We have started the school year well, with over 30 fixtures already played. Year 7’s have settled in to extra curricular well and are enjoying the wide variety of activities that we offer here at Hall Cross!
Football training is at lower school on a Thursday evening. Y7/8 have played 2 games in the league against Hungerhill and Hayfield. They won both matches, scoring 10 goals so far and only conceding 3. Y7/8 have also played in the EFL Girls football tournament for Doncaster schools and were crowned champions, beating Selby High School on penalties! They will now go onto represent Doncaster Foundation in the next round in January. It has been great to see new additions to the team . Cadie Pickering, Isla Dawson and Lily Scott have joined us from Y7 and Alicia Olsen, in Y8, is now our goal keeper. Y10/11 have also played 2 games against Hungerhill and Hayfield. There have been a wide variety of girls playing across this age group, which has been good to see.
The KS3 and KS4 boys football season has started with playing fixtures in the National Cup against a variety of teams across the region. The league season does not start until February so it is a chance for the teams to make progress in the cup.
The new Y7 team have made an encouraging start despite defeat in their first game against a strong Westfield team. It was fantastic to see so many Y7 pupils turn up to training and picking a squad of 13 proved extremely difficult. We have also had new players join the older age groups and despite a couple of tight games going against us the quality of football being played has been extremely pleasing. The South Yorkshire Cup games will be played this half term so each team will be hoping to build on the progress made so far and reach the later rounds of the competition.
The first team (Y12/13) have made a really impressive start to the league campaign. Having finished runners up last season the team is hoping to go one better this year. We are currently sitting top of the table after winning 3 out of the first 4 games. The only defeat came in a close encounter against New College. The reverse fixture is just before christmas and we lads will be looking to avenge the defeat as it will be an important game in deciding who wins the title come the end of the season.
The rugby fixtures are well under way for the boys and girls this season. Training for the boys is on a monday and the girls a thursday the attendance has been fantastic, a new wednesday lunchtime club has been launched to hone skills indoors. 17 fixtures have already taken place across year 7-9 with some fantastic performances all around. The year 9 time have progressed in the Yorkshire cup and the girls will soon be looking to defend their South Yorkshire games title. The fixtures will revert to saturday mornings from now on against traditional opponents from across the region including Wickersley, Wath and Kings Pontefract. Lets keep it going!
The netball season has started strongly and has been very busy so far! Training is on a Monday night at lower school for Y7,8,9 with Miss Hill and matches have been taking place on a Wednesday after school. We play in the Rotherham school’s leagues, which is very tough competition at times.
There has been a huge interest in netball so far this year having around 40 girls turning up to training every week!
The Y7’s have made a really positive start and the improvement they have made from the start of the season has been noticeable. They have played Swinton, Wath and Hungerhill so far this season and have been so close with every match, missing out by 1 or 2 goals each time. I am positive they will come out with a win over the next 7 weeks leading up to Christmas. Freya Hamill (WD) and Teni Oki Osi (GK) have have been nominated players of the match so far. We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this fresh new team.
The Y8’s have started the season where they left off last year, entering the Rotherham league as Doncaster Champions, and they have won every match. They had a tough first match against Wickersley, but managed to keep their winning streak. They then went on to play Hungerhill where they produced an amazing performance, winning 24-2. Kenzie Salmon has been awarded the most player of the matches. The team, captained by Elina, have demonstrated amazing sportsmanship and dedication so far. We are hopeful they will win the Doncaster netball tournament for the second year in a row! We are also pleased to announce Freya Williams, Priya Kaur and Elina Solovjova have been accepted into playing for Leeds Rhinos Netball Club.
The Y9’s have increased in numbers this year, having a squad total of 13. They are all dedicated to training which has made picking teams difficult. The talent and improvement they have shown from Y7 is incredible. Phoebe Harper is also another one of our students from Hall Cross who has been accepted into playing for Leeds Rhinos Netball Club. The improvement in her game play and shooting is noticeable. The team, captained by Abigail Shaw, need to stay focused and stick together throughout the year and into Y10.
The Y11 team have shown incredible passion and dedication towards netball throughout their time at Hall Cross. The team have stuck together from Y7 and it really shows in their game play. Captained by Amy Bailey, they have shown commitment and sportsmanship throughout all their matches. They played a tough match at the start of the season, winning against Wickersley. It has been a pleasure coaching this team and we are excited to watch them grow throughout the rest of the season.
The swimming club runs on a Monday after school at upper school. We welcome swimmers of all abilities and regularly have more than 20 students across all year groups attending each week. We have a couple of galas scheduled against Hill House and Queen Ethelburga’s in the new year and hope to field a strong team to compete against them.
We are lucky enough to have Callie and Harvey from Y12 &13 who coach at our swimming club. Both of them are national standard swimmers, with Callie currently ranking 4th in the country for 1500m freestyle in her age group. Harvey is also the head coach of the Junior Development Squad for D.A.R.T.E.S, the elite swimming club in Doncaster.
Turnout for Hockey has been great so far, especially at Lunchtimes at Lower. All Boys teams have played at least one match so far. U16 scored some good goals to win 6-1 vs Yarm. Despite a defeat in their first game, U14 came back to beat Loughborough 1-0.
The 1st Team have now built a good squad and have been training really hard. The outstanding performance of the season so far has to be the 1st team vs the Old boys. This year we welcomed back Old boy Barry Middleton (Recently retired from GB) and the 1st team included many of our promising U16 team. A 5-2 loss was an excellent result.
Girls hockey has shown a big increase in numbers and they enjoyed some home and away fixtures vs Queen Ethelberga’s, with some victories along the way. There are enough players to enter the South Yorkshire Tournaments at U16 and U14 level which is fantastic. 16 new Y7 students also enjoyed a coaching session at Doncaster HC, where we hope many of our players will join. The first hockey social is planned for Wednesday 20th November at Doncaster Ten Pin Bowling at 7pm. We hope to see many there!