13th March 2019

It was nearly a full house – we missed you Sian but the mighty Jo stepped in, she has both long arms & legs & is a formidable player & coach, who we all love and respect .

So the pretty pinks were, Sarita, Laurie, Tulay (the lips) & Shirley with a little help from Jo, who took on the mighty blacks, Nancy, Andrea, Gilly, Dania & Sally.  We learnt how to mark/move in the key, as though one. First man to man then zones,

I think the blacks won both games but only by a whisker and I could be corrected? Nancy & Sarita were super attackers & defenders & get the players of the match. Fabulous game everyone.

6th March 2019

It’s getting close to Red Nose Day and the fund raising has just started! Warm up and comedy stand-up drills set the tone. 2 teams The Black humour : Shirley Lisa Sally Nancy versus Purple Burst a blood vessels: Sarita Dania, Andreea, Laurie and Tulay. Hilarity started the Jump tallest and Shortest Lisa V Dania. The Black took the fast break but failed to score. Sarita’s comedy timing caught the rebound and with new matching leggings made the first basket. ‘Does that make sense said Coach Josephine’ as she joined the game ‘No sense’ said empire Louise wearing a fez sitting on the side. Glass Bottle, bottle glass. Nancy took a fast break, passed to shirley 1-1. Josephine was out, Josephine was in. Bottle glass. Laurie put on a red nose making the score 2-1. Sarita made it 3-1. Lisa Scores to the cost of a jammed finger. Sarita made it Four Candles 4-2. then 5-2. Shirley squirts a flower its 5-3. Sally is on fire jumping hoops rebounds to Nancy’s running gag, the black are strong but fail to score. Andreea laughs its 6-3. The Blacks break a smile for Shirley 6-4. Andreea pulls out a bunch of flowers 7-4. 1st game over. Game 2. Sally scores. Josephine run backwards keeping her eyes on the ball. Lisa chuckles 3. Nancy added one 5-0. Laurie turns over the ball, sponsors Andreea and the purples are back in the game. Dania 2 fancy layups. The score now 8-4 to Black. Sarita was exhausted from her walk up Kilimanjaro and sat out. Water break new game. Dania takes a minute. Sarita’s back with new vigour. Jo calls fouls, Sally got 1of 2 to come from the free throw comedy line. Ending the magnificent game with a draw.
A record fund raiser of baskets scored by all.
C U ALL NEXT WEDNESDAY!
QT

27th February 2019

Top game after a new drill  – the independents (blacks) Lisa, Andrea, Dania, Laurie & Sally against the superstars (pinks) Sarita, Shirley, Sensational Gilly & Super Tulay, it was a thoroughly exhausting game, chasing that ball up & down the court, passing, faking, running. Potty mouth Shirley was told firmly off for being a gobshite –  Ho Ho. There is a new rule of no swearing, so be warned. The pinks narrowly won due to some top baskets by Gilly & Shirley.

Fabulous game everyone!

20 February 2019

Well!! They say it ain’t over til the grey lady sings. And that’s for sure with the Bings
Blacks Sian, Rhonda, Laurie and Sarita vs Pinks Fadi, Shirley Andreea – a splinter group of 4 on 3. Ridiculous drill at the beginning that ed Stretch . But soon we were bobbing and weaving; open the gate, shut the gate and the game started.
Was wearing double thick leggings so sweating a good ‘un (style over function – must learn).
Excellent shooting from all sides. Was going to do a whole QB on the new independent party but have now had a and lost the mo. COME BACK LOULOU!
Great game all – see you next Wednesday xx

WHO WON?

