Spring Term 2
Unfortunately, we started February with weather bad enough to postpone the Hockey A event. So onto the year 5/6 Emerging Team event which saw us take two very evenly matched teams Red And Green. Both teams played some amazing hockey through the evening with our Green team winning all their games including a 1 nil win in the final against Botley! The interest in Hockey has been amazing with over 40 children trying out from years 5 and 6. This has made selection very difficult but the children have performed brilliantly making us very proud indeed!
Sadly, our run in the Hampshire Cup has come to an end with our footballers losing 7-0 to a very strong team from Purbrook Junior School. The opposition were strong, quick and technically very good, making it very difficult to play our normal game. Unlucky guys, it was a shame but we were beaten by the better team.
Our girls football team were next up in the cluster event at Berrywood, winning 4 games and drawing one, finishing up overall winners and qualifying for the partnership finals. Brilliant performance without letting a goal in!
The boys team event was next and a chance to put the Hampshire Cup disappointment behind them. Sadly, they got off to a poor start losing their first two games 1-0 and drawing the next. However, they were improving rapidly and went on to to win their next two games comfortably, finishing in third place overall. Unlucky guys!
Spring Term 1
Happy New Year to you all, and a very busy term to get us started. Our first week back saw us compete in the Year 5/6 Swimming Gala at Wildern with us finishing fourth overall in a group of 8 schools. Annual winners Bishops Waltham finished first with us placed behind Botley and Durley. Great effort guys!
Thanks to our fantastic inclusive basketball programme, we have had a massive group of children to represent the school at the two Basketball events. Firstly, our A Team entered the Hampshire Games qualifier, and rather sadly didn’t get past the group stage. It was rather disappointing as we were by far the best team in our group, dominating all three games we played in, having no luck whatsoever. It seemed like the hoop was too small for the ball!! Fantastic play but deserved better!
At the next event we were able to field three teams and had a fantastic evening, with our Red team losing in extra time to Droxford. They had to beat our Blue team who finished fourth overall and our Green team who finished third! Fantastic depth in quality through the year group and it just shows that time invested improves results!
The next two weeks see our Hockey teams take on the cluster at Hamble, and our Football team play against Purbrook in the quarter final of the Hampshire cup. Good luck guys and well done to all those who have represented the school so well.
The first term of this year has seen our footballers get off to a fantastic start. After some success with the Year 4/5 tournament in September, games came thick and fast for both girls and boys. In the Year 6 boys cluster event we won through to the semi final, losing by the Golden Goal against Swanmore. With several of our girls from last years successful team we went into their tournament with high hopes. The girls played marvellously missing out on a semi final place by a tiny whisker. However, it was not all bad news as they were getting better as they went and it made them more confident for the visit of Balksbury School from Andover in the Hampshire Cup, whom they played in a great game, winning 2 nil!
The boys also had a great start in the Hampshire Cup with a tie away against Portsmouth Grammar School. The boys were fantastic, playing patient quality football, eventually wearing down their opponents to win 3 nil.
Both teams were at home in the next round, boys versus Springhill which we won 2-0 and the girls against Oakley, sadly losing 2-1.
Our Year 5 and 6 Cross Country teams were also in action on a beautiful evening at Hamble School. We took a mixed boys and girls team from both year groups, and although we had no top three finishers, our great strength in depth was apparent, with our Year 5 Girls, Year 6 Boys and Year 6 Girls teams all finishing runners up. A fantastic achievement! Sadly the Year 3 and 4 event has been postponed, so we will keep you posted.
A massive thank you to all the parents that helped with support and transport, and well done Team Freegrounds!
Here we are at the beginning of a new school year, and after the amazing time we had last year, it is going to be a hard act to follow. However, we have got off to a terrific start! With a busy football month ahead our Year 4/5 boys kicked off their tournament at Berrywood with eleven other local teams. After a win, loss and a draw in our group we went into the semi final against Berrywood, with the game ending in a penalty shoot out which we finally won. We then played Botley in the final unfortunately losing two nil. It was a shame as the boys were terrific getting stronger as we went. Unlucky guys and well done!
Another eventful and successful sporting week for our teams in both Indoor athletics and football. Firstly, our Girls Football team travelled to Castle School in Portchester in the Hampshire Cup. What a fantastic game! The girls were up against a reasonably good team but we spent the first ten minutes blitzing their goal only to find their goalkeeper in amazing form with save after save. We eventually went 1 nil up followed shortly with a second. However, in a strange turn of events we ended up 3-2 down at half time! One positive team talk later, and the dark closing in, we went on to win the match 7-4 with a fantastic all round performance, with Darcey Maxted scoring six and Sophie Lunnon the seventh. We are now at home in the quarter final with two teams from Portsmouth fighting to meet us. Well done girls!
