A little bit of West Buckland history was made yesterday with the playing of the first senior school football match since 1924. On a day of dire weather but warm spirit, the match against Shebbear School was hard fought but our boys lost 2-1 in a close match.
Football was the sport of choice at West Buckland until 1924. Thereafter, records show that in 1925 there were results from both football and rugby, which then gradually became just rugby in subsequent years.
The senior boys have been enjoying football as an after-school club and yesterday’s match marked their first ever match against another school. Having gone 2-0 down at half time, the boys fought back hard and James Russell headed in a good cross from captain Adam Perry. In doing so, he broke a 97 year goal drought!
Year 11 student, Molly Down was part of a winning formula, when the Devon Academy netball squad beat Cornwall on Sunday 19th February in a very close match, held at Truro College.
Molly was the only representative chosen from the North Devon area and played extremely well, both in defence and attack, in a nail-biting 36-34 win over their rivals.
She will resume her role in the West Buckland 1st VII when they take on Queen’s Taunton this coming weekend.
The final race of the Gliddon & Squire cross-country series was held last weekend at West Buckland School. The Parent's Association very kindly provided bacon rolls for the runners and spectators, with over 600 people converging on the School. Many thanks must go to the ground staff for all the magnificent work they did to make the course useable and the day a success after a deluge of rain in the days preceding the event.
In the end the West Buckland runners put in some good performances and all those who ran should be proud of their efforts. The U9 boys won their team event and the U11 girls were third.
Thanks also to Director of Sport Mr Turner, the many Prep Staff and a number of willing volunteers who came in to marshal. A full list of the results is in this week’s North Devon Journal.
The U15 girls’ hockey team ended their season on a real high by winning last week’s North Devon tournament, held at Park School. Despite some awful weather conditions, the girls kept their focus and conceded only one goal in the tournament.
After good wins against Park B, Pilton and Holsworthy in the Pool stages, the team beat Park A in the semi-finals before coming through 2-1 in a close final against Kingsley.
Hockey coach, Mrs Thompson, was impressed by the team’s versatility. “Over 50% of the team scored a goal, which shows the strength in depth of the team and their ability to change formations with ease. This was a really good performance and a great way to finish our season.”