JAMES OGLETHORPE GIRLS CRICKET TEAM - winners
This school is one of Havering's smaller ones, with only 2 classes per year group. In 2018 it was decided to introduce pupils to a new sport - cricket, which commenced with a once-a-week after-school session. It truly caught on and soon this School were playing in the Havering Kwik Cricket Tournament against larger schools. They won all their Group games with impressive batting and bowling - and particularly fielding, so living up to that old cricket adage that "Catches Win Matches". Such victories saw them qualify for matches against Regional winners from across Essex. At this higher standard they won their opening 3 matches so making the final four - who then competed in a "round-robin" format. In this they defeated 2 prominent private schools, to wit St.Mary's and Bancroft, narrowly losing only once - to New Hall who were coached by former England Captain Nasser Husain. Organisers of the tournament praised them for their incredible achievement in coming so close when all playing as newcomers, and for their team spirit. Parents and staff are most supportive, and this success has inspired others in younger age groups - so be prepared to hear more from James Oglethorpe School!
ST.PETER'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS FOOTBALL TEAM - runners up
This team entered 3 competitions during the season - winning all 3! They also earned a bronze medal when representing Havering in the London Youth Games. Being a single entry form school meant only 15 girls were available for selection. Most players were new to the game and some had to borrow football boots and shin pads in order to get started. If such handicaps weren't enough - this school doesn't have a football pitch, having to share one with another local school and conduct its training sessions in public parks. These obstacles were dealt with as the team supported each other, so heads never dropped.
Serious competition commenced in February when winning the Chelsea FC Foundation sponsored Havering School Games Girls Football Tournament, winning 3 group matches and drawing 1. They successfully negotiated the quarter and semi-finals before beating St.Josephs in the final when scoring the only goal. Their record saw 23 goals scored in 7 games with the ball only twice ending-up in their own net. This saw them invited to appear for Havering Borough in the London Youth Games where they reached the semi-final, being edged out 2-1 by the eventual winners. July saw them win the Linda Galloway Cup where they beat Clockhouse School's 'A' team in the final - again by the only goal. In this tournament they scored 15 times without reply!
Their season ended when they won their rounds to reach the Havering's Primary Schools Final where they beat St.Mary's by a 2-1 scoreline. It was a cliff-hanger as spectators had to wait until the final minutes for a winning goal. The girls, who displayed team spirit and determinatiion, had all started from scratch.