13th February 2019

T’was the eve of Valentines day and love was in the air. Coach Cupid Josephine showed the lovers how to shoot their arrows. followed by smooching warm ups, and a 3’s a crowd weaving. The Lovers in purple (Sarita, Dania, Laurie and Rhonda) and The fighters in Black (Sally, Lisa, Tulay and Shirley)
Sarita Valentined Lisa for the jump. The ball rocked both ends until Shirley took a direct arrow into the net. Laurie was the first to score for the purples bringing the score to 3-1 Love struck Trulay Madly deeply as she bought the score to 4-1. Lisa broke another heart making it 5-1 Dania took purple control changing the score to 5-2. Sally shot a golden arrow making it 6-2. Sarita 6-3. Dania was blocking, Laurie was dropping, Lisa started dribbling. Sally chose sharp defending.Shirley made a fast break 7-3 There was a water break up. Cupid said that the fighters were cheating on the lovers! Zoning when they should have been marking. Sally was fouled and took 2 from the free throw. Sarita made it 7-4, Shirley took the power of love 8-4. With a jump ball from Lisa and Sarita the score turned to 9-4. Sally spread her love to 10-4. The lovers were unlucky in love this evening, Lisa took a chance on a shot from afar…oh so very lucky in love 12-4. Dania scored 12-5. The black hearts were racing Shirley, Tulay 14.5. Sarita 15-6 With 10 minutes to go Rhonda fell catching love on the rebound. Smitten she turned 15-7 to the fighters. Hot blooded Dania topped it 15-8. Sarita caught a ball from behind without looking proving Love is blind! The last 2 cards were posted by Shirley and Lisa  17-8. All you need is love. Happy Valentine.

6th February 2016

My basketball arm.

With Chinese new year upon us it is the year of the pig and no better way to celebrate is with lashings of Chocolate. Our Chocolatier Josephine. The 2 teams made from Green and Blacks were. The 4 in Green Louise, Sarita, Andreea and Tulay, the 5 in Black Sally, Feddi, Shirley, Gill and Laurie.
The first slice of black forest gateaux went to Sally, she scored the first 2 baskets for the blacks. The nestle to score was Louise for the Greens. Feddi was fast like a chocolate whip, a chocolate fountain coating the ball from every angle.  Sallys defence was incredible getting passed her was like hitting a wall, a block of Walls choc ice cream A Magnum!  Tulay was fouled and took a Twix from the free throw line making 1 chocolate truffle. Louise’s brittle choc-finger caught the ball and it brandy snapped. Wrapping her finger against all advice she continued to play. (silly finger of fudge) Sarita passed the ball around her galaxy of team mates, making Cadbury’s sure they all scored. Andreea throw chocolate eggs directly into the basket enjoying every mouthful. Gill ran a marathon up and down the court. Laurie was a honeycomb sticking to Louise like Gu. It was a chocolate mouse of a game until Louise became a fruit and nut case and ice-screamed at Feddi, bringing the game to a chocolate sticky toffee pudding Halt.
Sorry Feddi for spoiling your bonbon de chocolate.

QB

30 January 2019

The Hollywood jewels were out tonight.

The first Mary Poppins AKA Julay Andrews, followed by Sophia LooLooren and Grace Sally. Lisa Bacall, Gilly Caron and Shirley St Johns Nat Wood. The warm ups began. Laurie Christie from Dr Zhivargo rushed in from the cold clutching her fur hairband. Meanwhile Katherine Ross (Sarita Hayworth) accompanied by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid got ready to play. Arriving fresh from Harrods was Elizabeth Andreea Taylor dripping in Diamonds and wearing her Fur.
The most stunning Jewel of the coach crown, The Pink Jo Panther organised the stars into 2 teams. The 5 purple Ruby’s (Natalie Wood, Julie Christie, Lesley Caron, Sophia Loren and Katherine R ) versus the 4 Green Emeralds (Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor and Julie Andrews.) The game get your jewels safely into the vault. Grace Sally the 1st with the key to the safe. Next to protect her jewels from the pick pockets was Looloo Loren. Mary Poppins used every trick in her handbag to protect the Emerald basket. Sarita Hayworth took to defence using a combination she caught every Ruby rebound. Lisa Bacall’ed the ball making 3 direct safe throws. Julie Christie cut and pasted diamond heart shaped. Hayworth threw the ball to Gilly Caron, thank heaven for little girls, for little girls grow into basketball players every day. Elizabeth Taylor made a claim to a string of pearls. There were times Shirley almost dropped her gems, but came to the rescue with many a layup safe break.
The Burglar Alarm sounded at 8pm. Diamond of the match goes to Grace Sally who upped her wears taking jewel box home.

