Sports Day 2013 brought with it sunshine, sport, music, a blazing BBQ and most importantly a fantastic atmosphere.

In the netball tournament we saw some fantastic passing, dodging and pivoting, some amazing shots and brave interceptions. All tutor groups fought hard against the other tutors groups in their year which brought out the competitive side in everyone.

The Year 7 tournament displayed some brilliant sportsmanship and highlighted capable players who tackled many different positions. There was a very similar atmosphere over on the Year 8 and 9 courts, all players fighting hard for their teams to win. The support across the three courts was excellent with Year 9s providing their very own cheer leaders to keep everyone entertained.


Over on the Year 10 courts their team work was pushed to the limits with tutor groups having to join together and teams playing with only five players. This did not hinder any performances and all games were played with passion to win and score the most shots. Overall the standard of netball was brilliant and all winning tutor groups had to fight for their win.

The rounders competition saw three closely fought tournaments with the results in doubt right up until the last matches. Ably assisted by Sixth Form volunteers, staff ensured that quick changeovers between matches kept the energy levels high and the excitement brewing. Quality play in the field with competitors diving to make catches and accurate throws into posts meant that hitting needed to be accurate also if rounders were to be scored and there were fine examples of sportsmanship and friendly rivalry between the teams in each year. Mrs Hubartt provided a running commentary throughout the events and her encouragement and enthusiasm spurred the competitors on. The day was a great success and the camaraderie within teams and the competition between teams was very encouraging. Great fun was had by all!

The Year 10 rounders was a keenly contested event towards which all teams contributed. Teamwork was the focus and there were no better examples of this than 10I and 10S combining. This meant they had to play double the amount of fixtures. A special mention must also go to 10L who played the entire tournament with six players. This deficit was made up by amongst others the heroics of Josh Gilbert and Brendan Self. Another worthy addition was the Sixth Form who lost their first two games. However, they regrouped and managed to finish in 3rd place, even with Ben Townsend catching a ball with his face! The eventual winners were 10R who performed consistently.

The Sports Day football tournament took place with over 150 pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 vying for top spot in their respective leagues.  The Year 7s showed their potential for enjoying future success at the school with some fantastic performances from many pupils.  We witnessed twenty yard screamers, diving saves and even the Head of Year being floored in a high-octane contest!

The Year 8 competition saw the most goals scored out of all three leagues and one team conceding just a single goal in the five games they played.  Unfortunately they also saw the most balls lost over the fence as their shooting ability came under scrutiny! 

The Year 9 league was the most closely contested league of all.  With only a handful of points separating the six teams, goal difference cruelly decided the places. A special mention to Jack Libby who managed to get 'nutmegged' a record number of times...twenty four! It was great to see both girls and boys providing an entertaining and infectious event with enjoyment and fair play at the core of the competition.  A huge thank you and well done to all of those involved.

The volleyball competition involved the seven tutor groups from Year 10 and a highly talented invited staff team. Play commenced with the added pressure of playing effectively in the middle of the Sports Day arena watched by the educated eyes of spectators, commentated on by Mr Lunn’s witty remarks and with all competitors being influenced throughout by the tantalising smell of the nearby barbeque.

As the competition progressed it became apparent that there were specific skills that certain competitors found hard to execute but teams quickly realised that an effective team formation and good communication compensated. Highlights of the competition included Tom Rogers displaying an aggressive personality not witnessed to date, Ms Snowling’s vocal encouragement for her team (negating her lack of volleyball technique) and Mr Granville West throwing himself around the court like a performing dolphin. To conclude congratulations to 10K for winning six and drawing one to become worthy winners – well done.

The day concluded with the eagerly anticipated relay races. The Year 7 teams kicked off the first two races with determination and fast change overs resulting in a closely contested race. Years 8, 9 and 10 proved to be equally as exciting with Kieran Hamblin celebrating before he even crossed the finish line in 3rd place. The last athletes “and I use the term loosely” to take the track were the teachers. Each department entered a team of highly trained runners to compete against each other. We witnessed slick technique and Usain Bolt like speed resulting in victory once again for the PE department. We await a more competitive challenge come the summer of 2014. Perhaps it’s time to start training now!




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