Football Round Up – by Mr Pierce

Year 9 boys won their first competition since year 7, by winning the Barrow Schools 7-a-side competition. They managed a 1-1 draw with Dowdales before beating Chetwynde 4-0 to make it into the final against St Bernard’s. The final ended up going to sudden death penalties and was won by a fantastically taken Tom Jackson penalty. Year 8 and 11 boys continue their run in both the County and National cups after winning ‘double-header’ games against Dallam school. Year 8’s won 7-3 and the year 11’s won 2-1. Good luck in the next round boys. Year 11 boys continue their good run in the County Cup with a 3-0 home win against Furness Academy. A well-deserved win with three very well taken goals. The year 8 boys weren’t as lucky in the Barrow Schools 7-a-side competition. Again we had enough players to field two sides. In one league, one side lost both their matches to Dowdales and Millom, where as in the second league, the UVHS team lost to St Bernard’s and then drew with Walney. It was so close that if they had scored 1 more goal against Walney, they would have made the final. The U18 boys team, started their season well with a 6-2 win away at St Benedict’s school in the National Cup. It was the first time the team had played together, other than training, but bonded very well to give an excellent performance. Unfortunately they were beaten the following day in the County Cup away to Dallam school. We had a depleted side due to work commitments amongst others and ended up losing 3-0. The result was not really a fair reflection on how the boys played, as they held their own for the majority of the match, but held at bay by some fantastic goalkeeping. Girls U16 football tournament was played on the 3G pitch at the Academy. They played within a three way tournament against Dowdales and St Bernard’s and drew against the Academy team. The showed potential and good team work, with some very good shoots at goal.

Swimming Finals – by Mrs Minnican

After coming 3rd in the qualifying round of the English Schools Swimming Association competition at Salford, it was with delight that the UVHS Junior Boys Swimming Team (comprising of Mason Minnican, Thomas Unwin and Sam Wicks all year 9 and Owen Minnican, year 7) were informed by a very excited Mrs Hayton that they had made it through to the final to be held at Crystal Palace, London, swimming in the junior boys 200m medley event. This is a national competition with schools from eight divisions around the country fighting for a place in the final sixteen. UVHS went through as the 16th school to qualify in their event, representing the North West Division. This in itself is no mean feat as prestigious schools with full time swimming coaches and pool facilities such as Millfield, Kelly College and Plymouth College were amongst the other finalists! Not to mention the fact that these schools’ senior team members included Glasgow Commonwealth Games hopefuls and a London 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke gold medallist! Just the experience of taking part in such an event made the seven and a half hour journey down well worth it. There were two semi-finals in their event and the boys knocked an amazing three seconds off their entry time to come 4th in their semi. After watching a nail-biting 2nd semi they realised that they had made it through to be one of the eight teams to swim in the final, where, although they couldn’t quite match their earlier time, they still managed to swim faster than their original entry time to become the 8th fastest junior boys 200m medley team in England! The team and their parents would like to thank UVHS for their support i