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Amazing netball season for Hurst heroines

Hurst College’s netballers have had an amazing season, as five teams qualified for the recent national finals. The U13s won the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Netball Finals, and the U12s and U11s both finished in the top half of their groups. In the National Senior Schools Competition, the U16s came third, just missing out on a top two finish by one goal, and the U19s placed fifth, four places better than last year.

There were also earlier successes for Hurst at county level with triple wins in the Sussex Cup and the Sussex Independent Schools Netball Association (SISNA) Tournament. In the Sussex Cup, the U14, U13 and U12 teams secured their titles with victories over Brighton College. In the SISNA tournament, the U18 and U16 teams both retained their titles without losing a game, and U12 team also secured their title without losing a game.

‘To have five teams qualifying for the national finals is nothing short of phenomenal. I am so proud of all squads – the girls are committed, train hard and demonstrate positive teamwork. The future is bright!’ Rebecca Jutson, Head of Netball, Hurst College.


The Cumnor House Sussex Colts ‘A’ Hockey Team stormed to success

Cumnor House Sussex Colts ‘A’ team beat strong competition at the East Grinstead Hockey Academy tournament, held at The Triangle in Burgess Hill.  The tournament brought together 13 schools from all over Sussex, Surrey and Kent who were competing for the prestigious winners’ trophy.

In the group stages, Cumnor House Sussex beat Handcross Park 1-0, scoring their winning goal in the last 10 seconds of the match.  By the time they played their final group match against Dane Hill, their confidence was growing and they managed to score six goals within just 10 minutes.   This final win put them at the top of their group.

The team went on to play New Beacon in the semi-finals in a very tense game where they managed to hold their nerve to win the match 1-0.  Their final match was against Saint Ronan’s, which they won 3-0, placing them at the top of the table and securing their position as outright winners of the whole tournament.


A young track and field star began the campaign in style with success at a regional meet

Jonathan Osbourne, a Year 7 pupil, produced a fine effort at a competition held at Deeside Athletics Club on Sunday, April 15, which was the first time he had competed outdoors this season. The 11-year-old came up with a sensational performance in the Javelin event, where he mighty throw was rewarded with a first place finish and gold medal. There was further cause for celebration in the form of the long jump event, where Jonathan continued his immense progress with a silver medal after another polished display. The academic and sports scholar also managed to reach the final of the 100 metre event, which all bodes incredibly well for a busy series of competitions during the summer months.


Commonwealth Bronze for Oakham student & teacher

A former Oakham School student and her teacher have played alongside each other in the England Women’s Hockey team to win Bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games this weekend!

Old Oakhamian Kathryn Lane and Ellie Watton were part of the women’s team who secured England’s 100th medal at the Commonwealth Games, after their 6-0 victory against India.

Kathryn, who left Oakham School in 2013, has been representing England for many years now.  She was playing and captaining the U18 squad whilst at Oakham, and then moved on to play and captain the U21 squad before being invited to join the senior squad.

Ellie worked as a PE teacher at Oakham for four years whilst also training and playing internationally. Ellie taught Kathryn before she left to focus full time on her hockey career and to take up her place on the GB squad, as a travelling reserve, for the Rio Olympics.


Caterham schoolgirls’ starring role at an NBA game in Florida

Schoolgirls from Caterham School in Surrey were guests of honour, on court, at one of the US’ biggest and final NBA (National Basketball Association) games of the regular season yesterday, 11thApril, in Orlando, Florida.

Girls from the school’s netball team, who are visiting the US state for training and competition with organisers Sporta Tours, were invited on court to stand with the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards players during the singing of the national anthem to a crowd of 18,000+ before the game commenced.

According to Rachel Hart, Caterham School tour leader: ‘It’s been an inspiring experience for the girls. The opportunity to meet with world-class basketball players within such an electric atmosphere is something they’ll never forget.’


Bishop’s Stortford College produce a golden generation of hockey players

On 7th and 8th April 2018, a grand total of 16 hockey players (10 boys and 6 girls) from Bishop’s Stortford College competed with the best 8 teams in the country as part of the National U16 Club Hockey Finals, held at Beeston HC in Nottingham.

Graham Brooks, Deputy Head and a Hockey coach commented, ‘It is an extraordinary achievement to see so many College players taking part in a national finals. Playing at this level and at their age speaks volumes for the development of hockey players at the College’. Whilst neither the boys nor the girls made it through to the final, their very presence at the event, along with teams that contained England U16s and other Regional players, speaks volumes for their skill levels. Many of the other clubs at the competition are amongst the biggest and most successful in the country with, in some cases, hundreds of players to choose from. Many of these teams are resourced by multiple elite hockey school feeders.




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