Cup and running

BASKETBALL: THE Blackhawk Flyers claimed some morale-boosting silverware by winning the Surrey Rosebowl.

Flyers won all their division games at Surrey Sports Park, beating the Navy, Sutton Charges, Cheam and their old nemesis Kingston Wildcats to reach the knockout stages.

NET GAIN – the Blackhawk Flyers have been making moves during the summer break

NET GAIN – the Blackhawk Flyers have been making moves during the summer break

In the final they were matched against Haywards Heath Panthers, who were no match for the Flyers’ commitment, athleticism, stamina and skill.

The tournament provided a great warm-up for the start of the National League season next weekend when the Flyers play Brighton Cougars away in the cup.

Over the summer, coach Damian Knode has been rebuilding the squad after a disappointing season which left the Flyers near the bottom of their league.

Knode has recruited some new players – such as James Grinham – and brought on some of the younger players from last year, which has rejuvenated the squad.

He said: “The guys have been completely committed during the summer pre-season training and are now eager to get on with the competitive season.”

He has, however, no doubt the competition will be tough and there will need to be a massive effort to improve on last year.

THE first home game of the new campaign will be at Woking College on October 12 when Flyers host last season’s champions, Oxford Brookes University.

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