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Ipswich Basketball Club round-up: Teams are perfect on the road

Ipswich Basketball Club Girls u16 coach and club chair Kathryn James, left, and head coach Nick Drane, right, with former NBA player John Amaechi.

Ipswich Basketball Club Girls u16 coach and club chair Kathryn James, left, and head coach Nick Drane, right, with former NBA player John Amaechi.

With no junior home games this weekend, our teams travelled across the country, with every team coming back to Suffolk with a victory, writes Arron MacDonald.

The Under-13 and 14 boys travelled to Barking, both recording heavy wins and holding their hosts to just 19 points.

Each team were led by a high-scoring duo, Price and Eze for the U13s and Winter and Tebbit for the U14s.

The Under-14 girls travelled across Suffolk to square-off with County Upper Coyotes missing three starters and with several debutants, but a strong all-round performance from Esther Little helped Ipswich ease away with a 34-point win.

Also looking to bounce back from a loss, the Under-16 girls squared-off against Pioneeers East without England international Ash Pink, who had injured her ankle in the cup loss.

Although the game was a little scrappy, Ipswich opened 10-0 and were buoyed by Baker’s return en route to an 18-point win.

Coach Kathryn James said: “It was good to see our younger girls making solid contributions today with Tebbit regaining her mojo and Price controlling the boards.

“Credit also goes to new girl Bond from Farlingaye. She’s concentrating on rebounding and played disciplined on-ball defence, which I was really pleased with.”

As well as hosting two triple-headers next weekend (and Saturday’s games being halloween-themed), Ipswich are also running pay and play sessions at Copleston School from 10am on Saturdays, for boys and girls interested in playing basketball, aged 11-16.

For more information contact Hayley on: 07799 288391.

Ipswich Town lost 3-2 at Championship table-toppers Leeds United in an enthralling game at Elland Road yesterday. STUART WATSON gives his considered verdict.

Ipswich Town lost 3-2 at Leeds United in an entertaining Championship clash at Elland Road yesterday. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts on the action.

They are right when they say that football is a funny old game. Last week, many of us were bemoaning the performance in victory against Bolton Wanderers and this week, we’re praising the performance in defeat at Leeds United!

Predictably, we didn’t get anything at Leeds. But, instead of McCarthy getting a load of stick, there’s been quite a positive reaction, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy hailed his team’s ‘terrific’ display in this afternoon’s 3-2 defeat at Leeds United, claiming the Championship table-toppers ‘dodged a bullet’.

An own goal from keeper Bartosz Bialkowski’s ultimately proved costly for Ipswich Town in an entertaining 3-2 defeat at Championship table-toppers Leeds United this afternoon.

In this week’s nostalgia, we take a look at when Ipswich beat Leeds United 4-2 at Portman Road in the first Premier League fixture between the two sides back on October 3, 1992.

Just one in five punters think Ipswich Town will beat league leaders Leeds United at Elland Road toady.

High-flying Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United at Elland Road today. STUART WATSON brings you quotes, team news, prediction and more.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes Blues skipper Luke Chambers is management material and has joked he might end up being the defender’s assistant one day.

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