Hackney Girls qualify for London Youth Games basketball final
The University of East London played host to the capital’s largest sports event of the year on Sunday 31st May – the London Youth Games. An impressive 22 boroughs entered the U18 girls basketball competition all fighting to make it to the top four. The Hackney trials, training and selection was all held at Clapton Girls Academy under Team Manager ‘Coach Fe’ over a two month period. Due to their hardwork and dedication, 11 out of 12 final squad members were Greenhouse participants, with nine of those 11 hailing from host Clapton Girls Academy.
With three qualifying games to get through, the girls knew they had to win every match to secure a place in the quarter-final draw. In the first game against Lewisham, Hackney took a decisive 20-6 victory. Wandsworth were next in line and the girls from Hackney had begun to develop a taste for winning, dominating the game for a 29-2 victory. With just Ealing standing in the way of a quarter-final spot, the pressure was on but Hackney were determined and showed good composure to secure a 10 point advantage over the West Londoners (13-3).
Meeting Croydon in the quarter-final meant two Greenhouse coaches went head-to-head (coach Alex from Harris South Norwood was Team Manager for Croydon). With an excited crowed watching in anticipation, the girls from Hackney did not disappoint as they secured another decisive victory (21-9) to secure their place at Crystal Palace for finals day. Other boroughs to make Finals were Barking & Dagenham, Southwark and Hounslow. Well done, team!
Also taking part in the London Youth Games, though in a more ‘official’ capacity, were Clapton Girls Academy Sixth Formers. Tiye, Fahdi and Kevser were all table officials for both the boys and girls basketball qualification days. They kept the scores, time and fouls for over 30 games in this well-run and high profile tournament. Thank you for your support.
The Hackney girls’ squad now has just five weeks to prepare for the Finals which will take place on Saturday 4th July at Crystal Palace. First games tip at 1:30pm and are free to watch. Any supporters would be warmly welcome.