On the final day of the season, Kirmond le Mire youngster, Michaela Golding was in action again with The Newark Jaguars Wheelchair Basketball team.
The day started with a presentation to the club by the New Appeals Organisation (NAO) who are a charitable body offering financial assistance to clubs and individuals across Nottinghamshire. The NAO have been raising funds to help the Jaguars replace some of their aging wheelchairs with state-of-the-art lightweight sports chairs imported from America. Altogether, the NAO raised £11,694 which has helped fund eight new chairs for the club, and Michaela has received one of them.
In The National League Division 3 Central, Jaguars Second Team took on the Sheffield Steelers 5th Team. The Jaguars started strongly and showed their intentions early on the game, pressing the ball to keep the Steelers hemmed into their own half of the court. With several rapid turnovers the Jags soon stretched a convincing lead. With a full bench to pick from, Coach Bernie Fox (72yrs) was able to rest some of his first string players and give valuable court time to emerging Junior players.
Michaela came off the bench, and was immediately thrown into the fray. Tracking back on defence to deny a scoring opportunity. Whilst she didn’t get on the score-sheet, she made a valuable contribution to the team, in what is a considerable step up from her usual place in the Junior U19 Team.
The final score of Jaguars 70 – Steelers 20 was flattering to the Steelers as the Jags did miss some easy baskets. This result should see Jaguars 2 finish second in the division and be promoted to the Second Division next season.