BASKETBALL: ELLESMERE Port Panthers played in a special basketball tournament in memory of murdered Liverpool teenager Anthony Walker on Sunday.
The U18s boys side were chosen to carry the standard for the Port against sides from Liverpool, Sefton, Ormskirk and St Helens as well as City Hoops, who were representing the much-mourned 18-year-old.
The Panthers came joint third overall with City Hoops fittingly crowned winners of the Anthony Walker Trophy following their victory over Ormskirk in the final.
The event, at Greenbank Sports Academy, Liverpool, was watched by hundreds who turned out in tribute to Anthony who was axed to death last month.
Panthers coach for the tournament, Kirsty Leedham, said: 'It was an honour to be there and it turned out to be a really competitive tournament. We played very well and we're delighted to have finished joint third.
'It was a celebration rather than a mourning of Anthony's life. All his family were there and they were really strong in front of what must have been a crowd of between 700 to a 1,000.'
The games were in the form of a group league, with every team faced off against each other and the top two going on to compete for the memorial shield.
Panthers produced excellent displays to secure victories against Sefton, Ormskirk and St Helens, but suffered defeats against Liverpool and City Hoops to miss out on the final.
Before the decider between Ormskirk and City Hoops the players and crowd observed a two-minute silence of remembrance and a piece of art was unveiled as a celebration of Anthony's life.
Organiser John Hollis-Davies said: 'It was a fantastic day that was enjoyed by everyone. It couldn't have gone any better and, fittingly, it was Anthony's teammates who won the final. We now hope to make this an annual event.' IN HIS HONOUR: Murder victim Anthony Walker. EP Pioneer Aug 17 05 50p