Cumbria Rugby Union organised a Barrow Schools Yr 8 Rugby Union festival on Tuesday March 14 at Hawcoat Park Rugby Union Club. Cumbria Rugby Union are spending a lot of time and effort in schools promoting Rugby Union and giving boys and girls the opportunity to develop their skills through practice sessions and development festivals. The UVHS Yr 8 boys had already attended a festival at Ambleside this school year, so this Barrow festival was second chance for them to develop further their skills for Rugby. Along with UVHS, Chetwynde School and Dowdales School also sent teams and we just played a round robin style tournament. Our first 20 minute game was against Chetwynde. We ran and passed the ball well and controlled the ball around the rucks which was good to see. UVHS ran out winners 25 – 10. Dowdales then played Chetwynde in a very one sided game, although most of the Chetwynde boys were playing their first games of Rugby, so all credit to them for getting out and giving it a go. Our last game was against a very strong Dowdales School. Dowdales are the premier Rugby League School in the Barrow area, so the boys knew they had to play well to get anything from this game, but being a different code we thought we stood a chance. Unfortunately for anUVHS team that tried hard, we were just no match physically for Dowdales who ran out winners 40-0. The boys enjoyed their second chance to play competitive games of Rugby Union and were asking when they could do it again, which was good to hear. Thanks to Garry Holmes (Cumbria Rugby Development Officer) for arranging the festival.
Well it was a case of so near yet so far for our U13 Boys team in this competition. Having won the last 3 indoor county U13 championships. We were attempting to win our 4th area U13 comp in a row. Stood in our way this year were our usual two opponents in Furness Academy and Chetwynde school. Having played our round games, we had won 2 from 2 with a mix of Yr 8 and 7 boys making up our team. Playing Furness Academy in our first game UVHS bowled first and kept Furness Academy to 30 runs for 3 wickets from their 7 overs. Cameron, Sammy and Max taking the wickets. UVHS took little time knocking off their total, scoring 37 for no wicket in 4 overs. Samson and Max batting superbly. Our second game saw us play Chetwynde School who batted first and scored 48 runs for 6 wickets. Sammy, Brad and Cameron taking the wickets this game. The batting order was changed around for this game to try and give others a bat. UVHS passed Chetwynde’s score in the 6th over at 54 for 1 wicket. Joe, Cameron, Brad and Sammy all batting well on this occasion to give UVHS a much closer win than the scores indicate. Furness Academy and Chetwynde then played off to play UVHS again in the final and it was Chetwynde who would be our opponents and unfortunately as the first sentence of this report states stop our winning run. Chetwynde batted well to score a good 63 runs for none off their allotted 7 overs. UVHS referred back to our strongest batting line up but did not bat as well as we could have in the final and with 3 run-outs, always left us struggling to gain any momentum. Needing 4 to tie and 5 runs to win off the last ball, it was not to be this time around leaving our score on 59 runs for 5 from our overs. Max and Joe batted well in the final and Oscar wicket kept beautifully. Well done boys, we’ll get them next year.
A squad of 13 boys took part in a Year 8 Rugby Union Festival at Ambleside RUFC on Thursday October 13. Having never played a game of Rugby Union before it was a case of a leap into the unknown for our Year 8 boys. To keep it short, 10 schools took part from across Cumbria and the competition was played in 2 groups of 5 teams. In our group was Caldew School, Dallam School, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School and Queen Katherine School. After our first 3 games we had won all 3 of our games against some Rugby union playing schools. Unfortunately, due to an injury in another game which required an ambulance, we could not play our last game, but that was against definitely the weakest team in our group, so I was confident it would have been 4 from 4. We have another Rugby Union Festival to look forward to in March at Hawcoat Park.
Well done Boys.
The first round of the Furness Schools Year 9 Competition saw UVHS play a committed Millom School team at UVHS. Some good play throughout the match saw UVHS run out comfortable winners 4-0. Our next game in this competition will be against Dowdales School.
Dates for the Barrow Schools Indoor Cricket Competitions have been distributed with Boys and Girls Competitions being held for U13 and U15 ages. UVHS have been very successful over the past 5 years at both Area and County competitions, so with girls and boys practice sessions starting after school before Christmas for our Year 7 and 8 pupils (U13 age), we are hoping for further successes across the four area competitions and then the County wide competition. Practices for U15 girls and boys will commence after the Christmas break as these pupils are more accustomed to the rules and indoor format played.
Dates for the diary ;
Girls U13 Competition – Wednesday February 8 (Times TBC) at Furness College
Boys U13 Competition – Wednesday February 15 (11.30 -4pm) at Furness College
Boys U15 Competition – Wednesday March 1 (11.30 – 4pm) at Furness College
Girls U15 Competition – Thursday March 9 (Times TBC) at Furness College
Girls U13 County Competition – Tuesday March 21 (Times TBC) at Furness College
Girls U15 County Competition – Wednesday March 22 (Times TBC) at Furness College
Our Year 8 Boys Rugby league team travelled to Millom School for their first group game of the Barrow Schools Year 8 Rugby League Town Cup Competition. The field was not in the best condition with it being very muddy and wet underfoot. Having performed well in their first year as a Year 7 team, high hopes were had for this team in Year 8. Unfortunately, the side missing some players from last year found Millom just to strong losing 18 – 4. The boys never stopped trying though and simply made too many handling errors giving Millom too much possession during the game. Our second game against Dowdales was a disappointing losing forfeit with the game clashing with a Barrow AFC Junior Football competition. Unfortunately we simply could not find enough reserves to fill the positions left, which meant we progressed no further in the year 8 competition this year.
