Ponteland pupils play in area boccia championships

Ponteland High School's Boccia Team progress to the Regional Finals
Ponteland High School's Boccia Team progress to the Regional Finals

A first for Ponteland High School saw two teams attending the Area Boccia Championshipsat Gateshead Leisure Centre.

Boccia is a Paralympic sport similar to bowls, requiring a great deal of skill, team work and concentration.

The two teams entered in the tournament had only a few sessions to practice, but on the day performed extremely well against well-established schools.

Team 1: Jake Cooper, Joseph Green, William Fretwell and Monika Prasad;

Team 2: Luke Bagnall, Cameron White and Jack Wallace.

Both teams played extremely well in their pool matches, but Team 2 narrowly missed out on a semi-final place.

Team 1 demonstrated some inspired Boccia in the pool matches and qualified for the semi-finals.

As the teams lined up for the semi-finals the atmosphere around the hall was buzzing. After three ends the scores were tied, the tension could be cut with a knife as a sudden-death fourth end was needed to separate the two teams.

It came down to the last ball and unfortunately one centimetre was the difference between a semi-final place and the third and fourth place play-off.

Not downhearted the team rallied for the playoff, but once again it was mere millimetres which cost them the bronze medal place.

Despite this disappointment the team still qualified to represent the North East at the Regional Championships to be held in January, when, with more practice, a higher finish will be achieved.

Head of PE, Allan Atkinson commented, “This event was, for many of the students the first time they had represented the school and all should be commended for their exemplary behaviour, sportsmanship and effort; for me this was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable days of sport I have experienced in 28 years of teaching!”