From British Basketball
British Basketball and Channel 4 announced today that they will work together to produce a highlights package and magazine feature from Great Britain womenâ€™s forthcoming international game against Finland in Worcester.
This is a continuation of the support they provided to the menâ€™s campaign last summer and will hopefully capture the moment the British women secure their Division A status. They beat Finland, 63-61, in their opening game on Sunday and head coach Mark Clark hopes his side will now capitalise on having three home games in a row.
â€œWeâ€™ve got off to the best possible start with a good win in Finland but now we need to do the business at home,â€ Clark said.
â€œFinland are a tough side and they will undoubtedly be looking for revenge in Worcester so it should make for a great game, for both the crowd and Channel 4.
â€œItâ€™s great that Channel 4 are showing their support to this programme as we have some of the most talented female athletes in the country in our squad and any chance we have to promote them, and what weâ€™re trying to do, is a bonus.â€
Former England and Great Britain international Andrea Congreaves will be reunited with her teammates once again as she takes the punditry position courtside for Channel 4.
Channel 4â€™s Martin Henlan added: â€œBasketball is on the rise in this country and so we are delighted that we will be able to showcase the womenâ€™s team especially at the beginning of what will hopefully be a very special journey for them.â€
Great Britain will first take on Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow night, at 7.30pm, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The last time the two sides met, back in 2007 in Division B, GB triumphed. Unlike GB, the visitors lost their opening game, 101-66 to Romania.
â€œBosnia will be looking to bounce back from their defeat. Although I wasnâ€™t surprised that Romania beat them, because they are a very strong side, I was somewhat surprised by the margin of their loss,â€ said Clark.
â€œThe result two years ago doesnâ€™t count for anything tomorrow night because we are both very different sides compared to then. However Iâ€™m confident that if we put in a good performance we will come out with the desired result.â€
The date of the show is yet to be confirmed – go to www.basketballgb.com for more information.