Ouse & Calder Football
Penalty heartache for St. Mary’s A team as they were beaten on sudden death in the final of the Knaresborough schools football tournament. The team performed excellently in the group stages winning two and drawing one all without conceding a goal. This meant they won their group, in the process qualifying for the Harrogate Final. They then took on Group B winners Aspin who unfortunately held their nerve in the shootout to claim victory, this being after St. Mary’s came back from 2-0 down to draw the game 2-2 at full time.
St. Mary’s B also showed some good football as they battled to two draws and two defeats in their group. Josh Thorpe starred in attack scoring all four of his teams goals. He was well supported by an excellent energetic midfield performance by Oliver Gill and tough defensive display by Ben Devine.
Well done to both teams with special praise to Seb Diclemente for winning the Determination School Games Value and Josh Thorpe for the Passion award. Good luck to Team A in the final.
Swimming – Ouse and Derwent
On Thursday 8th October 12 boys and girls from Ouse and Derwent Classes took part in the Knaresborough Qualifiers of the Harrogate Borough Council Swimming tournament. They competed in front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke and team relay races in order to gain as many points for their team as possible. The competition went right down to the wire with only four places available to progress through to the Harrogate Final. All of the St. Mary’s swimmers performed excellently producing some quick times which gave them enough points to finish in fourth place and qualify for the final. The children are hoping to go even better next time round and try to finish in the medal positions.
Children from Year 1 to Year 6 have been treated to some expert basketball coaching from Leeds Force Basketball Junior Coach Mark Gunn. The children showed some excellent skills in dribbling, passing and shooting with all the teachers very impressed with their ability, as well as their listening and teamwork skills.
If your child enjoyed the session please get in contact with Mark at Leeds Force or speak to Mr Wilson about a new club starting in Harrogate with links to the main Leeds club.
Harrogate Partnership KS2 Cross Country
On Saturday 22 Key Stage 2 children braved the cold October morning to compete in the Harrogate Partnership Cross-country. Children competed in boys and girls races in Years 3 to 6. All of the children performed exceptionally well, battling hard to keep running around the two lapped course. A huge well done to Johannes (Derwent) who won the Year 4 boys event. Congratulations also to Jaden (Swale), Therese and Dominic (Ouse) who all finished in 3rd place in their respective races. Well done to these children, along with Emily (Ouse), who all qualified for the North Yorkshire Final at Catterick Race course.
After qualifying from the Knaresborough round of the Year 4 & 6 swimming competition the 12 swimmers took part in the Harrogate and District Final at the Hydro Pool. With competition between 15 schools very fierce, the children had to swim to their very best ability in order to gain as many points as they could for their team. After 12 individual races and 2 team relays the points were counted and the results read out, with St. Mary’s taking 8th place, an improvement on last years’ performance, making Mrs Moore and Mr Wilson very proud. Well done to all the swimmers who competed excellently all afternoon.
When our swimmers reached the Harrogate District final at the Hydro they managed to finish one place better than last year & finished 8th out of 15 schools! Well done to everybody
On the 20th October we took 8 boys to play a Year 5 & 6 Football Tournament final. Every team played extremely well with St Mary's drawing 2 games, winning 2 games and losing only one to Willow Tree. The St Mary's team did well finishing 4th overall. Dominic scored an amazing 3 goals & Joe was close behind with 2!!! by Therese (Reporter)
The Year 5 & 6 Sportshall Athletics team began the defence of their North Yorkshire Title with a solid 2nd place performance in the Knaresborough qualifying round. With some of the children competing in their 4th sport event in 6 days there were some tired legs on the track with St. Johns showing their dominance this year, St. Mary’s having to settle for mainly second places. In the field however roles were reversed as the St. Mary’s team produced some excellent throws and jumps to keep the scores close to their nearest rivals. At the final scores only two points separated 1st and 2nd place, St. Mary’s having to settle for silver this time around. Hopefully the children can go one better in the Harrogate final and win the trophy for the 3rd year in a row.
Year 6 Tag Rugby Festival
World Cup fever hit the Harrogate School Sports Partnership on the last day of half term as 29 teams from all over the Harrogate area competed as countries to try and claim World Cup glory. Two St. Mary’s teams were competing at the event representing Italy and Wales. Both teams began by playing four pool games, Italy claiming victory in all four giving them 1st place in their pool, Wales winning and drawing one and narrowly losing two leaving them in 3rd place in their pool. Both teams then played a further two games in a second pool round with teams finishing in the same first round pool position. Unfortunately both teams struggled to find form and both lost their two games. This left Italy playing off for 5th or 6th place and Wales playing off for 17th or 18th place. Shaking off their previous two defeats both teams once again produced some excellent rugby to claim victory in their final match leaving Italy 5th out of 29 and Wales 17th out of 29. Well done to all the children who competing and supporting excellently throughout the day.