Sports Report – Autumn Term 2015

Sports Report – Autumn Term 2015

This has been a very busy and active term and despite some fairly grim weather since half term there has been a great deal happening for both girls and boys.


Played Won Drawn Lost Cancelled

Third Form - Netball

A         6

B         4








Lower Fourth - Netball

A         6

B         6









Upper Fourth - Netball



0 3 3

Lower Fifth - Hockey



1 1 3

Senior –
League Netball

School Netball








Third Form Netball – U12

A Team Played 6, Won 4, Drawn 0, Lost: 2, Cancelled 3.
B Team Played 4, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 2.

North Somerset Tournament: 4th (of 11)

These girls have played well in their various matches and have achieved some pleasing results. They have gained in strength, experience and skill and are beginning to develop much better awareness of space and movement. This was certainly evident in their tournament last week. On what proved to be an extremely cold afternoon they showed great resilience, working hard in fairly horrible conditions to win some tough games. Their tenacity paid off and they finished a very creditable 4th.

Most Improved player of the season: Mia Hann


Ana de la Torre
Lottie Gunther
Erin Crofts

Lower Fourth Netball – U13

A Team Played 6, Won 4, Drawn 0, Lost 2, Cancelled 3.
B team Played 6, Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 2, Cancelled 3.

The Lower Fourth girls took part in two North Somerset tournaments – the U14 one (as our Upper Fourth were out of school on the day of their tournament and their own U13 one).

This squad of players has made good steady progress throughout the season in all areas of their game, but especially so in terms of the speed and awareness of their movement on court. Operating with a large squad of girls has enabled us to field two teams and has also given opportunity for rotation of players around various positions, resulting in a successful combination which proved extremely valuable in their more recent games and tournaments. They are really beginning to develop better fluency and consistency in their play.

They played really well in their year group tournament, beating some of the stronger teams in our District and progressing through to the semi-final stages where they narrowly lost to Worle School. They were then just pipped to 4th place by Churchill who went a goal ahead in the dying seconds of the game.

Most improved player of the season: Isabella Jarman


Freya King
Frankie Harrill
Maisy Hann
Amber Spillane

Upper Fourth Netball – U14

Played:4, Won:1, Drawn:0, Lost:3, Cancelled:3.

The U4 girls were not able to play in the area tournament – rather a shame – as they had also had a number of their matches cancelled.

Always competitive, in a friendly and good spirited way, this team have enjoyed some very close matches this season against some strong and dynamic opposition. As their confidence has grown, they have developed more maturity in their play, utilising the ball far more effectively and intelligently. With improved consistency and at times a little more control and composure, they now have the players and awareness tactically to begin to challenge some of the tougher teams within their fixture cohort.

Most improved player of the season: Lucy Chen


Indeigh Winterson
Gracie Fletcher

Lower Fifth Hockey

Played:4, Won:0, Drawn:1, Lost:3, Cancelled:3.

North Somerset Tournament – Semi-final.

This team have travelled a real journey this season. They played some ferociously tough matches at the start and suffered narrow defeats but their standard and results have improved steadily throughout the term. The highlight, certainly, were their performances at the North Somerset tournament, where they played, by far, the best hockey that I have seen from them.

We had an excellent afternoon at this tournament – they progressed through from the group stages to the semi-final where, in a very tight encounter with Churchill, they were deemed to have come second on the ‘short corner’ ruling and therefore although they did not concede a goal they did not go through to the final. It felt very tough!

Most improved player of the season: Sofia Peon


Imogen Moroney
Hema Shah
Frida Cardale
Savina Mu

U15 VII and 1st VII Netball

Played; 1 Won 0 Drawn 0, Lost 1 (U15).
Played: 4 Won: 1 Drawn 0, Lost: 3 (Seniors – School fixtures)

Both these teams have played a handful of fixtures, during what is primarily their hockey season, against new and in some cases, quite testing opposition. Using the Tuesday night training as the basis for their preparation, both teams have had mixed success in terms of victories, but the standard of their play has been particularly impressive.

Always showing good commitment, the girls who participated are playing with much greater composure and determination, as well as improved style and speed. With their netball season now in front of them, we look forward in anticipation to even closer encounters on the netball court.

Weston & District Netball (Senior squad)

Played: 5, Won:4, Drawn:0, Lost:1. (League games).

The introduction of at least five new players into the senior squad, filling the empty shoes of others now settled into university life, has. certainly strengthened the girls' performance on court. They are showing great promise, as the team currently sits top of league approaching the half way point of the season. All players are demonstrating improved confidence and tenacity in their play, gelling well with the more experienced team members, who continue to lead by example.

With the regular attendance of sixteen plus girls at training on Tuesday evenings, the future of this team looks bright and hopefully those who continue to knock on the door, will ultimately be rewarded with a coveted place in this squad.

