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Late drama denies Year 5 the District title

A late basket from Bishops in our final game meant the Year 5 basketball team narrowly missed out on winning the District Finals this week at St John Payne School.

The squad actually started with a 2-1 win over eventual champions Lawford Mead thanks to score from Alex and Ronnell. In our next match, it needed a score in the final minute from Nana to ensure we drew 4-4 with Beehive Lane. Despite leading 2-1 in our last match, we eventually lost 3-2 which meant we slipped from first to third place overall. The squad was made up of Alex, Jake, Nana, Jeremiah, James, Daisy, Amelie S, Leah, Arabella and Maisie.

"I liked how we spaced out and whenever we scored we kept pressing," said Maisie.

"I was pleased that we all worked as a team and nobody was too disappointed if we drew or lost," added Amelie.

Team Brazil triumph in six-team tournament

Year 5 from the Cathedral School sent two basketball teams to a tournament at KEGs against Kings Road and Trinity Road.

The team of Alex, Jeremiah, Leah, Meghan and Charlotte won all five of their matches to win the competition as Team Brazil. Meanwhile,  Team Spain, which featured Ronnell, Malachi, Bella, Amelie P and Maisie, won three of their five matches and ended up in joint-third position.

Brazil captain Alex, said: "We all did well and we were all fair to each other, passing quickly and having fun. We were shocked that we had to play a match against our class-mates - that was exciting and scary."

Spain captain Ronnell added: "It was a great opportunity to play against other schools."

Year 6 squad represent Chelmsford at Winter Games

Last Friday, twelve year 6 pupils competed in the Essex County Winter Games. They represented Chelmsford in the County Basketball Finals.

Willis, Kalista, William R, Millie, Eve, Adam, James, Grace, Francis and Max all qualified for this tournament when they were in year 5. With new rules we were able to take Harrison and Evie to help the team.

We played seven games (4 group matches and 3 for position), despite the competition being much stronger we managed to draw some games and were narrowly beaten in the other matches. The two captains commented on the tournament, Max determined-ly said "The ball was ours and we didnt let it get taken from us!" Francis continued "Everybody played extremely well and to the best of our abilities."

One of the other players, James, said "It was great that nobody criticised anybody as we were a team!"

We would like to thank the parents who helped with transportation to the amazing venue at The University of Essex sports complex.