Tag Rugby v Beckington
The Year 3 & 4 Tag Rugby team had their first match on Monday afternoon, away to Beckington. The dry weather enabled safe handling skills but the muddy pitch made changing direction at pace treacherous! The first half was played end to end with one side scoring and then the other, but eventually the slippy conditions took their toll and an error by the home team allowed Springmead to score back to back points and take the lead. As the half wore on the Springmead defence, led by Lewis Miller and Isaac Walsby, came to the fore making life much harder for the Beckington attack and more errors were forced to ensure the away team so an encouraging half time team talk, with a reminder about running lines and support play, was required to liven up the sluggish Springmead attack.
The second half was a more polished display by the Springmead team and nobody demonstrated that better than half time substitute Jonny Cox who ran beautiful support lines to help himself to several tries. The Beckington team also improved in the second half and it was only our strong defence and tagging skills that kept Springmead ahead. Beau ‘Snake Hips’ Morgan provided several stand out moments of individual running and dodging skills to score several tries of his own. Jemima Shakespeare and Freya Buglass both worked hard in defence and grew into their attacking roles as the game progressed, providing final scoring passes for other players. The final score was Beckington 10 – 14 Springmead, with the other tries coming from Dillon Tollworthy and Stanley Pagett.
Mendip Junior Cross Country League- Millfield Prep, Glastonbury
Once again the Springmead Cross Country team travelled to the league event at Millfield Prep School on a cold and wet day Despite our wet winter, the course looked good from a distance but on closer inspection the going was heavy, very heavy in places.In the first race of the afternoon and having finished 7th last time, the girls’ team of Freya Buglass, Abby Sparrow and Jemima Shakespeare, were determined to improve on their individual performances in order to help the team position. All three girls ran fantastic races with Freya finishing 2nd, Abby 32nd and Jemima 35th which resulted in the lower school girls coming 3rd overall. Jemima’s performance was all the more impressive because like Eddie Donson last year, she ran for part of the race with only one trainer!
With the girls race over, it was the turn of the lower school boys’ team. Their 6th place finish at the last meet had been a little disappointing and so the boys were determined to improve, despite the difficult conditions. We saw another strong performance from the Springmead runners with Dillon Tollworthy finishing 11th, Stanley Pagett 14th, Lewis Miller 22nd and Jonny Cox 32nd in a race that had 124 entries. This strong showing enabled the lower school boys’ team also to come 3rd overall.
Next it was the upper school girls’ race with Gabby Doel, Lydia Burbidge, Annie Case, Taylor Milsom and Arabella Goff representing Springmead. Last time out the girls had finished in 9th place so hopes were high for a better result this time. Despite the worsening weather, all the girls performed admirably with Gabby coming 9th, Annie 22nd, Arabella 36th, Lydia 39th and Taylor 40th. Such fantastic effort and determination allowed the girls’ team to come 5th overall for this meet.
As the skies darkened, it was the turn of the upper school boys to race. Having finished 1st overall at the previous event the pressure was well and truly on to keep the standard up. Although missing Charlie Shakespeare, it was still a strong squad who took to the start line. With the course having been used for 3 races already it was starting to cut up and become very slippery. Once again the boys produced some great performances with Eddie Donson (who kept both trainers on for the entire race this year!) 7th, Theo Fitz-Johnson 11th, Oliver Welbourn 13th, Ethan Collingwood 19th, Edward Ball 22nd, Harry Buchan 55th, and William De Jaeger 56th. Unfortunately this was not quite good enough to put us in 1st place for the meet as Millfield pipped us to the post by 3 points, but 2nd place in such bad conditions was a brilliant result.
With three of the five events complete, Springmead is in a strong position in the individual and team competitions, with individual places as follows:
- Freya Buglass is currently 3rd in the LSG competition.
- Stanley Pagett is currently 8th and Dillon Tollworthy 12th in the LSB competition.
- Gabby Doel is currently 13th in the USG competition.
- Eddie Donson is currently 6th, Oliver Welbourn 9th, Theo Fitz-Johnson 10th and Ethan Collingwood 12th in the USB competition.
- In the team competition the LSG team are 6th, LSB team 3rd, USG team 7th and USB 2nd.
- In the overall schools competition Springmead are in 3rd place and 2nd place for the small schools section.