Last Saturday saw the South West of England Cross Country Championships held at Pittville Park in Cheltenham. Despite the horrendous weather the event went ahead as planned with Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Avon, Gloucester, Wiltshire and Dorset; each fielding their best 10 runners (selected from the previous inter county rounds).
Imogen Moroney was selected for the Avon Inter Girls (Fifth Form) team following her excellent run at the Avon Schools Cross Country Event three weeks ago, but knew competition would be tough with the majority of competitors at this level being club runners – and a year older than Immy, who is in the Lower Fifth.
The start was chaos with 70 runners all trying to get away from the crowd, but Immy did well to create space early on and tuck in with the leading pack. The 4km course was extremely tough with lots of step inclines/declines and an awful lot of mud, but the leading group dealt with the conditions superbly, pulling away from the chasing group, The last 500m was incredibly challenging for the girls as the course was now several inches deep in mud from the earlier rounds, but they all managed to stay on their feet and Immy came home a brilliant 5th.
Immy and two other Avon girls finished in the top 10, which meant the Avon Inter Girls team took top honours with 1st place overall as well.
A great result for Immy and Sidcot as Immy's placing automatically qualifies her for the National Competition in a few weeks time.
Head of PE Faculty
Avon County Indoor Athletics Trials at Bristol Grammar School, Saturday 30 January
Following from his very creditable performances across a range of disciplines at these trials, I am delighted to report that Matt Fisher has been successful in his attempt to be selected as part of the Avon team.
Very well done to him. He will now compete for Avon in the upcoming South West Indoor Championships
Physical Education Faculty
U13 Hockey v Worle School, Thursday 4 February: Sidcot 4-1 Worle
This fixture was very enjoyable and exciting to watch as both sides were industrious and fast, striking the ball with pace and urgency. Sidcot were marginally better at creating space and passing accurately while utilising the width of the pitch. They were hassled regularly by the Worle centre forward who took every opportunity to create an attack. Amber and Ciara were challenged in defence but managed to keep clearing the ball. Sidcot persevered and linked passes well from the midfield to the attack. Sarah picked up some great balls on the left and crossed them well for Katie and Freya to convert. The Worle goalie was confident and made several great direct saves. Sidcot adjusted their play in the D to outwit the goalie by crossing it for the far post player to slot into the space. At half time Sidcot were 2-0 up. The second half started strongly for Worle as they made a breakaway and followed up with a strong shot on goal which was successful. Sidcot then upped their game and began passing accurately and using the right as much as the left. Jasmine had a few good crosses from the right helping to keep the pressure on Worle's defence. Sidcot proved to be a little sharper in the D and were able to convert two more attempts before the final whistle.
It was a good display of teamwork.
Player of the match: Jasmine Bell
Girls’ U15 Netball v Worle School, Thursday 4 February: Sidcot 6-6 Worle
This was a game that was played at great speed and with huge amounts of competiveness by both teams. As with any game of such intensity it was not only very exciting to watch, but also littered with many handling errors. Worle initially were the slower to get going, but eventually started to read the flight of the ball better and began to intercept the long range passes from the mid court.
Sidcot enjoyed plenty of quality possession which was easily dispatched by Anouska Long and Indeigh Winterson in the shooting circle. Immy Moroney, Elllie Aizlewood, Lizzy Dolley and Frida Cardale all contributed well in their centre court roles, as did Savina Mu and Hema Shah in defence.
Physically, Sidcot more than matched their opposition and were unlucky not to snatch victory in the final seconds of the game.
Player of the match: Hema Shah
Physical Education Faculty
Girls' U14 Hockey v Churchill Academy, Tuesday 9 February: Sidcot 0-2 Churchill
On what was a very cold and windy evening it was somewhat disappointing that it proved quite difficult to field a team this week as a number of players were unavailable. It was therefore always going to be an uphill struggle on this occasion. Very fair play to those who did step up, however, as this was another determined performance.
Some positional adjustments were required – Indeigh Winterson stepped back into the centre midfield role and worked tirelessly to win the ball and move it up field. Sophie Cummings, making her debut, also proved determined to work hard to gain possession.
The defence were undoubtedly put firmly to the test – but managed to repel Churchill offensives until deep into the second half when a shot of pace and power beat both the defenders and, unusually, Maddie Northcott in the Sidcot goal.
There followed a strong reponse from the Sidcot girls but our attacks were thwarted. Churchill scored a second right near the death, putting the game beyond reach.
This was another spirited performance from an enthusiastic group of girls.
Player of the match: Maddie Northcott
Physical Education Faculty
Weston & District Netball v Wyvern, Wednesday 10 February: Sidcot 12-23 Wyvern
This was a match which was played at great intensity by both teams, in what turned out to be a very evenly contested game, despite the final outcome. The unusually low scoring goals tally bears testament to this and just proved how invaluable both defences contributed to an exciting, end to end game.
Zoe Mercer, aided by the ever present Beth Evans, had perhaps her best game this season against one of the league’s most prolific shooters. Her ability to read the incoming ball and hold her marking over the diminutive GS, certainly played a significant part in reducing the Sidcot deficit. Forcing many errors from the Wyvern shooter enabled Beth to clear up the loose ball under the posts, which was then swiftly and effectively transported down the court.
