National title for Herts Ravens Basketball team

PUBLISHED: 17:22 19 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:22 19 March 2014

Herts Ravens are national champons

Herts Ravens are national champons

Archant

Herts Ravens (Special Olympics East Herts) Basketball Club have been crowned champions of the Special Olympics GB National Basketball competition.

Ravens, who are coached by Welwyn Garden City’s Simon Turner, played a tough few games on Saturday, but topped their division to secure a place in the play-offs and medal games on Sunday.

The team of Zak Guy, Daniel Large, Emma Large, Tara Phillips, Matthew Philpott, Jeff Saggs, Alfie Sherwood, Joel Weeks and Mitchell Wright, won their semi-final 22-0 and beat Yorkshire and Humberside 10-5 in the final.

Coach Turner, said: “It has been a phenomenal weekend. I cannot believe how far all of the players have come since I joined them a mere nine months ago when they were playing on an AstroTurf football pitch and had never competed in any games, let alone a national competition.

“I am so proud of every single player and all of the other volunteers and parents that helped them win this deserving accolade.

“We hope to continue growing the club and developing the players’ abilities, we are now national champions and will work hard to retain our title.”

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times