Date Time League Season
April 13, 2024 7:30 pm Women's Regular Season 2023-24

The Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles face Oaklands Wolves in the Vertu Motors Arena tonight in a crucial Women’s Basketball League game that could decide their end of season destiny and final playoff position.

After a really tough couple of weeks losing vital players through injury and a derby clash against Durham Palatinates as well as a tough encounter the following day against Caledonia Gladiators the clash against Oakland could be seen as a must-win game.

Eagles Women lost 90-58 last time out against Caledonia Gladiators. (Photos: Caledonia Gladiators)

Head Coach Matt Newby does not quite see it that way as he looked back before he looked forward in assessing his team’s current position.

“You can’t legislate for the injuries that have occurred this season you can only respond and react and for the most part I felt the girls had responded well in practice and I felt the preparation for Durham was appropriate.”

“Unfortunately, we didn’t come out of the traps the right way and probably lacked some composure at certain points of the game. But there were some positives to come out of it as well.”

“We managed to get the shots up we wanted but unfortunately we couldn’t get enough of them to fall. It’s a game that meant a lot to us but we came out of it not having really given a fair representation of ourselves as individuals and as a collective.”

“In a sense although the result doesn’t show it we bounced back well in terms of the physicality we showed against Caledonia. We showed great heart and determination but they have a great deal of depth and are very strong this season.”

“I felt we got a better collective performance in that game despite the result and I felt pretty positive despite the results we’d had which in someways shows what basketball is all about.”

“In terms of what’s next it’s not just about Oaklands. We know there’s 120 minutes of the regular season left and every one of those minutes count. All three of those fixtures we need to win to give us the sixth place in the league and the girls understand that.”

Eagles Women will want to get back to winning ways after three straight defeats which includes a loss to close rivals Durham Palatinates. (Photos: Gary Foster)

Eagles have both Cardiff and Manchester to play after tonight’s game. Very winnable games on paper and that perhaps makes the Oaklands game all the more important.

“Each individual needs to give us their best and as a collective we need to get the highest return possible. Oaklands have some very good personnel. We’ve got to make sure we show due diligence and respect to that.”

“At the end of the day everyone’ playing for a position whether they’re the tenth team in the League or the first. For Oaklands they still have aspirations to finish higher in the playoff positions.”

Looking at the game critically Newby ended by considering the keys to tonight’s game and what his side need to do to get a much-needed vital win.

“When we’re composed and controlled and play at tempo we’re a very good team. It was witnessed down at Essex when we won and even in the very close loss to Sheffield.”

“Against both higher order teams we went to the right places at the right times, were selfless throughout both those games. That’s the best of us. I think we have begun to find the best of us.”

“I hope the best of us is what the fans will see throughout the remaining 120 minutes and if we do well in those 120 minutes we’ll have earned the right to play the next 40 and the next 40 minutes after that.”

As always honest assessment from Newby for a game that tips off at 7:30pm tonight. Tickets are available at the Box Office.