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Quality Cats Sign Up With Crusaders

Women’s basketball is growing in Coventry, with the Birmingham Quality Cats moving over to the city to hook up with the Coventry Crusaders.

Last season the team went through a transitional period as a number of its core players were unavailable through other commitments or injury.

With young junior players filling the gaps the aim was to avoid relegation and re-build over the forthcoming seasons – which was achieved in the final game of the season.

It is hoped that the merger with the Coventry Crusaders will attract players from further afield.

Crusaders owner Dip Donaldson said there are still exciting, athletic and experienced players remaining, and Tiffany Mitchell, Crusaders Director of Women's Basketball, will be making her debut in the NBL.

He added:

"I am really excited about the prospects of having a top level women's team join our organisation.

"We haven't been able to join the National League before now, but with an already established team, merging with some of the ladies who already play basketball in Coventry, it will definitely work well.

"We will continue to run a ladies team in a local league as well, because not everyone is ready for Division One basketball, but the profile of women's basketball can not help but be promoted with this addition to the Crusaders and that is good."

The Quality Cats have been competing in the National Basketball League since 1991.

The team's first season in the Carlsberg NBL Women's Division 2 saw them finish second position in the league as well as winners of the Division 2 Championship Play Off.

This earned them promotion to NBL Division 1 -  a much tougher league and one that regularly sees promoted teams relegated after one season.

However, in the 1992/3 season Quality Cats secured eighth spot avoiding relegation and subsequent seasons saw the team grow from strength to strength with the most successful season being 1995/6.

This was a pinnacle season for the Quality Cats, finishing second in the league and finalist in both the National Cup and Championship Play Off.

In subsequent seasons Quality Cats finished in the top six and were finalists again in the National Cup in January 1999.

The Quality Cats will be playing the majority of their home games prior to the men's senior team with a 5pm tip-off.
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