NATIONAL 18 PLUS
On Saturday 28 November 1998, a fairly miserable day weather
wise. tha plan was for myself, Jonathan Rowland and Andy Johnson, two Leeds 18
Plus members to join Bradford 18 Plus members Cath Overend, Phil Bettis and
Ellie & Russel Jones and family at the National 18 Plus Basketball
competition in Leicester.
After a short train journey from Huddersfield I met up with
Jonathan and Andy in Leeds. Andy was driving with Jonathan navigating.
We made our way to Leicester, and Enderby with no problem, but
when we arrived at Enderby, Jonathan asked for directions to the Leisure
Centre, then as soon as he got back in the car heforgot them. We did manage to
find our way and arrived more or less on time, however there was a short delay
before the competition started.
Our first game was against the Wimbledon 18 Plus team, they
played quite well and beat us quite convincingly, though they were less than
gracious about shaking hands at the end of the game.
We decided to adopt a new strategy and so fared better in our
second game against the Solihul 18 Plus team. We beat them very convincingly,
and two of their members went home because they were losing, their own Team
members were as appalled as everyone else as they were left short handed.
Using the same strategy we next took on a scratch team made up of
various members including three fellow Northern Area members Linda Street, Dave
Orsler and Sandra Bradshaw.
The last team we played were named "Highwell", they were a joint
Team of High Wycombe and Wellingborough 18 Plus members, and we lost to them.
At least we were the highest scoring Northern Team who entered
After the competition the Northern contingent went for a pub meal
at a nearby hostelry which took some finding, but it was worth it as we had a
really good meal.
The evening Disco took place at the Braunstone Civic Centre, this
was only a short distance away from the venue of our evening meal but Dave
Orsler and Linda Street went to the wrong Civic Centre and arrived late, even
though jonathan was not navigating.
The music for the evening was provided by the Bulge Disco.
During the evening raffle tickets were sold, and winners included
Jonathan who won a bottle of Archers' and I won a Question of Sport box of
The results of the competition were announced following the draw
of the raffle and were as follows: First Wimbledon A, second "Highwell" (a
joint Team of High Wycombe and Wellingborough 18 Plus members), third were
Wimbledon B and fourth were Billericay
Quote of the event: "Tents are something I wear, not sleep in!",
this was said during a conversation about the various 18 Plus camping holidays
by a certain Northern Area 18 Plus Activities Officer who shall remain