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Coalville Basketball Club 22/05/2006

Coalville Basketball AGMThe Coalville Basketball Clubs AGM
will be on Wednesday 24th May. The meeting will start
at 8.00pm in the Forest Rock Public House.20/05/2006

2005/06 Basketball AwardsThe 1st Annual End of Season
Celebration for Coalville Basketball Club went fantastically
well with a great turnout from friends and family of the
Cougars players.

The event took place at the Forest Suite at the Charnwood
Arms and the evening included a meal, party and Basketball
awards for the 2005/06 season.
Thanks to Phoenix World who laid on the drinks for the
evening. Everyone had a great time and it was a fitting end
to a superb season of Basketball. Special thanks to Charlie
Lauder for organising an excellent evening with everything
running smoothly.09/05/2006

International tour is great
successThe Coalville Basketball 2006 tour
took place visiting the IBT2006 tournament in Eindhoven,
Holland. With about 40 teams competing at a very high
standard the Cougars did themselves proud with a 4-3 record.
This could of quite easily been a 6-1 and a position in the
quarter-finals had the team been a little more prepared for
the intensity of the game formats.

The event is well known for its sportsmanship and
integration of different cultures. The Cougars made many
friends from other countries and proved that this tournament
works. Coalville Basketball Club will be going on tour again
in 2007 and although the specific event has not yet been
decided yet IBT2007 will be a definite favourite.25/04/2006

LBBL D.4 Undefeated ChampionsThe Coalville Cougars finished the
2005/06 season with an unbeaten league record. Finishing
18-0 will certainly be a season the players will not forget
for a while.

The Cougars have received lots of praise from other teams
who enjoyed playing against Coalville and this makes all the
players look forward to the 2006/07 season with even more
anticipation. We would like to take this opportunity to
thank everyone involved in the running of the club and
creating a base for the club to develop further in the
coming seasons.23/04/2006

Cup Final: A Game too far!During the run to the final Coalville
Cougars managed to beat several higher division teams in
convincing fashion in what turned out to be one of the best
seasons for the club so far. The game started out with a
quick basket for the Cougars followed by a three pointer
from Tomasz Sobiech. It was a tight first quarter with De
Montfort nailing a huge three on the buzzer to edge away at
23-17. The second quarter followed the same way with both
teams picking up 13 points to give the Griffins a 36-30 half
time lead.

The third quarter was a more tense affair for the Cougars
with Simon Hoult sitting on the bench due to early foul
trouble, the Griffins started to hit some good form to
outscore the cougars by 7 points.

With a 62-49 lead heading into the final quarter things were
looking ominous for the Cougars but as with every game this
season they kept fighting hard and never gave up. A three
pointer from Neil McHugh kick-started the Cougars comeback.
The Cougars managed to hold De Montfort to just 4 points for
the next 9+ minutes 2 of those points coming from the
charity stripe. Whilst Griffins were trying to endure this
scoring drought the Cougars Bruce Lauder and Tomasz Sobiech
scored heavily to reduce the Griffins lead to just 3 points
at 66-63. Neil McHugh then stepped up and repeated his
basket from the beginning of the quarter to nail the three
and level the game at 66-66 inside the final minute. The
Cougars then created two chances to win the game but both
rimmed out. The Griffins then took the rebound and pushed
the ball up court. Neil McHugh seemed to have his feet set
as he got barrelled over by Griffins offence but
unfortunately for the Cougars it was deemed a blocking foul.
The Griffins sank their fifth and sixth points of the
quarter from the line and the game was over. A 68-66 win for
the De Montfort Griffins proved a game too far for the
Coalville Cougars.

Coalville Basketball Club would like to wish De Montfort the
very best for next season as they get promotion to Division
1 after finishing undefeated in Division 2.21/04/2006

Hind Leys Rescheduled
for 25thThe Coalville
Cougars game against Hind Leys B has been rescheduled for
Tuesday 25th April at 8.15pm.

