Bromley side's silver at London Youth Games
PUBLISHED: 10:38 03 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:38 03 June 2015
Players rose to the occasion at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park says manager
Youngsters from Bromley have claimed silver at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games handball finals at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The borough’s male team were second out of 21 other boroughs competing at the same arena that hosted Olympic handball in 2012. They secured a place in the last eight after winning two, drawing two and losing one of their group matches.
In the last 16, they beat Barking and Dagenham 4-3, before beating Waltham Forest 4-1 in the quarter finals then onwards to beating Harrow 3-2 in the semis to clinch their place in the gold medal match. It was another tight affair, but they just lost out to Brent 5-3 to finish second overall.
Team manager Doug Patterson commented: “Well we were hoping for a gold obviously but last year we got the bronze so to get the silver this year is one move on.
“They’re just young natural athletes. They’ve only been playing for a couple of months and they’ve got that athleticism and they’ve picked up the game because it’s a good game to play, a good game to pick up and they did it.”
“This is absolute fantastic. My guys, they look for somewhere to play, they want the essence of competition, you can’t get it every week so a tournament like this is just fantastic.”
He added that the experience of playing at the Olympic Park last month was a special one for his young team.
He said: “That’s part of the picture, part of what motivates them - it just inspires them.”
The 2015 season concludes at the London Youth Games summer finals at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace on 4-5 July where the overall winning borough will be awarded the Jubilee Trophy.
Handball is one of 31 sports in the 2015 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games – Europe’s largest annual youth sports event, which aims to help increase participation in competitive sport and volunteering for young Londoners.
A record 126,897 young Londoners took part in the record-breaking 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, taking the event to over 1 million participants since it first launched in 1977.