In Pool 1 the first round of matches saw Bond facing Benedict on Court 1 with Malmesbury facing Poplar on Court 2. Bond stormed to an early victory over a battling Benedict side, scoring two baskets to win the game 4-0. The game between Malmesbury and Poplar was a somewhat tense affair with both teams grinding out a hard fought 4-4 draw. In Pool 2 Links battled hard to victory against a tenacious Haslemere side 4-2 with Morden and West Wimbledon finishing their first match of the day with a nail biting 4-4 draw. Despite the heat, the quality of basketball on display right from the start of the tournament was commendable with some sublime shooting and accurate passing among team members.
The quality of basketball maintained its impressive standard right throughout the pool stages. Some standout plays and performances came from schools including Dundonald and Holy Trinity with their pinpoint accurate shooting as well as the aggressive and dogged defensive displays from the likes of Haslemere, Garfield and Bishop Gilpin.
The final group games in Pool 1 saw Bond clinch a well-orchestrated win over Holy Trinity on Court 1, with Dundonald and Bishop Gilpin grinding out a hard fought 4-4 draw on Court 2. In Pool 2, Links managed to pile on the pressure in attack to win their match against St Mary’s 4-2. Garfield saved one of their best performances until last to beat a Priory side that did not give up right until the final whistle.
After the Pool stages the standings were as follows:
4th Bishop Gilpin
6th Holy Trinty
4th West Wimbledon
6th St Mary’s
7th The Priory
After the pool stage and the final results had been calculated, the fixtures would see every team play an additional match against the team that had finished in the same position as them in the corresponding Pool. Therefore, the battle for 13thplace was won by The Priory with an impressive victory over an unlucky Benedict side. St Mary’s put in a fantastic team performance to secure 11th place over Holy Trinity and Garfield edged Bond to secure 9th position. The battle for 7th place was claimed by Bishop Gilpin with 5th place being claimed by Links who rampaged to a late victory. 4th place was awarded to Dundonald who were beaten by Haslemere to secure a hard fought 3rd place victory. The battle for the title of Borough champions came right down to the wire between Poplar and Morden. At the end of normal time both teams were deadlocked on a 2-2 draw. A two minute golden goal overtime period was required which resulted in Morden holding their nerve to set up a well worked team goal to end the tournament as champions.
Credit must be paid to all competing schools who played some brilliant basketball and who displayed some excellent team spirit and sportsmanship to the other competitors. Thanks must also be given to the St Mark’s leadership team who helped referee and coordinate what was a successful competition.
Congratulations to Morden who will go on to represent Merton at the London Youth Games on the Thursday the 30th June 2016.
7th Bishop Gilpin
8th West Wimbledon
11th St Mary’s
12th Holy Trinity
13th The Priory