Matt Shaw of Derby Trailblazers has been voted as NBL Division 1 Spalding Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 season. Voted for by his peers, Coach Shaw led Derby to a 19-7 record and 2nd place finish in NBL Division 1. he also led them...
This was an eagerly anticipated match by both sides having won 1 apiece. The starting five were Jake and Charlie Brown, Lukes Pope and P’tak, and Naz. Jake made the first basket after a long 3 minutes...
On a night when Derby Trailblazers needed to be at their best, their performance was sadly lacking, particularly during the third quarter, in which they were outscored 29-15, creating a fifteen-point deficit going into the final ten minutes...
For the second weekend in succession, Derby Trailblazers must a ‘refuse to lose’ mentality if they want to extend their season and book their place in the 2016 Championship Final at Manchester’s prestigious new National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue...
We invite you all to our annual Derby Trailblazers Basketball Club Awards Evening 2016. This Friday 8th April, at 6pm until 9.30pm (or slightly later). Featuring plenty of games to watch throughout the evening - all with a 10 minute running clock. Games will include Minis, mixed U14 boys, U14 girls, U16 boys, U18s men and Academy teams. All refereed by D1 players!!
Last game we confirmed we had made the Premier Division playoffs for the 3rd year in a row. It's another great achievement, especially when you consider 10/11 players will be back next year, including all the starters...
Our U14s Boys Development team finished their season recently and whilst on paper they may not have the best record nor does it look like they had a successful season, in reality, they have succeeded in every category and achieved more than we asked
Next to receive an international call up was seventeen-year-old Brian Amabilino Perez, which came as a surprise to all those of us who thought he was Spanish! Actually, the twins ARE Spanish, but have the benefit of dual nationality.
What a difference a season makes! Derby Trailblazers went down 88-64 when they travelled to Lancashire Spinners in the third game of the season. Wind the clock forward seven months and after a tense first half, a 16-nil run
The game started with a fast first quarter with Charlie Brown taking the first five points and P’tak following up with a monster jam. This set the pace and Reece, Pope, Jake and Naz all scored in the first quarter
Congratulations to Leighton Elliott-Sewell who became the latest Trailblazers to earn an England cap, making his international debut in France for England Under 17s in the annual Cherbourg...
After producing one of their best performances of the season to beat Manchester Magic the previous weekend, Derby Trailblazers were way short of their best as they suffered an 85-76 away defeat at the hands of Reading Rockets...
Talk about saving the best for last! Derby Trailblazers did just that, as they ended the newly crowned division one champions winning streak, which stretched back to November 29th last year. Manchester had clinched the league title the previous
A dreadful defensive performance in the second quarter proved costly as Derby Trailblazers suffered an unexpected defeat on the south coast against Worthing Thunder. The home side, who had failed to reach the play-offs, snatched a last gasp victory as
For the final time this season, Derby Trailblazers face back-to-back games and the combination of fixtures involved couldn’t be more difficult, as they aim to secure the runners up spot in NBL division...
Everyone at the Trailblazers would like to wish Kingsley Okoroh and his teammates good luck for the NCAA National Championships in America which start today. University of California in Berkeley (known as CAL) seeded 4 play Hawaii seeded 13 today in the South region of the 64 team NCAA bracket...
The 2015-16 season will go down in history as the first time a girl’s team from Derby have competed in the National League. It has been a truly groundbreaking year that has seen all players improve and a solid foundation established for future years
In the 1st quarter the boys showed good teamwork with Ben Shepherd scoring a 3 and Luke Mallaband just being fab. However Coach Colin took the team to task for poor defence and the bench was encouraged to cheer the team on. Mansfield
Derby Trailblazers once again demonstrated just how much they’ve improved over the course of the season, as they comfortably beat Lancashire Spinners, a side who they had struggled against in two previous meetings.
Real fun game to watch, the Henderson brothers getting off to a quick start from down town hitting 3's from all angles. The younger lads as ever making a good contribution. Everyone working hard and smiling, which is the signature of this squad
Was great to see some well known old faces on the Mansfield team today, but when alls said and done - our guys took care of business. A fantastic display of outside shooting today, but it was our inside work that impressed most with passing being well executed for long
With only five games of the regular season to go, there’s no room for complacency as Derby Trailblazers travel to relegation threatened Tees Valley Mohawks. A repeat of recent clinical performances against Kent Crusaders and Westminster Warriors which resulted
Derby Trailblazers overcame the absence of the Watts brothers and Adria Amabilino Perez, to grind out a much needed 83-76 away win over Tees Valley Mohawks. With Dan ruled out through illness and older brother David TinTin Watts unavailable because of University commitments, things could have been
If Derby Trailblazers are maintain their grasp of second spot in NBL division one, there is no room for error this weekend, as they face yet another double-header weekend. First up, on Saturday night is a trip to Team Northumbria, who sit third
Derby Trailblazers hopes of producing a clean sweep over Essex Leopards were dashed when they turned the ball over three times in the last eighteen seconds of the game. Instead of being up 71-70 up and with the ball to follow a Leopards time-out
Having already beaten Essex at home in NBL division one and on the road in the Quarter Final of the Men’s National Cup, Derby Trailblazers will look to complete their set of victories over the defending league champions, as they make the trip to Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday (7:30pm)
On Sunday 20th March, your Derby Trailblazers Basketball Club is holding a cake sale in aid of Sport Relief 2016. Cakes will be on sale during the Division 1 home game against Manchester Magic, at The Clarence Wiggins Sports Hall, Noel-Baker School.
Derby’s second game of the weekend proved once again that the form book counts for nothing where local derbies between these two old rivals are concerned. With four tied score instances and four changes of lead, it was difficult to believe Leicester were sixteen points
It was a potential skin. Second in the table Derby at home to second from bottom Kent Crusaders, who had just one league win to their name. But the Trailblazers were in no mood to allow any kind of shock result, as had happened the previous weekend away to London Lituanica
There haven’t been too many occasions when Derby Trailblazers have been outplayed this season, but the second half of Sunday’s trip to London Lituanica was one of them. What materialised was completely unexpected after Derby had beaten the same
For the ninth time this season, Derby Trailblazers face back-to-back games, starting with a home match against Kent Crusaders on Saturday night (7:15pm), before making the short trip to Leicester Warriors on Sunday afternoon (1:30pm)
A dominant second half performance saw Derby Trailblazers break away from London Lituanica, outscoring the visitors 19-10 in both the third and fourth quarters to take the second half 38-20
There's an old adage that says winning becomes a habit and more and more this season, Derby Trailblazers are proving it to be true. Saturday's win over Bradford Dragons came after they somehow dragged themselves out of a seemingly desperate situation, to clinch a 79-74 away win on a court which is notoriously
Following a morale boosting win yesterday against Manchester Mystics the young Blazer girls made the short trip to Gateway College to take in Leicester Warriors who they had defeated in their first ever National League game
For the first time in 2016 the Blazer girls were back at the Clarence Wiggins Sports Hall for a showdown with Manchester Mystics, a team that had beaten the Blazers by 10 points earlier in the season. Following a disappointing
Derby Trailblazers enter the final weekend of January, knowing they will have to be at the top of their game if they’re to finish the month with four wins from five starts in NBL division one. The Trailblazers head to
After a month’s break from competitive fixtures the U14 Blazer girls made the short trip to Sheffield hoping to kick start the second half of their inaugural season against a strong Hatters team. The challenge facing the girls
Derby Trailblazers produced one of their best defensive performances of the season so far, as they reached the midpoint of the league season with a particularly satisfying win over Hemel Storm. Prior to facing Derby for the second time this season, Hemel had been averaging 85 points per league game
