St Paul’s bounces into hoop time grand final

St Paul''s Primary School''s Hoop Time team made up of girls and boys from Grade 5 and 6.

By Judy Kennedy

Fast running and accurate shots on goal secured St Paul’s Primary School a place in the state finals of Basketball Victoria’s Hoop Time.

The school’s boys and girls from Grade 5 and 6 were undefeated in the one-day regional final tournament on 14 October at Dandenong Basketball Stadium, winning five matches from five.

St Paul’s Primary physical education teacher and Hoop Time coach, Jo McIntosh, said it was a big effort for the team to get over the line.“Coming from a small school we were thrilled with the result,” she said.

“The team really worked hard together and played with great sportsmanship.”

Hoop Time offers children in Grade 3 and 4 (junior) and Grade 5 and 6 (senior) the opportunity to play in a fun competition with qualified referees.

It attracts about 43,000 players across the state.

Player Ethan said St Paul’s is looking forward to taking its game one step further at the state grand final.

“We think we’ve got what it takes to win on the day,” he said.

The school will participate in the grand final on 30 November.

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