Hockey and Netball House Matches

North East South West

Third Form (Netball)

=1st =4th =4th =1st

Lower Fourth (Netball)

2nd 3rd 1st 4th

Upper Fourth (Netball)

2nd =4th =4th 1st

Lower Fifth (Hockey)

3rd 1st 4th 2nd

Upper Fifth (Netball)

3rd 1st 2nd 4th
Final positions 1st 3rd 4th 2nd

Hockey and netball House shields are awarded at the end of the spring term, as are the individual cups for these sports.

Cross Country

This has been our busy cross country term. All the girls have run a number of times and our House cross country competition traditionally involves a run around Axbridge reservoir for Third Form to Upper Fifth. It was super to see a spread of year groups represented in the top ten runners.

Top ten on the route were;

Immy Moroney
Freya King
Indeigh Winterson
Amber Spillane
Sarah Carr
Clara Mann
Maddy Northcott
Maeve O’Neill
Annabel Wroath
Bella Jarman

House results were also recorded. In Upper Fourth, North won and in Third Form, South, but otherwise East dominated the results in each year group.

Total Points Girls
East 18 1st
South 14 2nd
North 13 3rd
West 7 4th

From the various races, teams were selected to take part in the North Somerset Cross Country Championships held at Hutton Moor in Weston in November.

The students acquitted themselves very well on a dry afternoon. All the students ran well over the lengthy courses putting in some great efforts and being rewarded with some good results.

Best individual results were:

Inter Girls

Imogen Moroney 1st
Clara Mann 9th

Junior Girls

Indeigh Winterson 2nd
Freya King 5th
Amber Spillane 6th
Sarah Carr 12th

Minor Girls

Lottie Gunther 14th

Junior Boys

Matthew Fisher 3rd

This resulted in some fantastic team placings:

Minor Boys 5th
Junior Boys 2nd
Inter Boys 5th
Overall Team 3rd.
Minor Girls 5th
Junior Girls 1st
Inter Girls 2nd

Overall Sidcot won the girls event. Absolutely fabulous and, we believe a first ever!

Several of these students; Jasmine Moroney, Imogen Moroney, Clara Mann, Indeigh Winterson, Freya King, and Amber Spillane, and Matthew Fisher and have been selected for the next round of Cross Country races where they will represent North Somerset at the Avon championships in January with a chance of representing Avon at a later date if they perform well.


Jasmine Moroney
Imogen Moroney
Clara Mann
Freya King
Amber Spillane
Indeigh Winterson
Matthew Fisher


Both boys and girls have worked hard in the pool to improve technique, speed and endurance. They have been timed at 25m distances and it is pleasing to report that a number have improved upon previous times.

A number of students have achieved gold standard times in each of the 4 strokes including; Lily Arnold (Third Form) Freya King, Amber Spillane, Sarah Carr (Lower Fourth) and Sofia Peon (Lower Fifth).

Many students were involved in a competitive but friendly Gala v Clifton High school in December. They all swam well which was reflected in the close result of a draw at the end of the evening.

British Pentathlon Biathlon Series

A number of students from Year 5 to the 6th Form competed at several regional qualifying events during the Autumn. Eight of these pupils gained national rankings - good enough for them to qualify for both the National Biathlon Championship and the Schools Championships.

National  Biathlon Rankings

1st U16 Girl Imogen Moroney
15th U17 Girl Jasmine Moroney
35th U16 Boy James King
54th U13 Girl Amber Spillane
64th U14 Girl Freya King
91st U13 Girl Sarah Carr
98th U12 Girl Lillian Arnold

Four of these students were able to go to Solihill on 29 November to compete in the National Championships. They all showed true grit and determination in awful weather conditions to achieve some fantastic results.

U13 G 25th Amber Spillane / 30th Sarah Carr
U14 G 23rd Freya King
U16 B 13th James King

On the back of these brilliant performances Amber Spillane, Sarah Carr and Freya King have all been selected for the English Talent Programme training for Modern Pentathlon.

North Somerset Indoor Athletic Championships

The year 7 and 8 Championships for the South of the district were held on Thursday 11th December at Priory school. It was a frantic evening of very competitive athletics. All our students participated strongly with skill and determination. The U12 and U13 Boys both came 3rd in their events, while the U12 Girls came second and the U13 Girls won. This was a very impressive achievement for our pupils.


Season 2015 was very enjoyable and threw up some excellent highlights.  Walking around school at break and lunch to see children playing nothing but touch rugby highlights the enthusiasm and passion the children have for the game. The weather was a constant source of frustration - certainly for the latter half of the season. This has resulted in some matches being lost to mother-nature and others being played on extremely muddy pitches in dank and cold conditions.

