Fourteen primary schools battled it out to become Tameside Basketball Champions at Astley Sports College last week.

Organised by Tameside School Sports Partnership, the event was an exciting affair and was fiercely contested between all the schools involved. However, despite their best efforts, only two teams could progress to the Greater Manchester Winter School Games in March.

Hollingworth Primary School netted first spot and retained their crown for another year, while Our Lady of Mount Carmel came a close second. Both schools will go on to represent the borough in basketball at the Winter Games next month.

Geoff Oldfield, TSSP Games Organiser, said he was delighted with the quality on offer and can’t wait to watch both schools battle it out to become Greater Manchester champions in March. “It’s been a fantastic event, although it’s been hectic from start to finish” he said.

“The standard of basketball has been great, although the heats were a little bit hit and miss. However, the cream always rises to the top and the players were really good today. It’s been really entertaining.

“It’s difficult to rank the competition in comparison to the other events we’ve held. It’s got its own atmosphere; it’s fast and furious; and it’s difficult to referee. I think all the officials did a great job. I’d say it’s one of the better competitions because it’s all action.

“Hollingworth have done really well at the Winter Games in the past. They won the basketball event in 2017 and came in the top ten last year. It’s been a great effort by both schools to secure their place at the Winter Games and we wish them well.”

The Winter Games will once again be taking place across Sports City on Tuesday, March 19. The event is held every year and caters for as many as 20 competitions in 12 different sports, ranging from indoor athletics, boccia and handball, to lacrosse, netball and rugby league.

While excitement is building ahead of the event, schools in Tameside will have the chance to impress in a few more competitions over the next few weeks. Geoff said: “We’ve got volleyball event coming up, as well as one or two festivals. It’s a chance for the kids who wouldn’t normally represent their schools to play and have some fun. It delights them and their parents when they come and play.”