Y5/6 Basketball Borough Finals, Wednesday 5th December, Aldercar High School, 4-6pm.
On Wednesday night our Y5/6 Basketballers went along to Aldercar High School to play in the Borough Finals for the second year running. The top 7 teams from the Amber Valley Borough were there after qualifying from their cluster competitions, in which 36 teams entered. We were grouped with Belper St Johns – who we beat 2-0 with a brilliant basket from Callum Young; Long Row with whom we scraped a 0-0 draw; and Mundy who beat us 6-2 in a game which we played very well. Due to other results this meant we finished second in our group and moved into the semi-finals to play the other group winners Kilburn.
It was at this point that the team came to life with Callum again scoring to make it 2-0 before Kilburn drew level again. Olivia Allin then scored to make it 4-2 before Callum got an injury going in to the final few minutes. Reece Bridges then scored to make it 6-2 at which point we knew we would make the final and the team were delighted to be our first Basketball team to make the Borough Finals Final. It turned out we would play Howitt again, as in the cluster final, after they defeated Mundy and the team were determined to do their best.
With Callum fit enough to play we started the game strongly taking the lead with another Callum Young basket before being pegged back to 2-2 and then going 4-2 behind to another basket. Despite this we were on top in the game with Sam Reeves and Robbie Thompson making great steals and dribbles eventually leading to another basket by Olivia to make it 4-4, which soon after turned to 6-4 as Jakub Czachorowski scored after another rebound. With only a minute left we just needed to hold out to the end to win the competition, unfortunately we couldn’t make it and Howitt brought it back to 6-6 to take it to ‘golden basket’ overtime. Sadly for us Howitt again won on the ‘golden basket’ with a calm finish to leave the team gutted but proud of their achievement, which they absolutely should be having played brilliant basketball on both nights and given everything to win the competition. Well done Basketballers you did us proud.
Y5/6 Football Competitions, Tuesday 4th December, William Gregg Leisure Centre, Heanor, 4-6pm. In the 3rd round of fixtures we played against Waingroves 'A', who we beat 5-0; Langley Mill 'A' who we beat 9-0; and Langley Mill 'B' who we beat 3-1 after a slow start. All the boys who went along played fantastic football, all contributing to some prolific wins. We finished this week in 2nd place in the table, but with many more games to go before the competition is over, good luck for the next games boys.
Y3/4 Handball Competition, Tuesday 27th November, William Gregg Leisure Centre, Heanor, 4-5.45pm. For the second year running we took two teams along to this event and both teams had lots of success. Our Codnor White team finished in 5th overall with excellent wins against Loscoe and Mundy, whilst our Codnor Blue Team finished a terrific 3rd place after making the top 3 playoffs with excellent wins against Loscoe and Langley Mill. All in all we were the most successful team as a school with both of our teams finishing in the top 5 - well done to all involved.
Y5/6 Basketball Competition, Tuesday 20th November, Aldercar High School, 4-6pm. Our Year 5/6 basketballers went along to Aldercar to play in the AVSSP Heanor cluster Basketball competition. Our children only had a week of practice, so started slowly winning 2-0 against Langley Mill 'B' then losing 0-8 to Howitt leaving us requiring a win versus Mundy to make the semi-finals. We finally secured a 2-0 win with a late basket from Reece Bridges to set up a semi-final with Richardson. In an end to end, tight game we led 2-0 and 4-2 before being pegged back to 4-4 to take the game into overtime. There was no score in the next 3 minutes to take us to 'golden basket' overtime and Reece, again, scored the decisive basket to set up a final against Howitt who had already defeated us convincingly. By the final though we were a different team altogether, playing aggressive, and at times, brilliant basketball and we led the game early through a basket from Jakun Czachorowski. We were again pegged back to 2-2 by Howitt to take the game to overtime, and again 'golden basket' overtime, with chances at either end it took a stunning basket by Howitt to win the game. To say proud is an understatement as the children improved hugely from start to finish and they will move on to the borough finals with their heads held high.
KS1 Handball Competition – Tuesday 13th November, William Gregg Leisure Centre, Heanor, 4-5.30pm. Eight of our year 2 children went along to play in the KS1 Handball Competition at Heanor and they were fantastic. They played 7 games in all against schools from the Heanor area, winning 5 and losing just 2 with some precision passing and super shooting. As a team they showed great enjoyment and teamwork, doing themselves and the school proud in a buzzing William Gregg Leisure Centre, going on to finish joint 2nd overall, our best ever finish in this competition. Well done to the team, and thanks to parents for your support!
Y5-6 Football Competitions – Tuesday 6th November, William Gregg Leisure Centre, Heanor, 4-6pm. At the first of these competitions the boys who went along lost their first game against Chaucer 6-2, before comprehensively beating Langley Mill ‘A’ 6-2 and finally losing their final game against Mundy ‘A’ 3-2 in a very tight game. Well done to the Football Team and good luck in future games.
