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to the Year 8 Football Team who reached the final of the CPR Cup Final with a
scrappy 1-0 victory against King John on 12 April.
goal from Tristan Ogunwufa proved to be enough in a close encounter between two
evenly matched sides. Greensward dominated possession throughout but had to be
wary of the counter-attacking threat from the pacey KJS attackers. Jack Cooper
and Adam Johnson at the heart of the Greensward defence both put in commanding
performances supported by William Thresher and Daniel Fleming.
to make the game safe fell to both Sam Adebayo and Tristan Ogunfuwa but these
were spurned and Greensward survived some late pressure to complete a deserved
Thank you to
the parents and families for their continued support and for taking the nets
down at the end of every home game. The
Year 8s join the Year 9s in reaching the CPR Finals Day at Canvey Island FC
next Tuesday 19 April. The Year 8s take
on Fitzwimarc School (11.15am k/o) whilst the Year 9s are up against Appleton
School (9.45am k/o).
Congratulations to the Junior Girls Gymnastics Team who
won the District competition held at Deanes School on 21 January. All the girls gave outstanding performances
both on the floor and on the vault which secured their win. They
fought off tough competition from Fitzwimarc, King John, Deanes, Sweyne Park and
last year's winners, Cornelius! For many of
the girls, this was the first time they have competed in a gymnastics
competition yet this didn't faze them.
Team: Holly Ager, Sophie Ager, Abigail Mould,
Sophie-Anne Darby, Molly Taylor, Hannah MacPherson, Ellie McCann, Alexandra
Tahsin, Alarna Baker, Zoe Massam, Tasia Kelly, Maisie Phillips and Holly
Greensward progressed to Round 5 of the U13 ESFA Playstation
National Cup with a comprehensive 7-2 win over East Bergholt High School.
In pouring rain and driving wind, Greensward fell behind to
an early goal from a long-range shot that exploited the slippery surface.
Within a minute, the boys immediately hit back with a sublime finish from
outside the box from Frankie Aston. Aston put Greensward back into the lead having won a clear
cut penalty and captain Oliver Coker stretched the lead to 3-1 with a trademark
free kick from distance. EBHS fought back and pressed hard for the goal that
would get them back into the game but they were caught out on the break by some
superb 'pass and move' football that lead to a tap in for Adam Graves. Half-time and Greensward led 4-1.
In the 2nd half, a commanding display of Total Football
created a 5th for Billy Cheevers after great work down the right wing by the
tireless Josh McGrath. Tristan Ogunfuwa made it 6-1 with an emphatic finish
before Cheevers added the seventh with another stylish turn and shot. The only
blot on the copy book was a soft consolation for East Bergholt with practically
the last kick of the game.
Jack Cooper and William Thresher both put in superb
performances at the heart of the Greensward defence but this really was a complete
Huge thanks to the parents who made the long journey up the
A12 and endured the torrential rain.
The draw for the next round takes place on Monday 23
November with local schools St. Thomas More and Shenfield High School still in
Sunday 15 November the U14 netball team (Rebeka Thompson,
Lauren Smart, Amy Peacham, Elizabeth Cross, Hollie Cox, Jade Eastabrook,
Samantha Wiseman, Evie Andrews, Isobel Hurdle, Abby Lockwood, Amy Nicholls and
Leia Kinch) took part in the East Essex round of the National Schools Netball
competition at New Hall School in Chelmsford. To qualify for the Regional
round the team needed to reach the final. The challenge was a difficult
one with tough opposition. However, the team spirit and determination to
succeed along with exceptional game play resulted in the following pool
results: 10-3 Passmores, 17-4 Honywood, 13-4 Fitzwimarc, 7-2 Chelmsford High
School, 9-5 Woodlands, 7-5 New Hall and 8-10 Colchester High
the semi-finals, having won the pool was an outstanding achievement but to go on
and win the semi-final 14-6 against St Marks and then a victory in the final
8-5 against Brentwood School was a highly commendable accomplishment.
whole team should be congratulated for their effort and commitment, we wish
them much success in the Regional Competition 30 January!
PE Department would like to thank all of the parents for their continued time
and support to the girls, their encouragement and motivation is always a great
help. We would also like to thank Mrs Thompson for her hard work to support
with the coaching of the team and also Mrs A Hayes for again giving up her
Sunday to score for the team.
Boys and girls
teams from Greensward Academy qualified for the next round of the Lee Valley
Indoor Athletics Cup after an exceptional effort on Wednesday evening.
This was the
first time that the academy has entered this competition and it was a great
opportunity to visit such an amazing facility used by elite athletes from all
over the world.
performances of the students were fitting for such a venue. The girls’ team made light work of the
competition winning their first round event comfortably. The boys’ event was a
much tougher competition; they worked hard and showed great resilience to
snatch 2nd place and also qualify for the next round.
It would be
difficult to pick out individuals with so many fantastic performances, but
special mentions go to Georgie Copeman who stepped up to perform in the 300
metres race, despite very little experience in this event to finish in 1st
place. And superb final legs from Isabel
Rodriguez and Kwabena Koomson in both relays to overtake other schools and
claim 2nd place.
