The Bolton Bulls wheelchair basketball club provides wheelchair basketball to people of all ages, disabilities and gender from all over the North West of England including Bolton, Bury, Blackburn, Wigan and Stockport.
We’ve had a summer stuffed to bursting with sporting goodness: Euro 2012, the Olympics, and the just-opened-as-I-write-this Paralympics.
It doesn’t end there dear readers, oh no. The new wheelchair basketball season is nearly upon us, so it was time for the Bolton Bulls to warm up their bullocks (*snigger*) in a friendly game at the Lancaster Bulldogs. (Fun Fact: This friendly fixture last year was my very first appearance in a Bolton Bulls jersey.)
After much grumbling on Twitter about being up ridiculously early on a Sunday (by me), while our beloved chairman was taking a hard earned holiday (I’m not jealous. Not. At. All.), off to Lancaster we went.
The game itself was a typical pre-season affair, scrappy and low scoring; with more focus on match fitness and execution of plays than overall performance.
For the Bull’s the first half was all about running plays with the strongest possible starting five, getting them prepared and match ready for the opening game of the season.
Second half allowed for some rotation of the squad and for more inexperienced players (in this particular instance, this means me) got to add some more court time to my basketball CV. I came ever closer to breaking my Bolton Bulls scoring duck, but alas, physics conspired against me. I also experienced my first ever attempts at free throws in a competitive game; and let me tell you, that basket seems just that bit further away when you’re sat on the free-throw line and suddenly it matters. The final score was Lancaster Bulldogs 20, Bolton Bulls 27.
Much credit must go to the Bulldogs for making us work hard for the result. Thanks to them for hosting the game, and best of luck to them in the coming season. Bolton Bulls will be working hard in training ready for our first league game, but if you’re inspired by the Paralympics and fancy trying out wheelchair basketball, we train at Smithills Sports Centre on Thursdays, 8:30pm - 10:30pm; or should you wish to come and spectate our opening game is on the 16th September, again at Smithills Sports Centre, tip off 1:30pm. Let’s go Bulls!