July Update

9.6 – KS2 Cricket tournament at Ponteland

A young group of players headed to Ponteland for the KS2 cricket tournament with only a few training sessions under their belts.
They quickly picked up the rules of the game but found it difficult as they were mainly made up of year 5s, competing against some experienced Year 6 teams. This will stand them in good stead for next year though.
I think that they all developed throughout the day and really enjoyed the experience. I hope they take the lessons learned today and head back next year all the better for the experience.

15.6 – Area athletics event at Jarrow

Well done to all our athletes that took part in this fantastic event at Monkton Stadium. It was attended by the most amount of schools this year and as a school we potentially had the highest number of qualifiers for the County event on the 24th. The weather was perfect for all of our runners, jumpers and throwers form Y6, 7 and 8. A superb effort by all and congratulations to all County qualifiers:

6F James Ash 6F Lottie Jones 7B Tom Wales 7B Bella Deacon 8B Theo Brown 8B Rebecca Bradley
6F Aidan Jones 6F Ava Nevins 7J Danny O’Shea 7J Lucy McConnell 8C Fergus Barclay 8B Fay Smith
6F Charlie Spedding 7J Sam Parker 7R Eadie Barakat 8C Charlie Lane 8SW Eloise Walker-Barras
6F Dylan Walker 6M Sophia Cunningham 7J Matty Walton 7R Orla Callaghan 8C Dan Lloyd
6F Ollie Mason 6M Lucy Denham 7R Ollie Bruce 7R Emma Gerrard 8C Ben Waterfield
6M Kate Richmond 7R Harvey Gillie 8U Danny Dowd
6M Harry Brown 7R James McConnell 8U Dylan Gooding
6P Tanneh Freeman 7W Ollie Crooks 8U Ben Walker
6P Olivia Gent 7W Noah Ions
6P Molly Waddington

20.6 / 6.7 – School Sports Days

On the 20th June we had our Field Events, and the main Track Events Sports Day took place on the 6th July. All our pupils were invited to take part over these two days. It was fantastic to watch the effort and determination that went into all competitions. Well done to Dacre house who won both the Track and Field events.

24.6 – County Athletics at Gateshead

A fantastic venue for a fantastic event. Firstly can I congratulate all our pupils who qualified for this event and made the effort to get there on the day. Our pupils were in competition against the best athletes in our county. Well done to all that took part. This is a complete list of those athletes that took part and their finishing positions if they finished in the top 8:
8C Ben Waterfield 1+2
8B Theo Brown 1+6
8C Charlie Lane 2+10
7W Ollie Crooks 2+3
8C Dan Lloyd 2+5
8U Danny Dowd 2+5
7J Danny O’Shea 3
8SW Eloise Walker-Barras 4+6
6F James Ash 4
7J Matty Walton 5+7
6P Olivia Gent 5
7R Eadie Barakat 6
6M Kate Richmond 7
7W Noah Ions 8
7J Lucy McConnell 8
7R Ollie Bruce
7B Bella Deacon
8U Dylan Gooding
6M Sophia Cunningham
6M Lucy Denham
7R Harvey Gillie
7R James McConnell
7J Sam Parker
8B Fay Smith
6F Charlie Spedding
6M Harry Brown
6F Aidan Jones
6F Ollie Mason
6F Dylan Walker

26.6 – Girls beach rugby event at Tynemouth

The girls’ unbelievable rugby season finally came to an end with this fun festival on the beach. The girls, as always, represented themselves with great enthusiasm and ability and were a fantastic credit to our school. Well done to all and I wish them well next year when I really hope they all continue in this sport.
Full squads:
7B Ruby Holton 8B Rebecca Bradley
7B Maisie Nelson 8B Rhianna Brennan Davies
7J Hannah Bishop 8B Fay Smith
7J Ellisse Borley 8C Ava Da Costa
7J Ellie Chirnside 8C Olivia Jarvis
7J Libby Dyer 8C Ama Mason
7J Louise Hardy 8C Maddy Smith
7J Alice Heaton 8C Marley Swinhoe
7J Lucy McConnell 8SW Holly McHugh
7J Francesca Takher 8SW Maia Smith
7R Eadie Barakat 8SW Laura Stevenson
7R Orla Callaghan 8U Ella Joyce
7R Emma Gerrard 8U Freya Macalister
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Lola Jackson
7R Esme Scott
7W Kacy Conroy

13.7 – Y8 Sports’ Celebration Evening at Ponteland

This was the final chance for our ‘elite’ Y8s to represent the school in a Inter-school event against our local schools. They all played basketball, football, handball and rounders. Both myself and Miss Simpson were hugely impressed and proud of these pupils. We wish them all the very best at KEVI and hope to hear of their future sporting endeavours!
Full squads:
8B Dominic Marshall 8B Rebecca Bradley
8C Fergus Barclay 8B Rhianna Brennan-Davies
8C Charlie Lane 8B Fay Smith
8C Dan Lloyd 8C Ava Da Costa
8C Benjamin Waterfield 8C Ellie Dandie
8SW James Allan 8SW Holly McHugh
8SW Aidan McInally 8SW Maia Smith
8SW Will Wood 8SW Laura Stevenson
8U Danny Dowd 8SW Eloise Walker-Barras
8U Ben Morrison 8U Alysia Donnison

17.7 – Final house events of the year – Cricket, Rounders and Benchball

This will be a fantastic way to end the year of sports with our last Inter-House event. Full credit goes to all pupils who have represented their house so far this year and good luck to everyone for this.
Final scores will be announced to our pupils in the final week.

Trampolining

Clara Scott (Y5) started her competitive trampolining this year with 2 rounds each of 2 compulsory routines. Her scores qualified her to represent the region at the NDP (National Development Plan) Regional team and NDP Semi-Final at Birmingham. In this event Clara finished 1st in the region and in the top 8 in the country which meant she then qualified for the NDP National Final at Telford. Clara competed at the Telford International Centre and finished 1st in the country! Therefore she is now ranked number 1 in the country at NDP for her age group. An unbelievable achievement for Clara. We wish her continued success in the future and hope to hear of her further magnificent feats.

U13 Newminster Girls Netball Team

The U13 Newminster Girls Netball Team displayed great skill and teamwork throughout the season to achieve a 4th place finish in a highly competitive league of 12 Northumberland teams. Having played 11 fixtures, the girls won 7, drew 1 and only lost during 3 very close matches. The girls have continued to develop their netball ability and knowledge throughout the season meaning that all of the team had an opportunity to trial for the county, Laura Stevenson, Freya Lawrence and Maia Smith all being successful, well done. I’m sure all the girls involved in the team and the wider squad will continue to enjoy and achieve in their netball ventures. We wish them much success in the future.

May Update

Please note: The Y7 Girls National Cup Semi-Final will be played away on Wednesday 7th May at Thomas Telford School, Telford, TF3 4NW.

Sporting events, Summer term 1:

25.4 – U11s girls’ football tournament at Valley Gardens:
It was great to get our KS2 team a run out before the season draws to a close. After struggling to put a team together for most of the season we have at last got a group of girls very keen to play and throughout this mini-tournament they played in a very determined manner. They managed a mixed set of results but much more importantly we now have a good sized squad to take us into next season. Well done to the full squad:
5W Madison Young
5W Holly Brind
6F Scarlet Havery
6F Ruby Housman-Wilkinson
6M Erin Johnstone
6P Ella Jackson
6P Tanneh Freeman
6P Hope Hedley
6M Izzie Forster
26.4 – Y7 National cup v Bury School for Boys
Our Newminster U12’s footballers fantastic run in the ESFA National cup unfortunately came to an end this half term in a extremely close defeat to Bury School for Boys. Newminster took the lead through James McConnell midway through the first half and seemed destined to be on their way to the quarter finals until Bury equalised midway through the second half. It was then a freak goal from Bury which looped into the net as we seemed to be heading for extra time that ended this years cup run for Newminster. Despite the defeat the team were still in buoyant mood, deservedly proud of their success this year. Very well done to all involved for their superb attitude throughout the season and we look forward to more success when they become our U13 team next year.
Full squad:
7B Tom Wales
7B Josh Armsworth
7B Josh Grenfell
7J Matthew Walton
7J Lucy McConnell
7R Ollie Bruce
7R Roan Parker
7R James McConnell
7R Orla Callaghan
7W Dan McConnell
7W Giorgio La Rosa
7W Louie Gourlay
7W Finlay Coulson
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27.4 – U13s football v Rothbury:

U13s football: I put together a large experimental squad for this friendly involving Y7 and Y8 boys, led and organised magnificently by captains Ben Loknes and James Allan. The lads played well in the first half, creating several goal scoring chances and looking solid at the back. However it was Rothbury that struck first with a goal coming form pressurising our defense. Looking like we were heading to half time a goal down the team stepped up a gear and forced the equaliser courtesy of Roan’s quick thinking after we struck the crossbar. I made several changes at half-time but the lads adapted to the game very quickly and it didn’t take long for Joe Lennox to score a debut goal for the U13s. The game continued in a very exciting manner with the ball quickly moving from end to end. However due to some unbelievable saves from Chris in goal and hard work from both defenses neither side could score again, despite an extremely frantic last 5 minutes! Special mention goes to Ben Loknes and James for their hard work on and off the pitch and a very positive debut performance from Charlie.
Well done to this full squad:
7B Evan Logan
7B Joe Lennox
7B Chris Johnstone
7B Josh Morina
7B Dan Walker
7R Kieran Edwards
8B Steve Speirs
8B Ed Kirby
8B Joe Berry
8C Harry Bruce
8C Sam Lowes
8C Charlie Lane
8SW Max Milburn
8SW james allan
8SW ben loknes
8U Douglas Robson
8U Roan Stark
8U ben morrison

2.5 – Y7 girls’ National Rugby League Finals in Warrington:

Over the course of the year, the Y7 girls have played in the Champion Schools Rugby League Regional competition. Having recently won the regional final at Kingston Park, this qualified the girls for the National Champion Schools finals in Warrington where the top 8 teams for the regional qualifiers from around the country would gather. Teams played each other, in two pools of 4, for the right to qualify for the National Final to be held at Wembley in August before the Challenge Cup final.

It was a fantastic achievement for the girls to have got this far; especially as some of them had never played rugby or, more importantly, contact rugby of any sort up to this point. So, on a sunny May day, they headed down to the heartland of rugby league to test themselves against the best in the country. In our pool on the day were Longdean from London, Castleford Academy from Yorkshire and Deanery from the North West.

In our first game we played Deanery who have been brought up on rugby league and who fancied themselves to win the tournament. The girls started a little slowly to begin with but soon grew into the match and surprised the opposition winning 12-8.

We then had a short break which allowed us to watch our other two opposition teams battle it out. Castleford looked the team to beat and you could clearly see that they knew how to play rugby league.

