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PowerGlide at the English Open!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:46:18 Europe/London

If you follow PowerGlide on social media, you may have noticed some we went to see some of the world’s best snooker players in action!

K2The English Open kicked off yesterday at the K2 Centre in Crawley and it was a pleasure to watch Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson and Mark Williams strut their stuff and show why they are some of the finest players in the world, despite their lack of a PowerGlide cue!

Defending champion O’Sullivan made light work of his opponent Kurt Maflin despite losing the first frame whilst Robertson and Williams also progressed with relative ease winning 4-2 and 4-1 respectively.

O’Sullivan seemed as though he was in no mood to waste any time, and his comments after the match may have confirmed that suspicion, as he patrolled the table with purpose, rarely making any mistakes and showing flashes of the brilliance that endear him to so many.

Getting to see some legends of the snooker game was a treat, but for any fans attending the English Open this year, make sure you buy yourself a programme and turn to the back cover. There you will see our advert for 20% all PowerGlide products with the code: B35988MU

This offer only extends until 12 November 2018 so act fast!

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Comments | Posted in Powerglide By Jack Dinning

Wasps Steal the Show at the Copper Box!

Monday, 15 October 2018 16:16:43 Europe/London

Fast5 Netball

Wasps Netball won their maiden British Fast5 All-Stars title with a 42-32 victory over the Mavericks at London's Copper Box Arena.

Wasps' Rachel Dunn delivered a shooting masterclass in the final and was named tournament MVP.

Last year's winners Loughborough Lightning failed to reach the semi-finals as they were knocked out by Surrey Storm.

Fast5Rachel Dunn was Wasps' star as she helped the side emulate their Superleague triumph by taking home the title, the trophy, and the £25,000 winner's cheque over five hours of action at London's Copper Box Arena.  Superleague champions Wasps were unbeaten throughout the tournament.

Fast5 - described as netball's version of Twenty20 cricket - is a shorter form of the game aimed at attracting a wider audience to the sport and involves teams made up of five players, rather than the usual seven.

Teams are made up of five rather than seven players and shooters have the opportunity to net long-bombs from a five or three-point zone, or they can play it safe for one point under the net. The golden buzzer also returned, allowing coaches to select a two-minute period in which all points will be doubled, meaning players can put up to 10 points on the scoreboard in just one shot.

In pressure-cooker netball, Wasps defeated Sharni Layton and Surrey Storm 45-37 in an explosive encounter to reach the final, where they were joined by benecosMavericks after they crushed Severn Stars 38-8. The final was tense and fast-paced with Wasps taking their power play just four minutes into the showpiece with Dunn and Tamsin Moala ripping through the opposition.

 Karyn Bailey kept Mavs in contention before taking their power play and Ellie Kelk landed a huge 10-pointer to close the gap before soon levelling at 27-27 with two minutes remaining. Dunn then took over the show with three massive five point scores, and although Karyn Bailey replied, it wasn't enough as Wasps closed out victory.

Results:

Double Elimination Stage

Loughborough Lightning 19-21 Surrey Storm

Strathclyde Sirens 4-15 Severn Stars

Team Bath 23-18 Manchester Thunder

benecos Mavericks 31-41 Wasps Netball

Surrey Storm 12-28 Severn Stars

Team Bath 23-37 Wasps Netball

Loughborough Lightning 32-28 Strathclyde Sirens

Manchester Thunder 22-32 benecos Mavericks

Surrey Storm 15-6 Loughborough Lightning

Team Bath 21-47 benecos Mavericks

Semi-Finals

Wasps Netball 45-36 Surrey Storm

Severn 8-38 benecos Mavericks

The Final

Wasps Netball 42-32 benecos Mavericks

 

Comments | Posted in Netball By Alex James

Scorchers Emerge Victorious in London!

Monday, 15 October 2018 10:37:12 Europe/London

BBL All Stars

Surrey Scorchers emerged victorious in a thrilling final to emerge as the BBL All Stars champion at the Copper Box Stadium in London.

The Scorchers defeated last years’ treble winning side Leicester Riders in a close contest which eventually finished 36-33 to claim their first piece of silverware in 10 years.Basketball

MVP Jordan Williams was his side’s standout performer, creating the plays which saw Scorchers to group wins over Worcester Wolves and Bristol Flyers after they’d lost their opening fixture 43-30 to Flyers. Having started the tournament with a defeat to Bristol Flyers, Scorchers looked set for a tough afternoon at the Copper Box Arena.

