Winter Sports Review

personAuthor: Mr A Jacobswatch_laterPosted: 12th May 2017 15:52 HXPE1351

Girls and Boys Rugby

2016/17 was a season of growth and development after the previous year’s tough challenges. All teams had an incredibly challenging, yet prosperous year with varying degrees of success.

For the first time in recent years, Hall Cross has had a number of girls participating in rugby. The girls have trained incredibly hard throughout the year with the Doncaster Knights coaches and attended many festivals, taking on teams from Rotherham, Sheffield and Barnsley. Many of the girls have also now had the chance to represent the Doncaster Girls rugby sides.

The Y7 team found themselves with a strong core of committed players and found success against many of the local Doncaster teams including a couple of brilliant wins at the ‘Doncaster Festival’.

The Y8 team went from strength to strength, with lots of impressive wins throughout the season, including a superb win against Birkdale School and victory in the Hall Cross 10s.

The Y10/11 team turned around their fortunes of last year and many of their star players performed admirably through the year. Arguably the best performance of the year was during a 10-5 loss to South Hunsley, the Yorkshire Cup runners up, who on another day we may have beaten.

Finally, we come to the 1st XV, at the start of the season many had no experience of rugby, their captain was returning from injury and scrum half also injured. This meant that in the early part of the season we recorded a number of not so narrow losses. This fortune turned around in the Birkdale 7s tournament where the boys beat a Birkdale side and a Mount St Marys side on the way to coming 4th in the competition.

The season ends for all teams on the 12th of May at the rugby dinner at Castle Park, where I hope players and staff alike will enjoy celebrating on an exceptional season.

Boys Football

Hall Cross football has continued to thrive this season with high numbers of participants across all year groups. The teams have built on the promises of last season and have had another successful season. This accumulated with once again Hall Cross dominating the annual Doncaster Schools’ F.A. Cup Finals which saw our school represented at years 7, 8 and 9. The night was a celebration of Hall Cross success and it was an excellent achievement to get three sides through to finals night.

The newly formed year 7 team started the campaign reasonably slowly with some very difficult games including an early exit in the national cup. Since then they have gone from strength to strength and have developed an impressive record losing only one game. This could be attributed to a combination of the players getting to know each other’s game and some really good coaching from Mr Jacobs. The undoubted highlight has to be the Doncaster Cup Final where the team played some of the best football seen all season and were crowned champions with a 6-0 victory.

The year 8 team had an equally successful season, as last year’s Doncaster Cup winners held onto their crown for the second consecutive season.  However, they had to do it the hard way coming from two goals down at half time against a resilient Balby to win the game 4- 2.  They also performed gallantly in the early rounds of the ESFA Cup beating a very good Meadowhead 2-1, the team that knocked them out on penalties last season. Unfortunately, progress in the national competition was halted a few rounds later when they were unlucky to lose against a strong Goole side with the last kick of extra time.

The year 9 team started the season well despite losing some key players in a number of matches. A tight game against Hungerhill in the national cup ended in defeat after extra time despite a number of impressive individual performances. They avenged this loss when the teams met in the Doncaster Cup Semi-final. Hall Cross, with a number of key players returning, dominated throughout and won the game comfortably. Unfortunately, they could not repeat this success in the final. Sir Thomas Wharton, a team they had beaten in the final the previous season got their revenge despite their goal being under constant pressure.

Year 10s have had a mixed season, an early poor performance in the South Yorkshire Cup was followed by arguably their best performance against McAuley in the league.  A changed team thrived and responded excellently to the earlier criticism. A fantastic performance by Juflor Masakidi saw him score a brace including under immense pressure a last minute penalty winner. The team performances continued to fluctuate throughout the season, they experienced the lows of losing on penalties in the cup quarter final and the highs of beating arguably the best team in the league.

