CliniMed All Star Teams announced

Scotland Wheelchair Basketball

Scottish Wheelchair Basketball’s 2019 showcase event has Teams announced

The CliniMed All Star game tips off during the Scottish Cup Finals on the 2nd of February, in what is set to be a ‘fiercely fun’ game.

CliniMed came in to sponsor Scottish Wheelchair Basketball last season to ensure and assist the continued growth of Scottish Wheelchair Basketball and has allowed for more great showcases like the All-Star game and tournaments throughout the season to run.

Each team within the SBC Wheelchair league is represented with Grampian Flyers snagging both head coaching positions as they boast 2 of the best coaches in the country. Grant Wilson will lead the West Squad while his Fellow Flyer, Fraser Govan will take the East.

All players involved have or currently play for a Scottish club, with only Josh Manson suiting up for an English side, RGK Tees Valley Titans. Manson and the Titans compete in the British Wheelchair Basketball Premier League, however brothers James and David Beattie both boast Premier League experience after playing for Carlisle Panthers, before making the move north of the border to Glasgow Rocks.

East also features Scottish wheelchair Tennis star Gordon Reid, who ranks world number 4 in singles and world number 1 in doubles. Reid has been kitting up for Glasgow Rocks this season in BWB action, putting on an impressive showing as a multi-sport athlete.

The teams were announced by Tina Gordon, BasketballScotland Wheelchair Development officer, on Thursday morning.

Gordon spoke to us after the announcement,

This is the first time we’ve had the CliniMed All Star game within the Cup Final weekend. I’m really excited for the opportunity to showcase the wheelchair basketball talent we have across our clubs. Looking at the line ups of players and coaching staff between the teams, I know it’s going to be a Fiercely Fun game.

With the majority of the players playing within the SBC league, it truly showcases what we have in the country. In addition to the SBC players, the teams have added in some of the best Scottish players who play within the British Wheelchair Basketball system with the likes of Manson, Ben Leitch and Jose Alexander, with the latter two kitting up for Glasgow Rocks and Lothian Phoenix respectively.

Josh Manson, East All Stars, spoke on his selection to the showcase event,

It will be good back playing at home with all the guys, also will be nice to see how players have been developing and hopefully give the crowd a show.

The 2019 CliniMed All-Stars are as follows,

EAST All-Stars West All-Stars
David Hird

 

Glasgow Rocks Rhys Colliar

 

Dundee Dragons
Ross Campbell

 

Lothian Phoenix Jose Alexander

 

Lothian Phoenix
Blair Marshall

 

Dundee Dragons Tom McCaffrey

 

Glasgow Rocks
Dave Steele

 

Lothian Phoenix David Birtles Dundee Dragons
Austin McKenzie

 

Grampian Flyers David Beattie

 

Glasgow Rocks
Josh Manson

 

Tees Valley Titans Adam Donnachie

 

Lothian Phoenix
Gordon Reid

 

Glasgow Rocks Gary Davidson Glasgow Rocks
Abdulrahman Bin Shaylan

 

Glasgow Rocks Peter Moore

 

Glasgow Rocks
Cameron Watson

 

Lothian Phoenix Ben Leitch

 

Glasgow Rocks
Conor Smart

 

Lothian Phoenix James Beattie

 

Glasgow Rocks
Head Coach:Fraser Govan

 

Grampian Flyers Head Coach: Grant Wilson Grampian Flyers
Asst Coach:Niall

 

Lothian Phoenix Asst Coach: Bobby Park Glasgow Rocks