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.
The last term for the year began with an exciting Quad Kids athletic event at Hamble School with us entering a Year 6 team of 4 boys and 4 girls. The team had a fantastic afternoon but unfortunately were unable to qualify for the Games. Well done though guys, the competition was tough!
We were also invited to send a year 4 team to an Handball Festival at Wildern with lots of other schools to play games and drills and have a great experience!
The summer term has been amazing!
Freegrounds started the term with two victories in the qualifying events for TriGolf at Wildern. Firstly, our Year 4 team won their event by a huge margin and then our year 5/6 team won their event with both teams going through to the Hampshire Games at the end of June.
We then played in a fantastic Kwik Cricket tournament at Botley, losing to the hosts in the Semi Final. This was the first time some of these boys played competitive cricket and they were fantastic!
Next up were our boys ‘B’ football team, who performed admirably winning the Plate at Berrywood.
March 2017 (continued)
The last couple of weeks before Easter were again very hectic with lots of children again engaging in lots of team sports.
The boys football team finished their cluster games with a closely fought 3-1 defeat to Botley but a crazy 21-1 win against Kings Copse! The netball team finished with an amazing 5-5 draw against Botley, not a game for the nervy! Both Football and Netball teams finished a credible 4th place in their respectable leagues. Well done!
The Tag Rugby event at Wildern was a fantastic afternoon of sport with 20 teams taking part. Freegrounds entered an A and B team, but unfortunately neither team qualified for the next stage which the winners would go through to the Hampshire Games. Both teams, however went into The Plate competition for the remaining ten teams and were drawn in the same group! The A Team went onto win the group with a draw and 3 wins, one of which was in a tight 3-2 win against the B team! It was a great competition of a very high standard. The Plate was shared between Freegrounds and the winners of the other group Wickham. Congratulations to both teams!
Our Girls Football team have been amazing too. They played in another School Games Qualifying tournament at Berrywood with two teams going through. With some fantastic competition from the other schools, they went on to win their group but losing 1-0 to Fair Oak in the semi final after extra time. It was a real shame as our goalkeeper was unsighted as the ball practically bobbled over the line. The girls played fantastic again and played with great enthusiasm and fun and thoroughly deserved to go through. Well done girls, you were a credit to Freegrounds!
Lastly, Freegrounds entered ten teams of four in the Fair Oak Cross Country event. This is a massive event with over 300 children attending. Our teams were 3 teams of Year 3&4 Girls, 3 teams of Yr 3&4 Boys, 2 teams of Yr 5&6 Girls and 2 teams of Yr 5&6 Boys. The course was 0.9km and raced in a relay style. All teams did fantastically well as for some it was their first time in competition.
March saw the continuation of the cluster Football and Netball leagues. We have had mixed results for both teams, but overall we have played some fantastic matches, and on occasions deserved more. With football matches against Botley and Kings Copse to play, we may still qualify.
Netball Results Football Results
Wellstead 13 Freegrounds 0 Wellstead 0 Freegrounds 8
Freegrounds 7 St James 2 Freegrounds 1 St James 0
Kings Copse 2 Freegrounds 11 Shamblehurst 5 Freegrounds 3
Berrywood 10 Freegrounds 0 Berrywood 3 Freegrounds 1
Freegrounds 2 Shamblehurst 1
Still to come in March the Girls football team will be playing in a friendly against Fair Oak and then the Hampshire Games Qualifying tournament at Berrywood. We will also be sending 2 teams to another qualifying event at Wildern in Tag Rugby, followed by 40 boys and girls representing the school at a Cross Country event at Fair Oak.
I would like to thank all the children for their great efforts and dedication to training for these events in their lunchtimes and after school. It has been really hard work to chose our teams from the dozens who have tried out. Also, another big thanks to all the parents who have helped with transport and supported our teams.
