As we are all fully aware, it has been a strange and very different term, not only for our sport and, as anticipated, we had limited live fixtures (4 riding, 4 lacrosse and 2 hockey) due to the restrictions.
Our lacrosse fixtures were against Cheltenham Ladies’ College and we showed across the board that we were a force to be reckoned with. In our hockey against Marlborough, in particular our U15s, the girls put on an outstanding display, to finish with a thrilling draw. The riding competitions, although there have been many cancellations along the way, have demonstrated that we have some serious talent in both our riders and their horses, with lots of qualifications for numerous championships. Let’s hope that the events the girls have qualified for can run, so that they can prove themselves even further.
We also managed to compete in a virtual cross-country race vs 20 other schools, where our Year 7s came 14th and 17th. The girls were competing against girls a year older than them, so these are really fantastic results – well done to all! We have also just entered a virtual health and fitness challenge competition, of which we are still awaiting the results.
Adapting to change has been the biggest challenge our sport has faced this term, as well as keeping focused and determined away from competitive inter-school fixtures. All the staff have been impressed with the girls’ work ethic throughout the term and we hope that they are seeing the benefits of focusing on their basic skills, which, when we finally get to play other schools more regularly, should allow them to be better equipped to succeed. However, the girls will need to remember that other schools will also have been developing their skills, and they will therefore come up against stronger and slicker opposition to test them.
Company sport has been our saving grace this term to allow us to keep that competitive element in our sports. We started with an Inter-company Cross Country event for the Fourth Form, where Ed Rich Company put on a show to win the overall competition.
Our long awaited Inter-company Tennis was an exciting event. All year groups competed well; it was clear that a number of the girls were excited to be back and competing, particularly in the older year groups. In the overall results, Ed Rich demonstrated that they are a group to watch out for this year, topping 4 out of the 7 year groups in the competitions and 2nd place in one of them. A great result!
Our Fourth Form swimming gala was a great success. Most of the girls in these three year groups swam in at least one race each, however, it was the team in blue – Moberly – who came out victorious overall.
Our Fifth Form swimming gala was also a success, and some familiar faces venturing back into the pool to compete allowed for an exciting and, for some, a Saturday of extremely hard work, competing in a number of events for their Company. In this competition, Grosstete achieved the top spot, in not only one but both the LV (Year 10) and UV (Year 11) events! A great achievement!
The Inter-company hockey and netball has begun in the Fifth Form, with a handful of matches played. Poore are looking strong at the moment, but there really is still so much to play for. We look forward to picking this back up in the new year.
The Fourth Form Inter-company hockey has also begun, MIV (Year 8) still have games to play, but currently Moberly are looking to be the team to beat here. The UIV (Year 9) competition was a huge success and there was some fantastic hockey on display, with all hands on deck and some great goals and showmanship in some areas. The Green machines of Grosstete ran away with this event and were not prepared to be pipped at the post by a hungry Ed Rich.
Next term, we are looking forward to more competitive Inter-company sport. We have the Sixth Form Company hockey and netball competitions, the postponed Sixth Form swimming gala, Inter-company lacrosse for all year groups and we are also planning an Inter-company horse riding competition as well. So even if we are limited with the fixtures we can play, there is still much to look forward to.
Amongst all the restrictions across the country for sport, some of our girls have managed to successfully secure places in sport pathways for this year. A huge well done to the following who either remain in, or have joined, the pathways for their sports.
England Hockey Performance Centre:
South West Regional Academy for Lacrosse:
South West County pathway:
UIV (Year 9) girls:
As mentioned previously, the sports teachers have been really impressed with the level of focus shown by the girls in developing their sport in the absence of a full set of competitive inter-school fixtures. We would like to thank the girls for this and hope that next term we continue to see this hard work and progress, as well as hopefully a few fixtures along the way to allow them to test their skills against other schools!
The Autumn Term Sports video, shown to the girls in Chapel this week, provides a snapshot of this term, as well as Commendations for those girls who have gone above and beyond each week in their training. Parents may access this video by clicking here.
Miss Tammie Anderson, Director of Sport