A rich high class game tonight girls!, can’t wait for next week!
QB

23rd January 2019

Tonights players seemed to be dropping like flies, it must have been those Super Bugs. The survivors arrived on the Lindo Wing. After private tutorial lay-up and shooting drills we did a 3 man weave followed by a spacing defence drill, where we Showed our D spots, put our Guns up, blocked our opponents and Drove to the basket! at 7.40 the 2 teams were formed, The Super Bugs in red, Louise Lisa and Sarita versus The Blue Wonder Bottles in blue, Shirley, Laurie and Sian. With only 6 beds needed we played full ward. Lisa won the jump and was the first to score 2 in a row. The private healthcare tuition was paying off. Using the backboard. Sarita was next to score followed Dragon fly Sian who flu the ball into the basket. The Flys were back in the game spreading their germs. This was where MRSA meets WNBA. Shirley took her antibacterial wash and drove the ball into the net several times. Sarita would not give up the penicillin passing the ball back and forth to Lisa. Lisa became antibiotic and scored 7 baskets in a row. Laurie caught and dodged a few passes. Matron Jo decided to join the flies on the big D. Lemsipping the ball to the players to shot. The Blue Bottles were catching up. Time flies! It was 8pm and the game came to a halt.
See you all next week for more fun and frolics on the court.

16 January 2019 MAY DAY

At 7.05 The members of the party had arrived in Westminster to vote.
2 teams. The 5 Blue Eyes to the Left (Louise, Nancy, Shirley, Sian and Tulay) and the 4 Red Nose’s to the Right. (Sarita, Dania, Andreea and Lisa) We started the game with a vote of no confidence as our Speaker of the house Josephine Bercow was stuck outside parliament.

Sarita and Sian took the jump. Sarita MAY of won but Blue Loo Hunt scores first . Followed by Red JezerLisa. Sarita took a flurry of motions. The score One Aye to 4 No’s. To the ballot box said Jezarita as she steered her team to vote. Andreea called for No Deal While she scored. Sian passed to Nancy. It was team work for Nancy & Shirley as they dropped their vote into the right honourable basket.

Dania pushed the ball to the right, Tulay to the left, the game got heated. ORDER called the Lords. It was MAYHEM. MAYDAY MAYDAY!

Sian Johnson threw the ball into the Red basket! A HOME GOAL!What are the chances of That like getting another referendum? Every time Shirley called a NO she got Brexit!

Tonights Winners with the majority vote were the 4 Red’s but the 5 blue MAYBOT’s will be back next week to play again.
QB

9th January 2019

Tonight we were Jamming,
The 6 Subbing Seville Oranges (Louise, Lisa, Laurie, Sally, Nancy, Shirley,) versus the Non Subbing Bad Black Currents (Rhondaberry, Dania, Andreea, Tulay, Gilly) After a false volley start the game began. The orange peeled themselves into formation of man to man. The blackcurrants rolled into positions of defence. TootingTulay rebounding tight under the basket with Rhondaberry squeezed to the side of the Net. It took a age before either team scored. This started a flurry of dark berries into the pot from Andreeagoosberry Rhondaberry and Damson Dania. The Oranges gently simmered away until Nancy created a fine cut marmalade directly into the basket. The Blackberries were wining for the first half of the evening, the ball started to move faster than the coach and the Jojoberry was unable to see the ball was out. Citrus Sally saw as did the other Satsumas. The rind was now Black ball. Seville Shirley was fouled and got 2 shots from the boiling point. Damson Dania played rough cut, stealing the ball and ramming the opposition. We changed ends and tactics, both teams began to Zone. Now the jam started to set. At 8pm it was a draw, 5 all.

2nd January 2019

Tonight was BingTastic! Playing in purple were Sian, Sally & Gilly and for the pale blues were Sarita, Lisa & Tulay, a fast and furious game, with Jo introducing some tactical play, like a triangle of light opening up the offence under the basket, from me to you and back again.

Tulay was man of match as she blocked and attacked with equal gusto. Lisa & Sian both bagged basket bonanzas from afar. Sarita once again proved a force to be reckoned with. Gilly & Sally were here, then there & everywhere.