We faced them next and it was an incredibly tight affair, much to the surprise of the rugby league locals including the referee. The girls fought really hard and were in it right to the end, but in those short 11 minute games there is no time to come back. Castleford scored on the final whistle to win 12-8, much to their relief!

We backed up straight away in our next game knowing to qualify we needed to win. The girls proceeded to put on a fantastic display of running rugby; cutting our opposition to bits with pace, power and skill. The final score finished 24-12 to Newminster.

This set up a tense final pool game with us needing Castleford to win, or draw, or lose by less that two tries to see us through to the semi finals. Deanery proceeded to jump into a two try lead! Suddenly Castleford had a very vocal support group dressed in our colours! This seems to spur them on and they recovered to win, putting us through to the semi finals as runners up. We would face the top seed from the other pool, Malet Lambert School.

The girls had done so well to get to this point and were excited to be 11 minutes from Wembley. The game started well with all the girls fired up, this led to a few uncharacteristic errors on their part on offence. On defence however they stopped Malet Lambert again and again. In rugby league it is almost impossible to stop sustained pressure forever and the opposition finally squeezed over. This seemed to spark the girls attack with a score right from the restart. Malet Lambert came right back at them to score too. This next passage required the girls to dig deep and believe, with time now against them. They worked their way up the field with Lucy M squeezing over right on the hooter, 2-2. The referee then had to go and check what the ruling was. He came back to say it goes to golden point….the first team to score! As we had received the kick off at the start of the game, we kicked possession to them. Pressure! They worked their way up the field and managed to find some space down the right hand side. All the girls worked back tirelessly but couldn’t quite stop the opposite scoring. Heart breaking – it could have gone either way.

The girls were so disappointed but they did so amazingly well to get as far as they did. Not many people can stay they are part of a team that is in the top 4 in the country at their age group. Mr Dick and myself are so proud of them. Long may their success continue and I hope they look back and reflect on this as a great experience. The girls will have learnt so much about themselves from this; I look forward to seeing them develop their talents further.

Finally, a note to the wider squad. They were such a big part of getting the team to this point and continue to be a big part of the team. The disappointment they showed in not playing showed just how much they cared about the team and the game. On the day they were a credit to themselves, supporting the team and living every moment of the tournament with them; as they rightly should. There will be many more opportunities to play and they will definitely be involved in these if the attitude they displayed over this tournament is anything to go by. A fantastic achievement by all – well done!

Full squad:

Eadie Barakat
Hannah Bishop
Ellisse Borley
Orla Callaghan
Ellie Chirnside
Kacy Conroy
Libby Dyer
Emma Gerrard
Ruby Gerrard
Louise Hardy
Alice Heaton
Ruby Holton
Lola Jackson
Lucy McConnell
Maisie Nelson
Esme Scott
Francesca Takher

3.5 – U13s football v Seaton Sluice (away):

Another fantastic performance from our boys. I decided to change formation to use wing-backs and I was very impressed at how the entire team took to this system so quickly. The team stormed into a 4-0 lead before half-time with a brace from James Mc showing a superb turn of pace and awareness of getting into the right place at the right time. Will and Ben L also helped themselves to a goal each involving great team play. At half-time I made wholesale changes then continued to make further experimental changes throughout the half to see how the boys coped. After only two minutes in a new forward role for Olly he showed great composure to place the ball into to the top corner. Seaton Sluice rallied back to score two late goals but the game was never in doubt. Well done lads, final score 5-2.Squad:
7R James McConnell
8B james herron
8B dominic marshall
8B olly smith
8B Joe Berry
8C Ben Waterfield
8C Tom Holden
8C david jenkinson
8C fergus barclay
8C dan lloyd
8SW james allan
8SW ben loknes
8SW aidan mcinally
8SW will wood
8U ben morrison

3.5 – Y7 Girls’ National Cup at home versus Dyke House

The girls played in the last 16 of the National Cup at home against a travelling Dykehouse Academy, Hartlepool. The Newminster girls went on to win 8-2 with Lucy McConnell banging in 6 goals! The other goal scorers were Orla Callaghan and Francesca Takher. This win meant the girls were now through to the quarter finals and face a long travel to Hull.

9.5 – U13 Girls County Cup Final v Valley Gardens

The girls County Cup run came down to this final against a much stronger Valley Gardens team than they had played earlier in the season. The opposition were overall a much bigger and stronger team than ours as they were mainly Y8s and ours were mainly Y7s. The girls new they had to play particularly well to match this team. However with the exceptional talent we have in our squad, the game remained very tight throughout. Both teams created good chances but with two very good defenses it didn’t look like it was going to be a high scoring game. It didn’t look like anything was going to get past Alysia in goal but late in the half Valley scored a deflected goal. With the score 1-0 at half-time we knew we had to dig deep in the second half to get back in the game. It didn’t take long as good work from Lucy and Orlaled to a shot which bounced off the post and Ellie was first to react, slotting in the equaliser. The rest of the game saw us battle for our lives as their superior size started to show. With unbelievable effort, determination and ability we kept Valley out as they pressed for a winner but the score remained 1-1 right through the rest of the game and extra-time.
The girls looked like they couldn’t give any more and those willing to take a penalty were few in number! However I knew we were in with a good chance with Alysia in goal (and willing to take a penalty!). Fran was first to step up and very neatly placed the ball into the net. Valley replied immediately. Eadie then smashed the ball down the middle hoping the keeper would dive to one side but unfortunately she stayed firm and saved it. However, the disappointment was short lived as Alysia returned the favour and saved well. Fresh from that moment, Alysia then smashed the ball into the goal for her penalty, but couldn’t deny Valley’s third. Now that we were at the business end of the shootout, Lucy stepped up and again finished well, as did Valley. Orla took our fifth penalty despite being extremely nervous before but put it away very well. Alyisa was then back in the lime-light knowing if she saved their penalty it would be game over. And so it was as she saved well, sending the team and all our support into delirium as the girls became County Champions. A deserved accolade for this fantastic group of girls.
Full squad:
8C Ellie Dandie
8U Alysia Donnison
7J Louise Hardy
7J Izzy Bird
7J Lucy McConnell
7J Ellie Chirnside
7J Fran Takher
7R Eadie Barakat
7R Esme Scott
7R Orla Callaghan
7R Lola Jackson
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Emma Gerrard

15.5 – Sky Try Rugby League festival at St James Park

For the 3rd year this very prestigious event was held at St James’ Park and I had great pleasure in taking all our Y7s who have been part of the Sky Try Rugby League programme this year. Despite the pouring rain the 2 girls teams enjoyed a very successful morning with the only defeat being when our teams played each other. The girls continued to show how talented (and strong!) they are with superb team play, tackling and quick attacks. Not to mention the perfect conditions for sliding try scores!
The 2 boys teams took to the pitch after lunch (and after the rain stopped) and demonstrated they too could play with fantastic determination and commitment. Team A recorded a 100% win record, and Team B definitely made good progress throughout the afternoon including a very convincing win against a very physical team from Redhouse School.
The day was made even better when the pupils were joined by some superstars from the top Rugby League teams in the country. Well done Eadie for putting a big tackle into one of them!
Full teams:
7B Fraser Adamson 7B Ellen Davison
7B Joshua Armsworth 7B Ruby Holton
7B Mackenzie Bannister 7B Maisie Nelson
7B Josh Grenfell 7J Hannah Bishop
7B Christopher Johnstone 7J Ellisse Borley
7B Joe Lennox 7J Ellie Chirnside
7B Evan Logan 7J Ami-Jane Green
7B Matteo Peddis 7J Louise Hardy
7B Tom Wales 7J Alice Heaton
7J Joe Cromar 7J Charlotte Kennedy
7J Jacob Metcalfe 7J Lucy McConnell
7R Ollie Bruce 7J Francesca Takher
7R Alfie Clark 7R Eadie Barakat
7R Harvey Gillie 7R Orla Callaghan
7R James McConnell 7R Emma Gerrard
7R Roan Parker 7R Ruby Gerrard
7W Ollie Crooks 7R Lola Jackson
7W Tom Druce 7R Esme Scott
7W Karun Kahlon 7W Leah Clark
7W Dan McConnell 7W Kacy Conroy
 

16.5  – Y7 girls National Cup Quarter-Final away at St Mary’s Sports College, Hull.

The girls were fresh from their County Cup win (and rugby the day before!) and traveled the long journey to Hull. We arrived at the fantastic sports college and at first some of the girls were a little over-awed with the very impressive facilities. We also discovered before the game the team had a good history in this competition so we knew it was going to be a big step up from previous rounds. I also got the impression they were very much expecting a win. However, Lucy kept us calm with her now famous observation ‘All the gear…no idea’.
Although St Mary’s definitely proved to have some idea it was Newminster who dominated early play and it didn’t take long for Orla to power home a fine goal after great pressure from our midfield. Lucy, who looked very sharp and dangerous all game then quickly made it two after a great through ball allowed her to race in on goal. Orla added another goal before half-time and the game was looking very one sided. However, St Mary’s scored a good goal to keep their interest alive just before half-time. Going into the second half the girls knew the next goal was going to be vital and Lucy obliged with not one but two well taken goals. St Mary’s hit back with two of their own to keep the game interesting. In a very open game the result was made complete after further superb midfield play from our girls led to a strong shot which was only kept out by a defenders hand and the referee had no choice but to award a penalty. Orla’s penalty nerves from the Cup Final were obviously now vanquished and she stepped up to complete her hat-trick and end the game 6-3.
At the start of this competition there was 174 teams entered and the girls from Newminster Middle School are now in the final four. We would like to wish the girls all the luck in the world and want them to know that we are extremely proud of each and every one of them. Good luck girls, let’s do this!!
Squad:
7J Louise Hardy
7J Izzy Bird
7J Lucy McConnell
7J Ellie Chirnside
7J Fran Takher
7R Eadie Barakat
7R Esme Scott
7R Orla Callaghan
7R Lola Jackson
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Emma Gerrard
 

18.5 – Y7/8 Girls’ rugby at Ponteland

The girls travelled to Ponteland RFC for the final tournament of the season.

They were all in good spirits and the weather was dry and warm. Perfect for sevens rugby.
Each team performed well in their competitions and enjoyed the day.
It has been a great year for girls rugby at Newminster and this was a nice way to finish the contact Rugby Union for all the girls that have put so much into playing for the school this year.

