What a week of tournaments this week for the Senior School girls! The U14 and U16 Netball teams set the standard on Tuesday, with the U14s playing superbly with high scoring wins against Wellingborough and Bishop Stopford Schools. A strong tournament resulted in the girls finishing as the U14 County runners up. The U16 team went one better, however, and were head and shoulders better than all of the opposition all throughout the day. Particular successes were against Oundle, Wellingborough and Quinton House Schools as the team remained unbeaten and they finished as U16 County Champions!
The U12A, B and C Hockey teams had great matches on Wednesday, all of which were entertaining and very close; a 4-4 draw, a 2-2 draw and a 2-0 loss.
Yesterday, we had the second GDST Rally of the year hosted in Oxford, and all of our teams showed real strength and determination. The U12 Netball team had good wins against Norwich and Howells, and finished 12th overall. The U15 Hockey team worked well and, despite only losing 1 game, lost out on progressing to the playoffs by just 1 point. Despite this, they had superb wins against Bath, Howells and Birkenhead. The Senior Swimming team also had a good day out, progressing to a number of individual and relay finals.
We would like to wish the four teams playing matches tomorrow against Wellingborough School, both home and away, the very best of luck.
Director of Sport
Hockey – GDST Rally
Our first match of the rally was against Newcastle. Although we fought well, we simply didn’t go out with enough intensity and we were not playing our best, which resulted in a 1-0 defeat. We then discussed and analysed the game in preparation for our next game against Howells. Despite it not being our best game, we worked much better as a team, using our width and transfers far more. This meant we won 2-0 with goals scored by Radhika Pandya and Lily King.
Our next game was against Oxford, and although we fought hard with the majority of the possession, neither team managed to score a goal leaving us with a 0-0 draw. After a slightly infuriating match, where we narrowly missed out on the win, we were keen to get some goals which we did against Shrewsbury. This was certainly the game which contained our best play, with us winning 2-0, with goals scored by Maddie Down and Jodie Welton. In the following game against Portsmouth, we worked well although took a while to score, despite having almost all the possession and a vast amount of shots on goal. We won this game 1-0 with a goal from Jodie Welton.
In the following game we did not play our best, but defended well and eventually used our opportunities when attacking to win the game 1-0 with a goal from Radhika Pandya. Our final game was against Royal High School Bath. After having six games, we were all relatively tired but fought on to win 2-0 with goals scored by Radhika Pandya and Jodie Welton.
Overall, everybody in the team played impeccably well with notable mentions to Eve, Eloise and Maddie, who all stepped up from the U14 team. The Player’s Player Award was a tie between Sarah and Jodie; the Coach’s Player was Lucy Ramskill. The team should all be very proud of their play, and we found several things to fine tune for the remainder of the season.
U15 Hockey Captain
U15 vs Quinton House
We started powerfully from the first whistle, working the ball down the wings and getting a few chances in the opposition’s D within the first few minutes. We continued to put the pressure on and with the effectiveness of our post players and pressure put on after rebounds, Esmé Ellis scored. Despite not playing our best hockey we continued to apply, just making a few mistakes. However, we did not let this affect our game and continued to attack, with Jodie Welton scoring a second goal. After this, we continued to attack however an unfortunate tackle by the opposition resulted in an injury. Sadly this meant we had to call it a day, with our final score 2-0.
U15 Hockey Captain
Swimming – GDST Rally
After a long journey to Oxford, the Swimming team was determined to do well against the rest of the Trust schools. The teams comprised for the Juniors, Rebecca Lowe, Phoebe Haynes, Ellie Chinnock, Anna Johnson and Amelia Murphy; for the Seniors, Chloe Mercer, Bryony Bird and Eleanor McNicholas. Although we missed out on the overall podium finish, each and every girl swam outstanding races with a number of people gaining standard times, and therefore earning points for the team.
In the Senior category, Chloe Mercer placed 4th in the 100m Individual Medley, and Bryony Bird qualified for the final; placing 5th overall. In the Junior events, girls qualified for finals in the Medley Relay, Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly finals, gaining fantastic times. The Junior team placed 7th overall and the Senior team placed 8th.
Congratulations to all the girls for a fantastic swim!
Swimming Team Captain
U12 Netball Team Photo – GDST Rally