Winter Sports Review 2017/2018

personAuthor: J Desmondwatch_laterPosted: 14th May 2018 11:29 HXPE1351

The 2016-17 academic year saw Hall Cross achieve the bronze award for sporting excellence by the School Games committee. This is a prestigious award and it is thanks to all of the staff and students who put the effort in to make our extra-curricular programme so successful at Hall Cross. With over 230 fixtures already played by the Easter break, it has been another very successful and busy start to the school year. With the summer season about to start, there are plenty more fixtures coming up.

Girls Football
The girls football team have participated in a number of competitions during this year. There have been lots of new faces throughout the season with some girls playing football for their very first time. It has been great to see the numbers increase since Christmas and we have decided to keep girls football going into the summer term on a Tuesday after school.

The Y7/8 team had a mixture of wins, draws and losses this season as they have competed in a local league against schools around Doncaster. There were some outstanding performances by Frankie Davidson, Sophie Cutts, Ruby Barker and Eva Dawson in Year 8. A special mention must also go to Zahra Shahzad in Year 8 as she has improved and developed into an excellent defender and tackler! In Year 7 it has been great to welcome Poppy Chambers to the team and she has become a great asset and an excellent captain! We also couldn’t be without Riley Warne and Heavenly Graves as they have been reliable and dedicated players from September. Our best game this season has to be against Rossington in the league where lots of goals were scored and we eventually won 6-0.

The Y9s have also been involved in the girls football this year and have participated in a number of local friendly fixtures. Lily Hodgkinson, Hannah Cusack and Ellie Wright have all continued to impress with their level of skill and knowledge of the game. It was great to see all three girls play in a friendly fixture with some of the older students and showing themselves to be excellent in possession and keeping control of the ball. Another mention must go to Holly Barham who has continued to improve her football skills this year and has participated in the friendly matches.

Finally, on a Wednesday afternoon there have been a dedicated number of sixth-form students who have attended training on a weekly basis. Jade, Liv, Alexia, Georgiana and Diana in Y12 and Chantelle and Naya in Y13 have all demonstrated commitment to improving a range of skills and were finally rewarded with a friendly fixture just before the Easter break. We are all looking forward to starting back football again in September. Well done girls!

Cross Country
The cross country season began back in October with eight Y7/8 students travelling to a school in Hull to compete in a cross country cup. It was a calm but cold afternoon with the course twisting and turning around the school field. All students demonstrated an excellent level of effort, ensuring they finished the race with a sprint finish. One notable performance on the day was Joe Jenkins finishing in 10th place.

The second event was the annual area cross country competition where students were racing to try and finish in the top ten in each category. If students placed high enough in their race, they were selected for the cross country race against schools from South Yorkshire. The area competition is held around the hills next to the Keepmoat stadium. Hall Cross students from across all year groups competed on either the 3km or 5km course that included a hill or 3!

There were some excellent performances on the day with James Wharfe (Y7) finishing in 1st place and Logan Nellis (Y7) finishing in 3rd place in the Y7 race. Joe Jenkins (Y8) finished in 4th place in the Y8/9 race.

There were also some notable exceptional performances from the sixth form students. Molly Butterworth sailed through the early rounds to reach the English Schools Cross Country race that has students from all over England competing for their respective counties. Molly competed for South Yorkshire and was able to beat her 97th best place finish last year to finishing 25th out of over 300 competitors! This performance also contributed to the South Yorkshire team achieving a silver medal overall. Joe Phillips has also shown his ability to run well in a cross country course and has competed in the National Cross country race this year at Parliament Hill in London. He finished with a time of 22.44 and placed 144 out of 356 competitors. He also competed in the South Yorkshire schools cross country and finished in 8th place.

A number of students across Y7-10 competed in the annual indoor athletics competition at EIS, in Sheffield, in January. There were some fantastic performances across the competition but the most notable come from Tilly Boyd, who won the U13 girls triple jump and 60m. George Fisher and Callie Ramshaw managed 2nd place in the U15 1500m, Maddie Langham and Amy Bailey both came 2nd in their 200m finals, with Amy also securing 2nd place in the U15 girls long jump with a jump of 4.45m. Elisha Raja came 3rd in the final of the U15 girls 60m with a very fast run. Daniel Johnson ran a strong 400m for the U15 boys, placing 2nd in his heat. Kian Docherty and James Wharfe came 3rd in U13 boys 200m and 400m respectively. Overall, it was a very tough competition and all of the students represented Hall Cross well, displaying exceptional sporting prowess throughout the day. Overall, the U15 girls came 3rd in Doncaster and the U13 girls came 2nd, only by 2 points to Hayfield. Everyone enjoyed the day and a chance meeting with Anthony Joshua topped it off, especially as some of the boys managed to have pictures taken with him!