Originally due to be played on the 26th of October as a home
fixture, the game will now be played away at the Hind
Leys court in order to complete the season. Although not a
crucial game for Coalville, the result will be interesting
to Rawlins A who stand to gain promotion in should Coalville
win. However should Hind Leys take the win, they will also
take the final promotion spot.01/03/2006

1st Annual Dinner &
DanceThe Coalville Basketball Club
are pleased to announce that the 1st Annual End of Season
Celebration is scheduled for the 20th May 2006 at 7pm. The
party will be a “Formal Dress” evening and will take place
in the Forest Suite at the Charnwood Arms. Both past and present members
of Coalville Basketball Club are invited along with their
friends and family. The evening will include a meal, disco
and Basketball awards for the 2005/06 season.

Entry is £25 per person and a good night will be had by all!
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE!1st Annual End of Season Celebration

Dinner & Dance (Formal Dress)

19:00 – 20th May 2006

Forest Suite – Charnwood Arms

£25 per person15/03/2006

Cougars head to the Cup
Final!The Coalville
Cougars dealt Groby B their first loss in two seasons of
Basketball to take themselves into the 2006 William Taylor
Cup Final. Cougars started strong, picking their way through
the Groby man-to-man defence for easy baskets. With
excellent transition play and strong defence the Cougars led
from start to finish to come out 91-36 victors.

The Cougars will now play the winner of the other Semi-Final
between De Montfort University and Market Bosworth to be
played this Friday.

Coalville Coach, Charlie Lauder said “We don’t mind who
we play in the final. One thing is for sure, it is going to
be a good team and will be a tough game. This is exactly
what we need at this stage of our development”. De
Montfort will be strong favourites to meet Cougars in the
final as they are also yet to lose a game in Division 2 so
look set to enter Division 1 for the 2006/07 season.01/03/2006

Cougars invited to IBT 2006The Coalville
Cougars have been invited to the 23rd Tantalus International
Basketball Tournament in Holland. The tournament is being
held by Basketball Club “Tantalus” on the 5th – 7th of May
2006 and will take place in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
The Cougars will join around 40 other teams from across
Europe participating, meaning around 400 players taking over
Eindhoven for the weekend!

The event is well known for its sportsmanship, integration
of different cultures through Basketball and of course lots
of fun!07/02/2006

Cougars make Cup
Semi-Finals!The Coalville Cougars picked up a
shock 75-57 win against Division 2 team, Fulhurst West in
the Quarter Finals of the William Taylor Cup. Although
Cougars never got firing on all cylinders and were fielding
a team with key players missing, the result never looked in
doubt. The Cougars were in control throughout with the first
basket of the contest being Fulhurst’s only lead of the
game.

The Cougars will now take on Groby in the Semi-Finals.
Although Groby are a Division 3 team the Cougars will be
definite underdogs as Groby are yet to lose a game this
season and look set to be moving to Division 2 for the
2006/07 season.16/01/2006

Royales Rescheduled for
FebruaryThe Coalville
Cougars game against the Royales has been rescheduled for
Monday 13th February. Originally due to be played on the
7th of December as a home fixture, the game will now be
played away at the Royales court in order to fit in
the remainder of Coalville games.16/01/2006

Cup Quarter Final ConfirmedThe Coalville Cougars face the high
flying Division 2 team, Fulhurst West in the Quarter Finals
of the William Taylor Cup. The game is scheduled for the 7th
February away at Fulhurst.

Cougars captain, Lee Alesbrook said “It will be a very
tough game for us. We are still building our team but we are
very happy to play quality teams from higher Divisions to
get much needed experience”.

Fulhurst West progressed to this stage after a win against
Division 3 team, Ashby B. Cougars also making the grade with
a 29 point win over Division 3 outfit Gateway B. 15/12/2005

Mid Season RambleAfter one of the best starts to the
season for a few years Coalville unfortunately don’t top the
League table. Mainly due to only playing 6 league games the
Cougars sit in 4th position in the League. So how can
Cougars only have played 6 games? Well with the exception of
the Hind Leys game being cancelled, which was out of
everyone’s control, it seems some teams have difficultly
with the concept of a League system and the last two games
were called off at the last minute.

