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Newham squads edged out

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 June 2015

Newham's girls' basketball squad face the camera at the London Youth Games qualifiers at UEL (pic: LYG)

Newham's girls' basketball squad face the camera at the London Youth Games qualifiers at UEL (pic: LYG)

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Action from one of Newham's matches at the London Youth Games basketball qualifiers at UEL (pic: LYG)Action from one of Newham's matches at the London Youth Games basketball qualifiers at UEL (pic: LYG)

Newham saw their hopes of more basketball medals at the London Youth Games shattered at UEL’s SportsDock at the weekend.

The borough has enjoyed lots of success in the competition in the past, with the girls winning gold in 2014 and the boys taking bronze.

But both squads missed out on the chance to compete for podium places at Crystal Palace in July after losing their quarter-final ties in the qualifying competition.

The boys were in action first on Saturday and beat Redbridge (34-17) and Waltham Forest (26-15) in their group, while also getting a walkover against City of London.

Action from one of Newham's matches at the London Youth Games basketball qualifiers at UEL (pic: LYG)Action from one of Newham's matches at the London Youth Games basketball qualifiers at UEL (pic: LYG)

That set up a meeting with Haringey in the last eight, but after a topsy-turvy encounter Newham were edged out 28-26.

The girls took to the court on Sunday morning and topped their group after four successive wins.

Newham’s defending champions beat Camden (24-5), Barnet (15-5), Westminster (27-0) and Redbridge (23-10) in a superb display to book a date with Hounslow.

But their dreams of a repeat success came to an end after an 18-4 loss to the west London squad.

n Borough teams are set to battle it out at various other London Youth Games events over the next week.

Para swimming finals take place tomorrow (Thursday) and teams will look to make a splash at the Thames Water Regatta, with kayak sprint, slalom and rowing events in Docklands on Saturday.

Qualifying competitions for boys and girls volleyball take place at the Score Centre in Leyton and medals are up for grabs at the 
trampolining finals at Harrow.


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