On Tuesday evening we welcomed the inspirational Rachel Morris as our guest speaker at the Annual PF Sports Dinner. Growing up in Farnham, Rachel is our very own local Paralympic heroine who has overcome many challenges in her personal life. She initially started competing as a Paralympic cyclist before suffering a horrific accident which subsequently led to Rachel changing disciplines and becoming a rower. Along with winning several World Titles, Rachel has also won two gold medals and a bronze medal. She achieved her gold medals at the Beijing Olympics as a hand cyclist as well as in Rio in the women’s single sculls rowing and her bronze was won in London for cycling.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed Rachel’s talk and were extremely interested in the message she delivered. They asked plenty of questions and were really keen to learn and understand as much as possible. Thank you to everyone who attended the evening, which was fantastic, and well done to all those who received awards on the night.
Miss Fernandes reports ‘As the winter season has officially drawn to a close there are only a few events that remain for the news.
Last weekend, we were yet again tested by some rather cold and snowy conditions. Reluctant to cancel the last fixtures of the season, a few tweaks were put in place in the hope that the netball matches could still go ahead against Gordon’s. All teams managed to start but unfortunately, the U14’s had to call their game at halftime. The seniors weren’t prepared to let the weather be the winner and both the U15’s and U16’s made sure a full match took place outside while the U12’s and U13’s enjoyed being inside. All completed matches finished with a win which is a great way to end the season.
A few weeks ago our U12 Netball Team qualified for the Surrey Finals Day. With much excitement and nerves the team travelled to Wallington High School for Girls. Facing some tough opposition the girls really worked hard for each other. We have now received the official results where we earned the same points (19) as Reigate Grammar, however, due to goal difference have been given a highly commendable fifth place overall which is a brilliant result!
Another highlight has been the PGL Netball Tour. Three age groups (U13, U14 & U15) consisting of 10 girls per year group travelled to Liddington for a weekend full of netball and adventures. Playing against different opposition, each team had to quickly learn about their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses and how to outwit them. After all group games had been completed every team was through to the semi-final without a single loss. Going from strength to strength all teams played exceptionally well in both the semi-finals and finals to win their own age group. Across the board, Prior’s Field had won the entire weekend which was absolutely amazing!! Well done girls it was a truly fantastic weekend.
Our elite gymnastics squad competed in the annual ISGA competition at Guildford High school. This is an extremely high standard competition which the girls worked hard to prepare for it. It included floor, vault and a group routine and the team finished 13th out of 15 schools. Well done to Third Formers Amber, Andrea and Martha, Fourth Former Issie F, and Sixth Former Beate.
Thank you to everyone for your tremendous commitment and dedication throughout this season and to all our parents/supporters who have come to watch and support no matter what the weather. I hope you have a wonderful Easter break. Next term we look forward to our summer sports which are cricket (U12), rounder’s (all other years), athletics and tennis.’
It is hard to believe that we are already so close to the end of the hockey and netball season which has been jam packed with several fixtures each and every week and this week was no exception, as all age groups have been involved in at least one if not more matches.
There were some highly competitive hockey matches played at St Theresa’s with our U12’s. The A team came away with a draw whilst the B team won 1-0. Yesterday we took six U12 teams to Guildford High for a wonderful afternoon of netball and it is always so lovely to see so many girls enjoying themselves on the court.
Midweek we welcomed Felton Fleet to play against our U13 B, C, D & E netball teams. Each team worked incredibly well together and really displayed the skills they have been taught throughout the season as they all came away with a win.
The U14’s have been fortunate to have two hockey matches this week. They won against St Edmund’s despite our own Third Former Poppy needed in goal for the opposition and then had a very close encounter with Tormead on a very warm afternoon yesterday. The match was highly competitive with play constantly moving from one end of the pitch to the other and the final result was a narrow loss of 3-4.
Unfortunately, the U15 netball matches against Sir William Perkins were cancelled, however, several of our girls were able to play against St Catherine’s on Monday where the 1st team completely dominated the match and won by 20-7.
The U16’s took part in a netball versatility tournament at The Royal where they had a great time playing this different format of the game. They finished in 4th place out of 7.
Our final matches of the season take place tomorrow with all A teams playing netball against Gordon’s School. Good luck!
We have a two week sporting update for you and it’s been a busy two weeks despite last week’s unusual weather!
Two weekends ago only one round of matches could go ahead against Tormead due to icy pitches. The U15XI’s had an end to end match with the final result being a 2-1 win and Fourth Former Esta was awarded player of the match. The U13A team completely dominated play and finished with a convincing win while the B team enjoyed a 0-0 draw.
Last week the snowy conditions were a real challenge for PE lessons and fixtures. Fortunately, some matches were able to still take place.
The U13A and U13B netball teams took to the indoor court against Claremont Fan Court. Both teams came away with a win and scores of 11-6 and 11-3 respectively. Players of the match were Second Formers Coco and Anya. On the same day the senior netballers travelled to The Royal where the 1st VII drew 10-10, player of the match was Fifth Former Millie while the U16B VII won 15-9 with Imi G receiving their player of the match vote.
Our swimmers have been involved in a gala against Notre Dame as well as the GSA gala at St Catherine’s. The following girls earned podium finishes at the GSA gala: Second Former Annabelle came second in U13 50m butterfly, Second Former Libby came third in U13 50m freestyle and Third Former Eloise came third in U15 50m breaststroke. Well done to all the swimmers who did us proud against some very tough competition.
Onto this week which has been extremely busy with the original scheduled fixtures going ahead as well squeezing in various tournaments that had been postponed due to the snowfall.
