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Ipswich Basketball Club relaunch women’s team

PUBLISHED: 12:11 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:11 15 May 2017

Ipswich's under-16 girls.

Ipswich's under-16 girls.


Ipswich Basketball Club are relaunching their women’s team.

A powerhouse in the 1980s and 90s, the Ipswich Bobcats enjoyed success on a national scale before reluctantly withdrawing from the Senior National League, early in the new Millennium.

Ipswich did have a women’s team playing NBL between 2011 and 2016, but made the decision to not play in 2016/2017 for a variety of reasons, most notably because the team was struggling to find a suitable coach.

The relaunched team will be coached by Ipswich basketball head coach, Nick Drane, who recently stepped down from a similar position with the men’s team to concentrate more of his time on the overall development and growth of the club.

The team is coming back on the crest of a wave, with the club’s under-16s having been National League runners-up and the under-19 from the Copleston-based academy winning the National Cup.

“I’m really excited about this project,” said Drane.

“We launched the men’s team when the time was right. We had a core group of junior players to go with some excellent seniors and that gave us a foundation to build on.

“We have been waiting for this opportunity for a few years and there will never be a better time. The academy is key in all of this as it enables us to take players development to the next level.

“Combine that with some of the younger players in the club, and players that have graduated the programme and are now playing at University and I think we have a team that can make some real noise in the National League”.

Two Ipswich Town stars will be looking to take a big step towards this summer’s World Cup over the next week while a host of younger players look to further their international careers.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed by Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski following his first call-up to the Polish national team.

Luton boss Nathan Jones is disappointed to lose the services of midfielder Flynn Downes due to international duty but is pleased to see the Ipswich Town youngster continue his development with England Under 19s.

Fighting for a place in England’s World Cup squad might be tough work for Burnley’s Nick Pope but it beats riding a milk float in the early hours of the morning.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe was taken by surprise when he found out he had been called up for international duty, but is determined to learn as much as he can while away with the Wales squad.

Ipswich Town fans want to see young defender Josh Emmanuel given his chance in the first team next season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Josh Emmanuel may be sent out on loan again next season.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers hopes striker David McGoldrick has not played his last game for the club.

Season ticket prices, whether we’ll hear from owner Marcus Evans and manager Mick McCarthy’s future are the three big questions as Ipswich Town head into a two-week international break.

Did you hear about the Mick McCarthy press conference? He walked into the room, sat down, and apologised profusely to the loyal fans of Ipswich Town, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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