Septemberís Sporting Success
It has been a month of sporting success for the young athletes at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School. Since the beginning of term, the School’s sports teams have been winning matches and collecting medals!
Last week, pupils took part in the annual State Boarding School’s Sports Festival, where they continued their winning streak across a number of sports.
In the Year 10 netball, players beat Sir Roger Manwood’s School in the semi-finals and went on to clinch a 7-6 victory against Gordon’s School in the final, taking home the Plate in their division.
Year 10 pupils also had success in the boys’ cross-country event. George Hugall, who is a member of the U15 cross-country team, took first place in the race, followed by Callum Hutchinson in second. Year 9 pupils Jacob Reig and Billy Coote also made the top five, coming in fourth and fifth, respectively. Their excellent positions, and that of their team mates Felix Murphy and Seffi Varna, secured the team first position in the event.
The cross-country victories continued in the U13 division, with Year 7 pupil Oliver Letheren achieving first place and Charlie Starnes coming in second. In the girls’ event, three of the School’s runners achieved a top 10 place.
In an unexpected win, the School’s indoor rowing team were outstanding in their efforts to secure the top position. Nathan Toyn, Kelan Hibbert, Joshua Sutton and Max Roche-Kuroda left the opposition behind in the relay by rowing 1555m in 6 minutes. Their brilliant efforts won the team the cup.
One of the event’s external umpires commented on the positive behaviour of the School’s pupils, saying “RAAS displayed outstanding sportsmanship throughout the tournament and very clearly stood out for their excellent manners and friendliness.”
Outside the annual Sports Festival, there were even more wins. In the Netball League, the Year 7 team played well and won 12-0 against Beacon School, and in the first round of the National Cup, the Year 9 team played against LVS Ascot, winning 28-13.
Girls’ rugby at the School is also going from strength to strength. A training session with international and Harlequins Ladies players, Leanne Riley and Chloe Butler, took place last week with over thirty participants in attendance eager to learn new skills.
The Year 8 and Year 9 netball teams are also preparing and practicing for their next netball tour - this time the girls will be visiting Malta to play against local teams. They have already been involved in a sponsored cycle to fundraise for the tour.
It’s an exciting time in the sporting life of pupils at the School. With many more fixtures and tournaments in the near future, pupils will have more chances to shine and display their athletic talent.
05 October 2018