Bournemouth University’s basketball team have seen success in recent years and they’re not looking like stopping anytime soon.
Although the season started off with a tightly contested defeat 61-70 to Bath Spa University, they remained optimistic and excited for what’s to come.
Kieran Grainger reflected on the game and about his new role as captain and what they hope to achieve this season.
Regarding him becoming this season’s captain the 21-year-old spoke on whether he feels any added pressure now that he has more responsibility, He chuckled “yes but not in a negative way, having more responsibility makes me feel more mature I now have to lead by example I’m in my element”
Not too long-ago Kieran was in the same situation as some of the newcomers he recalls some of the advice he received and then passed on to his teammates “Coming into a new environment and a new team can be daunting for anybody I told them to never be afraid to ask questions and it’s good to be curious”.
The season did not start off as they hoped losing the first game was a blow the captain did not try and hide the disappointment as he reflected on the season opener “Of course it was disappointing to not get off to winning ways we wanted to maintain the feel-good factor we had in pre-season, but this is a competitive sport, and it is not always going to go your way”
The Bournemouth fans were disappointed with the defeat but remained in good spirits, Alfie Fisher a regular attendee of Bournemouth games spoke on the performance “It was great to watch boys compete until the very end and this one defeat won’t make or break the season”
Jonathan Age a member of Bath Spa university also reflected on the game “It was a thrilling game to be honest. I think both teams are still going through the paces. The line-ups look very different to last year and I’m excited to see how progress throughout the year”.
This maybe a season of adjustment for the Bournemouth side but they are determined to achieve as possible.