14th January 2015
Writing: Alejandro Ortega (Year 10)
Editing: Niall Jones (Year 12)
In the latest event of the ever-important House Competition, teams from Years 7 to 10 in each of the six Houses participated in House Basketball. Games were played on small, 7-a-side pitches (allowing three games to occur simultaneously) and lasted around 10 minutes. The competition was played in a 'round robin' format (in which each team played every other team once) and points were totted up at the end, so with no final to give those who came second in the tournament another chance, every match was a tense affair.
The Years 7 and 8 tournaments were split into A and B competitions, so as to allow as many players as possible to participate. This led to wins for Pearson and Newman in Year 7A and B respectively, with a deadlocked A tournament coming down to the last basket. Thorne dominated in nearly every other year group, winning both Year 8 tournaments thanks to stellar performances from Jack Carling and Harry Brandon, who were up against some stiff competition from a strong Pearson team and a battling Foxell squad. Thorne’s additional win in the evenly contested Year 10 competition meant that they came away from the House event with the most points overall. In Year 9 Rayner managed to beat Holman to claim 1st place.