Having qualified during the Easter break by winning the Cumbria Golf Team Championships by 1 shot at Kendal Golf Club, our team of Luke. Q, Sam. B and Ethan. C had the privilege and fantastic opportunity to represent UVHS at England Golf Headquarters Woodhall Spa GC on July 11. Travelling across the day before gave our team a first sight of Woodhall Spa’s Bracken Course during the practice round. The dry conditions had made fairways very hard, but the greens were simply fantastic, but incredibly undulating and all 3 boys new this was going to be a real test of their golfing abilities. Unlike our County competition which was a medal based event, the national event was a points based stable-ford format with the best 2 scores from 3 to count, so keeping the ball in play and making par was going to be very important. Sunny but breezy conditions on the Wednesday met our team and whilst although they warmed up well, some nerves were evident. All three boys hit beautiful tee shots off the first tee which eased nerves, but unfortunately as their rounds unfolded, some excellent shots by all three pupils accompanied wayward shots and poor course management on some holes did not give the boys the scores or points totals they are capable of producing. Finishing 34th out of 35 with a 53 point total was a little deflating, but having the opportunity to compete at a National level should stand the boys in good stead should any of them play in competitions like this again. Final scores by our team were, Luke. Q (Handicap 3 – 28 points), Sam. B (Handicap 11 -25 points) and Ethan. C (Handicap 16 – 21 Points). Being one of 35 schools from across England who qualified for this National Team Golf Competition was a great achievement in itself.
Wigton CC was the venue for our U14 County Knockout Cricket Semi-Final against Nelson Tomlinson School. Losing the toss, the UVHS team was asked to bat on a lovely warm summers day and we were immediately in hot water losing a wicket 2nd ball of the game. Another wicket shortly after required a steading partnership and thankfully Cameron (26 no) & Joe (21) settled the ship somewhat and after our 16 overs we had managed 67 for 6. The team talk and plan was to stay enthusiastic and bowl full and straight to build pressure. A great catch by Gavin gave us a great start and then a run out shortly after gave us a glimmer of hope, but Nelson Tomlinson’s opening bat played beautifully playing shots to all areas of the ground to take the game away from us posting the winning runs in the 10th over at 68 for 2.
Considering I was very close to conceding our Rd 1 game to Chetwynde due to a lack of players for this team, can I personally thank Jake. W, Gavin, Lewis, Elijah, Jake.L (Yr 7) & Jack (Yr 7) for putting their hand up and playing, so we could fulfill this match and then staying in the team and helping us make a Semi-Final that seemed a long way off in May.
Well done boys, be proud of your efforts.
Having won the Barrow Schools 8 a side Cricket Competition, we now got the chance to test ourselves against other winners from around Cumbria in the County 8 a side President’s Trophy Finals at Furness CC on June 25.
Our first game was against Millom School and we got off to a tremendous start. With all teams only batting for 8 overs, starting on 200 runs and losing 5 runs for each wicket lost, the UVHS side managed 233 runs losing 4 wickets. Millom then could only score 223 runs losing 3 wickets. Our second game was against The Lakes School. UVHS could only manage 210 runs losing 4 wickets to The Lakes Schools 234 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Our third game saw us play Ullswater School in a high scoring game. UVHS scored 235 runs losing 4 wickets, but Ullswater were simply too strong scoring 261 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Our final game against Cockermouth School was a must win, but unfortunately we simply lost too many wickets to give the Cockermouth team a struggle, with the UVHS boys managing 221 runs losing 5 wickets in the process to Cockermouth’s 236 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Over the day we managed 1 win and 3 losses, but had we managed to lose fewer wickets and take a few more, our totals would have been higher and our games would have definitely been very close, as we would have been able to put more pressure on our opposition.
Our Yr 7 team is developing nicely and hopefully next year we can build on a healthy start and have a good run in the County Knockout Competition.
Well done boys.
With an almost full strength UVHS team picked, confidence was high that we could play our way into the business end of the competition. Dowdales stood in our way though and after losing the toss, the UVHS team were asked to bat. As both teams agreed to play 12 over a side due to the game falling on the same afternoon/evening as England’s opening World Cup game, runs started to flow nicely from the UVHS bats. Max & Samson both retiring on 32 & 31 respectively to give the UVHS team a really solid start from the first 8 overs. The remaining batters coming to the crease added runs to give the UVHS team a total of 96/5 from 12 overs. The Dowdales team could not be taken lightly, but early wickets by Jack & Sammy allowed some of the boys who don’t usually get a bowl to have an over. Although the Dowdales batters did their best, a final score of 56 runs for 6 wickets from 12 overs fell well short of the UVHS total. A Semi-Final against Nelson Tomlinson School in Wigton now awaits the team in early July.
The UVHS I14’s found themselves up against Dallam School in Round 2 of the County Cricket Knockout Competition. We found ourselves several players short due to a variety of commitments on the day, but thanks must go to Jake, Lewis, Jack & Gavin for stepping in to make sure we had enough people to play. Batting first UVHS scored a healthy 81 runs for the loss of the 3 wickets from our allotted 12 overs. Some good batting by Samson (45 ret) & Oscar (11) gave the UVHS team a respectable total. Missing 3 key bowlers did not make our task easy but credit must go to the whole team to stem Dallam’s batting after they got off to a flyer. Wickets from Joe (2/7 off 3), Samson (2/5 off 3) and Jack (1/8 off 2), along with some good fielding halted the Dallam team and after the final ball was bowled, Dallam fell 19 runs short on 62 runs for 6 wickets off their 12 overs.
