Mr Walker's Sports News
A busy couple of weeks - as usual - for Upton Sports................
Thanet Hockey Champions......................................Our Year 5/6 Hockey team took part in the Thanet Tournament during the week to select a side to represent the District at the Kent Finals. Upton started strongly with an impressive 2-1 victory over Holy Trinity, an 8-0 win against St Peters School and comfortable wins against Newington and Palm Bay, 4-1 and 3-1 respectively. A 1-1 draw against Ramsgate Art Academy moved Upton in the Final against Garlinge as group winners
In the final Garlinge started off strongly, taking a 1-0 advantage into the second half of the match.however, the side rallied with Sophie scoring an equaliser and Joe popping in the winner. Excellent work by the team and great coaching from Mr Coleman and Ms Barratt. The team will now represent Thanet in the summer at the Kent School Games.
The Year 3/4 hockey team competed in the same event and also played exceptionally well. Three victories in their four games meant they finished second in their group and then moved into the 3rd/4th place playoff, eventually finishing third in Thanet. Well done to Mr Maclaurin for his work with the team.
Cross-Country fun................for 170 Upton children who ran in the Quex event on Saturday
The school entered 170 contestants among the strong field of around 1,000 runners from Thanet schools. Every single child who took part ran exceptionally well, regardless of where they finished, and should beproud of representing the school.Additional medals were awarded for children who finished in the top three in each event and these are detailed below:
Megan Gallagher began strongly in the Year 3 girls’ race, taking the silver. Phoebe Wells finished veryquickly to overhaul runners and claim bronze in the Year 4 girls. Fresh from his silver in the Kent Cross-Country, Bailee Harding led from start to finish to win the Year 4 boys race comfortably.
Meanwhile Luke Foster continued his preparations for the English Schools Cross-Country by winning the Year 5 boys race by a distance. The race saw Upton take all the podium positions with Jack Sales and Oscar Wilson taking silver and bronze respectively.
In the Year 6 girls event Leotie Gabriel won by a large margin to take the gold before Ethan Harding followed his brother’s example by winning the Year 6 boys race by a distance. Ethan will also take part in the English Schools Cross-Country in Loughborough this month. Seth Brock ran strongly to finish third for Upton in the same event.
The cross-country season doesn't end here. Upton runs the Thanet team relay event in June and then our own cross-country competition - both events are open to all Thanet Schools.
Kent Success....for our swimmers , who qualified for the SE England Championships via the Kent Championships at the weekend. The Upton girls team of Heidi, Jemima, Leotie, Rosie and Ivy won the Medlay relay and finished third in the freestyle relay. The Upton boys team of Verney, Max, Nathan, James and Oliver also competed well against the best swimmers in the county. Excellent work from Mr Noble coaching the team. Special medals were awarded for children who finished in the top 6 in Kent and these are detailed below:
Girls 50m fly
1st place Ivy Haggerty (Kent Champion)
Girls 50m breaststroke
6th place Heidi Walkin
Girls 50m backstroke
5th place Heidi Walkin
Girls 50m freestyle
6th place Ivy Haggerty
Rugby season kick off.......................here at Upton as we run all the schools rugby events. On Friday evening two Upton teams - one from Year 6 and one from Year 5 - completed excellently against St Peters, Haddon Dene and St Josephs. The teams all played very well (despite the sudden hail showers!) and showed an excellent standard of rugby.
Swim Team trials.....................took place across the last two weeks. The school is able to select a very small team, based on swim times, to take part in the Thanet Schools Gala in May. Well done to all children who put themselves out there and had a go!