25.5 – U13s Cricket tournament at Longhirst – ID

Well done to our 2 boys’ teams and 1 girls’ team who took part in this U13s event. Despite having a full squad of y7s playing against Y8s our pupils performed superbly well, showing great determination and ability.
The girls had a tough first game (in their first grass tournament) and certainly took the loss as a vital learning experience. The second game was much closer, and with a bit more experience of this style tournament they would definitely have won the game, loosing out by 2 only runs! The 3rd game was when it all came together and having learned quickly how to play, they put Chantry into bat first and quickly surpassed their score with overs to spare.
Our boys A team stormed into the Semi-Finals with a 100% win record in the group stages. The B-team had a difficult opening game but then picked themselves up quickly to record two victories from two games, inspired in the knowledge that these results meant they would play our A team in the Semi. The game was great to watch with both teams showing fantastic commitment to gain runs and wickets. The victors were our A team who went on to play Chantry A in the Final. We batted first and gained a very healthy score including several well hit boundary shots from Chris and Harvey. Chantry therefore knew the score they needed to beat and set about chipping away at it throughout their innings. Although we took a few wickets and kept the score sensible we couldn’t quite make it to the end and lost in the penultimate over. A fantastic achievement considering we were Y7s playing against Y8s. Well done to all!
7J Izzy Bird
7J Ellie Chirnside
7J Fran Takher
7R Eadie Barakat
7R Orla Callaghan
7R Emma Gerrard
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Lola Jackson
7R Esme Scott
7B Josh Armsworth
7B Mackenzie Bannister
7B Josh Grenfell
7B Chris Johnstone
7B Joe Lennox
7B Evan Logan
7B Joseph Nicholson
7B Tom Wales
7J Joe Cromar
7R Ollie Bruce
7R Alfie Clark
7R Kieran Edwards
7R Harvey Gillie
7R Finlay Keith
7R Roan Parker
7W Finlay Coulson
7W Louie Gourlay

Spring Sports Update

1.3 – Y5 Skipping event at Morpeth LC – BW

Skipping squad:

Jasmine Adamson 5D Evie Nicholson 5T
Ella Miller 5D Hailie-Nicole Kidd 5T
Maddie Bullock 5D Soraya Gales-Elie 5T
Hannah Waterfield 5D Georgina Swaddle 5T
Gracie Hall 5D Jasmine Rochester 5P
Kate Kennedy 5D Jo Ridge 5P
Ruby Havery 5D Eva Smylie 5P
Maisie Sands 5D Isabella Stewart 5P
Sophie Almond 5D Anna Shepard 5P
Cerys Beaton 5D Alex Williams 5P
Rachel Chalhoub 5W Ben Hewitt 5P
Lawrence Buxton 5W Chloe Coward 5P
Clara Scott 5W Megan Cooke 5P
Lucas Oliver 5W Grace Cockburn 5P
Alexandra Pell 5W Naomi Gales-Elie 5P
Lucas Kidd 5W

2.3 – U13s Rugby tournament

The boys headed to the NSB 7’s waterfall competition with Chantry. It was the boys first experience of 7’s rugby this year and with county tournaments coming up later in the term, it was a good opportunity for them to develop their skills.

At the tournament the boys took a while to get used to amount of space that they had to play with and how that would effect how they attacked and defended. When they started to adapt and use the space in attack we were able to witness some great attacking rugby. However, from a defensive stand point we still have a lot to work on. But I hope the boys can take the experience gained here through to their next tournaments.

3.3 – Y7/8 girls cricket tournament at Ashington

Well done to our ever-reliable Y7 girls who took part in this Y8 cricket tournament. Our first ever game was always going to be tough against a strong Y8 team from Ponteland, and so it proved to be with their girls dominating the batting and bowling. However the game proved to be a vital learning experience which we took into the second game against the Y8s from Chantry. We batted first and scored a very respectable 126 which Chantry had to match. Our bowling and fielding skills were definitely up to the test and kept Chantry’s score to 96. The third game was much closer against Richard Coates but again won, 91 to 85. This booked our place in the final where we faced Ponteland once again. Unfortunately Ponteland ran out winners but in a much closer game than the first. Our girls can take a lot of credit from the tournament, making huge improvements throughout and knowing they were Y7s against Y8s teams. I’m sure they’ll come back even stronger next year.

Full squad:

7J Izzy Bird
7J Ellie Chirnside
7J Lucy McConnell
7J Fran Takher
7R Eadie Barakat
7R Orla Callaghan
7R Emma Gerrard
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Lola Jackson
7R Esme Scott

3.3 – Y7/8 Sportshall Athletics at Morpeth

Our Y7 boys’ and Y8 boys’ teams had both qualified earlier this year for this Area tournament. Despite a few injury scares the full teams were up for this and they looked strong in the opening events. It’s always very difficult to predict the final results as the tournament draws on but it looked like the Y7s were heading for 3rd/4th place whereas the Y8s seemed to be winning most of their events. The final results were then a mix of emotions as the Y7s achieved 3rd place which was as good as they thought they would get, but the Y8s were bitterly disappointed with only 2nd place as it did seem they had won most of the events throughout the full session. However, huge praise must go to all competitors for their determination and commitment, especially those who were carrying injuries or had to cope with last minute changes to the programme!

7B Josh Grenfell 8C Fergus Barclay
7B Tom Wales 8C Charlie Lane
7J Matty Walton 8C Ben Waterfield
7R Ollie Bruce 8U Danny Dowd
7R Harvey Gillie 8U Ben Morrison
7R James McConnell 8B Theo Brown
7R Roan Parker 8B James Herron
7W Ollie Crooks 8SW Ben Loknes
8C Dan Lloyd

7.3 – Regional Indoor Rowing tournament at Durham

Lucy McConnell, Eadie Barkat and Rory Dwyer took part in this event which involved the best Indoor Rowers in the North East of England. Just to get to this level took a phenomenal effort so huge congratulations go to them all, especially to Rory who despite being very ill insisted on still taking part.

9.3 – Y7 Rugby League tournament

The girls came to the tournament with an unbeaten record from the previous rounds but were missing some girls, who were away skiing. The girls felt that this may effect their chances in the tournament, so were nervous before the start. However, when the games started they played fantastically as a team and really worked hard for each other. It was great to see them grow in confidence over the games. By the end there was even a bit of complacency creeping in, as they won all their games comfortably to qualify for the regional round. Congratulations girls! I look forward to taking you to the regional round of the competition and seeing how you compete at that higher level. 

14.3 – Y7/8 girls Rugby Union tournament at Morpeth

It was with great pleasure that I took 4 teams to this event. Just to have that huge level of interest and commitment is a massive credit to the school. We had 2 Y7 teams and 2 Y8 teams. Our 2 Y7 teams played exceptionally well against a mixed Y7/8 team from St Benet Biscop’s (and against each other!). We then organised a final game for one of our Y7 teams against a Y8 team from Ponteland, which they also won. Well done!

The 2 Y8 teams also played extremely well: including great running with the ball; passing; and huge tackles flying in throughout every match. Well done in particular to our Y8 1st team who beat the first teams from Coates, Chantry and Ponteland. Their last game against Ponteland was played at a very high standard, in which we raised our game to the best level I have seen these girls play.

Further rugby is still to come for all of our girls this season.

15.3 +20.3 + 28.3- Y7/8 girls football

16.3 – Y7/8 girls football (County Cup) against St Thomas More

A fantastic effort from our U13s team who went into this cup Quarter-Final game without 2 key players. After only a few minutes of the game we could see it was going to be a tough game with the opposition being both physically strong and with a few very talented players. So it proved to be when then broke quickly and took the lead. Our girls then settled into the game matching them for strength but unable to create many goal-scoring chances. The second half brought very poor weather conditions but also better football from Newminster. The game became more frantic with chances at either end, but it was Newminster who took theirs, firstly with a goal from Ellie Dandie and then a great passage of play from Newminster as they played in Lucy who used her strength and skill to turn her defender and curl the ball delightfully past the keeper. The game was destined to end in a very tense manner as Thomas More pushed for an equaliser but fantastic defending, particularly from Eadie and Ruby and saves from Alysia kept them out. A fantastic effort from the entire squad who all played a vital part in this victory.

Final score 2-1 to Newminster, who now play Ponteland in the Semi-Final.

Squad:

7J Izzy Bird
7J Lucy McConnell
7J Ellie Chirnside
7J Fran Takher
7J Louise Hardy
7R Eadie Barakat
7R Esme Scott
7R Lola Jackson
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Emma Gerrard
8C Ellie Dandie
8U Alysia Donnison

20.3 – U11s B-team football league

A few debuts were handed out to those who have worked hard during training recently. The team started strongly and comfortably beat Chantry 3-1. A tap-in from Elliot G, followed by a free-kick smashed in by Joel G and the victory sealed by Joe D. The whole team worked extremely hard for the next two games and were unlucky not to come away with another win against Morpeth Road. Overall, the attitude of the team was very good and all players were a credit to the school.

Squad:

James Scott 6F
Elliot Gascogne 6P
Talha Hassan 6P
Aidan Bradley 6J
Thomas Carr 6J
Luke Marshall 6J
Joe Donnison 6P
Joe Gallagher 6M
Harry Tong 6P
William Garbutt 5D

21.3 – Sports Partnership Handball tournament at Ponteland

Huge credit to both teams who showed fantastic team spirit, attitude and ability during the full event. Both teams had a mixed set of results and what I was most impressed with was despite the score, they played with the same determination throughout each game. Both squads rotated their players well, giving everyone the chance to show their skills.

Both teams started strongly with good victories against respective Rothbury teams. Then Team 1 faced defeat to Ponteland and Coates, which they treated as a good learning experience going into their last game against a very strong Chantry team. In this short space of time you could see the improvements and they worked especially hard in defense keeping Chantry out and catching them time and again on the counter attack, final score: 2-0 Newminster.

Team 2 had a matching set of results with 2 wins and 2 defeats. Their other victory was a very convincing demolition of Ponteland. Special mention goes to the Y8 boys: Cameron, Ben S, Charlie L and Charlie H

Full squad:

7B Joe Lennox 8B Joe Berry
7B Maisie Nelson 8C David Jenkinson
7J Alice Heaton 8C Charlie Lane
7J Fran Takher 8C Ben Stappard
7R Ellie Chirnside 8C Ben Waterfield
7R Eadie Barakat 8SW Cameron Allan
7R Emma Gerrard 8U Tom Andrews
7R Ruby Gerrard 8U Charlie Halliford
7R Esme Scott 8U Douglas Robson

21.3 – Y7 National cup against Thirsk

24.3 – Y8 Netball Sports Partnership event at Richard Coates Middle

27.3 – U13s league football v Meadowdale (home)

A great team performance against a very strong Meadowdale team.

Some of the boys had psyched themselves out of this game before it kicked off, knowing the opposition had some very talented players, but the first 10 minutes proved we were definitely up for the challenge and started on the front foot. The boys looked solid at the back and pressed high up the pitch not allowing Meadowdale to have time on the ball. This was rewarded when James and Will pressured the keeper into a mistake, playing the ball straight to Will’s feet to finish coolly into the bottom corner. More good work in midfield released Ben M down the right, who played a perfect cross for James to slot away the second. Confident in the full squad I made a few changes at half time and in the second half which in no way changed our dominant play. The win never looked in doubt and it was secured by another great passage of play that saw Olly cut in from the left and chip it over the Meadowdale keeper.

