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  1. I too feel bad for the Heat, but two straight Finals losses will surely spur them on to the finals again. I myself was surprised too at Turrif, comparing their 2010 and 2011 ratings, they weren't that different, so I really don't know what happened. They will more than likely try get some talent through the draft, and hope to lure one of the international players. Indeed 2012 is going to be very exciting, and I can't wait to start it. As for simulating, each team has 3 main ratings, Offensive, Defensive and Overall. These are put into a wheeldecide with three other variables (Home Court advantage, Home team, Away team) and basically which ever team is landed on wins. It's a bit difficult to explain properly, but the scores are randomly generated between a minimum score and maximum score, hence the huge winning margins. And the Hoopball world is quite similar to this one (hence my explaining of regions being the "inspiration" of the countries), with most of the countries here being a combination of two or three real world countries. For example, Itesca is a combination of France and Italy, and has a size and rough shape of the two countries combined. I did always want to bring in more countries, and there is a high chance that as I go on, competitions in other countries will start appearing, but won't be covered indepth really. As of this moment, there aren't any non-Asacan players on a team, but in the 2011 draft, there was a Skallian player (Ronja Nordstrom), who is currently in free agency. As the game expands, (some of which will occur after the World Championship) more and more international players will eventually join teams.
  2. And finally, after a huge amount of procrastination, I have the results of the 2011 AHBA Finals. 2011 AHBA Finals Series: In this year's Finals, it has taken only 5 games to decide who the best team in the league is... This years AHBA Champions are the Rondelle Lions! After a completely dominant regular season, the Lions continued their strong play into this year's Finals series and ended up coming away with the Championship. Losing only one game in a high stakes environment is impressive, and speaks to the ability of this team to keep their cool. (I actually thought this was going to end up as another 3-1 choke, in the year of 3-1 chokes [last year real time]) Taking home Finals MVP was Lions starting D1 Madoka Grant (#19), who not only locked down her matchup (Riyo Suitani (#94)) but also helped shut down opposing O3 Sanako Shinohara (#55) throughout the series. Trade pick up Megan Murata (#31) kept the lockdown at D1 off the bench as she had all season to add to the Lions' impressive defensive effort. Finishing games with high scores was also something the Lions did well throughout the Finals, scoring 90+ in two games , led by O3 Caitlin Takaki (#29) and O5 Harriet Higarashi (#88) in Game 1 and O1 Anna Nicholls' (#90) 32 point explosion to seal the championship in Game 5. Hikaru were seriously outclassed in this year's Finals series, despite showing the same drive that got them to seven games last year. Typically outspoken O5 Abby Mitchell (#59) was quiet after the Heat's Game 4 win, being noted for saying after that game that "This series has been very tough for us, and even a 22 point win is definitely not enough momentum to pull this series back, so credit to the girls on the other team." October 8th 2011 - Air Asaca Arena, Rondelle, Ocella Press Release: AHBA Commissioner Karen Raito "Congratulations once again to the Rondelle Lions for winning this year's AHBA Finals series, in what was an exciting end to this season. I for one am very excited to see our Asacan talent taking on the best of the rest of the world in the IHBF World Championship, early next year. I encourage everyone to get behind our girls by packing out this very arena and CCargo Arena in Turrif when the World Championships roll around. Next year is also a huge step for the AHBA, expanding to 8 teams, bringing the Northern and Southern conferences up to 4 teams each and allowing us to bring in an extra round of games before the Finals..." Other News: "After early whispers of interest in a minority stake in our new AHBA expansion team, LBE has recently purchased an minority stake in the team and is rumored to become a "Team Ambassador", possibly having a say in what the team's uniforms will look like. Honnaro's team owner has already hinted that there may be a "LBE Night" during next season, with all sorts of activities in the arena relating to the highly popular rapper on a game night." - Honnaro