The West Buckland School Girls’ U16 hockey team have qualified to represent Devon in the Regional Preliminary tournament next month, after coming runners-up in the County Tournament yesterday.
In the group stages, they started with a win against Kingsley School, followed by a draw against Exmouth College, before losing to Blundell’s School. However, a good win against Mount Kelly saw them progress out of the group stages and into the semi-finals.
The semi-final match was a nail-biter, with the West Buckland team finally coming through 1-0 against Plymouth College, setting up a final against Blundell’s, with both teams qualifying for the Regional Preliminaries, to be held on 10th November.
Head of Hockey, Grant Ward, felt the girls deserved their place in the Regionals: “The girls showed great determination and levels of skill throughout the tournament, which they will need to take to the next stage.”
The Prep School was awash on Friday with Tiggers, Dalmations, Darth Vaders, Mini Mouses and Woodies as the school dressed up for Disney Day and raised a tremendous £506.12 for Special Olympics North Devon. The children donated money in exchange for having an opportunity to dress up as their favourite Disney character and through a very enjoyable coffee morning and cake sale.
Special Olympics North Devon was formed in 2015 to offer training in a number of sports for children with special needs. The group meet at the Tarka Tennis Centre on Saturdays and offer Tennis, Boccia, Table Tennis and Badminton to competitors who range in age from 12 to 48! The organisation aims to send 15 athletes to the National Special Olympic Games in Sheffield in 2017.
During assembly, the Prep children learned about where their money was going and how it can help young people with special needs to achieve their dreams.
But it wasn’t just the children who enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters as Mrs Witheridge looked resplendent in her Tigger onesie, something that was definitely worth paying money to see!
Prep 3 enjoyed a wonderful day on Thursday as they were visited by the Time Travellers workshop and learnt about Ancient Egypt. The children looked quite the part as they all dressed up in Egyptian costumes. They took part in a range of activities from studying Ancient Egyptian artefacts, learning about the Rosetta Stone and mummifying one of the children. Parents need not worry as all of his organs were returned to him before he went home. Well done, Prep 3.
Following on from the winning the Devon boys’ U15 Division 1 League in the National Schools' Tennis competition in the summer, West Buckland had a fantastic, nail-biting, win against Truro School in the Regional knock-out rounds in Newquay on Friday 30th September to become Champions of Devon and Cornwall.
Playing at the Heron Tennis Centre in Newquay, the West Buckland team knew that they were in for a tight battle against the highly-ranked team from Truro.
Tom Whiteley opened up with a tough singles game, going down 3-6 6-2 8-10 in the tie break. Jack Prickett and Sacha Chunilal-Moberley also lost their singles games but with Harry Sampson winning his 6-1 6-2, the boys went into the doubles round 3-1 matches down.
However, the boys knew that doubles is their strength and consequently saw a turn-around of fortune.
Tom and Harry won their match 6-2 6-1 and Sacha and Jack kept their nerve, winning 6-1 4-6 10-8 in the tie break.
Tied at 3-3, tensions were high and a championship tie break needed to be played to settle the fixture. Using one player from each pair, the West Buckland boys kept excellent focus, finally prevailing 10-6, emulating the success of the girls’ team last year, in becoming Regional Champions.
The boys will meet Millfield School in the next round and will play the match at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple.