March 2019

Sports Roundup

It has been a busy few weeks for our Key Stage 3 sports teams, with successful participation in Dodgeball, Football and Rugby games around the local area.

Year 7 and 8 Dodgeball
Report by Miss Tibble

On Thursday 7th February, the Year 7 and 8 Dodgeball squad travelled to Beverley’s Longcroft School to compete in Level 2 of the Humber School Games competition.

The boy’s team made a cautious start in their first match of the day against Hornsea. However, they soon overcame their nerves to secure a win thanks to some outstanding performances from Will Jackson and Freddie Wright.

Buoyed by the success of their first match, the team got off to a dream start in their next game against Longcroft with Jake Harman and Joe Tukoroa shrugging off a lot of pressure to help secure the team’s second win of the day.

By the third match against Bridlington School, Withernsea’s opponents had clicked on to their tactics and were starting to effectively target some of their players. Thomas Tukoroa put in an outstanding performance – catching everything in sight and putting the opposition under a lot of pressure. Bridlington fought back and tested Withernsea’s defence and tactics on several occasions. However, Withernsea managed to win the overall match with two game wins and one loss.

By the fourth and final match, Withernsea knew they were the top of the table. The final was in sight and both James Boasman and James Carroll really stepped up in the last game against Headlands School to ensure Withernsea got the win thanks to some excellent catching from both players. The match finished with two game wins and a draw to Withernsea. The team will now go on to represent the East Riding in Level 3 of the Humber School Games competition in March.

Team Coach Miss Tibble commented: ‘I am so proud of the team. They listened to every instruction and tactic given and they battled through with excellent sportsmanship. Man of the match could have easily gone to any of the team, however for his sheer hard work and tenacity it was without a doubt Joe Tukoroa. Well done to him and to all the team.’

Elsewhere in the competition, Withernsea’s girls team did themselves proud as they took part in their first competitive tournament.

They started in strong form and seemed to have the upper hand in their first game, however this start was sadly short-lived as strength and depth in the opposition eventually took its toll and they were narrowly beaten in the overall scoring system.

The second and third games followed a similar story, with Withernsea taking the early lead but not managing to capitalise upon this. With injuries affecting performance, the team did themselves proud by not giving up.

Growing in confidence and determination, they were rewarded for their efforts in the fourth and final game as they finally secured the elusive win.

Miss Tibble commented: ‘I am really proud of the girls for their resilience in what was a difficult competition for them. This was the team’s first competitive game and whilst there are plenty of things to work on there are also plenty of strengths to take from each game. I was particularly impressed with how the girls communicated during the games and how they all looked out for one another. Cameryn Eley was team captain and she displayed excellent leadership skills throughout - encouraging and motivating her players till the end of every game. Well done to her and the entire team.’

Boys: James Boasman, James Carroll, Jake Harman, Will Jackson, Joe Tukoroa, Thomas Tukoroa and Freddie Wright

Girls: Libby Atkins, Cameryn Eley, Abbie Liversedge, Savannah- Leigh Harman, Jess Hutchinson, Rubi Warner.

Year 7 Football – Withernsea remain unbeaten
Report by Mr Beattie

On Wednesday 13th February, the Year 7 football team travelled to Headlands School in Bridlington for their annual league fixture. With both teams unbeaten, a place in the league finals was probably on their minds.

The teams have met several times over the past few months and, in all honesty, there isn’t much between them. There have been some fantastic clashes, with most games ending in a draw and a share of the spoils.

With lots to play for, Withernsea looked the most likely team to score from the off with Jake Harman and James Carroll causing the defence problem after problem. It wasn’t long before Jake got on the score sheet with a fantastic low drive that left the keeper and two defenders on the line with no chance. Ten minutes later, James was through on goal and, after several missed chances, he made no mistake. He went past three defenders and the keeper to make it 2-0. Withernsea finished the half 2-0 up and manager Buttle was extremely pleased with his team’s first half display.

After making several changes to the team and the formation, the second half started in similar fashion to the first. Headlands were maybe getting slightly more possession but were struggling to find an end product. As the game went on, Headlands grew in confidence and tested the defence and goalkeeper James Boasman on several occasions. He and the back three were in fine form and stood up to everything that was thrown at them.

The hard-working Tom Pindar controlled the tempo of the game from the middle of the park and managed to get a couple of his trademark long-range efforts on target. With ten minutes to play, he took on three players before unleashing a rasping effort that struck the bar and came down. It looked to be a goal, however the referee waved play on.

Headlands managed to get a consolation goal late-on and did pile the pressure on during the last five minutes. Again, the defence and keeper stood strong and Withernsea took all three points.

Teacher of Sport Jon Beattie commented: ‘Another fantastic performance from the young team. One thing that stands about this squad is that they smile throughout the game and you can tell they all really enjoy it. If a player makes a mistake they help one another rally to get the ball back. Well done to them all.’

Year 7 and 8 Rugby
Report by Mr Mountain

On Wednesday 27th February, the school rugby team travelled up the coast for a fixture against Hornsea School.

Hornsea started the game well, capitalising on some poor passing and a handling error to score the first try of the game. Withernsea then scored to even the game up, with a try in the left scored by Tom Tukoroa. Hornsea regained the lead after another error and some strong running on the left-hand side. However, Tom soon grabbed his second try of the match with his hat trick following on the stroke of half time to leave the score 12 – 12.

The second half started much brighter with some strong defence by Withernsea, led by Ben Clappison and Joe Tukoroa. A good attack saw Tom score his fourth try of the game, which was followed by a try from Jake Harman in the right hand corner. With an eight point lead, James Boasman made two excellent tackles to stop Hornsea reducing the gap. Tom then scored his fifth try of the game, which was followed by a long-range Hornsea try and another from close range to leave the game finishing 24 – 20 to Withernsea.

A special mention must go to Withernsea’s Harvey Stathers, who volunteered to help Hornsea out by playing for them – scoring a try in the process. Also Gerrit Theron for playing his first game and contributing with some excellent tackles.

Finally, a thank you to Hornsea School for hosting the fixture and officiating the match.