Uni ready for final eight show down

University of St Andrews defend a Glasgow attack.
University of St Andrews defend a Glasgow attack.

The women’s basketball team at the University of St Andrews stands just one game away from making the semis of a national competition.

The side caused a huge upset in the previous round of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Basketball Trophy by turfing out the fancied Newcastle University.

They’ll now face local rivals Dundee at the university’s sports centre on Wednesday at 7.00p.m. for a place in the final four.

The current run has taken the basketball side further than it has ever been in the competition.

Head coach Anna Jablonski told the Citizen her side would be going all out to make history by seeing off Dundee,

She said: “For us to be in the competition at this stage is pretty cool.

“Edinburgh and Glasgow usually have pretty strong teams and Edinburgh play in a stronger league than we do.

“But if we can beat Dundee then we’ll be the only Scottish side left in the final four.”

Anna said the university has been highly supportive of the development of the sport in the past few years, and the club’s success is testament to that.

As well as their involvement in the cup competition, the side competes in the BUCS Basketball Scottish 1A cup and the local Tayside and Fife Women’s Basketball Senior leagues.

Currently St Andrews sits top of the pile in both competitions.

Captain Hannah Roberts won the Scottish Student Sport’s Volunteer of the Year Award recently for her work advancing the program at St Andrews

“When we started we were just a club but we’ve built on that over the past three years with our captain Hannah Roberts,” said Anna.

“We’re now the highest we’ve ever been and doing better than before.

“The win over Newcastle validated what we’ve been trying to do as a team.

“The university’s director of sport has been nothing but supportive to us.”

On Wednesday, Anna is hoping the community will be out to cheer on the side as they welcome their rivals from across the Tay.

“We get a lot of backing from the men’s side and the families of the players,” said Anna.

“But over the past while we’ve built up something of a rivalry with Dundee and know they’ll be bringing their own fans, so it would be great if we could get the same backing.”

Admission to the game at the sports centre is free.