Boroughmuir Blaze women bid to reach National League

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A NEW Capital women’s basketball team, Boroughmuir Blaze, will bid tomorrow to gain entry to the Scottish National League when they play off against Glasgow University women at the Peak Centre, Stirling (tip-off 4.30pm).

BasketballScotland have already agreed to allow two additional women’s teams to enter the league, which is due to resume on September 19.

South Lanarkshire Colliers are moving up after winning the Strathclyde League women’s First Division while St Andrews University women have been admitted on the basis of their performance in winning the Scottish Universities women’s First Division, beating Glasgow, who were runners-up. The Blaze move, which would give the Crags-based club a senior women’s team for the first time since the demise of the former Boroughmuir Aces national league side, which itself was formerly the independent Red Aces before they joined up with Muir.

The new move, however, has not found favour with everyone in Capital basketball.

The new team have no playing record and Polonia Phoenix, who along with champions Edinburgh Kool Kats, cup and play-off winners Edinburgh University, Falkirk Fury, St Mirren, Glasgow Rocks and Tayside Musketeers are the others in the national league, have protested to BasketballScotland about alleged approaches to some of their players. The non-student clubs, meanwhile, are also apparently unhappy with the student clubs over what they see as restrictive practices in their rules.