Wow, we thought last half term was busy with extra-curricular sport but this half term has been nonstop sports events at Grange Park!
The Year 5/6 girl’s football team put in some fantastic team performances this half term to win their final two Champions League games 9-0 and 6-0 to qualify to the knock out stages of the competition with an impressive record of playing 4, winning 4, scoring 29 and conceding 0.
Our Year 6 Quicksticks hockey team performed amazingly to win their league and then semi-final to reach the T&W Hockey Final. The team narrowly lost in the final 3-2 against a very strong St Patrick’s team. The fact that none of our team play hockey outside school and they were playing against schools with children that play regularly for Telford Hockey Club, makes this achievement even greater.
Another Grange Park team qualified to the Shropshire County Finals after finishing runners up in the Boccia league. The team only missed out on winning the league on goal difference after finishing joint top. The Boccia team will now represent T&W at the Shropshire Finals next Year.
The Year 5/6 girl’s football team were in action again in the Shropshire County Cup. The girls were on fire and put in their best performance of the season to get a bit of revenge on Priorslee Academy who previously beat them in the ESFA Competition. The girls won 1-0 and scored one of the best team goals we will ever see. Every player passed the ball before a low cross was played into the box for our striker to smash it home into the top corner. The girls followed this up with a 6-0 win to secure their place in the next round.
Next up our Year 3 New Age Kurling team travelled to Wrekin College to take part in the KS2 T&W competition. The team got off to a flyer winning their first 3 matches but our opponents in the 4th match used their last shot to secure a draw! This meant if our team drew their final match, they would be guaranteed a position in the quarter finals. The team were winning 2-0 in the final game but our opponents fought well to come back and win the game 3-2. This meant we narrowly missed out on qualifying to the next stage but I was very proud of the performance from all 4 of our team, especially as they were competing against mainly Year 5/6 children.
We also held our first fixture of the year under the floodlights on the 3G pitch against St Patricks School. It was a fantastic end to end game that finished 6-5 to our opponents. It was great to see some children represent a Grange Park football team for the very first time.
This half term also saw Grange Park enter two Crossbar Coaching competitions. Firstly we took a Year 5 team to compete in the Year 5/6 competition and again this team included lots of children representing a Grange Park football team for the very first time. The team performed amazingly, winning 2 matches, losing 2 and drawing their final game to finish 3rd. Secondly we took a Year 4 football team to the Year 4 competition. All the Year 4 games were extremely close and despite leading in both our league games 2-0, the team narrowly lost both matches 6-5. The team then took part in a plate competition where they went on to win all 4 of their games. Specially mention to Jahrell who volunteered to go in goal for the Year 4 tournament as our goalkeeper was ill.
Thank you to Harry and Chloe that represented Grange Park Primary School to collect our School Games Platinum Award at the Telford & Wrekin School Sports Partnership Awards Night. The event started and ended late, so we really appreciate the children attending to collect the award and the parents for transporting.
Some Year 6 children were extremely lucky to be invited to take part in a football tournament at Manchester City FC’s training academy on November 22nd. The team finished 3rd in their group after winning 1, drawing 2 and losing 1 match, this meant they went through to the plate competition. They then won 1 and drew the other plate fixture which was good enough to qualify to the semi-finals. The semi-final was end to end and finished 1-1, so the game went to penalties, which Grange Park won 3-1. The final was also extremely tight but our defence was like a brick wall that our opponents couldn’t break down and the game finished in another draw. Unfortunately we couldn’t match the same result in the penalty shootout this time though and lost 3-2. A great effort though and to reach the final was a great achievement.
We were back off to Wrekin College again but this time it was our Year 3/4 Gymnastics team competing. The team had worked hard on their routine in the lead up to the event at the Gymfinity after school club. The team were fantastic and finished in joint 7th position out of 17 teams. Thank you to Gymfinity and our Year 6 coach Sofiya for training the team for this event.