We also travelled to Hamble School for a Year 5/6 Indoor Athletics competition. This was the second event with the overall winners of the two competitions going through to a county event. With six field events, three running and two relays, we took 8 boys and 6 girls from year 6 and 2 girls from year 5. And what a team! Points were issued for each event with 10 going to the winners going down to 1 point for last place. Overall the boys finished in first place with a total of 120 points, and the girls in second place with a score of 92. Brilliant result, but unfortunately the combined scores of boys and girls resulted in us finishing overall in second place, due to Berrywoods girls far outweighing everyones score. This was a real shame as their boys finished last but they will be the team that qualifies over the two events.
Nevertheless, it was a fantastic evening and yet again our children have performed amazingly and we are all very proud of them!!!
Wildern School saw six schools from our partnership join together in a Dodgeball Festival. There were also events at Botley and Wyvern to cater for the interest. This was a fun event designed to enable some of the less involved children to experience a competitive event. Freegrounds took a team of eight mixed Year 4 and 5 children, who represented the school with a great attitude. Not only did the team have a great time, but they won 4 of their 5 games and drew the other! Not only was this a super achievement, but they were by far the fairest team too! Well done Freegrounds!
October started in a mad rush of Hampshire Cup games for both Girls and Boys teams. The girls carried on their good form at home with an amazing 7-1 victory over Portsmouth Grammar School. We had amazing support from friends and family so a big thank you to all those who came and supported.
The boys travelled the next day to a very strong Portway Juniors team in Andover, and it appeared we were still asleep on the bus going 3 nil down quite quickly in the first half. However, with great effort, fantastic teamwork and plenty of skill, we pulled the game back but ended the game losing 6-4. In fact, we hit the post and the bar several times and their goalkeeper made save after save, so a great fight back but not in the hat for the next round! Keenly looking forward to the cluster event next year!
After the relatively easy task of organising the football teams, Cross Country for the Year 5 and 6’s was next. The fantastic part of being a sports coach is seeing the enthusiasm of so many children joining the trials to make the teams. We finally decided on the top ten runners from each category to make the team, and we were not let down!
The results were based on the top four runners from each school using their places as a total score with the winners having the lowest scores. So the results are below:
Year 5 Girls – 2nd place
Year 5 Boys – 3rd place
Year 6 Girls – 4th place
Year 6 Boys – 2nd place
And on to the Year 3/4 Cross Country, and how to follow the older teams. Well, we haven’t been let down. Again we were able to field a huge team of forty children across the four groups. The evening started with some heavy drizzle but the children’s spirits were not dampened. Here are the team results……
Year 3 Girls – 1st place and 4th place
Year 3 Boys – 1st place and 3rd place
Year 4 Girls – 3rd place and 6th place
Year 4 Boys – 4th place and 7th place
Awesome! What an amazing result! Considering we have no running club like other schools, this is an amazing achievement of which again I am really proud! Well done everyone, and a massive thank you to all the parents who helped with transport.
From strength to strength!
With events on the calender coming thick and fast, we have had to be very organised with three cluster football events taking place through September, but what a fantastic outcome!
Our first event kicked off with our Year 5 boys team finishing second in their group, but very unlucky to not go into the semi final. They played with great flair and passion and are a great prospect for next year. Exciting!!
Our Year 6 boys continued the trend of playing great football, comfortably winning our group and semi final but sadly losing on penalties in the final to Netley Abbey.
The Girls team also stepped up to the mark with a mix of Year 5 and 6 girls playing out of their skin only to lose in the semi final on the golden goal rule. Disappointing but all three teams deserved better and can only continue to improve.
Well done to all teams, we are really proud of you!
What a day for Freegrounds Junior School. After winning both TriGolf events at Wildern, and the Hockey event at Wyvern, we went into the Hampshire Games with a quiet confidence. With Mr Connolly looking after the Golf and Mr Tickner the hockey, the children were very excited but focused on the competition.
The Year 3/4 Trigolf and Hockey tournaments started simultaneously, but with both events running along side each other, both teachers and children were running between events keeping each other informed. What teamwork!
The golfers were awesome, with their practice paying off, winning their competition with an awesome score, leaving the second placed team a long way behind. Their effort and support for each other was amazing, earning a Gold Medal!
e, the hockey team had won their group with three wins and 2 draws, going through to the next group stage. The day was looking good!
The Year5/6 golfers started after lunch, again playing with speed, enthusiasm and skill. Their final score was about 100 points more than their teammates morning total but unfortunately only good enough to finish in fourth place. Another brilliant result!
Back to the hockey, and after winning the next group against very good opposition we went Into the semi finals with Mr Connolly joining Mr Tickner, and the golfers cheering them on. After being on top for the whole game we managed to get into the final with a last minute winner! Whatever the result, the team had been unbelievable, remaining unbeaten in eleven games. They played tirelessly but sadly our run ended in the final losing 2 nil. To be second best in Hampshire is an amazing achievement with only one player being in an out of school hockey team.
Thank you to all the parents who came and supported our teams, you were second to none. Mostly, an enormous WELL DONE to the children as it was a really long day but their hard work paid off!
An incredibly proud Mr Connolly.