Energy, excitement and new challenges – Abby Lowe…
By Jamie Thomas
To lose two players the calibre of Abby Lowe and Ebony
Horton the month of a major final isn’t ideal for the Newcastle Eagles, but
Chris Bunten’s loss is Lee Davie’s and Vanessa Ellis’ gain, as Lowe and Horton
moved on to new challenges with the Durham Palatinates and Sheffield Hatters
Never one to shy away from the big moments, Abby Lowe
certainly didn’t disappoint on her Durham debut as she exploded for a whopping
38 points to lead her new side to a 15-point victory over the Nottingham
Wildcats – only the north-east club’s second WBBL Championship win of the
We caught up with Lowe, one of British Basketball’s
brightest young prospects, recently to discuss her new challenge with the
“I know I am at my best when I am fearless.”
Lowe’s affinity for Newcastle is well-known, as is the
Eagles Community’s support for her after she starred in the club’s epic run to
the 2021 May Madness Playoff Finals alongside WBBL legend Ali Gorrell, so it
will surely have shocked many to see her move away from the Vertu Motors Arena.
The young British talent admitted that deciding to leave
Newcastle had been far from easy, but spoke with real excitement about her
upcoming challenge with the Palatinates.
“It wasn’t an easy decision for me to leave the Eagles, as I
really do love the club, but I am very excited about my move to join Durham –
it’s been a breath of fresh air for me, to be honest.
“I have known Lee (Davie) since representing England U15’s
and I have always appreciated the support he has given me throughout my
basketball journey. He knows how I operate, he knows my game and he puts me in
situations on the floor to find success.
“I can see myself helping Durham not only on the defensive
end, but also as an offensive threat too. I have been very lucky to have so
many different experiences through basketball so far, and what they’ve all
shown me is that energy is an underrated difference maker.
“I know that I am at my best when I am fearless and that’s
the energy that I want to bring to Durham. If I can help to bring out the best
in my new team-mates I will be delighted. The ability level already in place is
not reflected by our current league position. We are going to rectify that as a
“I play my best basketball when I’m smiling and
2021 was a standout year for Lowe, not just for the
aforementioned May Madness success but also due to some fantastic experiences
with Great Britain Basketball in the world of 3×3.
Despite having less minutes with the Eagles than perhaps
many would have expected over recent months, 2021 was great for Lowe and she
earned a lot of plaudits for her performances.
“I’m very grateful for the support from people across the
league and the British Basketball community, saying nice things about my game
and my potential and so on. The trust and support my coach and teammates have
shown me in this first week here in Durham are going to be huge factors in my
performance and long-term growth.
“I had a great summer playing 3×3, and although it is a
totally different game to 5×5, having the experiences with the U23’s and Senior
Team, working with and learning from such high-calibre players taught me to be
constantly switched on and that every play counts whether in 3×3 or 5×5.
“I play my best basketball when I’m smiling and happy. I
promised myself that basketball would always stay fun and that is something I’ve
worked hard to stick to. Durham has been a lot of fun so far, and I’m excited
to keep the smiles going into this weekend’s derby game.”
“I’m excited for this new chapter … and eager to show
what I can do.”
Now that her Durham debut is out of the way, attention turns
to the rest of the season and the next test for Lowe and her new teammates is
none other than her former club, the Newcastle Eagles themselves.
Reflecting on her time with the Eagles ahead of this
weekend’s showdown, Lowe spoke glowingly of the community spirit of the
Newcastle club and previewed the upcoming clash.
“What sticks out to me most from my time in Newcastle has to
be the Eagles community. From grassroots sports to the central venue league to
the hoops4health projects they run in schools, they do so much for Newcastle
and it shows by the crowds that come to the games.
“The people are amazing, so loyal to the club and will
genuinely do anything for you. I’m so grateful for everyone I met during my
time there, but I’m excited for this new chapter with Durham and eager to show
what I can do.
“Of course I am excited for the Newcastle game! You couldn’t
make it up in terms of timing. I’ve had people messaging me left, right and
centre saying they’re coming to the game, but they are all Newcastle fans so
hopefully they aren’t too harsh on me! When I left the club Chris (Bunten, Head
Coach) told me he couldn’t find minutes for me, so I guess I have a bit of a point
to prove there.”