School Sports Teams
The Year 5/6 Girls’ Cricket Team progressed to the North Yorkshire finals at Knaresborough in June, and faced some stiff competition from as far afield as Whitby, Harrogate and Selby under blue skies and sunshine. Their fielding stood out as being highly organised and effective, allowing no room for error for the opposition’s batters. This was complemented by some fantastic batting performances. After winning eight games and losing only one, they finished the competition as the North Yorkshire cricket champions!
In other cricketing news, the Year 4 team won the Hambleton area Drax Cup competition, fending off competition from South Otterington and Carlton Miniott to take the silverware home. This meant that they qualified for the North Yorkshire Drax Cup final, which was held in Dunnington. The team were certainly one of the better bowling sides, and were among the most prolific wicket-takers at the competition, but were out-batted by some really strong performances. After a full day of cricket, featuring some brilliant fielding and a lot of big pull shots, the team eventually finished 7th in the county – a fantastic result.
The Year 4 Hockey Team travelled to Queen Margaret’s School in Escrick on Sunday 9th July to compete in the North Yorkshire School Games, after their success in the Easingwold and Hambleton area competitions last term. They met Olympic swimmer Chris Cook, and had the opportunity to wear the red kit of Hambleton to complete against the best sides that the other regions of North Yorkshire had to offer. They performed incredibly well in the group stages, winning five games (against Harrogate, Selby, Richmondshire, Craven and Scarborough), drawing one game (York) and losing one (Ryedale). This meant that they progressed to the semi-final, in which they played against St Peter’s School, who represented Harrogate. The team lost 4-1, but only after they put up a fantastic performance against the eventual winners. In the 3rd place playoff, our team beat Our Lady’s to secure themselves the bronze medals! Chris Cook told the teams at the start of the day that ‘it’s not what you get, it’s what you give’, and in that respect, our team can be really proud of their performance – they played their hearts out in every game, and their team spirit and the way that they supported each other made them great ambassadors for our school. Well done team!
The Y6 Tag Rugby team, after finishing 3rd in the Easingwold cluster competition last term, played in the
final Hambleton round in Thirsk on a rainy July evening. In the ‘proper rugby weather’, they played four games, losing two, winning one and drawing another.
For the first time ever, Alne won the Easingwold Cluster Athletics trophy. Four children from each year represented the school in a wide range of track and field events. After some brilliant performances in the sprints and the relay events, the team ended up taking the win by one point!
Finally, we took a team to the cluster rounders competition, where they spent an evening in the sun bowling, fielding and batting their way to 4th place – an admirable result considering the highly effective and organised teams they faced during the competition!