Tweedmouth Community Middle School Y5/6 basketball team recently travelled to Northumbria Sport Central, home of the Newcastle Eagles, to compete in the Northumberland Schools Hoops4Health Basketball Tournament Finals.
Approximately 20 schools from across Northumberland take part in the programme which includes 4 hours of coaching from the Newcastle Eagles Community Foundation Southeast Northumberland Development Officer, Anthony Sampson, and roadshow visits from the Newcastle Eagles Players which included working with year 5 on Healthy Eating, Anti Smoking, Fitness and Basketball.
The semi-finals were played before the Newcastle Eagles BBL game against Leicester Riders. The first semi-final saw Ponteland Middle School comfortably beat Horton Grange Primary, and progress to the final, to be played during the half-time interval. Tweedmouth (coached by Mr S Potter and Mrs A Ritchie) were up next against Burnside Primary. It was a close game, with Tweedmouth taking an early lead thanks to a great basket by Daylan Eden. However, Burnside were not going to give up that easily and with a minute to go scored the equaliser that was to lead to a 2 against 2 shoot out from the free-throw line. After both teams missing the first throw, Kate Harwood stepped up and calmly sank the winning basket meaning that Tweedmouth would meet Ponteland in the final.
At half-time both teams took to the court, in front of a capacity crowd (approximately 3000) to see who would be crowned Northumberland Schools Hoops4Health Champions. Tweedmouth again took an early lead after some great passing movement between Kelis Bloomfield and Garth Skelly resulting in a sweet long range effort from Alex Pottage. Despite some good runs down the wings from Lennox Bell and Daylan Eden, Tweedmouth were unable to capitalise and Ponteland drew level. With some timely substitutions Tweedmouth aggressively took the game to Ponteland. Great defending from Rhiannon Wood and Peggy Mein and quick passing saw the ball move swiftly up the court to Kate Harwood who stepped inside the Ponteland defence to sink the basket that would see Tweedmouth Community Middle School lift the trophy and be crowned Northumberland School Hoops4Health Champions. Final score 4-2 to Tweedmouth.
* Photographed with the Newcastle Eagles are: Daylan Eden, Lennox Bell, Garth Skelly, Rhiannon Wood, Peggy Mein, Kate Harwood, Alex Pottage, Kelis Bloomfield