Eurogames, Zurich. The Cruisers arrive in force with 3 teams for a long weekend of hard basketball action and the rudimentary off-court partying, with the added entertainment of sleeping in nuclear bunkers. The men’s team won the tournament, beating Paris in what has to be the most exciting final ever, going into 2 extra times. The women entered two teams, the first team come 5th.
An eclectic mix of multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-talented lesbians and gay men, the London Cruisers is the most dynamic gay basketball club in the UK.
The Cruisers are currently looking for sponsorship to host it’s 2nd London Tournament, August 2007, and for the London Metropolitan Basketball League and for International Tournaments.
Gold & Bronze medallists in Chicago Gay Games 2006, Gold medallists at 1st World OutGames Montreal 2006, Winners of the LMBL League and Cup 2004/5 2002
Its been 8 years since the London Cruisers first got together as a women’s team to play in the Gay Games in Amsterdam. Today London Cruisers Basketball Club comprises four teams, 2 women’s and 2 men’s team that have already found their way to the top of major gay sporting events. At the Gay Games in Chicago, the men’s 35+ team won gold medals and the women came away with bronze medals in Group B, to add to their bronze medals that they picked up at the GayGames in Sydney 2002.
The Cruisers were the only UK basketball team.
7 players drove to Amsterdam in VW Combi and a car, staying in campsite. The atmosphere was incredible, with the town painted pink and yellow — the colours of the Gay Games flags that were everywhere. With thousands of gay sports men and women from around the globe, this was truly a week long party. Two of original players pulled out, one returning to Canada, and the other taking on the role of cheer leader. The team managed to ring in two new players, including an ex-National league player — 6ft Mandy. The competition was a bit of a shock as only two players had actually played a proper match before. The Cruisers won 3 out of 7 games and came 16th out of 35 — top half of the draw. (The positioning could have been higher if team members hadn’t started partying on day three thinking that it was a knock-out competition).
This was held upstairs at the midnight shift, it was also held on the same night as the Butch party. Each team had to nominate another team with an award. Cruisers I chose Chinese Taipei as their recipients giving them the award for ‘The most cruisiest’ while Cruisers II awarded Tropical Fruit with ‘The sexiest shots’ Cruisers II received two accolades themselves one was from Sydney Divas ‘Hard luck award’ and Athena was singled out in particular by The Fatal Attraction Dutch team as she received the award for person most likely to throw themselves about the court. (she could be seen later strutting her stuff wearing the orange crown). The men also received an award for being the ‘Most fashionable Team’ I think they were quite pleased with this one….
It was a fabulous night with plenty of alcohol being consumed by all, after the awards came the dancing. Ade particularly enjoyed herself at this time and made quite a few special friends(see pictures for details). Most of us headed off to bed except the harty Laura and Ade who went on to represent the Cruisers at the Butch Party… well done girls.. respect to the stamina levels..
The ethos behind the Cruisers is primarily to have fun (and cruise, of course). The emphasis is also on competition and the Cruisers compete in international gay and lesbian tournaments. Mixed training will takes place on Sundays, from 4-6pm at Bethnal Green, 6 Gosset St, London E2
Over the years, the Cruisers have entered numerous international gay competitions and as a result have made friends all over the world. We have been invited to enter competitions organised by gay teams in Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Berlin and Chicago.
The Cruisers have organised two London Tournament in 2006 and 2007. Teams from Paris, Amsterdam, St Petersburg, San Francisco and Brighton took part over the two tournaments which involved competitive match’s with qualified referees and in 2006 it was a Cruiser/Cruiser final for both the men and women. There was plenty of opportunity to socialise and party too.
Dates for diary:
Training resumes September.
Women: Thurs 7-9pm. Venue: Bethnal Green Sports Centre, Gosset St, Shoreditch E2..
Mixed: (experienced newcomers welcome): Sun 4-6pm pick-up session (ie small warm up followed by games – not what you might be thinking!). Venue: Bethnal Green Sports Centre, Gosset St, Shoreditch E2 6NW.
Men: – TBC
The London Cruisers beat the Paris Boys 55 — 50 in a nail biting final that went into three overtime periods. At the end the exhausted but ecstatic players brought home well-deserved gold medals. Winning the whole event was all the more remarkable as these were the first games that the year old team has played in. The men’s Team Captain Jordi Ibars commented:
” We didn’t expect to win — it was such an incredible moment especially after all our hard work”
In addition to the men’s team, 2 women’s teams entered the competition with one achieving 5th place out of the overall 24 participating female teams. Sponsorship by Soho Gyms enabled both the men’s & women’s teams to wear a unifying kit that stood them apart from the rest. For those of you who missed the Eurogames, all of the Cruisers can next be seen in action at the UK Gay Sports Festival 30th July in Waltham Forest, London.
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Amsterdam Tigers competition. Great to be back in Amsterdam, three years on with a strong women’s team and a men’s team that are European champions . Another weekend of fun and basketball, coinciding with Canal Pride. Great rapport was struck up with the Tigers teams who hosted most of our players. The women’s team won the tournament and at last savour the delights of long-awaited success and the men’s team come 4th.
Press release: 5/08/02 Women take the triple
The London Cruisers, the UK’s only lesbian and gay basketball club, took 4 teams to Amsterdam a European tournament hosted by the Amsterdam Tigers on the 2nd August, The women came first (the third successive victory) and fourth and the men’s team came fourth and sixth.
The women fielded two strong teams, the first team in fine form, with Laura Dewar, player-coach, having a chance to work with a team that will be heading to Sydney for the Gay Games in November 2002. After beating Paris in a close opening game, the first team went on the beat Zurich, Fatal Attraction from Amsterdam and in the semi-finals came up against fierce competition from the B team. The B team lost to Berlin and came a well-deserved fourth and also walked off with the ‘sexiest legs’ award. The A team had to face the physical French team again in the final. With strict refs in control of the game the Cruisers could let their skill shine through with some excellent set moves and some truly awesome shooting from Lindsay Garret. The atmosphere in the final was tense, and there was light relief during half time when two of the male Cruisers came on court with a cheer-leading cruisers rap. Encouragement for the second half when the Cruisers stayed in control and beat Paris by a clear 5 points. This was their third victory in the 3 successive European tournaments and makes the Cruisers the European team to beat in Sydney!
It was good to see the men fielding a second team and yet again, the first team, European champions at the Eurogames in Zurich 2002 looked ready for action. Unfortunately the first team have still to find their previous form, but battled hard against an invincible Amsterdam team and their old friends, Paris B, who came second. In the semi-finals the Cruisers were up against a tough team from Budapest and despite putting up a hard fight, failed to get in control of the game and came fourth overall — maybe because like the women’s B team, they were too busy looking pretty, pulling off the ‘sexiest legs’ award. It took a while for the new players to settle in and for the B team to gel, but although they didn’t pick up an award for their basketball dexterity, they did come away with the ‘gayest team’ award.
The tournament was organised, like the Gay Games four years ago, to coincide with Amsterdam’s Canal Parade or gay pride. London Cruisers, having played tournaments in Paris, Barcelona, Zurich and Amsterdam now feel compelled to host a competition here in London. With the amount of organisation required and Sydney in the offing, the Cruisers are looking at 2004, and need some serious sponsorship.