U12, U13, U14 & U15 Swimming Gala v Clifton High School, Wednesday 2 December: Sidcot 265-265 CHS
A large squad of swimmers from U12 to U15 age groups, travelled to Bristol last Wednesday evening for a very competitive and fun Gala. The atmosphere was enhanced by the support from the swimmers and parents on the balcony. There were some very close races with our swimmers performing extremely well and often winning their event with style and purpose. All the students co-operated well and were a pleasure to take.
Girls' U13 Hockey v Stonar School, Saturday 5 December: Sidcot 1-3 Stonar
This was a new fixture for us and we set off early and with some considerable excitement to head into the Wiltshire countryside!
Although somewhat nervous at the outset, the girls performed very well. There was highly committed endeavour and every ball was chased down and every tackle fought for. There was some super passing and the team maintained their shape well, especially considering that this was their first hockey game (much more to be had next term!)
They attacked down both flanks and also had some breaks down the middle – one of which permitted Sarah Carr to slot home. Several further good goal scoring opportunities were created but not converted.
It proved a very end to end, flowing game. The defence had to work hard. A combination of different players repelled some good attacking from the Stonar forwards and Frankie Harrill was regularly called upon to make some good saves and decisive clears. There was good movement off the ball which helped to open up space for our attacking phases. Passing was generally crisp and well-paced.
The game was played in super spirit – both teams highly competitive yet friendly. We are already looking forward to hosting Stonar when they travel to Sidcot in January.
Player of the match: Frankie Harrill
Physical Education Faculty
Girls' Weston & District Netball v Wyvern, Wednesday 9 December: Sidcot 22-24 Wyvern
In a previous match where Sidcot managed to overturn a seven-goal deficit in the last quarter, in this game, the ten-goal margin just proved a little too much.
Playing against a very experienced team, who in the past had enjoyed numerous seasons in the Premier division, the girls showed an impressive style of play and also tremendous defensive strengths, especially at GD and GK.
No more was this apparent, than in the Sidcot’s attacking circle, where Charlotte Dolman and Maddy Hann faced their sternest test to date. Both girls had to contend with extremely close marking and at times found the whole experience quite intimidating. With little room to work in and consistently being pulled for contact had a very detrimental effect on their shooting accuracy, hence the ten-goal difference leading into the last quarter.
However, after much encouragement and with the older opposition tiring, both girls began to peg back the score. As the goals rattled in, so did the pace and intensity of the Sidcot game, with all seven players working tirelessly to move the ball forwards.
In the absence of Emma Patch in the midcourt, it was left to Mati Grove, Izzy Fowles, Sydney Drury and Jade Corbett to coordinate their play effectively, feeding in quality ball to the now rejuvenated shooters. Beth Evans and Zoe Mercer maintained their good form in defence which provided much needed confidence at the other end.
Unfortunately, the girls just ran out time to sneak a victory, but their performance in the last quarter was very commendable, considering the amount of pressure that was being applied by such quality opposition. Hopefully this will prove to be a positive learning experience and one from which the girls can perhaps appreciate the hustle and bustle associated with top flight netball.
Player of the match: Beth Evans
Girls’ U16 Netball v Trinity School, Thursday 10 December: Sidcot 21-2 Trinity
Sidcot played host to Trinity School from South Devon, in what has now become a regular fixture against a similar sized Independent School. Playing inside due to the inclement weather, the opposition settled the quicker of the two teams to get the score going and basically dominated the first quarter, despite eventually trailing by three goals to one.
Sidcot soon responded to stretch their lead using swift passing down the court and some great inter-play between Ella Holman and Maddy Hann, who were beginning to find the net with ease.
Helene Boscamp, more accustomed to the game of hockey, used her skills and knowledge of space to contribute well, playing both GS and WA, in this her first taste of senior netball.
Once the game started to move away from Trinity, they soon lost their drive and determination, but Sidcot continued to apply pressure, eventually winning by a fine margin.
Player of the match: Mati Grove
Success at National Biathlon Championships in Solihull, Sunday 29 November
Four Sidcot students, James and Freya King, Amber Spillane and Sarah Carr, travelled to Solihull on Sunday. They participated in the National Biathlon Championships, which they had qualified for earlier in the season, in pretty gruelling weather conditions.
The running was scheduled for the morning so all the students had to battle with strong winds and rain during the event. Their grit and determination paid off as they all clocked up faster times than previously. Amber reduced her time by 5 secs and Sarah reduced hers by 12 secs in the U13 category. While in the U14 class Freya knocked 20 secs off her time.
In the pool again they all swam strongly with James achieving a time 2 secs faster than before while Amber and Sarah managed to swim 5 secs faster. All these incredible efforts meant they were all placed in the top 30 competitors, which was far higher than their national rankings going into the event.
Final placings were:
U13 G 25th Amber Spillane / 30th Sarah Carr
U14 G 23rd Freya King
U16 B 13th James King
We are hoping that Amber's times are good enough to be selected for the English Talent Programme which would be a fantastic achievement in her first year of competing in Biathlons.
A huge thank you must go to the parents who braved the appalling conditions on Sunday to allow these pupils to participate in this event.
Sidcot PE Faculty
U13 North Somerset Netball Tournament at Backwell, Wednesday 2nd December
The Under 13 ‘A’ squad approached this tournament with their usual enthusiastic gusto! As is expected at tournaments the games were short and sharp, necessitating focused starts and the need to apply full effort from the very first whistle.
This they certainly did – and there was a barrage of good results.
At the end of the group stages, points were very close – but our 5 wins, two draws and only one loss saw the girls progress through to the semi-final. Brilliant!
This proved a tough game against an uncompromising Worle and sadly they successfully blocked our route to the final. Instead we moved into a third and fourth place play-off where a last minute goal from Backwell pushed us into fourth place overall – of 19 teams. Still a very commendable result, for sure.
This was a great finale to a very successful netball season.
Results / Player of the Match
v Nailsea – won 8-0 / Freya King
v Priory – won 1-0 / Amber Spillane
v Clevedon – lost 4-0 / Jasmine Bell
v Backwell – won 5-0 / Frankie Harrill
v Hans Price – won 6-1 / Freya King
v Churchill – drew 3-3 / Freya King
v Broadoak – won 2-1 / Freya King
v Worle – drew 1-1 / Amber Spillane
Semi-final v Worle – lost 4 – 0 / Amber Spillane
3rd/4th Place Play-off – Backwell – lost 2-1 / Freya King
Head of PE Faculty
Boys' 1st XV Rugby v Winscombe RFC, Friday 27 November: Sidcot 19-29 Winscome
The Sidcot fans flooded to the match despite the conditions and created an excellent atmosphere for their team – and the team responded accordingly.
Sidcot had the better of the opening exchanges and were very unfortunate to go behind to a break away try. Will Macarthur then levelled the score with an outstanding individual try. Trailing 15-12 at half time Sidcot used the slope to their advantage and took the lead with an excellent try by Cameron Smith completing his brace. Winscombe came back strong, taking the lead again whilst Sidcot laid siege to the Wincome try line in search of glory. Winscombe scored another break-away try for a victory of 29-19 which slightly flattered the hosts.
Player of the match: Will Macarthur
Boys' U13 Rugby v Brymore School, Monday 28 November: Sidcot 5-24 Brymore
In very testing conditions, Sidcot faced a very robust Brymore side. Sidcot had the best of the opening exchanges and opened the scoring through an excellent try by Eddie Gunningham. Brymore then came back hard keeping the ball tight in their larger forward pack. Despite defending resolutely, Brymore's size told and they deserved their victory.
Player of the match: Will Lloyd