For the first time in school history JMA are National Champions of the Dynamik National Schools u19 Women Competition 2016/17 Season!
After a long and tiring day in Leicester yesterday it is a pleasure to say that our girls are now National Champions in their competition.
After 7 group games with quarter and semi-finals already been navigated it was the National final that had our nerves jangling. But in true spirit and bravery this game was not one that would elude us on the day.
With such talented athletes and such maturity blended with young and upcoming players it was a day to celebrate a year or two of hard work, sweat, tears, long days and early mornings. It was a day to celebrate exactly how far our girls have brought this programme at JMA.
We play in the competition one level down from the Premier youth competition in the nation for u19 women and have proved at every level that we are consistently the best against schools from up and down the country.
The final was an event in itself against Blackpool College. After going down 4-2 in the first minutes, nerves settled and normal service for this group of unselfish and skilled athletes resumed. Under the watch of Captain Lakiesha Maxey (17 points) the group stormed to an impressive 60-18 Half time lead and the game was not to change in rhythm or results.
The final score 34-115 certainly reflected the talent of this group and also the leadership of a special group of senior players too.
Sofia Ainsa-Lluch was awarded the MVP for her 28 point performance and overall athletic dominance at the guard position with Maria Garcia Ribera and Chiara Di-Steffano both scoring 22 and 20 respectively and forming a strong trio at any level.
The senior group is rounded out by the most improved Ana Afonso with some impressive defence, excellent energy and positive finishing around the basket.
Willow Blackburn (year 10) stepped up with a personal best 14 points with Saffie Jarju close behind on 10 points and 15 rebounds. And Leah Maze back after some injury setbacks to score on her finals debut as well!
Congratulations to the assistant Coaches Mr Blai Benlloch and Pedro Rosado for incredible support and enthusiasm for these mighty JMA Rockets u19 Girls.