GM Lee English is asking everyone to come down for the McDonald’s Hoods double header event this Saturday from 4pm and to make a lot of noise! With this season’s addition of a Hoods second team, Saturday will be the first ever Hoods double header and will be a great afternoon entertainment for young and old.
The action tips-off at 4pm with Hoods II making their National League and Home debut against Shropshire Warriors. Following their 0-20 forfeited match last weekend, Hoods II are sitting at the top of Division 4 without even touching a ball, and are excited to be taking to the court for the first time.
GM Lee English, who is also the Hoods II coach, said, “Saturday will be a historic day for the Hoods as our new team takes to the court for the first ever time. We have assembled a great bunch of guys, from new recruits, veteran Hoods players and up and coming talent from Nova and the Junior programme. I am as excited as they are about the challenges ahead and cannot wait to see them in action.”
The game will serve as a great warm-up for the main event that is the Hoods first team taking on Tees Valley Mohawks, a team who were comfortably beaten by Sefton last weekend. The Hoods have a full squad of players available for them to pick from, including new signing and local Nottingham talent, Kieran Wright. Kieran joins after several seasons at the highest level for Worcester Wolves and most recently Leicester Warriors. Kieran has been a long-time target for the Hoods as he often trained with the team and represented in various summer league and 3v3 tournaments.
English continues, “the addition of Kieran gives us a whole new dimension to our game, due to his experience and knowledge. I am delighted he has chosen to leave a higher division team to come and play with us – his hometown – and it really does show just how far we have come in our 5 years that we are able to attract players like Kieran into our system. Last weekend’s game was a great, a big win against quality opposition and the noise from the fans was fantastic, but I want more. I want to turn the Wildcat Arena back into the cauldron it was in the past, when we won the National Championship. Teams were scared of coming to our venue because of the impact of the size of the crowd and the noise they generated. I am genuinely excited about this weekend, with our new partnership with Nottingham Trent University, McDonald’s as our chief sponsor, the players we have assembled in both teams and the crowd we are expecting – it is going to be a fantastic weekend!”