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Younbloods take bronze medal

PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 May 2015

Youngbloods under-18 girls face the camera

Youngbloods under-18 girls face the camera

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Coach Caroline Charles praises under-18 girls after strong display in Sheffield

Youngbloods under-18 girls missed out on being crowned the best girls basketball team in the country at Sheffield last weekend, but did earn a bronze medal to show they are the third best team in their age group in England.

They stepped out at Sheffield Arena to contest for the title of top U18s girls’ team, but in the semi-final they were to face a strong Nottingham team.

A close clash occurred and neither side could be separated in normal time. Unfortunately the east London girls couldn’t keep up their energy levels and were agonisingly edged out by three points.

They failed to reach the final, but would have an opportunity to show their class in the third and fourth place match.

Peckham were Youngbloods opponents and they were motivated to show the Sheffield audience their talent, and they duly delivered.

Caroline Charles’ team thrashed their London rivals by 20 points to earn a bronze medal and bring some kind of silverware back to the Newham Borough.

Youngbloods coach was extremely proud of the girls and also paid tribute to St Bonaventure’s school.

“We are so proud of the U18 girls and the U16 boys,” said Charles. “We work so hard with our players, we don’t ask good players to come to our club, we make them good players.

“They have to want to be here to play basketball and become part of the Youngblood’s family.

“A huge thank you goes to St Bonaventure’s school that, as one of the clubs link school, have been so supportive of the clubs ambitions.

“The parent’s and supporters brought the noise to Sheffield and it was a splendid memory for the Youngblood’s players.”


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