East Borough Compete in Football Finals
On what could only be described as torrid conditions (but the same for all teams) EB went to Greenfields Primary School on Saturday 7th July to compete in the final stages of the season long football competition organised by Greenfields. This competition started last September and featured nearly 20 schools in leagues leading to quarter final matches and then to this Saturday for the final games. There were to be two semi-finals played at the same time and then a final and a third and fourth place play off.
We found ourselves drawn against West Borough and in a closely contested match we narrowly lost 1-2. At half time it was scoreless but within a minute of starting the second half West Borough took the lead. However, this did not last long when Ashton scored from a superb direct free kick some 20 yards from goal. From then on we heard the West Borough coach urging his players to ‘not give away free kicks’. We continued to press for the winner but with about five minutes to play West Borough scored again to take them to the final and EB to the third/fourth place play off.
Here we faced St Johns and in a game that was more open, with players tired from the first game we fell behind early on but equalised with a goal from Seth and then came back from 1-3 down with another excellent finish from Ashton and then an own goal from a corner, with Ashton providing the delivery. This set up a final few minutes, but St Johns proved just that little bit too strong and ended as winners 3-5.
Despite losing both our games this was a terrific team performance and all our players should feel proud of the way they represented the school. We were without our first-choice goalkeeper so had to ask Harvey and Seth to share duties here which neither had done before, well done boys!
The team were: Harvey, Munashe, Jamie, Jack, Ashton, Dom and Seth. Thanks also to parents (and grandparents) who came along to support, it’s always appreciated.
East Borough runners up in Kent Handball Final
This Wednesday, 27th June, saw EB travel to the University of Kent in Canterbury for the Kent Handball finals. Teams from across the county had qualified for this competition and we found ourselves drawn against four other teams where we had to play each other to decide who went through to compete in a mini-league to decide the overall winner. We preformed very well in this initial stage, winning all our games, three of them by convincing margins and the fourth by a last second winning shot. We then found ourselves in the mini-league with teams from Gillingham and Sheppey.
We comfortably beat the team from Gillingham but lost by the odd goal 7-8 against Sheppey and with Sheppey then beating Gillingham we had to settle for second place. Throughout the day our team work had been impressive and everybody in our squad played an important role in achieving this impressive result.
The squad were: Rebecca, Abi, Gabby, Harvey, Seth, Munashe, Rio, Jay and Moses, well done everyone!
East Borough Compete at National Lacrosse Finals
Last weekend, 23rd June, saw a squad from EB travel to Sheffield to compete in the National finals. Schools from England, Wales and Scotland were represented at this tournament and as you would expect the standard of play and commitment of the teams was at a very high level. We were drawn in a group of four teams and to progress to the Trophy event we needed to come in the top two teams after a round robin set of matches. However, we found this challenging and after two narrow defeats and one less so, we found ourselves in the competition for the Bowl, with five other teams, where we ended as runners up.
All our squad gave of their very best and although we didn’t progress as far as we would have liked we must remember we were competing against the very best teams across the country.
Well done to the squad who were: Rebecca, Abi, Gabby, Seth, Harvey, Munashe and Ed L. A big thank you also to the parents and grandparents who gave up their weekend to travel and support the team, it was much appreciated.
East Borough is Maidstone and Mid-Kent Handball Champions
On Monday 23rd April East Borough took two teams, Blue and Red, to the above competition held at Greenfields Primary School. Handball is a fast-growing sport in primary schools in Kent and each year the number of teams competing grows and the standard increases. This year 14 teams took part with the first round split into two round robin leagues of seven teams. Our two teams were drawn apart at this stage.
The Blue team were undefeated in their group matches winning all six with an aggregate score of 26-5, while the Red team won five but lost their final group game to a team from Greenfields thus coming runners up in their group. This meant that with the winner from each group playing the runner up in the other group we had to play each other, a difficult proposition but at least ensuring that an EB team would make the final. As it turned out the Blue team won 5-1 and then played the team from Greenfields in the final. Armed with some inside information from the Red team’s group game we were able to prepare our tactics and as a result were winners 5-2.
Another feature of this competition was the standard of officials all of whom either play the game or referee it at a high level. This ensured that the games flowed well, and all players knew exactly what was expected of them. In addition, after games advice and tips were given to teams on how to improve their play. EB were complemented of how we used our goalkeepers during the competition.
Having won this competition, we will now represent our district in the Kent final in June.
Congratulations to all the players. The Blue team were: Gabby, Rebecca, Isabella, Jay, Munashe, Seth and Rio and the Red team (in orange bibs!) were Megan, Jessica, Abi, Harvey, Moses, Lucas and Hugo.
Thanks, are also due to Mrs Sherman and Mrs Duggan for lifts and Mrs Bacon for additional coaching.
National Cross-Country Championships
Last Saturday Jay from Year 5 represented Kent in the above competition. Jay qualified by coming third in the Kent Championships last November and was one of ten boys running for Kent in the Year 5 race, which was a little under 2,000 meters.
In a field of 275 of the best age group runners in the entire country Jay came 15th, a truly brilliant achievement of which he can be very proud. Furthermore, Kent came third in the team event and here we see Jay with his medal together with other members of the team. Pictured with them is the Olympic athlete, Jenny Meadows, who presented trophies and medals on the day.
Well done Jay!
Kent Under 11 Sportshall Athletics Decathlon
Last Sunday (14th January) six children competed in the above competition held at the Stour Centre in Ashford. Children from all over the county attended and as you would expect the standard of competition was very high, with many children sporting logos on their kit from local athletics clubs. The ten events included jumping (vertical, long and triple jumps), throwing (both accuracy and distance), balancing, agility and running. The children were kept busy for nearly four hours of non-stop activities competing in groups and ten and rotating around the arena at each event. The children representing East Borough were: Munashe, Harvey, Rebecca, Gabby, Maya and Isabella.
At the end of the competition with almost 120 children competing, spread equally between girls and boys we were delighted to learn that Munashe was 19th and Harvey 21st, while of the girls Isabella was 25th and Gabby 26th. There were also some fine individual performances in certain events. Isabella was first overall in the balance test, while Rebecca was 6th in the javelin. For the boys, Harvey had the 3rd longest chest push and wa also 6th in the javelin, while Munashe was 3rd in the triple jump and 5th in the vertical jump.
Well done to everyone and thanks to all the parents who gave up their Sunday morning to bring their children to the competition and support them.
On Saturday 18th November, 12 children took part in the Kent Junior School Cross Country Championship held at Detling. Over 80 schools from across Kent were represented, with over a 1000 runners taking part. East Borough's star performer was Jay, who came third in the Year 5 boy's race. This super performance means that Jay will now represent Kent at the National Championships next March, well done Jay!
Other notable performances were Josh (31st in Year 4 boys), Lauren (34th in Year 5 girls). Our year 5 boy's team of Jay, Kai and Jake came sixth out of 20 teams. Congratulations also to the rest of the runners:
Fred, Christian, Rebecca, Gabby, Jack, Iustin and Harvey and many thanks to the parents (and grandparents) for giving up this time to take their children to this event.
On Friday 17th November, Mr Lee took six children from Year 4 to a mini squash festival held at Rodmersham Squash Club. The children spent the afternoon learning the basics of squash, undertaking some drills and finally had a competition with another school which ended in a draw. The children representing East Borough were Kajus, Harry, Julia, Gracie, Jake and Kaci.