To avoid traffic we haven’t stopped at Fleet, we are currently at Winchester and looking to be back at Priestlands at approx 7:30pm. We will ask kids to text when we are approaching Lymington.
We were delighted that at the netball awards dinner Niamh Barratt was awarded player of the tournament across all the schools. This is an award voted for by the umpires and coaches. In the rugby the U14 player of the tournament also went to a Priestlands player with Arki Galton picking up the award after a series of impressive performances.
We are extremely proud of both players as these awards were won against a number of other outstanding players in the tournament.
Both the netball & rugby teams had an early start for finals day of the international tournament.
In the rugby the Year 8s started the day off with their semi final against Hitchingbrooke school. Despite an excellent battling effort the boys unfortunately lost narrowly, which placed them into the 3/4th playoff against Wilmslow High School. Unfortunately despite never giving up the boys ran out of steam after 3 hard days of rugby and we were beaten. Throughout the competition the boys never gave up and were a credit to the school. They will no doubt benefit next season from playing against high level competition.
The Year 9s started the day with a semi final against a very strong Judd school. This was a very difficult challenge and an excellent Judd win led to another 3/4th playoff against Wilmslow High School. The boys played extremely well in attack in this last game running out winners and clinching third place. A tough 3 days of rugby against some very good opposition.
In the netball one of our teams had qualified for the International cup from Monday’s games and went on to come a very creditable 4th, against some really strong club sides. Our Second team, qualified for the shield competition and did extremely well to finish 5th. Our third side qualified for plate competition and finished 3rd. The girls were all a credit to the school and learnt a great deal across the 3 days.
After a fun afternoon in Disney the girls attended their presentation dinner at King Ludwig’s restaurant to pick up their trophies and the boys attended their dinner at Planet Hollywood. In addition to collecting their 4th place trophy the Year 8 boys also won the Spirit of the Game award which was given by the referees for the boys never say did attitude throughout the tournament. This was a real credit to the Year 8 side. Well done!
The girls are all set for their netball training day, despite the bags under their eyes and the moans and groans when their alarms went off this morning!!!
An excellent days rugby today against sone very high quality opposition.
The Year 8s were first game on in the tournament and narrowly lost 10-5 to an excellent Manchester Grammar School side, with Ben Challis scoring the try of the day from inside his own half. We followed this up with a 10-10 draw against Wilmslow High School with Finn Walder equalizing in the final minutes. We finished the day with a tough game against Hitchingbrooke school which ended 0-15. The boys battled well throughout the day and with some more clinical finishing could have had two victories. A day of training tomorrow before finals day on Wednesday.
A fantastic start to the Year 9 fixtures saw them take a 19-0 victory over Wilmslow High School (Callum Broadhurst MOM). Followed up by a very tough battle against Manchester Grammar School losing 22-5 (Arki Galton MOM). The team finished the day with a energy sapping loss to The Judd School 15-5 (Arki Galton MOM). To score in every game was a massive achievement by the boys. Top effort all round, bring on tomorrow!
A great first day (minus the rain!). Some high quality Netball and Rugby played against some tough competition and we managed to squeeze in a few rides before dinner!
Arrived at the Disney B&B. All checked in and about to have dinner. Still no sign of tiredness yet……!
Arrived safely in France and now en route to the hotel. Coach is still as loud and excitable as it was 6hrs ago!