Following on from this competition, the Y8 girls team of Tilly Boyd, Frankie Davidson, Maddie Langham, Abbie McKinstrey, Paulina Nager, Grace Brookes and Amelia Grzyb, qualified for the South Yorkshire School Games finals in the sportshall athletics in March. They competed against the top teams from Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster. They were up against some very tough competition but they received a bronze medal, earning themselves the title of ‘Y8 girls’ champions of Doncaster’. Well done girls!

There are more athletics events to look forward to before the end of the year.


The girls netball has been a real success this year across all year groups. Each year group have competed in league matches and tournaments across doncaster. The girls have shown passion,determination and dedication every week resulting in extremely high numbers attending practice through Year 7 right up to Year 13.

Year 7

Our Year 7 team has been made up of girls who have all been new to netball this year. They have shown excellent commitment, turning up every week. They have shown so much improvement from their first game, against Hungerhill back in September, to how they played in their tournament in March. Abigail Shaw and Riley Warne have been our solid defence and we had an amazing appearance from Anais Powell, who earned the WOM, in the tournament. Evie Caygill and Poppy Chambers have worked together in our attacking circle with Milly Jones, Neve McCoy-Nesham and Saviola Hekuri making up our centre court.

Year 8
Frankie Davidson captains the year 8 team and they have had a really strong season this year under her leadership, winning the majority of their matches across Doncaster. Their highlight match was against Balby Carr, beating them 16-0. The defence were on fire resulting in a clean sweep, with amazing performances by Emma Bailey, Yasmin Greenfield and Jessica Storr. Amelia Jurzysta and Paulina Nager, along with Melike Eradin, created problems for the defense by easily working the ball into the attacking circle. Our centre court players, Eve Dawson, Frankie Davidson and Sophie Cutts have each made brilliant interceptions and strong passes, working the ball effortlessly down court to create shooting opportunities. To finish the season off, the girls came third in the Doncaster Schools netball tournament, sadly missing out on the final by goal difference. Looking forward to next season girls!

Year 9
The year 9 team, captained by Amy Bailey, have also had a good season. They regularly have enough players at training to make almost 3 teams. They qualified for the semi-finals of the Doncaster tournament, losing out narrowly to Hungerhill. WOM was Monica Ogbe, who demonstrated great passion and commitment throughout. Jenna Davies and Amy Bailey often work their magic within the attacking circle, creating opportunities to score and causing problems for the opposition. Katie Walton provides a solid defence as GD, making the opposition work hard and showing a solid, clean performance every game. Katie Nicholson often changes the game around, making terrific interceptions and creating a turnover of possession. They can only get stronger going in to year 10!

6th Form
We have had an amazing turn out for post 16’s this year, this has resulted in creating a phenomenal 2 teams for sixth form netball. They started their netball journey as a team competing in a tournament at Sheffield, this was a great start in terms of experience and familiarisation. The team have grown in confidence and ability through their enrichment practices on a Wednesday afternoon. They have had tough competition against Sheffield Girls High School and Wickersley. However, we met our match against Birkdale.

Unfortunately, Millie Skelhorn was injured during this match and was subbed off. Both the A and B team had amazing, nail biting matches. Karoline Hansen was a solid defender, this was the first match where she stood out. The B team were victorious, winning Birkdale comfortably. The A team however had a more challenging match on their hands, Lauren Sharp had an incredible performance for the defence intercepting and forcing turnovers. Rachel Thacker was calm and held it together under the immense pressure, scoring goals to result in a draw. Hopefully both these teams will carry on playing in Y13 to continue the successful netball journey!

Girls Hockey
This year has seen an increased number of Key Stage 3 representatives. This was influenced by the Yr 7 Inter – form hockey tournament held on 24/10/17. Consistent numbers have attended Monday nights training and competed regularly along side and with many of the Yr 7 & 8 boys. These sessions were ably supported by our Yr 13 hockey player Naya Dack. Fixtures were spread out across the Autumn and Winter terms rotating between us, Hayfield and Trinity.

Our first fixture at Hayfield included pupils from Yr 8 through to Yr 12. Alicia Chapman, Katie Walton, Hannah Cusack, Millie Skelhorn, Jenni Reeve, Frankie Davidson, Xoana Kondi, Cleo Buck, Lucia Waterhouse, Ruby Barker and Georgia O Malley. The result did not quite go our way as many of Hayfield’s players had played regularly with each other.

We held our first home fixture on the 11th Oct and again a mixture of Yr groups played Hayfield and Trinity. Naya Dack, Sanchia Roworth, Millie Skelhorn of the sixth form were joined by Cleo Buck, Lauren Brett, AJ Chapman from Yr 10, Hannah Cusack and Katie Walton of Yr 9 and Georgia O Malley and Lucia Waterhouse of Yr 8. As usual Hayfield arrived with impressive numbers whilst we mixed and matched with Trinity to get matches played.

