PE Update 2015 – Hockey and Netball

Hockey

This half term saw the Bromley Primary Schools Hockey Festival take place at Langley Park School. After a huge amount of children training and trialling, we were able to enter three teams (totalling 27 children!) into a very strong tournament consisting of 24 teams. ‘Balgowan Barracudas’ and ‘Balgowan Bulls’ were drawn in the same group – an extremely strong group – and played well throughout. When they played each other, the teams were inseparable, resulting in a 1-1 draw. The ‘Balgowan Bears’ fared better with three wins and two draws. The Bears only conceded one goal in the tournament but failed to qualify to the next round on goal difference (second year running!). Everyone that played did superbly and we would like to thank Miss Tizzard, Mr Jones and Mrs Stenning for their help in training and on the day.

Players of the Tournament: Bears – Joe. Barracudas – Isaac. Bulls – Cameron.

Netball

Balgowan High5 Netball Bromley champions! A fantastic achievement – could the team go on and make an impact at the London Youth Games against the best of each that the 33 London Boroughs had to offer? On 25th March at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, seven Balgowan children took part in the largest schools tournament in Europe. After watching the opening ceremony, having a dance and warming up, the team were ready to get started. Our first game was very hard fought and, although not at their fluent best, Balgowan showed real character to come through the game with a 3-2 win.

The next game was perhaps one to forget – we recorded the team’s first ever loss – albeit against an extremely strong, well drilled and ‘netball heavy’ Richmond side. Going into our last group game needing a win to qualify, the pressure was on. This was where the Balgowan side really stepped up, with Ella shooting brilliantly to win 3-0. Having qualified second place in our group, we knew it would be an uphill battle to reach the semi-finals. The team started well, again showing what guts, determination and a sheer winning mentality can do; winning the first two games 2-1 and 2-0. Unfortunately, needing a win to qualify for that semi-final, we recorded our second ever loss. This meant that we wouldn’t be going into the semis – the team were duly disappointed, but there can be no doubt that the team put in everything they had and really showed the character and strength in personality they all possess.

Since the tournament finished, we have found out that 5th was our final position. Just to put that into context: 33 London Boroughs competed, each represented by the best team in that Borough, out of all the best Primary School netball teams in London, we finished 5th – the 5th best primary netball team in London (competing in the largest school event in Europe!) – a tremendous achievement! I’d like to thank the team for all their efforts leading up to and at the competition itself as well as Mrs Orlandini, Millie Orlandini and Denise Pilgrim for their hard work helping to prepare the team.

Team: Katie, Ava, Hollie, Heidi, Ella, Daniel and Ben.
Player of the Tournament: Ella