On Friday 7th February our 7 remaining A Team pupils competed in the Hoops4Health Finals at the Community Arena, Newcastle. It was wonderful to watch the North Stand of Sport Central steadily filling up with 50 members excited families, staff and friends from Stanhope. This was lovely to see our community, getting behind the team in a big finals event! Our players were really motivated to play in front of so much support, and give their very best.

The Stanhope team took to the court for the first semi-final against St. Bede’s RC S/S, the defending champions. We immediately started positively, as we passed the ball around confidently. A flowing team move saw us nearly take an early lead with Given taking a fine lay up effort. This was met by a fantastic roar from the Stanhope support! We then went on to have a number of near misses, before St. Bede’s scored. The team bounced back with a great shot scored by Riley, who’s celebration was a joy to see. With the scores tied the play was frantic from end to end. Sadly St. Bede’s managed to score to lead 2-1. Unfortunately this was the way the game ended. A devastating loss for our hard working team – they gave their all and I’m sure they will bounce back to winning ways soon.

The final took place at half-time in the Eagles game, in a front of a great crowd: St. Bede’s RC S/S took on Biddick Hall Juniors winning 1-0.

Well done to the skillful and dedicated players who had all trained outside with such commitment in the build up to the finals throughout a cold, icy and wet December and January.

Finally, a big thank you to the outstanding school community, for your support on a memorable sporting occasion for our school. We will be back even better, more determined and stronger once again next year!