Netballers on top form and swimmers get close to a clean sweep at District Gala

Netballers on top form and swimmers get close to a clean sweep at District Gala

26 January 2023

Mrs Caroline Treacy, Director of Sport

Despite the recent cold weather, we have enjoyed a number of successes on the sporting front.

Our senior netballers enjoyed wins against Trinity and Dunottar with the 1st VII (pictured) playing some of their best netball of the season. Our U13, U14 and U15 netball teams also gained League wins against Reigate School, Oxted School and Lingfield College respectively.

Our Year 7-9 swimmers did brilliantly at the District Gala, winning eight of their 12 races and finishing second in the other four. Some of our swim scholars competed at the Surrey Championships recently with Maddie L, Upper Sixth, knocking seven seconds off her PB in the 800m freestyle and Lara S, Year 9, winning silver medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke races.

On Saturday 21 January, Year 7s Delphie M, Kayleigh O and Daisy L and Isabelle G, Year 8, gave their all representing the District at the Surrey Cross Country Championships. Daisy took a fantastic third place and will now go on to compete at the Inter Counties later this season.

In hockey news, our 1st XI played a closely contested match against City of London Freemen’s School on Wednesday. Few chances were created until the 10-minute mark, when a Woldingham breakaway from Katy N and Francesca L brought a high quality save from the Freeman’s goalkeeper. With the defences at each end staying resolute it was 0-0 at half time. Shortly after the break, a period of sustained pressure allowed Alex S to ghost into the circle, rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into the corner to make it 1-0. Towards the end of the match, Freeman’s managed to pressure the Woldingham defence into a rare mistake, gaining and converting a penalty corner with just two minutes to play, to end the match at 1-1.

In the following match, Woldingham’s second XI played several good passes through the Freeman’s defence, finally breaking away to score. In the second half Woldingham’s good play continued, creating many chances and finally taking one to win the match 2-0.

Earlier in the term the U12 and U13 teams had some excellent fixtures with Kent College Pembury, with good hockey all round and plenty of goals scored. Our U12B team won its match, with narrow losses for the other three teams.

The number of Woldingham hockey players representing their county continues to grow with the following students now playing for either Surrey, Kent or London: Alice K (Year 11), Amie G (Year 11), Ella K (Lower Sixth), Anna M (Year 11), Cara W (Lower Sixth), Immy D (Lower Sixth) and Oli M (Year 11). Congratulations to all.

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