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SEASON 2017 – 2018.




For the 2017-2018 season there were 20 schools entering 44 teams into the 6 divisions of the secondary schools leagues.


As stated in previous reports the 16 colleges entering the post 16 Colleges leagues now run themselves and the involvement has increased so that they have been reorganised into a Hampshire league and are now run and financed by the Hampshire Schools Basketball Association  (In the past they had only run knockout cup competitions). In fact, there were so many teams coming from outside Southampton (from the ‘and District’ area), that these were virtually Hampshire competitions anyway.  For this reason their results are no longer reported on here.


It was the 11th year of the WEBSITE being set up at minimal cost which is totally down to the hard work and know-how of Cliff Fullbrook our EB Rep and Website Manager. This has increased the efficiency of the running of the League and has created immense interest for staff, pupils and parents alike.  Indeed, it has been a resounding success and it continues to provide an excellent service.


At U/14 boys’ level, we set up, as usual, two large area divisions of east and west with each team playing the others once only.  This gives games against more schools and prevents situations where you have to play a very strong or very weak team twice in home and away fixtures.  Indeed, to increase games and competition, it was decided at the 2010 AGM to also have a PLATE COMPETITION so that, at both age ranges for boys there would not only be 1st and 2nd in west and east divisions playing off for the Championship Final, but 3rd and 4th playing off for the Plate final.


However, at U/16 level we decided at the 2011 AGM to revert back to a previous idea where schools were placed in  A or B division in order to make the competition more competitive.  We would also, as last year, have a Plate competition for the B division and the Championship would be played for in the A division.


Our plan was to play both U/16 finals and both U/14 finals at Solent University’s St. Marys Sports Centre using their professional equipment and Matt Bishop of Solent came up trumps again supplying us the venue at no charge. However, this does cause some difficulties in coordinating the availability for dates when schools are able to play and referees can be available as Matt can only give us dates very late on in the season.  At least, due to deadlines and set dates for semi finals being adhered to, we knew in time which teams were to meet in the finals. (NB. At the 2013 AGM we had altered our wording regarding set dates for semi finals giving schools flexibility in playing anytime in a set week as opposed to a set day) All 4 of the finals were played at St. Marys which proved to be an excellent venue especially as we were able to play both Plate finals on the same day, 25th April. The U16 Championship Final was played earlier on 14th March and the U14 Championship Final was played the following week on 21st March 2018. All games had professional referees and professionally qualified table officials which, although expensive, provided a full on basketball experience for all the pupils concerned.


The U/16 A division consisted of 8 teams with Kings (2nd) defeating Westgate (3rd) 55-32 in the semi final playoffs and Noadswood (1st) defeating St. Georges (4th) 50-23.  The Division A Championship play off final was played at St. Marys and proved to be a great occasion as it is the venue for NBL National League games having room for spectators.  Noadswood (Who’d won 4 of the last 5 championships) played a brave game against a strong Kings side and were always behind losing  34-63.


In the U/16 B division of 8 teams the top four teams played off with Wildern (1st) winning over Wyvern (4th) 20-0 and Romsey (3rd)  defeating Sholing (2nd) 37-29. In the Final Wildern defeated Romsey in a close game with Wildern pulling away in the third quarter to win 54-44.


The U/14 west division consisted of 6 teams with Thornden winning followed by Test Valley, Romsey then St.Georges. .  In the U/14 eastern division Kings came first followed by Bitterne Park, Swanmore then Oasis Mayfield.  In the Championship semi-final playoffs Bitterne Park defeated Thornden 62-35 and Kings defeated Test Valley 61-10. In the final, also played at St. Marys, a strong Bitterne Park defeated Kings 84-42


In the U/14 Plate competition the 3rd and 4th placed teams in each east and west divisions crossed over so that St. Georges defeated Swanmore 39-18 and Romsey won over Oasis Mayfield.  In the Plate Final Romsey defeated St. Georges  50-38.


The U/16 girls’ league had 7 schools competing with Kings once again winning the league followed by Romsey and the U/14 girls’ league of 5 teams was also won by Kings with Test Valley coming second.  So we were back to Kings making a clean sweep of the titles as has happened in previous seasons.  Unfortunately, with schools dropping out of both girls’ leagues only a maximum of 5 to 6 games were played in these competitions and even so, many schools struggled to meet their commitments. At least the idea of playing the U16 league first, from October to December, and the U14s following on from January to March, once again appeared to work and eased the log jam of fixtures for staff.


The new venture of starting up year 7 and 8 competitions in a Tournament format is now being run by the Southampton Schools’ Sports Partnerships and the Hampshire Basketball Association.  


Despite another good year of competition we had 3 or 4 teams withdrawing during the season and some teams were not sending in results to the new website.  Once again I did not send reminders to schools but this should not be necessary?


With Southampton Council grants to the SSSA being cut, our funds have been under threat. It has therefore been decided to charge all schools from outside the Southampton Education Authority area a fee of £25 per school to enter our SDSBA leagues.  County schools can enter as many teams as they like for this one fee.


Thanks to everyone for participating and putting in your dedicated efforts and for the Michael Austin Harlick Trust for contributing towards the cost of our trophies.


Dave Heron   (Hon. Competitions Secretary)                                                                                                            21/06/2018


Last update : 2018-09-16 17:40:48