Mercer come out tops in Year 5-8 House Rugby competition

On Friday 17th November a lovely afternoon of rugby took place at Abbeydale resulting in Whitfield winning a keenly contested house rugby contest for senior school, between the Year 7 and Year 8 houses. Whitfield won all their games but were run close by a Mercer side who contested every breakdown with enthusiasm and vigour. Outstanding performances on the day came from George Taylor who hadn’t picked up a rugby ball before September, Alex Reed who showed why he captains the U13s team and Jack Jolley who scored a number of tries for Mercer to ensure their second place.

1st Whitfield

2nd Mercer

3rd Holmes

4th Johnson

In terms of junior school, it was a fantastic afternoon with determination and passion from all Year 5 and Year 6 houses, with some fantastic tries from some unexpected players! Player of the day medals were awarded to Rayaan Sheel for two fantastic tries, Tom Raw and Ben Hartog for determination and fantastic rucking throughout. Additional special mentions to Khaled Alshatti for his fantastic sportsmanship throughout the afternoon, encouraging all players of varying ability and house.

The level of rugby played was extremely impressive, particularly as this was only the second game of rugby ever played by some individuals.

Round 1:

Holmes v Mercer: Mercer won 20 – 0

Whitfield v Johnson: Whitfield won 20 – 10

Round 2:

Mercer v Johnson: Mercer won 45 – 5

Holmes v Whitfield: Holmes won 25 – 0

Round 3:

Johnson v Holmes: Johnson won 15 – 10

Mercer v Whitfield: Mercer won 45 – 5

Overall winners from Year 5 and Year 6 –

1st Place Mercer

Tied 2nd place: Holmes, Johnson and Whitfield

For the cup, the Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 results were combined resulting in the overall winners as follows:

1st Mercer

2nd Whitfield

3rd Holmes 

4th Johnson

Whitfield Storm Ahead in Annual House Hockey Competition

On Friday 17th November the girls from Year 5-8 took part in our annual house hockey competition at Abbeydale sports club. Each house had an A or B team to provide differentiation and allow inclusion of all abilities.

In forth place  – Mercer, receiving 4 points in total.

Johnson and Holmes received the same amount of points over the afternoon, so goal difference determined 2nd and 3rd place. Johnson had a better goal difference overall so clenched 2nd place. Whitfield stormed ahead with both their A & B teams winning the majority of their games and scoring the most points overall. This will be their 4th consecutive win in this competition! Well done Whitfield!

Exciting Draw v Hill House

On Wednesday 15th November A highly contested  rugby match was played out at Abbeydale with the U11’s drawing 2 tries each with Hill House.

The nine Westbourne  boys played more as team than ever before against a very strong Hill House team.

I was impressed with the boys determination, teamwork and the excellent standard of rugby being played.

Particular mention to Westbourne boys Luca and Aaryan who each had an excellent game .

Westbourne A’s 10 Hill House 10

Hockey v Lincoln Minster Wednesday 15th November 

Our U13A team made a slow start but Evie Reynolds showed some determination and powered through the defence, scoring a fabulous goal! This made a huge impact on the team’s spirit and within minutes the girls scored another great goal from a short corner by Lulu Morrison-Parry. Goals continued to follow from Lulu again, Trixie, Christina and Grace Brown. The defence was solid and conceded no goals throughout the game. Final score 6-0

The U13B team drew their game 1-1. Our teams were evenly matched making It a very close game throughout. Our girls battled it out with Lincoln Minster scoring the first goal. Af half time we had a team talk and the girls were re-positioned and given constructive feedback. In the second half Jorja played up in attack an assisted Grace Brown with scoring our goal. Esme Naylor for her fantastic goalkeeping. Their target is to look up more when making passes.

 The U13C team played their second game of the season. But unfortunately they lost 5-1. Helena Owji played in her first match after only 2 weeks of playing hockey. She had a fantastic attitude and drive with her scoring our only goal. This was a wonderful achievement for her resulting in Helena getting player of the match.