The first quarter saw some skilful long shots even though some simple lay-ups were missed, with the Blazers being a credible 8 points up. The second quarter caught them sleeping as Northhants crept back to 26 to our 28 even with Ben Shepherd
The first weekend of January was a thrilling weekend that saw 2 matches for the U 16’s. Saturday was a match v the Derbyshire Arrows and Sunday saw a quarter finals cup match v Peckham Pride
Derby Trailblazers delivered a statement of intent as they overcame a poor start against Reading Rockets to produce a convincing win over one of their fellow title challengers. The Rockets were leading 13-4 after the opening five minutes, but a Derby time-out produced a brilliant response, as the Blazers quickly fought their way back into the game
Make no doubt about this, Derby Trailblazers did themselves proud in their first competitive test against Premier League opposition. In a match they were never expected to win, they frustrated Sheffield Sharks throughout the early part of the game and were 36-34 up with less than three minutes of the first half remaining
Not for the first time this season, Derby Trailblazers showed they were capable of competing with Manchester Magic for long spells, but over the full forty minutes, it was Manchester who once again came out on top
After their brief excursion into the BBL Trophy in which they acquitted themselves well against Premier League opposition, Derby Trailblazers return to NBL division one action on Saturday, with a home match against Reading Rockets
A trip to division one leaders Manchester Magic is never an easy prospect, but after Saturday night’s trip to the ABC in Manchester (6:30pm), Derby Trailblazers also have to contend with a match up against BBL side Sheffield Sharks, as the club accepts its first ever invitation to compete in the BBL Trophy
As the Trailblazers prepare to get back to work after the Christmas and New Year break, Performance Analyst Michael Hanson-Morris ponders whether or not the break came at a good time or not for the club:
For their final game of 2015 the Blazer girls made a windy trip up the M1 to face Leeds Force. With the exception of Kerys the Blazers were at full strength and arrived with confidence following last week’s home win against Bury Spinners.
Two of the country’s most in-form teams will meet at the Clarence Wiggins Sports Hall on Saturday, as Derby Trailblazers host Manchester Magic, with a place in the Final of the Men’s National Cup up for grabs
Derby U14 girls welcomed Lancashire Spinners to the Clarence Wiggins Sports Hall for their final home game before the Christmas break. Following a number of positive performances over the last few games the young Blazer girls were determined to convert a good performance into a morale boosting win
Despite being a clash between two sides at opposite ends of the league table, Derby Trailblazers needed overtime to keep their unbeaten start to the NBL division one season intact. It was an outcome which seemed implausible when the Trailblazers were leading 28-8 with less than a minute of the first quarter remaining
Derby Trailblazers produced their best defensive performance of the season in order to beat a side which they had caused them significant problems in the Northern Pool of the Men’s Trophy, just seven weeks earlier. Team Northumbria had dominated that match, leading by as many as seventeen points, before a late Derby flurry saw the game end in a 76-66 win for the visitors
Derby Trailblazers had to stave off a gutsy late fight back from Essex Leopards as they clung on to beat the defending champions 75-71 in a thrilling NBL division one match at the Clarence Wiggins Sports Hall
Following two away trips in Manchester, Derby Trailblazers U14 girls were back at the Clarence Wiggins Sports hall for a home fixture against local rivals Nottingham Wildcats. For the second time in a week the young Blazer girls were facing a team that was unbeaten and who had beaten Leicester Warriors in their last game 111-15
Derby Trailblazers moved into the semi-finals of the Men’s National Cup for the first time since 2010, after beating Essex Leopards 79-69. Led by David Tin-Tin Watts haul of nineteen points, it was in fact a brilliant all-round team performance which secured the win, as Sydney Donaldson, Kayne King, Dan Watts and Jake Wesselingh all joined TinTin in
For the second consecutive game the Derby U14 Blazer girls found themselves in Manchester, this time for an away fixture against top of the league and unbeaten Tameside. Derby welcomed back Paige, Tash & Lucy Walker but were still missing starting centre Phoebe due to an ongoing foot issue and also without photographer Alan who was on Div 1 duties...
