Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s popular skittleball championship has even made a name for itself over in the United States.
A record 22 schools competed in the annual tournament over the course of two days at the Town Hall in King Street this week, with St Augustine’s defeating last year’s winners St John’s 2-0 in a nerve-jangling final.
They will meet St Stephen’s, who won the other Year 3 championship the day before, in an ultimate final in the next few weeks.
And a school over in America wants to get in on the skittleball mania which is gripping the borough.
The gym teacher, as they are known on that side of the pond, called tournament organiser Calum Fairley to learn a little more about the sport which was created by former H&F primary schools games supremo Deryck Fill.
“Skittleball has grown in popularity year on year,” said Calum. “The kids in H&F absolutely love it. It gives them a great foundation before playing basketball or netball, and anyone can play. That’s the beauty of skittleball.”
Meanwhile, back in H&F on the second day of this year’s knock-out tournament, St Augustine’s saw off Good Shepherd’s 2-1 in a closely contested semi-final.
The free-flowing St John’s trashed Normand Croft 6-2 in the other semi-final but came unstuck in the final.
The third/fourth place play-off ended all square between Good Shepherd’s and Normand Croft after normal time and so it went to dreaded penalties.
The opening six penalty takers all missed the target before Normand Croft went ahead in the shoot-out.
So it all depended on Good Shepherd’s last penalty taker to level matters. After all the screaming and shouting throughout the day’s matches, the hall came to a complete silence for the first time.
The shot went wide and the Normand Croft pupils jumped for joy as they had secured third spot. And a shiny, new medal which all the kids had set their hearts on.
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