Yoxford: Plucky underdogs claim unlikely victory

Yoxford Primary School's basketball team: L-R Jacob Last. Rose Dorber (on shoulders), Ellie Dutton,

Yoxford Primary School's basketball team: L-R Jacob Last. Rose Dorber (on shoulders), Ellie Dutton, Charlie Morphey, Jamie Whiting (on shoulders), Oliver Boswell , William Boswell (on shoulders), Oscar Phillips, Malo Main -Vincent - Credit: Archant

WHEN this team of plucky outsiders took to the court, few expected them to challenge their hotly-tipped opponents for victory.

Malo Main-Vincent slam dunking

Malo Main-Vincent slam dunking - Credit: Archant

But the team from tiny Yoxford Primary School shrugged off their “longshot” label to triumph against the odds.

Chosen from a register of just 54 pupils, the dark horses dribbled and dunked their way past teams from schools four times the size in the Leiston pyramid to be crowned Under 11 Champions.

Bursting into the competition with an 18-0 win, they went on to claim unlikely victories in their next two matches before netting the final at Leiston Leisure Centre.

In the lead up to the tournament, the children got some valuable training from Alde Valley School PE teacher Danny Laws and two of his student sports leaders.

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Yoxford Primary’s deputy head teacher, Sam Cutler said: “They beat the giants and we’re very proud.

“We think it’s important to give children lots of encouragement across the curriculum - particularly in PE.

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“It builds self-esteem, teaches us lessons about fairness and develops life skills.

“They are given lots of different options because not everyone is suited to the same sport.”

With one sporting title already in the bag, Yoxford Primary still has competitions in hockey and ruby to have a crack at in the next few weeks.

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