Matthew Burns

GIRLS’ SPORTS REPORTS 25/01/16

NETBALL

North West Regional Schools Netball Championships:
1st Team – 4th in section

A tough day for our 1st team against opposition who boasted a multitude of England reps, such is the strength in the north west.  

Poor decision making coupled with basic errors in the attack did little to help the increased intensity of the matches but mention must go to Harnby and Carberry who fought for their lives against 6ft 4 England shooters who had played the visiting Australians a couple of days before.  

Our final group game came against Stonyhurst, pride at stake, we managed to secure the win after a scrappy game to go home with a winning feeling but knowing we are way off the pace for competing against the best in the country.  LS

U16 3rd in section (by goal average)
A lack lustre start to our campaign left us with a 9-11 loss against Westholme and a feeling that we could have done so much better. The team turned things around for the 2nd match beating Hulme Grammar 6-4, a first for Sedbergh ever and a team that eventually went through to Nationals.

A narrow 5-7 loss followed to a very physical Wirral Grammar who won our group and are crowned North West Champions. We knew we had to go for goals and were 15-4 winners v King Williams before also beating Christleton 14-8 with the best play of the day. 

Had Wirral stuck to form and beaten Hulme we would have had a semi-final place. As it was we lost out on goal average by the narrowest of margins. Huge disappointment for this talented side who came so close.

On the day nerves got the better of them and we can only think what might have been. The girls should be proud of the improvements that they made on the day and that they were within 2 goals of the tournament winners.  HJC

U14 4th in section
A tough first game for the u14s against Bury Grammar losing 5-15 against a very strong team who went on to win the tournament. However the girls bounced back for the next game winning 6-0.

The girls were composed throughout the match and defence worked hard to prevent Kings William from scoring. The girls then faced 2 tough games against Bridgewater and the Wirral losing by 2 to Bridgewater.

The last match of the day, started slow with a 1-1 draw at half time. The girls stepped it up in the second half however, and took control of the game. Katie Haywood put all her shots up and together with hard work from defence they went on to win 6-1.

A tough day for the u14s with a high standard of competition. A lot to take from each game, with an overall good performance from the team and a great learning experience. Well done girls. ATH

U15A v Giggleswick – Won 49-9
An outstanding display of speed and accuracy by this talented team who secured 91% shooting averages, Maguire and Whitfield with excellent performances.  Ball placement and timing proved just too much for Giggleswick.  LS

U15B v Giggleswick – Won 32-10
U15b were a squad of multitalented players – many able to cover both circle and centre court positions. The first quarter saw a great combination of Page, Hanafin and Shewan feeding fast ball to the circle for Peart and Thompson to make good use of. The Giggleswick defence, particularly in the circle, was effective and forced some inaccurate play from Sedbergh.

Following some position changes and a team talk, the second and third quarter saw Giggleswick struggle with the renewed speed and determination both in attack and defence, allowing Sedbergh to control the game; increasing our score in each quarter and preventing Giggleswick scoring. In the final quarter Giggleswick were able to re-gain some accuracy in the circle, with the final score therefore Sedbergh 32- Giggleswick 10. TAG

U14A v Giggleswick – Won 30-1
An easy win for the u14A in preparation for regional finals, some good passages of play and combinations tried, however slippery conditions made it difficult for a speedy game. Shooters worked the circle well with good ball placement from Heathcoate and Sproul. The game however lacked consistency throughout and there is still work to be done! A good result. ATH 

U14B v Giggleswick – Won 39-1
A confident win from this unbeaten side. The team worked well together to dominate the Giggleswick girls. Fast play in the centre from Charlton and Madden combined with strong shooting from Pinn and Mahon ensured an easy win. ALK

U16A v Giggleswick 1st – Won

U16B v Giggleswick 2nd – Lost 28-18
This was a challenging game for the U16Bs against the Giggleswick second team.  There were confident performances from Sophie Marshall and sterling defence from Baxter and Waller but their efforts were outdone by a solid opposition and some tough decisions from an exacting umpire. The girls showed outstanding sportsmanship and a tireless attitude.  Well done. ALK

HOCKEY

ISHC Quarter finals v Bradfield College – 1-1 after ET, lost on flicks
A lacklustre performance from the u15s saw them draw their national 1/4 1-1 with both goals being scored in the first 3 minutes.

Extra time came and went and neither side were able to make the break though despite Sedbergh forwards having numerous golden opportunities. Sedbergh eventually lost out on the lottery that is flicks losing 5-3. Plenty the girls can learn from this experience. Special mention to Savannah Shewan who was exceptional in the midfield for Sedbergh. MWS

EQUESTRIAN

2nd in the Northern Region in the Prelim Test (P12) and narrowly missed out on 1st place by 0.6pts to Durham High School.  We have now qualified for Nationals which is fantastic.  The level of competition was high with some good dressage riders.  

We also entered the Novice Test (N24) as individuals and did well with Darcey Wilkinson winning it so she will go to Nationals as an individual.  Phoebe Thorpe came 4th in this and Elizabeth Gale 5th.  Both rode exceptionally well.  FEB

SWIMMING

Sedbergh won 79-54 v Durham and totally dominated winning 9 out of 12 races.

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