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St Martin’s enjoy success at school finals

PUBLISHED: 09:30 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 26 July 2017

St Martin's youngsters celebrate basketball success (Pic: Lynne Swan)

St Martin's youngsters celebrate basketball success (Pic: Lynne Swan)

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St Martin’s School were celebrating representing the East of England in the inaugural under-12s mixed National Schools Basketball Finals.

St Martin's under-14s rounders team (Pic: Lynne Swan) St Martin's under-14s rounders team (Pic: Lynne Swan)

The saints breezed through the early rounds of the competition with comfortable wins against Sandringham School 64-20 and Framlington College 65-8.

In their first game St Martin’s were faced with an all-boys squad from St Margaret’s School and got off to a great start demonstrating their dominance and skills on court.

It was tight but the first game resulted in a 33-29 victory to St Martin’s.

In a straight turnaround Saints next faced St Paul’s Catholic School in a close game, which was tied at 47-47 with five minutes to go, but in the closing second Toby Beeson made a fantastic steal and scored the winner with a lay-up.

The team’s last game was against a very strong all-boy squad from Holy Trinity Church of England School saw the Saints fall short and suffering a 39-58 loss.

Head of Girls’ PE Mrs Lynne Swan said: “To qualify for the National finals and play against the best schools in the country is a great testament to the staff and team’s hard work in training and work ethic on court.

“We look forward to playing again next year.”

The schools’ under-14 rounder’s team also topped off an amazing season as they claimed the Essex title and made it to the Nationals.

They defeated all the district winners from across the county and then fell short at the National Finals, as they lost to Portsmouth Grammar in their opening match, before going on to beat St Margaret’s School and lost in a close fought tie against Tudor Grange Academy.

Swan added: “St Martin’s have twice been National Champions in this competition, but this year it was not meant to be.

“The team played brilliantly on the day, but one poor decision or one dropped catch can make such a difference when you are only playing one innings of 18 good balls per game.

“Portsmouth Grammar were outstanding on the day and thoroughly deserved the win.”

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