Sporting Success at the Youth Sport Games
Year 8 Girls Handball
Despite taking a relatively inexperienced U13 girls team over to the Dorset School Games they came back as champions due to sheer resilience and hard work. As the games progressed, the girls gained in confidence and by the end of the tournament were by far the superior team in the competition.
Purbeck started slowly in their first game against Shaftesbury but managed to pull it back to 3-3 by some excellent attacking play and finesse shooting by Izzy Faulkner and Amy Savage. This gave the girls confidence for the rest of the tournament where they were unplayable. In the next game they were hugely dominant thrashing Lockyers 5-2. A firm defence from Maddie Miles and Mille Keates consistently tackling forced numerous fast breaks for the Purbeck girls to score on the counter attack. With the girls full of confidence this continued for the rest of the tournament beating Twynham 3-1 and Carter 1-0 both in which Alesha Upshall needs a special mention for her unstoppable goalkeeping heroics.
The girls really did overachieve in this tournament to become Dorset champions for their age group and this really was a team effort with every girls participating in every game. I think they even surprised themselves in relation to how much the quality of their Handball progressed as well as how dominant they became within the tournament. The girls now progress to the South-West championships on 7th May where with some further intense training, they should really flourish.
U13 Girls Team: Millie Keates, Izzy Faulkner, Amy Savage, Tilly Hodgetts, Becky Petto, Maddie Miles, Jasmin Astells, Layla Pooe, Felicity Carlyle, Alisha Upshall
Year 8 Boys Handball
Due to predominantly Year 7 boys attending training in the build up to the Dorset School Games, the Year 8 boys team was filled with students a year younger alongside three year 8 boys. This however didn’t show at all within the tournament as the boys finished unbeaten, only to achieve silver on goal difference.
Purbeck started strongly against Allenbourne, really dominating possession of the ball but struggled to convert this into goals. From 2-1 down, Purbeck ended up winning 4-2 with some excellent last minute finishing from Aspen Critchell. The second game against Shaftesbury was highly competitive with both teams very even. Some additional heroics from Archie Leaton in goal kept the opposition at bay until the last minute where a deflected shot wrong footed him. End score 1-1. This meant that Purbeck needed to win the rest of their games to ensure champion status. Lockyers were on an even par in quality and performance with our boys in a highly controversial game which ended up 2-2. This meant that the boys needed to win their final game against Twynham by an eight goal margin to ensure qualification. The boys really did play their hearts out, with Connor Magnier on fire in front of goal, however 6-1 wasn’t enough and the boys had to settle for second.
Considering the majority of the team were a year young, this was an unbelievable achievement. Every boy should be very proud of their silver medals with the majority of them to come back next year to 100% achieve a gold. Again a very much team effort with 11 player rotating on and off the court. Bring on next year!
U13 Boys Team: Archie Leaton, Aspen Critchell, Harvey Bates, Connor Magnier, Max Burnet, Max Nicholson, Blake Hughes, Cohen Lee, Tom Munns, Finn Wilde and Junior Lawaci.
Year 10 Boys
The boys arrived at the competition and were head and shoulders above many of the opposition teams, so already the looked a force to be reckoned with. If first impressions count we did not disappoint.
Although our first match against Winton was not particular spectacular nor did it showcase our talent we still won 2-1. This however was considered the warm up because by the second game the boys stepped it up and played the quick, powerful handball I know they can play. Our defence was immense and our attack was unrelenting, we won the second match against Budmouth 5-1. Word was out that we were the team to beat and we did come up against some good opposition throughout the day who put in some good tackles but again we took no prisoners, Ethan Monks as always never shied out of a tackle and Lewis Cartridge’s block was solid. We beat Poole High 2-0.
Gillingham were the toughest opposition on the day, their boys put in some bone crunching tackles and were hard to break down, Ryan Lander scored a great opening goal followed by a goal disallowed from Paul Nelson who was by far the top goal scorer of the tournament, this was nail biting stuff and we only managed to draw this game. Which meant that we had to win the last game and win by a lot!
The boys came out fighting, Jack Byron scored a lightning speed goal with an assist from Aiden Barnes and our defence was almost unbreakable with Joe Mitchell the goalkeeper playing out of his skin and only allowing 3 goals in the whole tournament. The frightening speed of George Crouch and Joe Ginders on the wing helped created space and the boys won their last game against Corfe Hills 6-1. Well done boys, now it’s time to step up a gear and train hard to reap the rewards.
Year 9 Girls
As always the girls have been dedicated in their training and they personify the word teamwork. They have so much talent and passion in their team and themselves it’s a joy to be part of. They were really up against it today and also had something to prove. After the outstanding achievement last year of coming third in the country they were now playing in a tournament against girls a year older than themselves as this was a year 10 tournament but this did not seem to faze them.
Their first game saw goals coming from all directions, Bethany Davies, Emily Wilkinson, Holly Gate and Jody Johnson scored with such power and precision the goal keeper did not stand a chance. They beat Glenmoor comfortably 6-0. The next two games again highlighted why they ranked so highly. They continued to build the ball up around the circle waiting patiently for an opportunity and like a lioness ready to pounce as soon as the opportunity arose they showed no mercy and won both games comfortably beating Shaftsbury and Poole High 4-0.
Never ones to rest on their laurels the girls knew their toughest two matches were to come. So far Amalie Hambidge had a clean sheet in goal and as always was reliable and tough to beat. Robyn Nelson scored a cracking goal against QE to open the score sheet and the girls won 2-1. One more game to go and this was going to be the tough one. Corfe Hills had some good shooters and were formidable opposition. The game was tense with goals being scored by each team so it was always level. However Michaela Barry did not disappoint her tenacious tackles time after time slowing their game down completely and breaking their momentum. Jodie Johnson and Sophie Goldsack then scored incredible goals so seal Corfe Hills fate. The girls were fearless, resilient and showed such physical prowess that they were without doubt the best team of the tournament. They are not a team of individuals players but a team that symbolise ”all for one and one for all” and they thoroughly deserved their victory today, I am so proud! Watch out regionals here Purbeck come again!!
Another huge well done go to the year 11’s; Aaron Harvey, Dylan Ross, Jordan Churchill, Ethan Rathbourne and Kate Poulton have been a constant support and who officiated the tournament.
Mrs Davies & Mr Tarbard