Yavneh College and JFS slam dunked the competition on Tuesday as they came away with the winner’s medals from Maccabi GB’s Secondary School Girls Basketball Tournament.
The event, at JFS in Kenton, was the Community’s first Girls Sports Tournament of the year and continued the success of the recent Boys Basketball Tournament last month, which saw JFS, King Solomon and Hasmonean triumph. This tournament welcomed four secondary schools who brought 12 teams between them. In total, over 100 girls took part in the competition.
The year groups were split into two – Years 7 and 8 competed in a 6-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, with an impressive clean sweep of victories, playing some great basketball along the way. Years 9 and 10 followed the same format, with the JFS Year 9 team crowned the victors on home court. The victory all the more impressive as the girls we up against other players two years older than themselves.
Maccabi GB’s Head of Sport, Matthew Travers, gave his thoughts on the afternoon’s competition, “Maccabi GB Basketball tournaments always produces some great action, regardless of the age or ability of those involved, and you can see the enthusiasm young people in the Community have for the sport. Maccabi GB is looking to drive participation in female sports and to see over 100 girls competing here today is fantastic. The atmosphere created by all the schools was pleasing to see and we hope will encourage more girls to come and take part in a Maccabi GB sports tournament. ”