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Havering girls in volley good show

PUBLISHED: 10:30 20 March 2015

Havering's girls won silver at the London Youth Games volleyball event, while the boys finished sixth (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

Havering's girls won silver at the London Youth Games volleyball event, while the boys finished sixth (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

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Borough squads add to Youth Games haul

Havering players in action at the London Youth Games volleyball finals (pic: LYG)Havering players in action at the London Youth Games volleyball finals (pic: LYG)

Havering youngsters added to their London Youth Games medal haul in rugby and volleyball events.

Upminster Junior represented the borough in tag rugby and won bronze at Barn Elms Sports Centre, while Redden Court claimed silver in the girls’ volleyball at UEL’s SportsDock a day later.

The boys finished sixth in their event, while Havering’s borough team qualified for the mini boccia finals at Crystal Palace on Wednesday (March 25).

Robert Stanley, manager of Upminster Junior’s rugby team, said: “It’s a great achievement. The kids have been fantastic.

Havering in action at the London Youth Games volleyball finals (pic: LYG)Havering in action at the London Youth Games volleyball finals (pic: LYG)

“To get the experience of coming to an event like this and finishing first or 32nd, it’s a great starting point for a career in sport.”

Val Hollingsworth, team manager of Redden Court, added: “Our girls have done brilliantly. They are natural athletes, but we are not a volleyball school.

“They have done brilliant to get this far. They have worked really hard as a team in a sport that is probably third or fourth sport for most of them.”

Havering beat Kingston’s Tiffin School (25-5), Enfield’s Lee Valley High (25-9), Hillingdon’s Harefield Academy (25-21) and defending champions Leytonstone, representing Waltham Forest, by a 25-15 margin to reach the final.

Havering youngsters face the camera at the London Youth Games rugby event with England international Maggie Alphonsi (pic: jgmoloney.com/LYG)Havering youngsters face the camera at the London Youth Games rugby event with England international Maggie Alphonsi (pic: jgmoloney.com/LYG)

But they were edged out by Richmond’s Orleans Park (25-16) and had to settle for silvers.

Hollingsworth added: “Despite a lack of practice because of lots of other sporting commitments for Redden Court, these girls played some great volleyball.

“They worked well together and won all of their matches, until the final where they were beaten by an experienced volleyball team.

“These girls should be commended for their efforts as these students have represented the school in a number of different activities which is an exceptional achievement.”

Redden Court’s year 10 boys also won the right to represent the borough and, despite a slow start, went on to top their group and qualify for the knockout stages.

Solid performances gave them confidence, but they were finally beaten by eventual winners Waltham Forest, denying them a semi-final appearance and a chance to make the podium.

Hollingsworth added: “Dressed in bright pink the boys attracted much attention not only for their attire, but for their impressive performances and outstanding team work.

“The boys completed a tough day of volleyball to eventually finish in sixth position. As always, this group of sportsmen were a credit to Redden Court and a pleasure to work with.”

Havering girls: Lucy Eost (captain), Emily Roofe, Scarlett Jacks, Amy Pinkney, Louise Banham-Scott, Josie East.

Havering boys: Connor Hartwell (captain), Stephen Banham-Scott, Charlie Haddon, Jed Roofe, Charlie Roberts, Chester Diwell.

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