Basketball girls slam dunk way to the national finals

TWO MOSSLEY students have hoop dreams after reaching a national basketball final for just the second time.

And they are joined by a pal from Stalybridge, who will line up to take on the country’s best.

Chloe Dunn and Rachel Balshaw, from Micklehurst, are part of Tameside College’s basketball team that has won through to the Association of College’s (AoC) Sport national championships.

Alongside them will be fellow 18-year-old Caitlin Power-Tarbatt, of Ridge Hill, after they sealed the chance to represent the north west region in the competition, which takes place at the University of Nottingham on April 26-28.

The team easily won all four of its matches in the north west qualifiers to reach the finals, beating Aquinas College, Holy Cross College, Xaverian College and Blackpool and the Fylde College.

This is the second year the team has qualified for the national championships.

The girls in the seven-person squad have a simple inspiration.

The woman behind the drive to the team’s success is coach and ex-international basketball player, Natalie Charloner who currently plays for Manchester Mystics in the women’s British Basketball League.

Luke Podmore, sports development officer for Tameside College, said: “The team is an absolutely resounding success.

“With the help of Natalie they have become such a strong squad and made it this far through sheer determination and hard work.

“I can’t wait to see them represent the college and the north west in the AoC Sport national championships. We’re all very proud.”

The AoC Sport national championships is a celebration of competitive sport in colleges.

It pits the best students from across the UK against one another in a series of categories including badminton, football, basketball, cross country, golf and many more.

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