The blues were the technical winners but everyone who played is a winner and gets a gold 🌟, fitness first, thanks Jo a great start to the year. See you next Wednesday Badabings

19th December 2018

The last game of the year deserves a Badabing Crosby Christmas medley about us Silver Belles (Louise, Shirley, Sally, Rhonda) in Green versus The Miss-All-toes. (Nancy Sarita, Laurie, Gill) In Red

The Badabings are coming to town!  BADABINGS ARE COMING TO TOWN…. You better watch out, you better not Cry, you run now Nancy I am telling you why, Sarita’s bringing the basketball down the court! ………Run-pum-run..run  Pa-run-pum-run-run Coach Josephine kept the peace on earth with good will to all women. 2 to1 games to Red. I was dreaming of a Rhonda Christmas just like the ones we used to play, where the Sally belles are ringing and the all girls are singing,’ To hear the coach blowing whistles in the snow. Mistletoe and Shirley whine. So Laurie this is Christmas, Gillian I hope you have fun, to the near and the dear ones the old and the young. A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to those that couldn’t make it, your own Christmas play list here. Save the world.. from Sian. Dania’s driving home for Christmas, Andreea listens while hoop top glisten, I saw Feddi kissing Santa Claus, It’s Lisa Winter Wonderland. Natalie  Fleliz Navidad, Minna you jingle belle Rock. Marta all we want for Christmas is you!  At 8pm the Jingle bells ring, it’s beginning to look a lot like a Christmas Party! Thank you Sally for hosting a fabulous, delicious Badabing Christmas party.

See you all on Wednesday 2nd January 2019

The Queens speech, 

12 December 2018

Once in Royal Little Venice City 2 teams gathered to play their weekly politics. Before the game a shooting in the back drill followed by warm ups.
The Secret Santas singers in Red (Sally, Shirley, Andreea, Gill and Coach Jo) versus the Secret Ballot voters in Green (Louise Nancy, Feddi, Dania and Sarita)
Feddi was the first Ballot in the box, followed by Louise with a vote of confidence. Noel Noel Noel Noel wow Andreea that was a ball straight from Israel. The Green votes had to pass around the team like the Robot dancing Queen to score. The Red Santa Babies driven by Coach Jo joyful and triumphant just scored. Teresa May all your baskets be merry and right said the green team. The Room was swaying and snow balls falling, girls were grabbing and girls were snoring, the tall Grinch rebounding. Sally was blocking, Sarita was running, Sleigh bells ringing, Feddi was stealing, Nancy was catching, Gilly was shooting, Dania was calling out for Christmas day. No way was this a silent night! Bearing balls we travelled so far, Shirley threw from the free throw line, Tra la la la la la la la la.  A nut cracker basket. At 8pm Dingdong merrily on high the Votes were in. The results were called. The Teresa green party won the majority of 2 games to 1.
See you all next week for the wonderful last game of the year and Christmas party after play with surprises, gifts, fun, snacks, booze or loose. Everyone invited if you have been to basketball or not you are a Bling Bing ! Remember to bring a wrapped secret Santa (not more than a £5’er) for the lucky dip.
GLoria Hosanna in excelsis,
C U NEXT Wednesday

5th December 2019

OH NO! There has been a accident in the work place and Santa Coach is stuck at A&E. With only 2 weeks till Christmas The Green and Red elves will have to work very hard to get the toys out on time, so to help the toymakers Sally gave us all a drill to improve our toy making and passing. The Christmas Bibs were out for a photo finish and the teams were set to Zone.
The 4 Green Elves Slappy, Cheeky, Leary and Dopey, versus the 5 Red Grumpy Cheaty, Sloppy, Chatty and Sneezy. Elf Tulay was the first to fill her sack twice in a row for the Green. Lou the first for the red. Sarita passed to her little helpers Laurie and Shirley they topped the bag and the green Elves were off on their Sleigh. Red Elf Andreea wouldn’t give up on the kiddies and on the third try she filled her Sack again and again. The Red Sleigh was not far behind. Red Elf Dania knew which little girl was naughty and nice and directed her Elves into the correct positions. Top of the Zone was Red Elf Sally her perfect place to chuck the gifts straight down the Chimney. Chim-chim-merey Tulay caught many rebounds. Santarita impressed the all the elves with a gift of a Rolex behind the 3rd chimney line!  Whooooo! Nancy Drove the ball up the court, Shirley took it down. The Green had nearly potted all their toys…Whooosh it was 7.49 Coach Santa arrived blowing the whistle ding dong Merrily on a high. The game took a faster turn! At 8pm the Green Elves had delivered all their toys and toddled off to celebrate their win.  What a jolly ho ho ho all the way home.
QB

