Join the Rockets for a special festive double header this weekend at Rivermead. Wear a Christmas jumper to be entered into a special prize draw (£25 gift voucher each day up for grabs!)
This Saturday the D1 Men’s team will be travelling North on a luxury 53 seater coach to continue the 2017/18 campaign facing Derby Trailblazers.
There are currently spaces available on the coach for supporters who may wish to travel with the team to and from the game.
The coach will be leaving Reading at approx 2PM Saturday 18th November, departing JMA school, Hartland Road entrance.
If you would like the opportunity to travel with the team– the price is £20.00 per person (this does not include tickets to the game these will need to be purchased upon arrival to the venue)
To book your seats please contact the office via email: Admin@readingrockets.co.uk, alternatively please call the basketball hotline on 0118 9263 040
Reading Rockets Basketball
Reading Rockets (2-0) will face Worthing Thunder (1-1) for the second time this season on Saturday afternoon (5pm tip-off) before entertaining NBL Division Three outfit Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon in the fourth round of the National Cup (5pm tip-off) with both games being played at Bohunt School in Wokingham. The Reading team have already beaten Saturday’s opponents in the National Trophy, running out winners by
80 points to 61 a few weeks ago but the south coast team have added to their roster since that game. However, last weekend they suffered a cup upset as they lost out to Division Three side Cardiff City in the third round of the National Cup meaning the Rockets are the Welsh team’s next opponents.
Having had a weekend off from competitive action, Rockets Head Manuel Peña Garcés was able to give his players some much needed rest and recovery as well as prepare for this weekend’s upcoming games. In speaking ahead of his team’s double header weekend, with a chance to remain unbeaten in league play and advance to the National Cup quarter-finals the Spanish play-caller said,
After the game against Hemel the previous weekend, it was important for us to review and reflect on the performance and the end game to help us in our preparations for the two upcoming games. We will need this experience to help us overcome what could be a potentially really tough game against Worthing because since we last played them, they have added some real talent to their roster so we will need to be aware of this and the continued work of Zaire Taylor.
Once Saturday is out of the way then we can turn our attention to another tricky encounter especially as we will be without one of our American players. Cardiff really raised their game against Worthing last weekend and reminded us all that anything can happen in cup competition so we will need to make sure we are tuned in and focused for their visit on Sunday.
Rockets go into this weekend’s double header with better news on the injury front for club captain Danny Carter. The 29 year old has been sidelined for three weeks with a hip complaint and hasn’t been able to play since the Berkshire outfit’s Trophy victory over Saturday’s visitors. The 6’9 forward is likely to return to the fold this weekend and boost his team’s front court in the absence of Alex Drincic. The 18 year old is currently in Spain with the JMA Basketball Academy and will miss both
games this weekend. And with Coach Peña Garcès having to sit one of his import players on Sunday due to rules allowing only one import player to participate against lower league opposition in National Cup competition, he will be hoping his squad remain injury free as the Reading team look to continue their positive start to the 2017/2018 campaign.
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,
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,
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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.