Testbourne Sports Awards Evening 2013
In the wake of what has been a spectacular year of sport in the UK, Testbourne PE Department hopes to play its part in ‘Inspiring a Generation’ by hosting our first ever Sports Awards Evening, during the Summer Term. The idea is to celebrate the sporting achievements of our students, both in the commitment they demonstrate by representing Testbourne and also to recognise the sporting prowess and success achieved by students outside of school.
The evening will include the presentation of ‘Half’ and ‘Full’ Colours Awards, for all those who have shown a sustained commitment to sport during their time at Testbourne. ‘Player of the Year’ awards for all our Testbourne Teams, across all year groups; ‘Team of the Year’, as well as ‘Representational Honours’ for those who have competed in their sport beyond school level, i.e. County, Regional, National and International Level. If any company is willing to sponsor the event or an award/prize please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks, in advance, for your support. The PE Department.
Year 11 Rugby Boys Thrash Local Opposition
The Year 11 team was dominant in their recent win over John Hanson recording a 41-0 victory. A late surge saw the point count double in the last 15 minutes of the game where Testbourne dominated in every aspect. Well done to the boys.
Despite the weather the Year 7 and 8 Schools County Cross Country meet was successfully held at Down Grange in Basingstoke. Nine Testbourne students represented Andover District alongside fellow Andover runners from local schools in an event that had approximately 140 students per race. Testbourne students coped tremendously well most notably Harry Richardson who came 5th. Other runners included Jack Rampton, Matt Butler, Lennie Sims, Adam Jones, Alice Monaghan, Jasmine McClutchie, Meghan Kail, and Rhys Stevens. Well done team for braving the conditions and making it around the muddy course
Year 7 Boys 6 Runs from Victory
The year 7 indoor cricket team recently took part in the Basingstoke Schools District Indoor Cricket competition. The first round was a bye for us but the semi-final pitted us against Brighton Hill Sports College. Testbourne set a huge 142 from 10 overs and it was looking like an easy win until BHCC’s last batsman flat batted his way to 79. In the end Testbourne were deserved winners by 10 runs.
The final saw Testbourne take on Costello. Costello set a reasonable target of 86 meaning Testbourne required 9 an over to win. A bad start saw us losing quick wickets to a good bowling attack. Testbourne rallied and despite losing wickets steadily clawed away at the total. Needing 10 from the last over, then 6 from 3 balls, unfortunately a risky run for a 3 resulted in a narrow run out. Testbourne losing by 6 runs.
Tom Benke, Brad Harris, Sam Dancer, Alex Bundy, George Bulpuitt, Harry Lockett (Front left to back left)
Students Brave Muddy Conditions In National Championships
Congratulations to Ollie Butler and Gemma Wildash in Year 11 and Lucy Wildash in Year 9, who were all selected to represent Hampshire in the English School’s Cross country Championship in Derby on the 16th March. They are talented young athletes who ran admirably in cold and muddy conditions. Congratulations to them on showing such toughness and tenacity and representing their County so well.
Girls’ Five-a-Side Power League Tournaments
The competitions were held over four weeks at Brighton Hill – Testbourne entered a Year 7 and a Year 8 team, plus a combined team from Years 9 and 10. The Year 7 team appeared a little overwhelmed at first by the speed and physical nature of the games, and only good goalkeeping from Niamh Mathias and Eleanor McBarron allowed the team to remain competitive. Despite losing four out of their five fixtures, the girls remained determined and didn’t allow their heads to drop at any point.
The Year 8 team, however, fared much better – they won all five of their group games, conceding only three goals in the process. They advanced through to the semi-finals (beating Bishop Challoner 2-0 after extra time) and then onto the final, where they defeated Brighton Hill 2-1. Congratulations to the girls for their success. Special mention goes to Katie Savage for her resolute defending and also to Alice Monaghan for the sheer amount of goals that she scored!
The girls from Years 9 and 10 had a bad week (losing the first three of their group games), followed by a good week (winning two and losing one) - unfortunately, the first set of results gave the team a proverbial mountain to climb in week two and, despite strong performances from Alisha Richardson and Frankie Wright, the team failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
Boys’ Football Results
The boys’ football season is drawing to a close, but there are still a few fixtures that are outstanding. We are looking forward to seeing the complete league tables once all of the games have been played – we will, of course, share these with you once they have been compiled
|Year 8||Year 9||Year 10|
v Harrow Way
v Harrow Way
v John Hanson
Year 8 Girls Progress to Regional Finals in Somerset
The Year 8 girls’ cricket team has won through to select Hampshire in the Sothern Regional Finals to be held in Somerset. The first game in a four-way tournament held at Eversley Indoor Cricket School last week had Testbourne bowling first against Connaught. An easy victory meant we progressed into the final against Kings School, Winchester. Bowling first Testbourne bowled Kings out for 36. Batting second it took only four overs to knock off the required runs and the girls progress to the next round as Hampshire Indoor Cricket Champions. Well done.
