u15 – u16

U15 – U16s

Our u15s play in a CVL at Leeds and some u15s are asked to be none core players playing with the u16s in alternative games giving them a chance to play National League.

Our u16 squad play National League and our players have a core 8 who are involved with every game and a non core 8 who play in alternate games.

Our u16s squad are from a wide range of North Yorkshire schools including Archbishop Holgate School in York, All Saints School in York, Bootham School in York, Lady Lumleys School in Pickering, Fulford school in York, Millthorpe School in York and King James School in Knaresborough.

Our u16s squad for 2015/16 are a strong squad who will be seeking to emulate their 2013/14 u16s Eagles players who were crowned NE Conference Champions.


Wednesday:   7 to 9 pm at York College

Friday:            7 to 9 pm at York College


COACH:  Dave Smith ; Tel: 07840 407264, email: d.smithyork@btinternet.com

TEAM SECRETARY:  Durga Thapa; Tel: 07872 929380, email: durga.thapa@googlemail.com

Match Reports – 2015/16 Season

Saturday 27th February: Eagles U16s hang on to their unbeaten records of 13 wins : 0 loss

York Eagles 49   v   Newcastle Eagles 48      Video & Stats

                             1st Qtr                  2nd Qtr                 3rd Qtr                 4th Qtr                TOTAL

YORK                     11                        10                        19                        9                         49

NEWCASTLE        10                        15                        16                        7                         48

Scorers: Milan Manandhar 12, Rory Thompson 12, Euan Collins 6, Kiran Thapa 6, Dan Wright 5, Joe Henderson 2, Patrick Dewhirst 2, George Halliday 2, Jasper Morris 2. Miles Rodeo did not score

Free Throws:10 from 24.  Rory 4 from 4, Jasper Morris 2 from 2, Milan 3 from 6, Dan Wright 1 from 6, Kiran Thapa 0 from 4, Miles Rodeo 0 from 2.  Overall 41% which is poor for players like Kiran that are good shooters.

This game was a championship decider as Newcastle’s only loss was to York earlier in the season and York were unbeaten. The York team had prepared for the game with Coach Smith providing a comprehensive scouting report and review including 5 key areas to ensure a win.  As we shall see York did not execute well 4 out of the 5 areas. An early Milan Manandhar basket and a three saw York take an early 7 to 4 lead  but scoring was at a premium with both defences playing well and initial nerves effecting some York players who seemed unable to finish good shooting opportunities. Some York fouls on the Newcastle shooters allowed Newcastle to close the gap to have an 11 to 10 York lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter followed similar lines – both teams failing to take good shots and defences on top. From  a 17 to 15 lead to York Newcastle at last found their rhythm and a three pointer followed by a 7 point scoring burst led by Newcastle’s No. 14 gave Newcastle a 25 to 17 lead thankfully answered by Kiran Thapa and George Halliday’s baskets for York to narrow the gap to 25 to 21 at half time and York only 4 down.

Coach Smith’s rather prophetic message at half time was if York was going to lose the game and not play well then they should at least put up a fight as the first half was too passive by York and Newcastle seemed to want it more and particularly had outrebounded York’s defense through poor boxing out.  The start of the third quarter saw baskets traded and York still 30 to 27 down and reflecting on 2 free throws each for Miles Rodeo and Dan Wright and all 4 missed.  Finally York with Newcastle in foul trouble got their own scoring burst to take a 32 to 30 lead with Milan Manandhar showing how to knock down 2 free throws. More missed free throws from York (scored 3 from 12 this quarter) and 2 good baskets from Rory Thompson gave York a 36 to 32 lead before York allowed the Newcastle No.9 who was yet to score a point get a basket and get fouled for Newcastle to get within 1 point of York and then with Newcastle’s No. 5 taking control scoring 4 points (as well as missing 3 free throws) Newcastle finished the third quarter with a 41 to 40 lead.

The last quarter started with a Newcastle basket answered by 2 successful free throws by Jasper Morris and a Milan Manandhar 1 from 2 success from the free throw line. Scores tied at 43 to 43 and then Newcastle’s danger players No.14 and No. 5 scored to put Newcastle ahead by 4 points 47 to 43.  York’s unbeaten record was in great danger.  Time out and a reminder of the half time message gave York a boost and Rory Thompson calmly scored two free throws and Joe Henderson scored a valuable basket to tie the scores at 47 to 47 with 2 minutes and 51 seconds remaining in the game.  it was to York’s credit that they stepped up their defense and allowed Newcastle no baskets in the last period of the game but did allow 4 free throws and Newcastle scored only 1 from 4.  Euan Collins scored one the most valuable baskets he may ever score to give York a 49 to 47 lead and then  Newcastle missed the three out of 4 free throws. Rory Thompson very much York’s go to man got his 5th foul and left the game.  So Newcastle possession and 24 seconds left.  York needed a stop and with their new found ‘fighting’ spirit did get a stop. Possession to York and a foul on Kiran Thapa who stepped up to take 2 free throws with 5 seconds remaining and managed to miss  them both leaving Newcastle to take a long range three which missed by a mile and the result was a 1 point win for York.

Moment of the Match : the last quarter when the York players despite not playing well individually or as a team played with toughness and restricted Newcastle to a miserly 7 points scored.

Man of the Match : Euan Collins for picking up 3 fouls and then staying out of foul trouble and getting 6 points including the game winning basket.

Summary : There were 5 areas that we planned to execute well and if we did so get a good performance.  We failed to deliver on 4 out of the 5 areas. FINISHING – we didn’t finish very well. OFFENSE – we did not have good player/ball movement and scoring only 49 points is a reflection on this. MISMATCHES – we knew Newcastle had some weak players but on offense and defense we did not exploit these weaknesses. REBOUNDS/FOULS – just poor at times and some fouls were not very clever.  Our one success was the GETTING BACK/PRESSING and ultimately the 4 areas which were not successful were outweighed by York’s eventual (in the last quarter especially) ability to push up, press and force Newcastle to take bad shots.  The last quarter saw Newcastle score 7 points which really was the difference in the end and a commendable defensive effort by the still unbeaten York players.

They say Champion teams play badly and still win.  York did not perform well against Newcastle and yet still won.  As a Coach I have mixed emotions and certainly am not saying play well and lose but the Newcastle games raises some issues about the way we train and then how we execute and perform well in games.  As a Coach I like to win but I really, really like for our teams to play well.

Training from now will have an extra bite to it as the saying goes ‘the desire to prepare to win has to be greater than the desire to win’.  We will prepare/train well until the end of the season as I hear talk about our u16s playing u18s Premier next season !!!

NEXT GAME : v Durham away on Sat 5th MARCH. Details to follow.

Previous reports

12 Dec 2015: v. Durham Wildcats – home

5 Dec 2015: v. Newcastle – away

14 Nov 2015: v. Leeds Force – away

31 Oct 2015: v. Sheffield – away

24 Oct 2015: v. St Aidans – home

17 Oct 2015: v. Queen Ethelburga’s – home