Jumping Jacks making great strides

PUBLISHED: 11:54 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

HATFIELD basketball team The Jacks have made a successful start to the 2008/09 season. They are third in the Herts Premier League Division Two table and are still in with a chance of getting into the Herts Cup final. This will involve playing Division On

HATFIELD basketball team The Jacks have made a successful start to the 2008/09 season.

They are third in the Herts Premier League Division Two table and are still in with a chance of getting into the Herts Cup final.

This will involve playing Division One teams, not an easy task to take on but a challenge they are really going for.

The Jacks, who play at Birchwood Leisure Centre, are one of the two Herts Premier League teams based in the Welwyn Hatfield area, the other being Hatfield Magic.

Jacks were formed several years ago and still retain some of their original players.

Now with a roster of 14 experienced players, the team has become well known and respected in the league for a fair, but hard-playing side.

This season has seen the return of two more of the original squad, plus the added bonus of additional players attracted to the Times Territory team.

With individual players' heights ranging from 5ft 7in to 6ft 8in, the Jacks now have the ability to run even more set-plays, previously out of their range.

Now with the ability to dunk the ball using their much taller forwards, it has given the squad even more of an advantage over their competitors.

"It is impossible to single out any one player who is better than another," said a team spokesman.

"All the players give their all for the team and they have their own unique qualities. That makes the team what it is."

James Bailey, one of the founding members and also club secretary, said: "I have seen the team grow from a bunch of friends having a go, to the slick and very skilled team it is now, which is fantastic.

"We are always aware of the competition and do not take anything for granted.

"You are only as good as your last game and continual practice must be maintained, it is crucial.

"Now with a full-time coach, Mike West, practice sessions are a lot tougher and more controlled and it is showing in our game."

A new sponsor, R J Ventilation Ltd, has enabled the team to manage their finances with much greater flexibility and the club is grateful to them.

All home games are played on Sunday evenings at 6.15pm.

Anybody interested in supporting the team is welcome to come and watch the action.

Bailey also thanked all the staff at Birchwood Leisure Centre - the Jacks' home court - for their support and assistance over the years the team has used this facility.

Visit www.hertsbasketball.com for a list of forthcoming fixtures.


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