Merton Success At London Youth Games

Basketball team qualifies for finals weekend

Merton's youth basketball team has successfully qualified for the finals weekend of the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games being held at Crystal Palace Nationals Sports Centre on July 4.

Merton's youngsters beat Hackney 26-21 to secure a place in the London Youth Games finals weekend, when Merton will face Harrow, Haringey or Westminster in the final four.

The achievement follows an unbeaten display at UEL Sportsdock earlier this year, which saw Merton's team shoot to victory against four other London borough opponents. During the group stages, Merton was able to defeat teams from Southwark, Enfield and Richmond.

Merton came away with bronze medals in both the U16 female waterpolo and the U19 male waterpolo. In the female competition Merton finished behind Southwark in gold and Hackney in silver while the male team were unable to get the better of Richmond and Croydon in first and second respectively.

Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture Councillor Nick Draper said: "This is always an exciting tournament. To see our young sportsmen and women compete and win against other boroughs is thrilling. It's about sporting ability, but also it's about the value of teamwork and what working together can achieve."

June 25, 2015