28th November 2018

We are not celebrities get me in there! 8 girls arrived to the court at 7pm to play basketball. After warm ups in the jungle we were split into 2 teams by Coach Leader Josephine.
The Purple team Sally, Lisa, Laurie, and Shirley versus Blue team Louise, Nancy, Sarita and Tulay. The first trial was to win the jump ball, Sarita won the jump but lost the star to Sally who was first to score. Within seconds Nancy had evened the score. 2 meals for camp. Task 2 was trickier, Louise had to steal the ball, run to the basket, trampoline off Sally’s tummy to win the star. 3 meals for camp to the blue team. Next Shirley threw the ball from afar intercepted by Sarita, Lisa stepped in with her size 7’s! Coach Jo Squash blew the whistle. Both teams were hungry, critters or no critters they had to score!
The blue team grabbed the dingo dollars while the Purple team eat the witchity grub. Tulay’s rebounds were caught on camera in her white bikini under the shower. Laurie got all her team mates cheering as she scored her 3 meals for Camp. On the last trial Jo joined the purple team to help clean up the dunny. Sally was declared Queen of the Jungle for the purple team. The Blue team snaked to glory with Sarita wearing the crown for most spider baskets scored by one camp mate. A great game eat by all.
C U next Wednesday
QB

21st November 2018

Chimpanzees Tea party

Its Black Tea Wednesday. The court was in a state! Chalk, filth, water, equipment and Feathers had to be cleared before we could play.
With a late tea start we warmed the pot and got into 2 teas to play. The 4 Orange Pekoe’s (Louise, Sarita, Shirley and Tulay with a touch of Lady Grey Jo) versus the 5 Black Darjeeling’s, (Dania, Nancy, Sally, Gill and Andreea) Sarita won the volley but the ball jumped cup giving Gill the first dip in the pot. The Orange Pekoes kept the kettle on the boil, taking both the cup and saucer! Sarita might have made the best drink of the day but guess who had Tea with the Queen’ ME!  Nancy gave us some gunpowder shots, while Typhoo Andreea Lipton’ed off with the caddy! Sally leisurely tetley scored at Lyons tea house. Tulay found herself caffeine free to score under the basket. Dania made a blend of her own lap’sanging the ball across the key straight to her net tea shirt. While Lady Jo Grey served up PG tips and called the seconds. Fouled Sarita got tea for 2 at the free throw line. Shirley took regular fast tea breaks going all the way! OoLang! Sarita with a wounded pinky and took herself off the court for a hot sweet cup of Rosie lea. Taking her place Lady Jo Grey took a high tea shoot-out from the behind the three point line, unfortunately sugar lumps from the coach don’t count!  At 8pm Game Matcha was over! Time to tea trolly home. C U NEXT WEDNESDAY for more fun on the court and less trash on the floor. A PG tip to the staff

14th November 2018

From the Biscuit tin 2 Custard Creams and Sarita’s Garibaldi friend watching from the side.
The Rich Teas in Purple (4 Dania, Rhonda, Andrea, Tulay and part-timer Jo Jo) versus The Hob Nobs in Blue (5 Louise, Lisa, Sarita, Laurie and Shirley) After some Nice shooting lay-ups, jump-ups and warm-ups drills we were ready to Crumble.
Sarita won the Jump, Shirley cut and took the biscuit to make the first basket, followed by a second pink wafer. Digestive Dania and Andreea followed suit evening the score as they slam-dunked their Oreo’s. Louise was shortbread. After a quick tea break Coach Josephine assorted us into key tins, Macarooned on elbows and blocks. All confused our cookies crumbled. Lost and assaulted Lisa and Sarita both took a biscotti from the free throw line. During the game Tulay got a McVit to the head and sat on the side, Josephine stepped in for her giving the purple cream a jammy dodger from behind the 3 point line. Meanwhile Dania flap jacked, Andreea Chocolate chipped them in. Laurie Jaffa caked and Rhonda became the Biscuiteer of the evening. At 8pm the Brisxit result ‘will Mr Kipling have to stock pile to sell into the EU?’
We all left cream crackered! Welcome back Andreea and Rhonda both thoroughly missed,
See you next week for more pure bourbon and some ginger nut play on the court.
QB

