U15 Boys are National Handball Finalists after great performance at South England Tournament
Massive congratulations are in order for our U15 Boys team, who have qualified for the National Handball Championships after an inspired performance at the South England Finals, and are now one of the top six schools in England - terrific stuff!
Head of Boys PE, Mr O'Carroll, reports from the nail-biting action in Swindon....
'Having qualified as London Champions [after being crowned West London Champions] we knew that the standard of competition was going to be the strongest yet.
We were drawn against Aylesbury Grammar School [Bucks Champions] and Dane Court School [Kent Champions]. With the top two going through to the semi finals we knew that we could not afford to make any mistakes. First up were Aylesbury. We started slowly and suddenly found ourselves 2-0 down within minutes...but that never puts us off! We rallied as a team and found our flow with Cameron, Javaun and Kaine pulling the strings we dominated the rest of the game.
As the final whistle approached we were winning 4-3. The central timer blew the whistle...only for our referee not to hear it and carry on...awarding Aylesbury a free throw...with our boys confused they took full advantage and scored with the final throw of the game...4-4.
Next up was Dane Court and we knew a win would see us through. We were up for it from the first whistle...our opponents could not get near us. We were too fast, organised and creative for them and we ran out comfortable 5-2 winners. With the group stages complete we knew that we had a ‘Cup Final’ game in the semi-finals as both finalists from this competition would qualify for the National Finals. Goal difference saw us finish second in the group which meant a tougher semi final...against Bromfords School from Essex.
Bromfords had dominated their group and they may've thought the semi final was a formality...but they don’t know our boys!! The game started and within the first minute we had gone 2-0 up. Tyreke Griffiths went into beast mode and they could not control him. From that point on we dominated and controlled the game. We ran out 6-3 winners....and secured our place in the National Finals. What an achievement! By qualifying we are one of the top six schools in England and the team have every intention of finishing this journey as the best.
Although the main work was done we had the final to play and try to be crowned as South England Champions. Aylesbury had also made it through so it was a repeat of our first game. What a game the final was! It ebbed and flowed with both teams leading at different times. With seconds remaining we trailed 10-9...only for Matthew David Tate to steal the ball and release Cameron Russell who pulled it back to 10-10.
Extra Time....again it was frantic...but unfortunately we ended up on the end of a 12-11 defeat.
The boys were a little gutted but a reminder of what they had already achieved and the prospect of the National Final finals lifted their spirits!'