In the semis Scorchers dispatched of Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 34-24 while Riders put out defending champions London Lions 36-26 to set up the final.

Scorchers, won over the crowd and battled it out with Riders for 12 gripping minutes but the two sides couldn’t be separated, needing an overtime period. In the additional 60 seconds it was MVP Williams who made multiple big plays down the stretch as Scorchers took the £25,000 title 36-33.

The British Basketball All-Stars Championship included 12-minute games, a 5-point line and a Golden Buzzer Power Play – where everything for the next 2 minute period is worth double, in an adapted game created by Matchroom with the intention of adding excitement and end to end action, as the top eight BBL teams battled it out for their share of a £100,000 prize fund.

Results:

Double Elimination Stage

Worcester Wolves 6-45 London Lions

Bristol Flyers 43-30 Surrey Scorchers

BBL

 

Glasgow Rocks 40-45 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle

DBL Sharks Sheffield 30-24 Leicester Riders

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 31-25 DBL SharksLondon Lions 29-21 Bristol Flyers

Sheffield Worcester Wolves 17-49 Surrey Scorchers

Glasgow Rocks 22-37 Leicester Riders

Bristol Flyers 27-36 Surrey Scorchers

DBL Sharks Sheffield 20-31 Leicester Riders

Semi-Finals

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 24-34 Surrey Scorchers

London Lions 26-36 Leicester Riders

Final

Surrey Scorchers 36-33 Leicester Riders

 

Comments | Posted in Basketball Netball Molten By Jack Dinning

All-Star Weekend

Friday, 12 October 2018 10:34:06 Europe/London

FAST 5 Netball

On Saturday October 13 the Fast5 All-Stars netball competition heads to the Copper Box Arena to showcase the most exciting tournament in British Netball. 

Netball

The teams are now confirmed and will feature defending champions Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Storm, Strathclyde Sirens, Severn Stars, Team Bath, Manchester Thunder, Benecos Mavericks and Wasps Netball.

Some of netball's greatest players have flown in to fill All Star positions and combine with some of the brightest home-grown talent for the 2018 British Fast5 All-Stars Championship. Brand ambassador and newly-appointed director of netball for Surrey Storm, Mikki Austin, will also don the mid-court bib.

Mikki Austin

The tournament features 12 minute matches, a five-point line for those brave enough to shoot from distance and a Golden Buzzer offering double points during their two-minute Power Play. Unlike traditional netball, teams are made up of five rather than seven players and shooters have the opportunity to net long-bombs from a five or three-point zone, or they can play it safe for one point under the net. All eight teams will play at least two games across five hours as they battle it out and see who will take home the title, the trophy and the £25,000 winner's cheque.

All Stars Basketball

This Sunday sees one of the highlights of the British Basketball League season take place with the All-Stars Championship at the Copper Box Arena, London. Eight of the BBL’s best teams will compete in one of the most exhilarating tournaments in sport.

Each match will last 12-minutes, with features such as an all-star 5-point line and a Golden Buzzer Power Play promising an incredibly action-packed afternoon, showcasing some of the finest basketball talent the UK has to offer.

Defending champions London Lions will be joined by BBL treble winner Leicester Riders, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle, Glasgow Rocks, Surrey Scorchers, Bristol Flyers, Worcester Wolves and DBL Sharks Sheffield.  

The draw for the double elimination stage of the British Basketball All-Stars Championship has been made, with London Lions to open their title defence against Worcester Wolves. The second match of the afternoon will see Bristol Flyers against Surrey Scorchers before Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks take on Esh Group Eagles Newcastle. Finally, the draw pitted Sheffield Sharks against Leicester Riders in match four.

Basketball

The tournament begins at 1pm on Sunday, October 14th at the Copper Box Arena, London and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Mix throughout. The British Basketball All-Stars Championship starts with a double elimination group stage comprising a total of ten matches. Win your opening match and you’ll face another winner for a place in the semi-finals, while teams who lose their opening matches face off to remain in the competition.

After each side has played two matches, those with one win and one defeat play a third match with the winner advancing to the final four. London Lions won the inaugural British Basketball All-Stars Championship last year, beating Newcastle Eagles 26-25 in an enthralling final. Justin Robinson was MVP on the day and Lions will be hoping he can help fire them to a successful defence this weekend.

Comments | Posted in Basketball Netball Molten By Jack Dinning

Pope Wins Big At PCA Awards!