Weekender, October 9, 2011 IHBF World Championship 2012 News: "The final two teams to reveal their uniforms before next year's World Championship, Stoenia and the USE have today revealed their uniforms. We are quite big fans of the USE set here at HoopballFeed, but as usual check out the uni's below. -, October 11, 2011 Stoenia National Hoopball Team This is the second of the three uniforms I re-did whilst my internet was down, and I'm glad I redid this one and the next one. Stoenia is inspired by the Benelux region of Europe (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) hence the bright orange. This set has even more of a Miami Heat feel than the Hikaru uniforms, now that I think about it. This is the second set not designed by SB, and the first by VIM Sports, based in Stoenia. "VIM is a Stoenian company, so being asked to create uniforms for the National Hoopball Team is a great honour. The design is fairly simple, with two stripes either side of the uniforms, and names and numbers in VIM's standard font. On the home uniform, the two stripes are orange and red, with the wordmark, names and numbers orange with red outlines. On the away, orange replaces white as the main colour, and white becomes the secondary colour. The alternate is a black version of the home, with the orange as the inside stripe and red on the outside. The wordmark and name are white with orange outline, with the numbers featuring a red outline. Orange was a focus colour as it is the national colour of Stoenia. We wish the girls good luck at the World Championship, and hope they feel proud of their country when wearing these uniforms. The uniforms shown are that of D5 Ester van 't Hof (#15, Home), O3 Cristin Koenig (#3, Away) and D3 Anne Traugott (#33, Alternate)." United States of Endoca National HoopBall Team I think the inspiration for the USE is quite obvious, just by their full name. The lighter blue and darker red, along with the waves are a twist on the American "Stars and Stripes". The wave ended up making a cool design for the uni so.... I did also redo this set, which originally had grey instead of blue and lots of yucky angles. This is the second set from ALPE, who are based in the USE. "ALPE, for the USE tried to include as much of the national flag as possible, while maintaining a clean and professional look. The top half of the jersey features a large version of the wave and box on the USE flag, with USE in blue with a white outline replacing the 10 5 pointed stars. The home uniform, as to be worn by O2 Maddison Connor (#22) has the numbers & name in red with black outlines. The away, which replaces white for red as the main colour, features numbers in white with a blue outline, and the name of D4 Caris Walker (#14) in blue with a white outline. The alternate, which is as to be worn by O5 Elle Parker (#5), replaces red for blue as the main colour, features the name and numbers in red with a white outline." Its almost time for the IHBF World Championship, and results and such from that will most likely be the next to appear here. In the meantime, which National Team's uniforms do you like the most? Who do you think might win the World Championship?
  3. I can already tell that it's gonna be pretty hard but rewarding to do..
  4. Here is Week 21-30. This is the final set of weeks for the teams to prove themselves. Who will finish first this year? Who will win the Northern and Southern Conferences? These questions and more will be answered.... I'm trying to reduce the amount of time I spend on writing these up, so from now on, longer reviews of each teams last 10 weeks will be after the second half of the results. Week 21- 25 Results Week 26 - 30 Results Standings after Week 30 Finishing last this season, with a 10-20 record (4-8 at home, 6-12 away) is the Asuka Magic. The Magic lost O4 Emma Suga in free agency, and that change alone seems to have made a huge impact on the team this season. The Magic have been lackluster on offense for most of the season, and only seemed to come alive when they played Hikaru. The -185 Point Differential shows just how badly and how often they lost throughout the season and 4 wins from their last 10 games didn't help their record much. The bright side to this for Magic fans is that they will get the third pick in the 2012 AHBA Draft. There looks to be some amazing Asacan talent in the upcoming draft, and certain players from other countries look to be quite talented also. Another bright spot was D4 Nana Tomita (#40), who throughout the season pushed the not only the Magic's defense to get better and improve but the offense too, while