Academy POTW: Forster, Taylor sign off in style

The regular season is over but there was still chance for players to put in one more elite performance this week.

With four games in the EABL plus a single league game and two Play-In games in the WEABL, there was plenty on the line this past Wednesday as Charwood and CoLA were both crowned as EABL league winners.

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How it works 

Player of the Week will be selected by paying attention to the following criteria:

  • Efficiency  
  • Stats  
  • Team and opposition strength  
  • Periods of influence in the game 
  • Being on a winning team (exceptional performances from players on losing teams will be considered)

Other players will also receive a shout out as honourable mentions as well.


Only one regular-season game took place this past week in the WEABL but it was a big one as Copleston High School locked up a perfect 10-0 record at the expense of rivals and #2 seeds City of London Academy - Southwark.

In what was one of the games of the season, Copleston snuck through 76-74 thanks to a team effort and the output of one player in particular, Liv Forster.

In what is a notoriously difficult place to go and win, Forster stood tall and carried her side to victory, netting 23 points on 50% shooting that also included five triples.

The do-it-all guard had seven rebounds (three on offence) plus seven assists and a pair of steals, and her 27 efficiency rating showed just how much she contributed to the Copleston cause as the Suffolk programme ended their regular season campaign in style.

Speaking about the game, Forster said: “It’s a huge honour to win this award, but I don’t win this without my teammates.

"Everyone on our team showed up in what was the toughest game of the season – it was a perfect way to finish an undefeated regular season.”

Copleston head coach Nick Drane added: "Any individual award is a team award, and a product of the work the whole team has put in.

"With that said, Liv was exceptional is this game, especially in the second half and leading us down the stretch.

"She richly deserves this recognition after another phenomenal season."

Honourable mentions

Yazmin Edwards (COP) - 26P/7R/5S/17EFF
Christabel Osarobo (COP) - 7P/13R/3A/5S/18EFF
Samantha Mullock (NOT) - 14P/17R/3A/24EFF
Kya Whyne (BA) - 13P/14R/16EFF


The last EABL award of the season recognises both a single weekly performance plus a body of work across the season.

In Week 17, Itchen went toe-to-toe with defending champions Barking Abbey and despite the 98-78 BA win, one man still found a way to produce at at high level - forward Will Taylor.

Averaging 18.3PPG and 10.9RPG across the campaign, Taylor has been a notable mention across a number of weeks this season without receiving POTW honours.

That changes here after a 33-point, 12-rebound double-double outing this past week, shooting 13/17 (76%) from the field.

As the only player on his team to pass six boards, Taylor helped keep the battle on the glass even (49-48 BA) even if the final score ultimately eluded the South Coast programme.

Taylor also added an assist and a pair of steals to his stat line to showcase his all-round ability in his final EABL game, and a 36 efficiency outing was an impressive way to sign off.

Taylor said: "I’m extremely grateful to receive the Player of the Week award in my final game for Itchen, obviously I'm disappointed not to get the win but I’m proud of the effort the lads put in against a tough opponent.

"It’s disappointing to miss the Playoffs, but we have a promising young group of guys that are improving every week.

"Lastly, I just want to say a huge thanks to my coaches, Matt Guymon and Jack O’Keeffe, for all the effort and support over the last couple of years. Their dedication has been crucial for my growth as an athlete both on and off the court."

Itchen head coach Guymon added: "Will has had an impressive year and been consistently one of the standout performers in the South Conference.

"We unfortunately fell a little short this season, but I’m pleased that Will had this type of performance against one of the best team in the country in his final EABL game."

Honourable mentions

Lewis Malcolm (CHA) - 29P/7R/2A/4S/33EFF
Tyrese Lacey (MYE) - 22P/8R/5A/4S/25EFF
Lewis Obiorah (BA) - 13P/9R/2S/3B/24EFF
Isaac Fiagbe (CoLA) - 15P/11R/23EFF
Oscar Curran (CHA) - 9P/5R/8A/2S/21EFF