Although only 6 games were played, you can see from the
statistics below, Cougars did make a great start to the
season with an average winning margin just shy of 50 points!
Coalville are just starting to take their game to the next
level as players are starting to gel as a team. Anticipation
of the second half of the season is high and all the players
are hyped up to play after the disappointment of having the
last two games called off by the opposition. Go
Cougars!!!23/09/2005

Williams Last Minute Addition
With the start of the new season looming Coach Farmer has
made a final last minute addition to the Cougars roster. It
will be a return home for ex-Coalville player Richard
Williams after spending a few years playing for the
Swadlincote Scorpions.
Coach, Steven Farmer said “I am very pleased to
eventually have Richard on board. He made it known on a few
occasions that his was interested in returning to Coalville
but he needed to make a firm decision and I am now pleased
to say that he has sorted it out”.Richard is a good guard and will hit mid-range jump shots
all night. The biggest asset he will bring to Coalville is
his speed and hustle on defence. I’m sure he will cause
problems for the opposition”.07/09/2005

Cougars Roster CompletedCoach Farmer has
selected his final squad from the players attending summer
training this year.”We have a good
combination of both experience and young players”, said
Coach Farmer, “We also have a combination of Cougars
playing from past seasons and new talent this year.
Basically we should have a very competitive team whilst
maintaining our more important social nature of the club”.Two of the best
additions this year will be the guard, Ben Herbert, and
powerful forward Alex Goldsmith. Coach Farmer was very
pleased “Both Ben and Alex came over to train with us
over the summer. They immediately fitted in with the team
and joined in with the social side of things. I’m very
pleased to have them on board”.Other new players
for the 2005/06 season include Brett Katchick, better known
to many as “Granby Panda”, the Leicester Riders mascot. Also
Paul Rutt returns to the club after a 10 year break and will
join former team mates back from the 1993-95 seasons, Neil
McHugh, Lee Alesbrook, Simon Hoult and Coach Steven Farmer.01/09/2005

“Lord Air” signs for CougarsFormer Nottingham
Knights Forward, Bruce Lauder, has signed at Coalville for
the 2005/06 season.Bruce started
playing Basketball at the University of Hull in 1998 where
he went on to captain the 1st team and earn his University
Colours. He also represented the University of Urbino in
Italy during his spell over there. Having graduated in
Business French and Italian, Bruce moved back to Nottingham
and joined the Nottingham Hustlers Basketball team in NBL
Division 3, where he quickly became one of the National
League’s most prolific rebounders. He was then one of only
three members to be included in the revamped side as it
changed its name to the Nottingham Knights, despite signings
from the likes of Brighton Bears, Leicester Riders and
Sheffield Sharks. During his time at the Knights Bruce got
his nickname “Lord Air” obviously as a play on his surname
but mainly due to his high leaping ability. Having won 5
national titles with the Knights and despite being offered a
professional contract to continue playing EBL Division 1,
Bruce has decided his loyalties now lie at Coalville.Bruce Lauder said
“I am very pleased to be part of this rapidly growing
organisation. The club is going places over the next few
years and I wanted to be part of it. From a players point of
view I am also very pleased to have the opportunity to play
on the same team with players such as Simon Hoult. Simon is
the shortest Forward in the League but somehow has the
ability to score inside! With his passing ability I am sure
to get to the basket regularly this season”.The remainder of
the team will be announced over the next week.26/08/2005

Andrew Betts returns to CoalvilleThe 7′ 2″ England
star, Andrew Betts has returned to his roots to support
Coalville Basketball as the honorary President of the club.Originally from
Ibstock, Coalville, Andy started his Basketball career at
Coalville at the age of 15 and during his first season
showed promise even in the early stages. It wasn’t long
before he was drawing attention from the Leicester Riders
and made his BBL debut for Leicester in 1993.Since then Betts
has came a long way. He went through a very successful
college career at Long Beach State University in California.
Whilst there he made a big impact on the NBA scouts
eventually being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the
1998 NBA Draft. Andy then decided to spend his rookie season
playing in Italy for Teamsystem Bologna helping them to the
last four of the EuroLeague.So far in his
career Andy has played in England, Spain, Greece, USA and
Italy. Last season he even reached the final of the
EuroLeague with Tau Cerámica making him the first English
player to ever get to the final game. To top off his amazing
professional career, which still has a long way to go, he
also plays for England and is a major part of the squads
future.Coalville
Chairman, Lee Alesbrook, made the following comments
“Being involved with Andy’s development from an early age
was satisfying and it is very inspiring to see how well he
has done. We are all very honoured that Andy would come back
to his roots to support the club that started it all for
him”.18/08/2005