she herself has also improved. It would be stupid of the Magic to not announce her as captain for next season, but that is up to the coaching staff. Tomita also took out Asuka's team MVP award. The Magic will need to improve as much as possible next year, or else they will find themselves bottom again next year. Finishing fifth this season, with an 11-19 record (5-10 at home, 6-9 away) is the Turrif Raiders. A large fall from grace is the only way to describe the Raiders' season. Turrif's management seemed mostly happy with last year's championship winning team, so they elected to bring back almost everyone. This of course backfired on the Raiders, showing us that a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach does not work in our game. The pressure of being the defending champions certainly got to this team, with the locker room often dead silent, even after a big win. A turbulent home-away-home schedule also meant the team didn't get the boost they needed from their home crowd when they really needed it. Fourth pick in the 2012 AHBA Draft awaits them in Asuka on draft night. A defensive talent is what this team is sorely lacking, after this years' (compared to 2010) terrible defensive season. Team MVP went to D2 Samantha Tokuta (#83), who along with last year's Finals MVP D4 Summer Bennett (#77) was once again the centerpiece of the team, never giving up defensively, despite being stuck in what was a lost cause after Week 10. The fact that the Raiders finished with a better Point Differential (-65 to -68) than fourth place shows that there is still signs of that championship winning defense in this team. Finishing fourth this season, with a 13-17 record (6-9 at home, 7-8 away) is the Chibihasa Lightning. Going from last to fourth in just one season speaks volume about the talent in last year's draft. Last year's terrible finish was certainly on the team's mind, but they ended finishing 6 games ahead of last years' 7-23 record. To say that it was all thanks to the rookies would belittle just how much team & league MVP O2 Suzuka Gibbons (#2) did for the Lightning. No one knew how her signing would go for both parties, but it has seemed to benefit both equally, with 24 year old Gibbons putting up her best season yet, and also becoming a leader for the team, with her winning mindset and drive to become one of the greats pushing the team towards what could be an underdog shot at next year's title. The worse Point Differential (-68) compared to the Raiders is an interesting side note, as is the drop from +9 to -68 in the last 10 games. Fifth pick in next year's draft means if they do lose some talent in next year's expansion draft, they can get another quality player to replace whomever they lose. Overall, a huge improvement for a team that most people discounted from Game 1. Finishing third this season, with a 16-14 record (8-7 at home and away) is the Rondelle Queens. The dual O5 lineup the Queens used for most of the season, save for the last 5 weeks after Natasha Barber (#36) broke her finger, seemed to fuel the Queens into contention after last year's fifth place finish. Emma Suga (#1), who despite most saying her move to Rondelle was "not well thought out" showed that Rondelle was somewhere she wanted to be. The assumption is that she will accept the second year on her current contract. A +100 Point Differential was good news for a team that struggled last season offensively, boasting a better PD than second placed Hikaru was also another bright spot for the team. The team MVP went surprisingly not to one of the O5's, but instead D1 Yumemi Koyama, who in the shadow of the two O5's put up some astounding defensive stats. Sixth pick in the draft isn't anything exciting to write home about, but third place in the league is. HoopBall has well and truely blossomed in Rondelle. Finishing second and bringing home a second straight Northern Conference Championship, with a 18-12 record (9-6 at home and away) is the Hikaru Heat. Many people thought that the loss of this year's MVP Suzuka Gibbons would stop the Heat from making a second straight finals appearance, but the Heat were not interested in what people thought. The emergence of Rookie of the Year O2 Gracie Bird (#69) certainly helped the Heat out immensely, filling the void Gibbons left extremely effectively. If Bird can continue to improve then she may one day follow in Gibbons' footsteps and win MVP. The very outspoken Abby Mitchell (D5, #59) was a huge catalyst for this team, effectively putting the team's media and captaincy responsibilities on her shoulders and making sure her team knew "what was bull" and what was the truth. Her defense was also outstanding, earning her the team's MVP. The lower Point Differential (+72) compared to the third placed Queens is interesting, but certainly not something the team was concerned about just yet. Everyone in this team is just focused on the Finals, because inside they know they can win. Finally in first place and taking home the Southern Conference Championship, with a 22-8 record (15-3 at home, 7-5 away) is the Rondelle Lions. People could tell early on that this team was going to be hard to beat, and they weren't wrong. A focused offense and defense gave them win after win. While not as dominant as the Raiders' run last year, the Lions looked strong throughout the year and really taking advantage of their home crowd, losing only 3 times at home. Sixth Woman of the Year D1 Megan Murata (#31) was causing all sorts of trouble for opposing O1's, often shutting down even the best of O1's. Helping her achieve complete lockdown at D1 was team MVP Madoka Grant (#19), who also frequently shut down opposing O2's. Team play on the offensive end led to plenty of scoring opportunities, as indicated by the Lions' +146 PD and a countless number of highlight plays. The Lions are the team to beat for the Heat to win the Championship, and it looks as if it won't be an easy fight. With Rondelle behind them, the Lions are dangerous. Season Awards: Most Valuable Player: #2, Suzuka Gibbons, O2, Chibihasa Lightning Sixth Woman of the Year: #31, Megan Murata, D1, Rondelle Lions Rookie of the Year: #69, Gracie Bird, O2, Hikaru Heat Other News: September 26th 2011 - Rondelle, Ocella Press Release: AHBA Commissioner Karen Raito "Today, I am happy to announce that two locations have been chosen for next year's expansion. Joining the Northern Conference will be the Honnaro Flight, and joining the Southern Conference will be the Jarran Jaguars. I wish the best of luck to the Heat and Lions in their upcoming Finals series, starting this Friday, which I know for sure I will be watching." IHBF World Championship 2012 News: "Today, both Itesca and Eslia have unveiled their IHBF World Championship uniforms. The press releases are below." -, September 27th 2011 Itesca National HoopBall Team The Itescan team's uniform was actually one I redid. I didn't particularly like the original after a while, so I created this during the time my internet was down. Itesca in general is inspired by both Italy and France, hence the flag design and colour scheme. This is also the second non-SB designed uniform. "ALPE created this set for the Itescan HoopBall Team with the focus of integrating the flag into the design. This is evident in the design for the home uniform, with the flag filling the top of the uniform at the front. Each side has a different colour on the sleeve and side striping, again reflecting the Itescan flag. The use of grey on the numbers creates extra visual contrast. The Away and Alternate uniforms showcase the other two colours on the Itescan flag, blue and green. The blue and green replace white as the main uniform colour on the Away and Alternate respectively. The Uniforms shown are that of O2 Lidia Vergne (#22), O1 Gaudenzia Dironi (#1) and D5 Blanda Michilotti (#35)" Eslia National HoopBall Team I don't really think I need to say which countries Eslia is inspired by, but I will anyway. Great Britain is the inspiration for the flag, with a hint of Ireland in the colour scheme. Originally, the USE was called the United States of Eslia, but I decided that it fit better here. "SB aimed to incorporate the Eslian flag into this design for their National HoopBall Team, without using the whole flag. A circular stripe, orange in white was created to emulate the Eslian flags crosses. On the Home uniform, the section above the strip is green, the main colour of the Eslian flag, further continuing the emulation. Wordmark and last name are white and orange for contrast at the top, and the numbers are green and orange. The Away extends the green down the whole dress, giving a different portrayal of the flag. On the back, the top section is white, with green and orange name and white and orange numbers on the back. The alternate makes orange the main colour, and green is placed similarly to the home. Numbers are Green and Orange on the front and Green and white on the back. Wordmark and last name are orange and white. The uniforms show are those of D1 Catherine O'Kellen (#11), D3 Lucy May (#33) and O5 Abigail Bell (#5)." Thanks for reading through this huge update, Finals are up soon, and then 2012 begins with the IHBF World Championship.
