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South Tyneside Hoops4health Basketball Finals at Sports Central - Jan 30th 2015

I’m delighted to write that we were once again the best supported school at the Hoops4health Basketball finals night. We had a 183 people from our school community in attendance at Sports Central, Newcastle!!! This shows the wonderful, collective enjoyment we all share for school sport at St. Bede’s.

Our school team, which had won ten qualifying games to reach this stage of the competition, were inspired by the amazing support in the semi-final. A fantastic performance saw us dominate the game against Monkton Juniors. However, after several near misses the game went agonisingly to penalties. After the exciting drama of free throws, Shreya became the deserved hero in the shoot-out with the decisive basket. Shreya’s willingness to undertake extra shooting practises at play times had now proved very worthwhile.

At the end of the second quarter of the Newcastle Eagles match, our team made their excited way to the courtside. Sports Central was full and the players were filled with enthusiasm for the final. This grand sporting setting was a just reward for a committed set of players who had happily trained in icy temperatures outside, in the build up to the tournament. Unfortunately though, after a superb contest, Bedeburn claimed victory.

However we still battled gamely, ran energetically, and creatively played some great basketball in front of a packed Sports Central crowd. I was very proud of the dedicated and talented players; Ishmum Hasin, Shreya Bhardwaj, Joshua Camm, Sophie Rowland, Nancy Odile, Alastair Moffitt and Jake Waters, who gave their all on the night. Their inspirational journey to the final had been the result of their positive approach towards training and great team ethic that they had developed together.

The unprecedented numbers at the event showed what a close, supportive school community we enjoy at St. Bede’s. It was uplifting to be amongst the positive comradery and many smiling, friendly faces at the event. I’m sure there will have been some younger St. Bede’s children in the crowd, who will be proudly wearing the school basketball vests in the future. Who knows, we might be back once again next year?

St. Bede’s loud and proud!

By B. McVittie