Friday, 5 October 2018 10:57:24 Europe/London

GM would like to extend huge congratulations to our very own Young Gunn, Ollie Pope, who last night was awarded the Natwest PCA Young Player of the Year award.

OlliePope

In the County Championship, Pope scored 986 runs from just 16 innings, averaging a Bradman-esque 70.42 as his Surrey side stormed to the Championship Title, losing just one match along the way. He finished with a fantastic hundred, his fourth of the year, against Essex to round off an incredible summer.

Pope’s fairy tale 2018 season culminated in a call-up to England’s Test Match squad against India in August playing in the second and third Tests of the 4-1 series win, making an assured 28 in his debut innings.

"We're delighted for Ollie who follows a long line of previous winners who have gone on to achieve great things in the game,” Thomas Coffey, GM Cricket Marketing Manager, said. “Ollie's phenomenal rise to prominence has really gathered pace in the last twelve months, and we're all extremely excited to watch him develop further, and his career continuto flourish.”

Winning the PCA Young Player of the Year means Pope has followed in the footsteps of the likes of Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Ben Stokes who have all previously won the award.

He added; “Voted for by his fellow professionals, this a deserved and fitting way to cap off a wonderful 2018 season for him. Congratulations, Ollie, from everyone at GM."

The 20-year-old’s dream season has also been rewarded with another Test call-up for the forthcoming series in Sri Lanka, where he will joined by fellow GM teammates Ben Stokes and his Surrey captain Rory Burns.

OlliePope

"It's a special year, whether that be getting my call-up or more importantly, winning the Championship and contributing in that successful side," Pope said. "It's obviously an exciting time for county cricket and this country in general. It's incredibly special and this makes it even more special. Coming from players we play against is awesome."

Pope was not the only GM winner on the night as four GM players were named in the Greene King Team of the Year; Lancashire’s Alex Davies and Dane Vilas, Hampshire’s James Vince and Pope’s Surrey teammate Burns, who was also named as captain of the side.

Greene King Team of the Year: Rory Burns - captain (Surrey), Alex Davies (Lancashire), Joe Denly (Kent), Ian Bell (Warwickshire/Birmingham Bears), James Vince (Hampshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Dane Vilas - wicketkeeper (Lancashire), Rikki Clarke (Surrey), Ed Barnard (Worcestershire), Matt Henry (Kent), Morne Morkel (Surrey)Pope was not the only GM winner on the night as four GM players were named in the Greene King Team of the Year; Lancashire’s Alex Davies and Dane Vilas, Hampshire’s James Vince and Pope’s Surrey teammate Burns, who was also named as captain of the side.

Comments | Posted in GM Cricket By Jack Dinning

Thank You Trotty!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:31:47 Europe/London

5th Test, Day 3, Saturday 22 August 2009 is the date Jonathan Trott cemented his spot in the England Test team with a century on debut against Australia. It marked a period of stability that English cricket has desperately craved since his final Test Match in 2015 against the West Indies.

At the peak of his powers, the mere mention of the word ‘Trott’ brought calm and poise to every English cricket fan, knowing that if he was at the crease for the day, so too would England be.

Statistics rarely tell the whole story, though Trott's do a pretty good job to dispell that theory. He enjoyed a fabulous career of 52 Test Matches, 9 hundreds and almost 4,000 runs at an average of 44.08. And yet his importance to English cricket in one of their most dominating periods between 2009-2013 was much more than that. His infamous appetite for runs and just his sheer presence at the crease allowed the more flamboyant and free-flowing figures in English cricket, such as Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, to flourish.

Trott

Trott’s Test career included 3 Ashes victories, most memorable of all being the 2010/11 series in Australia in which England emerged victorious for the first time since the 1986/87 series.  Trott averaged 89 with the bat in the series, scoring two hundreds along the way to notching up 445 runs as England took the series 3-1.

Some of Trott’s idiosyncratic mannerisms became infamous during his career. In particular, his incessant scratching of his batting guard at the crease meant that in some of his longer innings (of which there were a fair few!), rather than the traditional small line most batters make to take guard, Trott would scratch away as if he were digging a trench, seemingly readying for battle with the next ball. Despite sporadic complaints from frustrated captains over the years, there certainly appeared to be method to his approach when he completed 1,000 runs in Test cricket one year and one week after he made his debut.

Since he announced his retirement earlier in the season, there have been a number of tributes from teammates past and present, highlighting the legacy that Trott the man and batsman has left on cricket in England.

The former England star signed off in typical style by helping Warwickshire to the division two title last week, as the 37-year-old continued to score prolifically for Warwickshire and only just missed out on posting 1000 runs in his final season in domestic cricket.

