At the start of last weekend, St Mary’s had an impressive nine qualifiers at the NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) Championships at Addington. Competition was extremely tough but one of our young teams, Maddie (MIV), Flo, Bea (MIV) and Alice (LIV) finished in the top eight for a place in the jump-off indoors to then finish 6th overall out of 34 teams. Lila (UIV) and Uncle P were also on fine form coming 3rd in the 90/95cm individual, with the team just missing out on going through. However, not satisfied with 3rd, Lila rode again in the 1m finishing in 1st place as Individual Show-Jumping National Champion.
It was a tough ask to play Dauntsey’s Hockey Teams on our first day back after Half Term but we were up for the challenge. However, with relatively less exposure to the hockey circuit, we were soon on the back foot, losing the majority of matches. Despite considerable possession we found it hard to penetrate their D, whereas when Dauntsey’s had the ball they converted. Our strong U13A Team, nevertheless, were having none of that and headed into half time 2-0 up! Dauntsey’s rallied and scored a quick three goals before Jemima (MIV) equalised in the last minute. A hugely exciting match!
On Saturday, 30 St Mary’s girls represented the Dorset and Wiltshire Lacrosse teams in the South West Counties at Sherborne. The U19A, U19B and U15B all finished runners-up behind the strong Berkshire teams and ahead of Hants and Oxon and Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Seven St Mary’s girls represented the County U15A side and the team gelled quickly, showing great team spirit from the start of the day. Despite being down at half time against Berkshire they turned it around to win 7-5, followed by a good 8-4 victory over Worcs and Glos. The must win, final game was against a strong Hants and Oxon (aka St Swithun’s and St Helen’s and St Katharine’s) but the team showed great determination to win 7-6 and be South West County Champions!
We also had some lacrosse matches with Godolphin. The U14A, U14B, U13A dominated, winning convincingly. The U13B enjoyed a tight 2-1 victory, while the 2nds and U12As went down with narrow defeats. Well done to all who participated!