Medway Park to host national basketball play-off finals

Action photo of Division 3 men's basketballEight national league basketball teams will be travelling to Medway, all vying for national play-off glory.

England Basketball is staging four national league finals at Medway Park in Gillingham on Saturday, 9 April.

The exciting day of action will feature the climax of the Founders Cup and the Division Two Women and Division Three and Four Men’s competitions.

At 11am, the Kingston Wildcats will make their fourth consecutive Founder's Cup Finals appearance when they take on London Rocco's Raiders.

The Founder's Cup is a competition open to men's local league teams. It is one of the oldest competitions in England Basketball dating back to 1951 and was won by the Wildcats in 2009.

The Warrington Wolves will then meet the Canary Wharf Baltic Staff at 1.15pm in the Division Four Men's playoff final. The Wolves, led by former BBL player and England international Delme Herriman, finished top of the Northern section but will face a mighty task against the Canary Wharf outfit, made up entirely of Lithuanian roster players.

The Division Two Women's playoff final sees the runners-up in the Northern section, Manchester Mystics, play South West champions Solent Suns at 3.30pm. Solent were Division Two Women playoff runners-up in the 2010 so will look to seal their name on the trophy this season.

The final game of the day will see the Northern winners takes on the Southern winners in the Division Three Men's playoff final. The Birmingham Mets and London Westside clash tips off at 5.45pm.

Action photo of division 4 men's basketballThe event is being staged in partnership with Medway Council and the Medway Park Crusaders club, who themselves have qualified for the play-off finals in Division Two taking place the following weekend.

Club chairman Jesse Sazant said: “We are really proud as a club to be hosting our first England Basketball finals day. 

"We really hope the people of Medway will get behind the event as it is a great opportunity to see some top quality basketball team from around the country on their doorstep."

England Basketball events manager Graham Blankley said: “It’s great to be bringing these finals to Medway Park. Hopefully this will be the first of many events we bring to the centre.”

Spectator admission to the play-off finals day is £6 (£3 concessions), payable on the door. For more information about the event visit www.englandbasketball.co.uk

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