Biggest ever boccia finals take place in Sheffield
690 Teams and just under 3000 young people took part in the Lord`s Taverners Boccia competition in 2015/2016. 66 competitions took place in 38 counties and 24 teams won through County and Regional rounds to gain a place in the National Finals from across 11 regions (12 Pan Teams and 12 Physical disability teams).
These numbers highlight just how far the competition has come and how the sport is going from strength to strength.
The National finals saw a number of extremely close matches in both the physical disability (PD) and pan disability (PAN) competitions. There was an excited silence with every round of play and every team played some outstanding boccia with the best match of the day being the first PD semi-final between Angmering and Victoria where Victoria managed to snatch victory on the last ball of the last end.
Nine young officials were selected to referee and National and International referees acted as ‘buddies’ on the day to support the newly qualified young referees.
It looked as though it could be an Arbour Vale double when they had a team in both the PD and Pan finals but that didn’t prove to be the case. Both finals, Arbour Vale v Little Heath (Pan), and Arbour Vale v Victoria (PD), kept the spectators in silence which was only broken with the odd gasp that greeted the spectacular shots that kept coming from all four teams the only. However it was Little Heath (PAN) and Arbour Vale (PD) who were deservedly crowned the 2016 National boccia champions for 2016.
Player of the Year (PD): Liam Drummond
Player of the Year (Pan): Mohammed Awais Khan
Jean Ratcliff Outstanding Achievement Award: Reece Dinsdale
Young Official of the Year: Devon-Jade Gomersall
Lord’s Taverners Physical Disability final results
1. Arbour Vale School (Central)
2. Victoria Education Centre (South West)
3. Angmering School (South East)
4. The Cedars (North West 2)
5. Durham Trinity (North East)
6. Danum College (Yorkshire)
7. St Giles School (London)
8. St Georges Academy (Lincolnshire)
9. Hebden Green Community School (North West 1)
10. Beacon Hill/Ockenden Academy (East 2)
11. Sandwell Academy (West Midlands)
12. Thomas Wolsey School (East 1)
Lord’s Taverners Pan Disability final results
1. Little Heath School (London 2)
2. Arbour Vale School (Central)
3. Trinity School (London 1)
4. Danum School (Yorkshire)
5. Sandwich School (South East)
6. Gretton School (East 2)
7. Humberston Academy (East Midlands)
8. Baskerville School (West Midlands)
9. Brimsham Green School (South West)
10. West Kirby Academy (North West)
11. The Priory School (East 1)
12. Beverley School (North East)