11th December 2020
Sadly the Year 3 and 4 matches had to be cancelled.
Year 5 – Football
The final event, the sporting highlight of this term’s competition, took place on a cloudy, overcast, freezing afternoon. Underfoot the going could be described as heavy; I remember being told once how these grounds are one of the few places where water flows uphill!
The Buzzards, Eagles, Falcons, Harriers and Hawks went at it hammer and tongs from the first whistle. Some of the bigger, faster more experienced boys scored most of the goals, but plenty of others showed impressive levels of skill. Most of the girls showed determination to tackle and often did so effectively, as well as a real turn of speed.
The Harriers dominated, scoring 27 goals. The Buzzards and Eagles tied with 13. The Harriers scored 6 and the Falcons 2. I hope the afternoon was as much fun to play as it was to watch!
Year 6 – Bench Ball and Dodge Ball
The Year 6s had a fantastic week in the Vinehall 5s competition, with a round robin tournament of bench ball followed by dodge ball. The teams competed in excellent spirit and the competition was a challenge with numerous close games. Teams demonstrated brilliant tactics in both.
Congratulation to Rubies for coming first in both competitions.
Year 7 – Touch Rugby
The Year 7s finished the Michaelmas term with an exciting round of touch rugby matches. Although very cold, and many participants complaining of not being able to feel their fingers, the boys and girls played with flair, scoring a number of well-worked team tries. The progress made since Monday was huge, with the majority having finally mastered the off-side rule!
Year 8 – Hockey
A fierce battle took place on the astro for the final week of term. There was an impressive array of hockey skills on display and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Year 8s play.
It came down to the final round between Nike and Adidas, who would take top spot. Nike had won all previous matches but a loss would allow Adidas to win. Adidas needed to win after a draw early on. If it had been a draw, it would go down to goal difference.
Nike were first to score and take an early lead. After constant pressure, Adidas equalised. With a few minutes remaining Adidas scored again to take the lead. The last attack of play saw Nike break through but the shot hit the goal post. It was a thrilling match to watch, but Adidas came away victorious.
Reebok finished 3rd. Puma finished 4th after finishing on the same points as Under Armour but they achieved a better goal difference. Under Armour finished 5th.
It was a very enjoyable afternoon.
4th December 2020
Sadly the Year 3 and 4 matches had to be postponed due to the terrible weather on Thursday.
Year 5 – Netball
The boys played very well considering they did not have a practice on Tuesday, which would have helped them better understand the rules and areas of play. Nonetheless they learnt quickly and got stuck in, in true Vinehall competitive spirit.
Two teams finished on the same points for 1st place and it had to be decided by goal difference. Harriers were named the winners with a bigger goal difference of two goals over 2nd place Hawks. Both teams won two games and drew two games. Eagles finished 3rd, winning two games, drawing one and losing one. Buzzards finished 4th with one win, one draw and two losses. Falcons finished 5th with four losses.
Laura Percy-White and Louise Barrett
Year 6 – Football
On a crisp, sunny early winter’s afternoon Year 6 took to the mud of the football pitches. Teams of five or six competed in the three matches. Competition was genuine but friendly, with players of all abilities getting stuck in. It was good to see the better players offering through passes to the less skilful, as well as players trying out a variety of positions. Effort was rewarded but luck can matter too!
Ed Gilsenan and Matilda Otway
Year 7 – Bench Ball and Dodge Ball
A fantastic Year 7 round of Vinehall 5s was witnessed, with a mini tournament of bench ball followed by dodge ball. The teams competed hard, with numerous close games in every round. Pupils played fairly and demonstrated fantastic skills and tactics. Congratulations to Tornados!
Year 8 – Touch Rugby
Touch Rugby was the sport this week and, with the competition to be crowned Vinehall 5 champions all to play for, an eventful afternoon of rugby unfolded. The focus in training was to go forward when in possession and the majority of the time this happened. It was wonderful to see the agility and speed on show, with a number of fantastic team and solo tries being scored. Cold hands and a few muddy faces later, team Nike claimed the all-important 25 points.
4th Under Armour
27th November 2020
Year 3 – Touch Rugby
Year 3 can be very pleased with their efforts this week. A crash-course on the rules on Monday, followed by training matches on Tuesday allowed the boys and girls to compete well on Thursday. In tricky conditions, the passing and go-forward improved with every minute and so did their understanding of the off-side rule!
