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Football

Year 8

Well done to the Year 8 team who played Haileybury in a district football match last week. It was an evenly contested match played in great spirit. Both teams showed 100% commitment in horrid wet and cold conditions on a muddy pitch. The girls came back from 0-1 behind at half time to lead 2-1 with about 10mins left. Haileybury equalised from a corner with the match ending in a 2-2 draw which was a fair result. Coaches player of the match was Jasmine Sims.

U16s

Fantastic 4-1 win for our U16s football team against STAGS yesterday. The girls now qualify for the Quarter Finals of the County Cup.

This was a hard fought win against a strong STAGS team. Both teams creating good chances and it was closely contested throughout. After going 2-0 up, STAGS fought back to 2-1 and then hit the inside of the post which was a heart in mouth moment! Our third goal, which was a wonder strike from 25 yards into the top corner by Rimini helped to calm the nerves. Rimini then completed her hat trick with a lovely solo goal to effectively end the tie at 4-1. Our other goal was scored by Amber L who took the penalty after she was fouled in the box following an amazing run.

I was so impressed with the entire team for showing such desire and commitment. It was a bitterly cold day but the girls certainly kept themselves warm with the amount of running they did. The girls did put their coats on for the team photo, but I can assure everyone they didn’t play with them on!

Player of the match voted by STAGS was Eva C. Coaches player of the match shared jointly between Rimini and Amber L who were both outstanding in central midfield. All the girls were amazing!


Netball

Year 7

Well done to the Year 7’s this week who showed excellent effort and great teamwork in their netball match but unfortunately lost 7-0 to John Warner. Star Player was Betsy Hudson.

Year 8

Well done to the Year 8 netball team who beat John Warner 25-2 demonstrating excellent teamwork and versatility!  Star Player was Hannah McGowan!

Year 10 / 11

Also well done to the Year 10/11 team who unfortunately only had time to play 2 quarters and lost very closely 14-12! We even ran out of time for a picture…


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PE Stars of the Month – December

Congratulations to the following students who were our December PE Stars!

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Netball

Excellent effort from our Year 10 netball team in the quarter finals of the County Cup. Big 47-2 win vs Royal Masonic School. Some fantastic netball and team work on show! Star player was Alexi Wittey. Into the semi finals we go. Fantastic effort girls – let’s go all the way!

Badminton

Congratulations to our Year 9 Badminton team who recently competed in the U16 County Finals. They showed excellent effort and resilience to come 3rd overall out of 8! Only losing one game overall. Star player Charlotte Wilson.

Equestrian

On 4th December, Scarlett Thornton and Ruby Robinson went to Brook Farm in Essex and took part in the NSEA Eventers Challenge for the Presdales team. It is cross country style jumping in an enclosed arena and the top 4 individuals qualify for Hickstead next May. Ruby did so well on her lovely pony Crossword coming 5th in the 90cm class, and then Scarlett on her horse Brookfield Carnivan in the 1 metre class, came a fabulous 4th and has qualified, which is a real achievement. Well done girls.

The next date for competition will be in January at Bury Farm for the County Championship qualifiers.

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Football

U13s

An exciting afternoon for our U13 teams who took part in an EFL 6 a side football tournament hosted on Friday 25th November. Our Year 7 team topped their group winning all 5 matches, scoring 22 goals and conceding 0. They looked favourites to win the tournament however in the quarter final they just couldn’t find the back of the net and unfortunately lost on penalties. It just goes to show how you can never predict a game of football. Brilliant performances from all the girls and very unfortunate not to go all the way.

Our Year 8 team were also very impressive in their group winning all 5 matches, scoring 16 goals and conceding only 3. They went on to win their quarter and semi finals reaching the final! The Year 8s looked favourites to lift the cup, however again we just couldn’t find the net after being so prolific up to this point and unfortunately conceded a breakaway goal to lose 0-1.

At the end of the day it was a case of so near yet so far. At one stage it looked like it would be an ‘All Presdales’ final with both out teams so dominant in the group stages. The organisers at Stevenage FC were extremely complimentary about the quality of football played by the Presdales teams and had fully expected us to win the tournament. However that’s football! The girls did themselves proud and enjoyed the experience.

