Charlie helps Jaguars get their claws into the Northern League title

Charlie in action
Charlie in action

KIRTON youngster Charlie Bonner has helped his Newark Jaguars side lift the Northern League wheelchair basketball title with an unbeaten record.

The 12-year-old was in action as his side wrapped up the title, playing the last two matches of this season at Nottingham’s Wildcat Arena.

Going into these matches, hopes were high as Charlie’s team haven’t lost a game all season.

Their first opponents were the Manchester Mavericks, who were sitting in third place in the table.

Despite losing the tip, the Jaguars came on strongly to pull two baskets clear before running out comfortable 23-12 winners.

Their second match was against the Newcastle Eagles, who were sitting second in the league and were also boasting an unbeaten record.

At half time the Eagles led 14-7, but the Jaguars fought back to take an 18-17 lead.

With just 50 seconds on the clock, Newcastle scored again, re-taking the lead 19-18.

The final moments saw Jag’s make their last attack, knowing that only a basket would be good enough - which they grabbed with 12 seconds left to win 20-19.

The Jaguars now travel to Sheffield in April to defend their title in the National Junior League play-offs, which features the top four teams from the Northern and Southern Divisions.

The Jaguars are appealing for new players from our area and anyone interested can contact coach Simon Bonner at simondbonner@aol.com