Dorset boys’ and girls’ under 15s basketball teams are celebrating second and third place respectively in the South West England Regional Inter-County Tournament held on 23 and 24 April.
The boys’ team won matches against Somerset and Gloucestershire and lost to Bristol in a close, fast game. They again faced Bristol in the final, losing out in the last two minutes to Bristol who won 38-35.
The first ever Dorset County girls’ team beat the South West under 13s and Gloucester to win a place in the semi-final. Leading at the end of the second quarter, they narrowly lost to Bristol. Taking into account their wins and points scored during the day, Dorset finished third in the tournament. The team of nine players had only trained together twice, making their wins and place in the tournament an excellent result.
Coach, Catello Landolfi, said, “We are really delighted with both teams – their results and achievement showed how committed they were in both the training and the tournaments. They played hard representing their county against all the others in the South West. Their motivation, passion and determination working as teams and supporting each other was a joy for me to see.”
Steve Sherlock, assistant coach, commented, “We are all really proud – the best ever result for boys in this tournament and the first team ever for the girls who did so well. Just the best of times for Dorset county basketball. We really appreciate all the support we had from parents.”
Dorset has three basketball clubs – Dorchester Tigers, Dorset Storm and Weymouth Basketball Club. All three offer training and matches for children and young people in Dorset.