Russell and King met in the finals of the IHC basketball after defeating Pavlov and Curie in the semi - finals. The standard had stepped up from last year, and this set up an exciting final for both the mens and womens teams.
Throughout the tournament King house led by Noshin and Mahalet in S2C, had raised money for Diana Zere’s memorial fund. Diana was part of the winning King team last year, and this was a fitting time to remember her. An award was also presented in her honour to the player who had displayed sportsmanship, integrity and fair play.
The finals began with a tribute to Diana by one of her friends, and a song by Linda Khalif from Curie followed by an emotional and thought-provoking minute'ssilence.
The ladies final was led throughout by King, however, an outstanding performance by the Russell team inspired by the leadership and outstanding performance from Harerta Zehaya, meant that the King team had to work exceptionally hard for victory. The King team showed teamwork throughout and every player had an important part to play in their victory.
The mens final was an emotive and tough game from start to finish. Outstanding individual performances on both teams meant that the scores were level throughout most of the fourth quarter, and the game was won by Russell in the last minute of the game. They played exceptionally well as a team.
All games were played in great spirit, players were respectful of each other throughout, and this made the competition particulary special to watch.
Harerta in Russell was awarded the Diana Zere memorial trophy for her outstanding performance and leading the Russell team as a true role model.
A fantastic effort by all houses and a pleasure to watch. The school teams now look forward to preparing for the Stockholm DM matches after the break.