Well done to all girls

Mrs Mirfin & Miss Pursehouse

Hockey v Highfields

On November 10th, our U16 team played against Highfields at Abbeydale. The girls has a slow start and Highfields were proactive with scoring a goal. Highfields was winning 1-0 after the first third. The girls were given constructive feedback and were re positioned. During the second third our girls were more feisty and determined to score. Emma Verity positioned herself well in the ‘D’ scoring our first goal. After the second third we were drawing 1-1.

In the last third the tension was rising with both teams scoring another goal. Josephine Paul scored our second goal, Within the last 5 minutes of the game Highfields were lucky scoring on a short corner and an additional goal before the whistle.

It was an exilarating game but unfortnately Westborune lost 4-2.

Goal scorers were Josephine Paul and Emma Verity

Players of match Lily Lidster and Marisa Ali

Miss Pursehouse

Hockey win v S Anselms

On Wednesday 8th November our U13A team won their game 1-0. It was a phenomenal game. Our girls battled it out with S Anselms with Cristina Bayona scoring the first goal. At half time we were winning 1-0.  During the second half we ended up playing a player down due to one of our key players coming off with an injury. Our girls carried on with sheer determination and the end result was 1-0 to Westbourne. The girls were ecstatic with the win. Player of the match was Jess Rodgers.

Miss Pursehouse

U14 Hockey win v Silverdale

On Tuesday 24th October the U14 Girls played Silverdale School. As we have a small number of girls in Year 9, our team included Year 7- Year 9 girls. The girls were extremely motivated at the start of the game and they demonstrated this throughout the game through accurate passing and strong defensive skills. Trixie Morrison-Parry had a fantastic start to the game. Her dribbling skills were impressive and she scored the first goal for Westbourne after just 5 minutes of play. The girls continued to play as a team and we were 3-0 up at half time. Lily Lidster continued to display excellent tackling skills in defence and this enabled us to have the majority of possession throughout the whole game. Our final goal was scored by Sasha Dravairaj who consistently demonstrated determination to win the ball. A massive well done to all the girls who played in this fixture.

Miss Hinchliffe

U16 Hockey win v King Ecgberts

On Thursday 19th October the U16 hockey team played King Ecgberts away. Their target for this game was to work on support play and make more accurate shots on goal.  The girls were on the attack immediately and gained a short corner within the first few minutes of playing. The excellent attack continued with Hannah Richards scoring the first goal. Westbourne was leading 1-0 after the first half, a lead they managed to maintain right up to the final whistle.

The final score was Westbourne 1- King Ecgberts 0.

Player of the match Trixie Morrison Parry.

Miss Pursehouse

U11B hockey win v Beech Hall  – 11th October 

Westbourne 8 Beech Hall 1

The girls worked very hard to make sure that we maintained possession throughout the first half. Our first goal came in the 2nd minute when Francesca Gray passed the ball to Lola Brereton who tapped the ball into the goal. From this, the girls were determined to score more goals and by half time it was 5-0 to us. During the second half the girls were working on passing into space and tackling back when we lost possession. The girls did this successfully and the final score was 8-1 to Westbourne.

Charlotte Jolley received the girl of the day for her attitude and determination throughout the whole match.

Well done to all the girls.

Miss N Hinchliffe

U9 rugby win v Beech Hall Tuesday 3rd October

The U9 boys are really developing well and putting in harder tackles. A prime example of this is Oliver Croft – Matthewman… he ran well with the ball, tackled hard and scored many tries. Even with a minor injury resulting in bloody nose he was reluctant to come off and leave his team!The boys finished off the game and were worthy winners.

Westbourne 30 Beech Hall 25

U10 rugby win v Mylnhurst – Wednesday 4th October

After celebrating the U11’s win at the Techman cup last week it was the turn of the U10’s to see what they could do. They didn’t disappoint! An absolutely incredible match with outstanding performances from many of the Westbourne boys. We tackled really well and maintained possession to obtain the tries needed to win the game. Man of the match was Luca Allcroft who tackled superbly and Freddie Knowles who played scrum half distributing the ball well in all the breakdowns.

