Sports Update: Spring 2017 Week Five

In the week leading up to half term, Teddies’ sports teams once again fell foul of sickness, with many playing squads significantly reduced in strength as a result. It has been a very packed and exciting Spring Term so far on the sports fields, with much progress made by our teams, but half term will certainly provide a welcome break for our players to recharge their batteries ahead of our remaining games.

In spite of this, and with only three fixtures taking place in the week for our netball teams, we had some wonderful results. The U14A and U14B squads were in action against The Cherwell School on Tuesday. Cherwell have several players playing regularly at club level, but the collective organisation and team spirit in our teams shone through, with two excellent wins recorded: the U14As winning 44-13; and the U14Bs taking a 19-2 victory. Both teams have had a particularly impressive first half of term, and it is clear that they are really enjoying their sport.

On Thursday, the 1st VII had a fixture against The University of Oxford, with their squad currently preparing for their Varsity game in a few weeks’ time. Our squad, severely hit by injury and illness, put on a gritty and high quality display against a more experienced and physical team. Despite losing in the end, the game made for impressive viewing, and the girls will have learnt a great deal from competing at the higher level.

The boys’ hockey block fixtures this week were against Radley College. Radley are invariably top draw opposition and the games on Thursday proved a challenging end to the first half of term, but there were some very encouraging results. The 1st XI, who in recent years have found the going tough against Radley, put on a display to draw 1-1, demonstrating the great progress the boys are making. At the other end of the year groups, the boys’ U14A XI also drew, this time 0-0. It was a performance that on any other day would have seen many goals scored, and the strength of both schools’ squads at this level was evident.

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