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.


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.


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.


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