Y5/6 ‘Elite’ Tag Rugby Competition, Thursday 25th October, Belper Rugby Club, 4-6pm. On a cold afternoon ten of our children attended this competition amongst the best 9 schools in Amber Valley. In the first stage of the competition we were up against Belper St Johns, Duffield Meadows and Leys. We won 2 of these games, only losing out to a very good Belper team meaning we finished 3rd in this group and moved into the 5th/6th play-off to face Swanwick. In a very tight playoff game we edged it 6-5 in the last minute to finish a very respectable 5th place. The children gave it their all and played well as a team throughout the competition showing great respect for their opponents in all the games! Well done to all players and thanks to parents for their respectful and fantastic support.
Development Rugby Competition, Wednesday 24th, Belper Rugby Club, 4-6pm. For all 9 of our children this was their first rugby competition, and for a couple of the children their first school competition ever. In every game they played some very good rugby and finally got their rewards in beating Swanwick ‘B’. There were some fantastic tries scored and terrific teamwork from all our players, as well as great support from parents, well done to everyone involved.
Y3-6 Sportshall Plus, Thursday 18th October, Alfreton Leisure Centre. This event was aimed at children who do not normally participate in school sport to build their confidence and self-esteem, hopefully encouraging them to participate more often. The 6 children who went along had a great time, showing great enjoyment and did their very best in all the events, cheering each other along all the way, well done team.
Y3/4 Sportshall Athletics Competition - Tuesday 17th October, Alfreton Leisure Centre, 4-6pm. As one of 11 teams at a buzzing Alfreton Leisure Centre, the children did themselves and the school extremely proud! We were attempting to win the competition for the second year running, but in the end we finished a close 2nd overall, just 60 points behind Leys Junior, with some fantastic field events and great performances in the relays. 2nd position continues our fantastically successful run in Sportshall Athletics over the past few years, well done to the whole team.
Y5/6 Gregg Cup Quarter Final – Friday 13th October, Heanor Town Football Ground, 7.15pm. This was the second time we have participated in this competition and it was a nice experience for the boys involved. It was on opportunity to play at the Town Ground, under floodlights with parents and supporters in the stands. We played against Howitt Primary School on a blustery night in what ended up being a fantastic game of football. Howitt took the lead midway through the first half to go into half time 1-0 up. The scores could easily have been level as we had lots of good chances. In the second half the boys went out to play with a great attitude, playing some great passing football. Eventually the pressure we put on Howitt paid off as the ball was played into Addison Howe who scored with a great right foot finish. This gave us the boost we needed and soon after we won a penalty after a push on Robbie Thompson in the box. Alfie Beardsley dispatched the penalty to put us 2-1 up with 15 minutes to go. Howitt came back and despite a great save from Layton Cox they equalised with 5 minutes to go. In the last few minutes there were chances for both teams but Charlie Murphy sealed the win with a stunning strike from the right side of the penalty area. A well-earned and well deserved 3-2 victory to take us to the semi-final. Well done to all!
Y5/6 Sportshall Athletics Competition - Tuesday 10th October, Alfreton Leisure Centre, 4-6pm. As one of 10 teams at a busy competition the children did themselves and the school extremely proud! The children competed in the same events as the KS1 children but against opposition from the whole Amber Valley Borough. Every child was excellent on the night and we finished 5th overall, only a few points behind 4th place. A good result for the school – well done to all who attended!
Y5/6 Football Competition - Thursday 27th September, Eyes Meadow, Duffield, 4-6pm. This was a mixed competition to which we took along 13 boys in 2 separate teams. Each team played four games with a group format up first. Our ‘B’ team won one and lost two which meant they finished 3rd in their group, they then went on to beat their opponents in the 9th place play off to finish the competition off with a win. The ‘A’ team won two games against Langley Mill ‘B’ and Codnor and Ironville, drawing the other game against Leys Junior which meant they finished top of their group to progress to the semi finals. We went on to lose 3-1 to a very good Belper St Johns team in our semi-final game meaning a joint 3rd finish, our best result in this competition. All the boys did their best on the day and will have lots more opportunities to play in the year ahead.
Y5/6 Girls Football Competition - Wednesday 26th September, Eyes Meadow, Duffield, 4-6pm. We took 7 girls along to this 6-a-side competition. The girls who went along played 4 games, despite not scoring a goal during these games they only lost one game 1-0 to a very good Belper St Johns team drawing the others 0-0. The girls did a fantastic job, finishing joint 9th overall and playing really well as a team, this hopefully inspired some of them to go along to the local club to play and get even better.