Dodgeball County Finals
On Wednesday 15th November, 15 highly excited students and two teachers set off to Bedford to compete in the Bedfordshire Dodgeball County finals. In previous area competitions both KS2 and KS3 had won, therefore earning the right to compete for county honours. KS2 team consisted of LS, DC, GM-C, LR, AR, HS and HP. After their previous victory in the East Beds competition, confidence was high going to Bedford. We were drawn in a group with Linslade Middle and Pirton Hill: two schools with a great pedigree and a history of doing well at County finals, so a tough task awaited them.
We started well, beating Westfield 3-0, a convincing victory which helped raise confidence further. The second group game was against Pirton Hill, last year’s KS2 County champions. This was a very close match, with all three games being won by a single player. Unfortunately, all three games were won by Pirton Hill, so a 3-0 defeat! Our final group game was against Linslade Middle, and was a shoot out to see who would get through to the semi-finals – a winner takes all match. The eventual winners were Linslade by a 2-1 scoreline. The match went to the final seconds of the final game, when Linslade made a hit which won them the match. This however meant that we would not make the semi-finals, but instead took us into a 5th/6th place playoff.
This game was won 2-1 1 by us and meant we are classed as the 5th best KS2 team in Bedfordshire.
KS3 team consisted of EE, EB, DJ, JF, WB, SL, EW and CE. We were drawn in a group with Linslade Middle and Castle Newman. This was a tough draw as Linslade Middle were last year’s KS3 county champions. Our first game was against Linslade Middle and, as with KS2, there was some great Dodgeball being played throughout the game. Nearly every game swung back and forth throughout the two minutes played. The score was tightly poised at 2-2 with one game left. This game was frenetic: both teams knowing that a win would set them up for a good run at the title. The game finished 5-3 to Linslade, meaning they won the match 3-2. A difficult defeat to take, but our team can hold their heads up high. Our 2nd group game was against Castle Newman, and this was more comfortable for us, coming out eventual winners 3-1.
This meant we had qualified for the semi-finals, and we came up against the winners of the other group Westfields, and once again this was an incredibly close match. At 2-1 to Westfields and with one game remaining, we knew only a win would keep our dreams alive. With this on our minds, we tried everything to win, but sadly lost the game 3-1.This left us in the 3rd place play-off against Goldington Academy, and although spirits were low after the previous defeat, the pupils came out fighting to secure a 3-1 victory. This meant the KS3 team would pick up the bronze medal, and be ranked as the third best KS3 Dodgeball team n Bedfordshire, a great achievement.
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all who took part. They played with great determination and spirit. They represented the Academy creditably showing sportsmanship throughout, well done.
Mr T. Stonehouse