On Friday night our talented basketballers became South Tyneside Champions at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle. The players showed not only skill, but a lot of courage to perform magnificently in front of a capacity three thousand crowd!
In a round robin format we qualified for the final in first place, after convincing victories against Biddick Hall and Stanhope. However, the final against Stanhope became a closer and dramatic encounter.
We created several opportunities in the first half, but saw several shots bounce away off the rim of the basket. Stanhope then applied their own pressure and took the lead with an excellent long range shot.
However, we showed great character after conceding to force an equaliser through Mark. Neither side could score a winner, so the game had to be decided by penalties. Sharp shooter Maisie became the St. Bede’s match winner, as all her practice paid off with the winning free throw!
I was extremely proud of our children after watching them develop as a team in training, where they have shown so much dedication. It was also wonderful to see the great family, teacher and wider school community support from South Shields, which inspired the children on a glorious night’s basketball!