What a month!! February continued in busy fashion with our two Hockey teams competing in a School Games Qualifier and an upcoming team event. First up were our ‘B’ team who managed to win their group by winning 3 games and drawing 1. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to play a final, but we were the only unbeaten side at the tournament. Two days later saw our ‘A’ Team play at Wyvern School in a tough group, losing only to Fair Oak. Revenge was sweet though, as after beating Berrywood in the semi final, we were up against Fair oak in the final. The game was end to end with Freegrounds winning with a golden goal in extra time!! This was our first tournament win in the last three years and was thoroughly deserved, with us qualifying for the Hampshire Games Finals.
February also saw the start of the cluster Football and Netball leagues, with the top two teams qualifying for the local area finals. See above for results.
The new year has seen a crazy start to the sporting calendar with over 100 children trialing for two basketball teams, two hockey teams and a netball squad. Our first event was in a Basketball qualifying event at Wildern for the Hampshire Games. This was attended by players from the Solent Kestrels who helped referee and chatted with the teams. We finished a respectable 3rd in our group winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 2 against some tough completion, some of which have been having early morning practice sessions! We followed this up with an emerging teams festival played in the same format. We entered mainly Year 5’s which was a fantastic experience mirroring the previous weeks results! Awesome effort! A big thank you also to all those that tried out, you are a credit to the school.
Sports Hall Athletics – mixed Year 4 team at Hamble Secondary School.
Although a late entry we performed magnificently, finishing overall 4th in a field of eight. Special mention goes to Emily O’Hanlon who beat all boys and girls in the Speed Bounce event. Well done everyone!!
This academic year started by being awarded our Silver Games Award which was given in recognition of our commitment to high-quality P.E. and extra-curricular sports. The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the mark.
During the first few weeks of September our football teams were all involved in cluster events at Berrywood with the winners going through to county finals. This included Year 5 boys, year 5/6 girls and Year 6 boys. This was shortly followed by the Yr 6 boys playing in the Hampshire cup, winning their first game, but unfortunately being knocked out in the next round.
Following on from the summer 10 week Level 1 Golf course at Hedge End Golf Centre, 7 children have been further involved in the Level 2 course sponsored by King Olafs Golf Society. This has been a great success offering both a fantastic opportunity and progression.
The first few weeks of October saw children from all years compete in the area Cross Country races at Hamble. There were 8 events, with Yr 3, 4, 5, and 6 boys and girls races, held over two evenings. We had mixed results with the main accolade going to our year 4 girls winning their team event with individual girls securing 3rd and 4th place overall. They will now progress to the County Finals. Our Yr 5 girls also finished 2nd with an individual achievement of 5th place.
In early November the school entered into the local area Swimming gala at Wildern. This was our first time of entering into a difficult competition. We took a team of 4 boys and 4 girls from year 5 and 6, who thoroughly enjoyed the event. Overall, we finished an admirable 5th place from 8 schools (two of which have their own pools!!!)
We are looking at the calendar of sport this year and are keen to enter sports that the children have not entered in the past.
We have recently purchased a new pair of basketball hoops which came from some of the money that was raised from the athlete visiting last summer term. We will be looking to run another Intra school tournament at lunchtimes as soon as we have more of our playground back! Last year we had 8 teams of 8 involved which ultimately led to success with our A and B teams performing brilliantly in the Inter School competitions.
Overall it has been a very busy start to the year, and although it will be quieter up to Christmas we will continue to prepare for next term when there will be a Yr 3/4 Key Steps Gymnastic competition, and the Hockey and Basketball events for yr 5 & 6 will be taking off!
Having recently spoken with PE leaders in other schools, we are looking at the best way to run Inter House competitions across the whole school. Mr Connolly will be looking to start in the next few weeks with Year 3 girls and boys during lunchtimes. If the format works then we will continue with the other year groups, and then into Spring with Inter House Hockey, Basketball and Netball. To achieve Gold Mark, one of the criteria is to run at least eight competitions through the year. If we split this over lower and upper school this should be achievable.
Results and pictures will be posted after the events.