Under 15 Regional Development Tournament - Day 2 Recap

Drawing this year’s Regional Development Tournaments (RDT) to a close, the U15s put on a great display throughout the weekend. With easily the biggest crowds that we’ve seen this year, the atmosphere added to what was already an exciting event. Come Sunday afternoon, London has secured a well-deserved victory in the boys’ competition, followed a little later by a win for the South East over on the girls’ side.

London Boys Head Coach Nestor Diaz had every right to be delighted with his side’s efforts after their success, “I’m really happy with the team. We worked really hard during the summer and everyone deserves this,” he said. “There are so many players here that know each other from the National League, it’s really good test, a good weekend for development.”

After seeing his side go undefeated, South East Girls Head Coach Isaac Omirin was another man with a lot to be pleased about, “We’ve prepared for weeks, and we’re very happy with this. To go 6-0 was fantastic,” he said. “I totally love this event. To see so many girls here, trying to develop and improve, it’s great to be a part of that.”

Omirin's side took on all comers throughout the weekend and consistently found a way to come out on top. Winning their pool on Saturday with a 4-0 record, South East carried that form into Sunday to win it all. London didn’t have things quite their own way Saturday, but still finished second in their pool at 3-1. They were always likely to be strong contenders for a title and proved as much with wins over the North West and East.

The British Shooting Tests were also held on Sunday, with a Semi-Final and Final in the middle of the afternoon’s schedule. Due to injury, South West’s Molly James was unable to take part, meaning that Charlotte Redhead from the East slotted in as the 4th seed. She proved every bit worthy of her place as well, winning the competition in impressive fashion. Yorkshire took the spoils in the boys’ half, with Quinn Ellis coming out on top. The results were as follows:

Boys

Semi Final 1 – (#1) Yorkshire – Quinn Ellis beat (#4) North West – Greg Wild
Semi Final 2 – (#2) South – Stan Mellstrom beat (#3) South West – Nassim Ladjimi

Final - (#1) Yorkshire – Quinn Ellis beat (#2) South – Stan Mellstrom

Girls

Semi Final 1 – (#4) East – Charlotte Redhead beat (#1) East Midlands – Maisey Evison
Semi Final 2 – (#3) North East – Caitlyn Ferguson beat (#2) East Midlands – Maisey Evison

Final – (#4) East – Charlotte Redhead beat (#3) North East – Caitlyn Ferguson

With classification games going on throughout the day as well as the all-important Semi-Finals and Finals, the tournament standings finished as follows:

BOYS

Region

GIRLS

Region

1

London

1

South East

2

East

2

East

3

North West

3

London

4

East Midlands

4

North West

5

South West

5

East Midlands

6

South East

6

South West

7

South

7

Yorkshire

8

North East

8

South

9

Yorkshire

9

North East

10

West Midlands

10

West Midlands

Thanks must go as always to the numerous referees, table officials and volunteers that helped to make the event such a success. With so many games throughout the weekend it took a significant committment from all to make sure the tournament ran without a hitch.

Basketball England's Programme & Pathway Integration Manager Charlie Ford was very positive about the U15 RDT as a whole "As always, this has been a fantastic event. The future is clearly bright for a lot of these players and the job of selecting National squads from this group will be very tough. More importantly, the standard of coaching and support to get players to this level continues to impress."

A full list of results as well as the tables from the pool stage on Saturday can be seen by clicking HERE.

A selection of photographs from this weekend’s tournament are available on Facebook, available by clicking HERE.

The official photographer for the event, Chris Midgley, will have photographs on his website in the next few weeks. His page can be found by clicking HERE.