Saturday, 13 January 2018

Dirk Williams lights up the EIS in overtime against Surrey Scorchers

High flying Dirk Williams took down Surrey Scorchers in overtime last night with a spectacular dunk that he started by getting the ball on his own baseline.  The end result is shown below:

No wonder he has been slected for the Dunk Contest at the BBL Cup final!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Record total for England Athletics Combined Event

Holly Mills (Andover AC, James Coney) made a record breaking return to combined events when she took the England Athletics U20 Indoor Pentathlon title atthe EIS, Sheffield today. Both Holly and Jade O'Dowda (Oxford City AC, Marcia Marriott) eclipsed the former championship record as the Senior and U20 men also got their championships underway.

By the end of the five events the Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist and England long jump champion Holly had reached 4049 points ahead of Jade’s 4013, with bronze medallist Pippa Earley (Kingston AC & Poly Harriers, John Shepherd / Lloyd Cowan) clocking the fastest 800m of the day to move herself into the bronze medal position on 3840. In itself this wasn't too far behind the Championship record of 3965 point set by Morgan Lake in 2013.

Holly and Jade now stand at seventh and eighth on the British U20 all-time list, just behind the 4089 set by Jessica Ennis-Hill.

In the Senior Men’s Heptathlon, last year’s England Athletics Senior Decathlon champion James Finney (Leeds City AC, Sam Stanislaus, U23) holds a strong position at the end of the first day. In third place after a 7.18 (819) in the 60m he took the lead with a 7.29 (883pt) long jump, the only athlete over 7m. before then consolidating his position with a 12.62 (644pt) shot. The high jump saw him extend his lead, one of three men over 2m he cleared 2.04 (joint highest and 840pts) to head into the second day on 3186 points.

In the Under 20 Men’s Heptathlon, Caius Joseph (Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC, Rafer Joseph) put in an impressive first day to lead from Joel McFarlane (Arbroath & District AC) by almost 200 points going into day two. He has led throughout with a 7.09 (851pts) 60m, 7.04 (823pts) long jump, and 13.89 (722pts) shot not only seeing him in first place but also highest scoring in each of the first four events. The pole vault is often the event where the leader board sees a shake-up but a 3.88 (584pts) clearance saw him safely navigate this with his lead intact on 2980.

Photos from the event are available to view/buy at:

Monday, 13 November 2017

Is this a 'sports' photo?

I was covering a sporting competition at the weekend and by chance caught this moment of one of the competitors who had been knocked out of the competition.

There was no posing or communication involved, I just turned around from the action that was going on saw the moment and click.

Does this make it a 'sports' photo?  If not, why not - and what does make a 'sports' photo?

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sheffield Sharks continue their winning run against Bristol Flyers

Since an opening day defeat to Surrey Scorchers, Sheffield Sharks have gone on a 4 game winning run - the latest being a 86-70 win over Bristol Flyers at the EIS, Sheffield.  After a quiet start by the Sharks they killed the second quarter (36-19) and then ket the advantage all the way to the end.

 Sharks in pre-game huddle
 Chris Alexander on an early break
 Bristol took an early 0-7 lead and coach Atiba Lyons brought the Sharks back in
 Near the end of the second quarter and Chris Alexander was taken out by an unsportsman-like foul
 Tony Wroblicky reaches up on the way to a double-double
 Former Shark Jordan Davies tries to block Zach Gachette
 Zach Gachette leaps high for another basket
 Flyers coach Andrea Kapoulas directs from the sidelines
 Dirk Williams out-jumps the Bristol defence
 Chris Alexander jumps for two
Captain Mike Tuck lays up
 Rob Marsden on a reverse lay up
Even Mackay McKnight tried out his jumping boots

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sheffield Sharks narrowly miss out to Surrey in the first game of the 2017-18 season

A sometome bruising 8-a-side encounter at the EIS on Friday night left Sheffield Sharks 78-81 down to Surrey Scorchers in the opening game of the season.  Tieing at 42 a piece at halftime, Surrey pulled away by 10 in the third quarter and the Sharks pulled it back but too little too late...

MVP Chris Alexander shooting a free throw from a Technical.  He hit some outrageous three point scores from serious distance on his way to 22 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Ironically, in fighting for points at the end of the game, he himself suffered two technicals to sit out the end of the contest.
 Captain Mike Tuck from the free-throw line.
 Dirk Williams running in
 Ryan Wilson brings up the ball
 Tony Wroblicky jumps for two
 Former Shark Nick Lewis was in the house
 Zach Gachette often found a way through the Surrey defence
 As did Rob Marsden
Live wire Mackey McKnight ran some good moves in the game

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sheffield Sharks make their mark at the inagural All Stars Basketball tournament

The O2 in London was the setting today for the first All Stars Basketball tournament - a quickfire series of games between the top 8 BBL teams with the winner earning £25,000.

Shot of the day was a 5-point (yes, you read that right) buzzer beater by Mackey McKnight which sent the crowd on to its feet.

Some pix from today...more ltr.

 Dirk Williams with an early attempt agsinst Worcester Wolves
 Tony Wroblicky going big against Worcester Wolves
  Dirk Williams goes for the basket agsinst Worcester Wolves
 Mackey McKnight celebrates his game-winner...
 ...before being mobbed by his team mates
Atiba Lyons and the Sharks bench - vs Leicester Riders

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Sheffield Sharks pre-season against Manchester Giants

Friday night at the EIS, Sheffield and the new-look Sheffield Sharks took on Manchester Giants in a pre-season friendly.  Sharks ran out 111-81 winners in a contest which only looked to have one winner from the get-go.

Everyone got good game time and the team tried out some play variations.
Nice to see Karen Child keeping her sponsorship position
 Coach Atiba Lyons in an early time-out
 Chris Alexander under the basket
 Dirk Williams taking the points on a solo run
 Rob Marsden takes on the Giants defence
 Mackey McKnight lays up
 Ryan Wilson shoots
 Captain Mike Tuck from the free throw line
 Chris Alexander runs the line
Mackey McKnight goes for the half-time buzzer-beater
 Mackey McKnightlooks for a way past Callum Jones
 Tony Wroblicky runs through for two
 Eddy Brownell on the move
 Dirk Williams looking for a way through
 Marko Backovic
Zach Gachette for a single
Eddy Brownell brings up 111 for the Sharks
Zach Gachette leads the team huddle at the end of the game

Full Time Stats: 16, 15, 15, 14, Chris Alexander 14, 12, 12.