The U13 hockey team took part in their Surrey Tournament at Kingston Grammar School on Tuesday. Working exceptionally well as a team they achieved some fantastic results in their group stages which saw them finish with 3 wins (Epsom College, Wimbledon High, Tiffins), 1 draw (St George’s) and 1 loss (Cranleigh). We finished a very respectable 6th place overall.
In other hockey matches the 2nd XI, U12B & U12C teams have played against Farlington. All matches were highly competitive with the U12C team winning 4-3. Fifth Former Brydie & Fourth Former Evelyn were the 2nd XI players of the match while First Formers Tabby B and Sophie Q were the B and C players of the match respectively. The U13 team enjoyed their first competitive 11-a-side match against Farnborough Hill and comfortably won with Second Former Emily M given player of the match.
Several netball matches have also taken place this week. U12 A&B won convincingly against Rodborough – First Formers Suzie and Lucy I were respective players of matches. U14 A drew 18-18 to Howard of Effingham where an unfortunate ankle injury ended a highly competitive game early. Third Former Beatrice N received player of the match. U15 A&B teams suffered very narrow defeats to Manor House with Fourth Formers Issie F and Esta awarded players of their matches. 1st, 2nd & 3rd senior teams enjoyed very comfortable wins against Charterhouse. Players of the match were given to Fourth Formers Evelyn, Emma H and Sixth Former Emily B, respectively.
Yesterday, a very excited U12A netball team travelled to Wallington High School to take part in the Surrey Netball Finals Day. They played exceptionally well and should be very proud of themselves and the high standard of netball they showed on court, only losing two out of seven matches.
The U12 team played against The Royal and won 10-6 with India and Sophie being awarded players of the match.
The U13’s have played both Manor House and Guildford High. The A team won comfortably against Manor House (26-12) and had a close loss with GHS (18-23). Players of the match went to Annabelle and Sky, respectively. The B team were victorious in both of their matches. Tabby was player of the match against Manor House while Anya was given player of the match for the GHS match. The C team won 9-2 against Manor House with Maddy and Jess sharing player of the match.
The U14’s had a tough encounter against Rodborough. Daisy received player of the match and the final score was 15-22 loss.
The U15 A&B teams had matches against The Royal. A team won 24-17 while the B team had a narrow loss 7-12. Players of the match were Zelah and Jess respectively.
The seniors had 3 teams play against Woldingham. 1st VII won 25-7, player of the match Erin Saunders. 2nd VII lost 9-18, player of the match was shared between Immi and Emily. U16B VII fought hard and narrowly lost 12-16 with Elliot awarded player of the match.
There have been 3 hockey matches, one for U13B and two for the U12’s. U13B’s match was very exciting against Amesbury with PF winning 4-3 while the U12’s won convincingly. The U12’s second match was against Ripley Court which was a game of two halves. The first half was tough and possession was dominated by our opposition, however, in the second half the team worked hard and won their half.
Cross Country runners took part in a fairly tough course with a couple of cheeky hills at Surbiton. Evie and Christina finished 3rd and 4th and well done to the other runners in Year 8 and 9.
Eight gymnasts traveled to Sutton High yesterday for their Surrey Floor & Vault Competition. It was an extremely high standard throughout the day where our gymnastics scored very well on the floor. Congratulations to the team who earned a very impressive 6th out of 15 schools.
It has been a successful week for the hockey matches that have taken place this week. The 1st XI team played against Charterhouse and finished the match with a comfortable win. The U12 B&C team enjoyed matches against Notre Dame and both came home with a win.
We have had another fantastic week in the Sports Department.
The U15 hockey squad have been particularly busy with both their County Tournament and the 3rd round of the Independent Schools Cup taking place this week.
County Tournament: starting with 4 matches in the group stage, the team played really well together in each game and finished with 3 wins and 1 draw. Beating Tormead in the quarter-finals we then convincingly won our semi-final against City of London Freeman School. The final match was between PF and Reigate Grammar, who we had drawn to in the group match. Knowing it would be a tough competition the team started strong and took the lead. Scores were level at half time, however, after a very tense second half RGS won the match 2-1. The whole team performed exceptionally well on the day and have been placed runners up out of 20 schools. Well done everyone!
On Thursday the team travelled to Brentwood in Essex for their Cup match. Playing on an exceptionally cold day the team tried to keep warm and completely dominated the entire game, returning home with a phenomenal 5-0 win. We are looking forward to the next round.
On Wednesday our Cross Country runners took part in an event at St Edmunds. The U12’s won their age group with Christina finishing 1st, Molly 7th, Lucy 12th, Emilie 17th. In the U13’s: Annabelle finished 6th, Lara 9th and Lauren 18th. The following girls have been selected to represent Waverley at the Surrey Schools Cross Country on Sat 20th January in Reigate. U13: Evie finished 1st, Christina finished 2nd, Molly finished 7th. Junior girls: Eliza finished 3rd. Inter girls: Imogen finished 2nd, Georgia 5th, Evelyn 6th, Emily 8th
Also on Wednesday, six U12 netball teams took part in matches against Tormead. Despite the freezing cold evening, each team played so well and the final result was a draw with 3 wins and 3 losses.
The U14 A&B netball teams fought hard against Claremont Fan Court and ended the week on a high with wins for both teams. Well done girls!
Third Former Eliza, selected to run for Surrey Schools Athletics in the West Midland Inter-Counties this Saturday.
First Former Molly, who is taking up an offer to train for 6 days at St Foy, on the Fédération Internationale de Ski piste that is exclusively reserved for the French World Cup team.