Autumn Term Extra Curricular Information at St Thomas More Catholic School
Hannah Rollingson and Anna Scott (YR 11) have recently been selected for the U18 Girls Rugby Centre of Excellence at Darlington Mowden Park Sharks. Having represented Durham County U15s in the 2017/18 season, this represents the next step along the England Pathway. They will participate in 4 months of training with RFU coaches with a view to progressing to the England Women Talent Development Group.
The Under 16 Boys’ Team successfully made it through to the County Cup Finals, defeating Lord Lawson of Birtley and Whitburn schools. The finals are to be played on Wednesday 20 March, at Blaydon RFC from 3.30pm.
The Under 12 Boys’ Team went through to the finals of the County Cup by defeating Lord Lawson (15 - 5) and St Aidans, Sunderland (40 - 0). The finals are to be played on Wednesday 5 March, at Blaydon RFC from 3.30pm.
The Under 15 girls’ team are competing in the Shield finals of the County Cup, on Tuesday, 5 March, at West Hartlepool RFC. The girls also played in 2 friendly tournaments, remaining unbeaten throughout the season. The team is predominately made up of year 9 girls, which bodes well for our Under 15 side next season.
Teams from years 7 – 11 have participated in fixtures this term, in the County Cups, organised tournaments, and friendlies. Noticeable performances have come from the Under 15’s, who are unbeaten, and the new Under 12 team, who have gelled well as a group, and started their rugby careers at STM very well. They have played in 4 tournaments, losing just once in nine games, and had a narrow defeat to Newcastle School for Boys.
We have also had the benefit of coaching from Jon and Damien from the RFU, who have supported weekly training sessions with both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Further fixtures are to be arranged for next season. Our thanks go to Ryton RFC and Blaydon RFC, for allowing us to use their pitches for matches. The new pitch at Blaydon RFC has been particularly useful, as it is artificial grass and floodlit, meaning matches have been played on dark nights.
Although we are in the off season for cricket, school were lucky to have Marsha and Rachel from the Durham Cricket Board to do some introductory sessions with the Year 7 and 8 Girls. Hopefully, this will encourage some girls to take up the sport in the summer.
Millie Rollingson, Alice Rollingson and Cecilia Reid (YR10) have all recently been selected into the Tyne & Wear County Netball Academy for the 2018-19 season. They will combine training and matches against other counties throughout the season.
The Year 7s started their netball career successfully by winning their first three Central Venue League matches against Cardinal Hume, Emmanuel and Kingsmeadow. All the girls were prominent in the games, and it was pleasing to see all parents coming to watch.
Year 9 played their first games in the CVL, winning both in convincing fashion.
Year 11 won the Gateshead league this season with outstanding performances. Special mention should be made of Sarah Wright, who came into help the team for the first time, and won a player of the match award. The team were well led by Grace Metcalf.
Joseph Taylor in Year 9 has become the Little Green Man Junior Champion of 2018 in the Cadet Karting Championships. He will attend a black tie dinner in November to collect his award and prize. The following was sent to us recently:
“As Team Taylor rolled into PF International kart circuit in Grantham this weekend for the final round of the LGM Championship, confidence was high. As long as young Taylor did not receive a disqualification in the final, the championship title was his. Qualifying went well as did the heats - nothing too dramatic, but enough to keep out of trouble (narrowly avoiding a pile up in turn 1 from battling karts behind) and still attain a strong starting position for the final. Joseph achieved 4th on the grid. In the final, with the rest of the positions in the championship still up for grabs, it was clear from the start every karter would be fighting hard for position throughout the race. Joseph held his starting position throughout lap one but was soon under attack from the drivers behind. By lap 4 he was in 6th position but hanging on to the pack ahead. A couple of very impressive moves had him back to 4th by lap 10. It was clear he had strong pace and took 2 karts in 1 move on the next lap. With only 3 laps to go the lead was his. In the final lap, the kart behind made one last attacking move to take 1st. But Joseph closed the gap and as the attacking kart tried his move he clipped Joseph's bumper with his front wheels. Joseph was free to cross the line and claim the victory. The story unfortunately would not end there...…... As Joseph returned to celebrate with the rest of Team Taylor a summons to the Steward's office was heard over the tannoy. The race officials described the defensive move in the final lap as driving in a manner incompatible with general safety. The penalty for such an infringement is 1 lap penalty or exclusion from the race, although exclusions are reserved for repeat offenders. Joseph was given a 1 lap penalty, stripping him of his race win, but fortunately not the championship title”.
The Year 7s finished second in the CVL, winning all their matches bar the game against eventual winners, Kingsmeadow.
The Year 9 football team have made an undefeated start to the 2018/9 season, winning games in the Gateshead League, Tyneside Cup and County Cup respectively. Highlights of the season thus far have been a 2-1 win versus Cardinal Hume, a win made all the more impressive in light of our neighbour’s win in the English Schools Cup last season; and coming twice from behind to progress in the County Cup 3-2 versus Framwellgate. With Gateshead and Tyneside Futsal competitions as well as silverware to compete for on three fronts for our 11 a side team I’m sure next term will be a busy one!
The Year 11 have reached the semi-finals of the League Cup.
The 6th form football team made it through to the ¼ final of the TSSSA Cup, however, their opponents QEHS proved too strong. Hopefully, if the team are able to take their chances against Southmoor in the DCSFA League Cup ¼ final, they will stand a good chance of going at least one better.
The District Cross Country Championships took place in November. All listed pupils below were selected to represent Gateshead in the County Championships. This was an excellent performance, which included three individual firsts, and three team firsts.
|Year 7 Girls||Year 7 Boys||Year 8+9 Girls||Year 10+11 Girls||Year 10+11 Boys|
Demi-Leigh Kelly – 6th
Abigail Thornley – 7th
|Team – 2nd
Ollie Harrison – 1st
Alasdair MacGregor – 3rd
Max Murray – 5th
Sam Punn – 8th
Ciara Thornley – 2nd
Lucy Oliver – 7th
Erica Mould – 9th
Rebecca Wren – 1st
Cecilia Reid – 2nd
Esther Moffitt – 5th
Freya Kirtley – 11th
Daniel Joyce – 1st
Calum McGowan – 5th
Ben Pentland – 7th
Callum Trainer – 9th
Andrew Ranson – 12th