Well done all, a great team effort.
On a sunny May 21st, the annual Yr 7 Barrow Schools 8 a side cricket competition took place at Furness Cricket Club. The overall winner would progress to the county President’s Trophy finals day at the end of June, but we would have group games to encounter before thinking of the final and a chance of progressing. Unfortunately, the UVHS group lost a team on the morning of the competition when Dowdales had to pull out, which increased our chances of making the final but we would need to beat Walney in a best of 3 game group stage first. As Chetwynde, St Bernards and Furness Academy battled it out in the other group, we managed to beat Walney in our first match quite comfortably. The second game however was much closer, but we still managed to overcome an improving Walney team to progress to the final. Awaiting us would be Furness Academy who dominated their group and were strong favourites to win. With teams starting their inning with 200 runs and losing 5 runs for each wicket lost, batters would bat in pairs for 2 overs and bowlers would bowl an over each in ability order from lowest to highest to make the competition between players fair. Batting first the UVHS 8 managed to score 210 (or 10 runs only from 8 overs in proper cricket terms). Somehow we managed to stay in the game with some tight bowling and good fielding and with 2 overs left Furness Academy found themselves still needing 15 runs to win. A tight 7th over was bowled and Furness Academy required 10 to win from the final over. Wickets from the first and fourth balls sealed a very unlikely win leaving the Furness Academy team on 197 runs (or -3). We now progress onto the President’s in June.
Well done boys.
A beautiful sunny afternoon welcomed our U14 Round 1 game against Chetwynde at Ulverston CC on May 15. Batting first Ulverston batted really well to score 86 runs for 1 wicket from the 12 overs we faced. Samson. S (28 ret), Cameron. T (23 no) & Oscar. M (11 no) batted well, finding the gaps against a 9 man Chetwynde team. UVHS had to bowl straight though, as we only had 8 players ourselves after some withdrawals through the day. Chetwynde never really got going with the bat, scoring 62 runs for 4 wickets in reply. Samson. S (2 for 8 off 3 overs), Sammy. W (1 for 8 off 3 overs) & Cody. R (1 for 5 off 1 over) were the wicket takers, but Cameron. T and Joe. M bowled well to stop Chetwynde making any real progress towards our total. Many thanks must go to Gavin. J & Jake. W who offered their time to play and they fielded really well. Our round 2 game is against either Dallam or Cartmel at Ulverston CC.
Our UVHS cricket campaign started on a very cool and drizzly May 1st at Ulverston CC against Chetwynde U12’s. As much heavier rain was making it’s way towards us from the Atlantic, we decided on a 10 overs per side game to get the game played. UVHS batted first and scored 56 runs for the loss of 1 wicket with Braden. J (10 Ret), Jake.L (8 Ret), Oliver.M (7) & Adam.D (6 no) scoring the runs off the bat. The Chetwynde team then batted, but could only muster 26 runs for 2 wickets across their 10 overs. Morgan. H took 1 wicket and the other was a run out after some good fielding. Our next game will be against Millom School by May 25.
Well done Boys.
Seven UVHS pupils attended Kendal GC during the Easter Holidays to take part in the Cumbria Schools Golf Championships.
Sixth form pupil Natasha Slater, fresh from her top 3 finish at the Scottish Girls Golf Championships a week earlier won the girls competition with a 72 (gross). This score was 3 better than any other player in the field which was an excellent effort of a cold and blustery day. On the boys side Sixth form pupil David Boardman and Yr 9 pupil Bradley Fell finished 6th & 7th respectively with scores of 82 (gross). We also entered 2 teams into the 3 player team competition on the day, with the best 2 nett scores from 3 to count. Our team of Luke Quint, Sam Beddoes & Ethan Cole came in one shot better that the rest to qualify for the English Schools National Team Championships in July. Our other team of David Boardman, Bradley Fell & Callum McDougall finished 3rd.
With this Cumbria Golf Championship not having run for a decade, England Golf have stepped in to ensure the game of golf at school level within specific areas of the nation is reborn and will hopefully continue as the years progress with further individual and team comps organised within Cumbria.
After beating Dowdales to win the Yr 11 Barrow Schools Rugby League final 28-10 back in December, the UVHS Yr 11 team had the chance to end their secondary school rugby league careers against West Lakes Academy the way they entered in Yr 7, by becoming County Champions again, only 5 years later. After finally finding a venue and a date to suit both schools, the game took place at Dalton RLFC on March 27.
A cold and wet afternoon/evening met both teams, yet this did not bother either team as they literally threw the kitchen sink at each other for the best part of 60 minutes, as the game flowed from one end to the other. The defensive efforts from both teams were huge and the large crowd who had turned up to watch were treated to a spectacle of school rugby league. The UVHS team grabbed an early lead and this was a lead that they would never relinquish. The boys worked for each other and although the final 10 minutes were tense as the West Lakes Academy team mounted a comeback with 2 late tries, the final score of 24-16 was a reward for pure hard work and effort from the entire 18 pupils who played that afternoon. UVHS Yr 11 County Rugby League Champions once again.
Can I thank the Yr 11 boys over the 5 years for continuing to play and enjoy their Rugby League. We still had 10 of the 18 playing from that early Yr 7 triumph and a number of our Yr 10 team playing too, which should give them huge confidence for next year.
Well done all.