25th October was the first fixture for the newly formed Yr 7 team. Many of the girls selected had demonstrated confidence and determination in the mixed Inter – form competition the night before. A good turn out and some strong performances – Rosie Kelly, Heavenly J Graves, Riley Warne, Poppy Chambers, Nikita Bennetts – McBride, Keira Broadhead, Milly Jones, Kushveer Kaur and Priya Kaur.

To play the U15’s we did our normal trick of including Yr 8, 9 & 10’s. The girls did a very good job of working together despite their age differences. Lauren Brett scored a couple of goals with Sophie Cutts supporting her. Lucia Waterhouse and Alicia Chapman controlled the defence whilst Cleo Buck, Georgia O Malley and Frankie Davidson were the midfielders being the playmakers and engines of the team.

Fixtures continued up to and after Christmas with many of the same faces playing for whichever team needed them. At one fixture sadly we had limited numbers of Key Stage 4 and so the girls happily mixed with girls from Hayfield and Trinity. Whilst results were not recorded the atmosphere and the skills demonstrated by all of the girls were impressive.

One full 11 a side match was played mixing up girls from Hayfield, Trinity and Hall Cross. This match saw some new faces from Hall Cross – Anita Waksmanska (Yr 11), Lisa Yang & Cola Liao (Yr 10) playing alongside Naya Dack, Sanchia Roworth (both Y 13), Hannah Cusack and Katie Walton (Yr 9). With continued attendance and practice the girls would have made a strong team however other commitments meant that these girls were unable to fully commit to regularly playing.

Hannah Cusack has done an excellent job of rounding up the troops to ensure that we have had as many KS3 players as possible attending training and fixtures. I cannot fault the girls’ commitment and dedication, the girls have grown in their confidence and ability.
Hannah Cusack, Katie Walton, Sanchia Roworth, Naya Dack and Frankie Davidson have all represented and been part of Doncaster Hockey Club whilst Frankie has successfully been selected for North East U14s.

Boys Hockey
There have been over seventy hockey fixtures this year with success at all ages. The yr8 and yr9 teams both progressed to North Finals. The boys 1st XI missed out on the Yorkshire semi finals on goal difference and the u15 boys went out at the quarter final stage. The u12 A team remain unbeaten this year, and considering that most players are new to the sport, this is an outstanding achievement. A thank you from Mr Bambrough to all the captains, who have done a stirling job in getting people to training and teams organised for games. The picture below shows the u13s after they won the South Yorkshire round of the Mini Hockey tournament at Hill House.

The picture below shows the u14 team after their victory at the Yorkshire cup back in February. They went undefeated all day in the process conceding only one goal. The final was won 1-0 against Ashville college.
The picture to the right shows the 1st XI after their disappointing exit from the Yorkshire cup. However, the day included victories against St Peters, York, Scarborough College and , Silcoates. Outstanding performances from Ben Stoves and Tayyab Rehman were the cornerstone of our victories.
The picture below shows the u13s after they won the South Yorkshire round of the Mini Hockey tournament at Hill House.

Well done to all the boys that played this year, let’s hope for better next year.

Boys Football
Hall Cross football has continued to thrive this season with high numbers of participants across all year groups. We have had just over 50 football fixtures across all the age groups and a win percentage of 65%. This demonstrates the teams have built on the promises of last season and have had another successful season. This accumulated with, once again, Hall Cross highly represented in Doncaster Schools’ F.A. Cup Finals, where we have got to the final at years 7, 9, 11 and sixth form. The finals night is fast approaching and, hopefully, we can take all 4 trophies home!

The newly formed year 7 team, under the management of Mr Read, started the campaign in the ESFA Cup against a strong team from Manor School. Unfortunately, this ended in defeat but, since then, they have gone from strength to strength and have developed an impressive record. The highlight to date was the Doncaster Cup semi-final victory against Campsmount, which saw Hall Cross come out 2-1 winners. The performance showed real character and determination, holding on to reach the final under the pressure of a relentless Campsmount attack. Numerous players have stood out, in particular, Sam Jackson, Ewan Whittaker in defence and Jamie Wilde in goal, who was instrumental in the semi-final victory.

Hall Cross Y7 Football team
The year 8 team has had a mixed season which has seen various highs and lows. Early cup exits in the National and S.Yorks competitions left the team disappointed, but a strong performance in the league against Balby soon got the boys back on track. The season ended in a couple of league defeats against strong Hayfield and Hungerhill teams but the team showed some encouraging signs that should breed confidence and increase expectations for next season. Top performers included Kian Doherty and Will Wood, who both demonstrated excellent commitment throughout the season.