He will be sorely missed here at GM, and we will cherish all he has done for English cricket. The easiest way to promote a bat is to have a world-class player raise it to the crowd to acknowledge the applause, and Trott did that more often than most. But more than that, Trott was a fantastic ambassador for the sport and commanded respect from all corners of the cricketing world, and for that we thank him.

#ThankYouTrotty.

Comments | Posted in GM Cricket By Jack Dinning

Europa League Preview!

Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:00:56 Europe/London

The wait is finally over. Thursday 20 September 2018 marks the start of the UEFA Europa League, Europe’s largest league of professional football clubs in the world.

Every season, over 180 professional football teams from 55 countries across Europe take part in the league games, including the preliminary round. With the group stages now upon us, we are already down to 48 teams who will battle it out for the Europa League Trophy.

MoltenEuropa

There are four British teams to have made it to this point; 2012/13 UEFA Europa League winners Chelsea, Arsenal, Celtic and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side. This year, the tournament promises to be bigger and better than ever with 24 games every matchnight, featuring blockbuster teams from across the continent such as AC Milan, Sevilla, Lazio, Sporting Lisbon and Marseille. The Europa League covers 59,000 hours of television coverage delivering a cumulative audience of nearly 1 billion people, averaging approximately 42 million live audience per match day.

Tonight’s matches see tournament favourites Chelsea face PAOK, both sides with intriguing records as PAOK have never lost to an English club, whereas Chelsea have never defeated a team from Greece. With Chelsea’s perfect domestic record so far this campaign, It seems likely these records will change.

Last year's semi-finalists Arsenal host Ukrainian side Vorska Poltava who secured a place in the competition by equalling their highest ever finish in the Ukrainian Premier League by finishing third. The Gunners meanwhile will be bolstered by their performance in the competition last year, having only been knocked out by eventual winners Atletico Madrid. Unai Emery will also provide a confidence boost having overseen Sevilla's historic hat-trick of successes in the UEFA Europa League from 2013/14 to 2015/16.

Rangers have returned to European football after an eight-year absence with a tricky start to the group stage as they face a strong Villarreal side away from home. Though the Spanish side are firm favourites for the match, Rangers will be buoyed by their impressive qualifying campaign, remaining undefeated to become just one of four teams to have reached this group stage having begun their journey in the first qualifying round.

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Celtic, meanwhile, play host to a familiar foe in the form of Rosenborg. The Norwegian side will travel to Glasgow for the third time in two seasons, the previous trips having ended in a draw and defeat. In total, Celtic have inflicted five wins and two draws in their previous meetings, whilst Rosenberg have not won in six visits to Scotland.

But tonight also marks the debut for Molten’s Official Match Ball  which is now available on our website and in most football retailers around the UK. The ball features technology unique to Molten, such as the unique cross fusion bonding technology produces a smooth, seamless cover that cannot be accomplished by hand sewing. The result is a uniform surface and reduced water absorption, ensuring exceptional performance that is not affected by weather conditions. With Storm Ali still in our midst, it’s likely that Celtic and Arsenal will put that to the test this evening!

Comments | Posted in Football Molten By Jack Dinning

Record-Breaking Weekend for GB Wheelchair Basketball

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 16:09:27 Europe/London

This past weekend saw a historic weekend for Great Britain’s Wheelchair Basketball teams with the men emerging victorious against the USA, whilst the women fell just short in the final and the Netherlands in the Wheelchair Basketball World Championship finals in Hamburg.

WheelchairBasketball

The GB Men defeated the Rio Paralympic champions for their first global gold medal, claiming a 79-62 win over the USA.  The men had gone down 66-59 to the USA in the pool stages but 17 points apiece for George Bates and Harry Brown saw them avenge that defeat in the showpiece. Sunday’s showdown was the third time the USA and Great Britain battled for the world title. The US came out on top in the previous ones, in 1994 and 2002.

There was never more than a basket or two in it in the opening quarter and in a tough, physical encounter, GB led by eight points in the second quarter - 38-30 - before the USA brought it back to 38-33 at the interval. In the second half, the momentum stuck with Great Britain, and US coach Ron Lykins searched for a rotation to match the British as they extended their lead in the third quarter. But it was to no avail. Five GB players scored double-digit points: team captain Philip Pratt (12 points), Harry Brown (17), Greg Warburton (15), Lee Manning (12) and George Bates (17). Jake Williams (15) led the USA.

