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Tweedmouth cock-a-hoop after basketball triumph

The Tweedmouth Middle celebrating left to right are: D. Jackson; L. Flint; G. Davidson; A. Rae; C. Todd; C. Willcox; J. Heath; J. Newton

The Tweedmouth Middle celebrating left to right are: D. Jackson; L. Flint; G. Davidson; A. Rae; C. Todd; C. Willcox; J. Heath; J. Newton

  • by Simon Potter
 

TWEEDMOUTH Middle School’s basketball team beat 20 schools from across Northumberland to win a regional competition at the home of Newcastle Eagles.

The year 5/6 team beat Ponteland Middle 1-0 thanks to a Georgia Davidson basket in the Northumberland Hoops4Health final, played in front of a large crowd during the half-time interval at an Eagles professional match.

It was a case of third time lucky for Tweedmouth, who came second to Seaton Sluice Middle School over the past two years.

The semi-final, played before the Newcastle Eagles game, saw Tweedmouth playing some superb basketball as they obliterated Grace Darling NCEA 16-0 with top scorer Georgia Davidson netting six baskets, Callum Willcox scoring one and Caitlin Todd also adding to the tally with a sweet long-range effort that swished through the net.

The final was end to end, but Tweedmouth took an early lead thanks to a break from Callum Willcox, whose lay-off allowed Georgia Davidson to score.

Great defensive play from Darren Jackson and Abbi Rae kept Ponteland out, and despite some terrific runs down the sides from Leon Flint and Jamie Heath Tweedmouth couldn’t capitalise on their one-basket lead.

With one minute until the full time whistle it was getting tense, but some timely interceptions and blocks from James Newton and great team spirit and determination helped Tweedmouth Community Middle School lift the trophy.

The overall programme included four hours of coaching from southeast Northumberland development officer Anthony Sampson, and roadshow visits from the Newcastle Eagles players who worked with year 5 on the promotion of healthy eating, no smoking, fitness and basketball.

 

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