December 2019

Further tournament success for Withernsea teams

It has been another successful week for Withernsea High School’s Sport Department, with both the Year 8 football team and Key Stage 3 Badminton team securing wins to progress to the next stages of respective tournaments.

Year 8 Football
On Tuesday 10th December, the Year 8 football team travelled to South Hunsley School for the second round of the Year 8 East Riding Cup. Mr Beattie reports on the action…

‘As a much smaller school, Withernsea are always seen as the underdogs against bigger schools like South Hunsley.

On a day where the weather was always going to play a big part in the game, both teams knew that whoever managed to take their chances with the wind in their favour would more than likely come away with a win. 

The game itself started frantically and chances came and went for both teams in the opening minutes. Withernsea’s Tom Pindar created the best of these opportunities, falling unlucky with a header from close range.

Moments later, James Carroll pounced on a sloppy pass and rounded the defence before unselfishly squaring the ball to the hard-working Jake Harman who smashed the ball home with ease.

Both teams continued to play good football and, after a late goal, were level pegging as they reached half time.

The second half saw Withernsea have the wind on their side which helped to create chance after chance.

With ten minutes to go, South Hunsley started to get back in the game. However, Jake Harman, Daniel Buttle, James Snaith and Tom Jackson held firm with the Withernsea defence.

Against the run of play, an energetic James Carroll managed to get a break away – finally getting the goal that he deserved.

Despite a late consolation goal from South Hunsley in the final seconds of the game, Withernsea ultimately won 3 – 2 and will now progress to the next round of the cup.’


Key Stage 3 Badminton

After their recent win in the first round of the East Riding School’s Badminton Championship, the Key Stage 3 team were back in action this week competing against the best in the county at the regional finals. 

Teams from across the East Riding gathered at Wolfreton School on Wednesday 11th December for the event, which saw a very high standard of competitors. With every other team boasting club badminton players, plus a larger selection of players to choose from, Withernsea were once again heading in to a competition as underdogs.

Withernsea’s first set of games saw them pick up where they left off from the previous contest, taking on South Hunsley to secure a convincing win thanks to the their overall fitness. Thomas Tukoroa and Mike Ward won their singles games 15 – 10 and 15 – 12 respectively, while Ben Clappison and Harvey Clark won their doubles 15 – 7.  

The next set of games were against a strong-looking Headlands School side. Withernsea got off to a good start with Thomas Tukoroa and Mike Ward both winning the singles comfortably. However, the narrow loss of both doubles games meant it came down to a very close final game – a game that could have gone either way but, with a bit of luck, grit and determination, Withernsea managed to pull through thanks to Harvey Clark and Mike Ward. 

The final games were against the toughest opponents yet, Wolfreton - whose team boasted several club players and some of the best players in the county. With the top seed Tukoroa losing his singles match early on, Withernsea looked to Harvey Clark and Freddie Wright who didn’t disappoint - winning their doubles game convincingly.

Mike Ward then stepped up to the plate and won his singles match before Wolfreton secured a win the last doubles match. With the scores tied 13 – 13, and a place in the finals at stake, it all came down to the final doubles game. 

Mike Ward and Harvey Clark were once again the heroes, managing to scrape every bit of energy together to get the final two points and take the game to win the whole tournament. 

Teacher of Sport Jon Beattie commented: 'I am really proud of how the team conducted themselves and we are all looking forward to the Humberside Finals in February where the team will compete against teams from schools across Hull and Lincolnshire.'

The team were: Harvey Clark , Thomas Tukoroa , Mike Ward, Freddie Wright and Ben Clappison. Coached by Year 12 student Sam Coffey.