Sports Competitions 2017/2018
Congratulations to all our children who took part in the Knaresborough Schools Indoor Athletics Tournament on Tuesday 19th September. We entered 2 teams, one came first and the other came second! This means we now take part in the Sportshall Athletics Final on Thursday 12th October. Well done everybody .... a great start to our sporting year!
Year 4 Archery
Mr Wilson took 2 teams to Aspin School to compete in a mini Archery competition. The children took part in 4 stations which involved shooting arrows for accuracy & distance, trying to gain as many points for their team as possible. Our teams came in 1st and 2nd place. Well done to all the children involved.
Year 6 Cycling
Three boys teams and three girls teams competed in a cycling competition around a course on Aspin School Field. The competition was tough with some very fast riders from the different Knaresborough schools. Congratulations to the Girls team of Annie, Lucy, Phoebe and Eva who came in 1st place in the girls event.
Key Stage 2 Cross-Country
On a windy October Saturday morning several children from Years 3 to 6 took part in the Harrogate Schools Sports Partnership KS2 Cross-Country. With races for boys and girls in all four year groups there was good competition for a top 8 position which would see the children qualify for the North Yorkshire Final.
Congratulations to Lily, Helena and Kacey - Year 3, Louie - Year 4, Johannes and Annie - Year 6 who all ran brilliantly to secure a place in the final. Well done to all the runners who competed you can be hugely proud of your effort and commitment.
Key Stage 1 Cross-Country
Monday saw the turn of Key Stage 1 children to competed in the Harrogate Partnership Cross Country. 22 boys and girls from Year 1 & 2 competed in separate year group and boys and girls races on a tough 600 metre course.
Well done to Felicity in the Year 1 Girls race who finished an excellent 4th place. In the Year 2 Boys race Archie also finished in 4th place with Jack going one better and finished in an excellent 3rd place. Congratulations to all the children who took part they all ran their very best in some great races.
Year 5 & 6 Girls Football
As last years Harrogate champions the Girls footballers faced a tough challenge to repeat the success of the previous season in the first qualifying round. The girls produced an excellent defensive display through out and did not concede a goal during the competition. Unfortunately they struggled to find the net at the other end scoring only once to end the tournament with one win and three draws. Luckily this was enough to finish in 3rd place in their group and qualify for the Harrogate Finals.
Sportshall Athletics Final
Heartbreak for the Year 5 and 6 athletics team as they finished runners up in the Sportshall Athletics final by only 4 points. The children performed amazingly well in both the track and field events gaining several first places. Unfortunately this year the team missed out on progressing to the North Yorkshire final but this will only strive them on to improve and hopefully claim victory in this years summer athletics.
After qualifying in an excellent 2nd place for the Harrogate Borough Council Swim gala the team were full of confidence in the final. All the children produced some amazing swims against some incredibly tough competition. After each of the 12 races and 2 relays the scores were counted up and St Mary's finished in a fantastic 6th place out of 16 finalists. This was the highest position the swim team had finished in the final during Mr Wilson's time at St Mary's so he was delighted with the performance of the whole team.
Year 5 & 6 Boys Football
The first week back after the Half Term break saw the Year 5 & 6 Boys teams taste football action for the first time in the Knaresborough qualifying round of the HSSP Boys football competition. St Mary's A started slowly losing to Aspin in their opening game but then found form to win their next 3 games to finish 2nd in the competition. St Mary's B produced some tough defending and battled hard in each game but unfortunately struggled to find the back of the net finishing in 5th place. St Mary's A will now play in the Harrogate final.
Year 5 & 6 Girls Football Final
After progressing through the first round unbeaten the Year 5 & 6 Girls had the chance to retain the trophy for a second year. They started brightly dominating possession in the opening game against Pannal claiming a 1 - 0 victory. Unfortunately in the second game the girls came up against a stubborn defensive performance from Saltergate who held them to a 0 - 0 draw. This only spurred the team on though and they claimed easy victories in their next two games against Western and Willow Tree B. The penultimate game of the competition saw them face also unbeaten Willow Tree A. Unfortunately for the girls despite dominating possession and territory they were beaten by a single breakaway goal. They finished the tournament on a high though beating Aspin to secure a brilliant 2nd place in the competition. The team performed amazingly well and qualified to represent Harrogate Town in a National Schools Competition.
