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Rugby Sevens 2017

What a great day of sport, thank you to everyone who attended our Rugby Sevens tournament

The winners were Moulsford and Cheltenham College for U13s and QEH for U12s

Well done everyone

 

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U10 Badminton Tournament

The team worked exceptionally well together and won four out of five matches (drew one to Milfield). Throughout the tournament the team played an attacking match, scoring six goals and conceding one. The defensive work was impressive, the team made some great tackles which enabled us to move the game forward.

The semi-final was against Richard Pate were they narrowly lost 1-0 after a fast paced, exciting match.
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U8 girls meet Olympian Lily

The U8 girls at Clifton Tournament meeting Lily Owsley, very excited and a nice bit of inspiration for some successful matches ….

Trouble is… they will now expect an Olympian to welcome them at every hockey festival

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Cross Country 2016

On a wet Bank Holiday Monday, Years 3 to 8 competed in the house cross-country competition. Our pupils showed great strength of character, pushing themselves to perform well for their houses. The first race had to be postponed due to heavy rain. The Year 3 and 4 race was battled out in very soggy conditions. Ben Russ won this race for Nelson. By the time the Y5 and 6 runners lined up at the start the rain had eased off. Christian Jennett-Butcher achieved a convincing win in this race for Collingwood. The senior top three were jostling for first place in the final 500m of the course. Sofia Trujillo had established a strong lead in the middle section, Oliver Thomson took the advantage on the home stretch before Thomas Matthews managed a superbly timed sprint finish to secure victory for Collingwood. The final results were very close with Collingwood just beating Nelson to the cup. Thank you to our parents for braving the weather to support the runners.

Heidi

 

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Rugby 7s

Saturday 5th March 2016, brought about the 46th anniversary of The Downs prestigious rugby sevens tournament. Schools travelled considerable distances to be involved in what was another outstanding demonstration of prep school rugby. We were fortunate to yet again have the spring sunshine and despite the mild temperatures it gave spectators a good opportunity to sit back and enjoy the day.

The tournament started with The Downs u11A team playing against Dulwich prep school, after a fine semi-final finish the previous week at Millfield, the boys were confident of being able to demonstrate their skills. They played some impressive rugby and came away victorious 7-0. The u11 team went on to beat Kings Hall, but unfortunately came unstuck against Llandaff and Paragon. They went through to the plate competition to play St John’s on the Hill Chepstow in the semi-final, they played with commitment and a more positive style of rugby winning 17-14. This would mean they were to play in the plate final, against Kings Hall, who they had beaten earlier in the tournament. Much to Kings Hall’s credit they played some brilliant rugby and they beat The Downs 24-7. A disappointing end to the day for the u11 team, however they will learn from this experience and will now have to use it to improve as they progress into the senior part of the school.

The Downs 1st VII boys, started the day playing some scintillating rugby against The Dragon, Pinewood and Colston’s, winning all three matches and showing to the hundreds of people watching what they are capable of. They impressed many by the way they kept the ball alive, the desire to play as a team and their commitment to ensure they were competitive in the senior competition. They progressed to the quarter final against QEH, despite a slow start, The Downs went on to win the match 17-14 both teams showing a pleasing ability to play the sevens game. This meant the 1st VII would go onto the semi-final to play Dulwich prep school,  unfortunately for The Downs boys, this would bring to an end there challenge losing 21-12. The 1st VII competition was a perfect demonstration of why so many people love the prep school game.

We must congratulate all the winners within the tournament; Caldicott u13 trophy winners, Moulsford 11 trophy winners and Kings Hall who won the plate in both u13 and u11 competitions.

This is a major event in the school calendar and one which would not be possible without the army of children that help out with the day, Sheila Whiting and her team for the tea, coffee and pasta, Pete Brockwell and his team for their outstanding work on the playing fields and facilities and much more. A massive thank you, to all referees, coaches and parents for their support at the event and Coffee Arabica for raising £488 for the South West Children’s Hospice.

We are already thoroughly looking forward to hosting our 47th annual 7’s tournament next year and would like to take this opportunity to wish the 1st VII the best of luck at Rosslyn Park.

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Year 2 gymnasts

Year 2 gymnasts are preparing a set sequence for the house gymnastics competition next term. The sequence is based on skills from the British Gymnastics Core Proficiency Award 6.

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