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Havering hoping for London Youth Games success

12:30 04 July 2014

Havering's girls football squad are hoping to do well at the London Youth Games finals at Crystal Palace

Havering's girls football squad are hoping to do well at the London Youth Games finals at Crystal Palace

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Manager hoping for medals in several events

Havering head off to the London Youth Games finals at the weekend, carrying the hopes of the borough in several sports.

The best chance of medals looks to be in the indoor rowing, as team manager Joe Playle explained: “Seb Adams is competing for the final year in this event, and will be hoping to add to his ‘on the water’ gold. The team are looking strong again and hope to better last year’s overall silver.”

“The girls’ football squad are also looking good, having won the pre-LYG East London Tournament in May. They will be keen like to follow that up with a strong showing in the finals.”

The boys’ hockey team qualified top of their group, so also have high hopes of a medal. The girls’ hockey team qualified second from their tough group, but are aiming for top-six placing at the weekend.

The badminton team also qualified top of their group and Playle thinks they will be competitive: “Although they know the finals will be tough, they will give it a real go at medalling again,” said Playle.

The other sports carrying the hopes of the borough are in the boys’ and girls’ athletics, the aquathlon, who are hoping for top three spot again, and the

diving.

Boys’ football, archery, cycling, netball, rugby tag and the boys’ and girls’swimming complete the line-up of sports for the Havering youngsters, who are hopeful of putting up a good show in the finals.

Playle added: “2014 has been a mixed year. We have seen some good improvements in a number of sports, but struggled to capitalise on some of the sports we had excelled in last season. Finals weekend is where we have tended to see the most success from Havering’s teams in the past.

“We will hoping for top-10 finishes in at least 10 of the events we compete in over the weekend, with medal hopes in half of those too.

“It proves to be an exciting end to the 2014 games.”

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