Finally a special mention to Nicholas Campen who
came along to represent the academy as an athletics official. This helped to
earn the team valuable points and also will help Nicholas with the practical
part of his GCSE PE course.
Many congratulations to Jacob Allen-McCormack (Year 9) who
has been selected as one of two goalkeepers for the Essex Schools
Representative squad for the forthcoming county season. Jacob was selected
after two tough trial sessions where the number of players hoping to be
selected was slashed from over 150 boys to a final squad of 20.
Jacob was the only goalkeeper on trial not to concede a goal
during the two trial sessions and this has not gone unnoticed by the selectors.
He will now join up with the rest of the squad for training sessions and
matches against other counties spanning the south and east of the UK.
We wish him all the best in the games to
YEAR 8 AND SENIORS DISTRICT NETBALL CHAMPIONS
On Tuesday 17 March, the Year 8 netball team (Lauren Smart, Becky Thompson, Elizabeth Cross, Louise Heywood, Hollie Cox, Summer Thorpe, Becky Ambridge, Sophia Spencer, Jade Eastabrook, Amy Peacham and Georgie Copeman) took part in the Castle Point and Rochford District Netball Rally. We won all of the games in our pool, with the scores at 13-1 against King Edmund, 12-0 against Cornelius and 11-3 against Sweyne. This took us through to the semi-final as winners where we played King John and won 9-4. In the final we played Sweyne for the second time and won 12-0. Overall, we scored 57 goals and conceded 8. This means we are now District Champions for the second year running.
The Senior Girls (Amber Evans, Georgia-Blue Logan, Zoe Willis, Emily Gaskin, Isabella Knight, Rhian Simpson, Jasmin Bryant and Jasmine Eastabrook) also participated in this rally. The girls won all of their pool matches beating King John 7-3, Appleton 7-4, Cornelius 19-0 and Castleview 17-1. This put them in the semi final against Deanes which the girls won convincingly. In the final they had to play King John again. The girls were superb, playing some outstanding netball to beat King John 12-3. The girls are now District Champions, retaining the title they have won since Year 7.
ESSEX CUP AND NATIONAL NETBALL
On Saturday 14 March the Senior Girls netball squad took part in the National Netball Finals in Ellesmere Port. The girls had a tough day competing in 8 matches in their pool. They had a slow start against Bradford Grammar School, but in the second half, played some superb netball to narrowly miss a win by two goals 6-8. The girls played Tonbridge Grammar and Higham Lane, with some great netball. They secured their first win against Wirral Grammar winning 12-3 with some outstanding shooting and attacking play and some solid defending. They then went on to beat Loughborough High School 13-1 and Yarm School 12-6. The team then played tough matches against Beaconsfield High and Penryn School. The girls were outstanding ambassadors for the academy and it is a great achievement to qualify for two National Netball finals as a team in 3 years. Netball is a sport played across the country in every school so it was a brilliant effort to make a top 10 place in the country for the sport out of the 18 teams that were represented.
(Squad - Captain Amber Evans, Vice Captain, Georgia-blue Logan, Emily Gaskin, Zoe Willis, Summer Osborne, Rhian Simpson, Isabella Knight, Jasmine Eastabrook, Jasmin Bryant)
Following the weekend, the team played Baddow in the Essex Cup Netball semi-final. This was a tough match that was incredibly close, that required some solid defending from Zoe Willis, Rhian Simpson, Abby Cronin, Jasmin Bryant and Jasmine Eastabrook. The girls secured some excellent turnovers to give Georgia-Blue Logan and Summer Osborne every opportunity to feed the shooters. Both Amber Evans and Emily Gaskin scored some brilliant goals to give the team a win over Baddow 21-18. On Thursday 19 March they faced Wanstead in the final and won 25-24 to make them the U16 Essex Cup Champions.
On Tuesday morning three cross country teams competed in the
1st round of the National competition at Shipwrights Woods, Benfleet. Pitched
against tough competition and on a challenging course, all the students
ran hard and to their full potential.
There were some outstanding individual performances but
essentially this is a team competition. Each team consisted of 6 students
combined either from Years 7 and 8 (Juniors) or Years 9 and 10 (Inters).
The first four finishers calculate the overall team score.
The Junior Girls kicked things off in the first race. In a
highly competitive field the girls ran extremely well to finish 4th overall.
All the girls finished relatively close together. Georgie Copeman led the girls
home in 10th position, followed by Lauren Smart (13th), Evie Andrews (18th),
Summer Thorpe (19th), Kate Montgomery (22nd) and Samantha Wiseman (49th).
The Junior Boys followed up the strong performance from the
girls with a tremendous performance themselves. Joe Hudson led the team home in
8th position and was quickly supported by Sam Richardson (10th) and Oliver
Coker (13th). The vital forth runner to finish was William Wheeler (30th).
George Williamson (31st) followed William into the finishing funnel and
Elliot Ward brought the team home in 41st place. Overall the JB team finished
in 3rd position behind The Brentwood School and Fitzwimarc.