  5. It's back! As I had said I had simulated through the whole 2011 season, but right now I don't have the time or effort to write up the rest of the season, so weeks 11-20 will have to do. Tomorrow I may show off two more national team's uniforms in preparation for 2012's IHBF World Championship. Without further ado, here is weeks 11-20 of the 2011 season. Week 11 to 15 Results: The Raiders have continued to slide downhill, with only 1 win in the last 5 games, they are showing no signs of improvement. The constant road-home-road schedule has really gotten to the defending champs, and despite the lone win, the mood around the locker room is rumoured to be terrible. Hikaru have continued their strong season, with 2 more wins to add to their total from their last 5 games. While not being exactly what the Heat wanted in terms of wins, the locker room seems to still be spurred on by the thought of this year being their year. The Lions have found themselves with 5 wins from the last 5 games. There is buzz around the players and particularly the fanbase that the Lions could find themselves with a finals berth. There are mumblings of comparisons to last year's Raiders about this year's Lions squad, which the stars of the team are quick to dismiss and rightly so, being clearly focused on just winning games. The Magic also find themselves with 2 wins from their last 5. The mood around the organisation seems to be a frustrated one, with something niggling at the team that none of the coaching staff can seem to figure out. Compared however to the Raiders, the Magic locker room seems to still be quite positive. The Queens took 3 wins from the last 5 games. It seems that Rondelle is a good place to be if you are a Hoopball fan, with both teams doing well. The Queens are hot on their hometown rival's heels, and don't seem to be backing off anytime soon. The Lightning have only positives to take from this season, considering their dismal year last year. 2 wins from the last 5 isn't something to write home about, but anything is an improvement for them. The addition of Suzuka Gibbons in the offseason has really boosted them, and they hope for more from the 24 year old in the near (and distant) future. Week 16 to Week 20 Results: Standings after Week 20: Another Double OT thriller in Week 19 has been the talk of the HoopBall world, between rivals the Hikaru Heat and Asuka Magic. This is the second time these two teams have broken a viewership record, this time the record they set in Week 9 this year. This can only mean good things for the league, considering next year's expansion and the World Championships. The exposure on a global stage will help the league grow and hopefully encourage more countries to get involved in 2016. Week 20 has now been and gone, with a clearer picture of just how this year's Finals series will go down. The Magic (6-14), haven't shown their skills on offense that well this season, and after finishing Week 10 above the Raiders on Point Differential, they find themselves a game back from last year's champions. The loss of Emma Suga has finally come to bite them, and with the way the team is playing, the effects may not wear off until next season. 6 wins however is one game off the Lightning's total wins last season, suggesting an increase in the quality of play compared to last year. Their games against the Heat are always good viewing and with 2 games left to play against the Heat, that should keep their fans happy. Last year's champions, the Raiders (7-13) still look nothing like they did last season. 3 wins between Weeks 16 and 20 is a good sign for them, but their chance to repeat as champions is long gone in the eyes of many. Making so few roster changes during the offseason has probably caused this, a sign of the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mantra not working in this highly competitive league. The Raiders, much like the Magic, can only try to find positives and learn from this season. The defensive team we saw last year has turned into a more offensively led one, and the loss of their Head Coach from last season to the Queens probably hasn't helped that. Last year was terrible, this year is a huge improvement for the Lightning who now find themselves 10-10 and fourth place this year, largely thanks to the change of culture O2 Suzuka Gibbons has bought with her. The 24 year old's winning mindset, combined with her skills have awoken the other stars on the