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Sport Youngster full of promise Gabriel Curreli, ten, has been spotted as a potential tennis star and has joined LTA Aegon FutureStars programme which supports some of the best juniors in the country. see below Tell the East End Do you have a sports club you would like to be included in our listings? If so email the details to... eastendlife.news@towerhamlets.gov.uk Sport in brief Redcoat double REDCOAT staged a dramatic climax to the end of the Bangladesh Football Association Power League season by pulling off a remarkable double. The Stepney side won the league crown in the last week of the season by beating Office Boys after being pushed all the way by second placed BYM. And then Redcoat, put together by a group of friends in Stepney Way, clinched the double by beating Wapping Youth on penalties to win the cup. The league was run over 14 weeks, with two weeks of cup competition and eight teams competing for both competitions, at the Docklands Power League Centre in Crossharbour. A new competition starts on February 11. To register, call Ayas Ali on 7392 2126 or email bfauk@btconnect.com Westward hit six WESTWARD put in a storming second-half display to win 6-1 after going a goal behind to a spirited LOASS side in this Echo Junior League under-15 match at Victoria Park. LOASS took the lead after 15 minutes with a fine goal and Westward’s sluggish reply did nothing to trouble the LOASS defence on the rain-soaked conditions. Even a well-taken Ali equaliser just before half-time failed to spark Westward into action. In the second half though, a t a c t i c a l c h a n g e s aw the hard-working Wilson and Fiaz replaced by the more attackminded Perdroso and Greer – and it paid immediat e dividends. Williams then took control of the midfield and drove Westward forward, and his two assists created space for fine solo goals from Ali and Greer. Donkoh and Haynes added further goals before man-of-thematch Lewis made it six with a last-second 25-yarder strike. Albion cup joy MILLWALL Albion are through to the semi-finals of the Essex Football League Senior Cup after a thrilling 4-3 win over Stoke Newington. Albion’s goals came from Ibs Buhari, Terry Harman, Ryan Jenkins and Jordon Subahon. In the other Senior Cup game there were 15 goals as Reama beat Hackney Downs A 9-6 to secure their semi-final spot. Division One – East London Cup: Queensbridge (Abrahams, 3, Soares, 2, Daniels, Taylor and Suarez) made it to the semifinal with a 8-1 thumping of Hackney Downs B. Division Two Dick Coppick Cup: Cardigan (Hodgens, 3, Cooper, 2, Rogers and Edmead) made light work of Workhouse with an easy 7-1 victory in this quarter final tie, while Hale Rangers (Boukari, 2, Bawah, Sani, Mouktar and Ismail) beat Chettle Court Rangers 6-1 to claim their last four place. Macca Sports Premier Division: Springfield (Wren, 2) had a bye in the Senior Cup so they faced Stratford Juniors in the league and drew 2-2, Alfie First Division: Arbour (Guidera, 2) faced Lord Morpeth (Barry Brown, 3, Carl, Stacey, Abela and Tyler Brown) in the league after getting a bye into the semi-finals of the cup and were beaten 7-2; Young Prince (Warren and Harris) came away with all three points after beating St Lucia 2-1 to maintain an unbeaten seven match run. Nick Pyne was outstanding in goal. Division Two: Virtue (Field, 2, Cummins and Mason) played the only game of the division as they had a bye in the Dick Coppick Cup, and had a narrow 4- 3 win over Castrillonto stay top. Gabriel support GABRIEL Curreli could be a star of the future – and the Lawn Tennis Association have recognised that already. Curreli, just ten and from Bow, has been highlighted as one of the brightest talents in the country after being included on the LTA Aegon FutureStars programme, which recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country. Gabriel has earned his place on the programme following a successful year on court and will now receive added support from the LTA as part of a group of 424 talented juniors. Lions roar away WHAT a performance by London Lions on the road at the weekend when they ended the six-game winning run of defending league champions Leicester Riders 73-78 in a tough defensive battle. Riders took an early 11-2 lead, a quick Lions time-out saw them quickly catch up behind Rod Brown’s leadership, fighting back as they ended trailing by just one basket at 23-21 at the end of the first quarter. As the half drew to a close, Brown’s three-pointer allowed Lions to go into the half-time break with a 46-45 edge. The Lions continually rotated their squad as they went toe to toe with the Champions and Vince Macaulay’s men allowed the home side to edge ahead 65- 62 going into the final quarter. Neither side led by more than three points in the quarter as first Adrien Sturt then Kramer Knutson pushed the Lions ahead The Lions had a 75-70 lead with 45 seconds left, then Sturt and Marks delivered a blow to the Riders and improved the Lions away record. Brown had a game-high 23 points and eight assists for Lions, Sturt had 18 points, while Kramer Knutson added 12 points, seven boards and two blocks. Arena damaged STRATFORD’S Copper Box Arenawas out of action for 48 hours – forcing England’s netball team to play their Tri- Series of matches at Crystal Palace – after it suffered significant floor damage following a weightlifting competition. Four games due to be staged at the venue were either cancelled or switched to Crystal Palace. Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) which owns the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said the damage was “sustained during a mass participation fitness event over the weekend”. Olympic goal for sailing starlets BY PETER FAULKNER COURTNEY Bilbrough and Iona Dixon, two rising stars of the high seas, have already been earmarked as potential Olympic candidates. They made a big impression with the selectors during 2013 and are now reaping the rewards by being selected for key Royal Yachting Association events. Because of their success last year, the two Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre members have been selected for the RYA’s 29er transition squad – a stepping stone towards the Olympic squad. The 29er is a high performance craft sailed by two people, and Courtney, just 15, will be joined on board by pal Izzie Berkley. The transition training programme is designed to deliver a foundation in the key skills and attributes required to make a successful transition into the ‘pathway-recognised’ youth Courtney Bilbrough, right, and crew member Izzie Berkley classes and ultimately enabling them to enter the demanding RYA Youth Squad programme. Courtney began sailing at Docklands when she was eight years old. She has progressed through the club’s training programmes and activities, since moving through the ranks of the RYA zone and national junior squad programmes. While the training programme takes Courtney away a lot, she can still be found in the docks where it all began. Meanwhile Iona Dixon has been called into the RYA Laser Radial transition training squad after her strong performances last year in the UK Inlands championship, which was raced under extreme condtions. She finished fourth in the under 16 girls event and gained a creditable sixth place out of 60 competitors racing in Weymouth. The Laser Radial is the RYAs youth single-handed pathway dinghy, the same boat used by women athletes in the Olympic Games. Along with her brother, Callum, Iona also took part in the national Sail for Gold event in Weymouth and the national championships in Paignton, Devon, where they raced against both youth and adult rivals including world, European and Olympic champions. SHADWELL Basin Outdoor Activity Centre is this week launching a training scheme for youngsters who want to be an outdoor activity instructor. It starts at the end of February and is for young people between the ages of 16 to 21. The closing date is this Tuesday, January 28. The project is open to anyone who is unemployed or not in education or training. If you get on the three-month course, it could be a stepping stone to gaining instructor awards in sailing and canoeing as well as other outdoor activities. The scheme is free, but participants are expected to have a passion for sport, and the outdoors. If you are interested you can get more information in your local Idea Store, or the careers service in Bow Road or by contacting the centre directly on 7481 4210. 27 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2014 N E W S F R O M T O W E R H A MLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 35


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