Ashfield recently hosted the much-rescheduled Year 7 and 8 Jr NBA leagues game for Arnold Hill Academy. It was an inspiring watch, as both teams played with a sense of urgency and determination as they battled against very strong opposition.
Year 7: The students have been enjoying some fantastic victories on the road recently and played their first home tie alongside the Year 8s. The game started fantastically well with our squad leading 11-7 at half-time. After the break, Keyla showed fantastic aggression and stole the ball back on several occasions! Points scored through Riley/Steven helped to take the score line further away from Arnold Hill. This squad are starting to see the impact of teamwork and chemistry building from previous weeks’ training. It got a little nervy towards the end, but a few 3-point shots from Steven took it away for a 26-19 victory!
Year 8: After last week’s defeat away at Outwood Academy, the pressure was on the Year 8s to bounce back and keep their hopes up this season. With a few players out injured, the squad involved a few Year 7 students (Ellie/Reece/Ashton) who came into the side seamlessly. A blistering first half from Ashfield saw multiple lay-ups scored by Riley and Steven to take us into a 14-2 lead at the break. Despite a come-back from Arnold Hill, we used a time-out halfway towards the end to regroup and see off Arnold Hill by taking a 16-10 Victory!
All of the students demonstrated great teamwork and determination, and gave themselves a chance to finish high in their respective league tables. Finally, a shout-out to Nathan, who helped to ref both games very professionally!