Well done to the full squad…next up Rothbury at home.

8B james herron
8B dominic marshall
8B olly smith
8B Joe Berry
8C Tom Holden
8C david jenkinson
8C fergus barclay
8C dan lloyd
8C Harry Bruce
8SW james allan
8SW ben loknes
8SW aidan mcinally
8SW will wood
8U ben morrison

March rugby report

The rugby season has finally come to a close after another highly successful season for the 3Rivers.

Having won the U13 County Cup 13 a-side competition in December, the next and final challenge of the season was the U13 County Cup 7’s. Full of confidence the team got off to an unusually slow start beating Bede Academy but then drawing with NSB, a team they had previously beat easily.

Topping our group the team went into the Cup Finals along with RGS and Dame Allan’s. First up was RGS, a team notorious for their strength and skill. After a hard fought match we lost 10-15. Due to other results in the group we had to beat Dame Allan’s by 3 tries to top the group on aggregate scores. Winning 15-5 and with the last play of the game the boys managed to find the space for Gus Singer, a captain who has lead by example this year, to run half the length of the field to score, sparking scenes on celebration.

A massive effort by all the players this season who have represented the 3Rivers at U13 level.

The U12 have not had as many games this year but their season also finished with a County Cup 7s tournament at Dame Allan’s. In a tough group we lost to a very good St Thomas Moore team but then went on to beat RGS and Bede Academy.

This placed us in the Vase competition and in our final group were three independent school: RGS, NSB and Dame Allan’s. The boys were starting to find their rhythm by this point and the first team we played were NSB who we beat 20-10. After this outstanding performance we faced Dame Allan’s who we beat 25-10 with some scintillating play. The final game was to be against RGS, who we had beaten already in the first group stage. The 3Rivers started slowly and were down 10-0 very quickly before finally getting back on track to pull the scores level at 10-10. With the final play of the game RGS managed to find some space on the edge and score a try in the corner to take the victory and the Vase.

A truly outstanding effort by all the U12 players and a group that I am very much looking forward to working with next season.

Mr Shaw and Mr Twentyman want to thank all the players for their commitment to training and playing this year as well as the parents and the Head teachers of both Chantry and Newminster for their continued support. Another fantastic season!

30.3 – House Football / Netball / Benchball

Another fantastic set of competitions for all our pupils took place on a much warmer day than last time! Congratulations to all pupils as you helped your house gain valuable points on the way to the House Championship.

Results:

For the events on the day:

Collingwood – 33, Dacre – 33, Howard – 31, Mitford – 24.

Overall results so far:

Collingwood – 75, Dacre – 96, Howard – 81, Mitford – 73.

31.3 – Y7 Girls Sky Try Rugby tournament at Kingston Park

Another fantastic tournament for our two Rugby League teams. This time we started with the game of the festival, pitting our two teams against each other. Friendships were definitely put on the shelf and the tackles flew in as both teams showed great determination and ability. Well done to ‘Fish Fingers’ who just edged the game against ‘Flying Pigs’! (They came up with their own names!) The rest of the tournament saw both teams beat the rest of their opposition and proved a fantastic platform going into the regional finals on the 7th April. As well as our usual star performers (Eadie, Kacy and Lucy), it was brilliant to see the development of the other girls, in particular Louise, Maisie, Ellie, Lola, Esme, Ruby and Hannah. Report on the Regional Final will appear after half-term.

Full squad:

7B Ruby Holton
7B Maisie Nelson
7J Hannah Bishop
7J Ellisse Borley
7J Ellie Chirnside
7J Libby Dyer
7J Ami-Jane Green
7J Louise Hardy
7J Alice Heaton
7J Charlotte Kennedy
7J Lucy McConnell
7J Francesca Takher
7R Eadie Barakat
7R Orla Callaghan
7R Emma Gerrard
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Lola Jackson
7R Esme Scott
7W Kacy Conroy

3.4 – U13 Girls’ County Cup Semi-Final v Ponteland (home)

These teams have met several times this season with a mixed set of results but this was definitely going to be the most important game.

The game started evenly with Newminster edging the goal-scoring chances but also struggling a few times to deal with aerial through-balls. However whenever Ponteland did manage to get through our tight defense, Alysia was on high alert and throughout the game, pulled off some amazing saves. Newminster then stepped up their efforts and through great midfield play, put Lucy in on goal to score a brace in the 1st half. The second half continued in the same way as Alysia and our defense kept Ponteland out and our quality midfield battled well against a physical Ponteland team and continued to create chances. Ponteland managed a late consolation goal but the game was made secure with Lucy completing (another!) hat-trick. Ponteland gave a deserved ‘Girl of the Game’ award to Alysia, but I’d also like to congratulate Ruby and Orla in midfield who had a huge positive impact on this game. Well done girls and good luck in the Final!

Full squad:

8C Ellie Dandie
8U Alysia Donnison
7J Louise Hardy
7J Izzy Bird
7J Lucy McConnell
7J Ellie Chirnside
7J Fran Takher
7R Eadie Barakat
7R Esme Scott
7R Orla Callaghan
7R Lola Jackson
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Emma Gerrard

February Sports Update

Year 7 Netball

The Year 7 girls who attend netball training have shown a real talent and desire to improve their skills and game play. There are regularly enough girls to create two very strong teams, and all girls involved have been committed to playing friendly games aswell as competitive matches. Our results in the Campbell Cup have demonstrated this. Having won each one of our 3 pool matches, against Chantry, Bede and Ovingham, the girls finish top and will therefore continue in the competition at the next stage in March. Well done to all those involved.

 

3.2.17 – Y5 Area Finals basketball at the home of the Newcastle Eagles.

A fantastic experience for our Y5 team who had qualified for the event earlier this year. They played the ‘Semi-final’ match just before the Eagles Game at Sports Central, against Shanklea Primary. A team they had already beaten on the way to this tournament, this game was much closer than the first meeting and at the end of normal time the score was 2-2, resulting in a shoot-out. Jasmine Rochester and Ben Hewitt were very confident in saying they would take the deciding shots for Newminster. With the scores still level after the girls shots for both teams, it was a straight shoot-out between Ben and the star player for Shanklea. Ben was the only scorer of the two resulting in Newminster qualifying for the Grand Final. After a brief rest watching the first half of the Eagles game, the team were ready for the final against a very strong (and tall!) Ponteland team. With hundreds of basketball fans watching, the team played their best basketball on the night, but weren’t strong enough to overcome their opponents. With well earned Runners up medals around their necks, we stayed to watch the Eagles win their match rounding off a good night out in ‘the Toon’!

Full squad:

5D  Ben BELSHAW
5P  Chloe COWARD
5P  Ben HEWITT
5P  Jasmine ROCHESTER
5P  Adrian SWINGLEHURST
5T Charlie LOWES
5T Mark WALES

 

7.2.17 – Y7 Girls’ Rugby League tournament at Churchill School.

The girls played against 4 other schools in their first taste of competitive Rugby League. The full squad of 16 played exceptionally well in their first 3 games, winning 6-0, 8-0 and 5-1 with tries from team captain Eadie Barakat (4), Ellisse Borley (3), Lucy McConnell (4), Ruby Gerrard (2), Hannah Bishop (2), Emma Gerrard, Louise Hardy, Ellie Chirnside and Orla Callaghan. They went into the final game with plenty of confidence and had to raise their game even more to play in without doubt their hardest game, against John Spence. We conceded a try early which shook off any hint of complacency and after exchanging some fantastic team plays and huge tackles, Lucy once again ran from deep and scored the equaliser. With further huge hits from both teams Newminster stepped up their performance and scored 2 late tries from Eadie Barakat and Ellie Chirnside. As well as all of these vital tries and running with the ball throughout the tournament, and unbelievable tackling from Kacy; I must give huge praise to the attitude, commitment and ability of the full squad who all played their part. Can’t wait for the next tournament next week!

Full squad:

7J Hannah Bishop
7J Ellisse Borley
7J Ellie Chirnside
7J Libby Dyer
7J Ami-Jane Green
7J Louise Hardy
7J Alice Heaton
7J Charlotte Kennedy
7J Lucy McConnell
7R Eadie Barakat
7R Orla Callaghan
7R Emma Gerrard
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Lola Jackson
7R Esme Scott
7W Kacy Conroy

 

9.2 – Y8 Girls’ Rugby League tournament at John Spence

The girls headed to John Spence on a bitterly cold and wet afternoon, in surprisingly good spirits. We were missing a few of the usual team as some were out on an Art trip. However, this allowed others to get an opportunity to play. In the first game it took a few minutes for the girls to warm up and get stuck in but they eventually won comfortably. The next game was again comfortable with some excellent tackling from Ella Joyce and others. In the third game against John Spence the girls struggled to handle their big ball-carriers but battled back well from going three tries down to gain a well earned draw.. The final game was not the best with the girls struggling to handle some of the more street-wise tactics of the team from Seaton Sluice and finished with their only loss. I think overall the day was a success with many of the girls experiencing their first piece of competitive rugby league. Hopefully they will look to continue it in the future.

 

13.2 – U13 boys football match v Richard Coates

This was the final league game that needed to be played before the league re-shuffle that starts next half-term. In the league so far, we had a disappointing loss and a draw in which we were by far the better team. We went into this game hoping our team could earn a result our performances have deserved.
Coates were a big, physical team and at first the game looked even with both defenses and mid-fields cancelling out any meaningful attacks. However with the half drawing to a close, we launched a series of very pacey attacks and were rewarded with a goal each for Ben Loknes and James Herron. The second half again started fairly quiet, then Newminster once again changed up through the gears and worked attack after attack. Further goals came from great wing play by Ben Morrison and James McConnell and were finished by Ben Waterfield and James Allan. The game was rounded off very nicely with a great goal from distance from team captain Will Wood.
Squad:
7B Tom Wales
7R James McConnell
7R Dan McConnell (GK)
8B james herron
8B dominic marshall
8C Ben Waterfield
8C Tom Holden
8SW james allan
8SW ben loknes
8SW aidan mcinally
8SW will wood
8U ben morrison

16.2 – Y5/6 Gym competition at Richard Coates Middle

Our year 5 and 6 girls participated in a Morpeth and Ponteland Patnership Gymbastics Competiotion. The girls planned their own fabulous routines and worked really hard to perfect their skills. Despite a few nerves at the competition the girls rose to the occasion and demonstrated such talent and composure in their routines. It was a highly competitive  event,  evident by the closeness of the scores. Our girls finished in bronze medal place -well done!
A special mention should go to Lucy Denham who was the first overall competitor to perform and she really set the bar high for all the performances to follow.
Clara Scott’s performance was outstanding enabling her to win the gold medal for the Best Routine of the event, well done Clara.
Our fabulous gymnasts were:
Lucy Denham
Molly Waddington
Grace Briddon
Ruby Housman-Wilkinson
Clara Scott
Hailie Kidd
Libby Wallace
Eva Smylie
Jo Ridge

16.2 – Y7 Sky Try Rugby League tournament at Kingston Park

The girls headed to the tournament in good spirits with the sun shining. We had a large squad of 21 girls allowing us to play as two teams. The first game pitted them against each other and was the sternest test for either side on the day. It shows how far they have come with their rugby in general that throughout the rest of the tournament they were clearly the best two sides. Their ability to find space on attack and finish opportunities was impressive. While shutting down the opposition on defence with some fearsome tackling was brilliant to watch. At a few points they lost their concentration and conceded some easy scores. So this is something to focus on for the next tournaments. If they continue to develop well over the next few tournaments their is no reason they cannot make the regional finals. This would be a great achievement for a squad who have never played rugby league before.

