University of Stirling Basketball Team Women 1st.
The University of Stirling women 1st team played a crucial game against the University of Strathclyde women’s 1st team on 7th March in Gannochy Sports Centre. Stirling women had seven straight loses and they urgently needed a win to save the season and avoid relegation from the 1st division. Strathclyde had only a win and six losses and also needed the win to save themselves from relegation.
Stirling is currently competingin the first division and are very competitive. The team, despite the losses, have valuable players with passion and a lot of skill. All players wanted a win to finish the season successfully and to allow them to continue playing for the first division.
The game started and Stirling played with passion in order to win. Stirling played hard , with efficiency and showed that the team is solid and has key players in all positions. It must be noted that Stirling after this match showed that should have gained a higher position in the league.
The first half ended while Stirling team was winning 25-23 against Strathclyde. Passion for a win was all around the team and they managed to play quality basketball and maintain the lead while the 3rd quarter was finished by 40-30. Strathclyde could not do anything to turn things around as Stirling continued to dominat in all areas.
Emma Johnston, Bex Stanley, Louisa George-Kelso, Stacey Coffin , Marion Justinien, Natalie Sweeber Potter, Marta Kulakowska, Nicola Bradley , Christina Campbell , Kellie Offer and Aileen Stirling managed to lead the team to a glorious win, 50-43, against Strathclyde and finished 4th in the first division league. The season was saved by the bell and the team celebrated. This was the first and sweetest win and all players wrote their names in the hall of fame of players who managed to hold high the name of Stirling.
After the game a Zambia fundraiser tournament was held in with great success, about 30 people were involved for a good will and purpose.