team. The inflow of quality draft picks has bolstered their bench this season, and if they can retain as many players as possible in the expansion draft, they could have an underdog chance at making next year's Finals. They boast a .500 record with positive Point Differential (+9) after Week 20, whereas last year at this time they would have had a record well under .500 and a negative PD. The Lightning have well and truly shown their strength. Surprisingly, the Hikaru Heat (11-9) find themselves third, and only on Point Differential. They only need to stay ahead of the Lighting to be guaranteed a spot in this year's Finals, and they still seem hungry to make sure that happens. A Double OT loss to the Magic by 1 point is not something the Heat seem to be phased about, and outspoken captain D5 Abby Mitchell seems to be making sure the media understands. A handful of losses between Week 16 and 20 haven't been too kind to the Heat's record, but once again have not scared the defending Northern Conference Champions. Expect to see some fireworks for their two remaining games against the Magic, and for them to be firmly in place to repeat this feat. Second place on Point Differential is a good place to be for one of last years bottom dwellers. The Queens (11-9), are doing much better then they were at this time last year, and could take the lead of the Southern Conference if the Lions are not careful. The twin O5 combo seems to be working well, and offseason signee Emma Suga seems to be happy and settled in the offense in Rondelle. D1 Yumemi Koyama (#78) has been a huge part of their improvement defensively, despite wanting no credit for what she said was "doing what I (she) need to do to win." Don't count the Queens out just yet, HoopBall in Rondelle is blossoming. First place after a dominant 10 weeks in which they went on a 7 game winning streak and finished 9-1, is the Lions (15-5). The Lions have been well and truely part of the blossom of HoopBall in Rondelle, dominating anywhere they go. The deadly D1 pair of Madoka Grant (#19) and likely Sixth Woman of the Year Megan Murata (#31) have been causing serious problems for opposing O1's the whole season. O4 Shirabe Dean (#57) has been putting the work in offensively too. The Lions seem confident, and now more of the locker room are jumping on the idea that this could be their year. HoopBall in Rondelle is blossoming, and what a time it would be for the Lions to win a championship. Other News: "There will be a total of six National teams playing in the 2012 IHBF World Championships, two of which, Asaca and Skallsjö have already unveiled uniforms for the event. The remaining teams; Itesca, Eslia, Stoenia and the United States of Endoca are expected to unveil their designs closer to the end of the AHBA Season.", July 11, 2011 "Next year, we will be undergoing a huge rebranding. We feel the fans will enjoy this new direction in our branding, and can't wait to show our fans our new uniforms." Rondelle Queens Owner, July 5, 2011
  6. Sometime next week, I should have the rest of the 2011 season up. I might possibly chuck in the 2012 World Championship results and such too.
  7. Sorry everyone (or at least whoever pays attention to this thread) for the huge delay. Haven't had internet for the last couple weeks, but know I've been plenty busy, designing the rest of the National Teams' uniforms, along with simming through the 2011 Season & Finals. I've also made a start on new uniforms for the 2012 season. Also, mods, this thread probably belongs better in the sports fanfiction section, move it as you see fit.
  8. Wow I didn't expect for Minsk to win it that soon! Nice gesture by the Bisons to allow Roy to retire a Quebecois
  9. I had to google her, had no idea who she was. Its the name of the city, it wasn't intended to be related to anything. They need to get their act together, wouldn't want to be finishing last or second last this season with expansion on the horizon... The double OT game was surprising, considering they were playing the top team. I'd call it a rivalry, Heat v Magic. Asuka's next game is against Turrif in Asuka. Asuka next plays Hikaru in Week 14 and 19, so it might be a season series to watch...
  10. The purple and red reminds me of the Raptors older uniforms, so I find the purple and gold works best here. If you used that not only as a secondary but as the B on a cleaned up raven (Like their current main logo) that would look pretty nice.
