points, 10 steals and 16.5 rebounds per game. They’re some numbers no matter how early in the season we are.

Itchen College (0-2) v City of London Academy (1-2)

Looking at the Southern Conference, winless Itchen host CoLA tomorrow as the South coast programme search for their first victory of the year.

After difficult early match ups with Barking and JMA brought no joy in the win column, Itchen now entertain a CoLA side that won 61-40 against Oaklands last time out. Talented guard Amelia Sandie continues to pace the London offence, she currently averages 11.3ppg.

Copleston High School (2-0) v Oaklands College (0-3)

The other game in the South sees Copleston host Oaklands knowing that a win will push them into a share of top spot at 3-0. With John Madejski Academy taking the week off and already at 3-0, that will be the goal for Copleston tomorrow.

If they’re to be successful, look for back-to-back WEABL Player of the Week Ella Pearson to feature heavily. Although Copleston have talent across their roster, Pearson’s 29.5ppg and 9.5rpg have her firmly in pole position in the WEABL MVP race.