It was an action-packed day of hockey as the South Cambs School Sports Partnership welcomed a record entry of 48 teams into their annual Year 5/6 Quicksticks Hockey competition. In order to accommodate all of the entries, the competition which took place at Comberton Village College, was split into a morning and afternoon event.
Teams from the 25 schools taking part were organised with their A teams playing in a Cup competition and schools B, C and D teams playing in a Plate competition. Teams then played in a round robin format, playing all of the other schools in their pool in quick 7 minute matches.
The event was part of the county wide School Games programme with the top 4 schools qualifying to represent South Cambs SSP at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough School Games Summer Festival where they will take on the winning schools from Cambridge, East Cambs & Fenland, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough.
There were plenty of competitive matches and close scoring games across as the Year 5 & 6 children gave it their best effort to do well for their school team. At the end of all the matches which were umpired superbly by the sports leaders from Comberton Village College the winning schools qualifying for the county finals were Willingham, Harston & Newton, Histon & Impington Juniors & Meldreth with the latter two teams both winning all 5 of their matches on the day.
In the plate competitions meanwhile, it was Meridian B and Swavesey B that came out on top in the morning event and were delighted to receive their winner’s medals. In the afternoon meanwhile the Histon & Impington Juniors B and C teams won 9 out of their 10 games between them and drew the other one to mark a memorable afternoon for them with all three of their teams winning their respective pools without a single loss between them!
There was also recognition on the day for those teams or individual players who had taken part in the ‘Spirit of the Games’ and really demonstrated either good teamwork and/or honesty in their performances. There were lots of nominations for these awards which was great to see but the stand out nominations and winners of an award were Georgia (Swavesey), Orla (Bassingbourn), Ahrel (Meridian), Ellie (Bar Hill), Jack (Dry Drayton), Alex (Jeavons Wood), Julius (Cambridge University Primary), Sam (Steeple Morden), Juno (Dry Drayton), Daniel (Gt Abington).
Claire McDonnell, South Cambs SSP Partnership Development Manager said:
“It was great to see so many children playing and enjoying the game of hockey in a fun and relaxed environment. There were some competitive matches with lots of end to end action and generally plenty of goals. We have been running a Quicksticks hockey competition for 6 or 7 years now I guess, and the standard of play has definitely improved over the years with some great skills and teamwork on display today and importantly all of the teams got some good, equal competition.”
|MORNING CUP COMPETITION|
|Pool A||Pool B|
|1st||Harston & Newton||Willingham|
|2nd||The Meadow||Swavesey & Harston & Newton B|
|MORNING PLATE COMPETITION|
|Pool 1||Pool 2|
|1st||Meridian B||Swavesey B|
|2nd||Elsworth B||Linton Heights B|
|3rd||Swavesey C||Harston & Newton C|
|4th||Willingham B||Swavesey D|
|5th||Linton C||The Meadow B|
|6th||Bassingbourn B||Willingham C|
|AFTERNOON CUP COMPETITION|
|Pool A||Pool B|
|1st||Meldreth||Histon & Impington Juniors|
|3rd||Steeple Morden||Great Abington|
|5th||University of Cambridge||Haslingfield|
|6th||Hatton Park||Fen Drayton|
|AFTERNOON PLATE COMPETITION|
|Pool 1||Pool 2|
|1st||Histon & Impington Juniors B||Histon & Impington Juniors C|
|2nd||Coton B||Fenstanton B|
|3rd||Fen Drayton B||Meldreth B|
|4th||Haslingfield B||Uni of Cambridge B|
|5th||Dry Drayton||Steeple Morden B|
|6th||Uni of Cambridge C||Hauxton|