Match Report
Skinners' School Boys-U16A vs  Union Linense de Balancesto
On: Thursday, 26 Oct 2017
Venue: Away

The Skinners’ School U16 Basketball Tour of Gibraltar

Over the October half term the Skinners’ school U16 basketball team travelled to Gibraltar to participate in some preseason training sessions and a couple of friendlies against the local team Union Linense de Balancesto (ULB). We set off early on the morning of Thursday 25th October, upon arrival we checked into the hotel then went for our first training session with our two coaches for the tour, Antonio Solis and Bianca Beiso. Following the session the team had a chance to relax at the hotel before our game that night. The first game we played was against the ULB’s U15 team and Skinners’ came away with a satisfying 41-10 win, the match was a good chance for us to put into practise the motion offence we had been working on in training.

On the morning of the second day the team went down to the beach for conditioning and agility training and then we headed to the courts for another team practise in preparation for a hard game against ULB u17s later that day. After lunch we had the opportunity to spend some free time in Gibraltar and relax by the pool. That evening we headed to the courts for the final time to participate in a well fought match against the ULB u17s team. The game was close but ULB came away with the win 66-41.Despite losing the match it was a great experience and the team rallied at the end and managed to outscore ULB by 7 points in the last quarter. Next morning we were back at the airport for the flight home, despite the trip being short we managed to get a lot out of it and I know that everyone who participated improved as a player over the course of our stay.

Overall the trip was a very enjoyable and invaluable experience . I’d like to thank, on behalf of the team, Antonio Solis and Bianca Beiso for leading our training and conditioning sessions, Paddy Bingham for coming along as our only parental supporter and finally, give a huge thank you to our coach Kevin Coleman for putting this trip together, making it run so smoothly and coaching us during our games.