RESERVES FINISH SEASON AS RUNNERS-UP

11/04/2009 21:28

The Hull Wasps reserves completed their first season in the D.A.B.A league by finishing as runners up in the cup final, defeated by the Scunthorpe Steelers. The Wasps finished also finished in 2nd place in Division 1 of the D.A.B.A league regular season. Although the Wasps were unlucky not to come away with the victory in the cup final, reserves coach and captain Liam Wordsworth feels that they have a lot of positives to take away from the season.
 
"We had one of the youngest teams in the league but showed a lot of maturity in our game which shows that we are doing a good job of developing players to national league standard. The majority of our players where registered with the national league squad but i believe they all developed through playing in this league. Role players in the national league team have become 'go to' guys and this has increased their confidence in their skills."
 
The season has also seen the Wasps develop young stars of the future including Liam himself, Billy Cowell and Luke Lambert.  First team guard Matt Fawcett said "We've had a few young guys play for the reserves this season but these particular three have really shown maturity in their game and have developed at a exceptioanl rate."

First team guard Liam Wordsworth who only played one season of junior national league when he was 15 has made the jump to the senior level.

"Playing 2 years of doncaster league has really helped me. I've played with an ex-BBL point guard and some of the best players to come out of Hull. This has only helped my developement and I have learned so much." Liam now player-coaches the Hull Wasps Reserve Team and has been in the squad for all first team games this season.
 
Another success story is Billy Cowell and Luke Lambert. Both are 17 years old and have been key members of the Wasps reserves team so far this season. Billy has only been playing basketball for a year and is already training with the mens first team. Junior development coach and reserves coach Liam Wordsworth said " Its great to see Billy training with the first team. He holds his own and has realy become a part of the team. I have no hesitation in saying that I expect him to break into the first team within the next couple of seasons. Billy and Luke have gained a lot of experiance from playing in the reserves and this can only be benificial towards their development."
 
Neil Rymer was the reserves leading scorer for the season averaging 27ppg followed by Jason Monro with 18ppg and John Kelsey with 12ppg.
 
The Wasps will enter the D.A.B.A league as and an Under 21's team next season. Junior development coach Liam Wordsworth feels that this will help develop more young players and give a bright future for the Hull Wasps. "I think we have done a great job this season developing some of our young players and want to carry this on next season."