The Y5/6 Basketball team were in superb form at the Y5/6 Hoops4Health tournament at Harton. Four group victories meant we topped the group, before a 16-0 semi-final win over Biddick Hall saw us storm into the final. We played an excellent final where we created the majority of the chances, but the game finished 2-2. Unfortunately we lost on penalties, but all of the players could be very proud of how well they played. Amazingly all of the boys were only Year 5, so could play in this competition again next year.
Northumberland Tyne & Wear Basketball Finals 2016
Friday 22nd April
Venue – Sport Central, Newcastle
Champion of Champions Group
Ponteland (Northumberland) 0 – 6 St. Bede’s RC (S. Tyneside)
Joseph Wood 3
St. Bede’s RC (S. Tyneside) 12 – 2 Glynwood (Gateshead)
Megan Tooley 3
Jake Waters 2
Stephenson Mem. (N. Tyneside) 4 – 12 St. Bede’s RC (S. Tyneside)
Joseph Wood 3
Jake Waters 3
St. Bede’s RC (S. Tyneside) 14 – 0 Sunderland High (Sunderland)
Megan Tooley 2
Joseph Wood 3
Jake Waters 2
St. Albans (Newcastle) 2 – 12 St. Bede’s RC (S. Tyneside)
Jake Waters 4
St. Bede’s were group winners with 5 wins from 5 games, while Stephenson Memorial also qualified for the final after finishing second in the group, a point ahead of Ponteland.
Northumberland Tyne & Wear Basketball Final 2016
St. Bede’s RC (S. Tyneside) 6 – 0 Stephenson Mem.(N. Tyneside)
The results show the wonderful consistency and quality of performances that the players displayed throughout the finals at Sport Central. I was extremely proud of the whole team! Jake Waters (Captain), Megan Tooley ( Vice-Captain), Josh Camm, Grace Knowles, Nick Campbell, Francesca Williams and Joseph Wood you are Northumberland Tyne & Wear Basketball Champions, indeed you are the ‘Champions of Champions’- what a wonderful achievement!
Friday 5th February 2016
Sport Central – Newcastle
On Friday evening, it was wonderful to watch the South Stand of Sport Central steadily filling up with smiling St. Bede’s families and friends. By Tip Off time, we had over two hundred from the school in attendance, ready to cheer on our basketball team. The players were really excited to play in front of so much warm hearted support, and were duly ready to play their finest basketball.
In the first Hoops4Health semi-final East Boldon edged past St. Aloysius with a solitary basket in the final seconds of a tight game. Then the waiting was over, as we took to the court for the second semi-final against Hadrian. We immediately started on the front foot, as we passed the ball around confidently. Josh Camm showed great vision to find Joseph Wood who quickly travelled into the space, before unleashing a perfectly flighted shot to drop straight into the basket. This was met by a fantastic roar from the St. Bede’s support in the South Stand corner!
Hadrian came back with a few breakaway attacks, but they were comfortably defended, by the alert Grace Knowles. Gradually, the game began to be played exclusively in the Hadrian half, as we began to bombard their basket. The second score came when Megan Tooley reacted first to a rebound, to skilfully place a shot off the backboard and into the basket!
To their credit, Hadrian tried to respond and managed to mount some good attacks, which we defended well as a team. However, we continued to look threatening on the attack and were unfortunate to not add to our 4-0 win. The scenes were great at the final buzzer, as the players congratulated each other, before receiving a wonderful, uplifting ovation when they returned to the St. Bede’s seating area.
The final took place at half-time in the Eagles game, in a front of a near capacity, 3000 at Sport Central. The St. Bede’s players were delighted to be in the final, but were very determined to claim the overall tournament victory. This was evident in the first seconds of the final, as Josh sharply latched on to a loose ball and hit a shot that came back agonisingly off the rim of the basket. This positive, attacking intent was a sign of things to come in the final, as we took the game to East Boldon.
Josh soon made a trademark burst down the left wing before passing to Jake who shot on the run, only to see his effort narrowly bounce clear. Megan then went close, followed by Joseph and Josh as the East Boldon basket was besieged. The crucial first breakthrough came when Captain Jake Waters made an interception on the half-way line. He athletically spun away from a challenge then glided past another defender, before releasing a stunning jump shot (from 3 point range) to score directly into the basket. This was a true moment of individual brilliance!
The confidence was now flowing through the team, the passing was becoming more fluent, while our movement was too quick for the opposition. Within moments, we doubled our lead, as Jake majestically carried the ball out of defence before passing to Josh whose pinpoint centre found Joseph, who finished superbly at the second attempt! The loud cheers from the St. Bede’s support could be heard clearly from the court, while the best was still to come. The players then constructed a sensational team goal that started from underneath our own basket. Jake passed to Megan, who brilliantly spun to pass to Josh. Josh proceeded to accelerate past a defender with his silky dribbling skills before crossing to Joseph to finish expertly, for an outstanding team basket! This score had the whole of Sport Central clapping with appreciation.