Year 7 Player of the Tournament – Liv White

Year 8 Player of the Tournament – Julia Dodd

U14s

Well done to the U14s football team who won 5-0 against Rickmansworth in the County Cup last week. This means the girls now enter the quarter final stage in the next round.

Comfortable win. The girls are capable of playing to a higher level but they did what was needed. Sterner tests will follow I’m sure. Two goals from Sophie Langford and a hat trick from Mia Schillaci Rowland secured the win.

Player of the Match voted by Rickmansworth was the captain, Lali Lister who ran Rickmansworth ragged with her outstanding dribbling skills.

Coaches Player of the Match was Mia Schillachi Rowland with a powerful performance as Centre Forward and bagging a hat trick.

Well done to all the girls!

U13s

Well done to the U13s football team who have reached the quarter finals of the County Cup after beating John Warner 6-2. Fantastic team performance and 100% commitment throughout. Play of the Match selected by J Warner was Mia Schillaci Rowland who scored her second successive hat trick. Coaches Player was Lily McMenamin for a skilful and disciplined performance creating lots of chances and scoring the opening goal. Well done to all the girls!

Year 7

Great performance by the Year 7 team who played in a district football match against Haileybury Turnford this week. This was a tough match, every ball contested and a real test for the girls. Presdales led 3-1 with 10mins left but a penalty converted by Haileybury Turnford meant it was a nervy finish. The girls fought for every ball but unfortunately they equalised with literally the final kick of the game to end in a hard fought 3-3 draw. Outstanding commitment from all the girls and some lovely football throughout. Coaches Player of the Match was awarded to Aleksandra who played an amazing match. Really proud of all the girls!


Table Tennis

Well done to the U14 and U16 Table Tennis teams who played in the County tournament last week at Welwyn.

The U14s came 3rd place and the U16’s narrowly missed out on medals coming in 4th place! Well done girls!!!


Netball

Year 7

Amazing effort from our Year 7 netball teams last week against Chauncy! A team won 26-13 and star player was Isabella Wilson and our B team won 13-2. Star Player was Ella Coffey. Well done girls!

Year 9

Well done to the Year 9 netball teams who both won their games against Simon Balle last Thursday.

The A team won 33-7 with Alexa Ingrey voted as Star player! The B team won 30-14 with Chloe Evans voted as Star player!

Senior Team

Congratulations to the Senior netball team who beat John Henry Newman 47-18 last night in the quarter finals of the County Cup! The girls played amazingly despite being unable to feel their hands in the freezing conditions and are now through to the semi finals after Christmas. Star player goes to Rosie Martin!


Equestrian

Presdales Equestrian Team Report from Felbridge 6th November and Forest Edge on 27th November:

At the beginning of November, Scarlett Thornton, Ruby Robinson and Connie Thompson made the trip down to Sussex to represent Presdales in show jumping in absolutely torrential rain. The arena was not covered, so they all got absolutely soaked whilst doing their classes. The show organisers after this wisely put a stop to the competition for the rest of day. The girls put on a brave show but there weren’t any placings at this time.

The next date was 27th November at Forest Edge, Norfolk. This time it was Evie Lodge, Ruby Robinson and Scarlett Thornton taking part. At least the show venue was undercover so well protected from the weather. The competition was a tough one with a lot of schools taking part and the team came 11th overall. Well done to you all!

 

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PE Stars of the Month – November

Congratulations to the following students who are our PE Stars of the Month!

Dance Evening 2022

Presdales Dance evening 2022 took place last Wednesday and Thursday and this years’ theme was ‘Musicals’. All solos, duets and group dances were choreographed by the students themselves who put on a very impressive show. Each year groups’ dance club routines were choreographed by our dance leaders who worked extremely hard to choreograph such fantastic dances in and around their GCSE and A Level studies since September and have been committed to running numerous practices to ensure the dances were ready on time. Well done and huge thank you to Jessica Downing, Seren Miller, Kaia Reynolds, Emily Fitzgerald, Sienna Akore, Ellie Carter, India Elkes and Lydia Botting.

