The Autumn Term has been filled with sporting activities, highlights and achievements. Below is a summary of just a few of the amazing things our students have been participating in.
Year 11 Football Trip
Year 11 Boys were treated to a day out on Sunday 8 October at St Mary’s Stadium to watch Southampton vs Chelsea. It was a fantastic day out to reward the boys for their commitment and contribution to College sport over the last 5 years.
Netball - Sisters n Sport National Cup
The Under 13 team have got off to a storming start this season. The team, comprising seven Year 8 students and three Year 7 students, have so far been undefeated in this new National Cup Competition. On Monday 16 September, the College welcomed Holyrood Academy for the first round of the Cup. Our College players showed they were serious contenders, securing a convincing victory 47-16. This win qualified the College for the second round against Ivybridge Community College, which took place on Monday 14 October. Despite a close first half, Newton Abbot College ramped up the intensity in the third quarter, increasing their lead by ten goals. The final quarter was a professional display of grit and determination, resulting in a win of 40-28. This result qualifies them for the third round in early November, where the College will welcome Penryn College. Congratulations to Year 7 player, Sophie Lock, who was named Player of the Match.
This well prepared and talented team welcomed The Maynard School on Monday 16 September. The U14s continued their winning success from last year, defeating the opposition with a score of 36-22. This has qualified the team for the second round of the National Cup which will take place at Churston Grammar on Thursday 7 November. Congratulations to Mia Gale, who was awarded Player of the Match.
The U16 team travelled to Bradon Forest School in Swindon for the second round of the National Cup in October. Despite a long journey, the girls made a great start to the game, leading 11-9 in the first quarter. They continued their good form through to half time, finishing with a lead of 23-21. However, the experienced, County-winning opposition fought back; Newton Abbot College were unable to hold onto their lead and were eventually defeated. Despite the defeat, the U16s had a fantastic game, playing at an incredible standard. The team will now be drawn in the Plate Cup. Congratulations to Ellie Lock, who was named Player of the Match.
U16 National Schools
The U16 team also represented the College in the first round of the National Schools competition. Following on from last year’s success, the team has been strengthened with the addition of Year 10 talent, Emily Churchill. This team continues to impress with their outstanding performances; they easily made it through to the semi-finals where they faced strong opposition from Teign School, who have qualified for nationals for the past four years. The team played with skill and determination, knocking Teign out of the semi-finals and securing a place in the second round, due to be held at Exeter University on Thursday 28 November. Congratulations to Lily Tomlinson, who was awarded Player of the Match.
Year 7 Netball
The Year 7 netballers had their first CVL tournament at Paignton Community and Sports Academy on Monday 14 October. This newly formed team have been attending two training sessions a week, working hard to develop their skills and teamwork. Their commitment and dedication to training paid off after they were undefeated at the first CVL tournament of the season. This team is showing fantastic potential and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve throughout the year.
The Year 8 boys have continued to build on last year’s success, with a comprehensive 25-0 victory over Kingsbridge. This was followed by a second place finish at the South Devon Rugby Championships, losing only once to the winners, Torquay Boys Grammar School. The College also took the opportunity to put out a developing side against Coombeshead, made up of twenty six students who had been regularly attending training sessions but had little match experience. Special mention to Tai Bridden, whose performance at this game got him selected to represent the College in the South Devon Tournament. Stand out performances at the tournament were seen from Rafferty Davies and Ben Smale.
Year 7s’ first Central Venue League fixture was a promising start, beating Teigmouth and South Dartmoor. We look forward to seeing what they achieve in their one-day tournament at Brixham on 8 November.
The squad of Year 9 - 11 students took part in the U16 National Hockey Cup Tournament and finished in a very respectable third place. This is a huge achievement for both the team and the College; their teamwork and skills were outstanding, as were the defence, who only conceded three goals throughout the entire tournament. Congratulations to Ellie Lock, who was awarded Player of the Match.
The Year 7s had their first Central Venue League tournament at Torquay Girls Grammar School on Thursday 17 October. The team have made a promising start with one win, one draw and one loss. Outstanding performances were seen from Imogen Baxter, Lottie Cornish and Daisy Guy.
Newton Abbot College’s ski team have had great success over the last two months. Gloucester’s English Schools National Skiing Championship was the team’s first national competition. The girls put in a sterling effort, achieving a fantastic sixth place overall.
The team also competed in the British Indoor Ski Series. Jasmine Drew came eighth out of sixty four competitors in the U14 category with her sister, Izzy Drew, coming thirteenth out of forty eight entrants in the U16 category. Fellow U16 teammate, Ellie Brooks finished twenty sixth in the same category. Overall in the competition, Newton Abbot College were placed ninth out of the twenty seven secondary schools who were competing. This is an outstanding achievement, for what is still a relatively new team.
Lily Tomlinson has been selected into the Severn Stars Netball Academy, with training taking place in Bristol.
Jasmine Drew continues her skiing success with her selection to join the England Schools Junior Squad training camp in Norway.
Martha Harnett has successfully trialled for the Swim England South West U14 Water Polo Girls Team.
Beanie Reece travelled to Grittenham in Wiltshire in early September to take part in the British Women’s Motocross Finals. She has only been in the sport for just over a year and she came an incredible third place overall.
Samuel, William and Oliver Frost took part in the British Shooting SW Schools Pistol Championships at Leweston School in Dorset in early October.
William Frost continued his shooting success at the Scout National Championships, winning a bronze medal in the 10m crossbow and a team silver medal in the Junior Connaught Trophy.