Year 4 – Hockey
A great contest between the five teams and many goals were scored by all teams. Leopards were the clear winners, winning three matches and drawing one. Puma were second with one win, two draws and one loss. Lions, Tigers and Jaguars were all tied on points, with one win, one draw and two losses, so it came down to goal difference. Third place was awarded to Lions, fourth to Jaguars and Tigers finished 5th. Well done everyone.
Year 5 – Cross Country and Orienteering
Another week, another fantastic competition. It was the turn of Year 5 to tackle the cross country and orienteering routes, something they did with enthusiasm and effort. Congratulations to Henry C who led from start to finish, closely followed by Max C and Yoshi C.
On Wednesday afternoon they took to the orienteering route, in what was the closest fought competition so far. All the teams did a brilliant job of locating the necessary marks, with every group finishing within three minutes of each other. Well done to the Hawks who came home fastest, 43 seconds ahead of the Harriers. Once tea had been devoured and a few rounds of Sardines and 40/40 had been played, they were set the challenge of creating a Year 5 sign using their bodies. With a bit of gentle persuasion they managed the task, showing wonderful team work in the process!
Year 6 – Netball
Some close fought matches between the teams. Two teams scored the same amount of points and it had to go to goal difference to separate 1st and 2nd place, with only one goal in it. Rubies came 1st, Diamonds 2nd, Sapphires 3rd and Emeralds 4th.
Rubies won 5-1 against Sapphires
Rubies won 3-0 against Emeralds
Diamonds won 3-1 against Rubies
Diamonds won 4-0 against Emeralds
Sapphires won 3-1 against Diamonds
Emeralds drew 1-1 against Sapphires
Well played everyone
Year 7 – Football
The Year 7s had a great afternoon playing football in the mud. The girls absolutely loved the football and I couldn’t believe their work rate. The boys really helped the girls with the rules. All four teams scored plenty of goals, but also conceded plenty so it was a very entertaining afternoon.
Well done everyone.
Zac Attwood & Matilda Ottway
Year 8 – Football
Year 8s took part in a very competitive and fast-paced indoor benchball and dodgeball competition. They demonstrated a high level of ball skills and invasion skills, with a total of 87 goals across all matches. The teams were also given the opportunity to assist with the officiating of games during their rest match. Congratulations to Reebok who were undefeated in both competitions.
2nd Under Armour
20th November 2020
Year 3 – Bench Ball and Dodge Ball
Year 3 took part in a double indoor competition of bench ball and dodge ball. Each team played for 10 minutes, demonstrating fantastic ball skills in bench ball and good fundamental movements in dodge ball. Very sporting behaviour from all players throughout the competition, as well as some fantastic performances from all teams. Special mention to Thunder for a whitewash in bench ball. Well done to all of Year 3.
Overall results as follows:
Year 4 – Touch Rugby
TwickenhamAstro. Weather: Glorious SunshineWet & Miserable.
The Year 4s took part in the most enjoyable afternoon of touch rugby. Weather aside, it was wonderful to see the boys and girls running with purpose, scoring numerous tries and working hard in defence. Special mention must be made of teams Pumas, Lions and Tigers, who finished the afternoon with two wins, a draw and a loss each. It took the sports department’s incredible mathematicians ages to work out the final order and, after an evening of counting (not too dissimilar to a certain vote across the pond), a result was finally reached.
Year 5 – Hockey
Year 5 took part in a very competitive Hockey Vinehall 5s tournament under floodlights on a very windy and wet day. Fantastic effort from all teams who competed in four, 5-a-side, 15-minute matches. All the children powered through the wet conditions and demonstrated a high level of skill, putting up a challenge to each opposition. Well done Hawks who won three and drew one to win the competition.
Year 6 – Cross Country and Orienteering
Another week and another enjoyable two afternoons of Cross Country and Orienteering. In the most competitive cross-country race of the competition the Year 6 boys and girls set off at an incredible pace, with many staking the claim of leading the race for a moment or two. After a few minutes the sprinters in the pack tired, with a small group able to maintain a steady pace over the rest of the course. Isobel G and India A where able to break away up the steep final hill, forcing each other into a sprint finish, with Isobel winning by the narrowest of margins.
The weather was not so kind for the Orienteering competition on Wednesday. The teams set off in driving rain, shielding their maps and scorecards as best they could. The weather may have hampered any thoughts of breaking course records; but Rubies gave it their best shot, finishing the quickest with a time of 16 minutes and their second win of the week. Well done to Albie G, Chris N, Lucy P, Isabel G and Isla H. The afternoon ended with a few fun and very competitive games of 40/40 in the woods.
