The Cardiff Met Archers women's basketball club put on a winning performance on the weekend to claim victory in the biggest Cup competition for Women's Basketball in the UK - the National Cup Finals of the Women's British Basketball League.
Having made the finals of the three previous National Cup Finals and lost, the Archers managed to change their fortune, overcoming a tough challenge by Sevenoaks Suns to triumph 74-63 at this year's final showdown. The game took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Sunday afternoon.
Two team members excelled, combining a total of 46 points between them. Scholarship athletes, Jess Jenkins and Judit Fritz were commended for their performance with first year sport and exercise science student Judit's shooting percentage earning her the award of Most Valuable Player. Judit was presented with the trophy in front of her parents who were visiting from Hungary and watching her play for the first time with the Archers.
Lucy Power, Director of Basketball at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: "It's a real achievement to win the final of the biggest Cup competition for Women's Basketball in the UK. We've made the final three times before and had a heartbreaking loss on the buzzer last year, so we were delighted that all the hard work from the players, coaches and support staff paid off this time.
"There was a great atmosphere and it was fantastic to see so many of our Archers Family supporting us in Sheffield and making the day a real club event. Looking at the names engraved on the Cup and the calibre of teams who have previously won, it makes the achievement extra special.
"Our team performance, experience and fitness was a key factor in the win, and we have to thank Cardiff Met Sport for their support and the Students Union for all the help they've given enabling us to train at this level.
"Our hopes are now high for the second half of the regular season and we have two games this weekend in the Sports Hall (Saturday 4pm, Sunday 2.30pm) so we welcome anyone to come along and give us their support cheering for the Archers!"
The Women's British Basketball League (WBBL), founded in 2014, is the top-level women's professional basketball league in the United Kingdom. It is the women's counterpart to the British Basketball League (BBL). The Cardiff Met Archers Basketball club was established forty years ago and a women's national league team set up in 1999. The WBBL women's team trains six times a week and the club boasts more than 150 members with the youngest starting from 6 years old.