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The GB women on the other hand struggled to get a foothold in the game and eventually succumbed to a 56-40 defeat to a Dutch side that had already beaten them in the Pool stage of the competition. This match was also a rematch of the Rio 2016 Paralympic bronze medal game and was the first time that either side had made the finals of the World Championships, with the Netherlands’ previous best finish being a bronze in 2014.

They struggled to get their shots away and the Dutch were able to capitalise and go in comfortably ahead at half-time. But GB never gave up and top-scorer Robyn Love's shooting helped close the gap to 34-30 with two and a half minutes to go in the third quarter. That was as close as it got as six fourth-quarter points from Bo Kramer and a big contribution from Mariska Beijer saw them claim victory. Love finished on 12 points with eight apiece from Helen Freeman and Amy Conroy.

Comments | Posted in Basketball Molten By Jack Dinning

Molten Partners with Totally Netball!

Thursday, 23 August 2018 15:36:04 Europe/London

Molten are delighted to announce our formal partnership with Totally Netball, the leading Netball organisation in the Midlands who will now be using Molten Netballs across all of their leagues.

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Totally Netball is all about giving Netball back to ladies who loved playing when they were younger but allowed life to take over. Having only started in 2017, Totally Netball have gone from strength to strength having already expanded to 10 leagues in 11 locations.

Molten are the proud leaders in the design and manufacture of sports equipment including the acclaimed Molten netball, the official ball of the Fast5 All Stars Netball - the renowned world and British shortened version of the game - of whom Molten are one of the official sponsors. The Molten balls were recently used at their Inter League Tournament, held at the Northampton Girls High School.

Brett Daynes, Director of Totally Netball, said; “I recently met with Gary Cartwright, the National Sales Manager of Unicorn Products Limited and we are both really looking forward to our future relationship. We used some of the Molten balls at our recent tournament and had very positive feedback from the players and umpires.”

Anybody looking to join a Totally Netball team should visit https://www.totallynetball.co.uk/ for more information on how to get involved.

Alternatively head to https://www.playwiththebest.com/netball/netballs.html to see our full range of netballs.

John Parrott Approved Cues!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:05:52 Europe/London

Prestige

Snooker is a sport that demands precision and quality in order to be the best. Thankfully, Powerglide have the range of cues to match your every snooker need. But you don’t need to take our word for it, take former Snooker World Champion John Parrott’s word instead.

At Powerglide we pride ourselves on the quality of our hand-made cues, but sometimes it’s nice to hear from those who know more about what a professional-standard player looks for in a cue.We sent John a few cues to try out recently, two of which were 3/4 joint cues and the other was a two piece, or 50/50, cue. 

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John is a 16-time professional tournament winner, including the UK Championship, to go along with his World Championship win in 1991. These days, his professional playing career may be over but snooker fans often see him as a snooker expert for the BBC.

Of the two Prestige 3/4 cues, John said; "they are absolutely brilliant cues, the feel is terrific. They are a quality piece of wood so they sound solid when you hit the ball with them.”

Of the Prestige III cue in particular, he added; “the Snake wood cue is finished to a very high standard. Powerglide have even rounded off the tips so you can take them out of the box and they are ready to play. Can I keep them as I will use them when I next do an exhibition?” Of course you can, John!

Vanquish

The Prestige III Snooker cue with Ebony butt features a hand-spliced Ebony butt with single front Snakewood splice and 3 thin veneers. The 3/4 quick-release joint, 9.5mm tip, brass ferrule and leather buffer combine to make a quality product. The cue length is 57" and is available in 17oz, 18oz and 19oz weights and the cue is supplied with soft cue sleeve and 6" mini extension. 

The Prestige I cue has a plain, hand-finished butterfly spliced black ebony butt. It also feautures a 3/4 split with quick-release joint, 9.5mm tip and brass ferrule, and leather buffer. As with the Prestige III, the length is 57" and available in 17oz, 18oz and 19oz weights. It also comes with a soft cue sleeve and 6" mini extension.

Purist

We also sent John a couple of 50/50 split cues to see what he made of them, including the Purist Snooker Cue and the Vanquish Snooker Cue.

"Personally, I only use a 3/4 joint because sometimes with a 2 piece you think about the joint when you look down the shaft,” said John. “Although not my type of cue, I cannot fault the finish or how the cue plays. Anyone wanting a top 2 piece, these are the ones to buy!"

Comments | Posted in Powerglide Pool By Jack Dinning
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