Healthy contest at Sport Central; JUNIOR BASKETBALL.
TEAMS from Newcastle primary schools took to the court at Sport
Central to see who would be crowned the 15th Newcastle Hoops4Health
St Albans, Cragside, Gosforth East Middle and Walkergate took to the floor for the final.
The four schools had come through the qualifying stages of the Newcastle Eagles' annual community tournament in early January which attracted almost 500 participants.
The first semi-final saw St Albans take on Walkergate.
The two Change for Life schools who work with Eagles' Community Foundation outreach worker Jeanette Murray battled it out for East End supremacy, St Albans taking the early lead.
Walkergate levelled the score before in the final 30 seconds St Albans notched to go into the final with a 4-2 victory.
In the second semi eight minutes of play could not find a winner between Gosforth East Middle and Cragside.
It had to go to a shootout, Cragside moving forward to the finals.
It was another tight final and after eight minutes nothing could split the two teams, which again meant a shoot-out.
After five shots no one had the edge before on the final shot St Albans scored and lifted the trophy.
All four schools were awarded individual medals by David Fay from Newcastle City Council, Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson, Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah and Andrew McCabe from the Simon Bates Foundation, which supports the programme.
The programme has five further finals before each council winner tips off in a winner-takes-all Champion of Champions decider. More than 100 primary schools from Northumberland and Tyne and Wear take part in the Hoops4Health programme.
Twenty-four schools also receive the opportunity to play before the Newcastle Eagles' fans across the season.
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