Wolves out to cap incredible season

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Worcester Wolves celebrate their semi-final victory over Sheffield Sharks. Pictures: KEITH HUNT.

First published in Sport

JUST when you thought the season couldn't get any better for Worcester Wolves, it does.

In a campaign that has already seen them crowned British Basketball League Trophy champions and finish third in the league, Wolves are now off to Wembley Arena in the play-offs final on Sunday.

Having never reached a major BBL final in their 14-year history, they have now done it twice in two months.

While many, myself included, predicted great things for Worcester this season, few could have imagined it would turn out quite so well.

Whatever happens against Newcastle Eagles at the weekend, it has been an incredible year for everyone associated with the University Arena club. Victory would be the icing on the cake.

The players might see not winning all four competitions as failure, and missing out on the league title still grates with them, but ask any Wolves fan if this has been a successful season and you'll be met with a resounding "yes".

What has happened at the arena since Paul James' side moved in last October has been nothing short of a revelation.

Basketball fever has taken the city by storm to the extent that, on average, 1,300 supporters show up for home matches.

For a minority sport, which is what basketball is in this country when compared to football, rugby and cricket, that is remarkable.

Within Worcester itself, they have established themselves as major sporting force.

Last Sunday, the tip-off for the second leg of the play-offs semi-final against Sheffield Sharks had to be delayed because of the amount of people trying to get in.

By the end of a nerve-shredding night, they had almost taken the roof off the place with their cheering.

In March, more than 200 fans made the 14-hour round-trip to Glasgow for the Trophy final and were rewarded with success against Glasgow Rocks.

Considerably more will make the relatively short journey down the M40 for the play-offs final, with two coaches having been sold before the Sheffield match had even started.

They will head to the capital believing Wolves can write another chapter into a season that will long in the memory.

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