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Jersey Tour Report

Posted: 13th March 2014 | Category: Sports, Year 7, Year 8

We met at Gatwick at 7.15am and promptly brought the check-in system grinding to a halt – the passengers for all destinations were stuck behind two school parties (64 young travellers to process!). The flight was short but unfortunately we had to leave the sun above the clouds.

Day 1
The Mayfair hotel is situated in the heart of St Helier and is a welcoming establishment. We soon unpacked and jumped back on the coach; next stop was the Jersey Bowl. Here we enjoyed several games of Ten Pin Bowling. Pick of the bunch was David Pollard with a score of 122. However, Mrs. Ritchie had us all in hysterics with her special backward throw!

The afternoon saw us go for our first sporting ventures. The boys had Football matches against St. Michael’s, Kent and Boundary Oak. The A Team played St. Michael’s A Team. We were the better side but looked a tad rusty to begin with; even so, we won the match 4 – 2, with Ollie D scoring a couple of crackers.

In the second match against the same team, both sides used lots of subs and it was great to see both Sams and Max R throwing themselves into the fray. Archie’s keeping was fantastic.

The B’s were also in action and played against Boundary Oak A’s. Everyone had a run out but we lost 1 -5, including a spectacular own goal by Ben.

The girls were on the East side of the island playing against Le Rocquier, whose Year 7 is larger than the whole of Skippers! We played their U13 and U12 teams and our little minnows refused to be fazed by the height of the opposition.

The B’s was a close match but we kept the edge all the way through, with the final score being 11 –  8 to us. Sarah S was Man of the Match.

The A’s looked a little tired and undisciplined to start with but they got into their stride and improved with each quarter. Our final scoreline was a 22- 7 win, with our two Brighton Scholars, Jessy and Gabby, putting in sparkling performances. The boys were able to watch the last quarter from the coach and were truly impressed with the skills shown by both teams.

Back to the hotel for a swim, a trip to the corner shop for supplies and a sumptuous dinner, followed by a well-earned sleep.

A bientot!  

Day 2
Day 2 was another action-packed day. The Jersey 6-a-side Soccer Tournament saw 160 children competing in three separate competitions.

The A Team comprised: Callum Hollingdale; Neill Di Lucia; Ollie Orman; Oliver Duncan; Max Redman; Archie Gibb; and, of course, Super Sub - Sam Williams.

We were in a strong pool and our opening match was against Priory. Here we squandered chance after chance although we were the superior team by far. Archie was strong in goal and the end result was a scoreless draw.

The second match was against Kingswood House and again we should have made more of our chances. Super Sub was sent on - a brilliant move by the coach - and sure enough he scored after some sterling preparation by Messrs Di Lucia and Duncan. The defence was stalwart and Max and Ollie were frankly excellent.

Our third match was against Durlston Court who had been impressive in an earlier game. Once again we dominated and our passing was slick. We needed a win and yet another fine substitution led to Super Sub, who drilled a through pass to find Neill who thundered the ball into the net! This meant we were through to the Finals, which is the best we have ever achieved in this competition. St Michael's were the winners of the other pool.

The final was a ten minute match and it was closely contested. We had our chances and one lapse in defence, caused partly by fatigue and by some super inter-passing, allowed the Kent side to slip in a late winner.

I was very proud of our five Year 8s and two Year 7s. We all had a bag of wine gums each to celebrate our best ever performance!   Tim Lewis

Read Ian Ritchie's Match Report from Day 2.

Prior to their netball match against St Michael’s on Tuesday, the girls enjoyed a little "play time" on the beach. The morning mists had lifted, raising the temperature enough for a paddle to be the order of the day. A few hardy girls soon found that even though the sun was providing warmth to the day, as yet it had not obliged with the sea, which was distinctly chilly! Led by the brave, but perhaps foolhardy Mrs Barkworth, however, even the temperature did not diminish the enjoyment of the beautiful beach.

Some of the girls had discovered that the sand was a fine medium for sculpture. Mrs Barkworth was finally invited to view the sculpture of herself, resplendent with seaweed hair and shell eyes.
Fortified with the obligatory seaside ice-creams the girls brushed off the sand and headed for St Michael’s and their match.

Read the Girls Match Reports from Wednesday and Thursday.

Day 3
On Thursday afternoon, after enjoying the disciplines of hockey on an indoor pitch and a very good lunch, it was decided that the idle rumour of a full size Astro being available for play was too much to ignore. Upon arrival, it appeared that the rumour had also found its way as far as the Kingswood C team. Our team was made up of our girl hockey players and the Skippers Z team of boys.

The match was one of highs and lows, for both sides. Positioning was not the best and at one moment it appeared that the pitch had shrunk in width, with all the players huddled in the middle of the field. When advised by both umpires to "use the whole field" the parade exploded. Huge gaps then appeared, with players searching for their next pass. Had the day been as foggy as the morning, fog horns would have been a necessity to find any team member to pass to! The game passed with huge enjoyment on all sides including the umpires. It was decided that Skippers had the better team, very satisfactory!

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