School games final (14/07/2017) : 2017-07-21

The school games final is held at the end of every academic year and a school from each of the Birmingham partnerships represents their area in a certain sport if they won their qualifying rounds and this year we had qualified to take part in Handball, Boccia and Kurling. Junaid, Govindrai and Hadeel made up our Boccia team, and after several rounds of great action they finished in 4th place, unfortunately just missing out on the bronze medals. Ibraheem, Zeeshan and Dannish had better luck and won their early matches so they advanced into the final, where they were guaranteed a silver medal at the very least! They played superbly well once in the final and were able to win the game, meaning they were the overall winners and were able to take home the gold medals! Our Handball side, made up of Sala, Amina, Asad, Sidrah and Swalaheen, played fantastically as well. They won their first couple of games with Sala and Amina bagging several goals between them before narrowly losing to a stronger side. At the end of the group stage, we occupied 2nd place meaning we advanced on to the semi-finals! It was a very tight affair and we fell 3 goals behind our opponents but we pulled level within a couple of minutes. We couldn’t stay with the opposing team and they scored another and ended up winning the game by a single goal! We still had a chance at winning a medal as we then played in the 3rd place play-off but it was again against a strong West Heath team. It was another closely fought, end-to-end game with both teams scoring early goals. We took the lead but West Heath fought back, scoring twice in quick succession towards the end of the match and they held on to their lead for the remaining few minutes with some resolute defending meaning that we finished in 4th place, just like the Boccia team! Overall, we had a great day and are so proud of all the children for trying their hardest throughout the day in every match they played in, and to finish 4th in Boccia and Handball out of all of the schools in Birmingham is an amazing achievement, but to win the Kurling is an even better one so well done everybody!

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