Sport News - November 2017

Cross Country

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It was a busy weekend for the Cross Country teams last weekend. Running at the Cheltenham and District Championships, the Minors team placed 6th, the Junior team placed 4th and the Senior team placed 2nd. Beth Leeper (LC1) came 4th and Cross Country Captain Vicky Shaw finished 6th in their respective races. Both Beth and Vicky have qualified outright for the Gloucestershire County Championships, with five other runners placing high enough to fall into the consideration band.

At the English Schools' Cup Competition Regional Finals, the Intermediate team finished first by a clear margin of 12 points. They ran superbly and have now qualified for National Finals in Kent over the exeat weekend.

Individual results:

Poppy Clark - 4th
Mia Hopkins - 9th
Jessie Bruton - 11th
Holly Bruton - 15th
Eloise Bolitho - 22nd
Athena Ho - 42nd

Hockey

On Saturday, CLC hosted the U12 and U13 CLC Mini Hockey Tournament. There was much to be excited about, from using the new Health and Fitness Centre facilities to the presence of Kate Richardson-Walsh, former captain of the Great Britain Women’s Hockey team who led the team to Gold at the Rio Olympics. CLC had three teams taking part in the tournament and all players competed with strength of character and team spirit.

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Additionally, our Senior and U15 Hockey squads were fortunate to work with Lizzie Sinton, a leading sports scientist and conditioning coach from GB Hockey. Parents of hockey players could enjoy refreshments in the new Health and Fitness Centre whilst looking out of the viewing windows to watch Lizzie’s session.

We have also had some great times at House Hockey over the last two weeks. Well done to all the houses.

  Winner Runner Up
LC1  St Clare St Margaret’s
LC2  Farnley Lodge Glengar
UC4  Bellairs St Margaret’s
Seniors Sidney Lodge St Margaret’s

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Rowing

On Saturday 18th November, 13 girls represented CLC at the Avon County Autumn Head. The rain held off for the race itself and our crews finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their categories. Congratulations to Georgia Drinkwater, Charlotte Theisen, Eleanor Brooks and Apple Liu, coxed by Sofia Stephenson-Garcia-Ines, who won the Novice Junior 16 Coxed Quads event.

Swimming

We had an exciting Senior House Swimming Gala last week and it was wonderful to see a wide range of girls involved. Fourteen personal bests were set and the results reflected the close competition:

1st place – St Austin’s
2nd place – St Helen’s
3rd place – Glenlee

Rugby

Guild member Alice Garnier (2012 - 2014 St Hilda’s) visited College to deliver a rugby session to SFC1 girls as part of the Wellbeing Programme. Her focus was to introduce rugby to the girls and to give an insight into opportunities available to compete in a range of sports at University. She highlighted the main rewards of staying fit and healthy and making new friends.

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Parents’ Sports Workshop

Our first parents’ workshop from a leading Sport Psychologist, Dr Claire-Marie Roberts, took place in the new Function Room. Dr Roberts talked about ‘how best to support your sporting daughter’. Over 40 parents attended and left with some valuable advice. We’ll be running another parents’ workshop in the Spring term – further details to follow in the fortnightly updates.

Netball

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U14 County Round

The girls displayed a superb team effort at the U14 Netball County Tournament which disappointingly ended in a golden goal loss in the semi-finals to the overall winners.

The team won all but one of their pool matches. We headed into the quarter-finals as runners-up, and the match against Ribston Hall ended 10-2 in our favour. In the semi-finals we met Dean Close and, despite leading 3-1 at half time, we sadly could not maintain possession and allowed them to draw level 5-5. It was a nail-biting finale with the ball travelling up and down the court but Dean Close kept their composure and converted the final shot to go through to the final. Well done to all who took part.

Tennis

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The U18 AEGON tennis team had an exciting yet tense win over Monmouth School for Girls this week. We were neck and neck in both singles and doubles, and the 3-3 score meant we had to go through to a championship tiebreak shoot out. Ella and Riya stood strong and confident and fought their way to victory 14-12 despite being match points down. This strong performance by the whole team means they are now winners of their group, which included previous wins against Cheltenham College and Stroud High.

‘Saturday Active' Programme

For girls not involved in competitive fixtures this term, there have been opportunities to get involved in our new ‘Saturday Active’ programme. Through this programme, girls can take part in a range of fun activities including dodgeball, team games, synchronised swimming, swimming with inflatables and self-defence.