Year 7 Netball Vinehall 5 challenge
Not even the rain could dampen the enthusiasm of Year 7. It was a clean sweep of wins for Hurricanes to take top spot. After finishing with the same points and then the same goal difference, playing extra time was the choice to separate Cyclones and Tornadoes for 2nd place. After a fierce battle Tornadoes finished victorious, with a 2-1 win. It was a valiant effort from Blizzard finishing 4th.
Hurricanes won 6-1 against Tornadoes, won 5-2 against Cyclones and won 8-0 against Blizzard.
Tornadoes won 6-0 against Blizzard, drew 0-0 against Cyclones but won 2-1 in extra time.
Cyclones won 4-0 against Blizzard. Blizzard were unfortunate not to score, but came away with 3 points for effort.
Laura Percy-White and Louise Barrett
Year 8 – Football
The Year 8 boys and girls enjoyed a great Vinehall 5s Football Tournament. Although the weather was cold and wet, it was lovely to see the boys and girls all enjoying the matches and getting stuck in. The work rate was excellent and some of the passing and skills on show was a joy to watch. It was a really close tournament and only 3 points separated 1st-3rd.
1st Under Armour
Well done everyone.
13th November 2020
Year 3 – Football
Year 3 were excited and keen for this week’s Vinehall 5s challenge – football. All matches were close and very competitive. Three matches were played and a total of 12 goals were scored. Charlie C scored 4 goals, Jamie x 3, Harvey x 2 and Masa x 2. There was also an own goal.
Thunder came out on top, winning both matches. Storm came 2nd, winning one match and losing one. Lightening worked hard and, even though goals were scored, they lost both closely-contested matches.
Thunder won 2-0 against Lightening
Thunder won 3-2 against Storm
Storm won 3-2 against Lightening.
Well done to Year 3 for working very hard and trying their best.
– Laura Percy-White and Zac Attwood.
Year 4 – Hoopball and Dodgeball
The excitable Year 4s enjoyed another fantastic afternoon of competition. With the mild weather, the action moved to the astro, where the five teams played hoopball for the first half of the session. The handling and movement on show improved with every round, with some fantastic build-up play leading to a number of fabulous points being scored. After a quick bite to eat at tea, the action changed to dodgeball. Fast-paced and extremely competitive, the boys and girls dodged and weaved brilliantly. Well done to all involved and I look forward to you playing touch rugby next week.
- Pumas Tigers
- Jaguars Pumas
- Tigers Lions
- Lions Jaguars
- Leopards Leopards
Year 5 – Touch Rugby
The Year 5 Vinehall 5s had another fantastic week and the standard of the touch rugby displayed was excellent. It was lovely to see everyone so enthusiastic about the game. The boys did a great job of explaining the rules to some of the girls and it was lovely to see everyone working so well together and as part of a team. Every single match was very close and competitive.
It was a great afternoon.
Year 6 – Touch Rugby
Year 6 took part in the very competitive Hockey Vinehall 5s tournament this week. All teams competed in three 20-minute matches with a one-minute interval allowing for tactical discussions. Each team scored numerous goals and demonstrated a high level of skill putting up a challenge to each opposition. Well done Diamonds who were undefeated in the competition with a fantastic 9-1 win in their final game.
Year 7 – Touch Rugby
Week 2 and it was the turn of Year 7 to do Cross Country and Orienteering. It was wonderful to see and hear the encouragement the teams were giving each other before, during and after both events. Congratulations must go to team Tornado who set a course record, collecting all ten marker points in 14 minutes 11 seconds; and to Monty G and Arthur P who pushed each other all the way round the cross country route, with Monty winning by the narrowest of margins. A hard fought game of boys v girls dodgeball rounded off what was a very enjoyable afternoon. Well done Year 7 and good luck on the netball court next week!
Cross Country Orienteering
- Hurricane Tornado
- Tornado Hurricane
- Blizzard Cyclone
- Cyclone Blizzard
Year 8 – Netball
An excellent display of netball was shown on Wednesday afternoon. There were many close matches between the teams. The boys tried hard not to break the footwork rule and implement what they had learnt in a short amount of time. They bring new dynamics to the game, from their elevation to their anticipation and reading of play; it is a joy to witness. The girls’ advanced skill level and better understanding of the game enabled them to work well the boys and integrate them into the game. No team won all the games and even the team that came last drew two matches, one of them against the overall winners. Some highlights include Rory R, the master of interceptions; the physical contest between Francesca F and Olivia S. Carlos NL’s enthusiasm to shoot long from anywhere, when at times he wasn’t even in the circle; and Olivia H, the silent shooting assassin, slotting away goal after goal. I was genuinely impressed by every player; everyone contributed and was an asset to their team.
