WEABL expanding for second edition

Last year's WEABL had a ten-game regular season (Image: Pavel Kricka)

The Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League is doubling in size for its second season, guaranteeing more games for Ipswich Basketball Academy and the other five members from the inaugural campaign.

IBA and fellow returners City of London Academy, Barking Abbey and Oaklands College will be in the South Conference this year, joined by newcomers Greig City Academy (Haringey), Rydens Enterprise School (Surrey) and Itchen College (Southampton).

Teams in the South Conference play each other side from the conference home and away, meaning two extra games this season. Teams in the five-team North Conference will play each other three times.

“The expansion of the WEABL is great news for women’s basketball in this country,” said Women’s Academy head coach Nick Drane.

“Obviously we have to wait to see what the standard of the new sides will be, but with the likes of Itchen and Myerscough joining which are already powerhouses in the EABL, I think we can assume they’ll be pretty good.

“The increase in number of games in the WEABL, combined with the announcement of our under-18 girls’ team this season, means our academy prospects will be playing a lot more relevant age-group basketball. That’s good news.”

IBA’s ladies get their WEABL campaign underway on October 5th, hosting CoLA at Copleston. Their next three games will then be against the three new entries, as Greig Academy (October 19th) and Itchen (November 16th) visit Copleston either side of IBA’s trip to Ryden on November 9th.