Earlier this term, we competed in the Level 2 School Games Futsal, which was hosted at Sponne School. The competition involved; Moulton, EWS North, EWS South, Magdalen, Parker and ourselves.
We were placed into a pool A. We played EWS South in the opening fixture, a game of which we dominated. It finished 4-1, goals from Henry M, Ed L & Max K.
Our next match was against Parker, where we knew we needed at least a draw to progress, but a win to guarantee it. We ended up winning 4-2, again dominating most of the game despite conceding 2 late goals. This meant we went through to the Games Final!
In the final, we faced Magdalen, the pool B winners. We went into the game determined to be solid at the back, and not to concede. It worked as we played defensively and kept a clean sheet in the first half as it ended 1-0, we scored another early in the second before they clawed themselves back into the game with 2 late goals. The final whistle blew, and onto penalties. It was the most bizarre shootout, requiring four rounds to determine the winner. It came down to the keepers in the end, as our keeper saved one and scored his own penalty to make us the winners.
We look forward to representing the school in the Winter School Games, to be held in Kettering on Friday 28th February 2020!
Lewis S, 10SLB
Never in a million years did we ever think we’d make it this far, considering 2 and ½ years ago in Year 7 regionals was unheard of. Before it seemed like it was only open to private schools but we were the ones to change that. After a hard battle through hail and miserable storms we took the crown of the County Cup to move on to the U14s regional competition in January. With 4 games ahead of us in the group stages we needed a win in order for us to get to the semi-finals, we were in for a fight. The atmosphere was so different to any other tournament we’d been to before - everything was quite unsmiling and despite all the excitement you could tell the nerves were kicking in. Being the first state school in so many years to have got to this point we really had a point to prove.
The number of girls all with the same passion in such a small space was really quite cool. We were all there for the same reason but our team was just different, and I felt so privileged to be the captain, especially since there was a chance I wouldn’t have been able to play earlier in the season. The 10 of us, which ended up being 8 by the end due to injury, endured everything possible from intense nail checks to hiding under blankets to warm up, but looking back we really wouldn’t have it any other way. For most of us, it was the first time we had done something like this that was constantly stop start - the countless number of warm ups proved to be a pretty big shock to the system, but we were not prepared to settle for anything other than our absolute best. After a tense first few games we took the spot in the semi-finals following an overall win of our pool. The semi-finals saw us lose a key player to an ankle injury and a battle to obtain the title but we just weren’t in the position to win the game leaving us a contender in the 3rd/4th playoff against a team we had already drawn against earlier. Despite no longer having the opportunity to get to nationals, we had done ourselves proud. It was a tough match and it had been a long day. But we had left our mark, done our job, placed an unbelievable 4th in East Midlands, and had accomplished something we never even dreamed of doing.
Lily Hancock, Netball Captain. 9ANS
The weekend (25/26 Jan) saw Freya in Grasgerhen, Germany for her first two Junior FIS Snowboardcross races. The race was huge - both in competitor numbers (190!) and course size as it had been built for a Europa Cup event a few weeks earlier. After a course inspection with their coach the team worked on their plans for their races and had one practice run and one qualifying run with Freya achieving a time of 1 min 14 down the race track, placing 39th. Sunday it was the same routine with course inspection and planning what to work on following the racing on Saturday, again due to the size of the field, they had one practice run ahead of their qualifying run and Freya shaved a massive 15.18 seconds off her time completing the course in 58.82 seconds placing 34th. Freya (and us, and her coach) were really pleased with her results and her positive approach to her first FIS events