Yavneh College and JFS dribbled their way to victory on Thursday as they came away with the winner’s trophies from Maccabi GB’s secondary school Girls Basketball Tournament.
The event, at JFS in Kenton, was the first Girls Basketball Tournament of 2013 and continued the success off the back of Maccabi GB’s continued involvement in the Community’s schools, which saw over 3,000 school children engaged at the start of the 2012-2013 academic year. This tournament welcomed five secondary schools who brought 14 teams between them. In total, over 120 girls took part in the competition.
The year groups were split into two – Years 7 and 8 competed in a 5-team-round-robin league group, with the top team winning outright. This leg of the tournament saw many girls playing who were featuring in their first ever Maccabi GB School Sports Tournament with other Jewish sportspeople. Yavneh College won their group, although it was a very close and needed to be decided in the final group game. Years 9 and 10 followed the same format, with JFS crowned the victors on home court.
Maccabi GB’s Head of Sport, Matthew Travers, gave his thoughts on the afternoon’s competition, “The Basketball tournament always produces some great play and you can see the enthusiasm the young players have for the sport. Maccabi GB is always looking to open up opportunities for people to participate in sports and it is fantastic to see many of the players here today have already been a part of our other programmes including Maccabi GB Community sports events and our international trips.”