What a start to the school year in sport. After almost two years without matches, there was plenty of catching up to do on the pitch and Westbourne’s pupils didn’t disappoint. Below are some of the highlights for our teams across hockey, rugby and football, as well as the Westbourne Wheeze and some kicking success in martial arts! Special mentions for teams that took part in the following wins:

  • Under 14 girls hockey 5-0 win v Hill House
  • Under 15 boys rugby 48-12 win v Beech Hall
  • Under 13 boys rugby 15-10 win v Silcoates
  • Under 11 girls hockey 3 – 2 win v St Anselms

Hockey South Yorkshire Squad Successes

Congratulations to Jorja Hague, Year 11 and her sister Madison, Year 8. Jorja has been selected for the under 17 South Yorkshire hockey squad and Madison has been selected for the under 14 South Yorkshire squad. In addition, Matilda Davidson and Annabel Lomas in Year 9 have also been selected for the under 14 squad. Well done all of you!

Under 14 Sheffield Federation for School Sports Semi Finals

The under 13 and under 14 girls made it to the semis in the under 14 Sheffield Federation for School Sports at the Sports Park Weetwood, University of Leeds.

The girls made a respectable start in their first game against Wakefield Girls High school with the end result 2-1 to Westbourne. The second game was against Ripon who were a stronger opposition. Westbourne continued to play well. However, the end result was 2-0 to Ripon. Westbourne were runners up and through to the semi-finals.

Up against Hymers College, Westbourne’s determination was building as was their outstanding display of skills. A supportive team worked hard to support each other and constantly improve. However, we lost to Hymers on penalty flicks.

The Westbourne girls played phenomenally. They should be proud of themselves. Players of the tournament were Eve Johnson for her excellent performance in goal and Olivia Hanratty in midfield. The team needs to work on clearing the ball out of the ‘D’ quicker when in defence as well as scoring immediately once in the ‘D’ when attacking.
By Miss Pursehouse

Under 16s Rugby beat King Edwards and Meadowhead

A beautiful autumnal afternoon at Abbeydale saw our First XV play their first rugby fixtures in nearly two years in September. Our first fixture saw us paired with a large and very physical King Edwards side but we dominated possession and recycled at the breakdown with skill and a physical presence of our own. Farquhar and Ahmed were outstanding and our backs showed great hands as we gained the first two tries only to concede off the final play. First game - first win. 10:5 The second game saw us dominate against Meadowhead running out 25:0. Joe Wilcox scoring a try against his old school mates! Again super hands across our back line from Broadhurst, Johki and Woolhouse really gave Meadowhead problems they couldn't cope with.

A great afternoon despite a few injuries brought delight as the lads finally enjoyed a competitive pair of victories. Well done to Man of the Day. Archie Renshaw. All round commitment and use of the ball. By Mr Davey

Girls Year 7 schools 5-a-side football success

The Year 7 girls played in the second round of matches in the Sheffield Schools 5-a-side football competition in November.

After a tough first match and a 5-0 loss to a very strong All Saints team the girls took on King Ecgberts and earned a fabulous 2-2 draw with both goals scored by Freya Guest. This was the first ever competition points for this young Westbourne team.

In their final match the team again produced a battling performance against Astrea school, and goals from Lilly Hennig, Freya and then Hannah Pitchfork earned them a 3-3 draw. Westbourne were 3-2 up a minute to go but just couldn’t hold on for what would have been a much deserved victory!

Angel Dusauzay in goal was fantastic, making a string of saves in every match. Ria Charles was superb in defence, sprinting and closing down play continually, and Daisy Dennison, Hannah, Ria and Freya never stopped running, tackling and passing. Player of the day was Angel.

What a superb effort from all 6 girls, who were competing against state schools, many of who can draw from a year group of 300 girls! They all represented Westbourne school with distinction. By Mr. Motley.

Westbourne Wheeze back up and running

In November the Westbourne Wheeze was back for a bright and breezy challenge. The annual sporting challenge, which includes all pupils from Year 3 to Year 8, couldn’t take place last year due to Covid restrictions. A fabuous 157 pupils were out in force at Abbeydale Sports Club for a course covering 1.5k to 2.5k depending on age - as the Wheeze made its return.

Although children from Westbourne’s Johnson House claimed victory, everybody agreed that the Wheeze is more about taking part and enjoying the challenge.

“All the children were ready to challenge themselves over the different terrains presented to them and to try and beat past records,” said PE and Games teacher Nigel Elvidge-Latham.

“It was a wonderful and successful event with children competing for their House team and setting some new personal bests but the really important thing is that everybody had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.”

Excellent news in martial arts

Some fabulous news in martial arts to finish the term - Advait, Year 7 has just achieved his karate black belt. His sister, Indu, Year 2 has achieved her karate orange belt and Lincoln, Year 7 has gained his ju jitsu black belt. Black belt is the highest accolade in these sports and its wonderful to see our pupils performing at the top of their sport.

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Cross Country success at the Sheffield Federation for School Sports

In December our Senior pupils represented the school in the Sheffield Federation for School Sports cross country competition at Castle Dyke. Well done to all our runners but a special mention to Heidi Shackleton in Year 10 who came a fabulous sixth place!

Hot competition for house events

There has been serious competition towards the Senior School House Shield this term and not just in sport. Year 7 have been dominating the individual credit totals with George Marshall coming out top overall. In the House Events there have been five main events in Senior School this term Hockey and Rugby for Y11 to Y9 and Y8 and Y7 and then of course House Day where there were over 30 small events in classes throughout the day. The House events see Holmes taking a clear lead with Mercer and Johnson competing closely for second place.

Overall Holmes are leading with credits accumulated throughout the term so this sees them clear in first place with Johnson second, Mercer third and Whitfield not far enough behind to make the contest interesting in the new year, with so many events to come!

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