This past week has seen the house basketball tournaments for Year 5 and 6 and, despite the incredibly hot weather, the children’s enthusiasm and skill weren’t affected and all 12 games saw some tremendous play and some excellent matches.
The Year 5 tournament came first, last Friday, with Barnado looking to prove their status as pre-tournament favourites, but game one was all about Seacole and Brunel who fought out a tough 4-4 draw. This was all the more impressive as Brunel had taken a 4-0 lead, but the children soon realised how long 10 minutes actually is and Seacole were pressing for the win in the final minutes. The second game of round one saw Barnado defeat Jenner 9-0, thanks to some great team-play.
The children were responsible for ensuring their team rotated and that the team always had a gender mix for every game and the PE department were incredibly impressed by the skill level and tenacity of much of the play. Those children who have attended basketball club certainly used their skills well, none more so than the Barnado team who recorded an amazing 24-0 win in round two and ensured that, with a 3rd win; they won the Year 5 tournament.
This all meant that going into Wednesday’s Year 6 tournament the pressure was on the Barnado squad to retain the House cup as they knew, having won the Year 5 tournament last year everyone would be gunning for them. Once again Seacole faced Brunel in the opening match, with Brunel squeaking past them with a 6-5 victory. This set the tone for the entire tournament, as each game was incredibly close and evenly matched, the children having the benefit of knowing each other and how they play as a team. The one standout game was Barnado’s against Jenner, where Barnado ran out 19-1 winners, which set Barnado on the way to win the tournament overall. However, this didn’t deter Jenner, who recovered to win their next two games and finish runners up in Year 6!
At the end of each tournament the Most Valuable Player was decided upon; Hector C and Joe N, both Barnado won the year group accolades.
Well done on two excellent tournaments everyone!