Kool Kats Senior Women’s basketball team have enjoyed unprecedented success this season winning all 20 league fixtures en-route to the Lothian League championship title.
With home fixtures contested at Portobello High School and nicknamed the ‘Granny Kats’, the recent single point victory (50-49) over the Comets ensured the squad made it a perfect 20.
This season’s triumph is the first time the Kats have delivered a league crown of their own, their superiority this year underlined by further glory in the Capital Sports Lothian Women’s Cup with a 55-30 victory over Pentland Star.
Mother of three, Karen Roberts, who has been with the club for five seasons, offered a strong appraisal for hard-working coach Elaine Inkster, who has been at the heart of this season’s triumphs out on the court.
The 38-year-old forward said: “Elaine has been really positive this year and once we started we just went on this roll. She’s worked her magic over the course of the season and I think other teams became threatened or intimidated of us by the amount of matches we were winning.
“I think we all did feel a bit of pressure as the season went on because we were doing so well. But we managed to keep it going right until the end.
“We had a lot of people coming along to watch our games and everyone just worked as a team, both on and off the court. I think we’ve promoted ourselves a bit better this year which has been a lot of fun.”
The side recently let their hair down at the club’s annual awards ceremony held at Easter Road where Roberts received one of the top awards for Most Outstanding Contributions to the team this season – a real honour by her own admission. Turning her attentions to the new season which begins in September, Roberts admits it will be difficult to emulate the rewards this season has delivered but believes the squad is more than capable.
“I was really chuffed to bits,” she said. “I had no idea I was going to get the award so I was very surprised. It will be difficult but we want to do as well as we can next season and teams will be going out to beat us.
“Every member of our team has something to give. But we want to have a good run in the Chairman’s Cup as that’s a really big competition for us.”