Runners-up spot for Blyth Academy basketball players

Left to right:- Jordan Young, Jack Mellon, Andrew Grieve, Harris Lesley, Connor McMinn, Ross Blackburn, Ross Graham.
Left to right:- Jordan Young, Jack Mellon, Andrew Grieve, Harris Lesley, Connor McMinn, Ross Blackburn, Ross Graham.
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Seven Year 11 students from Blyth Academy attended the first stage of the South East Area Basketball Tournament held at St Benet Biscop High School.

After a shaky start losing their first game to eventual winners Ponteland High, Blyth battled back to win all their remaining games to finish runner up.

Along the way they enjoyed wins over King Edward VI, Bedlington High, St Benet Biscop and Northumberland Church of England Academy.

They will be able to challenge for honours at further stages. Ross Blackburn was named the school’s player of the tournament.

Meanwhile, due to the recent success of their basketball teams, the Blyth Academy have partnered with Northumberland Sport and Newcastle Eagles to develop a fun basketball club for anyone aged 11 to 18.

A launch night will be held on January 28, where players from Newcastle Eagles and Team Northumbria will showcase their skills between 5.30pm and 6pm.

There will then be a chance for girls to play basketball from 6pm to 7pm and then boys from 7pm to 8pm.

The first session is free and will then cost £2 per week. The club will run every Tuesday at the school from 6pm to 7pm for girls, and 7pm to 8pm for boys.