Front left to back left:
Phoebe Al Noah, Rosie Walker, Niamh Wray, Katie Savage, Alice Monaghan, Rosie Traynor, Molly Davies, Emily Strickland
Year 7/8 Girls’ Tag Tournament 2013
Despite freezing weather conditions, a decision was taken by all participating and their students to play the Girls’ Tag Rugby Tournament, which had been postponed twice due to unfavourable weather conditions.
With a total of 7 teams participating from Testbourne, Harrow Way, Test Valley and John Hanson, each of the teams had 6 games to play during the course of the afternoon. Our 2 Year 7 teams played against each other in the opening game which saw Testbourne 3 beating their peers by a single try. With another win against the 2nd of the Harrow Way teams meant that Testbourne 3 finished in 5thth place overall. Due to illness the Testbourne 2 team were down to the bare minimum of 6 players throughout the tournament and having no subs certainly took its toll on the team, finishing in 6th place overall. Although they didn’t give up and fought bravely throughout the afternoon. There was some excellent support play and lines of running demonstrated by both Year 7 teams, who should be extremely proud of the effort and teamwork during the course of the tournament.
The Year 8 Team played incredibly well, demonstrating superb to alertness intercept the ball creating many try scoring opportunities and their support play was excellent, rendering them able to recycle the ball quickly, catching their opponents off guard. Their tactical awareness was also far superior to their opponents, which was reflected by the 46 tries they scored throughout the afternoon and giving them the title of Year 7 & 8 Girls’ Tag Rugby Champions 2013!
Both Alice Monaghan and Rachel McCallum were just one vote away from claiming the title of overall Player of the Tournament, which was awarded to Tia from the Harrow Way first team.
A special mention should also go to Amy Hyde, who so wanted to be a part of the Tournament, despite a broken leg, that she braved the cold and helped with the score keeping throughout the afternoon. In addition, our Year 11 Students: Eliot Kerr, Jack Nightingale, Connor Norris, Olly Maxwell, Amy Farmer and Kate Eagleton, did a fantastic job of organising and coaching the teams as well as refereeing. The tournament would not have been able to be played without your help and support – so many thanks!
With many of the games in the early part of the season having to be rearranged, this has been a busy half term Netball-wise.
There is a healthy number off year 7’s interested in playing Netball and as such it has been a difficult job to pick a team of 7 for each fixture, whilst at the same time trying to maintain some continuity. However the Year 7’s have improved game on game, with some outstanding episodes of play, including some blocking out of the GA from the circle, in their game against Test Valley, and for anyone who is not familiar with the game this is advanced tactical play, for any team shows an amazing understanding of the game from the year 7’s! Despite winning as they went into the final quarter in this game and identifying that this was the quarter they usually lost in, in previous games, the year 7’s couldn’t quite hold off the shooting of the ‘very tall’ Goal Attack and lost this game by 2 goals. However, felt that it was their best game of the season by far. Next came the challenge from Winton and saw the year 7’s win their first game of the season; a friendly, yet competitive game in which the 7’s got their just desserts, finishing the league in 4th place.
The Year 8’s not only dominated the Andover Schools Netball League, winning all of their matches but also attended the Year 8 Basingstoke Schools Tournament, in which 13 local teams competed.
The following report was written by Niamh Wary, captain for the Tournament:
“The Year 8 Girls Basingstoke & District Schools Netball Tournament was a great success for me and my teammates. With bitterly cold weather conditions, it took a lot of teamwork and determination. There were 2 pools in the competition and we competed against 6 other teams in Pool B. We won all games except for one, which we drew against The Hurst, 2 -2. It then came down to goal difference and unfortunately we were placed as runners up, meaning that we had to play the winners of Pool A, Bishop Challoner A, in the semi-finals. At full time the scores were even, so our teachers decided that we’d decided the outcome by scoring a ‘golden goal’. So that the start of this final period was fair, who started with the centre pass was decided by the toss of a coin, which Bishop Challoner won. However, excellent reactions by Jasmine McClutchie saw her intercept the centre pass and then the rest of the team worked the ball down to our goal circle, where Emily Strickland, who had had an outstanding tournament scored the winning goal.
So then we were in the final against The Hurst, who had also won their semi- final. It was a difficult game but all members of the team kept their heads and seemed to step it up a gear.”
At this point Niamh was very modest - so I (Mrs Lloyd) stepped in:
With another outstanding game from Jasmine McClutchie, together with excellent mid court play from Alice Monaghan, Olivia Tanner and Molly Davies and astonishingly accurate shooting of Emily Strickland, was complimented by an impressive defence which combined the agility of Niamh Wray and the extraordinary reach of Rosie Traynor with super subs, Rosie Walker, Phoebe Al Noah and Ellie Abley, to ensure that we came away with the tournament title! A well-deserved victory!!! Well done girls!! Back to Niamh:
“We were really pleased with the result and went home with the winners medals”!!