Congratulations to Abbey and Zoe from the under 14’s who represented England in the recent Copenhagen tournament.
England came second in their group with an initial loss to Netherlands 56-48 but a mighty battle with a tie at the end of the 3rd quarter 41-41. The same evening they played Granada and came away with a 67-58 win. The following day saw a further comfortable win 70-56 against Iceland.
On the Saturday evening a close run game against Sweden saw the girls lose out with 62-57 defeat.
Playing for 7th/8th place, the girls managed to beat Berlin 66-59 in another close run game giving the England under 15 girls, 7th place overall.
Both girls had plenty of court opportunity with some solid defense work, offence support and baskets for the team.
Abbey was a last minute call up for the England squad and took the responsibility and opportunity in her stride. The off court shot of both Zoe and Abbey with the Dutch team indicates that opportunities are not just about basketball development.
Quote from the England coach, Christina Stanciuca
“The tournament is a great environment to be in for a play. Hopefully, it is an eye opener for all in regards that hard work is still needed to continue and that to succeed in this type of environment, it’s not just about bouncing the ball or scoring, it’s the mental toughness, acting like a professional and investing in your physical shape that will make a difference on results”
The girls return to Sheffield and although missed out on the Cloud FM tournament against the strong Dublin select side and Nottingham Wildcats, they now focus on the National Under 15 tournament in Manchester in September.
Quote from Abbey:
“I loved every minute of the experience. Although it was hard, it was a great opportunity to play at a higher standard than I have played before. I know why the pre-tournament training was important and I am looking forward to further improving my game, fitness and strength during next season.”