The second half of term has seen some fantastic sporting successes for Woldingham, in particular for our U13 teams: the U13A hockey team won the Surrey Plate; the U13 cricket team were runners up in the Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket County Finals; the U13A netball team were semi-finallists in the Surrey Schools Netball Finals and Charlotte Alexander will travel to Denmark later this month to represent Team GB in Cross Country.
U13 Surrey Plate Winners
The U13A hockey team entered the U13 Surrey Plate Competition and had group matches against Kingston Grammar, Nonsuch, Tormead and Alleyn’s. The girls finished top of their group, winning three matches and drawing one, with an incredible six goals scored by Ella!
In the quarter finals they came up against Streatham & Clapham in a match which ended up going to penalty strokes. Goals from Cara and Ella, and some crucial penalty saves from Bella, were enough to squeeze into the semi-finals, where the team narrowly beat JAGS from a well-executed straight strike finish.
In the final we played Reigate Grammar School. Even though the girls dominated possession, Reigate managed to score early on, but in the final minutes, Ella entered the ‘D’ and hit the ball across the goal where Rosie had surged forward to score a deflection goal! With the game finishing 1-1 it was on to penalty strokes where, through some great saves from Bella, Woldingham won the tournament!
Well done to all the girls who represented the school in what was a brilliant achievement.
Lady Taverners U13 Indoor Cricket County Finals – Runners Up
After winning the qualifying round at Dunottar last term, the U13 cricket team were off to the Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket County Finals, held at the impressive Surrey County Cricket Club.
The girls were drawn in Group 1, with two matches to play. They narrowly lost their first game to some good fast bowling from Fullbrook, but beat Wallington in the second match, in which great bowling and fielding saw them take eight wickets! With each team in the group winning and losing one match, Woldingham finished top, thanks to their excellent wicket tally.
In the semi-finals we played Broomwood Hall. This match saw the U13s play their best cricket of the afternoon, with some great bowling from Rosie, Ella, Jemima and Imogen, and fine batting from Milly, Rosie and Ella. In the final the girls took on George Abbot School. This was definitely their toughest match against a well-drilled side who won by 22 runs. However, the girls finished off the day as runners up and were delighted to receive their silver medals.
Well done girls!
U13 Surrey Schools Netball Finals – Semi-Finallists
Qualifying for the County Finals for only the second time in the last nine years was an achievement in itself for our U13A netballers. The group games saw some fine shooting from Rosie and Milly, as well as turnovers from the whole squad, to take wins over JAGS, Tormead and Putney High. Losses to St Catherine’s and Caterham in the later part of the group round meant that the girls needed to rely on other results to see if they’d qualify. Fortunately, luck was on their side and, despite beating the group winners Putney High, Woldingham qualified for the semi-finals in second place. This saw the girls meet an incredibly well-drilled Guildford High side who have won the tournament on many occasions. Some excellent mid court play from Ella and Amy kept us within touching distance at half time, with some superb defending from Madelief against a much taller shooter as well. Woldingham had Guildford High rattled in the second half in which they came to within one goal of the leaders, but Guildford dug deep and pulled out the win. Our girls played some fantastic netball throughout the day and should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved; finishing 3rd/4th in a very strong netball county is impressive!
In other news, U14 hockey beat Sackville 3-1; the U15A VII narrowly lost 10-12 to Burgess Hill, whilst the U15B won 4-0 and our U15A, B & C netball teams all won against Lingfield College.
In individual news, following the World Cross Country Trials in Loughborough, Charlotte Alexander has been selected to represent Team GB in the U20s World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, on Saturday 30 March. This is a remarkable achievement by Charlotte: the team consists of just the top six athletes in the country and she is among the younger members.
Mrs Caroline Treacy, Director of Sport