Nick and Francesca came on and they both defended resolutely, as East Boldon tried to register a basket. However, our defence could not be breached, as we continued our fantastic record of not conceding a single basket in our 12 Hoops4health games this season. At the other end, we continued to look as if we could stretch our lead. Josh again went close to scoring the basket his performance had richly deserved.
On the final hooter, it finished 6-0 to St. Bede’s, with joyous scenes of celebration on and off the court. The players showed great respect, even amongst their excitement, to shake hands with all of the East Boldon players, who had themselves played their part in a great final.
However, it was St. Bede’s moment, and it was fantastic to see Captain Jake Waters lift the South Tyneside Hoops4Health trophy, to huge cheers around Sport Central. On a night where we had unprecedented support, we also had a special team performance. Well played to the talented and dedicated players: Megan Tooley (Vice-Captain), Grace Knowles, Francesca Williams, Nick Campbell, Joseph Wood, Josh Camm and Jake Waters (Captain), who had all trained with such commitment in the build up to the finals. Finally, a massive thank you to the outstanding St. Bede’s school community, for your inspirational support on a memorable sporting occasion for our school.
I’m sure there will have been some younger St. Bede’s children in the crowd, who will be proudly wearing the new school basketball kits in the future. Who knows, we might be back once again next year?
St. Bede’s South Shields, loud and proud!
Thursday 26th November
Four teams from St. Bede’s took part in the eagerly anticipated, annual Newcastle Eagles Basketball tournament. There were 57 teams involved from across the borough at Temple Park.
During the day, it was fantastic to walk around the Sports hall watching our teams play some fantastic basketball. The comradery from our teams was superb, while they were all fully committed during their games. Two of our teams topped their morning group, while another qualified in second place, to reach the last 16 knock-out stage.
Two St. Bede’s sides were paired against one another in the Quarter-Finals. Daniel Ellwood’s team prevailed after a nail biting penalty shoot-out. Elsewhere, baskets from Megan Tooley (2), Jake Waters (2), Joseph Wood, Joshua Camm and great defence from Grace Knowles meant that they beat St. Oswald’s A 12-0 in their game.
As we arrived at the last 8, St. Bede’s were the only school to have two teams left in the competition. Naturally, they were paired against each other in the Play-Off Finals, which meant that we were guaranteed a St. Bede’s representative side in the finals at Sports Central, Newcastle.
Well done to everyone that took part on the day and the great parental support that we enjoyed at Temple Park. The team consisting of Grace Knowles, Megan Tooley, Joseph Wood, Joshua Camm and Jake Waters will now play at Sports Central on Friday 15th January at 6pm.
It would be wonderful if we can get a lot of children and family members from our school community to attend this prestigious event. All tickets to watch St. Bede’s and the Newcastle Eagles will be free. It will be a fun filled and exciting night for St. Bede’s school community!
This promises to be a special occasion, where children who supported the school in previous Hoops4health Finals night’s will now be stepping up to play themselves.
Two wins, a draw and two narrow defeats ( against both tournament finalists) represented a very good effort for our school Basketball A team in the recent competition at Harton. The children gave a very good account of themselves in a highly competitive tournament. Well played to William Newham (Captain), Evie Whitfield, Faizah Ashraf, Shreya Bhardwaj, Matthew Cain, Flynn Gillies and Jared Elliot.
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!
Five Basketball consisting of 35 children from St. Bede’s had a great day at the Y5 Hoops4health tournament. Two of our sides reached the semi-finals, while one team went on to qualify for the District finals, to be held at Sports Central Newcastle, on Friday 30th January 2015. We have 100 free tickets for the occasion, which I’m sure will be a brilliant event for the whole school community.
We took four excited teams to Temple Park to take part in a huge basketball tournament, containing 63 teams at Temple Park. The children worked as a team and competed in good spirits, which resulted in three of our sides reaching the latter stages of the tournament. Amazingly two our team played against each other in the play off final ! This means that we will have a representative team from St. Bede’s taking part in the District finals at Sports Central on January 31st. Let’s go St. Bede’s let’s go!
Our two basketball teams performed superbly at the annual Hoops4health basketball tournament which involved over 60 teams! Both sides played fantastic basketball to each win their respective groups in the first phase of the competition. They went on to play against each other in the semi finals we’re one of our sides sadly had to bow out. Nevertheless the beaten side admirably supported the other in the final where they managed to come through a penalty shoot out to win in dramatic fashion. They will now play in the District finals night at Sport Central, the home of the Newcastle Eagles on Friday March 15th. Here they will compete to be crowned Hoops4health champions 2013. It should be a fantastic experience!