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Signing off in style! Medals for Youth Games stars

17 September, 2021 — By Steve Barnett

Cricketers Catherine and Hugh Macmillan

SIBLINGS Catherine and Hugh Macmillan were bowled over on Sunday after helping Islington add to their mighty medal haul at the London Youth Games.

The sister and brother combo, who live in Highbury, were part of the borough’s girls’ and boys’ street cricket teams that both scooped silver medals at the Redbridge Sports Centre in east London.

Up against a Newham side they had overcome 38-35 in the group stages, Islington’s girls finished their 20-ball innings just short of the required runs as they were beaten 46-34 in the final.

Afterwards, team captain Catherine, who also plays for Primrose Hill CC, said she was “proud” of all the effort her team put in to take silver, adding: “I’m just really proud of all the girls. They were incredible and we all quickly bonded. It was a great atmosphere and a very fun day.”

Archer Selma Anouar

The boys’ final was even closer with Islington again losing to Newham, but this time by just one run as the match finished 48-47.

“I really enjoyed the day,” said Hugh, who also plays for North London CC.

“I was glad to get a chance to take part as I always want to turn up for any game of cricket going.

“It was fantastic to see a good turnout for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. I really hope it means we get more chances to play cricket of all sorts in Islington.”

The success didn’t stop on the cricket field, even though Newham did keep frustrating the north Londoners.

Islington’s boys’ football team remained unbeaten all the way to the final, where they were rewarded with a silver medal after succumbing to Newham. And Islington’s girls’ football team also performed well to bag a bronze medal in their competition, finishing just behind champions Haringey and runners-up Enfield.

Islington’s girls’ football team that won bronze

There was also a special mention for lone archer Selma Anouar, who finished fifth in the senior female Windsor event after being the only entrant for Islington on the day.

The weekend’s action brought an end to the London Youth Games summer special, with Islington finishing the competition with nine medals in total: one gold, five silvers and three bronzes.

Daniel Bank, the borough’s London Youth Games team manager, said: “The final weekend was a great success and a fantastic way to finish the 2021 season. It’s remarkable that Newham beat us in three finals, it looks like we may have started a friendly rivalry to take into the 2022 season.”

Islington are now looking for runners aged 11-17 to sign up for the London Mini Marathon on Sunday, October 3. For further details email Daniel at Daniel.Bank@gll.org

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