Worden on top of their game

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Worden Sports College won the South Ribble Under 16 League
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Worden Sports College won the South Ribble Under 16 League
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These budding Michael Jordans are celebrating after success in district championships.

The Worden Under-16s boys basketball team have once again won the South Ribble basketball league after a hard-fought campaign.

They only won all but one game to be crowned champions.

The team mainly comprises of year 10 pupils, so it is impressive to have won this league championship at an early stage, and will hopefully ensure they are the first Worden year 10 team to win back-to-back league championships.

The year 10 pupils have been the most successful basketball team in Worden’s history, winning every basketball league since year 7 and the U14’s cup.

They will be entered again in the Lancashire basketball cup for one last big attempt to win a major trophy before they leave.

The side consist of Tom Grundon, Liam Colbert, Dale Clarke, Harry Parr, Matthew Dennick, Lewis Boyle, Tony Wareing and Connor Rafferty.

Assistant headteacher Mr Blackledge said: “This was a massive achievement by the boys this year.

“They played against teams across the South Ribble borough who were a year older.

“This however only seemed to inspire the boys, and brought the best out of each other.

“We are all very proud of their achievements at Worden, and hope they can continue their amazing success next year.”

Meanwhile, in the Under-16s Girls 3 v 3 Basketball competition, Worden fought off competition from Penwortham Girls and Priory to win for the second year running.

The winning team consisted of Emily Jackson, Marla Lloyd and Hollie Holan. Worden also entered three other teams who came third, fifth and eighth.

“A big well done to all the girls who took part and a massive thank you to Dale Clarke, Harry Parr, Matt Dennick and Lewis Boyle for their excellent refereeing skills,” Mrs Wood said.

Mrs Wood, teacher of PE and Assistant Headteacher added: “All the girls have worked hard to prepare for the competition, and I am extremely proud of their achievements against very strong competition.”