Since January, training has been well attended, and the girls have developed their skills in the game. Both A and B teams have recorded wins against Willink, Deanefield and Little Heath with some excellent shooting from Freyja Sendall and Emma Blackman, and fantastic defensive displays from Hollie Absolom and Sinead Kennedy-Arch. The girls then competed in the District Tournament. Playing in our pool were Downe House, St Gabriel’s, Little Heath and The Downs. Our first game came against St Gabriel’s. Some excellent play from Alienor Golding and Georgia Featherstone helped the team beat them 2-1. Buoyed from a good victory, the team went on to beat Little Heath and The Downs, with great shooting from Freyja Sendall. After a narrow loss to Downe House, we finished the pool in 2nd place and went on to play St Gabriel’s A team in the semi final, eventually losing 5-1. A big well done to all the girls that have played this year!
The Year 8 Netball team are a very talented squad and this has been reflected in a string of great results throughout the league. They have had comprehensive victories over Little Heath, The Downs and Denefield. The team recently played in the District Netball Tournament and played fantastically in their pool. They beat Kennet, Park House and the Willink and drew with St Gabriels to finish top of the group. Unfortunately they narrowly got beaten in the semi-finals by a very strong St Barts team. See left for a picture of the squad.
The year 9 team has strengthened this year with the addition of new players to the squad. They have been highly committed to training and have shown a real enthusiasm to play competitive netball. In the netball league the girls challenged all schools to a competitive game with their most impressive win being against local rivals Kennet where they came from behind to win 15-12. They also drew 9-9 in a closely fought match against Little Heath placing them third in the league. Congratulations to Grace Hunt who has had an excellent season receiving the most nominations for player of the match. Lauren Saunders has been a real strength to the team with her shooting expertise and Esther Boateng for came back to every training session!!! Well done to all players, you have been hugely entertaining. I look forward to next year, Miss Maddock
Cross-Country On a very cold winters day in February Theale Green students braved the weather to compete in the District Cross Country Tournament in Newbury. The teams all competed with a great attitude and sporting etiquette and continued to race even through injury. There was a range of great individual results including Blaine Lewis-Shallow who came 7th out of 66, Bekim Redzepi who came 10th out of 43 and the U20 boys team had a great result finishing in first place. Well done to all competitors as the conditions were very difficult!
From Zumba to the Olympics
Sport Relief has embraced the Olympic theme this year at Theale, and in doing so, students and staff set themselves new challenges to
instil the core Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship and the Paralympics Values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality; and to promote awareness of both the Olympics and Paralympics. To start proceedings off, there was the Sport Relief mile, which took place during the glorious sunny Thursday lunchtime with students and staff running the mile around the school field; some doing it twice! Keeping the heart rate up, Mrs Henderson, embarked upon a 3 hour ‘Zumbathon’ with students and staff managing to keep up with her fast paced dance moves and withstand the heat in the gym hall! Slowing it down slightly for Foggy Friday, Mr Nichols from the Drama department left his home in Swindon at 5am to cycle to Theale, managing to arrive ahead of schedule despite the fog! He was very tired, but very pleased with his progress! Students were ushered out on the fog drenched field to take part in making the Olympic logo on the school field. Visibility was very poor, however the fog managed to lift a little to see the display! To celebrate the Paralympics, and raise awareness of the variety of sports played, students had the opportunity to take part in wheelchair basket ball, goal ball, blind football and bocchia (bowls). Fundraising has always been generous at Theale Green, and this year it was no different, raising a total in excess of £400.
Theale Green recently hosted the High Five Nebtall tournament whereby over one hundred and thirty primary school children participated. The event was a great success and all teams played extremely well and were very organised in changing positions at half time. Dodgeball is currently operating on Wednesday lunchtimes for year 10 pupils and the level of skill, and not to mention competitiveness, is very high! Healthy Active Lifestyle Club is continuing to run on a Tuesday after school and pupils are seeing great improvements in their fitness. They recently performed a bleep test to measure their progress and every one had improved and by at least two sublevels, with some increasing by two whole levels. The girls have done a variety of activities including benchball, dodgeball, circuits, boxacise, fitness gym and invasion games. Keep up the good work girls!
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