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Welcome to the Sports Department page where you can find information about fixtures, extra curricular clubs, events and news of local and national successes.

There are lots of different clubs to join and sports to take part in at Greensward Academy.  Have a look at the Extra Curricular page to find out more or if you are interested in joining a sports related club speak to a member of the Sports Department who will encourage you to choose the right one for you.   

Sports fixtures can be viewed here but please note that all fixtures are subject to change. 

YEAR 8 FOOTBALL TEAM REACH CPR CUP FINAL

posted 18 Apr 2016, 02:04 by Shirley Wheeler

Congratulations 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.

An early 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.

Late chances 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 victory.

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).

Junior Girl Gymnasts are District Champions

posted 27 Jan 2016, 02:46 by Shirley Wheeler

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 Harris. 

YEAR 8 BOYS FOOTBALL TEAM THROUGH TO ROUND 5 OF THE ESFA NATIONAL CUP

posted 19 Nov 2015, 05:47 by Shirley Wheeler

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 team performance.

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 the competition.

U14 Netball Success

posted 19 Nov 2015, 01:32 by Shirley Wheeler

On 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 School.  

Reaching 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. 

The whole team should be congratulated for their effort and commitment, we wish them much success in the Regional Competition 30 January!

The 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.


Athletics News

posted 13 Nov 2015, 07:28 by Shirley Wheeler

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. 

The 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.  


Essex Schools U14 Representative Football Squad 2015/16

posted 10 Nov 2015, 04:17 by Shirley Wheeler

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 come. 

Netball Champions

posted 20 Mar 2015, 03:06 by Shirley Wheeler

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.  


English Schools Cross Country Schools Cup - 1st Round

posted 10 Oct 2014, 03:17 by Shirley Wheeler   [ updated 10 Oct 2014, 03:18 ]

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.

 

Essex Schools Athletics Championships

posted 23 Jun 2014, 00:12 by Shirley Wheeler   [ updated 23 Jun 2014, 00:49 ]

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. 

      


U15 Girls through to National Finals

posted 1 May 2014, 07:37 by Shirley Wheeler

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 them! 


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