Youngsters raise their games for the South Cambs School Sports Partnership Year 5/6 Quicksticks Hockey competition
Willingham, Harston & Newton, Histon & Impington Juniors and Meldreth have progressed to the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough School Games Summer Festival after a record-breaking South Cambs School Sports Partnership Year ⅚ Quicksticks Hockey competition.
An entry of 48 teams made it the biggest since the event started, and led to it being split into morning and afternoon matches at Comberton Village College.
The schools A teams played in the cup competition, while the B, C and D teams took part in the plate event, which was umpired by sports leaders from Comberton Village College.
With plenty of competitive and close-scoring games, Willingham, Harston & Newton, Histon & Impington Juniors and Meldreth will go forward to represent South Cambs SSP, with the latter two doing so having won all five of their matches.
Meridian B and Swavesey B won the morning plate competitions. In the afternoon, Histon & Impington Juniors B and C teams won nine of their 10 games and drew the other, making it all three teams from the school winning their respective pools with a single loss between them.
Spirit of the games awards were given for individuals for demonstrating either good teamwork or honesty in their performances, and they were won by youngsters from Swavesey, Bassingbourn, Meridian, Bar Hill, Dry Drayton, Jeavons Wood, Cambridge University Primary, Steeple Morden and Great Abington.
“It was great to see so many children playing and enjoying the game of hockey in a fun and relaxed environment,” said South Cambs SSP development manager Claire McDonnell.
“There were some competitive matches with lots of end to end action and generally plenty of goals.
“We have been running a Quicksticks hockey competition for six or seven years now I guess, and the standard of play has definitely improved over the years with some great skills and teamwork on display today and importantly all of the teams got some good, equal competition.”