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.
On Thursday February 11 the UVHS U15 girls indoor cricket team travelled down to Furness College to participate in the area Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket Competition. Most of the girls had played previously and have had great success for the school over previous years, so expectations were high once again.
Our first game was against an old foe in Furness Academy. The Furness Academy staff and pupils like UVHS have been committed to girls cricket for a number of years and the game was played in the right spirit and demonstrated good all-round skills from both sets of players. We started well scoring 101 for 1 from our 8 overs with Megan.S, Ameyah.H & Megan. R all retiring for 20. Holly.P also pitched in with a good 17. We then managed to keep Furness Academy to 83 for 6 from their 8 overs. Holly.P, Megan.S and Ellie B all in the wickets.
Our second group game was against a good Chetwynde School team. Again we batted first and posted 87 for 4. Megan.S, Ameyah.H and Megan. R again batted well to retire on 20. We then hit our straps with the ball to bowl Chetwynde out for 22. Holly.P, Megan.S, Ameyah.H and Georgina.M all took wickets.
Winning our 2 games put us into the final again against Furness Academy who got the better of Chetwynde school in their group game. Our girls were confident and as reigning U15 county champions wanted another shot at the title this year. We batted first again scoring 94/2 with Megan.S, Ameyah.H, Georgina.M and Holly.P all scoring runs. Furness Academy then did their best and batted well but fell just 14 runs short of our total at 80 for 6. Megan.S, Georgina.M and Ellie B ensuring wickets fell regularly to win another area title for UVHS.
Great effort girls
On Tuesday 2nd February, UVHS U/13 cricket squad went to Furness College to play for a spot at the county indoor cricket competition in March. The first match was against Dowdales. Dowdales put up a good battle, but UVHS won their first game. The score ended up 57-6 Dowdales, 59-6 UVHS. The next game was UVHS versus Chetwynde. After a poor batting performance from UVHS, Chetwynde capitalised and won. The scores finished as UVHS 56-All out and Chetwynde 57-3.
After a short break UVHS played Walney and secured another win in an impressive fashion. Walney were all out for 31 and UVHS finished with the score of 69-6. That meant that UVHS claimed second spot.
After another short break, UVHS played Dowdales in the semi-final. It was another close game between the two sides but UVHS edged a win. The game finished Dowdales 54-6, UVHS 55-6. This meant that UVHS had progressed to the final. They played Chetwynde in the final and this time it was played on a full pitch (indoor). With a fantastic performance from the whole team we won! The final score was Chetwynde 79-3, UVHS 107-2. We got medals and a trophy for the school and advanced to Penrith for the County final.