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Matthew Burns

GIRLS’ SPORTS REPORTS 06/03/17

NETBALL

1st VII  v Oldham Hulme   Lost 30-27
An outstanding performance by our senior netball team boasting three U15 players to take the U16 national champions to their limits.  The game went goal for goal with neither side conceding, both teams scoring off their centre passes.  

Intricate shooting circle play by Turner and Lewin coupled with outstanding shooting ensured that Sedbergh stayed in front and by half time were 2 goals ahead.  Combination changes made little difference and Sedbergh stuck with the strong and physical Manchester girls for the whole 6 x 7 minutes match.  

Preston and Boddy delivered inch perfect feeds into the shooters and the dynamic defence of Holdsworth together with debutantes Dale and Cooke (Year 10) kept the turnovers flowing – Holdsworth in particular having a huge impact on the game.  

This was an extremely exciting match to watch, many Oldham parents out to support, and so good to see the Sedbergh girls matching the speed and accuracy of their North West counterparts.  Work to do but an excellent performance by next year’s 1st team.  LS

1st v Stonyhurst Won 65-44
A brilliant performance by the 1st team today against a feisty Stonyhurst group. Sedbergh always in control with outstanding interceptions by Holdsworth converted by Turner, both receiving their 1st team colours.

Boddy controlled the centre court with her amazing work ethic and flair, Preston producing some excellent circle feeds. Haywood getting better with every game at WD. An excellent result against an opposition who did not give up.  

2nd v Stonyhurst Won 24-11
A convincing 24-11 win against a physical Stonyhurst side. The girls started strongly getting themselves in front by 5-1 after the first quarter which was slightly shortened due to having to deal with a bleeding injury to True Curran.

They kept up the early momentum with fast accurate passing sequences and feeding of the circle from Captain Charlotte Preston playing centre and True Curran at WA. There was accurate shooting from Eden McGuire & Amy Mahon & interceptions aplenty from Rosie Herman at WD and the defensive pairing of Cheza Miller & Georgia Thomas. A great team effort!
HJC

3rd v Stonyhurst Won 32-18
A comprehensive win for a skilful Sedbergh 3rd team. The big difference between the two sides was our determination to win the ball and work with fluidity to score goals, against a very tall pair of defenders. 

Georgie scored plenty of goals and Sophie worked well with Anna and Hannah to provide plenty of chances. Roxy, Savannah and Imani managed a high number of turnovers and rebounds against some tall shooters. 

A super afternoon of netball played in beautiful spring sunshine. Very well played girls. A pleasure to umpire. 

U15A v Stonyhurst Won 32-15
The girls got off to a strong start and ended the first half 14-8 up against Stonyhurst. A fantastic effort from the defensive trio allowed Sedbergh to continue their lead. There were excellent phases of through court attack with Haywood and Tigere consistently converting against a tough defensive side. End result 32-15 

U15B v Stonyhurst Won
After a slightly slow start, the girls ended the first quarter 10-2 up. The defensive effort was strong throughout the court, which made it easy for us to turn ball over. At half time Sedbergh were 18-6 up, with great shooting from Kitty and Rosie. It was great to have a lot of girls take to the court as they all played at least 3 quarters. 

U14A v Stonyhurst Draw 16-16
A well-fought, physical game for the U14s who really held their own throughout. A slightly slow start was quickly rectified during the 2nd quarter with some excellent movement round the attacking circle, whilst tight defence from Aynsley and Simpson, aided by some flying interceptions from Dean, earned the team numerous turnovers. It was goal for goal throughout, and Sedbergh remained focused and determined to hold a draw in the final quarte

U14B v Stonyhurst Won 40-10
A confident win from the improving B team who proved to be too quick and too skilful for the opposition. A fast-paced first quarter saw Sedbergh take an early lead of 10-1. Stoneyhurst never really threatened but at times managed to capitalise on some of our more casual passes. Tash Cookson was chosen as the player of the match for her consistent determination. A convincing win.

SWIMMING

1st Team, U15 Boys & Girls @ the Bradford Gala – Overal Winners v Bradford, Barnard Castle, Durham, Ampleforth & Stonyhurst. 
An excellent atmosphere throughout and a brilliant win!

Senior Boys (3rd place 23 points)
The senior boys were up against the strongest competition with some amazing swimmers who we have met before. Tom Russell was new to the team and swam his backstroke and freestyle events exceptionally well.

Even with their goggle issues, Harry Woods and Saul Nagus performed brilliantly in the relays. Pon was outstanding in his freestyle and the consistency of Kaya meant that we were able to hold onto our 3rd place throughout. 

U15 boys (1st place 43 points)
The U15 boys swam consistently well throughout the afternoon against some tough club swimmers. Impressive performances from Angus Young in the 50m breaststroke, Archie Palmer in the 50m backstroke and Fenn Curran (CSPS) in the 50m freestyle ensured that a young boys team were able to step up to the competition with no bother. 

Senior Girls (1st place 39 points)
A mixed age ‘senior squad’ proved to be simply outstanding. Bella Brooks and Freya Woods were focused from the start. Hellas breaststroke event was gripping as she powered past all of the u18 swimmers and Freya was undefeatable in all of the 4 events that she participated in. Solid winning performances from a calm Isobel Bridle in the relays gave us the clear win. 
JMM

EQUESTRIAN

Elizabeth Gale, Olivia Murray, Alex Duckitt, Laura Holley, Jack Rigal and three Prep School riders competed at the County National Show Jumping Qualifiers at Northallerton EC in the North East.   We were County Champions at every height from 70cm, 80cm, 90cm, 1m, 1m 10 so have every team qualified for the County Nationals in April.  Few schools had teams at every height which shows the breadth of talent we have. 

Individual Qualifications:
Laura Holley – 70cm Individual Qualifier
Olivia Murray – 90cm Individual Qualifier
Elizabeth Gale – 80cm, 1m and 1m 10 Individual Qualifier               

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