After watching his team clinch the WBBL regular season title with a 91-55 victory against Essex Rebels, Lions’ coach Mark Clark couldn’t hide his delight:
“It’s not about one win on Friday, I’m so pleased and proud about how we’ve played for a full season” he said.
“I couldn’t be more impressed with the way we’ve taken on the challenge. In the first half of the season we showed that we could deal with the challenge of Europe and prove that we could compete at that level. And n the second half of the season we’ve never been complacent, we could easily have lowered our standards and still won games but that’s never been the case.
“As a coach it gives me a great feeling that we’ve never got sloppy, we’ve held ourselves to account and I couldn’t be more happy for the players.”
Even after four games in seven days, Lions still practiced on Saturday and Clark is determined that his side will complete a perfect league season with a victory at runners-up Sevenoaks Suns on Sunday:
“We didn’t go crazy on Friday, we celebrated a bit but we want to complete the job at Sevenoaks. A 100 percent domestic season would underline the belief and commitment that the Lions organisation made to the women’s team and I can’t underestimate or under value what they’ve enabled us to achieve.
“They could have been happy with last season’s play-off win. But the organisation weren’t happy just to maintain that level and it means a lot that they have delivered what they promised."
“So we’re now looking to complete a perfect league season and defend our play-off title.”