Sport has been very busy at Balgowan recently, with some fantastic effort and brilliant results.
On 15th October Balgowan took two teams to a Tag Rugby competition organised by the Old Dunstonians Rugby Club. It was a supremely successful event- the standard of Balgowan’s rugby won many plaudits from watching supporters, with the children’s sportsmanship also of the highest standard. ‘Team Oliver’ won the tournament with three wins and a draw from four games, scoring 27 tries in the process, with ‘Team Headon’ an admirable third after two wins, two defeats and 21 tries scored from their games. Well done to all involved.
This half-term in P.E there has been plenty to shout about. The Year 5/6 football team have played in league games and cup games and have performed well throughout. An outstanding 8-1 win against a good Raglan side is the most notable performance to date. View from John, the coach. “We started really well against a very strong Pickhurst side. Coming away with a 1-1 draw. Unfortunately since then we were knocked out of the cup against Alexandra School on penalties. Frankly a game we ought to have won. If we play to our potential we are capable of finishing very high in the league.”
The new look girls team defeated Raglan and Green St Green Primary Schools easily, however they lost 5-0 to a very strong Oak Lodge team. At the Bromley Schools Tournament, the girls made it through to the semi-finals; finishing 3rd. The highlight was beating a strong Oak Lodge side 2-0, demonstrating the huge strides the girls have taken in such a short period of time. Captain Katie Steele and defender Ava Maxwell have been key players so far this season.
High 5 Netball
We entered two sides into the ‘Bromley Schools (West) High 5 Netball Competition’ on Thursday 16th October. Both sides finished unbeaten, the ‘Balgowan Barracudas’ winning their group with 3 wins and 3 draws. The ‘Balgowan Bears’ played 5 games in a strong group, winning each game (without conceding any goals!), finishing top of the group with a goal difference of +26! Unfortunately, competition rules state that only one side from each school can qualify for the Bromley finals day, so some difficult decisions ahead! Barracudas Player of the Tournament – Joe Gosling. Bears Player of the Tournament – Ben Young.
Bromley Swimming Gala
On Monday 20th October, Balgowan took 16 swimmers to Eltham College for the Bromley Schools Swimming Gala. Facing off against 7 other schools, Balgowan started strongly in the individual swims. However, the relay races were where the Balgowan teamwork and desire to win shone through. All swimmers involved in the gala were magnificent and really took pride in representing the school. To mention just a few highlights: the recovery by the boys in their medley event, with Ethan Sturrock and Isaac Brooks both swimming ‘blinders’ to finish second; the Girls Freestyle Relay – winning by nigh on half a length and of course, the Squadron Relay where the margin of victory was well over a length! After an agonising wait, the results have come in – a further Balgowan victory! The trophy remains with us for another year.