The week commencing Monday 1st June was an unbelievably busy sporting week even by Oakhill’s standards! Preparations in Prep were being made in lessons and lunchtime clubs for sports day along with seniors preparing for their hotly anticipated house rounders and cricket events. During this week we managed to fit in not one but 7 fixtures! Incorporating 3 rounders matches, 1 cross country event, a whole day girls cricket tournament and 2 orienteering competitions!
The weather at the beginning of the week was more like February than June! Due to this unfortunately the cross country fields were water logged so the event was postponed but we returned this week and achieved some amazing individual results and a fantastic team result (please see separate story).
The weather was equally shocking on Tuesday, however we were determined to play on so invited St. Augustine’s to play rounders in our sports hall, this was a new experience for both teams including differentiated rules due to the confined space. This was a very closely contested game and the scores were equal at 3 all after the first innings. After a much needed half time pep talk our under14 team went into the second innings with increased confidence and began to apply all of the tactics they have refined in lessons. The hard work paid off and we won, the final result being 6-5.5 rounders. The girls kept their cool in a very close match and deserved the win.
Wednesday saw a dramatic improvement in weather and we finally got out onto the field. We welcomed two Stonyhurst college teams. Our under 13 and under 14 mixed teams were excited to be playing their first matches of the season. Adding the boys to the teams has dramatically improved their play, the girls have grown in confidence and have learned the importance of fielding deeper due to their great batting ability. This came into play against the excellent batting skills of the Stonyhurst pupils. The teams worked as a unit and utilised great communication when fielding, they also started to place the ball into gaps in the field which was excellent to see in action after so many batting drills in lessons! The final results were close but Oakhill were victorious in both games, a fantastic achievement to all those involved.
u14 Oakhill 13 – Stonyhurst 12.5
U13 Oakhill 10 – Stonyhurst 9.5
Thursday was a glorious day and our Year 5 & 6 girls attended the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn cricket tournament. This was a new event for us but after some excellent last minute coaching from Mr.Edgar we attended determined to give it our best shot! During the group stages we won 2 of our 3 games, the girls worked excellently and after beating Salesbury the hotly placed favourites our confidence increased we went on to achieve victory against Whalley only losing by a small margin to a well rehearsed Baxenden team.
We drew Benjamin Hargreaves in the quarter finals winners of the group stage, this was a very experienced team who performed better than us on the day and went on to win the whole event. We came out 4th just missing out on the bronze medals out of 8 teams. A great experience and achievement by all considering it was our first cricket event! We are determined to spend more time on cricket next summer and come back to compete and bring home a medal!
Finally Friday, was the day we attended the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn orienteering championships. Our year 6 teams attended and were 2 of 37 teams in total that competed in the event, over two hundred children took part! This was a very close and hotly contended event.
One of our teams worked fantastically together and came home with the silver medals, this team consisted of Alicia Birchall, Alex Lutwyche, Ava Whowell, Sam Chatburn, Joshua WIlkinson and Charlotte Bank. Our second team missed out on the bronze medal by only one time penalty and this was gutting for all. But a fantastic achievement to take two teams and be placed Second and Fourth out of 37 entries!
Earlier in the day we took our senior team made up of the following pairs Louie Coupe & Harriet Ashworth, Tom Temperley & Maeve Peters, Ellis Lund & Chloe Gardiner and finally Jack & Abi Clemson. Being the champions from the previous year meant that the pressure was on to return home with the winning trophy! After a few practice map reading and orientation drills the team were set free on the course. All pairs worked excellently together navigating the map and encouraging one another when either was tired from the long runs between each check point. All teams timed the event well and returned within the 20 minute time limit. Tensions were high as we waited for the results. After what seemed like forever it was announced that as reigning champions we got to keep the title as we had won again. This is an excellent achievement as it is a qualifying event for the national level 3 games competition when we will attend in Blackpool to represent our area! Well done to everyone involved.
Phew, that really was an unbelievably busy but exceptionally enjoyable and rewarding week in the life of PE and games at Oakhill. Here’s to many more weeks like that in the future. Thank you to all of the pupils for your hard work and commitment, you make it all worth it!