On Friday 6th January our 7 remaining A Team pupils competed in the Hoops4Health Finals at Sports Central, Newcastle. It was wonderful to watch the North Stand of Sport Central steadily filling up with nearly 100 excited families and friends from Stanhope. This was an amazing community effort, getting behind the team in a big finals event! Our players were really motivated to play in front of so much support, and give their very best.
The Stanhope team took to the court for the first semi-final against East Boldon. We immediately started positively, as we passed the ball around confidently. A flowing team move saw us take an early lead with Charlie Bates (Captain) finding the basket with a fine long range effort. This was met by a fantastic roar from the Stanhope support! We sadly couldn’t build on this lead and after much pressure conceeded 3 baskets to lose 6-2.
The final took place at half-time in the Eagles game, in a front of 3000 at Sport Central. St. Bede’s RC S/S took on East Boldon winning 4-0.
Well done to the skillful and dedicated players who had all trained outside with such commitment in the build up to the finals throughout a cold December. Finally, a massive thank you to the outstanding school community, for your support on a memorable sporting occasion for our school. Hopefully we will be back better and stronger once again next year!