  11. March 19th 2011 - Rondelle, Ocella Press Release: AHBA Commissioner Karen Raito "It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the AHBA 2011 season has now officially begun. Tomorrow night marks the first game, with the Asuka Magic up against the Turrif Raiders in Asuka. Then on Monday, the Rondelle Queens play the Chibihasa Lighting at Air Asaca Arena, and the Rondelle Lions are up against the Hikaru Heat at Air Asaca Arena on Tuesday. We will find out if the Raiders can make it two Championships in a row this season or if the Heat will come to take the championship they nearly had last season. I will be present at Monday night's game to see some of the excellent action myself." It's that time of year again... Will the Raiders repeat? Will the Heat win the championship they nearly had last year, this year? Will another team come out of nowhere? Are the Lightning still the worst team? All these questions and more will be answered in the 2011 AHBA Season. Week 1 to Week 5 Results: The first 5 games have been rough for the defending champs, the Raiders, going 1-4 in the first 5 games. The team seems out of sync, and doesn't seem to be as strong defensively as of late. Their undefeated regular season home stand carried through from last season, by was ended at 16 games by the Queens in Week 4. Northern Conference Champions, the Hikaru Heat, have had an excellent start to the season going 4-1 in the first five games, including a three game home win streak. The Heat may be hard to beat at the end of the season, as they look more locked in on defense. This is all despite losing one of their best players in free agency to the Lighting. Last year's third place finishers, the Rondelle Lions, look to grab a spot in the Finals this year, with what some are calling the best roster in the league. They however haven't lived up to this hype, going 2-3 in the first five games, winning only one of their 3 games at home during their homestand. The Asuka Magic, who finished fourth last year, have had a good start to the season, going 3-2 in the first 5 games. They don't seem to be noticing any differences offensively, despite losing O5 Emma Suga to the Queens in free agency. The Magic seem to be on track of finishing roughly where they finished last season, and that can only be taken positively. The Rondelle Queens, fifth last year, with the second pick in the 2011 AHBA Draft, seemed to have ironed out some kinks from last season, finishing Week 5 at 2-3, like their hometown rivals, the Lions. 3 losses straight is not a positive looking stat, but go into the next 5 weeks on a 2 game win streak. Is the pressure on their dual O5 starting lineup to high to perform? The Chibihasa Lighting, last year's bottom dwellers, did awfully well for themselves in this years draft and free agency to find themselves 3-2 after 5 games. The team looks much, much better than last year on paper, and that has translated to the court. Free agent siging, O2, Suzuka Gibbons, has been a big boost to their offense, putting up numbers that some believe may win her the MVP this season. Week 6 to Week 10 Results: Standings after Week 10: Week 10 is now upon us. Week 9 was extremely exciting with not one but two games going into overtime, with one even going into Double OT! Many Heat and Magic fans were on the edge of their seats, and so was the whole country, with the biggest viewership of any AHBA regular season game. Only last year's finals Game 6 and 7 were more watched, and this speaks to the popularity of the game in Asaca. 2012 can't come any sooner! After 10 weeks, we can finally start to get a bigger and better picture of how the season will pan out for the 6 teams. The Raiders can't seem to dig themselves out of the hole they dug in the first 5 weeks, instead digging themselves deeper. The team is still switched on offensively, but the -44 Point Differential suggests they still aren't defensively. Currently 3-7, they sit last only by Point Differential. The other teams have stepped up this year, and they will have to step up theirs in the next two thirds of the season if they even want a chance at defending their title. The Magic, who looked to be staying level to where they finished last year, 5 weeks ago, they sit 5th on 3-7, ahead of the Raiders only by Point Differential. The extra road loss compared to the Raiders is concerning, but is nothing to worry about yet. This team finally may be starting to feel the effects of not only starting a rookie, but the loss of Emma Suga. The Magic will need to be better from here on out if they wish to finish fourth once again. Their heartbreaking Double OT loss to the Heat has gone down as the most watched regular season game ever, and that spotlight saw them score no points in the second overtime, suggesting yet again, offense needs improvement. The Queens, who are fourth on 4-6 boast a losing record, but seem to have their defense sorted