Reebok were 1st, winning three matches and drawing one.
Puma were 2nd, winning two, drawing one and losing one.
Nike were 3rd, winning one, drawing one and losing two. They drew on points with Adidas but came 3rd based on a better goal difference.
Adidas were 4th, winning one, drawing one and losing two.
Under Armour were 5th, drawing two and losing two.
Reebok receive 25 points, Puma 20 points, Nike 15 points, Adidas 10 points and Under Armour 5 points to add to last week’s results.
– Laura Percy-White
6th November 2020
Year 3 – Netball
The sport challenge this week for Year 3 was netball. They were very excited to get going in the matches. Thunder won both matches, 3-0 against Storm and 2-0 against Lightning. Rosie scored four goals and Harvey one. Lightning won 1-0 over Storm, with a goal from Harriet.
Storm were unlucky to not score as they tried very hard. It was five points for a win, three points for a draw and one point for effort. Thunder take an early lead on the leader board, but that could all change come after next week’s challenge. It is lovely to see the children play competitively but also with such enthusiasm and enjoyment.
Year 4 – Football
One could not have hoped for a more beautiful afternoon for the Year 4s to begin their Vinehall 5s competition. The astro was the venue for a fierce battle between the teams. The standard of football improved with every minute and each team played four very competitive matches.
The team of the afternoon were the Lions, who went undefeated and in doing so earned themselves 25 points towards the overall competition.
Year 5 – Benchball and Dodgeball
A fantastic start to Year 5 Vinehall 5s, with a round robin tournament of benchball followed by dodgeball. The teams competed hard and engaged in some challenging rounds, with numerous close games. Special mention to the Falcons for competing in a good spirit and the Buzzards for eliminating a team in under one minute during dodgeball.
Results for each competition are listed below; well done to year 5!
Buzzards and hawks
Hawks and eagles
Year 6 – Touch Rugby
The Vinehall 5s got off to a fantastic start for the Year 6 boys and girls. They started with a touch rugby tournament and I was so impressed with the competitiveness of all the matches. The whole team was involved and it was great to see boys and girls working together and the different game plans they had for each match. All the games were very competitive; however team Emerald were the winners, having won two and drawn one.
The standard of rugby was really good and roll on next week..
Year 7 – Hockey
This week the Year 7s prepared for their first challenge, which was Hockey. In the lesson, they led their own warm-up in their teams, set up drills in their area with the available equipment available to them and finished off with some game play and strategy.
The weather on Wednesday was glorious and the teams were excited to get the fixtures underway. There was a great display of hockey skills, team work and some great goals scored – 36 in total! The point system was five points for a win, three points for a draw and one point for effort. In case of a tie, it would then be down to biggest goal difference (goals scored minus goals conceded).
Tornadoes won all three matches, scoring maximum points of 15. May A scored a total of 6 goals, Henry P x 4 and Clara F x 3.
Hurricanes finished in 2nd place based on goal difference (of one goal in it), after scoring the same amount of points as Cyclones. Arthur P scored 5 goals, Imogen W x 4, Daisy D x 2 and Polly S x 1.
Cyclones finished 3rd. Tilly R scored 4 goals, Willow G x 3, Camilla B and Monty G x 1.
Although Blizzards had a tough day they should be pleased with their efforts, which were rewarded with two goals scored by Leo F.
Tornadoes won 3-0 against Hurricanes Hurricanes won 10-2 against Blizzard
Tornadoes won 3-0 against Cyclones Hurricanes drew 2-2 against Cyclones
Tornadoes won 7-0 against Blizzard Cyclones won 7-0 against Blizzard
After the first round of the Vinehall 5 challenge, Tornadoes take the 25 points on the leader board, Hurricanes 20 points, Cyclones 15 and Blizzard 10. I am sure they all look forward to next week’s challenge and to adding more points to the board.
Year 8 – Cross Country and Orienteering
The Year 8 Vinehall 5s adventure started with cross country and orienteering, the news of both events going down rather better than I had originally thought it would! On Tuesday the teams tackled a shorter cross-country route, with team Adidas taking the spoils. It was the turn of orienteering on Wednesday and, with the teams setting off at three-minute intervals, they had to find and then stamp ten different points using the map and score card provided. There was some fantastic teamwork on show, with team Reebok completing the course the fastest in a very impressive time of 14 minutes. Well done to everyone and I look forward to hearing how the teams get on at Netball next week.
- Under Armour
- Under Armour