Year 5 & 6 Boys Football Final
Two days after the girls performed excellently in their final it was over to the boys to try and go one better in their Harrogate Final. Playing at Harrogate Town's CNG stadium the boys started excellently easily beating St Joseph's 3 - 1. They then came up against a stubborn Pannal side but a wonderful goal from Bailey led the team to a 1 - 0 victory. In their third game they came up against the favourites for the trophy Fountains Grantley. The game was excellent to watch with non stop action. In the second half Fountains finally managed to break our defences and held on to their 1 - 0 advantage despite Matthew hitting the post with seconds left. In their final group game, after making several tactical changes, the boys were held to a 2 - 2 draw by Western leaving them 2nd in the group. They then took on Oatlands in the 3rd / 4th playoff match which they won comfortably meaning the team finished an excellent 3rd place out of 10 schools. Well done to all the boys involved.
Year 3 & 4 Sportshall Athletics
Just like their Year 5 & 6 school mates our Year 3 & 4 team narrowly missed out on victory in the Harrogate partnership Sportshall Athletics competition, finishing runners up to Pannal. All the children performed excellently in their events gaining several 1st places on the track and in the field. Special well done to Micah who was nominated for the Teamwork School Games Values wristband.
Year 6 Mega Fest Rugby
After learning lots of skills and games during P.E., 16 children went to Knaresborough Rugby Club to take part in HSSP's first Mega Fest Tag Rugby event. The festival style event was all about playing different mini games that improve rugby skills such as passing, tackling and running with the ball. All the children enjoyed competing against each other in the festival and like any good rugby player they all got extremely muddy! Well done to all the children who took part with a special mention to Johannes who was selected for the Passion School Games Value wristband.
Year 5 & 6 High 5 Netball
In the final week of Half Term 4 a team of Year 5 & 6 children competed in the final of the HSSP High 5 Netball competition. They began the tournament at lightning speed but failed to capitalise on all of their possession drawing the game 0-0. In the second game, despite taking an early lead, they went down to a 2-1 defeat to eventual runners up Rossett Acre. Although Game 3 saw the team again draw 0-0 the children continued to improve and in Game 4 overcame St Johns 3-0. This meant the team finished 2nd in their pool and played against Western in the 3rd v 4th playoff. Despite an evenly matched start with both teams scoring early, Western took control with some clinical attacking winning the game 3-1 leaving St Mary's in 4th spot out of 10 teams in the final.
Year 2 Mixed Football
Two teams from Year 2 took to King James School to compete in the Knaresborough round of the mixed football competition. Team A performed magnificently winning 5 and drawing 1 of their 6 games, meaning they finished as champions and qualified for the Harrogate Final. Unfortunately, Team B failed to register a victory but played hard for each other and showed passion in every game.
Year 4 Tri-Golf
Year 4 began their Half Term competitions with an excellent performance in the Harrogate and Knaresborough Tri-Golf competition. The team putted and chipped their way to a brilliant 2nd place overall and 1st Knaresborough school. They now go on to the Harrogate Partnership finals with a chance to qualify for the North Yorkshire Finals.
Year 2 Mixed Football Final
After qualifying for the finals as Knaresborough champions the Year 2 mixed football team had confidence that they could perform well at the Harrogate Finals. The competition started with a brilliant 5 - 0 victory over Western with Archie scoring an excellent hattrick. Unfortunately, against eventual champions Oatlands, the team fell to a 2 - 1 defeat. Despite this set back they came back strongly comfortably winning their final two games to finish as runners up in pool 2.
Year 4 Drax Cricket
On a brilliantly beautiful day our Year 4 cricketers competed in the Harrogate Partnership Drax Cricket competition at Harrogate Cricket Club. In their first game they fielded first and despite a few bits of loose bowling they took several wickets to restrict Hampsthwaite's total. St Mary's started slowly in their run chase however some explosive batting from Charlie and Jack in the last 2 overs gave St Mary's victory. In their second game they easily swept aside Western meaning they finished top of their pool. They then competed against other pool winners Pannal and Willow Tree for 1st place. Unfortunately after a long break St Mary's played rather sluggishly against Pannal and fell to a disappointing defeat. However with 2nd place still on offer the team quickly bounced back and finished with victory by a narrow 2 runs, meaning they took the runners up spot.
Year 4 Tri-Golf Final
After finishing in 2nd place in the qualifying rounds St Mary's golfers knew they had to perform superbly to take the 2018 title. Every player performed to their very best and outscored their qualifying score by over 400 points. Unfortunately this was not enough to secure top spot finishing as runners up to Pannal for the second time in a week. Special well done to Amalie who was selected for the Self-belief School Games Value.