Cougars Sign Polish GuardFollowing his announcement as Head
Coach, Steven Farmer has confirmed his first signing for the
2005/06 season.
Ex-professional, Tomasz
Sobiech from Poland has joined the Cougars after a short
time training with the club this summer. Sobiech has spent
time playing as a professional in the EBL, not to be
confused with the English organisation of the same name but
actually represents the Era Basket Liga in Poland.The 6′ 4″ guard
will using his time with the Cougars to refine his game
further and is aiming to get back to professional Basketball
for the following season.More
player announcements will follow shortly.17/08/2005

Farmer announced as Head
CoachSteven Farmer has been announced as
the Head Coach of both Coalville Basketball Club and the
Coalville Cougars men’s team.Steven actually started his role
coaching over the summer months doing large amounts of
coaching work in the community alongside Coalville
Basketball Chairman Lee Alesbrook. He will be looking follow
on from his success with the local junior teams with a
successful campaign in the 2005/06 season with the Cougars.Farmer, who will start to select his
team very shortly, said “This year will be particularly
hard to select a team as I want to choose some of the new
talent available to complement our existing squad. I will
try to maintain some consistency with the experienced
players already at the club but I have so many options too
choose from. Its not going to be easy”.12/08/2005

New Sponsor –
Schlüter-SystemsSchlüter-Systems Ltd has stepped up to
sponsor Coalville Cougars Team for their upcoming campaign.
Schlüter-Systems is the number one worldwide supplier for
accessories for use with ceramic and stone tiling
installations, and have jumped at the opportunity to support
a local team with a focus on future of the club by
developing a youth imitative supported by a strong men’s
team.Having been in Coalville for the past
13 years Schlüter has grown up alongside Coalville
Basketball with close links between members of the staff and
the team.  Schlüter-Systems is based in 13 countries with
the head office being based in Iserlohn Germany; with
offices in France, Turkey, Spain, Canada and New York, USA
the cougars are hoping that some of the talent these
countries have produced for the NBA will rub off on them for
the upcoming seasons.29/06/2005

Summer BasketballAs usual Coalville
Basketball Club will be open for training during the long
summer break. Summer training normally involves players from
all over Leicestershire (and beyond) playing games in a
friendly and informal atmosphere.Over the last few
years we had players such as England International Yorick
Williams and BBL Champion Billy Singleton training at
Coalville during the summer. Summer Training
will be from July onwards (till the start of the 2005/06
season)

Venue: King Edward VII Community College07/03/2005

Cup Run Comes to an EndCoalville Cougars
have finally been knocked out of the William Taylor Cup.
Although this cup is usually for teams in higher divisions,
the Cougars showed that they are more than capable of
competing at this level.Cougars started the
competition in fine form with a big 69-45 win over Division
3 team, Gateway B. Cougars then continued with a quarter
final win against Leicester University before finally
slipping up in a very close game against Division 2 team,
Moat Warriors.Playing the
Warriors was a very good experience and showed that the
Cougars can compete at this high level with the game only
being decided in the final minute. Also the Warriors went on
the win the competition with a 79-36 win over Central
Sports.01/02/2005

New Kit Sponsor – PPD LtdCoalville Cougars
have gained sponsorship for the 2005/06 season from the
highly impressive Plant Process Design company. PPD are a
multi-tasking multi-national company specializing in the
design, co-ordination and support of manufacturing
facilities. Predominantly in the food and healthcare
industries. PPD are one of the many companies interested in
supporting Coalville Basketball and we should hopefully
announce another major sponsor before the first tip-off of
the season.

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