North Somerset Indoor Athletics Championship Finals, Tuesday 10 January
On Tuesday 10 January our Third Form and Lower Fourth girls and boys Indoor Athletics teams participated in the North Somerset Finals – having successfully qualified through from the South District at the end of last term which was a highly pleasing feat. We were the only school to have all four of our teams progress through to this stage. Brilliant!
All teams acquitted themselves well, demonstrated great endeavour and effort and each individual undoubtedly gave of their best.
Congratulations to all teams for their efforts and for so keenly contesting in each competition. Congratulations to the L4 girls who finished in the top two and have earned the right to represent North Somerset at the Level 3 Sportshall Athetics Finals at the University of the West of England on Monday 30 January.
Physical Education Faculty
Weston & District Netball v Nailsea, Wednesday 11 January: Sidcot 30 – 24 Nailsea
Returning to the court after the Christmas break, one may have thought that the girls would have looked a little rusty and jaded, but this could have not been further from the truth, in a game which was full of excitement, quality and intensity.
Nailsea had previously beaten Sidcot by a margin of seven goals, but based on recent performances, the girls were confident they could certainly close the gap between the two sides. Initially it took a little while for both teams to find their rhythm, especially in and around the shooting circle, but once the first goal was scored, the game then unfolded into a real spectacle of fast flowing and fluent netball.
Sidcot’s height advantage certainly proved decisive, with many tips and interceptions from all players and whose constant pressure when Nailsea were in possession, resulted in much turn over ball. The girls not only showed great tenacity, but competed fiercely for 50/50 ball and made intelligent choices in their passing. Frida Cardale, Mati Grove and Sydney Drury covered a lot of ground in the midcourt and with the help of Vivian Chan, were able to provide quick, effective ball for the Sidcot shooters.
Zoe Mercer, again was very solid in defence, using her long reach and height to pick off any loose ball entering the Sidcot goal area. Charlotte Dolman, Anouska Long and Millie Ashdown also played a significant part to ensure a constant flow of goals, especially as their job was made incredibly difficult by the agility and determination shown from both Nailsea defenders.
This was a super, confident start for the Sidcot team and one which bodes well for even further improvement in their remaining league matches.
Player of the match: Frida Cardale