Week Ending Friday 2nd February
Avon Schools Cross Country Championships @ Blaise Castle, Saturday 20th January
Awful conditions greeted our cross country runners who were lucky enough to get selected for the Avon Schools Championships at Blaise Castle. Despite the weather, the athletes made us very proud; real grit and determination ruled the day. Well done all runners, and escpecially well done to Immy Moroney who came in 1st place and will be selected for the Regional Round.
Stella Arnold – 20th
Ottile Hoddel – 22nd
Ruby Owen – 25th
Sarah Carr – 12th
Imogen Moroney – 1st
We thought that with the success for the cross counrty runners we would make clear the Principles for Sidcot School's involvement at individual athlete sporting events.
At school and local Level events, Sidcot will enter and organise teams to represent the School and we will support the athletes on the day. If selected for the next rounds, often county or regional, it becomes the responsibility of the athletes' parents/family to organise (and) travel to and from the event. Sidcot School staff will endeavour to attend these events to support and encourage, when possible. It is the responsibility of the athlete to continue to train for these events, if selected, in their own time. The School's extra-curricular programme offers swimming/Swim Club and a running club for athletes to access if they so wish.
There are also unique sporting events that the School will ‘sign-post’ to athletes and parents, for example, Biathlon. If the events run in school time our staff will help with organisation and transportation to the event if at all possible. For the most part, these unique events (when held out of school time) will be the responsibility of the parent/family to organise entry and transport (to the venue). It will be the responsibility of the athlete to access training for the event in their own time as above. Sidcot staff will endeavour to attend if available/appropriate to support and encourage.
Director of Sport
Boys U15 Football vs QEH Tuesday 30th January: QEH 4-2 Sidcot
The U15s first match of the season was truly a tale of two halfs. Sidcot dominated possession with some fabulous passing from midfield giving us an impressive 2-1 lead at half time, with goals from Rufus Long and Henry Binks. Unfortunately, despite some great defending, QEH were too strong and a few lapses of concentration led Sidcot to fall to a 4-2 defeat. An encouraging start to the season however with Tommy Dillion getting the man of the match award on his Sidcot debut.
Girls' U12 Hockey v Churchill Academy, Tuesday 30th January: Sidcot 6-0 Churchill
This was the first fixture for the U12 hockey squad. As it was away only a small number of the girls who have regularly attended practice could go. We are looking forward to a home fixture next week where more girls will be able to get the opportunity of playing in a competitive team situation.
The girls at Churchill acquitted themselves extremely well for a first fixture. It was a little busy and crowded at first as the girls were unused to the slower 3G surface. They soon began spreading out and making some good passes across the pitch which resulted in better use of the space.
Our forwards were very tenacious while our defence hardly became involved in the play and the newly kitted up goalie never touched the ball. Churchill did not play a goalie so every time Sidcot carried the ball into the D they were able to have an easy shot at goal.
It was good to see evidence of tactics and skills which have been discussed and practiced in lessons being deployed in the game. Some scanning and good passing were evident, particularly in the midfield while several players demonstrated some good stick skills to beat opponents.
This was an excellent start. We hope they are as positive and resourceful against traditionally tougher opposition next week.
Player of the match: Stella Arnold
Girls' U15 Netball v Churchill Academy, Tuesday 30th January: Sidcot 29-31 Churchill
The U15 netball team got off to a super start, with the match against Churchill being very close indeed. We were up by one after the first and then down after the second. The match continued to be neck and neck and really the girls played tremendously. Well done to player of the match Freya.
Girls' U16 Netball v Churchill, Tuesday 30th January: Sidcot 15-21 Churchill
Sidcot U16s played their first match this week against Churchill and played very well indeed, despite limited practice together. It was a close match but the final score was 21-15 to Churchill.
Girls Under 14 Hockey v Churchill School (A) Tuesday 30th January: Sidcot 4 – Churchill School 0
It was super to have a full and strong squad for this match – a local derby game to which our girls had really been looking forward to. There was a determined start and a real push to attack. This certainly paid off with a very early goal, scored within 3 minutes of the start! Further waves of attack followed – and further goals scored!
A highly competitive, yet very friendly, affair where Sidcot proved the better side and achieved a well-deserved yet very sporting victory. A very well done to all involved. Fabulous!
The next game promises to be another highly competitive one – against strong local competitors Priory – next Tuesday – at home. Again, our girls are really up for it and are keen to continue their winning run!
Do please feel that you can come and support.
Player of the Match – Molly Whitcombe
Under 13 Hockey v Churchill school (A) Tuesday 30th January: Sidcot 1 Churchill 1
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 Issie Lee, Bethan Koland and company!
The second half saw a much more spirited performance and a turnaround of possession and attack. Sophie Lee played with great aplomb and really stamped her mark on the game.
A well-deserved goal after a highly determined section of play resulted in a Sidcot equalizer. Fabulous! A good final result and a much improved performance in the second half.