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The latest sporty achievements and happenings from UK independent schools

HARROGATE LADIES COLLEGE

 The Harrogate Ladies’ College First Lacrosse team are celebrating after being crowned champions in the Rathbones Scottish Open School’s Lacrosse Tournament. The annual championship event was held at Loretto School and attracted schools from all over Scotland and England. It now a well-established part of the lacrosse calendar meaning the girls came up against some tough opposition but proceeded unbeaten into the semi-final. Fran Irvine, Lacrosse Coach at Harrogate Ladies’ College said, ‘Lacrosse is a fierce sport and there were some strong teams at the tournament so the girls should be immensely proud of what they’ve achieved. They have trained really hard and their commitment, grit and determination has paid off on the field.’

TONBRIDGE SCHOOL

This year, hundreds of boys took part in the annual Tonbridge School cross-country race, The CRAS, on a chilly Tuesday afternoon. The CRAS Winners’ Cup was won by Oakeshott House, with the Overall House Points Cup being claimed by Welldon House. While the origins of the name are obscure, the race has been known as The CRAS since about 1910. The event was originally run over roads and field paths but now takes place in school grounds. This year the headmaster, Tim Haynes, also ran the CRAS and through sponsorship has currently raised more than £10,500 for his chosen cause, The Marsh Academy Travel Fund. Set up by Tonbridge boys some years ago, the Travel Fund enables Marsh Academy students to visit other parts of the UK and to venture abroad.

CHAFYN GROVE

The Chafyn Grove U11 Boys Hockey Team  have been crowned National Champions! The Chafyn Grove team took to the Lee Valley pitches with a certain amount of trepidation, an unknown tournament at the amazing facility, but set about their task. By the time they got to the afternoon, the scoring systems meant that to play in a final, the only way to guarantee it was to win every game, the boys took this on board and stepped their game up, using the whole of the pitch to create chances and to finish the chances with greater success.

In the final against Langley Prep, the Chafyn boys really went for the result and the resulting well-deserved win was a reward for consistent hockey throughout the day and a thoroughly amazing experience.

TAUNTON SCHOOL

Taunton School U14 Team have been crowned County Hockey Champions! The U14 boys are celebrating after claiming the county champion title. The county tournament, played at King’s Taunton on Wednesday 7th February, saw eight local school teams playing a gruelling round robin format tournament testing all the players mentally and physically. Director of Hockey, Elliot Foweraker, commented: ‘Our team played brilliantly throughout the day winning 6 games and drawing in one. They fully deserved the county title; scoring 14 goals and only conceding one is a great achievement. Congratulations to all for an excellent performance.’ The team now progress to the Regional stages of the competition early in March. Good luck!

MALVERN ST JAMES GIRLS’ SCHOOL

Malvern St James Girls’ School overcame rain and the bitter cold to become English Schools Football Association Under 11 Girls’ County Champions after winning the Worcestershire tournament held at South Bromsgrove High School on 13th February. Malvern St James had won their district competition (an event in which the Malvern St James ‘B’ team finished in third place) unbeaten and without conceding a goal. They repeated that feat on Tuesday, a series of results that saw them crowned county champions at the end of the afternoon.

Ian Fry, Prep teacher and teacher in charge of football at Malvern St James, said, ‘This is a fantastic achievement for our girls. They have worked so hard and thoroughly deserved their success at the district competition. The quality of the opposition was obviously higher at the county event, but the girls again deservedly came out on top. The progress the girls have made since the beginning of the year has been phenomenal. There is certainly work to be done on improving further before the regional competition, but I know the girls will be up for the challenge. I could not be more proud of all my team.’

Malvern St James will now go on to represent Worcestershire at the ESFA Midlands Regional Finals on Saturday 28th April 2018 at Nottingham University’s Riverside Sports Ground.

CROSS COUNTRY AT MILTON ABBEY

Milton Abbey’s Prep School Cross Country Competition sees local schools triumph! The annual prep school cross country competition took place on 20th February on a gloriously sunny winter’s afternoon, with the Abbey providing a stunning backdrop for the many youngsters taking part from nine local prep schools.   The Milton Abbey cross country course is well known for providing quite a challenge for competitors with its off track route around the school grounds and up in to the woods – however the views of the stunning Capability Brown landscape more than make up for the exertion needed and  muddy trainers!

The children competed both individually and as teams and three schools came out as clear winners across all the age group individual and team categories:  Hanford, Sandroyd and Forres Sandle Manor.  Congratulations to everyone involved!

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