Barking & Dagenham girls book trip to Palace
PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 June 2015
Basketball squad dunk rivals in qualifying
Barking & Dagenham’s girls’ basketball squad booked a trip to Crystal Palace for the London Youth Games finals with a series of impressive performances at their qualifying event at UEL’s SportsDock.
The borough team beat Hounslow (23-11) in their opening match and went on to defeat Haringey (21-18), Kensington & Chelsea (46-10) and Waltham Forest (39-6) to top their group.
And a convincing 63-17 success over Redbridge in the quarter-finals sent them through to the last four, where they will battle it out with Hounslow, Hackney and Southwark for the medals on the finals weekend (July 4-5).
Coach Karen Burton said: “It was very good. Obviously the standard is a little bit different from game to game, but I thought our kids played really well and we were quite respectful to the teams that we played, while still incorporating what we needed to do.
“It will be the same seven players at Crystal Palace. We had two players missing; one’s injured, but she should be good to go by the finals, and we have a girl from France who plays for Barking, but she was on holiday, she’ll be back.
“We’ll be a bit stronger going into the semi-finals so it was important to play without those two players and I felt the team played really well.
“Although some of these kids play for their national teams they love playing in this competition, it means a lot to them. They still come out with the same enthusiasm.”
Barking & Dagenham had won gold in the boys’ competition in 2014, but a younger squad missed out in their qualifying event.
They lost to Camden (31-21), Sutton (39-8) and Hackney (32-5), but manager Mary-Ann Ramsey said: “Although a very new and young team in comparison to our team last year, the boys worked really hard against tough sides.
“I’m proud of them for stepping up and giving it a go. All of them had a great time.”
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