Full squad from both teams:

7B Ellen Davison
7B Ruby Holton
7J Hannah Bishop
7J Ellisse Borley
7J Ellie Chirnside
7J Libby Dyer
7J Ami-Jane Green
7J Louise Hardy
7J Alice Heaton
7J Charlotte Kennedy
7J Lucy McConnell
7J Francesca Takher
7R Eadie Barakat
7R Orla Callaghan
7R Emma Gerrard
7R Ruby Gerrard
7R Lola Jackson
7R Esme Scott
7W Leah Clark
7W Kacy Conroy

January Sports Update

10.1 – Y5 basketball tournament at Ashington Leisure Centre

As part of the on-going Hoops for Health programme we are running with our current Y5s, we took 2 teams to this 5-a-side event. Both teams played 6 group games which led to final league standings. Team 2 had a mixed set of results which unfortunately kept them out of the play-off games. However, they played some decent basketball creating plenty of shooting chances and were strong in defense. Baskets from Ollie Mather and Daniel Bolton.

Team 1 had an exceptional tournament and thanks to fantastic team play throughout the full squad, creating attack after attack in each game, they won all their group stage games. This then led to 2 further play-off games in which they continued to play in the same superb style and subsequently won both of these games as well. Baskets from Ben Hewitt (10), Adrian Swinglehurst (5), Mark Wales (3), Jasmine Rochester (3), and Chloe Coward.

Very well done to all our players and good luck to Team 1 who have now qualified to play in the Area Finals at the Newcastle Eagles game on the evening of Friday 3rd February. Free tickets available for any pupils who want to go and support both our team and the Eagles!

The 2 squads:

1 2
5D  Ben BELSHAW 5D  Daniel BOLTON
5P  Chloe COWARD 5D  William GARBUTT
5P  Ben HEWITT 5D  Kate KENNEDY
5P  Jasmine ROCHESTER 5P  Isabel DAVIDSON
5P  Adrian SWINGLEHURST 5P  Eva SMYLIE
5T Charlie LOWES 5T  Jack DINNING
5T Mark WALES 5T Adam LEATHERLAND
5T Oliver MATHER

 

17.1 – County Cross Country at Temple Park

19 of our 24 athletes that we took to the Area Cross Country qualified for this stage which is definitely our highest number, so firstly they must all be congratulated for that fantastic achievement. The conditions were fantastic for cross county running and our athletes rose to the occasion in which they gave it their all in their respective races. Special mention goes to Orla Callaghan (15th), James McConnell (9th); and Ben Walker (4th, racing against Y9s!) who all qualified for the Inter-Counties on 4th Feb in Cumbria.

Full team:

7B Bella Deacon 8B Rebecca Bradley
7J Izzy Bird 8B Fay Smith
7J Fran Takher 8C Charlie Lane
7J Matty Walton 8C Ben Waterfield
7R Ollie Bruce 8SW Ellie Dandie
7R Orla Callaghan 8SW Aidan McInally
7R Molly Ions 8SW Laura Stevenson
7R Lola Jackson 8U Dylan Gooding
7R James McConnell 8U Ben Walker
7R Roan Parker

 

18.1 – Y7 B-team National Cup Round 5, away at St John Fisher School, Harrogate

The glamour of the National Cup finally came to an end in round 5 for this team who have stayed in the competition longer than any other Newminster team. So for that, very well done! The boys certainly enjoyed the two hour bus journey down, signing all the way! On arrival they were slightly overawed by the prestigious school, but it was the poor quality pitch that the team struggled with most. The pitch was very boggy and the ball was heavy, so we found it hard to clear our lines, which meant we were under immense pressure for most of the game. We went in at half time 4-0 down and at that point we could have easily given up, but I must gave the team fantastic credit for a much better, rallying performance in the second half when they were much the better team, working hard in defense and creating some dangerous attacking moves. It was bitterly disappointing for me that they didn’t get at least one goal that they thoroughly deserved and were caught twice on a quick counter attack, ending the game at 6-0. However, the boys soon shook off the disappointment with the memories of a superb cup run. And then sang all the way home as well!

Full squad:

7B Chris Johnstone
7B Dan Walker
7B Evan Logan
7B Joe Lennox
7B Josh Morina
7J Joe Hardy
7J Joe Cromar
7J Ethan Young
7R Alfie Clarke
7R Kieran Edwards
7R Finlay Keith
7R Tom Mckenna
7R Harvey Gillie
7W Karun Kahlon

 

20.1 – Sportshall Athletics at Chantry

Well done to all our athletes that took part in this competition. In the morning our KS2 team competed against our partnership schools. Our team was a good mix of Y5 and Y6s competing against full Y6 teams and after the complete set of running, jumping and throwing events I was extremely pleased to see our team earn second place. A great achievement by all our athletes and a fantastic effort for our Y5s who will take this experience into next years competition.

Team:

5D Kate Kennedy
5P Ben Hewitt
5P Adrian Swinglehurst
5T Daisy Jackson
5T Hailie Kidd
5T Charlie Lowes
5T Mark Wales
5W Holly Brind
5W Max Bultitude
5W Lucas Kidd
6F James Ash
6F Harry Boag
6F Ruby Houseman-Wilkinson
6F Ava Nevins
6F Dylan Walker
6J Leonas Engelhardt
6M Sophia Cunningham
6M Erin Johnstone
6P Olivia Gent
6P Katherine Hedley
6P Hope Hedley
6P Molly Waddington

The afternoon session saw the turn of our Y7 and Y8 athletes in their respective competitions. The pupils once again competed to a very high standard, with some exceptional individual and team results. The pupils then had an agonizing wait to find out the results as the competition overran and some schools had to leave before the results were announced. I can now confirm that out Y7 and Y8 girls teams both finished in a very respectable second place and the boys went one better and both our Y7 and Y8 boys won their event and will now represent the Area at the Finals on 17th March at Morpeth Leisure Centre. Well done to all!

Teams:

7B Bella Deacon 8B Rebecca Bradley
7B Josh Grenfell 8B Rhianna Brennan-Davies
7B Tom Wales 8B Theo Brown
7J Izzy Bird 8B James Herron
7J Lucy McConnell 8B Fay Smith
7J Fran Takher 8C Fergus Barclay
7J Matty Walton 8C Ava Da Costa
7R Eadie Barakat 8C Ellie Dandie
7R Ollie Bruce 8C Charlie Lane
7R Orla Callaghan 8C Dan Lloyd
7R Emma Gerrard 8C Ben Waterfield
7R Harvey Gillie 8SW Ben Loknes
7R Lola Jackson 8SW Ellie Scrowther
7R James McConnell 8SW Maia Smith
7W Ollie Crooks 8SW Laura Stevenson
      8U Danny Dowd

 

20.1 – School trip to the Newcastle Eagles game v Worcester Wolves

We took our highest number of pupils on this annual trip and considering we had 64 pupils at the Sport Central stadium, can I congratulate each and everyone of them for their impeccable behaviour and organisation throughout. Unfortunately the Eagles couldn’t quite replicate this in their performance with only their 3rd defeat of the season, but our pupils didn’t seem to mind too much and thoroughly enjoyed the night.

A reminder that our Y5 team have qualified to play at this same venue on Friday 3rd before the Eagles next home game. All of Newminster pupils are entitled to free tickets for all of this and need to come to see me if they require one.

 

23.01 – National Cup: Newminster U12 v NSB

On bright but chilly afternoon at Red House Farm FC, Newminster U12’s produced one of the performances of the season against NSB in the National cup. With a full strength squad fresh after their winter break, Newminster dominated the game from start to finish. First half goals from James McConnell 2, Tom Wales, captain Ollie Bruce, Georgio La Rosa 2 and an own goal put Newminster 7-0 up at half time. Not content to sit back in the second half Newminster quickly got back into their groove with more goals from Josh Grenfell, another goal a piece from Ollie Bruce and James McConnell and 4 from Lucy McConnell who came on as a second half substitute to terrorise the NSB defence.

Final score – NSB 0 Newminster 14

Performance of the match for an unstoppable second half performance awarded to Lucy McConnell.

26.01 – County Cup: Newminster U12 V Heaton Manor

On a freezing cold afternoon in the east of Newcastle our U12’s took on Heaton Manor in the 4th round of the county cup. After a very even start to the game it looked like it would be Heaton who would take the lead when they were awarded a very dubious penalty. Fortunately for Newminster, Dan McConnell in goal did enough to put the Heaton striker off and the penalty was blasted over the bar. Newminster grew into the game as the half went on and created a handful of chances but unfortunately we’re unable to hit the back of the net. With the scores level at half time, the half time talk was more of the same, playing through the middle and running at Heaton’s centre backs. Midway through the second half it was the Newcastle side who struck first against the run of play. A deflected shot from outside the Newminster box squirmed its way into the back of the net. Newminster dominated the majority of the second half playing some fantastic football and at the same time, keeping their heads against some very short tempered opponents. Unfortunately, for all the possession and hard work, Newminster were unable to find that vital equaliser but still came away with their heads held high after a very hard fought cup tie. Final score – Heaton Manor 1 Newminster 0. Performance of the game awarded to the team as a whole for their ‘never give up’ attitude in freezing conditions.