The year 11 team hopes of winning the ESFA Cup remained strong in the early rounds until they met a very good Tapton team in round 4. The fixtures have been rather thin this season due to examination commitments, however the lads have performed commendably 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 on their achievements. Hopefully some of the players will be returning next season to represent the 1st team.

Finally, the 1st team have made fantastic progress this season with a number of outstanding performances particularly in the South Yorkshire Cup where they reached the semi-finals. They beat some really strong sides along the way and at times showed resilience when their backs were against the wall. In the end they were beaten by a Balby side who had also reached the national final. Had the drawn been a little more favourable then we may have progressed to the final.

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.

The season started with the annual central venue football tournament held at Balby Carr school.

The Y7/8 team had a mixture of wins, draws and losses and eventually finished in a respectable 4th place. There were outstanding performances by Lily Hodkinson, Monica Ogbe and Frankie Davidson during the evening with Hannah Cusack and Ellie Wright scoring lots of the goals! The Y8/9 team also attended this tournament after being crowned Doncaster Champions two years in a row. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be this year as the girls finished in 3rd place. This season also saw the first Y7/8 Doncaster league set up by Hall Cross, Hayfield, Hungerhill, Rossington, Armthorpe and Balby Carr. Each team played each other at a central venue held at one school. This league was a great success and gave lots of student’s experience playing competitive football. The Hall Cross girls eventually finished in 4th place after winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 2 games. Over the course of these matches the girls team saw over 20 different students participating. Captains Ruby Barker and Lily Hodgkinson can be commended for ensuring we always had a full team plus many substitutes for each of our games.

The Y8/9 team have played a mixture of 11 aside competitions and 7 aside friendlies during the season. There have been a range of results but the best result would have to be reaching the furthest they ever have in the English Schools Competition. This is a great achievement as some players do not play for clubs and have never experienced playing an 11 aside game before. There were standout performances across the season from Ellie Ball, Emily Smith and Hannah Cusack. The girls football team this year has focused on having fun and playing football! There have been many new students during the year with students really developing their skills and knowledge of the game. We are all looking forward to starting the season again in September!

Cross Country

During one cold, blustery November afternoon 32 students from Hall Cross attended the area cross country event at the Keepmoat. Students across Y7-12 competed on a 3km or 5km course that included a hill or 3!

The Y7 girls and boys team were first to compete and they completed two laps of the course. Joe Jenkins finished first for Hall Cross in 4th place, followed by William Wood (10th), Joe Higham (15th) and Anthony Thurlow (25th). In the girl’s race, the Hall Cross students all finished one after each other. Grace Brookes finished ahead in 9th place, followed by Tilly Boyd (10th), Maddie Langham (11th), and Abbie McKinstrey (12th).

Next up were the Y8/9 girls. There was some tough competition, with over 30 girls taking part. Callie Ramshaw performed exceptionally well finishing in 4th place. She was followed by Francesca Torma (14th), Amy Bailey(15th), Lauren Lowry (16th), Amy Metcalf (19th), Natalia Wierzbowska (20th), Ellie Ball (22nd), Katie Jade Darke (27th) and Katie Nicholson (28th).

The Y8/9 boys had to complete 2 laps, one small and one large. Unfortunately, Omer suffered an injury. Archie and Tru helped him and therefore did not finish the race. Daniel Johnson finished first for Hall Cross (6th overall) in a tough field. Sam Lawson (10th) finished next followed by Sam Jenkins (14th), Adam Bambrough (17th), George Fisher (18th), Freddie Haslam (20th), Roman Kirillovs (28th) Mack Warne (29th) and Alex Bambrough (31st).

In the senior races, Catherine Forrester finished in 3rd place and Max Joynes finished his race in 9th. Molly Butterworth competed for the 6th form and finished in an excellent time of 16:37.

Molly then went onto compete in the South Yorkshire schools competition and finished in 3rd place. This enabled her to qualify for the English schools race, a national race where she represented South Yorkshire against all the other counties in England. Molly finished in 97th place out of 301 runners (her best finish yet!) in a time of 15.03. Molly was able to travel to Loughborough for the cross-country championships.