As local derbies go, this game was a classic. There were twenty changes of lead and a further eleven occasions when the scores were tied. On top of that, Derby led for less than eight and a half minutes of the contest, but a crucial eight-point swing over the final eight minutes helped them to pull off a 75-71 win in front of a packed crowd at the Clarence Wiggins Sports Hall
Derby Trailblazers maintained their 100% start to the NBL Division One league season with a convincing 77-58 away win over Kent Crusaders. A blistering start to the game was the key to Derby’s success. They led 16-4 after four minutes and stretched that advantage to 35-15 by the fourth minute of the second quarter
For the first time this season the U14 Derby Trailblazer girls travelled away to take on another well established female programme in Manchester Mystics. The young Blazer girls were without a number of players including starters Phoebe Colton & Paige Ferguson due to injury & illness but nevertheless
Derby Trailblazers made it two league wins out of two by winning their first home game of the NBL Division One season against Bradford Dragons 82-60. Injuries and non-availability of players meant Bradford had just eight available, and only six took an active part.
Despite having been taken to overtime the previous evening, Derby Trailblazers showed no sign of fatigue on Sunday afternoon, as they produced an emphatic 94-69 away win over Leicester Warriors in the third round of the Men’s National Cup. Their reward is a trip to Essex Leopards in the quarterfinals, with the tie scheduled for Sunday 15th November at 4pm.
Derby Trailblazers got their division one season off to a cracking start by winning a pulsating match away to Hemel Storm 119-112. Overtime was needed to separate the two sides, who were tied at 100-all after regulation.
The NBL Division One League season gets underway on Saturday, as Derby Trailblazers head to Hemel Storm (7pm), before facing Leicester Warriors in the third round of the Men’s National Cup on Sunday afternoon (2pm). Saturday’s league opener is a repeat of Derby’s opening fixture from last season
Following a lacklustre performance on Wednesday evening against Hinckley Academy the Blazers welcomed Sheffield Hatters to the Clarence Wiggins Sports Hall for their second game of the National League season. In terms of female basketball Sheffield Hatters need to no introduction ...
Derby Trailblazers suffered one of the most painful defeats imaginable, as Bradford Dragons ended their hopes of reaching the knock out stage of the Men’s National Trophy in dramatic circumstances. The Trailblazers were leading by one point as they called time-out with eighteen seconds remaining and possession
New signing Sydney Donaldson came into his own as the Trailblazers won their crucial National Trophy Northern Pool Match against Leicester 86-80. The Coventry born guard, who joined the Trailblazers from the College of Idaho in America last week, became more and more influential as the game progressed
Uncharacteristically poor defence was a significant factor as Derby Trailblazers suffered a 76-66 home defeat against Team Northumbria. Derby lacked the necessary hustle and bustle throughout the first and third quarters and although they were better in the second and fourth, the reality was they had already left themselves too big a mountain to climb
Derby Trailblazers have strengthened their roster ahead of back-to-back matches in the Northern Pool of the Men’s National Trophy this weekend. 6’3” guard Sydney Donaldson is from Coventry, but has recently graduated from the College of Idaho in the USA, where he collected an Art degree with minors in Human Biology, Visual Studies, and Coaching
Derby Trailblazers eased through to the third round of the Men’s National Cup, beating NBL Development League team Coventry Tornadoes 92-39. The Tornadoes briefly made a go of things in the second quarter, but a 52-11 second half in which the visitors were held to just three points in the final quarter merely served to emphasise the gulf in standards between D1 and D4
Derby Trailblazers produced a great effort against Manchester Magic, keeping their fourth National Trophy Northern Pool match close for the bulk of the game. However, their ardent efforts were undone by a few too many turnovers and poor shot selections in the final few minutes
October 4th 2015 14.15 will forever be etched in the history of Derby Trailblazers basketball club as for the first time a Girls U14 team took to the court to complete in a National League competitive fixture
For the first time this season, Derby Trailblazers face back to back matches over the course of a weekend, with Saturday’s Trophy Northern Pool match away to Manchester Magic being closely followed by Sunday’s second round National Cup tie at home to Coventry Tornadoes
A new chapter in Derby Trailblazer history will be written this coming Sunday (4th October) as for the first time in the clubs 15-year existence, a girl’s team will take to the court in a competitive National League fixture
