Premier League 4 Sport Regional Basketball Event +22nd November 2016
On a blustery, crisp November morning 14 enthusiastic Premier League 4 Sport Basketball representative’s set out on the long journey up to Middlesbrough College for the first regional competition of the 2016/17 project year.
Driven up by the ever reliable Garry Clutterbrook of Achieve Potentials, the teams arrived with time to spare. The venue was a fantastic double court sports hall with plenty of space for all teams to observe all the matches.
Hull were joined by representatives from Newcastle, Sunderland and the hosts Middlesbrough in two age categories, under 16’s and under 18’s. To start it off, Hull Tigers Trust took on the hosts in the 5v5 format. With 10 minute halves and a female representative always on court, the tournament allowed for lots of game time and was very inclusive.
The Under 18’s side had an intense, high octane encounter which saw Hull scrape a 14-12 victory. The Under 16’s were on fire with high quality passing, a great defensive structure and clinical finishing which led to a great first double for the Tigers.
The next encounter saw Hull’s teams play Newcastle, which once again proved to be a great spectacle. It was the turn for the Under 18’s to really click, playing with a great intensity and took the game out of the Newcastle reach, even if when the Newcastle team were hitting plenty of 3 pointers! The Under 16’s had a much tougher task with their game going all the way to overtime! Thanks to some calm composure in defence and some great finishing, the Hull team came through on top to get the second win of the day.
The final encounter saw Hull play Sunderland in a game which would decide the winners for both ages. With the teams getting stronger as the tournament went on, Tigers Trust’s Under 16’s got off to a very strong start and didn’t stop cruising to a 20 point victory to take the title. The Under 18’s got off to a steady start but had to endure a long injury break after an unfortunate incident. Once the incident had been sorted, the very confident side went on to win and to also take the title.
After a fantastic day with lots of laughs and positive play, all sides could go home with their heads held high. The true winners were Basketball, and it was great to see how much each community had developed the sport.
A big thank you to Steve and Alan Cawthorne for hosting the event and making it look very professional!