Sports News Update March 2017
A mixed group of pupils from Year 9-11 enjoyed a great day out at Twickenham. With the Italians deploying some interesting tactics it made for an exciting first half which ended with England chasing the game. A quick flurry of tries from England after the break eased the pressure but Italy still managed to keep the game much closer than expected. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the game and the experience of an 80,000 strong atmosphere is something they will never forget.
District Indoor Athletics Championships
On Wednesday 25th February 32 Year 7 and 8 boys and girls attended this years' District Indoor Athletics Championships. It was held at Herne Bay High's impressive indoor arena. Many local schools took part with the objective of finishing in the top two places in order to gain the chance to represent our district in the County Championships. Many of the girls came first in their activities, with outstanding achievements in running, jumping and throwing events. They qualified and went on to represent The Abbey School at the South East District championships on Wednesday 8th February in Medway at the Kent School Games final;
a fantastic achievement. Unfortunately, our boys fell just short of making it through. However, some outstanding performances came from Kyle Finch, George Colyer, Henry Goss and Sam Friday.
Year 8 Boys
The Year 8 Basketball team had a terrific season. Superb numbers turned out for training each week and we won more games than we didn't, including a fantastic, memorable and truly spectacular victory over our local rivals, Queen Elizabeth's..! We never travelled to a fixture with less than the maximum allowance of 10 players in the squad.
Captain Kian Creed led by example, leading his troops into battle each week, Kieran Thompson and Xavier Hollands were both a disciplined hard working act, Guy Monsarrat broke into the squad and cemented his place whilst Jack Monk played like a child possessed every time he hit the court. The target next year will be to win a tournament and 80% of our league games; it's a big ask, but achievable.
The Year 9/10 team started slowly and we struggled for players in the early rounds of the league. However, we had a resurgence towards the back end of the season and went on to achieve some excellent victories in a number of very close games. The season finished in style with overall victory at the District Tournament, going undefeated in every game. Player of the season had to be Captain Bradley Rickard who was regularly the difference when it came down to those very tight games.
With the season getting underway after the Christmas break it was a very quick turnaround. We have a very promising group of Year 7 girls who have excelled at basketball. The first fixture was a baptism of fire as many had never played a competitive game of basketball before. Their first game was against a very experienced QE team consisting of mainly Year 9 students. The girls were very competitive and strived to do well never giving up. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to win the game and the girls lost 32-10. Going into their second fixture the girls were up against St Anselm’s who unfortunately cancelled at short notice. The next competitive fixture the team faced was in the U14 District Tournament where they had several fixtures against a
variety of teams in the District. A total of eight teams entered the District Tournament.
The short nature of the games played to our advantage as the Abbey girls are quick of the mark. In their
first game the girls played Herne Bay High who were one of the better teams at the tournament. A fantastic performance from Tegan Young and Robyn-Rose Ross ensured an opening win with a score of 6-4. In their next game the team faced St Anselms. This was another great game with the Abbey getting off to a quick start reeling off six unanswered points. The team ran out 8- 2 winners. The last group game was
against eventual finalists and tournament runners up Barton Court. This game resulted in a draw with the Abbey girls unfortunate not to snatch a victory with a last gasp basket. This draw meant that the Abbey finished in 2nd place in their group which in itself was an amazing achievement. We went forward into the playoff final for 3rd/4th place. In the 3rd place playoff final we faced Community College Whitstable from the other group whom also finished 2nd behind eventual Tournament winners Simon Langton Girls.
CCW were a very strong team and only narrowly missed out on the final, so this was going to prove to be a big task. The girls however stepped up to the challenge and managed to stay in contention even taking the lead at the start of the game. They held their own as they had grown in confidence with the wins they had under their belts, with this new found confidence they took the game to CCW but unfortunately lost 8-4. Overall it was a fantastic team performance and the girls exceeded even their own expectations by finishing 4th overall, which was a very respectable position out of eight teams.
After winning both their full contact rugby festivals the girls teams are all fired up and ready for their rugby matches this term. Both teams have displayed outstanding performances.
Girls’ Football Club
The Girl’s Football Club is still very popular and being coached by an ex-England and Gillingham coach. She has been preparing the girls for their matches, yet many girls have just been enjoying the club and not competing in the team.
Two new satellite clubs have started this term for all girls to have the opportunity to experience two new sports during extra-curricular time. We have applied for funding to enable these clubs to start, meeting with Swale Borough Council and completing application forms. The money was granted and these clubs will be running until July. The clubs are Boxercise/Boxing and Trampolining!
Girls’ Basketball Club
The club ran through terms 2 and 3 for girls in both Key Stages. The club only really took off once it was being covered in PE curriculum time. It was nice to see the enthusiasm of year 7 and 8 girls attending.
Enter Club name here After School Boxing Club
Wednesday – 3.30 - 4.30pm
Abbey Sports Hall
For more information, speak to: Mrs Skelcher
Badminton Club has just restarted for term 4. We had an excellent turn out with 17 pupils across Key Stages 3 and 4 boys and girls. Fingers crossed that the numbers remain strong for the remainder of the term.
Girls’ Zumba Classes
Zumba has been incorporated into Key stage 4 girls’ P.E lessons to boost motivation, enthusiasm and fitness levels!
The Dover Athletic Football Academy
The Football Academy have also been going from strength to strength. Here are some of their recent highlights:
Currently 2nd in the National Youth League and 3rd in the Academy League
3 Players signed contract forms for DAFC
6 players involved with DAFC first team, two making debuts this year
1 player to be offered a first team contract
4-5 players have had potential offers for American scholarships
6 players taking the gym instructing course level 2
Only one student has left the Academy – the best retention figures we have ever had
In June they travel to Spain to play in the Catalunya Cup (21 students attending)
Sean Raggett, an Academy graduate, has made FA Cup History by scoring the goal against Burnley to progress to the quarter final of the cup. Sean will play against Arsenal this coming Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.