Missing their influential captain, due to a University interview, Sidcot had to re shuffle their mid court, but Issy Fowles and Charlotte Dolman more than made up for her absence. Sharing the centre duties, both girls worked tenaciously to deny the more experienced Wyvern team quality possession and in turn found good space to bring the ball through to their attacking circle. Just as Sidcot’s defence were making life hard for Wyvern, so was the reverse with Millie Hodge and Maddy Hann being pressured from every angle.
On this occasion unfortunately the experience and precision of the Wyvern players enabled them to pull ahead, but credit must go to all the Sidcot girls, who made it a very difficult and hard fought win for Wyvern.
Player of the match: Issy Fowles
Girls' U12 VII Hockey v Churchill Academy, Thursday 11 February: Sidcot 4-0 Worle
This was another determined performance from the girls who were really keen to get a good result against students that many knew well from previous schools! Although, in some ways the game looked evenly contested, Sidcot dominated by virtue of the fact that their tackling and winning of the ball was the stronger.
The goals were scored by Ana De La Torre (2), Erin Crofts and Lily Barker-Wyatt and the decisive tackling and clearances of Maisie Warren ensured that she was Player of the Match.
Well done to all.
Player of the match: Maisie Warren
Head of PE Faculty
Girls' U13 Hockey v Churchill Academy, Thursday 11 February: Sidcot 1-6 Churchill
The U13 girls had a tough game on Thursday evening at Churchill. They displayed good individual skills and pressed well on a number of occasions but could not quite dodge the defence in the D. Unfortunately Churchill were sharp on the counter attack and held two players deep who were quick to collect any stray balls missed by the Sidcot defenders. Frankie had a busy game and made some good saves but was beaten on a number of occasions when not feeling comfortable in the different goal area. Jasmine and Amber were strong in defence and often cleared the ball with pace and width. Sarah was alert in her unfamiliar role in the midfield and cut out many of the oppositions passes. Maisie similarly playing out of place worked hard and tried to create new opportunities for Katie to exploit. Neve made a few great runs on the right and held her width well, collecting several good passes from Amber. Churchill were not necessarily more skilful,but they just played with a little more aggression. Late in the second half some great passes were linked together and Sarah finished one off in the D with a cracking shot from the left hand side.
Player of the match: Amber Spillane.
Girls' U13B Hockey v Churchill School, Thursday 11 February, Sidcot 2-1 Churchill
This was a solid performance from these girls. The defence had to work hard – but even so, it was Churchill who scored first and who began to dominate the first half. They were prevented from scoring further goals by some stalwart defending from Ciara Hennecke and company!
The second half saw a much more spirited performance and a turnaround of possession and attack. Bella Jarman played with great aplomb and really stamped her mark on the game. She scored both the Sidcot goals, one with a super reverse stick shot and the other a good individual effort with a run and finish.
A good final result from a very much improved performance in the second half.
Player of the match: Bella Jarman
Head of PE Faculty
Girls’ U15 Netball v Churchill Academy, Thursday 11 February: Sidcot 12-3 Churchill
In a far more evenly contested game against local opposition Churchill, the U15 girls started slowly, but gradually built up their intensity and increased their accuracy as the game progressed. In an untidy first quarter, both teams fought hard for possession with the scores shared equally at the break.
Showing better control and consistency in the latter stages of the game, Sidcot began to pull away through some decisive shooting from both Millie Ashdown and Anouska Long. Immy Moroney and Frida Cardale shared the duties at centre and their movement and passing contributed significantly to the final result.
Congratulations also go to Lizzie Dolley and Ellie Aizlewood, who showed great tenacity throughout the game and linked very well in the centre court. With the game basically won by half time, this allowed the girls to play far more free flowing netball, which showed both their skills and great team work to good effect. Well done to all concerned.
Player of the match: Millie Ashdown
Girls’ U16 Netball v Churchill Academy, Thursday 11 February: Sidcot 33-2 Churchill
This was a resounding win for the girls, who gave a display of fast, free flowing netball, against a team that unfortunately struggled to gain quality possession. The gulf between the two teams was evident from the first whistle and despite many positional changes, Sidcot continued to dominate throughout the whole game.
Sydney Drury had one of her best games at WD, reading the flight of ball well, which enabled her to intercept at ease. Maddy Hann also contributed much to the final result, with her decisive shooting from virtually anywhere inside the circle.
This result just goes to show how much this team have progressed this year, their efforts and dedication to training has certainly proved positive and they should be justifiably pleased with their great camaraderie and teamwork on court.
Player of the match: Beth Evans
Sunday 7 February
Sidcot’s newly formed dressage team competed in the Millfield NSEA Dressage Championship Qualifier. This was a brave first outing for the team, who coped extremely well with the situation which included a very busy warm-up arena; contradictory to the usual calm air associated with dressage competitions. All four horses were very well behaved.
Sophie Lee (J6) and Erin Crofts (Third Form) were riding the Preliminary test, and Elsa Cardale (L5) and Jess Browning (U5) were riding the more advanced Novice test. All four members executed commendable tests: Jess’ horse ‘on a mission’ was very obedient and elegant in the arena; Elsa’s horse, Sienna, performed a very smooth ‘medium trot’; Erin’s pony, Symondsbury Rosco, carried out a lovely flowing test and Sophie’s pony, Culdaff Billy, even bowed his head at the end of the dressage test to salute the judge!
All of the team members had a commendable score of over 60, and although the team was not placed this time they were placed ahead of other credible NSEA school teams. Well done!
Sidcot Equestrian Team