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Sports Update w/c 12th March

Kicking off the week was the exciting Sports Tour Launch meeting which we were pleased to see so many Y10’s and 11’s at. A letter will be coming out this week with details of how to pay your deposit to secure your place on the amazing South Africa tour. Whist we know there is some disappointment surrounding Australia we are very excited to be offering such an amazing tour which combines great sport, differing cultures and wonderful sightseeing. We hope lots of you will be signing up!

Along came Tuesday where the U13 A and B hockey teams travelled to Wycombe High’s new astro coming away 2-0 (goals Lily T & Becky S and 3-0 winners respectively (goals Lily K, Maia, Emily G). Some excellent hockey played and a wonderful new astro they have there- inspired us to get our new one! The team are pictured below. 

On Wednesday the U16 hockey team also were lucky enough to play on Wycombe High’s new astro, in their district tournament, which turned out to be just one game unfortunately after a number of teams dropped out. None the less off they went and played against Wycombe High, narrowly losing 2-1, with Annabelle Cowan scoring the goal. Some wonderful hockey was played and this result was huge progress for the team. Unfortunately, there was no team photo taken but Niamh, Elle and Olivia posed as the last three standing! 

Along came Thursday which was a very exciting day for the U13 hockey ream who travelled to Woking Hockey Club to play in the Regional Finals. U13 Regional Finals is always a tough day as there are many independent schools who have had the students from age 5 and been training them up since then, however, our team were a real credit to the school and performed superbly. They opened the day with a narrow 1-0 loss to St Andrews, Pangbourne, followed by a 2-0 loss to Streatham & Clapham High and then a very close 2-1 loss to Godolphin & Latymer with the goal coming from Tilly Crampsie. A tough group and some wonderful hockey and strength of character was shown by all. The team then went into the plate competition where they played in the quarter final first. A full time the game was tied at 1-1 so a penalty shoot out commenced. With Emilia and Xanthe scoring the first two penalties followed by Laura Dent making a fantastic save, Tilly Crampsie then stepped up to take her penalty knowing a goal would put them through to the semi-finals and score it she did!

The team then faced Forres Sandle Manor School in the semi-final which was a very tough game that they battled out to win 2-1, goals coming from Xanthe and Emilia. Delight on the teams faces as they were through to the plate final against Cokethorpe. We went 1-0 up with a goal from Emilia only for Cokethorpe to come back strongly scoring two goals before half time. 2-1 at half time, we had it all to do. We came out of the blocks on fire and scored two goals in quick succession- Becky and Xanthe. Some sterling defending enabled us to hold on to the lead until the final whistle- Plate Champions! An amazing achievement for the U13 hockey team against very stiff competition. Well done to them all. The team are pictured below and are: Tilly Crampsie, Rosie Thompson, Becky Saunders, Isla Brown, Emilia Wijsman, Lily Thomas, Xanthe Baker, Eve Scott, Laura Dent and Jess Benn.

The hockey players got back to school with their gold medals and the gymnasts swapped seats with them and got on the road to Stoke-on-Trent to stay over ahead of the early start for National Finals on Friday. As we arrived at the hotel and I said to the team that we would leave the hotel at 9am, thinking I may sneak a lie in, and then they said so we will need to be up at 6am then for hair and make up - no rest for the wicked and all that! Mrs Parsons, our new PE administrator, was roped in to the hair salon and perfected the U16 team hair style for them. Hair and make up done and new leotards on we set of for Fenton Manor Sports Complex for the Milano Trio Floor and Vault National Finals. It was my first experience of gym national finals and what a day it was. I have seen the hard work, time and dedication that these gymnasts have put into practicing and perfect their group and individual routines and I only wish that gymnastics judging was not so subjective because I tell you something our U16 and U19 trio floor routines were flawless, faultless and perfect in every which way- I do not pretend to be a gymnastics expert but I know they were amazing and many other gym coaches there told me the same. Where was their perfect score I ask! 

The teams then went on to do their individual floor routines and then their vaults – all of which were brilliant. If you want to have a little look at them there are some snippets on twitter. What these girls do is quite simply amazing. As I watched the girls practice, perform, support one another and give their all for themselves, their team and their school I was immensely proud of each and every one of them and al they achieved that day. We waited on tenterhooks for the results and found out that both teams finished in 4th place, agonisingly close to 3rd place and a bronze medal. The U16 team were 4th by 0.1 of a mark and the U19 team by 0.6 of a mark – such fine margins and whilst I know the girls would have loved a bronze medal 4th in the country is a huge achievement and one which we are in awe of them all for. There was a silver medal for the U16 team though as they were announced, with our southern counterparts St Mary’s, as the 2nd place region- an outstanding achievement for the two teams together highlighting team spirit at it’s best.

The team are pictured below in their wonderful new leotards- definitely best dressed too! U16- Sasha Tuke, Kendra Morris, Lizzie McNally and Hana Selli. U19- Natasha Nowers, Kira Cosgrove and Liska Nowers.

As the gymnasts pulled up back at Becky High at 10:30pm on Friday night the week was far from over for BHS sport. Saturday saw the U12 and U13 netball teams competing in their District Tournament in bitterly cold conditions. An excellent day was had by the U12A team winning 5 games and drawing two finishing up in 2nd place overall. The team to pip them to the 1st place podium finish was actually the U12B team who had 6 wins and 1 draw – an amazing achievement for them. The U13A team could not field a team due to a clash with club regional netball but the U13B’s came out in full force winning all their games to take 1st place- some excellent performances by all team members. The teams are all pictured below.

As Sunday came and the snow fell the dancers were not be deterred from getting to school for the first full run through of the Dance Show. The day was a huge success with lots of rehearsal time and the chance to see how the show was all coming together. A big thank you to all the dancers for getting there and working so hard and to the staff and parent volunteers who made it possible. With 5 days to the Dance Show it is all hands on deck to make sure the event is as perfect as we all want it to be! Remember if you have not got your tickets yet you can buy them from the Wycombe Swan website or directly through the Box Office.

A big thank you and well done to all our sports people and dancers this week- quite the week and next week is set to be just as busy with the Dance Show looming in particular!

Kat McGonigle

Head of PE