Mylhnhurst 10 Westbourne 20

U8s win tag rugby festival at Hill House School – Tuesday 10th October

Westbourne 15 Leeds Grammar 5

Westbourne 10 Cundall Manor 5

Westbourne 15 Hill House Wolves 5

Westbourne 20 QEGS B 15

It was the first away match on the mini bus for the U8’s tag rugby team. They were so excited, asking many questions throughout the afternoon. Their excitement spilled onto the rugby field producing four fantastic performances winning all of their games. At this age the boys are only allowed to play tag rugby. The key is to get the opponents tag as quick as you can, pass the ball backwards and show high levels of agility and speed to get tries. We did just that. Fabulous tries scored by Heath, Hao Hao and Henry. Heath got man of the tournament for his speed, agility and concentration throughout the afternoon. Well done to Finley who captained the side well.

Mr Elvidge

U13 girls’ hockey double win v Hill House 

On Wednesday the 4th October we played Hill House at Gym Plus, Crookes.The A team played first and took the lead within seconds with a goal from Trixie Morrison-Parry. The girls made a great start to the first half, working as a team and maintaining their positions. Just before the half time whistle Christian Bayona also got another goal. In the second half the girls continued to play great hockey, scoring two more goals from Lulu and another from Trixie. Our solid defence rendered our opponents unable to score. Final score: 4-0 to Westbourne!

The B team then played. In the first half, there was a great cross from Martha Wood leading to an excellent shot on goal by Grace Brown. Willlow Clark and Eliza Heywood made some strong tackles, preventing Hill House into the ‘D’. In the second half Martha scored the next goal for Westbourne. Esme Naylor made a brilliant save for the team. Another victory for the girls: 2-0 to Westbourne!

Mrs Mirfin

U16 Hockey win v Hill House

On Thursday 5th October our U16 hockey team played Hill House at Abbeydale. Their target for this game was to switch plays and make more accurate shots on goal through deflections. The girls worked hard to apply these throughout the match. The girls were on the attack immediately and gained a short corner within the first few minutes of play. This attack was excellent with Hannah Richards scoring the first goal. The game became a yoyo of a match with each team scoring one after the other! Our second goal came from a deflection by Isabel Hardcastle. The Westbourne girls were leading 2-1 after the first half and held on to there lead to the final whistle.

Player of the match was Emma Verity.

Miss Pursehouse

U16 girls through to next round of  SFSS Hockey

On Tuesday 3rd October our U16 girls took part in the U16 SFSS Hockey Tournament at Abbeydale.

Our opponents were King Ecgberts, Silverdale and Tapton School.

All the matches were a short 12 minutes each way.

After a slow start in their first game against King Ecgberts, which resulted in a 0-0 draw, they went on to lose 1-0 to Tapton before facing Silverdale.

The girls were determined to win their final game which was evident in the increased number of short corners and shots at goal. Josephine Paul scored the winning goal and motived the girls to keep their 1-0 lead right up to the final whistle.

Westbourne came 2nd overall taking us through to the next round of the SFSS which will be played at Hill House.

Players of the match were Hannah Richards, Ailsa Gillespie and Josephine Paul.

U11 Rugby win Barlborough hall Tournament

We were delighted to be invited to attend the Techman Rugby Festival Rugby Tournament which took place on Wednesday 27th September at Barlborough Hall .

Westbourne’s under 11’s got off to a great start winning their first game by 3 – 0 v Mylnhurst. They then went on to beat Immaculate Conception, Barlborough Hall A and B to win their group.

Pitched in the final against the winners of group two, another Mylnhurst team, the boys went on to win 3-0 to become overall winners of the tournament!

This event which was organised by Barlborough Hall pupil, Sam Haddock, was to support sport for all and in particular young people with disabilities. The money raised from the ten participating school teams will go to support the charity READY who will ensure that the money reaches those that need it.

“The boys were outstanding, displaying skill and teamwork throughout” . said Westbourne Sports Director, Nigel Elvidge  ” We were delighted to have won such a great tournament and it was a privilege to be supporting such a worthy cause.”

Westbourne awarded Wil Hawley man of the tournament for his fabulous tacking and running with the ball. David Hughes and Luca Cancello scored many tries but it really was the whole team effort that resulted in such a strong performance on the day.

