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Weekly Sports Bulletin 24.03.16

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Rugby February - March 2016

February and March sees rugby move away from the 15-a-side game and switch its focus to 7s. The perception is that 7s is played during the summer months in glorious sunshine; unfortunately this wasn't the case for the cold days at Sleaford RFC, Market Rasen RFC and Lincoln RFC. The weather aside, it has been an extremely busy term for rugby with all but one year group being involved in a competition of some description.

The first Wednesday of term saw the U15 and U18 sides take a trip to Sleaford RFC for the County 7s tournament. The U18’s took a slim line squad of 8 players, due to unavailability’s and exams. The lads did not let this dampen their spirits and they closely contested a number of games against some good rugby schools; including Lincoln Minster and Carres Grammar. Several injuries took their toll with one student receiving treatment for two separate injuries and another retiring with concussion, finishing our final game with 5 players. In the true spirit of rugby, Bourne Grammar school were able to lend us a few players to ensure we could play, which included a game against them. As mentioned in previous editions of the magazine, Bourne Grammar and The Deepings School have formed a partnership that has continued to grow. Unfortunately we weren’t able to enter as two joint squads, as we would have been strong contenders for the competition. Mr. Hipwell took responsibility for the U15 side and was looking to build on his coaching successes from his U12 Football team. They had a strong group stage of the competition, only narrowly losing out against Spalding Grammar School. They finished the group in second place, which meant a Quarter Final against Carres Grammar School. The combination of a full size pitch, longer games and strong opposition, led to a defeat. A great day out, thoroughly enjoyable for staff and students alike.

The next tournament was the small journey to Market Rasen RFC and De Aston School with the U13 and U14 sides for the County 7s Tournament on a cold, wet day. What better way to spend the day. The U14 team finished third in their group and progressed through to the Plate Quarter Final which they narrowly lost by one try. The combination of nearly a two hour wait and the cold weather was too much for the lads.

On Friday 18th March it was the U12’s turn to compete in a rugby competition, this time it was a 12-a-side tournament at Lincoln RFC. The first group game was against Kings School Grantham, which was definitely a tough start, losing four tries to none. The second game the lads were unlucky to lose 3-2 against the organising school, Priory LSST, with a dubious try with numerous hand offs. In hindsight, 2-2 would have been a fair result with a competitive game. The third game saw Deepings take on local rivals Bourne Academy, where we came out 3-1 victors. We agreed to lend them a player as they were a couple short so we played 11-a-side, thanks to Ben Brittain, who seemed very up for taking on his own team mates. This meant that we finished in third and progressed through to the Plate quarter final where we faced Tollbar Academy and won 3-0. This meant that we would face St. Georges in the final. Again they were a player down we offered to match them and play 11-a-side. This decision was costly as they defeated us 3-2 in a closely contested final, which ended with Luke Burton being held up over the try line. The boys seemed more concerned with one of the opposition players who they thought was a girl due to him having long blond locks, how deceptive this proved as he ran in a great try.

The final competition of the year will see the U12’s travel to Kings School Grantham on Wednesday 23rd March for a 7s Tournament. This is the first time we have entered this competition which will include some tough Grammar school opposition. I hope the boys can carry forward some of their hard work and determination from the 12-a-side tournament.

Mr S Allen, Team Manager

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL NETBALL LEAGUE AND TOURNAMENT

Five of our local primary schools have recently been involved in a local netball league held on our courts each Tuesday evening.  Teams from Baston, William Hildyard, Market Deeping, Linchfield and Langtoft were involved in the league which took place over three weeks.  It was fantastic to see so many children all playing netball and the standard was very impressive.  It was a closely fought competition with some quality performances from all teams with the A team from Langtoft winning and the A team from Baston finishing runners-up.

A number of the schools also took part in a netball tournament which was also held on our school courts.  This time Langtoft were unable to take part which left the competition open.  All the teams had made huge improvements over the course of the last four weeks and it made for a very competitive tournament.  The overall winners were the A team from Baston with their B team finishing in runners-up position.

Many thanks to  Year 10 students Shanice Forster, Leah Forster, Chloe Squires, Caitlin Back, Beth Edmonds and Imogen Morgan for giving up their time to umpire the matches in a very professional way each week.

Mrs Ladley, Community School Sport Co-ordinator

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