School Sport: Oakfields net Havering title
PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 June 2015
Primary pupils pick up silverware after thriller
Oakfields Montessori were crowned Havering Primary Schools’ netball champions after a dramatic conclusion to this year’s tournament at Sacred Heart.
They took a two-goal lead in the first quarter, but Newtons hit back to level in the second period and then edged in front.
Oakfields squared matters in the final minute of a nail-biting final to force extra time, when Newtons regained the lead once more.
But Oakfields dug deep to draw level and force a a golden-goal period, when team captain Alice Brown kept her nerve to convert a penalty and secure victory and the title.
Oakfields headteacher Laura Ciftci said: “Despite being one of the best netball teams that Oakfields School have produced, they at no point made their journey to success an easy one!
“There were moments of sheer poetry coupled with moments of total despair but what a well-deserved result being crowned 2014/15 Havering League champions!
“We would like to commend Newtons for ensuring that the final was a highly competitive match, full of sportsmanship and netballing skills.
“It really could have gone either way. In addition, Oakfields received the shield for the best defence for this sporting year, whilst Newtons received the shield for the best attack!”
Newtons Viv Allaway added: “It was joy for one team and heartbreak for the other!”
Oakfields: Alice Brown with Erin Shore, Madison Mulroy-Yourell, Samantha Bradford, Raphy St. Valchikwe , Ava Poulson, Amrit Singh, Damilohun Olugbodi.
Newtons: Luke Stokes, Hayden Musham, Blake Bevan, Lily Manser, Ini Adesanya, Victoria Tetteh, Divine Alaka, Jessy Odunze, Olamide Oso, Lucy Hales.