Year 7 PGL Netball Weekend 2024

What an amazing weekend for our Year 7 PGL netball weekend! They have participated in a netball tournament and many outdoor activities: giant swing, zip wire, high ropes, trapeze and abseiling! We’ve had a great time in the glorious sunshine, had a silent disco last night and met Jayda Pechova who plays for Superleague Netball team, Team Bath.

Huge congratulations to all 5 teams who, for the first time, all made the semi-finals!

Presdales 1 WON the Year 7/8 tournament not losing a match all weekend

Presdales 2 came runners up in the Year 7/8 tournament only losing to Presdales 1 in the final

Presdales 5 came runners up in the Year 7 tournament

Presdales 3 and 4 came joint 3rd place in the Year 7 tournament

Players player for each team was:

Presdales 1: Daphne F

Presdales 2: Thandie B

Presdales 3: Hazel P

Presdales 4: Maisy W

Presdales 5: Shannon O

Coaches player for each team was:

Presdales 1: Tami O

Presdales 2: Liv M

Presdales 3: Zosia M

Presdales 4: Eva P

Presdales 5: Skye M

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Football

U14s County Cup

Wow! What an outstanding performance from our U14s football team last week to win the County Cup football final 4-0 against Croxley Danes.

The girls had earmarked getting ‘revenge’ after being knocked out 4-3 by the same team last season in the semi final. Croxley then went on to win the final, so we beat the defending champions. Presdales started fast and kept their foot on the accelerator throughout. They were 3-0 up at half time with Croxley only fashioning one half chance. They were all excellent goals with a quite astonishing 35 yard strike from Liv White bringing gasps from the stands and also from me! I had privately being saying to myself ‘no, don’t shoot from there, you’re too far out’…..and then an absolute rocket rippled the roof of the net! This was Liv’s second after rounding the keeper and finishing calmly to put Presdales in front early in the match. Keira Gale scored a third with a lovely mazy run and controlled finish into the corner.

It was a huge pitch for their age group but with a big squad, we were able to rotate as necessary when the girls got tired without losing our shape or structure. This paid dividends with Annabel Guy coming back onto the pitch after a deserved rest and within minutes showing her electric speed to run past the Croxley defence and smash a brilliant left foot finish into the top of the net to make it 4-0.

Lots of preparation went into getting the team ready for this match and you could feel their confidence ahead of the match. I’m so happy for the girls, especially after seeing the tears from the U13s last week when they narrowly lost their cup final. It’s been a real privilege to be part of the journey to the final with you girls. It’s a significant achievement to win a County Cup in a very strong county, and to win it so convincingly is all credit to you as a group of players.

Marlee Seymour was voted PoM by the Sponsor for the match, well done Marlee! I found it extremely difficult to pick my Player of the Match as all of the girls played so well. In the end, I’ve gone for a joint PoM to Liv White and Aleks Ivaskevicuite who were both outstanding.

Also, special mention to Poppy Ward who has only recently started in goal for the U14s. She has done so well despite having virtually no experience of playing in goal at club level. Clearly a natural! Congratulations to all of you!! A fitting end to a fantastic season getting to the last 32 of the National Cup, and becoming County Champions!

U14s District Cup

Congratulations to our U14s who completed the ‘Double’ by winning the District Football Cup with a 4-0 win against Goffs Academy yesterday. This follows their win in the County Cup Final against Croxley Danes last week by exactly the same scoreline!

The girls dominated the match throughout and whilst it wasn’t their best performance of the season, the result was never in doubt. It took the girls a while to find their rhythm but once they did, they started to play some lovely football. Two goals in each half without reply made it a fairly comfortable afternoon.

Such a talented group of girls who are always fully committed and give everything on the pitch. They are a truly lovely group to work with. This was the last football match of this academic year and a fitting end to a truly great season for our U14s.

Goals were from Mia Schillaci Rowland, Marlee Seymour x 2 and Amy Little. Coaches PotM was the whole team. Well done to all the girls!


Athletics

Well done to all of our athletes who took part in our first county league event on Wednesday last week! A great start to the league with lots of top 3 finishes across both age groups and events!


Rounders

Well done to the Year 9 and Year 10 rounders teams who played at home against Simon Balle this week!

The Year 9 team unfortunately lost 6 & 1/2 to 8 rounders. POM was Olivia Holme.

The Year 10 team won 7 & 1/2 to 2 & 1/2! POM was Honey Hudson. Well done girls, great afternoon in the sun!

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Handball

U13 Handball Regional Champions!!

Huge congratulations to our Year 8’s who won their group last week, not losing a game! They faced Herts and Essex in the semi-final, winning 4-2 securing our place at the National Finals in June. In the final, the girls then won 2-0 against Northampton School for Girls to become Regional Champions! The girls were brilliant all day, with a long journey to Nottingham and back! You were all amazing but player of the tournament was Lilianna Sopala. Bring on the Nationals!!


Football

It was a case of ‘so near yet so far’ for the U13s Football team last week losing 2-3 in the County Cup Final to Parmiters. Presdales dominated possession and created a lot of chances. We could have potentially been 3-0 after 20 minutes, but found ourselves 1-0 down to a goal which came from a long kick out from the Parmiters GK and bounced over our defence. It was clear that Parmiters tactics was to pack their defence, sit deep and then hit long balls to their dangerous centre forward. This made it difficult to break them down but the girls responded well with Liv White scoring two exceptional goals to go into half time 2-1 ahead. The first goal came from a beautiful pass from Ava Mcmanus which took out the Parmiters defence with Liv taking it on her chest, swivelling and hitting it in one seamless movement.

In the second half, Presdales enjoyed total control for the first 15 minutes, but couldn’t find the back of the net to make the game more comfortable. Unfortunately, Parmiters then equalised from another long ball to their Centre Forward who drove through our defence and scored at the near post. With the game finely balanced and approaching the final 10 minutes, Presdales missed a couple of good chances including one which hit the underside of the bar, bounced down but was judged not to have gone fully over the line. With only two minutes remaining, another long ball over our defence found their striker who battled her way past some valiant defence. Her shot was initially well saved by Liv Beswick but fortuitously rebounded back out and the striker managed to finish it off at the second attempt. The girls never stopped trying until the final whistle blew but ultimately there just wasn’t enough time to recover so late in the game.

The U13s have done the school proud with their performances to reach the final and certainly could not have put in any more effort in the final. This is great experience and still a fantastic achievement to finish 2nd in a very competitive county for football. Next year girls!!

Player of the match – The Whole Team!


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Please see more student achievements in non-school sporting activities on our PE Facebook page. We have recently had student successes in Hockey, Tap Dancing, Football, Trampolining and Acro Gymnastics!

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