- National Teams
Watch the WNBL Division 2 final as Sheffield Hatters II take on City of Birmingham Rockets from the NBPC in Manchester at 13:30.
The Hatters are the most successful franchise in the game, and with their first team now residing in the WBBL, that leaves the seconds to carry the torch in the WNBL.
Hatters II have done just that, going 13-3 in 2021/22 and winning the WNBL Division Two playoff crown with an 84-64 win over Manchester Mystics II, following that up with a perfect 12-0 record in Pool 1 this season.
The Yorkshire outfit opened up their playoff run with a 20-0 walkover of #8 seeds Cardiff City before a commanding 84-38 win against Manchester Mystics II in an ominous repeat of last year’s final.
City of Birmingham stand between the Hatters and a chance for further glory, though they’ve enjoyed an impressive campaign of their own.
Finishing with an 11-1 record as Pool 2 champs, the #2 seeds have claimed narrow wins against #7 seeds Stockport Lapwings (62-57) and #3 seeds University of Nottingham Wildcats (61-57) to book their spot in Manchester.
Both teams were obvious inclusions for the D2W end of season awards, with Hatters’ duo Sarah Cooney and Simon Roberts sealing the Player and Coach of the Year awards for Pool 1, whilst CoB’s Michelle Turner was spotlighted as Pool 2’s Player of the Year.
Can Hatters II repeat their success of a year ago and seal a perfect season, or can City of Birmingham crown their Pool 2 win with a playoff title?