Hoops 4 Health bas­ket­ball bo­nanza sees Gos­forth Cen­tral claim year six ti­tle

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GOS­FORTH Cen­tral Mid­dle School was crowned the year six Hoops 4 Health ti­tle in most dra­matic style, writes SU­SAN HUNTER.

With the year five pro­gramme com­ing to an end for an­other sea­son, it was time for those in the year above to take to the court and play for the cham­pi­onship.

A whop­ping 40 teams from across south east Northum­ber­land and the five coun­cils in Tyne and Wear as­cended onto Sport Cen­tral to bat­tle it out to be­come the year six cham­pion.

The teams were split across six pools and spent the morn­ing and early af­ter­noon play­ing every­body in their pool.

Af­ter the pool stage the top two teams then pro­gressed through to quar­ter-fi­nals.

Most pools had clear win­ners with the ex­cep­tion of one court with three teams ty­ing for the top po­si­tion.

Mak­ing it through to the quar­ter­fi­nals were three schools from New­cas­tle, two schools from Sun­der­land, two schools from Gateshead and one school from North Ty­ne­side.

Last year’s win­ners Pre­ston Grange failed to even make this stage of the tour­na­ment so a new school would be crowned cham­pion.

All games were tight with only one bas­ket sep­a­rat­ing the teams at the end of reg­u­la­tion time and one game go­ing into a shootout.

The three mid­dle schools from Gos­forth in­clud­ing Cen­tral, East and Ju­nior High pro­gressed to the semi fi­nal and were joined by Sun­der­land school Se­aburn Dene.

Again scores re­mained tight in the two games with only one bas­ket sep­a­rat­ing the teams.

But Gos­forth Cen­tral from New­cas­tle and Se­aburn Dene from Sun­der­land were the last two teams stand­ing with both teams hun­gry to take the ti­tle.

Gos­forth Cen­tral took the lead and as the clock counted down looked as though they were go­ing to grab the win.

But Se­aburn Dene spoiled the party when they grabbed the equaliser near the end of the game.

The fi­nal whis­tle went with the scores tied at 2-2.

Each school se­lected one boy and one girl to go into a shootout.

Af­ter each school took their two shots they were still dead­locked, ramp­ing up the ten­sion.

A fur­ther two shots each were taken and again the schools could not be sep­a­rated.

Go­ing into the third round of the dra­matic shootout, which was a golden bas­ket op­por­tu­nity, Se­aburn Dene nar­rowly missed and Gos­forth Cen­tral Mid­dle School net­ted their shot crown­ing them the new cham­pi­ons.

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing bas­ket­ball op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­tact Tay­lor Ren­dles at T.Ren­dles@ ea­gle­scom­mu­ni­ty­foun­da­tion.com

Gos­forth Cen­tral Mid­dle School with their tro­phies

Hun­dreds took part in the year six Hoops 4 Health grand fi­nal

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