AOL Périgueux is now the second club in the Dordogne. Cyril Chirol’s team now plays at the Clos-Chassaing Gymnasium. “We’re finally in Périgueux. Hopefully we’ll have more people and we’ll represent the city. Third last season, the coach wants to ‘perform better.’ But in a pool where both Tulle and ASPTT Limoges descend from the N3, with Cognac and Limoges CSP and Landouge, “It’s going to be fun,” warns Chirol.Who goes…
AOL Périgueux is now the second club in the Dordogne. Cyril Chirol’s team now plays at the Clos-Chassaing Gymnasium. “We’re finally in Périgueux. Hopefully we’ll have more people and we’ll represent the city. Third last season, the coach wants to ‘perform better.’ But in a pool where both Tulle and ASPTT Limoges descend from the N3, with Cognac and Limoges CSP and Landouge, “It’s going to be fun,” warns Chirol. Who will subsequently “discover Charentais basketball.” With three departures, including Thomas Massopry, for three expats, including Othman Jarbawi, AOL will begin Saturday, September 24 with Reception of Aixe-sur-Vienne.
Group A: AOL, Aixe-sur-Vienne, Aytré, Cognac, ASPTT Limoges, CEP Poitiers, Tulle, CSP Limoges B, Stade Poitevin, Saint-Rogatien, La Rochelle B, Limoges Landouge. The first goes up, the last four go down.
Rookie San Front de Prado is approaching the new season “without pressure”, coach Remy Rogues confirmed. And stable since the arrival of the player, to replace the downtime. “It’s a good thing, it allows us to have standards” when it comes to traveling to Brave, who defeated ESO two seasons ago in R3. “Our goal is to keep first and after that, why don’t we finish the game in the first half.”
After winning the promotion last season, Polzac B’s still has to play the leading roles in a group as it did the year before.
Group B: ASPTT Limoges B, Saint-Pantaléon, Panazol / Feytiat, Beaune / Rilhac, Bénévent, Couzeix, Limoges BC, Brive, Boulazac B, Cenon, Angoulême, Saint-Front-de-Pradoux. The first two go up and the other two go down.
Promotion, Sanilhacois are impatient. “We aim to keep it as quickly as possible to see higher,” coach Nicolas Pinirol defines. It builds on the summer friendlies which saw his team beat other R3 teams. “We go into the unknown a little bit because we are going to discover the pool and we have a young team. We had a few departures for studies matched by many newcomers.” It is the group that has grown up and which has been really developing in the area among the youth.
The ASPTT Grand Périgueux also arrives at R3 with a new coach (Fabien Peyrard) and “a lot of changes because the students left us”, describes Alain Liabot, president. Not all departures are compensated, but postal workers can aim for “maintenance. We will continue to structure ourselves. The hen will be raised with Lot-et-Garonne teams.”
There will also be Sarlat in this pool, while Eyzerac finds himself isolated with teams from Limousin, which could allow him to strive for a season as good as the previous one.
Group C: Eyzerac, Saint-Vaury, Limoges Landouge B, Capo Limoges, Lavaufranche, Chauvigny, Civray, Limoges Saint-Antoine, Beaune / Rilhac, Guéret, Oradour-sur-Glane, La Souterraine.
Group D: Prive, Dynamic Lotte Curies, Seche / Saint Barthelemy B, Bode, Villeneuve-sur-Lot B, BB Marmande B, Beni, Sanillac, Sarlat, Le Temple, ASPTT Grand Périgueux, La Réole. The first two go up and the other two go down.
Bergerac aims for “maintenance” this season, assures Guillaume Laroche, president. Quieter than last season insofar as it is, with a renewed squad, bolstered by students transitioning into seniors and now coached by Ridouane Rabah, former Gardonnais. For now, USB would be happy to stay at R2 because the club “has chosen to put together a great junior team, with real potential”. Before thinking maybe better.
Le Lardin experienced a real off-season revolution. 80% of the workforce has changed. “We’ve had a lot of departures, and they’ve been compensated by guys who have been coached at the club,” explains Stephanie Laveau, who will return to the bench. It is a group of young people (“average age of 19”) who have developed together as student volunteers. The goal is clearly to keep itself since LBC asked to be demoted to R2 and Team B, who won by joining R3, withdrew.
Group B: Brive B, Le Lardin, Bénévent, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Bergerac, Guéret, Panazol, Limoges ABC C, Feytiat C, Saint-Louis-Gonzague. The first two go up and the other two go down.