Search

Bower Park’s golden girls in handball haul for Havering; boys bounce back for bronze

PUBLISHED: 15:12 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 05 April 2018

Bower Park's girls celebrate their handball success

Bower Park's girls celebrate their handball success

Archant

Bower Park Academy pupils went into their Easter break on a high after enjoying more sporting success.

Bower Park boys' handball teamBower Park boys' handball team

The under-13 girls’ handball team won gold for Havering at the Lonndon Youth Games finals, as the under-15 boys took bronze.

And the under-15 girls were third at the Essex Indoor cricket finals, while the under-13s were fourth.

The handball boys won their opening group match 4-1 against City Heights (Lambeth) and came from 2-0 down to lead favourites Carshalton (Sutton) 4-2.

But after missing a good chance for a fifth goal, they conceded three times to lose the match, before edging past Southwark’s Harris 3-2.

That set up a semi-final with St Aloysius (Islington) and Park fell 3-0 down on the way to a 4-3 loss. But they beat Hillingdon’s Vyners School 5-3 to take bronze.

The girls started with a 6-0 victory over St Augustine’s Priory (Ealing) and then beat Waltham Forest’s Holy Family 6-1.

After beating Charter Academy from Southwark 3-0 to win the group, Park played Lambeth’s Northwood in the semi-finals and came from a goal down to win 3-1.

The gold-medal match was against Charter Academy and Park started well but could not beat an in-form keeper.

They fell behind, but refused to panic and continued to press forward, moving the ball well and creating openings, only to miss two penalties.

With two minutes to go captain Bella Hughes scored the equaliser and then, with just 45 seconds left on the clock, she added a powerful winner to secure gold and a trip to the National finals in June.

Bower Park’s delighted head of PE Chris Baker said: “Both teams played strong handball throughout the day but it was the girls who were the real stars of the day.

“They looked supreme in their speed and movement and looked a better handball team than any of the teams – boys and girls – that I saw throughout the tournament and thoroughly deserved the honour of beating around 200 schools to the title.”

Squads, Bower Park girls: Tahani Towe, Gracie Hickman, Bella Hughes, Daisie Stuart-Evans, Naimh Scannell, Abigal Lincoln, Chelsie Charles, Lily Chapman.

Bower Park boys: Toni Vascan, Ethan Tisbury, John Thain, Charlie Pumbridge-Briggs, Infamara Fati, Harley Keppell, Travis Boxell-Key, Lydnon Mukandaire, Michael James-Akerele.

Latest Romford Sports News

16:00

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School girls’ football team won the Havering Primary Schools cup final, topping off a tremendous season of success.

15:00

Romford super-lightweight Mikey Sakyi punched out a career-best win as he clinched the Southern Area title with a lethal last-round finish at York Hall.

14:00

Killerwhales finished as the top club at the Terry Fitzgerald Memorial gala, with a fine medal haul and county qualifying times.

13:00

Bentley made it comfortable back-to-back wins in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division with a 150-run success over Rettendon.

12:00

Havering AC retained their title at the annual 24-hour Spitfire Scramble at Hornchurch Country Park at the weekend.

11:00

Hornchurch Athletic saw all four of their teams fall to defeat in their latest T-Rippon Mid-Essex League outings, just a week after claiming a clean sweep of victories.

10:00

Harris returned to Daggers in summer after spell with Boreham Wood

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now