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Norwich Lowriders make good start to Basketball league in Watford

Norwich Lowriders Under-15s in action in Watford.

Norwich Lowriders Under-15s in action in Watford.

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Norwich Lowriders made a promising start to their two 2010-11 National Junior League South Section campaigns in Watford.

Lowriders are competing for the third time in the league, once again in the under-19 and under-15 divisions.

The Under-19s have lost two key players from last season but welcomed Dean Linnell – the new line-up being one of the youngest in the division.

First up were newcomers Celts All Stars from Cardiff, and Lowriders quickly established a 14-0 half-time lead before running out comfortable 26-6 winners.

Their second game was against the more experienced Milton Keynes Aces, who exploded into an early 11-2 lead in game two.

And while Lowriders recovered to lead 15-13 after the break, the Aces took a deserved 24-18 win.

Unchanged from last season, the Under-15s’ experience showed through with an opening 20-4 win over Thames Valley Kings, which they topped by thrashing a strong Captial City Scorpions side from London 30-7.

The results leave the Under-15s top of their league, while the Under-19s are fourth in their table.

The top four in each group qualify for the end of year play-offs, with the next round of matches in the New Year at Stoke Mandeville.

• Lowriders – Under-19: Chris Girling, Elliott Waterfield, Marc Hewett, Will Smith, Max Bode, Josh Steels, Dean Linnell; Under-15: Alfie Hewitt, Alex Mitton, Joel Connor-Saunders, Sam Mack, Ben Foster, Emil Roger, Rosie Hodgson, Al Roger, Chloe Ambrose.

Lowriders will continue to train on Saturday mornings at Recreation Road Sports Centre. New players of all abilities are welcome; contact manager Lisa Waterfield on 07766 778528.

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