7th November 2018

The Festival of Lights Diwali versus Bonfire night. Coach Josephine was first to arrive shoving a firework to up the arse of the lazy little Venice staff! At 7.07 our session started late. Our 2 Teams: The 5 Bonfire of the Vanities Louise, Minna, Lisa, Gill and Dania in Fashionable Black versus the 4 Diwali Goddesses in Purple, Sarita, Shirley, Laurie and Tulay. Josephine lit the blue touch paper and stood well back as the game began.
Sarita the Ganesha goddess used one of her many arms to win the jump, but firework Minna sparked across the court igniting the first 2 crackers for the Bonfires. Goddesses Ganasha and Krishna turned Blue to score for their team. Lisa exploded all her bangers scoring 5 sparklers in a row. Guy Fawkes’s crew won the first 2 games. Game 3 Diwali took the help of Coach Josephine to make it 5 on 5 to win the victory of light. Tulay won the rebound stealing from Dania. Shirley broke free to score and Laurie caught the ball. At 8pm Dania whipped the ball and blew up parliament BOOM! The Big Ben’s came running in. Game over. The Goddesses had turned from blue to red and Guy Fawkes was put on the bonfire. We all left hot and exhausted knowing that good had won over evil, and Knowledge over ignorance. Which is not quite true as Trump is still in power and no one knows anything about Brexit..

31st October 2018

We were playing in the lab late one night! BANG what a terrible sight ! its Halloween! The Rocky Horror show with 2 teams. The Orange Pumpkins Frank-N-Furter Feddi, Dania Wednesday Adams, Auntie Fester Sarita, Lurch Laurie and a sweet transvestite from Transylvania called Tulay played the Black Widow Spiders, Louise Haversham, Poison Ivy Shirley, Cruella-deVille-Lisa, Minna Morticia Adams and Zombie Coach Josephine.

After a very cold warm-up, the game began. The pumpkins won the jump to the left, while the spiders took a step to the right! With their hands on their hip Sarita did the time warp again! The Pumpkins were in the lead. Morticia grabbed the ball as it threw her took across the floor, without a graze she passed to Cruella-Lisa with a single thrust of the hip the Spiders ball was in the web. These even scores didn’t last long as the Monster mash became a graveyard Smash, the Pumpkins took the lead. Like body snatchers they grabbed the ball, bobbed and threw severed heads into the basket. Zombie Coach Josephine used her Spider arms to help the Blacks equal, Morticia had flying skills unseen before but the Pumpkins instincts were too strong.
They won 3 games to 0. At 8pm the doors flew open a group of blood thirsty vampires burst in and took our floor going for the jugular. We screamed ‘The Scream! ‘
See you next Wednesday! Fangs for a great night girls, Welcome Minna !

24th October 2018

Due to poor staffing the Pharmacy opened 7 minutes late. At 7.07  9 girls started with layups and stretches. Head pharmacist Jo arrived at 7.12pm. The aim to collect our loyalty points. 2 team choices. The Orange 5 Super drug store collecting stars (Louise, Lisa, Sarita, Nancy and Shirley) versus The 4 Beautiful Boots the Chemist gathering points (Feddi, Dania, Sally, and Gill) Gilly had a head start at the pharmacy counter with a ball in the nose. First purchase of Cotton wool balls.  ‘Always’ the first game won with Feminine hygiene products, collecting a total of 7 points to The beautiful Boots. Game 2. new rules 5 passes before getting to the counter. Dania was fouled as she Aspirin into action jumping the queue to the cash desk. 1x knee support needed. Louise screamed as she bought her travel size tissues, I think she Lemslipped as she hit the ground. Game 3. 4 passes before purchase. Game 5. No dribbling. Free prescriptions were handed out to Nancy from all at the dispensary. Imodium was purchased as we all got the runs as a forfeit from Head Pharmacist for not listening. Some of us had to get our ears waxed. New rules for Game 6 zoning. Shirley got 2 for 1 at the free throw line. At 8pm the Pharmacy closed. We all left with hot flushes and a fast break to the hair and beauty aisle. Dania politely requested more efficiency from the staff at the front desk, as tonights change over over ran. Letters to the managment will be sent.