U12 Squad

Dan McConnell 7W

Josh Armsworth 7B

Ollie Bruce 7R

Matthew Walton 7J

Tom Wales 7B

Louie Gourlay 7W

James McConnell 7R

Giorgio La Rosa 7W

Josh Grenfell 7B

Roan Parker 7R

Finlay Coulson 7W

Orla Callaghan 7R

Lucy McConnell 7J

26.1.17 – Y8 Basketball tournament at Chantry

Our squad of 9 performed extremely well in this very high standard competition. They created many shooting chances and were very strong in defense in every one of their 5 games. The lads will be the first to admit they unfortunately lacked in shooting accuracy which, in a seven minute game, was the deciding factor in most of their games. Despite the results their attitude and commitment stayed very positive throughout and deserved a victory in their final group stage game against Rothbury. Well done to all:

8B Joe Berry
8B Theo Brown
8C Tom Holden
8C Charlie Lane
8C Dan Lloyd
8C Charlie Newsome
8C Ben Waterfield
8U Tom Andrews
8U Douglas Robson

December Sports Update

7.12 – Y7/8 Volleyball

Volleyball Y7/8Our Yr7/8 students arrived at Ponteland ready to play volleyball in their 4 separate teams. We had 2 girl teams and 2 boys teams. All 4 teams went into their games with great confidence and determination. We picked up some good results from the games with every team winning at least 1 game. Massive well done to all our students for taking part in the competition.

8.12 – Y8 rugby at St Cuthberts

File_001The boys went to the RFU development tournament at St Cutherburts and were in a pool with Ponteland and Churchill. The boys played well in both of those games and beat Churchill. However, against Ponteland they were unable to dominate the break down and as a result narrowly lost. We then played St Mary’s and the St Mary’s boys were very physical and strayed outside the laws at points. The boys handled themselves admirably and kept their cool throughout to win the game.

8.12 – Y7 rugby league at Kingston Park

Arriving in pouring rain the lads were not put off and were very excited to play on the Falcons’ pitch. We had split into 2 teams and it’s fair to say both teams played with fantastic determination and commitment.

‘Mackenzie’s’ team recorded 2 draws and a loss and improved very impressively as the tournament went on. The lads benefited from tough tackling from Matteo, Mackenzie, Joe, Tom and Tom; as well as confident running with the ball by Karun, Mackenzie and Joe.

‘Ollie’s’ team started with a fantastic display of passing rugby in attack and big tackles in defense against St Cuthbert’s and got a deserved 5-3 win. The next 2 games proved very challenging against 2 excellent teams and Newminster did very well to almost match them but with injuries to very influential players we couldn’t match their tries scored. Because of injuries we drafted in Matteo, Mackenzie, Tom McKenna and Joe Lennox for the final match who all played fantastically well. Once again we played the superb rugby of the first match and ran out 5-0 winners. Special mention on this team goes to Chris Johnstone for superb work in the centre for constantly breaking down opposition attack; confident running with the ball from Josh Grenfell and Ollie Bruce; and ‘men of the tournament’ all round brilliant performances from Dan McConnell and Ollie Crooks.

9.12 – Indoor rowing at Cambois

Our top rowers took to the machines at Cambois Rowing Club to compete against the best rowers in our region. All of our pupils did exceptionally well, despite a few technical difficulties with a couple of the machines. Very well done to Danny O’Shea, Harvey Gillie, Ben Waterfield, Maia Smith, Rebecca Bradley and particularly to Rory Dwyer (4th overall), Eadie Barakat (3rd overall) and Lucy McConnell (2nd overall). Rory, Lucy and Eadie will now be asked to compete for the county in the North East finals in March.

12.12 – Y7 B-team National Cup game away at Dykehouse (Hartlepool)

The boys turned up at the ‘Centre for Hartlepool Utd Academy’ with more than a little uneasiness about them. However they quickly realised there was no need for the nerves as they created several early attacks and a goal from Evan Logan. Newminster dominated the first half and scored a further goal from good team play and the finish from Tom McKenna. The second half proved more of the same with our team creating chance after chance and subsequent goals from Evan, Joe Lennox and an own goal thanks to great wing play from Josh Morina. Dykehouse stole a late consolation goal but apart from that it was a perfect display in defense and wonderful attacking play from our midfielders through to Evan and Joe Hardy up front. We are now the only North-East team left in the cup so lets hope for another away trip next January in round 5.

13.12 – U13s County Cup game away at Cramlington

This game was without doubt against the toughest opponents we have faced all season as Cramlington showed in the first 10 minutes, dominating possession and passing the ball well around the huge pitch. The first half continued in a similar fashion as Cramlington put the ball in the net but had it ruled out for being offside and without the benefit of Goal-line Technology had another effort chalked off as not fully crossing the line. The lads came in at half time knowing they needed to step up their efforts and definitely showed that in the second half, resulting in a more even game, with both sides being reduced to only a few half-chances. With only 4 minutes left and a superb defensive display from the entire Newminster team it looked like it may run into extra time, but Cramlington’s tricky right midfielder played the ball across from the wing and with a huge amount of luck looped it over Dan’s head into the net. The same player then sealed the win with a strong run down the right and smashed the ball into the net despite a strong hand from Dan almost pushing it wide. A huge amount of credit goes to our full squad as the played with a real fighting team spirit and can all hold their heads high, knowing they gave their all against a very good team.

14.12 – U13s 3 Rivers rugby

File_000We took a large squad to Kingston Park for the county cup finals. In the pool were Dame Allans and Ponteland Middle. The games were only 7 minutes each way, so we could easily have fallen behind if we weren’t switched on and prepared. The boys warmed up well and were all excited to be playing on the Falcons pitch. There first game was against Ponteland and we flew out of the blocks and dominated the game. Ben Loknes played particularly well off the bench and the forwards controlled the breakdown. The game ended 20-0 to 3Rivers. We faced Dame Allans next, this was a real test with the previous result from earlier in the season going the way of Dame Allans. In this short format both teams had opportunities to put the game to bed, but the score ended 0-0. This meant that on tries scored we were the victors. The boys have played well all season and in the previous cup rounds, so deserved the result. We’re looking forward to continuing the season after Christmas. Well done boys.

15.12 – Y7/8 indoor cricket tournament at Blyth

Our boys were representing our Area at this county event at Blyth Sports Centre.

The first game was against Valley Gardens who went to National competition level last year, so I knew it was going to be a tough start. The boys however, batted with some good attacking play and took a few wickets to keep the score respectable but a defeat was the final outcome. The second game was a much more even game but again our indecision when to run caused us to lose too many wickets and again we were defeated. Unfortunately I believe this knocked our confidence a bit as we went into the final group game against Ovingham and we never really raised our game enough to beat another very strong team.

With the group games complete the lads picked themselves up for the final ‘blast-off’ in which we played against Valley again and the rules were simple – every pair faces 1 over and whichever team score the most, wins. Valley batted first and gained a very good score. Knowing what we had to beat the team were much more positive in every aspect and steadily chipped away at their target. Going into the final over we knew it was going to be close as the number of runs left to achieve was shouted out at every ball. With 1 ball left to be delivered, 2 runs were required to level the game and that’s exactly what we did. A fair and very positive result for our team. Well done to Dominic Marshall, Ben Waterfield, Jake Leonard, Harvey Gillie, Chris Johnstone, Joe Lennox, Alfie Clark and Dan McConnell.

Y8 Girls (U13) Northumberland Netball League

IMG_2381The Year 8 Girls Netball Team have had an impressive start to their 2016/17 season in the U13 Northumberland Netball League.

Having played 6 of their fixtures, the girls have demonstrated great commitment, attitude and ability both on and off the court. The girls have convincingly won 4 matches whilst marginally losing just 2, a fantastic start in the league, with the second half of the season to begin again after Christmas!

 

Sports Events Autumn term

4/11 – Y5/6 TAG rugby

We took three teams to the tournament at MRFC and all teams performed really well. Each team really benefited from playing lots of games in succession and developed as a team through out the afternoon. Unfortunately, there were some very strong teams from Chantry and Ponteland who took the tournament on the day.

8/11 – Y7 Rugby League

We headed to Churchill Community College on a cold and wet day, to play against other schools from the area in a Newcastle area rugby league tournament. The boys had missed the first day of the tournament before due to a fixture clash. But they were able to play all the teams in the tournament on the day. They competed well against some well coached RL sides and if we had been able to attend the first day of the tournament could have qualified for the next round. The same format runs again next year so I am hopeful they can continue to develop and play again next year.

10/11 – Y8 Rugby League

We took the boys along to Astley High school for there first Rugby League tournament of the year. Cramlington and Marden Brigde were very strong and it took the boys a few games to get into the flow of the games. But all enjoyed the tournament and I hope a different experience in playing rugby league.

21/11 – Y7/8 Girls Rugby Ponteland

The girls headed to Ponteland on a cold, wet and windy day for rugby. Playing against girls from various school across Northumberland the all got the opportunity for game time and to continue to develop there contact skills. All teams played really well and won most of there games. I look forward to continue to seeing the progress in the tournaments over the year.

21/11 – Y7 5-a-side tournament at NCEA

In torrential rain and gale force winds we took two teams to this event. Despite the horrific conditions the boys played some great football and as always played with immense determination and effort. Both teams played 4 games, each in a different group. The ‘A-team’ won two, drew 1 and lost 1 to the eventual winners. The ‘B-team’ were superb in their group and won 3 and drew 1 and therefore topped their group. Well done to all the lads for enduring the weather and playing so well.

24, 28, 29/11 – House rugby, dodgeball and cross country

Well done to all our pupils for representing their House in the first events of the year. The rugby pitches were deemed playable on the morning of the 24th and all staff were impressed with the attitude, ability and commitment shown by almost all teams throughout the day. A big thank you also goes out to the House Captains for organising their teams and helping with scoring etc. The following week saw all pupils run in the House Cross Country and every pupil earned points for their house. First and foremost I want to say well done to all those who ran to the best of their ability. Special mention to the individual race winners:

Ben Hewitt, Kate Kennedy, Dylan Walker, Sophia Cunningham, James McConnell, Orla Callaghan, Ben Walker and Fay Smith.

Points so far: Collingwood: 42, Mitford: 49, Howard: 50 and run-a-way leaders so far; Dacre: 63.

28/11 – Y7 B-team National Cup (round 4) v Ponteland.

This game started very evenly with both teams looking comfortable on the ball and in defense. It was Ponteland who arguably started to play better as a team and took a 2 goal advantage into the second half. With the game starting to look like it was slipping away from Newminster, we stepped up a gear and scored 2 good team goals, finished by Tom McKenna and Evan Logan. Unfortunately almost immediately after, Ponteland scored again and took a 3-2 lead into the dying moments. Then Joe Cromar picked up the ball right over on the touchline and played a high ball over into the box. Only Joe will tell you if it was intended as a shot or cross but nevertheless it sailed over the keeper, sending the team into delirium and taking the game to extra-time. Newminster were probably the better team during this time but neither team could score, meaning the game was to be decided on penalties. Our players were very confident in offering to take and this was further demonstrated with our first 3 penalties taken superbly by Joe Lennox, Alfie Clark and Tom McKenna. Ponteland in contrast missed the goal, had 1 magnificently save d by Chris Johnston then scored their third. The next 2 penalties would therefore prove decisive and as both teams missed it meant Newminster went through with a 3-1 penalty win. Fantastic!