It was now our Year 4/5 girls football teams turn to travel up to Shrewsbury to take part in the Shropshire County Cup round 1. The results of winning 9-0 and 6-1 probably tell the story of how well our girls played. Great teamwork, goals, passing and defending was on show from the whole team. We now look forward to taking part in the next round after Christmas.
Earlier we said that our Year 5/6 girl’s football team had qualified to the knock stage of the Champions League and this match was now due to be played at the end of November. Worryingly our captain was off ill for this fixture and our goalkeeper couldn’t play. Our girls really stepped up to the challenge though and despite it looking like we wouldn’t be able to beat the excellent Millbrook goalkeeper, the girls scored two late goals to win the match 2-0 and have now qualified to the quarter finals of the competition. Special mention to Roxy who went it goal at the last minute for this fixture.
We were very proud of our Year 4/5 football team that took part in the U11 Shropshire Futsal Tournament at the beginning of December. The team performed amazingly throughout as they won 3 matches, lost 2 and drew 1. The team finished joint 3rd out of 7 teams and these results are even more impressive considering they were playing against Year 5/6 children.
The next fixture was a late one for our Year 3/4 boy’s football team. They travelled up to Shrewsbury to take part in another County Cup competition. The team won 2 and lost 1 match which was good enough for the team to qualify to the next stage of the competition in 2nd place. This was the first fixture of the year for some of the team but you couldn’t tell with all the team putting in 3 very good performances. We also got to see one of the best individual goals you are likely to ever see by one of our players in the final match. Thank you to the parents for transporting and supporting the team at this event, especially as we didn’t get home until after 7pm.
The football continued with a fantastic Year 3/4 football match on the Grange Park 3G pitch against John Fletcher. This was the first time any of these boys apart from one had played for the school football team this year and the first time some of the boys had ever played in a competitive football match. It was a great match and the boys showed great determination to come back from being 3-1 down at half time to eventually win the match 5-4.
It was now the Year 5/6 girls turn to take part in the Shropshire 5-a-side Futsal Tournament. Having already played most of the teams in the competition, we knew it was going to be an extremely tough night of fixtures. The girls showed what a great team they were though after going 1-0 down in their first match and battling back to win the game 2-1 against one of the tournament favourites. They were then on fire in front of goal in the next game winning 9-1. The team then dug really deep in their final game to win 2-0 to be crowned the Shropshire Futsal Champions. Special mention to our GK that made an outstanding save when the game was 0-0. The girls will now represent Shropshire at the Midlands stage next year.
On an extremely cold Wednesday night our Year 3/4 girl’s football team travelled to Shrewsbury Sports Village (again) to take part in the U9 County Cup. These games are extremely short and it took our girls a while to get used to the fast paced games but they put in 3 fantastic performances to win 2-0, draw 0-0 and win their final game 1-0. This meant the girls topped their group and qualified to round 2 of the competition that will be played next year. We must have had at least 30 shots in these games, we will definitely be doing lots of shooting practice in training before round 2. Special mention to our Goalkeeper that spent most of these games stood still freezing her socks off with nothing to do because our defence was so strong.
For the first time in our schools history we took part in the Telford Handball tournament, hosted by the Shropshire Handball association. Miss Morgan said the team were all amazing as they won 6, drew 2 and only lost 1 game. This meant the team finished 3rd overall 🙂 Thank you Ilona for training the team.
Last Grange Park fixture of 2019 took place tonight for the Year 5/6 boy’s football team in the T&W Cup. The first half was extremely tight and the score was 3-2 with both teams defending well and both goalkeepers making great saves. The Grange Park team came out for the 2nd half on a mission though and were on fire in front of goal. The game ended 12-3 to Grange Park and they now qualify to the quarter finals of the T&W Cup. A Pretty much perfect 2nd half performance.
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What a fantastic end to 2019 for extra-curricular sport at Grange Park, we can’t wait for 2020!