The other cross country competition of the year saw the Y7 boys and girls team participate in the first round of the School Games competition. This race took part at the Keepmoat stadium with students having to compete in a 3km course. The students were all given points from their placings and the girls team scored enough points to take them through to the next round! The girls then represented Doncaster at the School Games regional round. They were up against some tough competition from Sheffield and Rotherham schools. The girls performed well on a tough course with a couple of tough hills.

Netball

Netball teams across Y7-10 have had a successful season this year. They have had some tough competition across the year but have remained strong and worked well as a team. The Y8’s, captained by Amy Bailey, have only lost one game all year against a very talented Hungerhill team and they are becoming a very strong team within the Doncaster Schools! Across Y7 and 8, the current Y8 team have only been defeated by Hungerhill in friendly fixtures, who are always very tough competition. Their aim is to beat them next season! The Y9’s, captained by Ebony Firth, are a very strong team and have had some very high scoring games recently, beating Campsmount 33-2 and Balby Carr 21-0. They have also had a very good season, winning more games than they have drawn or lost combine. The Y7’s, captained by Frankie Davidson, have also had an undefeated spring term, with some good results, beating Balby Carr 12-0. They are improving all the time and can be tough competition! The Y10’s, captained by Laila Mohammed, sometimes struggle to get a team together, however, they have worked hard and recently beat Campsmount 5-2 in a very tough game!

The Sixth form netball team have shown a commitment to training this year with good numbers of students regularly attending. They are a highly spirited group of girls who enjoy the social aspect of netball. They have developed their skills, knowledge of the game and tactical awareness over the season. A couple of our players have further pursued their passion for netball and are regularly playing for a club team in the Doncaster Adult league. The Sixth form team have competed in the annual Doncaster tournament finishing 3rd overall and have played hard fought fixtures against Birkdale, Sir Thomas Wharton and Silverdale.

Girls Hockey

Girls hockey has been a mixed bag this season, with not many fixtures on the calendar.

This year our sixth form girls have been led by Emily Jenkins and Claire Winmill who have done a sterling job of organising the girls involved. Numbers of girls across Doncaster’s secondary schools participating in this exciting sport have sadly reduced but the girls have continued to be involved and motivated. They have instigated some mixed sixth form games with girls from Trinity and Hayfield. Despite not many fixtures the group have grown in their confidence and enjoyment of this sport, now regularly playing club hockey in Doncaster Ladies 3rd and 4th teams.

Some lower school girls have been regularly attending indoor hockey sessions on a Monday night. When games have been played it has been great to see that we do have some very skilful and confident players in each year group; who would benefit in many ways from attending extra curricular hockey more regularly.

We look forward to next season and hopefully a few more fixtures.

Boys Hockey

With over 55 matches, 2 indoor teams in the North Finals, Northern finalists at Outdoor and an England Player, there were plenty of firsts this season.

The Year 7 have built up a good squad of new players who have been well led by Zain Davenport and some of the new players Joe Jenkins and Jack Lowry have now progressed to playing regularly for Doncaster HC. The team have enjoyed their games this year showing good promise but have equally enjoyed the experience of travelling to new schools.

Year 8, as our team of the year have had a very successful season in terms of success on the pitch but also the number of boys playing hockey.They now have a squad of 18 boys, many who have progressed from beginners to playing for the Hockey club. On the pitch they were South Yorkshire Minis champions progressing to the North finals where they were one game away from the National finals losing on penalty flicks. They are a number of talented boys who have achieved representative honours, Freddie Haslam(Yorkshire) Adam Bambrough, Alex Bambrough, Jack Stoves, Jack Henshaw, James Eaton, Adam Allan(South Yorkshire).