Next game – Wednesday 30th, away at Dykehouse school in Hartlepool.

28/11 – Y7 A team National Cup v Cramlington

2/12/16 – Y5/6 girls and Y5 boys football tournament at Chantry

Our Y5 boys team had their first taste of a competitive tournament without the Y6s. The event started very well with a 2-0 victory over Richard Coates school, and then a very hard fixture against Ponteland. Both teams played very well but neither team managed to score. The boys then demonstrated fantastic competitive play, defensive stability and creativity in attack with a 2-0 victory over Chantry A, 5-0 win over Chantry B and a 6-0 victory over Ponteland B. Ponteland A team results perfectly matched ours so we had to decide the tournament on a penalty shoot-out. Unfortunately our first 2 penalties struck the same post then our second 2 were saved by their keeper, which meant we finished second overall. A great start for our Y5 lads including a perfect set of clean sheets and 13 goals scored. Well done!

7/12 – Area Cross Country at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Ashington

Our top 6 cross country runners from the Y7 and Y8 boys and girls took part in this annual event against all the top runners from our Area. Huge congratulations go to all those who took part especially as this was probably our most successful set of results ever. The overall school team results had both our Y7 boys and girls as winners and our Y8 boys and girls were both second behind a high school. To put this in perspective our Y8s were racing against Y8s and Y9s and they were the best Y8s there and beat teams from 5 or 6 high schools.

Individual results:

Y7 girls: Orla Callaghan (2), Lola Jackson (6), Fran Takher (7), Izzy Bird (9), Bella Deacon (10), Molly Ions (14).

Y7 boys: James McConnell (1), Ollie Bruce (2), Matty Walton (4), Roan Parker (15), Josh Grenfell (17), Sam Parker (20)

Y8 girls: Fay Smith (6), Rebecca Bradley (7), Laura Stevenson (11), Ellie Dandie (13), Rhianna Brennan-Davies (18), Ava Da Costa (34)

Y8 boys: Ben Walker (1), Ben Waterfield (7), Charlie Lane (9), Dylan Gooding (10), Aidan McInally (12), Ben Loknes (38)

All of our top 16 finishers will now represent the area at the County Cross Country next month. Well done!

7/12 – Sports Partnership Volleyball tournament at Ponteland

Autumn Term Sports Update

3.11 – U13s Football National Cup v Chantry

Going into the match we needed to make a few last minute changes to the squad and with key members missing through injury the patched-up squad seemed even more determined to play well against ‘the Old Enemy!’. The game was a very entertaining encounter despite the 0-0 score-line for most of it. Throughout this time no-one could predict an eventual winner with both sides creating chances and on balance Chantry probably had the more clear-cut chances in which they hit the ‘woodwork’ twice and Dan Lloyd pulled off some fantastic saves. As full time approached, our team not having any subs, potentially should have been running low on energy but we actually raised our game and led to a fantastic move down the right involving Ben Morrison and Ben Loknes who squared the ball for a superb James Allan finish to take the lead. At this point a more cautious team may have turned very defensive but instead we kept pushing and the result was confirmed after a fantastic solo effort from David Jenkinson. I cannot praise enough the lads for their effort and determination and special mention also goes to Max Milburn and Dominic Marshall who stepped in last minute and performed very well.

3.11 – U11s Football County Cup v Dame Allans

4.11 – Y5/6 Tag Rugby Sports Partnership event

4.11 – Sports Catains’ day with Katy Storie

Our 23 Sports Captains thoroughly enjoyed this event with our Sky Sports Ambassador. Katy has captained the England Rugby ‘A’ team, played 24 times for the senior England team, won a record four consecutive Six Nations titles and three European Championships and narrowly lost out in the World Cup final in 2006.
As well as recapping on her inspiration journey to becoming a successful rugby player she challenged the Captains’ leadership skills throughout the morning. In addition to our pupils enjoyment it was very positive to hear how much Katy enjoyed working with this particular group and they can be very proud of their attitude demonstrated throughout.

4.11 – U12 Mini League V Ponteland

A game of two halves. Newminster dominated the opening exchanges, peppering the Ponteland goal with shot after shot. Unfortunately is wasn’t until just before the break that an emense drive forward by Tom Wales brought a lovely cheeky finish from Lucy McConnell. Newminster went in 1.0 at the break. The second half was a different story. Ponteland made their possession count scoring 3 quick breakaway goals. A goal a piece in the closing stages meant the final score finished 4-2 and Newminster tasted defeat for the first time this season. Performance of the game awarded to Lucy McConnell for showing superb strength and control in midfield, topped off with a very well taken goal.

7.11 – U12s Football National Cup v Valley Gardens

On a very cold Monday evening Newminster’s U12 footballers, accompanied by a few hardy parent supporters braved the driving rain to take on Valley Gardens in round 3 of the ESFA national cup. The game started well for Newminster as they controlled the ball in midfield, taking the lead midway through the first half with a super cool finish from Finlay Coulson in what was his first start of the season. As the second half started it was clear that Newminster had learned valuable lessons from the previous weeks defeat, keeping play very tight in the middle of the pitch. As the game wore on, the game became stretched but it was James McConnell with a superb break away goal from a long ball from Tom Wales which put Newminster 2 – 0 up. As Newminster dominated closing the stages, a Louis Gourlay half volley with lots of spin found its way into the back of the Valley Gardens goal. Final score Newminster 3 Valley Gardens 0. Performance of the match for keeping a well earned clean sheet in a tough cup tie awarded to Daniel McConnell, our goalkeeper and captain for the game.

8.11 – Y7 Rugby League Cup at Marden Bridge

10.11 – Y8 Rugby League Cup at Marden Bridge

10.11 – U13s Football National Cup v Cramlington LV

Another great footballing spectacle and battling performance from both teams. The game was end to end action and both teams had good chances to score. After Cramlington took the lead, Newminster had Sam Lowes in goal and Joe Berry at the back to thank for superb performances that prevented Cramlington running away with the game. Max Milburn then slotted in a well deserved equaliser and the game was once again back in the balance. Cramlington always looked dangerous with 3 or 4 towering players in midfield and attack and eventually they took the lead again and then scored a screamer from 20 yards out that Sam could do nothing with. Max again stole into the box to nick another good goal to give us hope but we couldn’t find the much needed equaliser and the game ended 3-2. A great performance from the squad, despite the result.

14.11 – U12s Football County Cup v Walker

15.11 – Y5 skipping day with Chris Corcoran

All our Y5s took part in a skipping session with Chris to learn some techniques needed for a competition in March. Our pupils have now been invited to practice (using ropes from home or borrowed from Mr Dick). We will then we will narrow it down to 30 pupils to have further practice with Chris in January in preparation for the tournament.

October Sports Update

10.10.16 U12 9-a-side Football – County Cup V Highfield

In their first competitive match of the new season, Newminster U12’s took on Highfield the first round of the County Cup. With an extremely strong starting line up it was Newminster who came out of the starting blocks fastest , sailing into an early 3-0 lead. Highfield shocked by the early onslaught, never really got back into the game. As the game progressed, Newminster went from strength to strength, they dominated possession and ended up as 13-2 winners! Outstanding performances on the night came from James McConnell, Orla Callaghan and Josh Grenfell, as well as a sterling performance from our captain for the game, Louie Gourlay. Next up for the U12 team is St Marys in the National Cup on Wednesday evening.

U11s League – v Chantry

The boys took part in the Newminster and Chantry Open Evening football game. A big test for them as they faced their first 9-a-side game and the first match where they had played as a team. The boys lost to a strong Chantry team, however they demonstrated some great play and a massive effort from everyone. Special mention goes to Louie Wilson who scored our only goal, with a great run from the halfway line placing the ball comfortably past the keeper.

11.10 – U13 Girls Football- Malcolm Berry cup vs NCEA and Meadowdale Middle

This was the girls first 2 games in the Malcolm Berry cup and not even the horrible cold and rainy weather was going to stop these girls from playing. The girls took on NCEA in their first game, getting off to a good start with Lucy opening the scoring within 4 minutes. The girls played some fantastic football and worked well as a team. Great link up play from Orla, Lucy, Laura and Fran resulted in further goals from Lucy (5), Orla (2) and Laura (1) finishing their first game with a 9-0 win.

Going into the girl’s second game saw them take on a more challenging game against Meadowdale. Solid defending from Emma, Eadie, Alysia, and Ruby saw nothing get past them. Again Lucy opened up the scoring for the girls with a great strike. The girls then had a good spell of 5 minutes with loads of chances but were unable to finish off any. A break from Meadowdale caught Newminster defenders out, but a save from Alysia kept the girls 1-0 up. The goals then kept coming with more from Lucy (2), Orla (1) and Laura (1) seeing the girls through their second victory of the night with 5-0 being the final score.

Orla Callaghan 7R (3)

Lola Jackson 7R

Ruby Gerrard 7R

Eadie Barakat 7R

Esme Scott 7R

Emma Gerrard 7R

Fran Takher 7J

Izzy Bird 7J

Lucy McConnell 7J (9)

Ellie Chrinside 7J

Laura Stevenson 8SW (2)

Alysia Donnison 8U

U13s Boys – League –  v Ponteland

A fantastic performance that didn’t deserve the score-line of a 2-1 defeat. The full squad (including currently injured player-coach James Allan) was superb and played with a real team spirit. Playing some delightful football in the midfield, bringing in the full-backs they created several good chances and looked solid at the back. Both team managers agreed we were the better team, but once again in the league, the victory has escaped us. Roll on next league game against Richard Coates.

U13s Boys – County Cup –  v Seaton Burn

Another superb performance from the entire squad and this time they got the result they deserved with a 7-1 win. After a nail-biting first half the game was level at 1-1 which included an equalizing goal from Ben Loknes, who looked dangerous throughout. The match definitely turned into a game of two halves with much more gritty battling in central midfield from Ben Morrison, Ben Waterfield, Ben Loknes, James Herron and  Will Wood who all took their turn extremely well. The back four and Dan Lloyd looked solid again throughout and the midfield and strikers performed exceptionally well in the second half in particular. They created chance after chance with another goal from Ben Loknes, plus others from Will Wood, Fergus Barclay, Tom Wales and two from Joe Buxton.

