It has been another terrific season in the West Regional Development League for the Eco Property Construction U14 Lady Rocks as they secure the West title following an undefeated campaign. The players, who are also sponsored by Perfect Penny Marketing, will now advance on to the 2019 National Challenge competition, a one day tournament featuring the top nine teams from across Scotland to determine who will become the National champion!
With the National Challenge taking place this Sunday [19th May] we caught up with Josh Anderson, U14 Lady Rocks Head Coach, to seek his thoughts ahead of what promises to be an exciting day of basketball!
What are you most looking forward to?
"The competition! We want to be one of the strongest teams in Scotland this season, and beyond, and there's no better way of achieving this than by competing at the 2019 basketballscotland National Challenge!"
Briefly looking back on the recently concluded West Regional Development League season, what's been your biggest takeaway from the U14's league performances?
"We've been really impressed with our girls work ethic this season. It doesn't matter what we've asked
of our girls, they've all put their best foot forward and stepped up to the challenge time and again, which has been particularly pleasing to witness."
What has been your key point of emphasis this season, and for the National Challenge?
"The Process... part two! We've been really fortunate to have a group of girls this season that we worked with for a full year during the 2017/18 season. Last season we spoke about our development, both as players and team, being a process of working hard, working smart and working together. Coming into this season we increased this focus by putting our girls into situations that would test everything they've been taught previously, in doing so testing our '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.
How would you describe the parental support this season?
"Without doubt we have the best fans/parents in Scotland! They've stuck by the girls through thick and thin all season long and have been our '6th man' on many occasions, we really cannot thank them enough!"
What will be the key match-ups for you this Sunday?
"Every team at the National Challenge will pose a different threat, and we know that. For us however, if we can continue to do what has got us to this point so far, to a high standard, then I believe we will be in the position we want to be in come the end of the competition!"
Th event will take place at the Dundee International Sports Centre on Sunday 19th May 2019.