Girl's Mini Soccer Derbyshire County Final - Kirk Hallam - 10.11.16
On Thursday 10th November, our girl's football team embarked on the challenging task of the Derbyshire County Final, held at Kirk Hallam Academy. This is the furthest any girls' team has progressed in football at Parkside. the weather was wet and wild but that didn't dampen our team's spirit.
The ten teams were split into two groups of five, with the top two from each group progressing to the semi-finals and final. Our team played hard and grew in confidence as the games progressed. Our sole goal came from Phoebe who had managed to score in every round in the run up. As one of three Year 4 girls in the team, it is testament to her ability to challenge surpass players two years older.
Despite these bright hopes, Parkside managed to record one draw out of the four games, with some very tough opposition. These were the best teams in the county and it showed! Nevertheless, the competition served as a good grounding for the girls going forward in their sporting careers.
Thanks to Mrs. Richmond for providing much needed support for the girls.
RDSSP Cross Country - Ashbourne Rec - 5.11.16
Fergus and Kieran were the sole qualifiers in the QEGS cluster team for the Rural Derbyshire Cross Country competition. Five strong teams, representing the five secondary school clusters in the Derbyshire Dales area, set off on a gruelling 1800m course around Ashbourne Rec. Having finished second in the previous round, Kieran had high hopes to do similarly well in this round. With the first six finishers from each cluster team to count towards the team total, a strong 13th place and 3rd team counter was enough to help his team to secure the gold medal. Unfortunately Fergus pulled up after the first lap with the recurrence of an old injury and was unable to finish after looking to place well in the first lap. Well done to both boys.
RDSSP Girls' Mini Soccer Tournament - Anthony Gell - 18.10.16
Our girls' team followed on from previous successes and won the regional title. Tension was high in the first match against Osmaston 'A' who held us to a 0-0 draw. In games two and three, we were pitted against Osmaston 'B' and Lea Primary respectively. Our persistent attacking force of Adela, Hannah, Phoebe and Beth finally beat down the door. A goal for Hannah secured the win against Osmaston 'B' and a well deserved goal for Phoebe earned the win against Lea. Meriel made a couple of last minute but confident saves, while Tia, Maya, Jersey and Layla held up in defence without conceding a single goal. Well done to all!
The team will now progress to the county final at John Port School in Etwall, later in the year.
Girls football is becoming more and more popular at Parkside and we have a plan to encourage even wider participation in the women's game as well as focussed support for our gifted and talented girls.
RDSSP Mini Soccer (Big Schools) - Anthony Gell - 18.10.16
On a wet and windy Tuesday evening, our boys' football team contested a 'big schools' mini soccer competition. The rain lashed, the wind howled and the brollies broke but our hardened Ashburnians battled to a credible joint 2nd place against some tough opposition. Drawing their first game, the team turned fortunes around with a winning goal from Fergus. Disappointment came in losing to eventual champions All Saints from Matlock, who will advance to the county final. We wish them well.
QEGS Mini Soccer Tournament - 5.10.16 - QEGS
Numbers and competition were high, as our five teams embarked on a 'round robin' style mini soccer tournament on Wednesday 5th October. It was pleasing to see so many players, proud to represent their school and relish the challenge of competition.
Teams A, B, C and D all contested the competitive league, winning a large proportion of their games. As the largest school in the cluster however, we automatically contest the next round against the other large schools in the Rural Derbyshire Partnership. Teams A and B finished 2nd and 4th respectively in their league. Teams C and D finished 4th and 5th respectively in their league.
Some notable stars, who performed well, have been asked to represent boys' and girls' teams at Anthony Gell next week. Well done to all.
Thank you to the number of parents who came to watch the teams play.
QEGS Hockey Festival - 28.9.16
On Wednesday, two Parkside hockey teams attended a hockey festival at QEGS. Contesting a 'round robin' style competition, our two teams were on the back foot from the start, with only five team members each out of the needed six. This didn't deter our hockey players though. Team A played 5 matches in total; winning three, drawing one and losing against a very strong Osmaston side. Our B team started steadily but got to grips in their last three games by drawing each. The players showed great sportsmanship to their competitors and their own team mates, showing determination and self belief, in light of their one player handicap. We are very proud of them.
Well done to Josh, Hannah, Fergus and Martha who all played particularly well in the A team, listening to feedback and constantly looking for ways to improve their own game.
Thank you to parents who came to watch. We always encourage parents to come and support their child and share in their successes.
Cross Country - QEGS - 20.09.16
An astounding 38 pupils took part in the first fixture of this year's sporting calendar. Year 3 and 4 were first to run. Making her debut, Maizie was our sole Year 3 competitor, mixing it with the Year 4s and in some cases beating them - a star in the making. George, Noah, Phoebe, Tia and Maya all finished strong, with performances in the teens and twenties.
The Year 5 and 6 race set off with a bang. Ewan surging towards the front to keep an eye on the sharp end. Unfortunately, disappointment struck, cutting his race short due to a sore achilles. Firm under foot, the race surged on and it was down to Kieran and Fergus to battle on and secure top ten finishes - 2nd and 5th respectively. Parkside continued to show strength in depth as our runners kept filing in. A special mention should be reserved for Darragh, now in his final year in Parkside, who tackles all sport and physical activity with a beaming smile - an attitude that we are proud of.
Well done to all!