Sports Reports

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West Yorkshire Schools U15 Champions

The U15 Girls Rugby team played in the Yorkshire Cup qualifying rounds at Keighley Rugby Club on Wednesday 14th March. The festival was the girl’s first Union game in a while due to snow and water logged pitches.
The first game was against Brighouse School who played a tough game as they were of a similar ability. The game ended in a Brighouse 5-3 win. The girls next played Beckfoot Oakbank, again they were a tough opposition but the girls played more as a team and moved the ball around well. The game finished in a Settle College 4-2 win.
The third game was against St Bede’s and St Joseph who were slightly less experienced but extremely hard working and a cohesive team. The game ended in a Settle 3-2 win and the girls were demonstrating their strength as a team.
The final game was against Beckfoot Thornton who put up a good fight. The game ended in a Settle 4-1 win and ensured the team had qualified to next week’s Yorkshire Schools finals at Ripon Rugby Club.
Well done girls and good luck next week!

Girl’s Schools Rugby League Success

Settle College students made the long journey to York St John’s University to play in the Girl’s Schools rugby on Thursday 11th January. With around 60 students representing the College it was excellent to see Settle College being the only school who represented in every age group from Yr7-11.
The girls played extremely well in their games, showing great teamwork and commitment to their first rugby league fixture of the season.

Beat York High School 6-0

Beat Selby High School 3-0

Beat Sherburn High School 3-1
Drew with Selby High school 3-3

Beat Huntington 5-0

Beat Selby High School 4-0

Commiserations to the Yr9 girls team who played extremely well but unfortunately did not qualify for the next round due to losing out to Selby High School on the number of tries scored after their tie.

Congratulations to the Yr7,8,10 & 11 teams who have now all qualified for the next round of the Yorkshire Cup.
The next round dates will all be held at Shaw Cross RL Club in Dewsbury.
Year 11 Girls – Thursday 8th Feb
Year 10 Girls – Tuesday 27th Feb
Year 8 Girls – Thursday 1st March
Year 7 Girls – Friday 9th March

Good luck girls and keep up the hard work




WRSRS U18 Festival @ Keighley RUFC

Settle College U18 Girls put up a strong side at the first round of the white rose tournament on the 28th November at Keighley RUFC under freezing weather conditions, the team performed extremely well.
Settle took an early lead in the competition sitting comfortably at half time with a lead of 20-10 over Brighouse. Brighouse put out a strong attacking comeback in the second half forcing the home side on to their back foot. However, Settle’s defensive line kept out the attacks and managed to turn over the ball scoring a further two tries leaving the first match of the tournament at an impressive 30-15 to Settle.
The second game was against Durham/Gateshead College a much bigger team in the contact area, forcing our girls to put up their best defence and use their speedy wingers Ellie Bathers, Izzy Corns, Emma Parkinson, Hebe Shepherd and Ella North to outpace the other team and leave the score at 5-0 at half time. During the second half Durham fought even harder to gain possession and managed to carry it almost over the try line when our girls held her up, defending our score. The Settle Girls continued to put in maximum effort and set out a competitive defence line managing to sneak through Durham’s defence twice more leaving that game at 15-0.
The final game Settle played was against Craven College, by this time all the teams were tiring and many players had been injured leaving us with only a seven a side game. The game started on Settles side when at the kick off Craven knocked on the ball leaving Settle on their 22 with possession, this quickly developed in to a boisterous try from Francesca Redford. Settle then defended extremely well with Leonie Dales amazing rucking, managing to turn over the ball and score her first try of the tournament. This left the half time score at 10-0. In the second half Craven hit back with a well-executed offload leading to a well-deserved try. This gave the Settle girls more desire to make sure they won their final match and the attacking game was increased allowing them to score a further three tries leaving the match at a score of 25-5. This left the Settle Girls with and extremely well deserved win over all three matches.








U13 White Rose Schools Rugby Series

A cold November evening saw a determined U13 Settle College team travel to Keighley RUFC to take part in the 3rd festival run by White Rose Rugby. Teams from Skipton Academy, Upper Wharfedale, Oakbank and South Craven all attending playing in a round robin tournament.
The girls played extremely well in very cold and wet conditions and came home victorious. Settle College beat all their opponents convincingly and even beat Skipton Academy who played with 14 players against Settle’s 10 players.
Vs Oakbank 6-0
Vs South Craven 7-2
Vs Upper Wharfedale 5-1
Vs Skipton Academy 3-2



English Schools Fell Running Championships

On Sunday 24th September Beth Roberts took part in the English Schools Fellrunning championships held at Giggleswick School. Beth ran a fantastic race despite being tired and not at peak fitness. Beth finished the gruelling 5.1km race in 17th position in a time of 23.27s which is a fantastic achievement, made even more so by the fact she was running against other girls in the year above. A huge well done to Beth and good luck for the rest of the season- Keep it up!!


 Under 15 White Rose Schools Rugby Series

Settle College U15 Girls Rugby team travelled to Skipton RUFC for the 3rd festival in the White Rose Schools Rugby series. The students represented the College extremely well and demonstrated some excellent skill to beat their opposition. Oakbank School and Upper Wharfedale School were both present. Oakbank proved a tough opposition for Settle but the girls were not deterred and put in an excellent effort, beating Oakbank 5-2.
Unfortunately Upper Wharfedale only had 6 players so 2 ultimate teams were formed from the 3 teams with one team being made up of 3 UWS and the rest Oakbank students and the other team was made up of 3 UWS students and the rest Settle College. Settle College were up against some tough competition and drew the final game 3-3.
A fantastic effort with much to look forward to for the rest of the season.


