National Cup Preview: 5 December 2021

We’re into the quarter finals of the Men's and Women's National Cup as the race to make January’s showpiece rumbles on.

All four games featuring the Men’s last eight take place on Sunday, as do a pair of the Women’s fixtures, making for a busy day of knockout basketball.

NBL National Cup

Team Newcastle University host Worthing Thunder to get the cup magic started, tipping at 1pm. The visitors are looking to bounce back from a 19-point league defeat to fellow title hopefuls Thames Valley last weekend.

Newcastle, meanwhile, enjoyed a high scoring win which saw Ronald Blain take the D1M Player of the Week crown – let’s see if he can bring his form into the cup.

Current holders Team Solent Kestrels made light work of D1 strugglers Essex Rebels in the last round, but top-flight opposition Derby Trailblazers will provide a much sterner test.

Both come into this following big wins in the last round as well as week 9 of the NBL, making for an intriguing match-up.

Thames Valley Cavaliers will be full of confidence from their recent form as they travel to Nottingham Hoods.

Hoods will face a tricky test to progress this weekend as they go up against a TVC side that contains consistent double-double performer Hakeem Sylla.

The final contest of the round sees D1 challengers Hemel Storm go up against London Lions II. Both enjoyed big wins in the last round but Lions have the Week 9 Team of the Week picks Taylor Johnson and Greg Poleon to contend with in this one.

The American duo combined for 75 points last weekend and are in top form right now.

WNBL National Cup

Current holders Anglia Ruskin and Cardiff Archers II face off on Sunday, with Archers looking to make their mark in the competition after a bye in the last round.

Week 9 Team of the Week picks Amber Deane and Denisa Molnar will hope to bring their league form into this one and pull off a big win against the current cup holders.

WNBL Leaders CoLA Southwark Pride had to grind out their place into the last eight in their 62-60 win over Loughborough, and their reward is a tie against Stockport Lapwings,

TheD2 North leaders have enjoyed an unbeaten start to their season and sprung a surprise in knocking out 2020 finalists Nottingham Trent University in the last round.

CoLA's Funmi Amode has been in great form this season (CoLA Southwark Pride)

Sunday 5 December

NBL National Cup

Team Newcastle University v Worthing Thunder
Team Solent Kestrels v Derby Trailblazers
Nottingham Hoods v Thames Valley Cavaliers
Hemel Storm v BA London Lions

WNBL National Cup

Anglia Ruskin v Cardiff Archers II
CoLA Southwark Pride v Stockport Lapwings

Sunday 12 December


Team Solent Kestrels v Sheffield Hatters II
Thames Valley Cavaliers v Bristol Flyers

Main image credit - Luke Simcock