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Matthew Burns

GIRLS’ SPORTS REPORTS 03/05/15

HMC Athletics Gateshead Wednesday 29th April
A fantastic day was had at the HMC Athletics Championships in Gateshead this year. We walked away from the event as Senior and Inter Boys Champions and Senior Girls Champions. With over 20 schools there this is a superb achievement by our talented athletes.

On the Track we saw many of our athletes lead the way in their event, leaving other runners chasing their dust. The gritty determination shown by all expressed not just wanting to secure a win but pushed their limits to try and achieve personal bests. 

It was not just on the track that we saw success which helped our athletes return podium results from all ages in all events, helping to secure Sedbergh’s Senior and Inter trophies.

Everyone behaved impeccably and it was great to see not just outstanding performances but motivation and support for team mates. When a Sedbergh athlete ran past the main stand there was a huge cheer from the Brown contingent congratulating each individual success.

ELAW

Athletics v Barnard Castle, Durham and Ampleforth Saturday 2nd May
On a cold, wet and windy day more akin to January than May, the Sedbergh School athletics team took to the field against Barnard Castle, Durham and when they got there, latecomers Ampleforth.

The competition was simple, one track event and one field event. This has the emphasis on getting everyone involved. In true Sedbergh spirit more than the recommended amount were added to the entry roster.

“How do you get your pupils to guest in the 1500m?” asked a Barnard Castle teacher and continued to say “We have to force ours to get one athlete out onto the long distance running track and you have extras wanting to get extra training in!”.

The results are still being verified and are available on Monday but we are confident of strong placings in all age groups.

Standout strong performances came from Joe Bird and John Campbell who both ran PB’s in the 1500m, Joe winning in a time of 4:19m and John in 4:25m. George Porter was convincing in the 800m with a 2:09m victory and Martin Askew won a competitive 800m for the Junior boys.

The girls performed fantastically on the track too where Josie Coulthard showed real class to win the 1500m in 5:07m and Emily MacMillan won the senior girls 1500m with Sally Bennett winning the 800m Junior Girls. 

Ali Crossdale set a time of 11:02secs to win the 100m and the senior boys (Max Davies, Ali Crossdale, Will Ballard and Tom Savage) won their relay comfortably beating a very strong Barnard Castle team.

The field results are yet to be confirmed. 

ELAW

Senior Tennis – Aberdare Cup National Knockout v Windermere
A convincing win on a windy day against Windermere School 12-0 with all rubbers won. Girls play best of 3 sets for singles & doubles.

A close game 6-4 6-4 with Nicole Jeffries beating their 1st seed, Holly Hesford playing number 2 won 6/4 6/2 and together won their doubles 6/4 6/4. 3rd seed Georgie Boyd-Moss won 6/1 6/1 in singles with Pollyanna Bell also winning 6/3 6/1 against their number 4. In doubles they combined to win 6/3 6/0.

We look forward to the next round against RGS Newcastle in this National knockout competition.
HJC

3rd and 4th Pair v Barnard Castle 1st and 2nd Pair
A loss to Barnard Castle who fielded a stronger than expected 1st and 2nd pair, despite this Rudd and Dunkel together with Page and Edwards showed passages of good play and managed to secure a couple of games against their strong opposition. 

The girls will continue to improve and hopefully will get a chance to play their correct opposite numbers later in the term.
LS

1st IX Rounders v Giggleswick
Sedbergh 13 Giggleswick 36 1/2 

A good first innings with Sedbergh fielding first saw Giggleswick only score 11 rounders all out. Amy Walker caught a player out with an outstanding one handed catch and Georgia Snowden kept Sedbergh in the game scoring three rounders as last batter left in. However, Giggleswick changed their team in the 2nd innings and had a very strong batting team scoring 25 1/2 rounders. Unfortunately Sedbergh couldn’t match this with batters one and two getting caught out. A great standard of play with a lot to take from the game. A great team spirit, well done girls.  ATH

However, Giggleswick changed their team in the 2nd innings and had a very strong batting team scoring 25 1/2 rounders. Unfortunately Sedbergh couldn’t match this with batters one and two getting caught out. A great standard of play with a lot to take from the game. A great team spirit, well done girls.  ATH

U14 IX Rounders v Ampleforth – Convincing win!
Bad weather forced the match to be played inside, however this didn’t affect the girls’ skills and effective team work. The first innings saw Sedbergh score 23 and 1/2 rounders with some big hits and great decisions. When it came to fielding Sedbergh worked well as a team to get all the Ampleforth players out without scoring. The second innings showed a similar result with great team work when fielding and some big hits when batting. A great game for the u14s showing a strong year group of rounders players. Well done girls! ATH

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