This season has been an incredibly successful one for the Marshland High School Herons basketball team.
Marshland entered four teams into the National Schools competition and they took part in the Norfolk qualifying rounds at KES Academy, King’s Lynn.
The under 14’s team qualified for the regional rounds of the competition as Norfolk County Champions and face the Lincolnshire champions Spalding Grammar School and the Nottinghamshire champions Arnold Hill Academy on Tuesday, March 7 and the team are currently training very hard.
The U14s’ 2nd team, 15’s and 16’s also had many competitive fixtures in the competition, finishing third, third and fourth respectively. The U15’s did particularly well as they played in the age group above them, beating KLA and Marshland U16s.
The major successes have, however, come in the District Tournaments held at King’s Lynn Academy, with the U13s, 14’s and 15’s all becoming District Champions.
The U15’s won the competition for the fourth year in a row beating KLA 18-11, Springwood 20-2 and KES 24-22 in a very close game and players of the tournament awards went to Lewis Theobald and Jack Lane. They are still to lose a game at this tournament in four years.
The U14’s dominated the tournament again led by superstar Donatas Verikas and captain Marcus Holt. They won the tournament for the third year running and have won every game in that time. They won all six matches comfortably, with the best players only playing half the time. Players of the tournament awards went to Donatas Verikas and Jaden Carter.
The U13’s after coming third last year, were extremely determined to do well this year. They won all four games in the group stage, then beat a massive Springwood team 6-4 in the semi-final and dominated KES to win 14-4 in the final. Players of the tournament were Kristers Skribans and Tyler Holt. A second team got knocked out in the group stage.
The U12s also entered two teams into the tournament. Both teams came fourth in their group, but they gained a lot of valuable experience.
Teacher in charge of basketball, Mr Stannard commented: “It has been an outstanding season with a massive level of success.
“The boys have really committed to basketball and have all improved so much, they really deserve their successes and I am so proud of every one of my players. I can’t wait to see our U14’s play in the next round of the National Schools. It will be interesting to see them compete at the next level.
“I would also like to thank King’s Lynn Fury Basketball Club and in particular their chairman and head coach, James Bamfield, for all the support they offer school basketball in West Norfolk. Without them we wouldn’t see so many youngsters playing the game.”