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