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 National titles
Girls from Cundall Manor School, Yorkshire, securedback-to-back national titles after coming out on top in the U13 ISA National Hockey Championship at the Olympic Park in London for a second year in a row.
The school triumphed against tough opposition from across the country before clinching the title in a tense  nal against Holme Grange School, Berkshire.
Head of Girls Games at Cundall Manor School, Louise Bessey, said: “I am absolutely thrilled by the performance the girls put in throughout the tournament. To keep a clean sheet across all six
games is a great achievement and aspecialmentiondeservestogoto Colette, our goalkeeper, who put in such a strong display in the  nal.”
The team beat London based Northwood College 5-0 in the opening game before overcoming a competitive Ballard side 4-0 in the pool stage. The team  nished their pool games with a convincing 5-0 win against LVS Ascot to progress to the knock out stages. En route to the  nal the North Yorkshire youngsters dug deep to beat Sussex side, Finborough 3-0 in the quarter  nal before meeting Hampshire’s Alton School in the semi- nal, overcoming the team 5-0 with a strong team performance.
Strathallan have made history by winning the U18 Scottish Rugby Schools’ Cup. The School defeated Glenalmond 52-8 at Murray eld to raise the cup for the very  rst time.
The Road to Murray eld has been a hard one for the School; Strathallan beating St Columbus, Glasgow Academy, and Stewarts Melville, before their bruising semi- nal encounter win ( 21-3) against Watsons at Myreside.
Director of Rugby Andy Henderson says he’s delighted with the boys’ performance.
“I’m thrilled to get the victory.
So proud. It’s not a journey that started and  nished tonight. A lot of the players have come all the way through the School and have been building up to a moment like this. They’ve worked so, so hard. It’s right we made it to the  nal.
Henderson admits that their opposition started well and gave them a wake-up call after the  rst minute of play - Ben Morrison scoring to put Glenalmond ahead.
“Well done to Glenalmond for taking that opportunity. That did wake us up and helped us get into a bit of a  ow.
“Sometimes, the journey is better than the actual event, and when the  nal whistle went, there was a bit of relief. That then turns into excitement. It was just brilliant to be a part of. A great thing for all the players, coaching staff, pupils, supporters to experience. They’re all a part of the journey here.”
Henderson, meanwhile, says his side drew inspiration from Scotland in their performances against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.
Michael Owen of cially opens all-weather pitch
A year ago, part-time
Groundsman at Oundle School, Northamptonshire, William Roberts (18) was selected to train and compete with the Down Syndrome Swimming (DSS) GB Team. In August, he took part in the GB National Special Olympic Summer Games in Shef eld as part of the Eastern Region Team, winning a gold for the 50m Freestyle with a new PB and a bronze for the 50m backstroke.
William has recently returned from Paris as part of the DSS
GB Team competing in the
Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation European Championships where there
were eighteen countries and 108 swimmers taking part.
William progressed through all the heats to the  nals of the 100m
Breaststroke, the 50m Breaststroke and the 100m Individual Medley. He came 7th, 6th and 6th respectively in the European rankings for these races. He also gained four new PBs in his other races and was placed overall 15th out of sixty-one male swimmers in Europe and 19th overall out of 108 swimmers.
Abbey Gate College, Cheshire, welcomed former Premier League and England footballer, Michael Owen to formally open the school’s much anticipated, state-of-the-art all-weather pitch.
Special guest and patron of the fundraising committee, Michael Owen unveiled the new facility alongside Headmistress, Tracy
Pollard and Chair to the Governors, Felicity Taylor as part of the school’s vision to provide outstanding sporting opportunities for everyone, today and for many generations to come.
Following the ribbon cutting and speeches pupils watched from the spectator area as Michael Owen concluded the ceremony by scoring three goals from the centre of the pitch, much to the delight of the crowd.
In the evening, celebrations continued with invited guests watching from the Sports & Teaching Pavilion as the  oodlights were switched on in dramatic sequence to reveal the new facility. The evening included an impressive display of skills from Chester Hockey Club, led by England and Great Britain co-captain, Phil Roper and pupils from Abbey Gate College.
As well as the current pupils, the local community are also invited to make use of the new facility.
Historic cup  nal
Groundsman excels in GB swimming team
  Hockey champs
After a gruelling schedule of six matches in two days, the Cranleigh School, Surrey, U18 Girls’ team were crowned National Indoor Hockey Champions for the  rst time.
Richard Organ, Director of Hockey commented: “We are very proud of the whole squad who thoroughly deserved the success they achieved.
It was great to have so much support there to see them produce such outstanding displays of skill, determination and discipline.”
On the way the team beat hosts Bromsgrove, and King’s Bruton.
Cranleigh faced Framlingham in the  nal and secured a 4-2 victory.
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