Barking Abbey women get ready for BBC debut

PUBLISHED: 11:07 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 25 January 2017

Savannah Wilkinson on the attack for Barking Abbey (pic Barking Abbey Academy)

Savannah Wilkinson on the attack for Barking Abbey (pic Barking Abbey Academy)


Trophy tie against Oaklands to be shown live

Barking Abbey’s WBBL side are preparing for their season’s debut on the BBC as they take on Oaklands Wolves on Friday night at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford.

The WBBL Trophy game, which tips-off at 5pm, will be broadcast live on the BBC Sport website and app and sees Abbey try to build upon their opening overtime win last weekend at Sevenoaks.

Another victory over Oaklands would be instrumental in helping Abbey advance from the pool stages and head coach Mark Clark said: “It is a crucial game for the programme.

“We would love to return to the WBBL Trophy Final so need to get out the group. Last week’s win at Sevenoaks has given us a great opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Clark is optimistic about the direction the league is taking and the opportunity the BBC deal gives the programme.

“The BBC coverage gives Barking Abbey the chance to showcase the best young talent in Great Britain,” he added.

“The WBBL is now growing in profile and level after the tremendous WBBL Cup Final and this gives us another opportunity to demonstrate the quality of the women’s game.”

Entrance for spectators is £7 and will also give access to the BBL clash between London Lions and Bristol Flyers which tips-off at 7.45pm.

Additionally, a WBBL 3x3 fixture between Barking Abbey and Oaklands Wolves will take place at half-time of the BBL fixture.

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