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Boccia gold for Havering

PUBLISHED: 14:59 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:59 26 March 2015

Havering celebrate their gold medals in the mini boccia tournament

Havering celebrate their gold medals in the mini boccia tournament

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Squad defend London Youth Games title

Havering youngsters show their mini boccia skillsHavering youngsters show their mini boccia skills

Havering defended their London Youth Games mini boccia title in dramatic style at Crystal Palace.

Represented by Hylands Primary School, they were crowned champions in almost exactly the same circumstances as 2014 after qualifying undefeated.

In a very tight first game, Havering defeated Barnet 2-1, but lost 3-1 to Lewisham in their second game.

With Hillingdon having won their first two games convincingly, the odds were not in Havering’s favour going into the last game.

Action from the London Youth Games mini boccia competitionAction from the London Youth Games mini boccia competition

They needed to win by a five-point margin and for Lewisham to slip up against Barnet, a scenario eerily similar to the one they faced last year.

Havering were 3-0 up over Hillingdon going into the last end, holding one, and with the very last ball of the match, captain Rafferty Eastwood rolled in to claim the 5-0 win.

Barnet then pulled off a shock 4-0 win over Lewisham in their final game and Havering were crowned champions for the second year in a row.

Havering: Thomas Mundon, Rafferty Eastwood, Alfie Hayes. Teacher: Sue Marshall.

Havering won silver in the mini water polo event (pic: jgmoloney.com)Havering won silver in the mini water polo event (pic: jgmoloney.com)

n Havering also secured silver medals in the Mini Water Polo competition.

Represented by St Edwards Primary School, they got off to a great start wuth a 10-1 win over Greenwich.

And they took second spot in their group after losing just one game to Islington (6-3) and beat Wandsworth 6-3 in a tense semi-final.

That set up a rematch with Islington in the final and Havering’s silver medals ensured their best ever finish, after bronze in 2013.

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