I have been very much impressed with the level of sporting success our students have achieved last term and must thank our PE staff for their hard work and dedication in supporting our talented sports men and women. Below is a report that hopefully covers many of the achievements. Apologies to anyone who may have been overlooked. I would add that at St. Ninian’s High School (SNHS) we see all who take part as a success and are pleased to see so many competing and improving. Long may this continue!
This has been a busy term for the PE department with a hectic schedule of Football and Netball fixtures. Both are popular activities at SNHS with lots of pupils having the opportunity to represent their school.
Yr 7 boys had a very successful season winning all their fixtures. We were also unbeaten at the recent inter-school tournament held at Ramsey Grammer School (RGS).
Yr 9’s have also won all their school fixtures and won their respective tournament, remaining unbeaten throughout. They also won the school play off final beating Castle Rushen High School (CRHS) 5 goals to one. The Yr 10’s won all their fixtures and beat Ballakermeen High School (BHS) in the semi final of the play-offs, we play CRHS in the final on today Tuesday 17th April at the Bowl.
The Senior boys reached the final again beating Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) in the semi final which went to a penalty shoot out! In the final they faced RGS in a repeat of last years final match. This year they won a close final coming out as 2 nil winners.
Our teams have had mixed results but due to the popularity of the sport we were able to field 3 or more teams at nearly all the age groups so all who came to practice represented their school.
Yr 7 came 3rd. in their tournament.
Yr 8 tournament the girls finished 3rd.
Yr 9’s finished 6th.
Yr 10’s – finished 6th.
13 of the girls are in the process of completing their Youth Umpire Award, which is an initiative organised by the England Netball Association leading to achieving a recognised umpiring qualification.
Senior girls had a strong team and finished 4th in the league, that meant facing King Williams College (KWC) in the semi final which we lost by a close margin.
This is played at KWC on grass so something slightly different for all players as they are all used to playing an astro! We were able to field a strong team with all those involved playing at club level or higher. We won all our games and scored in every match to win the trophy with maximum points.
The school teams have had the best year ever at the Island Championships. The first weekend the girls won the 200m freestyle relay, setting a new championship record. The next evening the boys won the 200m medley. During the second weekend of the championships the boys made it a double and won the 200m freestyle relay and the girls made it a clean sweep winning the 200m medley. SNHS teams won 4 out of the 4 school events!
The winning relay teams consisted of: Zak Keig (Yr 12) Mark Copparelli (Yr 10) Sam Smith (Yr 10) Ben Donaldson (Yr 9) Catherine Breed (Yr 13) Laura Kinley (Yr 11) Freya Keig (Yr 11) Amy Kinley (Yr 9)
Many SNHS pupils had individual successes winning medals and setting PB’s and Laura Kinley set 3 championship records and 2 Island records and achieved qualifying times for the British Nationals. Well done to all!
The school team regained the inter-school title winning all but one of their contests. The team fought with one team member short and still came out as outright winners. The team consisted of Chris Fletcher and Jake Rumney.
Aalin and Kirsten George continue to excel in archery, both have qualified to go to the archery commonwealth games in Guernsey. Aalin has also qualified for the GB U17 team to compete in the European championships in Denmark and Croatia.
Cross Country Running
The Astin sisters have achieved great success again this year. Sarah won the Lancashire Championship Under 20 races and also came second in the Merseyside schools race in the Senior age group. Katie also performed well finishing 6th in Lancashire under 15 champs and finished in a similar position In the Merseyside schools junior girls race. In the inter-Counties Championships Sarah finished in 16th place and Katie finished 47th. In the English Schools Championships Sarah finished 34th. And Katie 40th. Both have enjoyed great success this winter which will hopefully carry on during the track season this summer.