The year 9 team had another impressive season reaching the latter stages stages of the National Cup, reaching the semi-Final of the S.Yorks Cup and the final of the Doncaster Cup. They performed gallantly in the early rounds of the ESFA Cup beating some very sides along the way. They eventually lost out Wolfreton 3-2, however they had a number of key players missing. Who knows how far the team could have gone with a full strength side? They just missed out on a chance to win the S.Yorks Cup by losing to eventual winners in the semi-final, a team they had previously beaten. Hopefully, the lads will come away with some silverware at the end of the season by winning the Doncaster Cup, a competition they have won the last two seasons.

Year 10s have had a mixed season, an early exit on penalties in the South Yorkshire Cup was followed by a thumping 7 v 1 victory against De Warenne in the league. A changed team thrived and responded excellently to the earlier criticism. The team performances continued to fluctuate throughout the season, they experienced the lows of losing to Rossington in the cup semi final and the highs of beating, arguably, the best team in the league. Next year, in the team’s final season, they will be hoping to finish strong and reach their full potential. To achieve this, they must show more commitment by having the strongest team available for all matches.

The Y11 have had their best season since playing for Hall Cross. The team has performed well all season and this is mainly down to excellent team spirit, committed performances and hard work. Their best performances came in the ESFA Cup; hopes of winning the competition remained strong in the early rounds. They beat a Horizon team, who eventually won the S.Yorks Cup, in what was the best result of the season. There have been many top performers, including solid defending from James Francis and Robson Morgan, creative midfield play from Juflor and Ramzi and Jack Harvey has been a revelation up front since coming back in the side. Special mention has to go to Lirak Hasani who has undoubted quality. All at Hall Cross wish him well as he will be leaving us in the summer to start his professional career with Doncaster Rovers. Overall, the lads have demonstrated high quality performances performance and have been a credit to the school, showing determination and discipline throughout their five years. They have been dedicated to training and matches and they can look back in pride to what has been a successful side. Hopefully some of the players will be returning next season to represent the first team.

Hall Cross Y11 team
Finally, the 1st team has had the strongest team and the best season for a long time. The side is comprised of many skillful individuals who are all comfortable on the ball. This has led, under the guidance of Mr Becks, to them playing some of the most attractive football that you could wish to see. This exciting brand of football has also transferred in winning football matches. This is evident by the successful cup runs in both the ESFA cup and S.Yorks where they reached the quarter and semi final respectively. The 1st team will be hoping to beat a strong Balby side in the final of the Doncaster Cup which would cap off a wonderful season. The Y13, who will be soon leaving us, will be sadly missed, many of whom who have been playing football with HX since Y7.

Table tennis
Arguably the biggest growing sport at Hall Cross is table tennis, this highlighted by the large number of students participating in the lunch time clubs at both lower and upper school. You only have to walk into the gym at lunch to see a crowded room full of enthusiastic pupils enjoying the sport and developing their skills. As result of all the practise that the pupils were getting this meant we have had an extremely successful season in the Doncaster league. We entered teams from Y8-11 and played 7 different schools from across the town. We started the campaign with victory against Campsmount winning 7-4 at KS3 and 5-4 at KS4. This winning streak continued for the next 3 games until we met Hayfield who we narrowly lost to. We then went the remainder of the season unbeaten which meant we finished with 6 victories and one defeat. Subsequently this put us second in the table and into the final against Hayfield. We went into the final as underdogs hoping to avenge the defeat from earlier on in the season. Unfortunately, we narrowly lost despite a gallant effort and some extremely close matches. All the lads who represented the school should be extremely proud of their achievements. However, notable performers include Joe Jenkins at Y8, George Fisher and Ashley McCreath at Y9, Kyle Ferguson at Y10 and Tayyab Rehman and Ladislav Horvath at Y11. Hall Cross table continues to go from strength to strength and hopefully with even more practise we go one further and win the league next year.

Hall Cross competing in the TT final v Hayfield

Badminton fixtures started back in January with high expectations following a successful season last year. The KS4 team of Max Joynes, Blake Brown, Harry Langley, Sivaanan Sivaanbu, Dlaxan Sriskantharajah, Max Davidson, Charlie Graham and Matthew Sculthorpe was an extremely formidable team. The team possesses lots of experience and skill and started the campaign with victory against Armthorpe. They went on to play another 4 fixtures, only losing the one fixture. The KS3 team wasn’t quite as successful despite a victory or two, however,they have a few years of practise to get to the standard that the current KS4 team has set.
Hall Cross take on Hayfield in a league fixture
The summer term extracurricular programme has continued to provide badminton at lunchtimes and on a Monday night after school. There has been a high number of pupils in attendance all of which are making excellent progress. If this continues, the future looks bright for badminton at Hall Cross.
Pupils developing their skills during a lunchtime club

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