Full match report by Mr Moran
On Thursday 6th February Mrs Bird, accompanied by Mr Moran, took her amazing Year Six netballers to Cheadle Hulme School to participate in a 'friendly' High Five tournament. Alongside Cheadle Catholic were: North Cheshire Jewish School, Bradshaw Hall, Hursthead, Lane End and Cheadle Hulme School. A squad of nineteen players went to the event, which is not only amazing, but reflects the popularity of Mrs Bird's netball club after school. There are almost as many Year Five children that attend the club too, but this was a Year Six tournament only.
On arrival the squad was broken in to two teams. Mrs Bird took charge of one team and Mr Moran the other. Each team played four matches in total. This was the first time for some players that they had played a netball fixture within a competition format, so learning the rules and adjusting to the pace of the matches would be a real learning curve.
At the beginning of the game Mrs Bird gathered all the players together and gave them some simple instructions: work hard for one another, play as well as you can and above all enjoy the event. Both teams certainly did that! Their attitude, determination, fantastic play and passion they showed was amazing. The support on the sideline from the parents and friends who came to watch really encouraged all the players and they responded by putting into practise all they have been working each Wednesday in Netball Club.
There were too many star performances to name individual children, but the whole squad should be so proud of their achievements on the night. The overall competition winners were Cheadle Hulme School and Lane End, but Cheadle Catholic gave all the teams they played a 'run for their money!' and showed they will be a force to be recogned with as the year develops. Mrs Bird is already in the process of organising upcoming fixtures! Well done to everyone on the night.
(Very) full match report by Mr Moran
On Thursday 6th February Mr Pheiffer and Mr Moran took the Year Five boys to play in the next qualifying stage of the Manchester United Football tournament at the Cliff Training Ground in Salford. Having won the first tournament in early January, the winners of this event would then go on to represent Manchester United nationally in the Premier League finals.
The competition would be a big challenge for all the teams involved, as all the schools that were there had won their individual heats prior to this day, so the 'best of the best' from Greater Manchester primary schools were there to represent their schools. Mr Pheiffer and Mr Moran, who have given a team talk or two over the years, simply instructed the boys to play as well as they had during the last tournament and above all enjoy the event.
The children were confident and knew they had to be at their best. The first group game started at a frantic pace, but before we knew it, we were a goal down. We had to score as a defeat or even a draw in the first game would not be good enough. We didn't just score one, but managed to find a winner in the dying minutes and won the first game 2-1.
The next games came thick and fast and we continued our winning streak! 2-0, 1-0, 2-0 and then a draw 1-1. The games on each pitch, in both groups, were close and we were growing aware that our qualification to the final could even come down to goal difference. As we entered our last game we knew we had to win and we did...1-0! That was it. We had done all we could do. We had won four matches and drew one. We had 13 points in total. All the teams were gathered together in the middle of the pitch and the results were revealed. There would only be one team from our group who would go through to play the winners of the other group in the final. Like us, the winning team had 13 points! So it came down to goal difference. Both teams records were identical, so it then went down to who had scored the most goals! The team that got put through to the final had scored two more goals than we had! It was a very bitter pill to swallow. The boys were very upset and had every reason to be so. Their performances were magnificent and to not lose a game and go out is not easy to take. However, that's football. There will always be next year and the boys will have learnt so much from this experience. We are all very proud of them and the way they represented Cheadle Catholic.
The bus going home was very, very quiet! If anyone has seen Mr Pheiffer please notify the office as he hasn't been seen since returning to school yesterday! He has taken this extremely hard too!!!
Well done to everyone as it was a wonderful achievement.
6 out of our 12 year 6 sports ambassadors went to Aquinnas College yesterday to learn what their role is. They learnt lots of different games that they will be giving the opportunity to the rest of the school to learn each lunchtime.
Manchester Harriers Cross Country will be held at Wythenshawe Park on the following dates:
The cross country begins at:
National fitness day - Friday 27th September 2019
All of the children worked extremely hard on Friday taking part in a range of fitness activities in aid of National Fitness Day! They did: sit ups, skipping, planks, throwing and catching and shuttles. Every child put 100% effort into each activity and did the school proud. The day finished with an afternoon of dancing to the famous 'Old Town Road' following a dance routine practised over and over again by our wonderful children!