Girls Basketball in Glasgow Schools - 2014
There are some schools where girls basketball is flourishing but too few of these are in Glasgow. However, one exception is Hillhead High where, during this past season two teams and more than twenty girls have trained and competed in both Glasgow and Scottish competitions. In fact four of the players, Tally Lui, Fatemeh Nokhbatolfoghahaei, Zoe Hyatt and Daisy McEwen ( with an honourable mention for Kirst Viera who left school at the end of Fifth Year ) have played since 2009.They have enthusiastically held the torch high for Glasgow basketball in games from Largs High to Forfar Academy and schools in between. Although some of their opponents were the powers in schools basketball, the girls
competed with determination and, win or lose, were always the most cheerful and sporting participants.
Tally says that her most memorable event was the Youth Sport Games of 2011 since it was playing the game she loved with her friends and managing to win the competition. Daisy fondly remembers the earlier seasons when she played in games and learned from older team mates, one of whom was her sister, Flora.
On April 25th the four players played their final Hillhead game in a friendly at Wallace High, the school of basketball in Stirling. This was the game where the torch was passed to the younger members of the team who, hopefully, will keep Hillhead girls basketball going for the next few seasons. For Zoe this season was one of her many highlights since it was playing with and helping younger team mates to learn the game and seeing their delight as they scored their first baskets. Quite often the assists for these came from Zoe. Fatemeh recalled the early trips to games and the mini-bus atmosphere. Songs and chat.
St Roch’s Secondary have been the other Glasgow school where girls have been given the opportunity to play during the last few seasons and this year’s Youth Sport Games Basketball ( organized by Culture and Sport Glasgow ) had nine schools competing in the 3 v 3 girls basketball.
Hyndland Secondary were the winners with impressive play on the day. Who knows? Maybe Season 2014/15 will see a Glasgow schools competition with many more girls teams participating.
Article by John Campbell
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