U12s Sky Try Rugby League Tournament

Well done to the whole squad for a fantastic display at their first Rugby League event of the year. After only 3 weeks of training the lads played so well as a team and dominated each of the 3 games they played in this tournament. The first game was arguably the hardest of the lot against a well drilled Churchill team. Both sides played with real determination but it was with superb organisation both in attack and defense that Newminster won the game. The team then went from strength to strength with dominant displays against Chantry and Mortimer to finish the tournament with a 100% win record. Special mention goes to Captain Marvel Chris Johnstone for his leadership and organisation; James McConnell and Tom Wales for fantastic individual running with the ball; and player of the tournament Ollie Crooks who not only ran the ball with superb power and agility but his defensive work and breaking down opposition attack on numerous occasions.

17.10 – U11s 9-a-side League vs Richard Coates

This game finished with a close 5-3 defeat after a great fightback from 4-1 down at half time. The scorers were Joe Stark with 2 great goals and a long range effort from Louie Wilson. The attitude of the team was fantastic throughout with the team being a credit to themselves and the school!

19.10 – U12s Boys – Sports Partnership Level 2 tournament

It was fantastic to see so many pupils involved in this tournament, especially considering they were all playing in a match either on the same night or the day after. So firstly a huge thank you from me for the effort displayed throughout both these days. Our second team played with fantastic determination throughout all their games but were unfortunately narrowly beaten in each game. The first team also played with similar determination, but possibly with one eye on the Cup game later that day, they could only manage 2 draws in the first 2 games. This unfortunately effectively meant they could not gain top spot in their group. However, with the pressure off they played some superb football and convincingly beat Chantry’s second team in their last group game. This set up a 3rd/4th place playoff game which they again won, playing some great football.

Also many thanks to our Sports Leader referees: Ben Morrison, Ben Waterfield, James Allan, Dominic Marshall, Aidan McInally, Fergus Barclay and Tom Holden.

19.10 – U13s Girls – Sports Partnership Level 2 tournament

The Under 13 netball team have got off to a great start in the 2016/17 season. The girls have played 3 matches and really displayed an excellent standard of game play. In their first match at home against Meadowdale their ability was clear to see with some lovely flowing play, resulting in a convincing win of 17-3. Rihanna Brennan -Davies was voted player of the match.

In their second match the girls took on a well drilled Chantry team. From the first quarter it was clear to see that this was going to be a really tight game. Excellent defending from both teams resulted in a low scoring game. Chantry crucially took their shots with poise to eventually win the game by a 2 goal margin. Laura Stevenson was voted player of the match.

In their third match the girls faced Cramlington Learning Village. Due to the absence of some players, in Paris, others confidently stepped in along with two Year 7 players. Straight away the girls jelled and played so well as a team. Lessons learnt from the previous match, against Chantry, the girls took every chance to shoot and it paid off, winning the game 18-3. Player of the match was Ava Da Costa.

19.10 – U12 9 aside Football – National Cup V St Marys

Newminster took on St Marys of Newcastle in round 2 of the ESFA National cup on a wet Wednesday evening at the back end of half term. The team already depleted of players through sickness and injury were dealt a hammer blow going 1.0 down in the opening period of the game. However, heads did not go down and the team dug deep equalising through Georgia la Rosa just before half time to go in level at the break. The second half was a similar story as Newminster went 2.1 down in the opening exchanges. From this point on though, it was Newminster who bossed the game. Our second equaliser came through Josh Grenfell and a wonderstrike from James McConnell in the dying minutes gave Newminster a well earned 3.2 victory and booked our place in round 3. A superb team performance all round!
Player of the match – Tom Wales who produced a resolute performance as our make shift centre back for the afternoon.

20.10 – U12s B-team National Cup Game

We traveled to Valley Gardens the day after the disappointment of the tournament with the players determined to get a better result in their first round of the National Cup. The game started fairly evenly with both sides creating chances. However, with a combination of solid defending, goalkeeping and more clinical finishing in front of goal, we took the lead and looked much the more confident team going into the break with two goals from Evan Logan. The second half was more of the same, with plenty of chances created by a very balanced and determined Newminster team. Valley Gardens pulled a goal back but with goals from Daniel Walker and Ethan Young, Newminster go into the next round with a 4-1 away victory. Well done lads!

20.10.16 – U11s 9-a-side League vs Ponteland Middle

Some resolute defending and heroic goalkeeping from Ethan Johnston kept the scoreline to a 6-1 defeat against a very strong Ponteland side. Adonis Godopoulos provided the only goal after some brilliant build-up play by Mark Wales and Ben Hewitt.

September Sports Update

U13 girls netball

netballThe Under 13 netball team have got off to a great start in the 2016/17 season.
The girls have played 3 matches and really displayed an excellent standard of game play. In their first match at home against Meadowdale their ability was clear to see with some lovely flowing play, resulting in a convincing win of 17-3. Rihanna Brennan -Davies was voted player of the match.
In their second match the girls took on a well drilled Chantry team. From the first quarter it was clear to see that this was going to be a really tight game. Excellent defending from both teams resulted in a low scoring game. Chantry crucially took their shots with poise to eventually win the game by a 2 goal margin. Laura Stevenson was voted player of the match.
In their third match the girls faced Cramlington Learning Village. Due to the absence of some players, in Paris, others confidently stepped in along with two Year 7 players. Straight away the girls jelled and played so well as a team. Lessons learnt from the previous match, against Chantry, the girls took every chance to shoot and it paid off, winning the game 18-3. Player of the match was Ava Da Costa.

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22.9 – Y7/8 girls National Cup Football game vs John Spence

The girls kicked off their footballing campaign with a game against John Spence in the schools National cup. The girls got off to a good start with Laura Stevenson opening the scoring up with a great 20 yard run through 4 defenders then past the keeper to give the girls the lead. Great link up play between Lucy McConnell and Orla Callaghan provided the girls with more goal scoring opportunities but neither Orla or Lucy could find the back of the net early on. John Spence then found some life and had a few very strong attacks hitting the cross bar and forcing some good saves from goalkeeper Eadie Barakat. Late into the first half the girls still creating chances taking the half time score to 4-0 with goals from Orla, Esme and Katie.

Early into the second half Lucy ran from halfway through the defenders and scored very confidently. Further goals from Laura and Alysia (2) saw the girls take their first win of the season 8-0! Massive well done to the girls for stepping up in their first 9 a side game and playing some outstanding football.
Team Goals: Orla 7R 1, Lola 7R, Ruby 7R, Izzy 7J, Lucy 7J 1, Ellie C 7J, Fran 7J, Eadie 7R, Esme 7R 1, Emma 7R, Ellie D 8C 1, Laura 8SW 2, Alysia 8U 2.

 

21.9 – Danone Cup Tournament

This was the first competitive tournament for the new KS2 team. It was very close during the group stages with the team finishing with a 6-0 win. Unfortunately this was not enough for the team to progress through to the semi-finals. It was an encouraging start to the season and all of those involved had fantastic attitudes throughout.

 

U13 Boys B-team – National Cup

Fantastic start with a 7-0 away win at Ponteland Middle, with goals from Roan S (2), Max M (2), Ben M (2) and Joe B. Next round – Cramlington LV at home on the 10th November.

 

U13 Boys League

A fantastic dominant display against Chantry ending in a 1-1 draw. A game we probably should have won, defending very strongly and creating many chances but unfortunately this time we couldn’t convert them. Great effort form all, and special mention to James M for slotting in our goal.

 

11/10/16  U13 Girls – Malcolm Berry Cup vs NCEA & Meadowdale Middle 

This was the girls first 2 games in the Malcolm Berry cup and not even the horrible cold and rainy weather was going to stop these girls from playing. The girls took on NCEA in their first game, getting off to a good start with Lucy opening the scoring within 4 minutes. The girls played some fantastic football and worked well as a team. Great link up play from Orla, Lucy, Laura and Fran resulted in further goals from Lucy (5), Orla (20 and Laura (1) finishing their first game with a 9-0 win.

Going into the girl’s second game saw them take on a more challenging game vs Meadowdale. Solid defending from Emma, Eadie, Alysia, and Ruby saw nothing get passed them. Again Lucy opened up the scoring for the girls with a great strike. The girls then had a good spell of 5 minutes with loads of chances but were unable to finish off any chances. A break from Meadowdale caught Newminster defenders out, but a save from Alysia kept the girls 1-0 up. The goals then kept coming with more from Lucy (2), Orla (1) and Laura (1) seeing the girls through their second victory of the night with 5-0 being the final score.

Orla C 7R (3), Lola Jn 7R, Ruby G 7R, Eadie B 7R, Esme S 7R, Emma G 7R, Fran T 7J, Izzy B 7J, Lucy M 7J (9), Ellie C 7J, Laura S 8SW (2), Alysia D 8U.

 

10.10 – KS2 7-aside league – “Will Garbutt’s on fire, your defence is terrified!”.

This newly created team started with a close 2-1 loss to Ellington, with a fine finish from Will G. The second game saw the team show great spirit to come back from an early goal down to win 3-1! Another two goals from Will, including a Messi style run through the middle, and a powerful finish from Elliot ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne to seal the win.

7.10.16 – Girls Rugby Tournament

This was the first event of the year and it was brilliant to see so many of our girls willing to play. We were the only school to take 3 teams, with a further group of girls watching on, ready for the next event. All 3 teams played extremely well, developing their game and building on their already huge confidence to go into contact.

 

4.10.16 – Year 8 Sports Leaders

Thanks to our Y8 Sports Leaders for taking part in their first event of the year. They were trained how to run a Multi-skills festival then ran one for our Y2 future pupils. The feedback from staff in attendance was very positive. Well done!

 

5.10.16 Newminster opening evening Y5/6 Football vs Chantry

The boys all took part in the Newminster and Chantry opening evening football game. A big test for the boys as they faced their first 9-a-side game and the first match where they had played as a team. Some great play from the boys and a massive effort from everyone. The boys took a defeat to a strong Chantry team. Special Mention to Louie who scored the boys only goal, with a great run from the halfway line placing the ball comfortably past the keeper.

 

4.10.16 – Cross Country

Our pupils also took part in their first Cross Country event of the year at Gateshead Stadium against the top runners in the county. We had teams from Y5,Y6 and Y8. Very well done to all those that took part, especially to top 10 finishers: Kate K (6), Olivia G (9), Dylan G (7), Ellie D (7), Rebecca B (6) and Ben W who took 1st place!

 

3.10.16 – Marathon Challenge

Pupils from Newminster, Chantry and KEVI once again competed in this fantastic world wide annual event. Both team consisting of 29 athletes had to relay race in 200m legs around KEVI track until they had covered a marathon distance. The idea was to attempt to run it in as close to the Men’s World Record time of 2hrs 2 mins 57 secs. Both teams ran superbly well and gained times of 2hrs 4mins and 2 secs and 2 hrs 9mins 16 secs respectively. To put this in perspective they achieved the top 2 times in the North East and were 11th and 19th in the world. Well done!

For the full set of results see – http://www.competitioncentre.net/results?leagueCode=wmc