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The weekend preview

Wolves continue their push to avoid relegation when they travel to Westminster Warriors for a key Division Two South match-up on Saturday evening.

The two sides have yet to meet this season but it’s a must-win for both of them as they look to avoid the drop. Wolves had a moral boosting victory against London Stars last week but are still bottom with a 2-10 record while Warriors (3-7) are joint ninth in a division where any of the bottom six could still face relegation.

There’s a long trip for Wolves’ young Women’s Division Two South team as they face Cardiff City at lunchtime. Claire Abbott’s side kept their play-off hopes alive with a 25-point hammering of London Thunder last week to improve to 7-5, and they will face a Welsh side who are joint sixth having split their first ten games.

The U-14 girls head in the same direction as their older counterparts, and they will look for revenge against Bristol Academy Flyers having suffered a heart-breaking last minute loss against the West Country side earlier in the season.

There’s plenty of junior action at Oaklands over the weekend, and Wolves U-14 boys will aim for revenge when they host Brentwood Fire in a key play-off match-up, tip off 3pm. Ibrahim Garbia’s side suffered a double digit loss when they travelled to Essex in October, and with Fire (10-1) sitting top of the table and Wolves (8-4) in third, both team will look to strengthen their play-off bids on Saturday afternoon.

Wolves U-12 boys will be aiming to complete another league double when they host MK Breakers II at 1pm. Michael Ball’s team go into the game sitting joint top of a rapidly shrinking east division, alongside Breakers’ first team, and they’ll be hot favourite for a ninth league win in ten outings against an MK side who have two wins from nine games.

Saturday’s action at Oaklands starts at 11am when LaQuaren Sayers’ U-15 boys team host third placed Luton U-16s. Wolves are currently second-from-bottom in the nine-team league with a 2-6 record, but now have a run of home games, so will be looking to move up the table.

There’s key away games for both of the U-16 teams on Sunday with George Walker’s boys travelling to True Vision Elite and Jorjah Smith and the girls making the trip to Luton.

Neither pair of teams have met this season, and the boys will look to build on last week’s victory against London Stars II when they visit a side who two places ahead of them in seventh place having split their ten games.

Meanwhile the girls, who include six players who also play for the U-14s, will look to dent the play-off hopes for a Luton team who are fifth in Premier South with a 6-3 record.

While Wolves' women have the weekend off, there is still WBBL action at Oaklands and IT'S FREE ADMISSION for the WBBL Trophy tie between London Lions and Caledonia Gladiators, tip-off 7pm.

The game sees arguably the best two sides in the WBBL - certainly the two teams with the biggest budgets - clash in the quarter-final of the competition. Lions, who have won the last nine pieces of domestic silverware - are top with a perfect 6-0 record while Gladiators are third with five wins from six games and had two games in hand over second placed Sheffield Hatters. The teams have yet to meet this season, and the winner will be hot favourite to lift the Trophy in Birmingham at the end of January.

Sunday’s action at Oaklands is limited to two friendly games, with the U-12 boys facing their clubmates in the U-13 development side at midday.

There’s then a battle of the Big Dogs as Wolves’ U-13 NBL team home Waveley Wolfpack U-14s at 2pm, and with Walker busy with the U-16s it will means a coaching debut for D2 point guard Jack Davies.

The Wolfpack will arrive at Oaklands as an unknown entity and currently sit third in the South 1 Conference with six wins from eight games.

Wolves' WBBL team aren't in action this weekend, but you can vote for your favourite players in the race to get in the All-Star team by clicking here

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