Basketball. Ambitious Dover are aiming for the play-offs in National 2

Alex-Anne Deschamps, who was at the Mondeville academy, is one of three signings at Dover this season. ©Aline Chatel

ninth of National 2 last season after a very difficult season, Dover starting again (almost) with a blank sheet of paper! If the workforce was not upset, despite the departures of Justine Enguerrand and Clara Soghomonian, the arrival of Thomas Léger as coach allowed a new dynamic to be set in motion. Three players were recruited in his footsteps: winger Téva Lemière, position 4 Alex-Anne Deschamps and pivot Yadira Perea.

Local recruitment preferred

These reinforcements quite well symbolize the philosophy and appeal of the club in constant development. If DBCN can afford to bring in a foreign player whose influence was immediately welcomed, it is not forgetting its local roots.

Téva and Alex-Anne are local girls. It was a desire to recruit locally to maintain the identity of Dover, a family club, a training club

Tomas Leger

The two former Mondevillaises are part of a well-established tradition in Dover. Before them, Anaïs Catherine, Pauline Bétis and Laurine Busnel had already passed through the very famous USOM training center.

Téva Lemière, trained in Mondeville, is coming off a national 3 season with the Ifs.  She had Thomas Léger as her coach.
Téva Lemière, trained in Mondeville, is coming off a national 3 season with the Ifs. She had Thomas Léger as her coach. ©Aline Chatel

“A lot of joy”

It is with a balanced squad, albeit rather sparse in the interior sector, that Dover prepares for its fifth consecutive season in N2. “The girls want to play together, the ball is moving a lot, it’s a good sign,” emphasizes the former Bayeux coach. I am very happy with this group because they are girls who want to work. »

The systems are made so that every girl can exist. We have an interesting impact inside with Yadira. Girls are able to shoot on the periphery, like Pauline or Anaïs. It can be very interesting if you manage to alternate indoors and outdoors.

Tomas Leger

Federation, priority

Thomas Léger was sixth in National 3 with Ifs reserve last season and used this first experience in the women’s sector to set priorities. “You have to federate the group to make it work. Even in National 2, if we manage to create a solid team where the girls trust each other and want to work together, we will have achieved a lot. »

The top of the target table

How far can Douvraise take it? Ideally in the playoffs. “The club’s aim is to find the top five places. Of course we can claim to play at the top of the table. The first test in this direction will be the trip to Calais.

The Dover Team: Pauline Bétis, Léane Clouvel-UYrie, Laurine Busnel, Tina Françoise, Téva Lemière, Anaïs Catherine, Alex-Anne Deschamps, Peggy Duval, Eva Guelle, Yadira Perea.

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