This game was always going to be tough test, but the ease with which Lancashire Spinners pulled away from Derby, particularly throughout a dreadful second quarter must be a cause for concern among the Trailblazers coaching staff
Derby Trailblazers cruised through to the second round of the NBL Men’s National Cup with an emphatic 112-59 home win over Northants Tauras. Their reward is a second round tie at home to another NBL Development League side, Coventry Tornados, after they beat D3 side Birmingham Mets 74-59
Derby Trailblazers first away trip of the season takes them to one of the most ambitious, up and coming clubs in the country. Lancashire Spinners have earned back to back promotions from D3 up to D1 and have already produced a pair of impressive victories in the Men’s National Trophy
The early rounds of the Men’s National Cup often bring unknown opposition and this year is no different as Derby host Northants Tauras at the Clarence Wiggins Sports Hall, on Sunday afternoon (2:15pm). A quick look at their history shows they competed in NBL Division Four last season, where they ended the season with a
Derby Trailblazers had to stave off a late fight back from Tees Valley Mohawks in order to secure a victory in their opening Northern Pool match of the NBL Men’s National Trophy. But despite have had a much shorter pre-season
Tees Valley Mohawks have a small part in history to play on Saturday, as they become the first visiting team to play in the newly renamed Clarence Wiggins Sports Hall. The facility at Noel-Baker School has
The Derby Trailblazers are pleased to announce 6’8” England international David Watts as their first major signing ahead of the new basketball season. Watts will join the club where his younger brother Dan
Over seventy children took part in a special day of basketball to celebrate the contribution Clarence Wiggins made to both the Derby basketball community and to Noel-Baker school, where he worked for the best part of three decades
Congratulations to Neve Marvill, Lucy Smith, Darcie Ashley and Phoebe Colton who represented the U13s East Midlands, at the Regional Development Tournament this weekend, held in Sheffield at All Saints Sports Centre.
In memory of Clarence Wiggins, the staff in the SVB block at Noel-Baker School are competing in The Wild Warrior event, on 27th September 2015. This awesome event consists of water, fire, slides, ropes, tyres, mud, mud and more mud! See link below for our Sponsor page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/teamNBchallenge
Congratulations to Callum Singleton who played for England under 17s this weekend in Edinburgh against Scotland u18s and Sweden u17s. Callum started both games and contributed well despite the team going down 69-51 against the Scots and missing out 63-58 to the Swedes.
BBL Premier Division Basketball is set to return to Derby in January 2016, after an absence of almost fifteen years. Although the Trailblazers will continue to play the bulk of their basketball in NBL Division One next season, the club is delighted to have accepted an invitation to take part in next season’s BBL Trophy, as one of four non-BBL clubs.
We can not wait to see you all there for our annual Awards Evening. Free food donated to us by 'The Lodge - Flaming Grill' in Alvaston, licenced bar, raffle and lots of awards (o: Click on the image to see more.
This is the first Coaching Day organised in memory of our dear friend, Clarence. Clarence contributed so much to Derby Trailblazers, Noel-Baker School and of course, to the young people who were lucky enough to be in his charge. It is important that we recognise what
Ex Noel-Baker School pupil Oliver Rutherford was one pupil which Clarence helped reach his potential in sport. Oliver is now a semi-professional boxer, and with his talents and help from Sam Godfrey at Inspire Championship Boxing, they have organised a boxing event which we think is highly exciting, and will be an amazing evening
We have been given some great news, so we wanted to let you all know that a bunch of our Derby Trailblazer junior players have been chosen in their respective age group for East Midlands teams.
Derby Trailblazers stunning 14-0 start to Saturday's play-off semi-final was unfortunately not quite enough to propel the into Sunday's Championship Final. They battled magnificently in difficult circumstances, but ultimately came up just short, as Manchester Magic secured an 83-76.
In their first season back in division one, Derby Trailblazers have made it through to the Championship Final Fours weekend, after beating Worthing Thunder 92-83 in front of a packed and vociferous crowd at Noel-Baker
Having finished runners up in their first season back in NBL division one, Derby Trailblazers have set their sights on achieving glory via the Championship play-offs. Their journey begins with quarter-final tie at home to Worthing Thunder this Saturday evening (7:15pm)