Senior School Sports Report

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Abbot’s Hill have enjoyed some fantastic sporting achievements during the Autumn Term.

Lacrosse

We have enjoyed great success in lacrosse, both individually and as teams. Congratulations to Abi, our Year 11 Vice Lacrosse Captain, on her selection in to the U19 South East Super Counties. This is an incredible achievement considering she is competing against Sixth Formers!

Year 10 had their first opportunity in their lacrosse careers to trial for the U15 Super Counties teams and we are delighted that Issie and Amy J were selected. These places are highly competitive with Hertfordshire being the strongest county for lacrosse in England. Well done girls!

Abbot’s Hill girls have proved to be very good at indoor lacrosse this term! The 1st XII team displayed their excellent skills to finish second in the U19 tournament. This is a fantastic result considering that they were playing against girls who are physically stronger and faster, with two years more experience.  The Year 10 A team continued this successful streak in the U15 Indoor Country Tournament. They won the majority of games, and the games that they did lose were incredibly close, coming down to one goal. Overall, the U15A team finished 3rd in the county.

Once again, we hosted two invitational tournaments. The 1st XII and 2nd XII team tournament on Saturday 25 November and the U14 and U15s on Saturday 9 December. 36 teams attended over the tournaments, travelling from all over the region. Our 1st XII team played excellently on the day and narrowly missed out on the bronze medals owing to goal difference! However, the U14 and U15s event proved more successful, despite the sub-zero temperatures, with the U14 team finishing 3rd overall. The U15s had a difficult draw but with excellent unit defence and team work in attack, the girls won the majority of their games to finished second overall in the tournament.

Thank you to the girls for their commitment to the clubs. The success that we have had so far this season is a reflection of their hard work and dedication. We are looking forward to the U12 and U13 invitational tournament next term and a wealth of fixtures, county tournaments and nationals!

Netball

With the introduction of the new floodlights across two courts at Abbot’s Hill, we are pleased that netball matches could be played in the dark this half of term. The league and cup competitions for each age group continue with some good results across the board! A full report on netball will be provided in the Spring Term after the District competitions have been concluded.

Cross-Country

On Tuesday 10 October, two Senior teams competed in the Cross-Country Cup. It was a very strong competition, however Emeline (Year 9) came 12th and Grace (Year 10) came 18th out of the 60 runners.

On Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November, Abbot’s Hill hosted the District Cross-Country competitions welcoming around 200 runners over the course of both days. All of the teams did brilliantly with Year 8 and Year 9 coming 3rd, Year 10 and 11 coming 2nd and Year 7 winning their event. Well done!

Skiing

This has been another busy term for the skiers.  The Beginners have made excellent progress and some of the older girls are now volunteering to help with the younger and less experienced.

The race teams had more effective training at the start of term and produced some excellent results.  From the Area Qualifying race of the English Schools’ Ski Association Championships, three teams qualified for the National Finals in Under 12, Under 14 and Under 19 age groups. This was an exceptionally good result for a very young Under 19 team, competing Sixth Formers.

The Finals took place again at Norwich, and racers and supporters had an excellent weekend. Results were good at this national level – the Under 14 team achieved the heartbreak place of 4th – an outstanding result.

In the Open Championship, where all senior school ages combine, two excellent results were achieved and both teams qualified for the British Schools’ Championships held at Pontypool. The A Team finished in 10th place, and the B Team 19th – a superb team effort in a competition at this level, beating teams from all over the United Kingdom and earning a place for England for next year.

Congratulations on selection for English Schools’ Squad training camps this year:

Rosie and Harriet (Year 8) are in the Junior Squad to train in Italy, whilst Helena (Year 11), Ina and Issie (Year 10) were selected for the Senior Squad to train in Norway.

Special congratulations to Helena, who has been chosen as a reserve for the England Schools’ team. This is a fantastic achievement and a reward for all the work she has put in since she first joined Ski Club as a beginner in Year 4!

Equestrian

The Equestrian Squad have continued to represent the school in a number of competitions this term, producing some excellent performances as a team and individually.

Equestrian Captain Freya and Vice-Captain Charlotte L-T (Year 10) continue to impress as supportive leaders and excellent role models. Thank you girls for your support to the team on event days!

Notable performances from this term include:

The NSEA show jumping qualifiers in September at which Freya, Charlotte & Hattie jumped clear rounds in the 80cm, earning them a team 4th place. In the 70cm competition, Lucy B also jumped a clear round and was awarded the Style Award.

Isabelle E and Lucy competed for the Herts Hunt Pony Club team on 7 October and won first place in both the 50cm and 60cm competitions.

On Sunday 19 November, Charlotte and Hattie had a fabulous day riding in the 80cm & 90 cm classes over a mixture of show jumps and solid XC fences. They went clear in the both the classes and in the 80cm, the girls managed to complete the course close to the optimum time getting placed.  Charlotte finished 4th and qualified for the Grand Final being held on Sunday 25 February, Hattie was also placed finishing 9th.

Well done to the whole squad, we look forward to your next competition in January!