The next race saw the Inter
Boys take to the course. The Inter Boys team is comprised of boys from Years 9 and 10. Our team was dominated by Year 9s with only one solitary Year 10 in
the team. Therefore qualifying for the next round was always going to be
difficult. As the races progressed the course became more demanding as
the mud began to thicken across the course. Elliot Capel ran superbly to finish
2nd, closely behind the winner from start to finish, the pair ran away from the
field to leave a significant gap to those behind. Craig Wheeler finished in 8th
position, a fantastic performance from a Year 9. The rest of the team finished
in mid field, Tom Radziusz (30th), Luke Bray (34th) and Harry Ricks (41st).
Unfortunately Sam Fullick sustained an injury early in the race and had to pull
out. Overall the Inter Boys finished in 5th position.
On Saturday 7 June a selection of Greensward students represented
Castle Point and Rochford District at the County Schools Championships. In order to be selected for the District team
the students needed to finish 1st or 2nd at either the senior district athletics
championships or the junior trials night.
The Essex Schools Championships competition is by far the toughest
in the country and even to be selected through our tough district is an
achievement in itself.
Throughout the day there were some fantastic performances; Freddie
Trowers (Year 10) finished 7th in the inter boys shot competition, Charlie
Cassidy 8th in the Year 7 Long Jump, Lauren Smart 7th in her heat for the Year
7 Girls 200m.
Brandon Thorpe (Year 10), who has competed at this event every
year, came 5th in the inter boys 1500m final, a great performance which was
backed up in the Junior Boys with Elliott Capel finishing 4th in his respective
final. Kwabena Koomson (Year 7) finished just outside the medals in 4th in
the Year 7 boys shot putt competition.
But the stand out performances of the day were from Ben O'Donovan
(Year 10), Mason Daley (Year 9) and Shereen Raouf (Year 10). Ben O'Donovan
competed in the Inter Boys Triple Jump competition. Being a Year 10 he was
competing against many boys one year his senior. In the 2nd round he jumped a
PB of 12m 46cm which put him in 6th position, sneaking him into the top 6 jump
off where he would have a final 3 jumps. Due to inconsistencies with his run up
he failed his 4th jump, but in the 5th round he was perfect on the board and
flew to a massive PB of 12m 84cm, putting him into 2nd place. Unfortunately, in
the final round he was pipped into 2nd by 3cm, but none the less 3rd place
at the County Championships is a huge achievement.
Soon after Ben's success, Mason Daley stepped onto the track
to compete in the 200m final. After a sluggish start Mason found himself
in 7th place after the bend but then he lost the after burners and flew down the
home straight. In 10m he had moved from 7th to 2nd and was storming down the
last 100m chasing the closing the gap to the leader with every stride. Unfortunately,
Mason just ran out of track and finished to take the silver medal.
Last year Shereen Raouf won the junior girls 200m, this year she
stepped up to compete in the 300m. Similarly to Ben, Shereen was also competing
against many girls a year older. The previous weekend Shereen finished in
the silver medal position at the club county championships, and this
weekend she was up against the same girl. Shereen strolled into the final after
winning her heat with ease earlier in the day in horrendous conditions as
the storm overhead battered the athletes below. However Shereen qualified
fastest which meant she had the inside lane draw for the final. This advantage
was maximised in the final as she chased down her rival in lane 5 and sprinted
to victory to become County Champion for the second year running.
A fabulous performance by all throughout the day, they should all
be very proud of their achievements.
Huge congratulations to the U15 girls basketball team, who, for
the second year running, has reached the final fours of the national basketball
competition. The team travelled to Northampton School for Girls to play
an exact re-run of last year at this of the competition and so knowing that they
would be in for a tough game.
The game started with Nottingham dominating rebounds and taking an
early lead after Greensward missed a few easy chances to put some early points
on the board. Nottingham continued
to dominate possession and at the end of the first quarter they led 13-9.
At the start of the second quarter, the Greensward girls looked nervous but knew
that they had to match Nottingham’s determination. They soon found their stride and scored 10
consecutive points without any reply from their opponents. Sarah Round, Nottingham’s
captain and England player, scored an impressive 3 pointer, but in quick
succession Amber Evans replied with a 3 pointer of her own.
Greensward continued to dominate the third quarter scoring 23
points and only conceding 9, putting them in the lead by 10 points at half
time. Nottingham came out fighting
to try and pull the score back in the third quarter and did this by scoring 3
baskets and narrowing the gap to 4 points. Towards the end of the quarter
Nottingham’s intensity dropped and Zoe Willis capitalised scoring 8 points in
the final few minutes to give the team a lead of 12.
In the final quarter the girls knew that Nottingham would be
putting more pressure on the ball; this created more space and with crisp
passing Greensward scored 16 points to only a 3 point reply from Nottingham. However, with huge determination, Nottingham
then had a late surge scoring 7 points but with an impressive defensive display
Greensward held on to their lead to a victorious win of 64-44.
The team consisting of Zoe Willis, Amber Evans, Summer Osborne,
Georgia-Blue Logan, Chelsea Locke, Rhian Simpson, Ria Toovey and Lauren Allen
will now complete in the final fours in Nottingham on 17 May. We will be keeping everything crossed for