North Somerset Cross-Country Championships Wednesday 9 November
As you may recall – we were marvellously successful at these Championships and had a super afternoon at Hutton Moor competing – our students did us proud!
As previously reported, our teams were all highly placed. We now find that off the back of the results, a number of students have been selected to represent North Somerset at the Avon Schools Championships at Ashton Park School on Saturday 21 January.
Those successful in selection all finished in the top ten in their races and are:
This is the highest number of students that Sidcot has had selected for several years. We love it!
Well done to all – don’t forget to do some training over the Christmas break!
Girls' Weston & District Netball v Buccaneers, Wednesday 30 November: Sidcot 20 – 48 Buccaneers
Facing top of the league leaders, Buccaneers, and missing a few key players, was always going to make this a challenging fixture for Sidcot. However, having worked hard in training the previous evening to develop much greater speed and directness in their passing, the girls more than matched their opposition in open play. Their movement and ferocity of passing was very impressive, allowing them to enjoy long periods of quality possession, as well as moving the ball through the court effectively. At times, Buccaneers were merely chasing shadows and all credit must go to the Sidcot girls for maintaining this level of intensity right up to the final whistle.
Despite such efforts by Sidcot, it was once again the consistency of shooting which was the major difference between the two teams. Buccaneers appeared undaunted by the close attention of the Sidcot defenders and seemingly were able to convert at ease every time the ball entered their attacking circle. At the other end of the court, Sidcot welcomed back Maddy Hann into the attack and showing improved confidence and tenacity she, along with Charlotte Dolman and Anouska Long, certainly had to work extremely hard to net their goals.
Sydney Drury, playing out of position at GD, adapted well to her new role and showed equal tenacity to deny her more experienced opponent space within the attacking third. Although she did not necessarily enjoy the added pressure of playing GD, she stepped into the position willingly and tried her best in difficult and unfamiliar territory. Well done Sydney.
Another player who was also experiencing testing conditions, was Millie Heslington, playing her first game at league level. Her height and reach was immediately evident within the game, with many telling interceptions in the mid court and as she grows in confidence, she will certainly be a welcome addition to the squad.
Hopefully the girls will continue to work on their consistency, as this final score line does not reflect the high standard of play and terrific efforts exhibited by all the girls in this game.
Player of the match: Charlotte Dolman
Boys’ U12/U13 Rugby v Queen’s Taunton, Saturday 26 November: Sidcot 10 – 25 Queen’s
On a perfect day for rugby Sidcot’s Under 12s and 13s made the trip south to take a very strong Queen’s Taunton team. Despite Sidcot having the advantage of the slope, it was Queen’s who got off to the better start in what proved to be a bruising encounter. Their early pressure soon told with their first try of the day after a sustained period deep in the Sidcot half. Queen’s early momentum continued and it was only because of some heroic tackling from Guy Owen, Jonathan Coombes and James Wroath that prevented Queen’s from adding to their score.
As the half continued Sidcot managed to pull themselves back into the game and build some pressure of their own. An excellent break from the elusive Zachary Townsend almost resulted in Sidcot pulling the scores level, however a last ditched tackle stopped him just shy of the line. This narrow escape galvanised Queen’s who soon had their second score of the day. Sidcot response was swift and deceive with Zachary Townsend scoring the away teams first try of the day following an excellent solo run.
In the second half, the match continued in much the same fashion as the first, with both teams having periods of dominance. Unfortunately it was Queen’s who proved to be more clinical in possession as they scored 2 quick tries. Sidcot’s again bounced back however and their efforts were eventually rewarded with Marc Barrabess-Zapata finally managing to break through the Queen’s defence to score. Although Sidcot continued to battle hard, it was Queen’s who ended the match on top. With the effort of the Sidcot boys starting to take its toll and the advantage of fresh legs from the bench, Queen’s were able to exploit the gaps in the Sidcot defence running in the last try of the day.
Although the result left the Sidcot boys disappointed, there were still a lot of positives to take from another hard fought match. For such an inexperienced team progress made is outstanding. Player of the match Guy Owen is also proving what an influential player he can be in both attack and defence. Congratulations to all those involved.
Player of the match: Guy Owen
2017 Battle Biathlon (fencing and laser shooting) event at the Wesport School Games on Wednesday 5 July
Last year we sent 12 students to this exciting Biathlon competition in Bath.
If anyone in the Third Form, Lower Fourth of Lower Fifth would like to be involved in the competition next year, please email Graham Jones to register your interest as soon as possible as we need to reserve a team place.
You do not need to have any experience in either of these sports as training will be provided.