The UVHS Year 10 Rugby League team were up against Chetwynde and Millom Schools in the group games of the Year 10 Barrow Schools Town Cup this year. Playing against a very committed Chetwynde team at UVHS, the team put together a good performance to win 32-12. Our second game was a trip to Millom School to play on a very wet and boggy Millom School field which hindered our attacking style of play. The game was again a tough fought affair between the two schools. UVHS held the upper hand at 18 -10 when unfortunately the game had to be cut short with approximately 8 minutes to play due to a neck injury to one of the Millom pupils which required further medical assistance on the ground.
Our two wins across the groups stage gave the team a home draw in our Semi-Final clash against St Bernards School. The weather had not been kind over the previous weeks before, which left the ground in a wet and slippery state. Both schools were up for the match but some very sloppy defense early on in the first half gave St Bernards easy points and a lead they would never relinquish. The UVHS team managed to score two trys to St Bernards four across the first half and St Bernards took a 22-10 lead to the half time break. A much improved effort was required from the UVHS boys and that is what they gave. We were the dominant side over the second half, but unfortunately some really good try scoring opportunities on 3 occasions were squandered and although we won the second half 8-6 the final score finished 28-18 to St Bernards.
After being crowned County Cricket Champions across Years 7 and 8, the UVHS U14 (Year 9) team finally got the opportunity to play Sedbergh School’s Year 9 team in a 20/20 cricket game in May to put their skills to the test. Sedbergh are the premier cricketing school in Cumbria, so it is always good to test ourselves against a school who is always referred too as much better opposition. A lovely sunny afternoon and a very warm welcome from our hosts made for an enjoyable game. Batting first UVHS posted 81 runs all out from 17 overs. Losing our last 6 wickets for 3 runs was definitely not the plan and left us feeling a little dejected as we are a better batting side than we showed. Hasan. Z (27) and Jamie. B (22) both scored good twenties but some bad batting did not allow us to post a score worthy of the wicket, surroundings or our ability. The UVHS team started strongly when bowling with 2 early wickets to Luke Q and Will G to have our hosts reeling early on, but two dropped catches shortly after gave the Sedbergh opener (Wheatley) lifelines from which he would make us pay. Another wicket to Ted.S saw Sedbergh 3 down but our 81 runs was simply not a big enough total and Sedbergh passed our total for the loss of 3 wickets from 15.3 overs. This long awaited match was an enjoyable afternoon in beautiful surroundings but unfortunately our batting was simply not good enough on the afternoon. We tried hard in the field and had we had another 25-30 runs the result and game may have been much different.
Well done UVHS and thanks to Sedbergh School for hosting the match.
The UVHS U15 girls indoor cricketers made it 2 Cumbria County wins in a row when they travelled to Penrith Leisure Centre to take part in the 2016 Lady Taverners County Inter Cricket Finals. A disappointing finals turn out saw only Appleby School and runners up from the Barrow area competition Furness academy arrive to make this a 3 team competition. A double round robin was the competition format meaning we would play both schools twice. Our first game was against Appleby who have been considerably strong over recent years. Batting first UVHS posted 123 runs from our 8 overs with Amelia T, Holly P and Ameyah H all retiring on 15. Although the UVHS girls have bowled much better in the local comp, the Appleby girls could only score 83 in reply. Batting first in our 2nd game against local rivals Furness Academy, we score 125 runs from 8 overs with Amelia T, Holly P, Georgina M & Ellie B all retiring this time around. Again our bowling was well below par but the Furness Academy girls could only score 71. Our 3rd game against Appleby was much closer with the UVHS girls struggling in the middle overs and posted a relatively low score of 78. Our bowling needed to be much straighter than the first 2 games we had played and although Appleby batted well, the UVHS girls managed to allow only 64 runs to be scored to make it 3 wins from 3. As Furness Academy had beaten Appleby in their 2 games they had played, UVHS had to win their final game against the girls from Barrow to make it 4 from 4 and 2 U15 Indoor County wins in successive years. Batting first again, the UVHS girls batted well to score 113 runs from their 8 overs with Megan S, Amelia T, Holly P and Ameyah H all retiring for 15. In return Furness Academy batted well but could only score 84. Well done girls.
On Thursday March 3, the British Schools and Colleges Northern Links Trophy was held at Fleetwood GC. The days before this competition saw very heavy rain flooding some areas of this links course, closing one hole completely only allowing for a 17 hole event and a par 69. Natasha S, David B and Luke Q represented UVHS with Natasha and David being entered as the pairs team. All 3 pupils represent the county with Natasha also representing England Girls. Arriving early in time to allow for the pupils to warm-up, we were informed that tee times had been put back 30 min which turned into 45 minutes by the time all 3 had tee’d off, so on a cold morning was not ideal. Over the day Natasha (69 gross) and David (71 gross) handled the late start and the conditions extremely well. David’s score could have been something really special had he come to terms with the speed on the greens. Luke (89 gross) battled on well but did not play to his best after having some bad holes early on. A long, cool day was an overall success for UVHS who were up against some extremely strong golfing schools. Natasha won the girls gross prize for the second year in succession, whilst our team of Natasha and David came a very respectable 3rd from 23 teams.
Well done Natasha, David and Luke for your efforts.