Lyons happy with tough Trophy draw

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Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons says he is pleased to be pitting his wits against two of last season’s best teams early in the new campaign when it tips-off on September 30.

The BBL are starting the season with the group stages of the Trophy for the second consecutive season.

Sheffield are in the North 2 group with Cheshire Jets and Trophy holders Mersey Tigers. It is a competition that Sharks have struggled in since winning it in 1998. Since 2002 they have only reached the last four once.

This has mainly been due to playing Newcastle Eagles in the group stages.

The Eagles have won the Trophy on four occasions since 2005 and reached the final a further two times.

Lyons said it will still be difficult to progress but thinks an early sight of Jets and Tigers will help his team: “It’s going to be another tough and hard-fought season in the BBL.

“To start the season we have a difficult group in the Trophy competition with Cheshire and Mersey, however this will give us a great look at two teams who will probably be in and around us in the League competition.

“As always, our aim is to go for trophies and we’ll do everything in our power to help us do that.”

Durham Wildcats have replaced Sharks in the North 1 group. The new boys will play Eagles and Glasgow Rocks.