NBL National Cup: The road to Manchester reaches final stages

The race to make it to this season's National Cup finals is heating up.

A number of teams have punched their ticket to this month's showpiece in Manchester, with others now on the verge of doing the same. 

The NBL National Cup's semi-finals will play out this weekend, whilst the WNBL National Cup has its finalists for this year.

Finalists have also been confirmed with U18 and U16 Women's Sure Shot Cup finals on January 20 2024, and the U18 and U16 Men are both gearing up for semi-final clashes.

Thames Valley will be looking to defend their WNBL National Cup title


This weekend will see two exciting NBL semi-final games take place as four battle to become two for a shot at silverware.

Derby Trailblazers host D2's Milton Keynes Breakers and Reading Rockets entertain Essex Rebels, with both games expected to provide plenty of action.

The WNBL Final is already set, with holders Thames Valley Cavaliers looking to defend their title against Division One leaders Endeavour Ipswich Basketball.

NBL National Cup semi-Finals

7/01/24 - Derby Trailblazers vs Milton Keynes Breakers

7/01/24 - Reading Rockets vs Essex Rebels

WNBL National Cup FINAL

21/01/24 - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Endeavour Ipswich Basketball

Jnr. NBL Sure Shot National Cups

Only one defending champion is still alive in the Sure Shot National Cup competitions so expect some new names to be etched on those trophies this season.

The one remaining U18 Mens' semi-final is set for 7 January, with Derby Trailblazers hosting Reading Rockets Academy. The winner of that game will advance to play Islington Panthers.

The U18 Women's finalists are already confirmed after Manchester Mystics beat holders Ipswich 68-66 in a thriller, and CoLA Southwark Pride eased past Milton Keynes Breakers 93-48.

Like their U18 counterparts, the U16 Boys are also getting geared up for their semi-finals this weekend with a pair of exciting ties set to play out.

Holders Manchester Magic will try to keep their Cup defence alive as they welcome London Stars, whilst Bristol Academy Flyers and Surrey Rams will do battle in the other semi.

That just leaves the U16 Girls, who also have their pair of confirmed finalists.

Milton Keynes Breakers had no problem seeing off Kingston Lions, winning 90-42 to book their ticket to Manchester. They'll be joined by Richmond Knights after their 71-54 home W against Leicester Riders Foundation.

Sure Shot U18 Men's National Cup


07/01/24 - Derby Trailblazers vs Reading Rockets Academy

Winner will play Islington Panthers

Sure Shot U18 Women's National Cup


20/01/24 - Manchester Mystics vs CoLA Southwark Pride

Sure Shot U16 Boys' National Cup


07/01/24 - Manchester Magic vs London Stars

07/01/24 - Bristol Academy Flyers vs Surrey Rams

Sure Shot U16 Girls' National Cup


20/01/24 - Richmond Knights vs Milton Keynes Breakers