Preston Street produced a great performance at Meadbowbank today to progress to the final round of the Edinburgh Primary Schools’ Basketball Competition.
Eight teams (including Preston Street) participated in the afternoon session, with a further eight schools taking part in the morning session earlier in the day.
The afternoon tournament was split into two groups, with each group being played on a separate court. On Court 1 were Preston Street, Nether Currie, Broughton and James Gillespie’s.
The tournament is played under ‘passarelle’ rules. This means that teams are made up of boys and girls, with at least two girls participating at any one time. Teams must also substitute their entire team at half time, to ensure that a maximum number of players are included.
After we watched the first game, a draw between James Gillespie’s and Nether Currie, we took the court for our opening match with Broughton. Our players were perhaps a little overawed by the occasion and the half time score was 5-0 to Broughton. However, we produced a magnificent comeback to win the match 8-7 – an exciting start to the afternoon!
There was no rest as we went straight into the next game with Nether Currie. Another very well matched encounter saw no points at all in the first half – an extremely rare sight in school basketball! Nether Currie took the lead in the second half, but once again we fought back to win 4-2, surviving a few scares along the way!
After watching the next two matches, we played a final match with James Gillespie’s, who still had their own hopes of qualifying. We could and perhaps should have made it three wins out of three; however, we received a lesson in taking your chances as James Gillespie’s ran out 16-8 winners.
Despite this defeat, our two victories in the other matches were enough to take us through as group winners, along with Broughton who qualified in second place. James Gillespie’s and Nether Currie were very unlucky to miss out – all the games in the group were very close and on another day results might easily have gone the other way.
This was a truly fantastic achievement from our team of P6 and P7 pupils, who competed against some much larger schools with both skill and tremendous belief.
Thanks are due to Beth Walker of the Sports Unit, for organising yet another fantastic sporting event; Sam Stott from Blaze who came along to coach the team today; our opponents for playing in a sporting and competitive manner throughout; and the team of referees who officiated throughout the day. We look forward to returning on March 7th for the finals.