The Semi Finals at the Rotherham United 1/2 time tournament
After a 2:1 victory back in October our amazing year 5 and 6 football players were invited back to the New York stadium for the semi finals. On Saturday the 16th of December Rotherham United were playing Pymouth and our young players were playing St Josephs primary School. The first 1/2 of the Rotherham V Plymouth game finished with a 0:0 score, however it was then time for our excited, yet nervouse players to have a go on the pitch themselves. The children showed some amazing skills and it was less than a minute before the fist goal was scored by Jayden Haines. The game finished 5:1 to Whiston, due to the great team work, brilliant passes and saves by our goalie Seth. The children were extatic with the score and will be returning to play in the final (date to be confirmed). The Rotherham V Plymouth game finished with a 1:1 draw, all the children really enjoyed the afternoon despite the very cold tempratures and can't wait to get back onto the New York pitch.
On the 5th of December twenty of the lower KS2 children set off to participate in the Oakwood basketball festival. After a hard week of training with our sport leaders they felt ready and prepared to compete and demonstrate there skills. We we’re lucky enough to take two teams to the tournament and each team played 3 games each. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing on a full size basketball court and developed there skills and shooting accuracy by having the opportunity to shoot at a full size net. However it wasn’t a win for Whiston this time, although we will be returning to Oakwood on the 12th of December for the Netball tournament, where hopefully we will reclaim our victory.
After several weeks of training at our lunch time club with live and learn sport, the KS1 children were all ready and set to compete against there rivals at Whiston Woorgoose in a game of mat ball. Mat ball is a variation of Netball and Bench ball and designed specifically for younger children. The aim of the game is for teams to get the ball to their player who is standing on the mat; if their mat player catches the ball then it is a goal. First off to play were the year 1 children who were particularly strong at defending, however after a tough game it finished at a draw with a score of 3:3. Next it was time for our year 2 team to have a go, the children demonstrated some fantastic skills, ensuring accurate passes and moving into spaces, unfortunately the game ended with a 5:3 score to Worrygoose. The children have thoroughly enjoyed both the festival and lunch time sessions and it has really helped to boost confidence in sporting skills.