There were also several people behind the scenes who the show couldn’t have happened without. Thank you to our A Level PE students Josh White, Maisie Johnson and Molly Barnard who managed the sound and lighting for the performances and also to the PE department everything they did to make the show such a success.

If you came to see the show, I am sure you appreciated how amazing it was and what talented dancers we are lucky to have at Presdales.

Massive well done to everyone involved!

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Football

U13s

Wow, what a match!! This would have done justice to the final of the U13s County Cup, let alone the 1st round and is undoubtedly the most tense and exciting match I’ve been involved in at Presdales (so far)!! Presdales Year 8s were simply outstanding, winning 4-2 on penalties against a very strong St Albans Girls School (STAGS) team on 10th November. The game ended 1-1 after normal time with Presdales having the better chances but unable to turn their superiority into goals. The match went to extra time, with the STAGS goalie making an incredible double save to prevent a winner for Presdales. So, after a hard fought battle, we faced the ‘excitement’ of a penalty shoot out ….. Cara Nolan, who had never played in goal before, was incredible saving two of the first three STAGS penalties! Presdales successfully converted 3 out of 3 so we just needed one more to take the win. Our 4th penalty hit the bar which made it more tense, but the 5th was successful to take the win 4-2.

I’m incredible proud of the entire team. What an amazing effort, with 100% commitment throughout. They never stopped running and competed for every ball like real Lionesses!

It was hard to select the Player of the Match as everyone deserved it, however Amy Little just edged it with an incredible performance in central defence. Well done girls, so proud of you all!!

This week, the Year 8 football team beat Broxbourne 5-0 in the District League. It was a quite hideous evening, cold with heavy rain pouring down. The girls coped with the conditions well and secured a convincing win. Player of the Match voted by Broxbourne was Mia Schillaci-Rowland and Coach’s Player of the Match went to Sienna Goodfellow. Great win girls!

U16s

Convincing win for our U16s football team beating Marlborough School 10-1 in the County cup. Some great individual performances and lovely team play with crisp interchanges and incisive passing. Player of the Match and Coaches Player of the Match was Amber Leighton who was outstanding throughout and scored a hat-trick. Well done girls, onto the next round!

Year 7

Well done to the Year 7 Football team who won 9-1 against John Warner in the District League last week, the first time Presdales has competed in this competition. Fantastic performance from the girls playing some lovely flowing football and scoring some great goals.

Joint Players of the Match as voted by John Warner were Ava M and Liv W. The Coaches Player of the Match was Sienna R who scored a hat trick, but the entire team was fantastic. Well done girls!


Netball

Seniors

Last week the senior netball team played against Broxbourne in a friendly match. Despite some excellent team work and determination they lost 30-14 with all of them playing the whole game due to a lack of subs!

Unlucky girls but you should keep your heads held high! Star player as voted for by Broxbourne was Jess Ward!

Year 7

Well done to the Year 7’s who also played netball against Broxbourne last week. The red team were up against a tough Broxbourne A team and lost 14-0. There was some good play in the mid court, but unfortunately their defence did a great job of keeping us out. Star Player was Ella Coffey.

The blue team had a very close game and narrowly lost 8-6. The girls played very well for a first match together. Star Player was Nancy Parman-Gavin.

Well done to all of the girls who played!

Year 10

Well done to our Year 10 netball team who played a friendly match against Broxbourne on Wednesday. They won 39-10! Star Player was Lucy White.

Year 8

Well done to our Year 8 netball teams who also played against Broxbourne on Wednesday.

The Year 8A team were playing the quarter final round of the county cup. They worked hard to come back after being down to beat Broxbourne 30-17! Star player was Georgia Wittey. Congratulations girls you are now through to the semi finals!!

The Year 8B team played a friendly match and won very convincingly 39-3. Star player was Julia Dodd.


Badminton

Well done to the U14 and U16 Badminton teams who played in the first round of the County’s last week.

The U14s played some great games but came in second and the U16 won so will be heading to the County Finals at Hatfield Sports Village in December.


Table Tennis

CONGRATULATIONS to the U16 Table Tennis team who have made it to the County finals on Monday 28th November!! Well played and GOOD LUCK Monday!

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