Looking back on the season there were so many positives starting with the enthusiasm and ability of the Third Form. The future is very exciting with the lovely brand of rugby they play. The improvement and enthusiasm of the Year 10 team is also very encouraging.  Coached by Andy Gunningham these boys are going from strength to strength.  Year 11 who have been coached superbly well by Ben Burkes, with assistance from captain John Alvis, have produced some wonderful displays. Also we were able to field a B team in year 11 which is really encouraging for next season’s first team.

Under 12 XII

The under 12’s had a wonderful season captained by Henry Hawkins who led by example with Storm Biles encouraging and organising the less experienced players.  They have a mix of strong forwards such as Ollie Davies, Eddy Binks and Owen Wright who were able to create a lovely platform for likes of Joe Hart, Ben Northcott and Zac Townson who were a pleasure to watch with their jinky runs.  We look forward to watching them develop into a strong team as they move up through the school.

Played: 6, Won 2, Lost 2, Drawn , Cancelled  0.


Henry Hawkins
Storm Biles
Ollie Davies

Most improved player: Zac Townsend

Under 13 XIII

The under 13’s faced some very stiff opposition, facing the likes of Brymore and St. Kaths who fielded very robust teams.  The team were led by example through William Lloyd who had a tackle count to die for. He was well supported by the likes of Eddy Gunningham, Henry Binks, Joss Grove, and Finn Finch who were all strong in defence.  With Louis Browne at scrum half, Rufus Long’s creativity at 10, the dynamic Toby Pratt at 12, and with the whole year group being ultra-enthusiastic, the under 13’s have the foundations of an excellent team.

Played 4, Won 1, Lost 3: Drawn: Cancelled: 2


Will Lloyd

Most improved player: Freddie Fearnley Derome

Under 14 XV

Individually the under 14’s have made the most progress, developing a more assertive contact based environment.  Players like Bertie Talby, Lawence Badman, Lewie Parker-Mills and William Lewin have made huge strides in their tackling skills. With a strong spine of players such as Billy Lindsay, Tom Hawkins, Jamie Miles and Matthew Fisher if the rest of the squad keep making excellent progress the under 14’s will progress nicely into year 10 and 11.

Played 7 Won 3, Lost 4, Drawn 0, Cancelled 1


Tom Hawkins
Jamie Miles
Billy Lindsay

Most improved player: Vinnie Cave-Smith

Under 15 XV

The under 15s with the editions of Adam and Luke Garner-Green, Frank Morris and new coach Andy Gunningham were a truly rejuvenated team. They are a very enthusiastic bunch of players, who are totally obsessed with the game. Their season highlight was an excellent win over a very strong Leighton Park School playing a lovely brand of expansive rugby where both forwards and backs showing a high level of skill in the loose, as encouraged by Mr. Gunningham.

Played 5, Won 3, Lost: 2, Drawn 0, Cancelled 2.


Adam Garner-Green
Oscar Brown
Jago Biles
Thomas Duvall
Harry Wayne
Archie Gunningham

Most improved player: Mark Ding

Under 16XV

The rugby mad under 16s were able to field two squads, such is the enthusiasm within the year group. Fielding a B team allowed players such as Ernie Tang, Bruce Xie, Ray Bai and Jargor Jasjko, all new to the sport, to develop their skills – and all of the above made A team appearances. Captain and coach John Alvis led his side superbly turning out high quality performances such as the win at Queen Elizabeth Hospital school and the outstanding match against Clifton High school where they lost narrowly. We are excited to watch the lads develop into a very strong 1st XV.

Played 8, Won 5, Lost 3, Drawn 0, Cancelled 1.


John Alvis
Alex Crofts
James Havercroft
Finn Thornton
Jordan Mu

Most improved player: Ernie Tang

1st XV

The highlight of the first XV season was the annual Winscombe match, where the first XV produced the performance of the season to run Winscombe close, even taking the lead mid-way through the second half. Every man tackled their hearts out and with man of the match Will Macarthur pulling the string and the ever dangerous Cameron Smith, Sidcot always looked dangerous, in fact it was while camped in their 22 that Winscombe scored the breakaway try to break Sidcot hearts and end a wonderful match.

Played 3, Won 1, Lost 2, Drawn 0,Cancelled 3.


Scott Havercroft

House Rugby

North East South West
Third Form 2nd 1st 3rd 4th
Lower Fourth 3rd 4th 2nd 4th
Upper Fourth - - - -
Lower Fifth 3rd 4th 1st 2nd
Upper Fifth 1st 3rd 4th 2nd
Final positions









The Tackling Cup

William Lloyd

And Finally...

As always, all the PE staff would like to thank all the girls and boys who have represented the school with such enthusiasm this term. Their efforts are always greatly appreciated and enjoyed. Thanks also to the academic staff who continue to offer their support and assist enormously by willingly allowing students to leave lessons early when required. Those parents who venture out on wet and cold winter evenings – your support is super and we thank you.

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