Nail-biting win for Greenacre

Greenacre just managed to overcome rivals Chatham Grammar School for Boys in the most nail-biting Medway Secondary School Games (SSG) final yet.

The hotly contested final was nip and tuck, with both teams exchanging one-point leads during the final minutes of the game. However, with 30 seconds left on the clock Greenacre managed to make the final score and hold on for an 18-17 victory.

Photo of the SSG basketball winners 2011/11 - Greenace SchoolIt could yet prove to be one of the most important two pointer ever scored as this tournament win lifts Greenacre to the top of the Medway Secondary School Games series with six events to go.

More than 100 children from eight Medway secondary schools took to the courts at Medway Park, Gillingham on Wednesday, 26 January. 

It was the first ever time that basketball has appeared in the Medway Secondary School Games series.

The tournament consisted of two groups of six teams, with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the semi-finals. Both Greenacre and Chatham Grammar School for Boys were unbeaten in the group stages. However, Chatham Grammar needed overtime in their semi-final win over The Robert Napier School. The Howard School then took bronze, beating Robert Napier in the third place play-off.

A focus of all SSG events is on participation and sportsmanship and the team from the Bishop of Rochester Academy were awarded the fair play prize and received a £100 sports equipment voucher for their school.

Action photo from SSG basketball 2010/11Medway Council sports development officer John Hatchett said: “We’re really pleased to be able to add basketball to this year’s SSG programme and it was great to see such a hard-fought and exciting competition.

“Thank you to everyone involved in making this event so successful, including the volunteers from Greenacre School Sport Partnership and the Medway Mavericks Basketball Club.”

The SSG is a multi-sport programme of events run through the school year for all Medway secondary schools. It forms part of the Medway Games series organised by Medway Council’s 2012 and Sports Development Team with the support of Medway’s two school sports partnerships, national governing bodies, local sports clubs and leisure facilities.

Prizes are awarded at each event and points are gained towards the overall Medway Secondary School Games title.

The Medway Games series is supported by the Greenacre (www.greenacressp.co.uk) and Howard (www.howardssp.org.uk) School Sport Partnerships. Both partnerships support schools with teacher release time, coaching sessions, teacher and school staff training and equipment loans before each event. 

If you are interested in joining a local basketball club and getting involved in the sport, visit the A-Z Club Directory.

For more information on getting involved with the Medway Games programme, phone John Hatchett on 01634 338763 or email john.hatchett@medway.gov.uk.

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