Joint First at SFSS Festival

26th September v King Edwards, King Ecgberts, Meadowhead, Silverdale

Joint first in the SFSS Festival for the U14s is a tremendous achievement. We began by playing King Edwards and it didn’t look great as they ran in an early try but a response came and we ran out 15:10 winners. Against King Ecgberts we were tied at a try a piece until the last minute when we were undone by a speedy winger. In our final match against Meadowhead we faced a real onslaught from an aggressive team but managed to keep our composure and run out easy 15:5 winners in the second half. Despite a bad injury in the final game man of the day was Harrison Cundy who played brilliantly through-out two and a half games.

Mr I Davey

U11  Hockey win v Orchard

On Wednesday 27th September the U11 girls hockey team travelled to Orchard. Nora Gregory made her debut as Goal Keeper and loved it! The girls took the lead within minutes with a goal from Elizabeth Goodfellow. The girls continued to work hard and scored a further 3 goals: 2 from Jasmine Rai and one from Ellie Reynolds. We had a solid defence that kept any away goals at bay.

Final score 4-0

Well done girls

Mrs Mirfin

U16 Hockey v Scarborough

On 14th September the U16 hockey team played Scarborough College away at Harrogate. It was their first match of the season. Their target for this game was to make clean accurate passes and keep possession. The girls worked hard to apply these throughout the match. Despite the heavy rain it was an exciting game for all players. Westbourne were leading 2-1 after the first half. Our second goal was by Hannah Richards from a successful short corner. We had a team talk and the girls were re-positioned and given constructive feedback. They had to work on support play and ensuring pupils were next to the post to deflect any balls into our opposition’s goal.

The game was like a tennis match! each team scoring, one after the other. Unfortunately for Westbourne, Scarborough College scored right at the last minute, winning the game 4-3.

Players of the match were Hannah Richards and Josephine Paul.

Miss Pursehouse

U11 girls travelled to Orchard yesterday. Nora Gregory made her debut as GK and loved it! The girls took the lead within minutes with a goal from Elizabeth Goodfellow. The girls continued to work hard and scored a further 3 goals: 2 from Jasmine Rai and one from Ellie Reynolds. The defence were solid and conceded no goals. Final score 4-0

U13s Rugby v Lincoln Minster Wed 20th Sept  Score 30:10

A great start to the season for the U13s. We came up against a big strong Lincoln side and we performed with skill and composure. it was great to see the way in which we put practice into match situations. Louis Farquaher was outstanding and scored three tries but James Faulkner was man of the match for his excellent rucking skills which secured us ball through-out the game.

U15s Rugby v Hill House A/B Thur 21st Sept Score 54:22

After a difficult start against a strong Scarborough team the previous week, many of the U15s regained their confidence with an excellent performance over in Doncaster. in the first half we were far too strong for a Hill House B team and they had to send for re-reinforcements from their A squad – eventually using well over 20 players in a 13-a-side game. We still ran in a number of tries to win both halves of the game. in the final few minutes a move which included all of the backs just failed to score a try fit for Twickenham as man of the match Wroth’s chip through just ran over the dead ball line. Bayona scored a number of tries.

Mr I. Davey

U9A hockey V S Anselm’s

Tuesday 19th Sept, the U9A team played S Anselm’s at Goodwin Astro. We had a great support network from our parents! Westbourne conceded a goal in the first half but minutes later they too scored. The second half was much tougher and unfortunately the defence were unable to clear a shot on goal and S Anselm’s scored! The final score 2-1 to S Anselm’s. Player of the day: Leila Alcroft.

U13As win v Nottingham High

On Friday 22nd September our U13As played their debut against Nottingham High at Abbeydale. Within minutes of ‘push back’ Westbourne took the lead with a goal from Trixie Morrison-Parry. Goals then followed from Rosie Molyneux, Lulu Morrison Parry and Christina Bayona. Our defence were also solid and conceded no goals throughout. Final score: 6-0 to Westbourne. Player of the Day: Trixie for being an excellent captain.

Mrs Mirfin

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