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Warriors calm the Storm to open the season
The Cardiff Warriors 1sts hosted last years undeafeated D1 champs & also Terry Price cup champs, Swansea Storm this past sunday 24/10/10 in our season opener. A lot of people were expecting the Storm to go undefeated again this season, given the fact that they have recruited massively by adding Welsh international & former D1 Bristol Flyers player Mike Gregory, also with the Return of fellow welsh international Matt Daw, along with new signings, fellow welsh international Gareth Priddle, his brother Robbie Priddle who is a former National league player also & American center Joseph Womack, who also currently plays in the National league.
The Warriors have also recruited heavily this season (see below for new recruits) & have the core of last years team back with the club this season & were ready to seek redemption after blowing a 24 point lead to the Storm in last years cup final.
Without going into too much detail, the game was back & forth for the duration & remained at about a 5 point lead for either team for the majority of the game. The Storm did go up by 10+ points at one point in the 1st half, but with Warriors point guard Sid Khan feeding the ball inside to Patrick Likkoso & Big Tony for high percentage shots they were able to keep chipping away & bring the game back. Matt Daw was fouled out early which really hurt the Storm, just as Asa Waite also fould out for the Warriors moments later. 6 players in total were fould out in what was an extremely physical & high energy game, with much more of a National league feel to it than local league. An alleyoop dunk by Storms Womack stunned the crowd & got everyone out of their seats, but the 3 point shooting of the Warriors, especially from game MVP Edris (Eddie) Kizito kept the Warriors in the lead until the final minuite of the game, at which point saw the Storm trying to stop the clock by fouling on purpose & sending the Warriors to the freethrow line. The Warriors newlyt signed 'silent assasisns' from Latvia (Sandy & janis) came off the bench to seal the victory by knocking down extremely clutch free throws in the final seconds. An epic game to be part of as I'm sure the return game will be.
Storm were missing players Mike Elwood & Bryan Culliford & the Warriors were missing players Chris Harper, Mo 'Scottie' Jama & Leighton Coles
Game MVP - Edris (Eddie) Kizito
Warriors Latest Player Signing's:
Asa Waite, who has played the the past few season in the English National D1 league for the Cardiff Celts & the Bristol Academy Flyers is the latest player to join the re-vamped Cardiff Warriors for 2010/11
At 6'3, Asa is an amazinly athletic player, capable of playing multiple positions & almost impossible to stop in a one on one match-up, he has also represented the Welsh International squad multiple times. We are extremely happy to have him with the Warriors given his availability!
Sid Khan, has decided to join us after playing for the cross town rival Cardiff Capitals for the past two seasons, he has been one of, if not the best player on their roster during that period, averaging 23points, 5steals, 5assists & 4rebounds per game for the Capitals in 2010
Sid has also previously
played basketball in Riverside, California until he picked up an injury.
A very prolific scorer who is sure to add even more firepower to our
offence, we are excited to have him for the 2010/11 season!
Leighton Coles, who was the was also the player/coach for the Barry Huskies last season has decided to join the Warriors & reunite with his former coach (Harper) after many years of playing for Barry in D1.
Leighton has also played at national league level with Swindon, & has experience of coaching at the college & highschool levels. He should provide a great play making & leadership role for us.
The Cardiff Warriors & Cardiff City Council are hosting a 3 on 3
tournament for over 16's on sunday the 19th of september @ the pavilion
youth club in Cardiff Bay, from 12pm -3pm.
* Only £3 per player, payable on the day
OFFICIAL LEAGUE STRUCTURE FOR THE 2010/11 SEASON
Swansea Storm 1sts
Kenfig Hill Cougars 1sts
...Barry Huskies 1sts
South Wales Police
Cardiff Warriors 1sts
Cardiff Capitals 1sts
West Wales Tropics
Cardiff Warriors 2nds
Kenfig Hill Cougars 2nds
Cardiff Capitals 2nds
Swansea Storm 3rds
D1 PROMOTION & RECRUITMENT FOR NEXT SEASON
Having won the D2 SWVBA Championship, the Cardiff Warriors have also gained promotion into Division 1 for next season, the Warriors will now boast two separate teams, one in Division 1 & the other in Division 2.
The Warrior's will now be having open sessions & tryout's throuout the summer time every sunday 8pm untill 10pm at the Pavilion Youth Club (located at the top of dumballs road butetown, close to the new police station) sessions will be just £2 each.
We've been having alot of interest after winning the D2 championship & being promoted to D1 for the coming season from many players, as well as the fact that we will be actively recruiting new player's to join the club, so if you would like a chance of playing with one of our squads next season (we have squads in D1 & D2) start coming along as soon as possible to get to know our current players, coach & managers etc.
We will be moving back to our regular home court at Star Lesiure Centre closer to the end of august, ready for the 2010/11 season.
Any questions, feel free to contact Nas or Musa on the "contact's page"
Dear All, The following message was emailed to us from Gavin Williams yesterday...
"It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Senior Welsh International Stuart Robbins who passed away suddenly in his sleep in the early hours of Sunday morning aged just 33.
Stuart has many close friends and colleagues who play in our league and therefore I think it would be a fitting tribute to hold a minutes applause before all upcoming SWVL matches.
An instruction will be sent out to all officials,
Regards, Gavin Williams"
We would like to give our respects from all of us at the entire Cardiff Warriors Organisation that knew Stuart
.. Rest In Peace Juice..
Ting Chou (or "T") one of the original members of the warrior's club has sadly had to leave the UK for good & return to his homeland of Taiwan. "T" will be greatly missed by EVERYONE here at the Warrior's Club, of which includes some of his best friends.. "T" is a wonderfull guy & a great basketball player, wishing you all the best for your future "T".. farewell.
"T" is also responsible for the Warrior's Club Mission Statement -
"We are warriors from different nations who have one common interest which is playing basketball, & one common goal which is dominating whatever league we are playing in!" - Ting Chou
"T" in action