Tight and decisive victory for the Brunel Ducks in first home match

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Despite being behind in the first two quarters, the Brunel Ducks, resurrected after nearly 30 years away from League Basketball, dominated the third quarter and stole a memorable home victory in a tight-contested final quarter.

228 spectators packed into the Brunel University Sports Centre, from students to local families, to cheer on the community-driven Brunel Ducks. 141 attendees took advantage of the free entry flyers that were distributed across campus and in local schools, while nearly 80 students took advance of £1 entry with their NUS Extra cards, available from the Union of Brunel Students’ website.

The Brunel Ducks were behind 26 – 28 to the Folkestone Saints at half time, where the Union affiliated Cheerleading Club, the Brunel Blizzards, pumped up the crowd and teams going into the final two quarters.

The electric atmosphere had a visible effect on the players, with the Brunel Ducks scored 32 points in the third quarter, taking the lead for the first time in the match.

The crowd roared the two teams into the final quarter, with Brunel Duck ‘Quackers’ reverberating across the Sports Centre. The final quarter ended 21 – 22 to the Saints, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Ducks winning the match overall.

Brunel Ducks team coach, Noel Kinrade/Pete Deppisch, said of the match, “Firstly, I would like to mention how the Folkestone Saints did an amazing job last Saturday. They took an early lead and even though we came back they never went away. We have some really talented players but we have to do a better job working together and running our plays. It is still early days. The team has been assembled over the past two weeks and we have had more games than trainings which doesn't help. Once the team chemistry is developed we will be a very competitive team. Outside of the team, it was great to see so much support from the community. The atmosphere was amazing and we hope it continues throughout our first season.”

The Brunel Ducks team materialised with support and funding from Brunel University London. Jane Croft, Commercial Business Manager at Brunel, said of the Ducks “We are delighted to see national league basketball back at Brunel, and to have been able to help with the start-up funding that will enable the team to develop and be part of the local community sports fixtures for many years to come.  This is a fantastic opportunity not just for Brunel and its students but also a chance to bring the whole Hillingdon community together cheering for the same goals”

The Brunel Ducks were a community led basketball team in the 1980s. After a few turbulent years at the beginning, they won the Basketball League championship in 1987.The target for the Ducks this is to secure promotion from Division 4, as there are plans to scrap the Division in the 2015-16 season to be replaced with regional development leagues.

The Basketball team was set up again with the idea of uniting the community of Hillingdon and Brunel University London behind a competitive, community driven Basketball team. The Brunel Ducks currently have a 50:50 ratio of students to members of the Hillingdon community in the lineup.

The next Brunel Ducks home game is on Sunday 19th October against Crawley United at 17:30. Check out brunelstudents.com/brunelducks for more information. Despite being behind in the first two quarters, the Brunel Ducks, resurrected after nearly 30 years away from League Basketball, dominated the third quarter and stole a memorable home victory in a tight-contested final quarter.

228 spectators packed into the Brunel University Sports Centre, from students to local families, to cheer on the community-driven Brunel Ducks. 141 attendees took advantage of the free entry flyers that were distributed across campus and in local schools, while nearly 80 students took advance of £1 entry with their NUS Extra cards, available from the Union of Brunel Students’ website.

The Brunel Ducks were behind 26 – 28 to the Folkestone Saints at half time, where the Union affiliated Cheerleading Club, the Brunel Blizzards, pumped up the crowd and teams going into the final two quarters.

The electric atmosphere had a visible effect on the players, with the Brunel Ducks scored 32 points in the third quarter, taking the lead for the first time in the match.

The crowd roared the two teams into the final quarter, with Brunel Duck ‘Quackers’ reverberating across the Sports Centre. The final quarter ended 21 – 22 to the Saints, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Ducks winning the match overall.

Brunel Ducks team coach, Noel Kinrade/Pete Deppisch, said of the match, “Firstly, I would like to mention how the Folkestone Saints did an amazing job last Saturday. They took an early lead and even though we came back they never went away. We have some really talented players but we have to do a better job working together and running our plays. It is still early days. The team has been assembled over the past two weeks and we have had more games than trainings which doesn't help. Once the team chemistry is developed we will be a very competitive team. Outside of the team, it was great to see so much support from the community. The atmosphere was amazing and we hope it continues throughout our first season.”

The Brunel Ducks team materialised with support and funding from Brunel University London. Jane Croft, Commercial Business Manager at Brunel, said of the Ducks “We are delighted to see national league basketball back at Brunel, and to have been able to help with the start-up funding that will enable the team to develop and be part of the local community sports fixtures for many years to come.  This is a fantastic opportunity not just for Brunel and its students but also a chance to bring the whole Hillingdon community together cheering for the same goals”

The Brunel Ducks were a community led basketball team in the 1980s. After a few turbulent years at the beginning, they won the Basketball League championship in 1987.The target for the Ducks this is to secure promotion from Division 4, as there are plans to scrap the Division in the 2015-16 season to be replaced with regional development leagues.

The Basketball team was set up again with the idea of uniting the community of Hillingdon and Brunel University London behind a competitive, community driven Basketball team. The Brunel Ducks currently have a 50:50 ratio of students to members of the Hillingdon community in the lineup.

The next Brunel Ducks home game is on Sunday 19th October against Crawley United at 17:30. Check out brunelstudents.com/brunelducks for more information. 

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