🏀 East London Phoenix welcome Cardiff Met Archers to SportsDock for the final game of the season in the inaugural British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Premier League season. A festival to celebrate the season starts at 10am with the match at 1pm. Spectating is free – register for your complimentary ticket below.
Sporting history was made on the 28 January 2022 when East London Phoenix welcomed today’s opponents Cardiff Met Archers to London’s Docklands for their first match in the brand new British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) Women’s Premier League. On a memorable opening night it was the home side who took maximum points with a dominant 60-36 victory.
Phoenix have since suffered a couple of losses against a classy Loughborough Lightning team, but bounced back with back-to-back victories against Worcester Wolves to remain in the mix for the play-off finals on 14 May.
Join East London Phoenix as they celebrate the end of the first full year of the Women’s Premier League with a FESTIVAL FAN DAY featuring a full morning of activities (see below for schedule) from 10am, ahead of the match at 1pm.
Hailed as a significant moment for British Paralympic sport the BWB Women’s Premier League (see below for an introduction to the league) is the first of its kind worldwide, and the UK’s first women’s professional para sport league.
The league features four sides based out of leading sporting universities – Cardiff Met Archers, East London Phoenix, Loughborough Lightning and Worcester Wolves – and promises to be of a world-class standard the teams sprinkled with players boasting international experience. Each side plays each other three times with the finals scheduled for Saturday 14 May as part of the 2021/22 BWB National Championships.
After the excitement of East London Phoenix’s opening day win, a star-studded Loughborough Lightning – including Tokyo Paralympians Laurie Williams, Jude Hamer, Robyn Love, Lucy Robinson and Siobhan Fitzpatrick – demonstrated why they are favourites to win the league in its first season with a 61-50 victory over Phoenix in early February.
It was a thrilling match and Phoenix took plenty of heart from their display. led by their captain Amy Conroy (pictured above) who scored a game-high 31 points. In their next match against Worcester Wolves, Conroy starred again in a 53-42 win for Phoenix contributing 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Conroy, the three-time Paralympian and GB player has already made it clear how much she relishes leading East London Phoenix. After signing for the London side, Conroy said: “I am genuinely so excited to be playing for East London Phoenix! The creation of the Women’s Premier League is absolutely huge for the sport and for us as players. To be able to compete in the UK and make our sport as accessible as possible – and get a feel for what a great game it is, is amazing!” And Conroy has delivered, currently holding the highest average points per game of anyone in the league with 25.5 points per match.
Back to the action and consecutive wins over Worcester Wolves were followed by defeat to Loughborough Lightning before today’s opponents met in Wales at the end of March. On that occasion Cardiff got the better of East London Phoenix with an unrelenting display to earn themselves a 63-43 win. Meaning the Welsh side’s visit to SportsDock this afternoon is a best-of-three encounter that will likely decide who makes the play-off finals, not to mention has the bragging rights at full-time.
Can East London Phoenix notch up a victory in the race for the #BWBWPL play-offs, or will the Archers get revenge for their defeat in east London on the opening day of the season and make it 2-1 in their favour for matches played this season? All roads lead to SportsDock to find out.
🏀 East London Phoenix 2022 squad in full:
Amy Conroy ~ Nicola Terrell ~ Fi Tillman ~ Bethany Wheeler ~ Evelyn Roberts ~ Freya Levy ~ Curran Brown ~ Charlotte Thornton White. Player profiles here.
🕒 Tip-off for East London Phoenix v Cardiff Met Archers in the BWB Women’s Premier League is at 1pm.
🎟️ Tickets are free – register now via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: SportsDock is on the University of East London’s Campus in the Docklands. Public transport is recommended for visiting – the campus is served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with trains running every 5-10 minutes from the Cyprus station. Bus routes serving Docklands include: the 101, 173, 262, 300, 366, 376, 474 and N551. By road the campus is accessible via the A12, A13 roads, and the A406 London circular, however parking restrictions apply.
🗒️ Phoenix Fan Day Schedule
Inclusive Sports Section – Participate in different inclusive sports and put yourself to the test. (FREE)
– 10:00-10:45AM – Whizz Kidz – Wheelchair Skills Training
– 11:00-11:45AM – GB Sitting Volleyball Coach Ian Legrand – Sitting Volleyball Taster Session
– 11:45 – 12:30PM – Boccia – Boccia Taster Session
– 11:00-12:15PM – Wheelchair Basketball Session (Training and Competitions)
Creative Zone – 10:00AM – 12:30PM (FREE)
– Cariacture Artist – On standby to draw yourself and families in fun and exaggerated ways!!
– Face Paint Artist – On standby to paint anything you want! Can even have the East London Phoenix
– Parent Relaxation Zone – Whilst the children are having fun with sports, face paint, games etc. The parents can realx in the relaxation zone and try out our recovery pumps to help them relax and feel brand new.
General Games Section – 10:00AM – 12:30PM (FREE)
– Tailgate Bean Bag Toss Head to Head competition
– Basketball Leadership Competition – Top 3 people with the most points scored at the end of the day will win a prize! 1st place being the biggest of all three prizes, and size of each prize will go down from there
– Can Crash – Chance to test your accuracy and win a prize for knocking all cans down.
Food Area – 10:30AM – 13:00PM
– Los Tacos – Top Portuguese cuisine
– Walthamstow Dogs – East London’s finest Hot Dog truck
– Vegheads – Some of the best Vegan and Vegetarian Option’s
– Candy Floss Machine (Free)
– Popcorn Machine (Free)
– Sportsdock Cafe – For other hot and cold drinks
🏐 About the British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Premier League: The BWB’s Women’s Premier League is the first para-sport professional league in the UK, and the first of its kind for women’s wheelchair basketball in the world.
The Women’s Premier League will be home to the world’s best women’s wheelchair basketball players, the introduction of the league – which will begin its inaugural season in January 2022 – is a game-changing moment for the sport.
The Women’s Premier League teams taking part are Cardiff Met Archers, East London Phoenix, Loughborough Lightning and Worcester Wolves. They will contest the first season from January to May 2022, bringing to life the fast-paced drama of this highly compelling team sport to new audiences across the UK and beyond.
This exciting new competition will see each team play each other three times in the league, with the Premier League finals behind held at the 2021/22 BWB National Championships.
The teams (franchises) are linked to four universities which will be centres of excellence for wheelchair basketball in the UK for both men and women. These High Performance Partnerships will develop and nurture wheelchair basketball talent, acting as hubs to incubate and develop future elite athletes and increase access to the Paralympic talent pathways across the UK.
The creation of the Women’s Premier League is integral to British Wheelchair Basketball’s five-year strategy, which set out bold targets of delivering a Professional Domestic League, developing a world- class high-performance system and doubling participation in the sport.
(Women’s Premier League information courtesy of the British Wheelchair Basketball website.)