This Sunday [18th March] the U14 Lady Rocks will compete in the basketballscotland 2018
National Challenge after closing out the 2017/2018 West Regional Development League in 1st place and undefeated!
The Lady Rocks will compete at Inverness Royal Academy this Sunday, opening the day with what promises to be two closely contested matches between Falkirk Fury at 11am, and Highland Bears at 11:45am. The results of these matches will then determine the Lady Rocks playoff seeding, with those matches taking place later in the day prior to the Presentation Ceremony and All Star announcements.
Ahead of Sunday's event we caught up with U14 Lady Rocks Head Coach, Josh Anderson, to get his views-
What are you most looking forward to?
"The process of being part of a National Challenge event and witnessing how our girls rise to the challenge, and the experience of spending the weekend away from home! Our girls have worked hard to get to this point, now it comes down to remaining focussed and seeing out what has so far been a successful season on a high!"
Briefly looking back on the recently concluded West Regional Development League season, what's been your biggest takeaway from the U14's league performances?
"The resilience of the girls as a team! Paul [assistant coach] and I have stressed all season that when the going gets tough, the girls need to first recognise this, and secondly pull together as a team to overcome any obstacle and succeed."
What has been your key point of emphasis this season, and for the National Challenge?
"The Process! The team have a pretty good understanding that success doesn't come without sacrifice, and that sacrifice normally means a commitment to the cause. Our girls have some pretty lofty goals, as they should, and their willingness to get better has been particularly pleasing to witness.
With regards to the National Challenge our thought process has been geared towards staying 'ready' and understanding that their success up to this point has very much been a result of their positive actions: working hard, working as a team and having fun!"
How would you describe the parental support this season?
"Incredible! Our parents have supported the team faithfully and vocally all season long, attending every home and away match, regardless of the location, the time of day or even the weather! We have a passionate group of parents who are right behind the team and, as you would expect, want the very best for their daughters. Without the incredible support we've received this season from the parents, the work that Paul and I try to achieve as coaches would have been very difficult!"
What will be the key match-ups for you this Sunday?
"It's the National Challenge, so we expect all of the teams to pose a threat. Regardless of who we play we expect our girls to give their best efforts, working together as a team and staying focussed. If we do this, we will be the position we want to be in come the end of each game!"
Good luck, girls!