London School Games Year 10 & Under Volleyball Finals
Channing represented Haringey in the London School Games Year 10 & Under Volleyball finals held at the University of East London’s Sportsdock. Twenty-five boroughs were split over 4 groups to compete for the title of best school volleyball team in London in this age group. At the end of the group stage, only the top two teams in each group would proceed to the next round, the quarter finals.
Channing started off strong with a 25-11 and 25-10 victory against Barking and Merton respectively. We then narrowly lost our third game against Harrow with 21-25 which meant we needed to win our final two games, against Enfield and Camden, to secure a place in the next round. With this in mind, Channing started the game well, serving consistently and setting up attacks. But halfway through the game, nerves crept in and we gave away a three point lead. However, at 16-20 to Enfield, Channing turned the game around to come back and win the game 25-22. This was followed by a comfortable 25-11 win against Camden, placing us top of our group and securing a place in the quarter finals.
In the quarter finals we faced Tower Hamlets. Both teams were neck and neck in the first half of the game, but Tower Hamlets proved to be a strong candidate for the title and eventually won the game 25-15. The initial disappointment of not going through to the semi-finals was quickly replaced by a sense of pride when the girls realised they are one of the top eight teams in London in their age group. A huge congratulations to Saniya Jain (Year 10), Sienna Thompson, Elowen Woad and Olivia Seddon Deane (Year 9) for their incredible achievement!