Year 9 continued to compete well on the hockey pitch despite many of the boys not training. Their best result was at Egglescliffe where they battled for a 1-1 draw. Max Davidson received the John Marshall trophy at the recent hockey dinner. He has been ever present in training and as GK for Year 9/10 teams. He has also been coaching the younger players as well as managing to play for school Football team as well. He represented the Northern UK Lions and Yorkshire.

In year 10 the strong spine of Areeb and Tayyab continued to challenge against better teams with the help of Year 8 and 9. Credit to both of these boys in giving it their all despite a lack of Year 10 players. Both Tayyab and Areeb play at the Hockey club and Tayyab is part of the England North performance centre.

In the year 11 team, for some of the boys it will be their last and they continued to excel on the pitch. They remained unbeaten until a loss against QEGS.They also entered the Northern Indoor Finals for the first time and enjoyed the challenge. With a little more practice they could achieve some better results. During their time at school they have developed a great team ethos and have the confidence in each player on the pitch to perform their role and contribute fully to the team effort.  Within the good team ethos there are some talented young players. Ben Stoves, Haris Davenport, Zak Jolly all train with Doncaster HC Ist team, Ben has represented South Yorkshire, Haris is in the England North performance centre and Zak has been part of the England squad that recently played against Irish teams and is waiting to hear if he goes to play Holland/Germany.Well done Year 11 and hope you continue your hockey.

The 1st team have been an enjoyable squad to coach this year with large group showing commitment to all training sessions and matches. This has helped to build a good team spirit, ably led by their captain Tom Henderson.The Bath Hockey Festival at the end of the season was a great success for boys and coaches., with the team playing the best hockey against some very strong teams from around the country. With meals out and ten pin bowling the atmosphere was relaxed and the boys conduct was a credit to Hall Cross. During the The team performed above expectations by reaching the semifinals in the Yorkshire Outdoor tournament and the North Indoor Finals..Brad Fearn was selected for Yorkshire, Eddie Fisher and Tom Henderson both regularly play for Doncaster HC. Tom Henderson has really grown as a captain through his seven years and we wish him every success at University and in his Career. We hope he along with James Clover Eddie, Brad and Ben Hutton will continue to enjoy their Hockey as they leave Hall Cross this year proudly wearing with their colours ties

Swimming

The swimming team are still undefeated, making it 4 years in a row. Their first victory came to Hill House in November, beating them by over 50 points. They then had another successful victory over Queen Ethelburga’s at home in February, beating them 221 points to 185 points. There were some excellent swims all through the night, particularly from Callie Ramshaw, Alicia Cole, Lois Fillingham, Simon Kliment, Sam Jenkins, McKenzie Jackson and Will Slater. The team are going from strength to strength and we hope to be able to compete in more galas next year against more schools.

Gymnastics

For the first time ever, Hall Cross took part in the Active Fusion KS3 gymnastics challenge. 12 girls from Y7, captained by Tilly Boyd, worked tirelessly on a routine to perform at the event on 8th February at Kirk Sandall Gymnastics Club. They won their category, becoming Doncaster champions in the foundation category. They then progressed to the school games finals in March where they competed against schools from all over South Yorkshire. They just missed out on a medal, coming 4th in their category. An excellent day and fantastic experience for them to be involved in. They are looking forward to next year where they can compete again. Good luck, girls!

Athletics

Hall Cross are Doncaster Indoor Athletics champions after competing at the Indoor Athletics at EIS, in Sheffield, on 30th January. A very talented team of students from Y7-10 fought some tough competition throughout the day to become overall winners. The U13 girls came 2nd, The U13 boys became Doncaster champions and both U15 boys and girls teams placed 3rd. An excellent day to showcase the vast amount of talent that we have in school.

The Y8 boys’ team qualified for the school games sportshall athletics finals in March where they came 2nd in South Yorkshire, missing out on becoming champions by 5 points! Well done boys, an excellent team effort!

There are a few more athletics events coming up in the summer term!

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