Last year, Ikstens coached the Latvian Women’s Basketball League team “Ogres Kolibri”, which combined the students of the Ogres basketball school and the BK “Kolibri” coached by Mudīte Gūtmanes. In the course of the season, experienced players joined – Ieva Weinberga, Zane Volska, Laura Ikstena and Anete Klintsone.
“Ogres Kolibri” won the second place in the main tournament of the second division of LSBL in the competition of 11 teams, together with the second team of Riga Stradins University, they got the right to participate in the playoffs. At the beginning of April, four teams – Daugavpils University, BS “Rīga” juniors/LU, RSU 2 and “Ogres Kolibri” – competed for one ticket to the “Final Four” in Ogres 1st High School.
In the only “play-off” game on April 1, the home team lost to Daugavpils University in front of full stands, which was strengthened by Ukrainian players Vita Horobeca and Uljana Dacko – 55:74. In the future, the composition of the team for the next season took place, but in the summer, not having received support, the team ceased to exist.
Edgars Iksten, competing with Italian and Spanish colleagues, won the competition for the position of coach of “BG 89 Avides Hurricanes”. The Latvian will be the assistant of head coach Kristians Greves, and will also coach the U14 and U16 girls’ teams.
The club was founded in 1989 by the merger of two smaller clubs from the cities of Rothenburg and Schessel (almost halfway between Bremen and Hamburg). Last year, the women’s team earned a record of 13-8, finished in fifth place in the Northern Group and remained first beyond the play-off zone.
25 teams, divided into two groups, play in Germany’s second Bundesliga. BG 89 Avides Hurricanes compete in the northern group (DBBL 2 Nord). Last year, 12 teams played there, including the ambitious Berlin ALBA, which moved to the top league this year.
The team will consist of 2-3 professionals, including two foreign women. The team also includes four semi-professional players who come to the evening training sessions after the main work.
The Second League calendar has not yet been published. It is known that “BG 89 Avides Hurricanes” will start in the second round of the German Cup on October 9competing against the winners of the pair of Lichterfelde and Eintracht Braunschweig.