This weekend the Scotland U19s, Glasgow Rocks and UK Invictus Games wheelchair basketball squads will compete in the Digby Brown Invitational Challenge taking place at the sportscotland Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre in Largs in what promises to be an exciting tournament.

The Scotland U19s are on a high going into this tournament after coming home with a silver medal at the British Wheelchair Basketball Lord’s Taverners National Junior Championships. Assistant Coach, Gary Davidson returns to the squad alongside David Hird after their trip away to coach the Georgian national team. Ronnie Cassels also makes his U19s debut after playing for the U15s last weekend. Head Coach, Jen Scally said: “We will only improve with more competitive and high-performance opportunities to play as Scotland. The Digby Brown Invitational Challenge will be instrumental in enabling us to prepare ahead of School Games.”

Scotland U19s

Head Coach: Jen Scally (Glasgow Rocks)

Assistant Coach: Gary Davidson (Glasgow Rocks)

Team Manager: Brian Borland

Name Classification Club
David Hird 1.0 Glasgow Rocks
Rhys Colliar 1.0 Dundee Dragons
David Beattie 2.0 CWSC Panthers
Tom McCaffrey 2.0 Glasgow Rocks
Ronnie Cassels 2.5 Glasgow Rocks
Adam Donnachie 3.5 Lothian Phoenix
Josh Manson 3.5 RGK Tees Valley Titans
Ben Leitch 4.5 Glasgow Rocks
Cameron Watson 4.5 Lothian Phoenix
James Beattie 5.0 CWSC Panthers

The Glasgow Rocks look to use this tournament as an effective pre-season warmup ahead of their British Wheelchair Basketball Division 1 National League campaign. New signing Luke Pearce said: “This year’s Digby Brown Invitational Challenge will allow Glasgow Rocks to build a strong foundation for the season ahead. It will also allow on and off court relationships to develop, as well as team cohesion; which is an essential element for a team to have.

From my own perspective, this is my first season with Glasgow Rocks, and I’m really forward to it. Everybody at the club has made feel welcome and I feel as though it’s the right situation for me to continue my development as a player. The proposition of playing against the Scotland U19s and UK Invictus Games is an exciting one. It is a challenge that I feel we are ready for and we will do our best to get the results we want.”


Glasgow Rocks

Name Classification
Anthony Tipling-Bowler 1.0
Ryan McCann 1.0
Bobby Park 1.5
Luke Pearce 2.0
Simon Logan 3.0
Gary Davidson 3.5
Gordon Reid 3.5
Peter Moore 3.5
Abdulrahman Shaylan 4.0
Sarah McCaffrey 5.0

Note: The Scotland U19s that are associated with Glasgow Rocks will also be playing for their club.

The UK Invictus Games squad competed in the Invitational Challenge last year as their warmup before the 2017 games in Toronto, Canada where the team came away with a bronze medal. Head Coach, Scottish native Scott Wallace spoke about the team’s involvement in this year’s tournament saying: “basketballscotland have been brilliant in supporting the UK Armed Forces wheelchair basketball team in their preparation for the Invictus Games 2018 in Sydney, Australia. It is even more of a pleasure as the GB Junior Men’s Head Coach to see the young Scottish players, many of whom I hope will go on to represent GB in the future.”

UK Invictus Games

Head Coach: Scott Wallace (GB U23s and Vixens)

Name Club
Dan Bingley Aces
James Rose RGK Tees Valley Titans
Kirsty Wallace Vixens
Lee Matthews N/A
Michael Mellon Dundee Dragons
Paul Guest Norwich Lowriders
Richard Pullen The OWLS
Rick Powell The Bears
Ryan Hewitt North Wales Knights


Saturday 11thAugust

11am Invictus Games v Scotland U19s

1:30pm Glasgow Rocks v Scotland U19s

4pm Invictus Games v Glasgow Rocks

Sunday 12thAugust

9am Invictus Games v Glasgow Rocks

10:45am Glasgow Rocks v Scotland U19s

12:30pm Scotland U19s v Invictus Games