The laggards of Cartagena Sports start a new academic year


The laggards of Cartagena Sports start a new academic year

The ambitious project of FC Cartagena Baloncesto is leading the various competition premieres this weekend

October kicks off and with it some of the last leagues that hadn’t started making their way yet. This is the case for two of the Cartagena Football Club’s sections: the basketball and volleyball teams and women’s football, with ambitious goals in each case. These two debutants join some clubs that only started their competitions a few days ago and will try to achieve the proposed successes in their respective sports.

ODILO FC Cartagena CB will compete in the ‘East’ Group of the LEB Plata, the third national category of Spanish basketball. It is divided into two groups and the Cartagena group is the most complicated. It lists all the recently relegated players, including the club they debuted against on the first day of the competition: Club Baloncesto Peñas Huesca. They will start soon at the Palacio de los Deportes, as there is a weekday match against the Gran Canaria subsidiary.

More than a thousand subscribers already have the Cartagena team, which is making the city’s fans become addicted to basketball like it hadn’t happened in years, especially after promotion to the LEB Plata League.

In addition, the players Pau Tendero and Isaiah Powell were introduced yesterday. The first spoke explicitly of “promotion to LEB Gold”, just as center Sergio Mendiola did last week. “That’s why I came here, to stand up and contribute everything I can. It’s the goal and I don’t think there is another,” he said. Last year, those led by David Ayala managed to sneak into the play-offs for promotion to the LEB Oro. This season, with an almost total reorganizing the squad, they will try to go a step further and get as close to promotion as possible that it gets complicated.

For his part, Gustavo Aranzana, Cebé’s coach, spoke about the league debut. The man from Valladolid believes that “after a long pre-season the players want to start competing”. He said that “it is a very tough campaign and on Saturday we will have the first test, but we are very excited.” As for the goals of this campaign, more ambitious than the previous one, he thinks that “it wouldn’t do anyone any good to put more pressure on”.

Another team that will fight for powerful goals is FC Cartagena-Algar Surmenor. The signing of women’s national team manager Pascual Saurín was a significant and significant gamble to try and return to the Iberdrola League, where they were relegated just two years ago.

They will compete in Group ‘C’ of Superliga 2. Only the two best-ranked teams from each group will compete for the promotion phase, from which the chosen ones will progress to the top division of Spanish women’s volleyball. The competition starts next Saturday at 7 p.m. against CV Valencia at home.

On the club’s ‘En Blanco y Negro’ program, he stated that he is “very excited” this season. “We can fight to be at the top and be among the best in the category. If we continue to work conscientiously, we can reach those positions and anything can happen in a promotion phase,” he said.

Women’s football will also start this weekend for the albine grass. The girls led by Juan Sevilla will compete in the Autonomous Preferred and will try to rise in the category. The coach stated yesterday that “we have to start well, with a victory over Mazarrón (Sunday at 6 pm), to achieve the goal of promotion.” He also noted that “we have recovered from last season’s long-term injuries.”

Another section of the Fútbol Club Cartagena that started its competition a few weeks ago is the handball section. The Cartagena team will once again compete in Group E of the First Men’s National Championship this year. They have already played three games, with a balance of one win and two defeats at the start of the competition.

They lost on the first day to BM Mare Nostrum Torrevieja (29-26) and on the second to Servigroup Benidorm (29-35), but the course was straightened in the third week by beating the bottom team Almoradí (22-36) and now they are eighth. This Saturday at 5.30 pm they will receive CE La Salle Bonanova, who is in twelfth place with the same two points, in the Guimbarda Wsell.

UCAM Cartagena Table Tennis, with 42 titles to its name, is the most successful team in the entire region. This year they will again be candidates to win all the trophies in question. Last season they lost the league title against Tecnigen Linares after they dominated the regular competition with an iron fist.

On the first day, they played the role of favorites, beating Alicante TM (4-0) with victories from María Xiao, Ye Lin, Silvia Asis and in doubles. They won’t play again until the next fourteenth at 7pm, against the Vegas del Genil club and in the Cuatro Santos pavilion.

Another team that started the competition last week is CRU Cartagena. They compete in the Second Valencian Territorial, a category in which they rose unceremoniously last year. They started with a win against the Universitat d’Alacant (26-28). This weekend they will rest and resume the league competition on the weekend of October 23.

In addition, they will participate in the competition of the Region of Murcia. Last year they were champions by beating CUR Murcia. However, they had to give up the fight for promotion to División de Honor ‘B’, the second tier of Spanish rugby, against Vilafranca, due to a lack of budget and the many casualties they suffered.

Source: La Verdad


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