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Rockets tip-off season with National Trophy double-header

Reading Rockets will start the 2017-2018 season with a double header weekend as they travel to Barking on Saturday afternoon to take on NBL Division One new-boys Kent Crusaders (4pm tip-off) before hosting Team Solent Kestrels on Sunday afternoon in their first home game of the campaign, 5pm tip-off at Rivermead Leisure Complex. Both games are in the National Trophy Pool 3 with Worthing Thunder being the other team in the group whom the Berkshire outfit face the following weekend in a bid to progress to the knockout stages.

The Reading team concluded their pre-season games last week when they defeated Team USA Select by 65 points to 58 to win 3 out of 4 encounters ahead of their first competitive game. Since then, American Tim Gill has arrived and will have 2 weeks of training under his belt before tip-off time this Saturday and Australian guard Declan Soukup will link up with his teammates during the week. Rockets have also made what looks to be their final signing of closed season with the news that Lithuanian small forward Simas Raupys has joined the Berkshire outfit. The 6’5 23 year old is a former Lithuanian Under 19 representative and played in his home country last term before moving to Hertfordshire.

In speaking of his latest signing and ahead of this weekend’s games, Rockets Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés is happy to make one final addition to his squad and is really looking forward to getting the season off and running. Starting his fifth season as Rockets play-caller, the Spaniard said,

We have been looking to bring in one more player so to be able to have someone of Simas’ quality complete our roster is really pleasing and we are all excited to get started this weekend. Our pre-season has been positive up to now and our junior players have made an excellent impact whilst we have been waiting for 2-3 players to arrive so we feel in a good position going into the season but with a lot of work to do.
This weekend we play two good quality organisations. Kent did really well to bounce back to Division One last season and Coach Lloyd (Gardner) continues to do a great job at Barking Academy and with the Crusaders so we are expecting a tough opening test. Team Solent Kestrels defeated us in the play-off quarter finals last season and have once again composed a challenging roster. They did really well in their first season in Division One and I think will pose a threat again this year so for a first home game this should be a really good game to watch.

Both of this weekend’s oppositions have caused Rockets problems in the last couple of seasons with both teams defeating the Berkshire outfit at the play-off quarter-final stage. Team Solent Kestrels were victors in last year’s post season as they came away from Reading with an 87-71 win and Kent Crusaders, who beat the Rockets in last season’s National Cup quarter-finals 92-83 also defeated the Reading team in the 2014/2015 play-off quarter-final by 63 points to 61.

Rockets Captain Danny Carter is hungry to bring some silverware back to Reading and gave his thoughts on this weekend’s upcoming games as well as the season ahead. The 28 year old said,

I am excited for the new season start. We need to start how we intend to finish by being extremely competitive and outworking every team we play against. I am looking forward to taking on a newly promoted team when we travel to Kent before we host the team that ended our season last year in local rival Solent.

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Big surprise this Sunday!

This Sunday we have the dance group Messy Jam performing at half time at the Division 1 Men’s game. They are well known for their three crews, which won places to compete in the European Street Dance Championships in Paris and Germany.

For this Sunday they are going to bring two crews, Mayhem (under 14 years’ intermediate crew) and Blackout (over 9 intermediate crew).

Both crews are very experienced dancers. Some of the dancers formed part of the Elite Squad Royalz crew that went to the semi-finals of Britain’s got talent. Both crews are 1st place winners of 2017 British street dance Championships. Many have competed abroad and recently danced in a music video for DreamWorks TV.

So get down to Rivermead this Sunday and see these 2 amazing crews in action.