It's the final countdown...
2nd September 2017
The 2017 School Games reaches its climax on the fourth, and final day of volleyball action. The finals have been decided, the teams are ready, and the courts are set. Who will be crowed the 2017 Champions? We sent our reporter out to talk to some of the finalists…
In a repeat of the 2016 School Games final, the girl’s competition see England Cadets against England Juniors. On Day three, it was the Juniors that prevailed as winners, but the Cadets are determined to retain their title. The boy’s final is between the England Juniors and Scotland East Boys who also played on Day three with England coming out victorious.
England Cadet libero, Charlotte Wittram, was confident about the final, ‘We are more prepared now than we were before the match, we know what we are up against now and what we have to do tomorrow.’
‘I think we can defiantly win again, we made a lot of unforced errors today so if we manage to cut down on then we can win the sets more convincingly than we did today.’
2016 School Game champion with England Cadets, Holly Bentley, is now captaining the Junior side to regain the title. She said, ‘I am quite confident, I am excited and ready to play. I’m quite tired at the moment so I need to go back and sleep, because preparation is very important.’
‘It will be a hard match but I want to win with the Juniors, I want to retain the title I won with the Cadets with the Juniors, I am very excited.’
The Cadets will attempt to overthrow the Juniors on the second time of asking, while a determined Holly Bentley will play for her second title with the England Juniors.
Over in the men’s competition, despite the loss against the Juniors on day three, Scotland East Boys captain Logan Darling, thinks his team has what it takes to cause an upset and take the gold home to Scotland. ‘I’m quite confident, if we play well, serve well, pass well, we will do well, it comes down to that. Despite the result today not going our way I know we have what it takes.’
Scotland were regarded the dark horses coming into the competition but Darling was quietly confident the whole time, ‘I knew we had a good team before we came here but you can never predict how these tournaments are going to go. It wasn’t until we got here I knew we could do it, and we have made it to the final.’
England Junior captain, Ben Lucas, and super spiker Noah Goalen, are prepared for a tough match in tomorrow’s final. Goalen said, ‘I knew we had a lot of unforced errors in the first set, but we came back as a team and cut down on them and built up a confident lead.
Lucas can’t predict tomorrow, ‘I really don’t know how it’s going to go, I think we can win again but we know we are going to be in for a tough match so it’s going to be hard.’
Playing against the cadets today was the big boost the team needed, Lucas said ‘it really built our confidence, we knew as a team we had to play well to beat them then knew we had to play even better to beat Scotland so it was good preparation for us.’
The Boys final will kick off at 11:50am on Sunday 3rd September on court one, following on from the earlier girls final, starting at 10:10am. Who will be our 2017 School Games Champions?
FINALS DAY SCHEDULE
5/6TH PLAY OFF (8:30am)
Wales Girls vs Northern Ireland Girls
Northern Ireland Boys vs Wales Boys
GIRLS FINAL (10:10am)
England Junior Women vs England Cadet Women
3/4th PLAY OFF (10:10am)
Scotland East Girls vs Scotland West Girls
BOYS FINAL (11:50am)
England Junior Men vs Scotland East Boys
3/4th PLAY OFF (11:50am)
England Cadet Men vs Scotland West Boys
Once again, all matches will be live streamed via the Youth Sport Trust's YouTube channel, so make sure to tune in to watch the finals unfold!