With a brand new sponsor, and a brand new format, this season's Wheelchair Basketball Challenge saw another exciting set of performances.
Mourant Ozannes provided the financial backing for 2017, and you can read more about the company below the fixture/result list.
We had a completely separate league and cup competition this season.
Five teams started the 2017 season in the league, including a new team from the sponsors. Sadly, JEC Bright Sparks withdrew because of difficulties in raising a full side. Jersey Wheelers entered an additional development team in the Cup competition.
All the fixtures and results can be seen below.
|15th May||Jersey Wheelers||45||v||6||HSBC Dunkers|
|5th June||Mourant Ozannes||4||v||22||HSBC Dunkers|
|4th September||Jersey Wheelers||win||v||loss||Mourant Ozannes|
|18th September||RBC Maples||10||v||20||Jersey Wheelers|
|9th October||Mourant Ozannes||8||v||36||
|23rd October||RBC Maples||v||HSBC Dunkers|
|19th June||QF1||RBC Maples||28||v||0||Mourant Ozannes|
|30th October||SF1||Jersey Wheelers2||14||v||30||HSBC Dunkers|
|13th November||SF2||RBC Maples||34||v||6||Jersey Wheelers|
|18th November||HSBC Dunkers||6||v||20||RBC Maples|
Mourant Ozannes is an offshore law firm advising on the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.
The firm is also hoping to be able to enter a team into the Challenge.
Mourant Ozannes have a big history of supporting community events, including the 2015 Island Games in Jersey, and the Jersey Marathon.
JSAD chairman Paul Patterson said: "I am delighted that Mourant Ozannes have decided to support the JSAD in this activity, which is, of course, a core sport operated by this Association."
He added that the importance of this support cannot be under-estimated.
"Without this type of support, smaller organisations like ours simply wouldn't be able to run these events, raising awareness, and bringing sports to anyone with a disability."
The new Rules for the 2017 season can be found here.
The 2016 Challenge saw RBC Maples retain their title. They beat Jersey Wheelers 28-18 in the final, with Laszlo Maros (RBS) top scoring with 12 points.
We had a new team for the 2016 season, with the youth team Rookies bringing the numbers up to six. Rookies were formed by some young lads who attended last year's outreach programme.
Final 22nd November 2015
RBC Maples 30 - 21 Jersey Wheelers
RBC Maples clinched the 2015 title for the second time, after beating last year's champions Jersey Wheelers at Fort Regent. Though it was certainly a tight and hard-fought encounter, Maples were never behind, and fully deserved their triumph.
It was even for most of the first quarter, with Maples just edging it 6-4. They extended that lead, but only by a single point, to lead 12-9 at half-time.
By the end of the third, it was 22-17, until better accuracy with their shots in the final quarter saw Maples move away and eventually win by nine points.
Natalie Walker (Wheelers) top scored in this final, with Maples' Pete Ingram just one behind.
After the match, the Stonehage Fleming Fair Play Award for the season went to the losing finalists Jersey Wheelers, with an astonishing statistic of just 6 fouls all season.
FINAL Sunday 16th November 2014
Jsy Wheelers 30 - 20 JEC Bright Sparks
It would have been difficult to emulate last year's astonishing final, and Jersey Wheelers showed their improvement over the past year with a relatively comfortable win in front of a large crowd at Fort Regent.
Final, Sunday 17th November 2013
Jersey Wheelers 20 - 22 JBBA All Stars
In the greatest and most exciting match ever seen in Jersey, JBBA All Stars grabbed the winning golden basket, after the match was level at 20-20 following the fourth quarter.
The Wheelchair Basketball Challenge 2013 final was played as part of the annual JSAD Disability games as has become tradition, and a huge crowd at Fort Regent noisily supported both teams during a match that went from end to end throughout. Wheelers' coach Guy Gilson, despite being on the losing side, said the final was "one of the greatest sporting moments I have ever witnessed."
For the All Stars Chris Byrne scored seven baskets. Francis Rocha, Steve Burnett, Lauren Sydall and Emma White all scored one basket each.
For the Wheelers Natalie Walker scored five baskets, James Tulett and Alex Tulett scored one two point basket and two one point penalty baskets each. James Brady scored one basket
For further details please contact:
Paul Patterson MBE