Ayrshire Tornadoes B.C.

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Ayrshire Tornadoes B.C.
LeagueSBC Division 1
Established1991; 29 years ago (1991)
HistoryTroon
1991-1998
Troon Tornadoes
1998-2015
Ayrshire Tornadoes
2015-present
LocationDalry, North Ayrshire
WebsiteOfficial website

The Ayrshire Tornadoes are a Scottish basketball club based in Dalry, North Ayrshire.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1991 as Troon Basketball Club, playing home games at Marr College, Troon. [1] As one of Scotland's leading amateur basketball clubs, the club joined the Scottish Men's National League for the 1998-99 season as the Troon Tornadoes, quickly establishing themselves as a very capable National League team. Their first title came 4 years later, winning the Scottish National League in 2002, with only a single defeat all season.

The Tornadoes would finish in the top-3 teams for 5 of the next 6 seasons, including another National League title in 2006. During this period the Tornadoes also claimed the Scottish Cup title on three occasions. From 2008 onwards, the club remained competitive in the National League albeit in a slow and steady decline down the league standings.

In 2015, the club moved from their traditional home in Troon to Dalry, and rebranded as the Ayrshire Tornadoes to reflect the wide area across which the club attracted players and hoped to develop a wider community programme. Unfortunately these plans did not stop the decline of the senior men's team, who after finishing 10th in Division 1, were relegated into the newly-formed Division 2. The Tornadoes spent three seasons in Division 2, eventually achieving promotion back to Division 1 in 2019.

Teams[edit]

Senior Men (National League Division 1)
Senior Men B (Strathclyde League Division 2)
U18 Men (National League Division 1)
U16 Men (National League Division 1)

Honours[edit]

Scottish National League Champions (2002, 2006)
Scottish Cup Champions (2003, 2005, 2006)

Professional players[edit]

In the summer of 2006, several players formed part of a mass exodus towards professional basketball clubs including, Dan Wardrope (to Guildford Heat), Brian McCotter (to Newcastle Eagles), and Andy Pearson (to Scottish Rocks).

Season-by-season records[edit]

Seasons 1998-2015
Season Division Tier League Playoffs Scottish Cup
Finish Played Wins Losses Points Win %
Troon Tornadoes
1998-1999 SNBL 2 7th 27 10 17 37 0.370
1999-2000 SNBL 2 6th 18 7 11 25 0.389
2000-2001 SNBL 2 7th
2001-2002 SNBL 2 1st 17 16 1 33 0.941
2002-2003 SNBL 2 2nd 18 15 3 33 0.833 Winners, beating City of Edinburgh Kings, 73-69
2003-2004 SNBL 2 3rd 18 12 6 30 0.667
2004-2005 SNBL 2 2nd Winners, beating City of Edinburgh Kings, 80-63
2005-2006 SNBL 2 1st Winners, beating City of Edinburgh Kings, 79-65
2006-2007 SNBL 2 5th 17 10 7 27 0.588
2007-2008 SNBL 2 3rd 16 12 4 26 0.750
2008-2009 SNBL 2 4th 20 8 12 28 0.400 Semi Finals
2009-2010 SNBL 2 4th 20 10 10 30 0.500 Semi Finals
2010-2011 SNBL 2 6th 18 8 10 26 0.444 Did Not Qualify
2011-2012 SNBL 2 4th 18 10 8 28 0.556 Quarter Finals Quarter Finals
2012-2013 SNBL 2 4th 18 11 7 29 0.611 Semi Finals Quarter Finals
2013-2014 SNBL 2 6th 18 8 10 26 0.444 Quarter Finals 2nd Round
2014-2015 SNBL 2 8th 22 7 15 29 0.318 Quarter Finals 1st Round
Season Division Tier League Playoffs Scottish Cup
Finish Played Wins Losses Points Win %
Ayrshire Tornadoes
2015-2016 SBC D1 2 10th 18 2 16 20 0.111 Did Not Qualify 1st Round
2016-2017 SBC D2 3 6th 14 5 9 19 0.357 Did Not Qualify 1st Round
2017-2018 SBC D2 3 5th 14 9 5 23 0.643 Did Not Qualify 2nd Round
2018-2019 SBC D2 3 1st 16 14 2 28 0.875 Winners and Promoted to Division 1 Semi Finals
2019-2020 SBC D1 2 9th 16 1 15 16 0.063 Did Not Qualify 1st Round

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