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2021-22 Ashbourne Primary Sports Success

Further relaxation of covid restrictions has allowed a return to inter-school competitive sport, starting with a packed autumn calendar.

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October

Infant Cross Country Running

Well done to the infants in Year 1 and 2. They’ve successfully completed a half mile (800m) running race at Osmaston Polo Ground this afternoon. The weather was kind, and we were even treated to another rainbow on our arrival.

Thanks to staff for leading warm ups and games before and after the races. Many thanks also to Mrs. Stockwell for lending her time to help support the .

The runners were all very strong and used the practise from last week to help them. They also made great cheer leaders as can be seen in the last two frames above.

Full results are yet to be released but in the Y2 race, Billy and Ben fought it out with another school’s runner for the win with Billy just edging out Ben in the sprint. It was wonderful to see that the future is bright with such young talents already shining.

Mr. Peach

And they’re off!

Some of our juniors had fun in the mud on Tuesday afternoon at the QEGS junior cross country event. Thankfully the rain held off for both races but the ground was still well soaked from the night before.

Year 3 and 4 set off first for their 1.3km race. Ollie battled all the way to the end to finish a very close second in a nail-biting finish in an incredible show of self motivation. He was ably supported by the rest of the team.

Rhys and Alfie both finished in the top ten overall in the Year 5 and 6 race with Rose finishing first out of all of the girls and closely followed by Bethany, Elsie and Eliana. The rest of the team soon followed after a grueling and hilly 2.1km.

Special mention should go to Sammie, who entered to run having never run a cross country race before. She showed amazing perseverance and self motivation to finish the whole course.

Well done to all.

Mr. Peach

Year 3/4 Football

Lots of happy faces at this afternoon’s Year 3/4 QEGS cluster football festival. The school fielded three strong teams mixing established players with first timers. Each team won plenty of games.

Well done to all!

Mr. Peach

Year 5/6 Football

QEGS hosted the first competitive primary event for nearly two years. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas, and it was a wet welcome back into competition for our steely players.

The school fielded three strong teams against other local primaries. Pictured above are the overall victors of the event, Ashbourne A – soundly dispersing their opposition with an expert display way beyond their years. They showed that the teams and weather weren’t going to stop them regaining a title that the school has held for a number of years straight now.

Alfie, Riley, Charlie and Jacob proved potent in front of goal, bagging a hatful of goals between them while at the back Rose led the defence of Sam, Elsie and Filip to ensure a host of clean sheets throughout the tournament. Seth, Isla and Joshie played brilliantly in the early rounds to set up the A team for overall victory.

Our B and C teams were split evenly to ensure the players gained valuable playing time and also a chance to win some of their games, which they both did ably and they should be proud of their efforts.

Thank you to parents for braving the worst of the rain in support of the school and players.

Mr. Wood and Miss Botham proved invaluable in their leadership of their teams, and we humbly thank Mr. Wood for his time and expertise.

A great (if wet) return to competition. I hope everyone is wrapped up warm with a hot chocolate.

Mr. Peach


November

Year 5/6 Tag Rugby

An excellent performance this afternoon at the Year 5/6 Tag Rugby tournament. Despite the fact that these children hadn’t even practised together before the event, they reached the finals with a string of wins along the way!

A fantastic display of teamwork and perseverance even when things weren’t going their way.

Well done!

Rural Derbyshire Tag Rugby

Congratulations to the players in the tag rugby team – silver medallists!

The team beat Wirksworth Juniors in a close game 3-2 to steady their nerves in their first game. Osmaston proved a formidable force in the second game handing Ashbourne a 4-0 loss. Mr. Clark soon motivated the players again to sweep Hope aside in the third group game allowing Ashbourne to progress to the semi-finals.

Darley Dale awaited the team and in a very close game, it looked quite tense as each side matched each others scores. Team Captain Elsie rallied her troops and Sam and Rhys capitalized on two Darley Dale mistakes to nudge Ashbourne ahead and into the final just before the whistle.

A familiar foe awaited in the final – a well drilled Year 6 team from Osmaston. Ashbourne played out of their skin to improve on their previous 4-0 loss to score two tries to Osmaston’s 5.

The scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story though. Many teams may have become disheartened coming up against such a strong side and especially after a recent and comprehensive loss. But the team improved and caught Osmaston on the back foot many times resulting in a very well earned silver medal.

Thanks to all the players for their teamwork and support of each other. Thanks to Mr. Clark and Miss Botham for guiding the team to an area final. Thanks also to Mrs. Millward, Mrs. Davies and Mrs. Waring for their time to come and support the team – it really helped!

Mr. Peach

Year 1/2 Football

On Monday 22nd November, a team of infants travelled to Osmaston Polo Ground to play in a football festival against other local primary schools.

Miss Botham led the players to a stunning display of results, recording one draw amongst a bucket full of wins and no losses. Although these were a set of friendly games, it was wonderful to see a new generation emerging with talent in excess to keep the Ashbourne Primary name strong.

All the players worked well together showing great teamwork and respect, and behaviour was noted as being exemplary.

Thanks to parents who attended and supported these youngsters along with Miss Botham, whose talents for organising teams and bringing them success must be championed.

Mr. Peach

Silver medallists!

Well done to our football team in the Rural Derbyshire Final at Highfields, Matlock.

In the group games, they scored three against Longstone in their first game but came up against a strong Darley Dale side and lost 3-2.

All was not lost though as the team picked themselves up and soundly beat Osmaston 3-0 and then Lea 2-0 in the final group game.

The semi finals awaited and Ashbourne performed brilliantly to score two past Bamford setting them up for a final against Darley Dale, who had already beaten them.

It was a tense and feisty final, where Darley Dale proved a meaner opponent than the last encounter. Rules were bent and late feet were left dangling to cause our team some worry. Tears were shed and the game could’ve gone either way. Darley Dale scored after a close passage of play. Ashbourne scored an equaliser soon after bit it was disallowed after a player injury.

Ultimately, they couldn’t get back on terms but the team can hold their heads high as proud silver medallists knowing that they played by the rule book and with sportmanship rather than gamesmanship.

Well done everyone.

Bronze medals for the girls!

Well done to the girls’ football team for winning a bronze medal at the Rural Derbyshire Mini Soccer Final.

They finished the group games beating Darley Dale 2-1 and losing 1-0 to Lea and 2-1 to Longstone. Well done to Rose and Faye for their goals.

This set them up for a 3rd/4th playoff against Longstone having already lost to them earlier.

Elsie produced another great corner for Rose to finish and make the final score 1-0 to secure bronze.

A great achievement for the squad considering the lack of practice and experience. Hopefully they can build on this and become even stronger.

Thanks to Mrs. Davies for her time supporting the team.

Mr. Peach