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
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