Sports Update: Spring 2017 Week Three

There is much to positive about on the sports pitches of St Edward’s as leave weekend passes. The level of staff and pupil participation and commitment to sports at Teddies is something to be really proud of: on Thursday we were playing Rugby School, Cheltenham College, and Marlborough College, across three different sports, whilst simultaneously maintaining a full rowing programme. This is truly an achievement of note for a school of some 680 pupils.

The netball club were up against Marlborough College this week, perennially perhaps our most challenging opponents. Fielding 15 teams across every age-group in what were bitterly cold and trying conditions, all the girls from both Teddies and Marlborough deserve much credit for their resilience and spirit. Among the day’s most entertaining games, the 1st VII were narrowly pipped by Marlborough in a match that, until the last, had gone goal for goal. The 2nd VII too were in fine form and, in a nail-bitingly tense game, lost out at the close by a single goal, despite having shown themselves to be the better side for spells of the game.

Cheltenham College were our opposition on the hockey fields this week and, as ever, the competition was fierce, but well spirited. Overall, Cheltenham just edged Teddies on the score card, but among the U16As, U16Bs, U15As and U15Bs we recorded three wins and a draw. Against a strong sporting school, the boys put in a fine display and there is evidently much promise in St Edward’s at the moment, both for this season and for the years ahead.

Our footballers travelled to Rugby School, who play a lot of football and have a large pool of pupils. Despite some tough games elsewhere, our senior Fourths team won with an impressive margin at 6-1. As one of several sports on offer at St Edward’s this term, it is very encouraging that we are able to be competitive at all levels. Full credit to the team for an impressive result.

The leave weekend provides a much needed break after a frenetic start to term for pupils and staff alike. The coming weeks up to half term provide us with an excellent opportunity to build on a promising start to the calendar year for Teddies sports.

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