this season. The -7 Point Differential is much lower in the negatives than their bottom half compatriots, the Magic and Raiders, and shows signs of improvement. Their dual O5 starting lineup of Emma Suga (#1) and Natasha Barber (#36) seems to have started to gel, giving them an interesting advantage inside. Their OT loss to the bottom sitting Raiders wasn't pretty despite only losing by two. Foul trouble seemed to hurt them that game, with them unable to send out the players they would have liked in OT. If they can stay fourth, they should have a good year and can build from there. The third placed Chibihasa Lighting (6-4) may only be there on point differential, but are still not in a situation to go to the Finals with the Heat sitting top. The improvements this season have been huge and the fact that they are 1 game away from matching last years win total in 10 games says a lot on how well they did out of the draft. People questioned the Megan Murata trade, and continue to, due to the fact the Lions are in front of them, but overall that trade has gone well for them. Their rookies are showing what they can do and it has helped them immensely off the bench. Their week 10 loss (to the red hot Heat) ruined their perfect home record, but they are going strength to strength, and may even cause the red hot Hikaru Heat some issues, especially with early MVP candidate Suzuka Gibbons (#2) leading the way. The 6-4 Rondelle Lions sitting in first place in the Southern Conference shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, especially because the the rest of the South haven't been that great. They can't seem to silence the naysayers however, sitting second overall only on Point Differential. That Point Differential gap of +14 is somewhat significant however. "They should be first overall!" they all say, and admittedly on paper, yes they should, but sometimes how a team looks on paper is different to how the team performs on court. A big win against the Lightning in Week 9 was easily overshadowed, but no less significant, especially for a team gunning for the top spot. Trade pick up Megan Murata (#31) seems to be an early pick for Sixth Woman of the Year, showing her stuff in her new home in Rondelle. The only team standing in their way in the quest for the top seed is the red hot Heat and if they keep this up, they may be even able to knock the Heat off the top. Everyone thought the loss of Suzuka Gibbons would kill the (8-2) Heat's chance of going back to the Finals. I guess they forgot to tell the Heat that... Hikaru's dominance as of late reminds many people of last years champions, the Turrif Raiders. When asked about the similarities between the Heat and last years Raiders, D5 Abby Mitchell (#59) said that :"While there are some similarities defensively, we (the Heat) are just hungry to get that title that we were so close to winning last year." Mitchell herself has been amazing and is another early candidate for MVP. The Heat have two hungry teams just two games back from them and need to at least finish ahead of the Lightning and Magic, if they want to go back to the finals. If they continue this dominance, I see them hoisting that championship trophy up high come the end of October/ November. Other News: "The Rondelle Queens are already rumoured to be in contact with AHBA and ANT uniform supplier SB regarding new uniforms and logos for next season." -, May 1 2011 "Rumors from a source close to the Lions organisation suggest that the Lions may not even change their logo and uniforms next season, as the current set seems to be resonating with the fans and selling well." - AsacaHoops, Issue 14, May 2011 I have literally been up all night writing this... internet kept cutting out... Anyways, weeks 11-20 will be out sometime soon. Let me know how your favourite team is doing, and if you've never commented here before, please do, just pick a team, and I will tell you all you need to know... Enjoy!
  12. I love Olympique Laval's away/secondary! I wonder what their home/first would look like with the same type of gradient? I take the yellow home is traditional for them? I'm either gonna support Olymoique Laval or AS Virsac atm
  13. 2011 AHBA Rosters All teams have released their season opening rosters. They show the various trades and signings throughout the offseason and an overall team rating, calculated from each players rating, shown here as offensive, defensive and overall overall. An O denotes an offensive player and D denotes a defensive player. Any player below the halfway line on each team's roster is a bench player. Southern Conference: Northern Conference: The 2011 AHBA season will begin shortly, with standings from 10 weeks put up at a time.
  14. Heyyy, after stalling for so long the Bisons finally get to the second round! We must have done a 76ers and tanked for a while... Lets hope a Global Cup Championship will find a home in Minsk soon...