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School sport: Long lifts Marshalls Park

PUBLISHED: 12:08 10 November 2012

Marshalls Park Year 9 basketball squad have been making good progress

Marshalls Park Year 9 basketball squad have been making good progress

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Basketball squad get special coaching

Marshalls Park’s Year 9 Basketball team have been getting some special coaching recently.

A trainee student teacher, who had two terms at the school, invited his former coach in for a session and it just so happened that Humphrey Long had been the England Cadet coach from 1970-87 and was the only basketball coach to be entered into the UK Coaching Hall of fame.

Spokesman Paul Aylett said: “Humphrey has been working with the Year 9 team for two years now and is hoping they can perform well in the Havering Cup this month.

“Marshalls Park PE Department would like to thank Humphrey publicly for all his hard work with the team.”

The special coaching certainly appears to be paying off as Park defeated rivals Redden Court 58-28 in a recent friendly, with Ryan Smith scoring 30 points to earn the MVP award.

n Park’s Year 7 football team came out on top in their first game of the Havering Cup.

Missing the likes of Charlie Moore through injury, they showed some nerves in the first half and conceded two sloppy goals to a solid Abbs Cross team.

Park came out fighting after the break and got back on level terms thanks to goals from Jake Li and Callum Nightingil.

The tie looked set to end in a draw, until Harvey Jolliffe gambled on a long ball and clipped it around the Abbs keeper to seal a 3-2 win.

Centre-back Henry Fisher was named man of the match for Park, who will look to continue their winning start in their next fixture.

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