The Merton School Sport Partnership held their annual Borough Boccia Competition on Friday 26th January 2018 at Canons Leisure Centre. Twenty-four schools took part in the inclusive event and teams were split into four groups with six schools in each.  Each team had five group games and played for their seeding for the quarters, semis and final placings matches. Boccia is an inclusive mixed-gender Paralympic event that can be played by all ages, abilities and disabilities. The aim of the game is to propel your ball nearest to the ‘Jack’ ball to win.

The day consisted of lots of games for all the teams and the children taking part were really enthusiastic and positive which gave the event an enjoyable atmosphere. It was evident that teams had been practising as there was some great team tactics played.

There were some impressive victories throughout the day including 12-0 and 12-1 wins for Singlegate and also some very close games between Links v Malmesbury (5-6) and Merton Park v Merton Abbey (3-3).

Yet, probably the closest and most tense game was saved until the very end; the 1st and 2nd place decider between Hillcross and SS Peter and Pauls. This was a 2-end shoot out and Hillcross lead 2-0 after the first end. But SSPP had managed to turn it around and had three of their blue balls closest to the jack with only a few balls to be thrown. This would have made the game 3-2 in favour of SSPP but with the last throw of the match and therefore the tournament, the white ‘Jack’ ball was nudged away from the 3 blues and rolled agonisingly towards 2 welcoming reds to the delight of the Hillcross camp. A stunning end of Boccia and a game that finished 4-0 though a much tighter encounter than the score-line suggested! A wonderful finish to an all inclusive an impressive tournament!

All the teams showed great sportsmanship towards their peers and opponents and St. Matthew’s Primary School won the MSSP Refspect award for their positive attitude on and off the court.

A big thank you to Canons and to the Harris Academy Morden and Rutlish School sports leaders for officiating all the matches. They were excellent and a credit to their schools. Thank you to all the schools that attended, we hope the children had a fantastic day and we hope to see them back again at next year’s event. The final positions were as follows:

1 Hillcross

2 St. Peter and St. Paul’s

3 Joseph Hood

4 Merton Park

5 St. Matthew’s

6 St. Teresa’s

7 Malmesbury

8 Cranmer

9 Merton Abbey

10 Links

11 Abbotsbury

12 William Morris

13 Perseid

14 Singlegate

15 The Priory

16 St. John Fisher

17 Blossom House

18 St. Thomas

19 Pelham

20 Bond

21 Poplar

22 St. Mary’s

23 Harris

24 Haslemere

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