Histon record a memorable day of hockey


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.


Children taking part in the shooting challenge.
Children taking part in the shooting challenge.

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.

Meldreth Primary one of the Cup competition winners.
Meldreth Primary School, one of the Cup competition winners.


One of the winning Histon & Impington Junior Teams.
One of the winning Histon & Impington Junior Teams.


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.”




Pool APool B
1stHarston & NewtonWillingham
2ndThe MeadowSwavesey & Harston & Newton B
3rdBar Hill
4thBarringtonGuilden Morden
5thElsworthLinton Heights
Pool 1Pool 2
1stMeridian BSwavesey B
2ndElsworth BLinton Heights B
3rdSwavesey CHarston & Newton C
4thWillingham BSwavesey D
5thLinton CThe Meadow B
6thBassingbourn BWillingham C


Pool APool B
1stMeldrethHiston & Impington Juniors
3rdSteeple MordenGreat Abington
4thCotonJeavons Wood
5thUniversity of Cambridge Haslingfield
6thHatton ParkFen Drayton
Pool 1Pool 2
1stHiston & Impington Juniors BHiston & Impington Juniors C
2ndCoton BFenstanton B
3rdFen Drayton BMeldreth B
4thHaslingfield BUni of Cambridge B
5thDry DraytonSteeple Morden B
6thUni of Cambridge CHauxton

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