Brixton Topcats’ head coach Steve Vear can’t wait to head to Sheffield this weekend for the Betty Codona Classic.
With eight teams set to battle it out for the Cup and the Plate, it promises to be an intense and enjoyable couple of days – although Vear was quick to underline that the on-court action does not give a 360 degree view of what is becoming a much-loved event.
“I’m looking forward to the BCC as it not only gives the whole league a chance to compete for another piece of silverware, it also brings us all together on and off the court – something which you want to do more often as the leading women’s league in the UK,” declared the play-caller.
“Adding the Gala Dinner and hopefully a coaches’ round-table discussion are also important parts to the BCC that many people don’t see.
“It’s a way for all of us involved in the WBBL to celebrate the hard work everyone puts in and also adds a learning and teaching element [for coaches] in order to share ideas and help us all develop.
“Teams will want to win, but also try some new things outs over the two days. It allows you to be creative and take some risks at the same time,” he added.
Vear has continued his learning curve as a burgeoning coach, constantly adding to his reputation this season with priceless development both for him personally and also his young South London-based side.
“To date, I have really enjoyed this season which may surprise people due to our record,” he explained.
“As a team, you want to keep getting better as the season advances which I know we have definitely achieved and continue to do so.
“A lot of results haven’t gone our way, but the performances have been getting better – something which I talk about a lot with our team.
“We have to be at our best to beat teams in the WBBL, which is exciting not only for the players, but also for me as a young coach going through ups and downs.”
He continued, “You want to always be pushed and challenged which this season has been provided each and every week.
“We are starting to find a good identity going in the right direction at the right time, so we now look to keep our Play-Off spot and see what we can do in the post season.”
Brixton are scheduled to face Riders in the BCC Plate Semi-Final on Saturday.