British Judo Championship Success

Over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd December 4 students from Settle College travelled to Sheffield to compete in the Judo British Championships.  Elliot Marklew, Aidan Howard, Jack Wright and Kayley Lynn all fought in the competition against some tough competition.  This is the biggest, toughest competition in their judo calendar and all fought incredibly well.  Special mention and congratulations to Elliot who won a British Championship Bronze medal.

Judo News

Elliot Marklew and Aidan Howard both in year 8 travelled to Liverpool to compete in the North West Area League Competition.  Elliot took silver in his category and Aidan took bronze in his.  Well done Boys.



Year 7 Boys Rugby – 100% win record

The Year 7 rugby team have played two White Rose Festivals so far this season, one at Wharfedale Rugby Club and the other at South Craven School. The group of boys have played very hard and worked well together as a team. Excellent performances from Richard Bradley, Sam Bradley, Thomas Capstick, Cassian Chandler, Isaac Clayton, Isaac Eccleston, Macale Halliday, Jimmy Howarth, Sam Redfeam and James Simpson have made the difference in some tough matches against Ermysted’s School and Ilkley Grammar School.

Results from Wharfedale Rugby Club:

Settle College 5 – Ermysted’s School 0
Settle College 20 – Ilkley Grammar School 10
Settle College 35 – Skipton Academy 0
Settle College 20 – Upper Wharfedale School 5
Settle College 15 – South Craven School 5

Results from South Craven School:

Settle College 15 – Ermysted’s School 0
Settle College 20 – Ilkley Grammar School 15
Settle College 40 – Skipton Academy 5
Settle College 25 – Upper Wharfedale School 0
Settle College 15 – South Craven School 10

The tournament will start again after February.

Year 9 Boys rugby – holding on to the title is harder than winning it!

The Year 9 rugby team started their retention of the White Rose Cup at South Craven School. First match, Ermysted’s School. First five minutes, excellent play from Settle College and big tackles showed everyone that the lads from Settle College wanted their hands on the trophy again! However, first time the lads have lost a match in the White Rose Cup. Ermysted’s School started to play some excellent rugby and capitalise on Settle College mistakes. Final Score, Ermysted’s School 15 – Settle College 10. The Settle College lads were not happy, determined not to lose again Freddie Spensley, Captain, rallied up the team and produced some excellent rugby:

Settle College 10 – Ermysted’s School 15
Settle College 15 – Bingley Grammar School 0
Settle College 40 – Skipton Academy 5
Settle College 15 – Upper Wharfedale School 0
Settle College 20 – South Craven School 0

The second round of the White Rose festivals was played on the 4G pitch at Keighley Rugby Club. Different day, same results, the boys finished second, with Ilkley Grammar School beating the lads 20-5:

Settle College 5 – Ilkley Grammar School 20
Settle College 10 – Bingley Grammar School 0
Settle College 30 – Skipton Academy 0
Settle College 20 – Upper Wharfedale School 10
Settle College 10 – South Craven School 0

Year 9 Boys Rugby – Yorkshire Cup against Lightclifee Academy
By Freddie Spensley

The year 9 boys played Lightcliffe Academy in the first round of the Yorkshire schools cup.
On a wet and windy day, we started well with all the possession as we were camped in the Lightcliffe 22, but after a quick turnover the speedy Lightcliffe centre raced away but a great cover tackle from   Luke Beresford stopped him from scoring, unfortunately they recycled the ball quickly for a try under the posts against the run of play.

The Settle boys bounced back however, when the kick-off was reclaimed by Callum Mathew who passed the ball to his brother   Harry Mathew to score in the corner, the conversion was successful. This made the game 7-7.  In a tightly contested game there was nothing between the two sides until quick handling saw the opposition score in the corner, 7-12. At the end of the half we did well to stop Lightcliffe from scoring a further try with some good defence, and managed to kick the ball off the pitch to end the half.
Halftime score Settle 7-12 Lightcliffe

In the second half we played into the wind and knew it would be a tough ask to beat the opposition, but 10 minutes in to the half a scrum won against the head meant we had possession near the Lightcliffe try line. Good work from Angus Ogden and Matthew Garth gave Ollie Macnab the chance to spin the ball out to Harry Mathew to crash over for his 2nd try of the game, the conversion was again added to make it 14-12 to Settle.

A couple of phases after winning the kick-off a settle knock on meant that we lost possession, the full back ended up with the ball and ran round the outside only for Ben Coultherd to make a try saving tackle 5 yards out, Elliot Marklew made a great turnover, the ball was kicked into touch . From the resulting lineout a nicely weighted kick from the Lightcliffe stand-off meant the winger scored a well worked try in the corner to put them back in the lead. This made the score 14-17

We knew we had to up our game to win this match and that’s exactly what we did, from the kick-off Jack Walker made a chop tackle and this gave Adam Dunwell time to jackal over the ball to win us a penalty, the 3 points were added, this made the game 17-17 and both teams could snatch a win late on.

From the restart, the ball was caught by Ollie Drew who made a strong run up field, the ball was passed along the line from Harvey Clarke to Liam Knights who sprinted up to halfway.  Strong runs from Will Clay and Harris Dinsdale took us up to the 10 metre line, a penalty advantage was given, so we went for a drop-goal it went over and this gave us a 3 point lead with 5 minutes to go.  We kept hold of the ball well in the opposition half but the ball was dropped this meant it was a Lightcliffe scrum in the last play of the game and a try would win it for them, the Settle boys were having none of it as they produced one last drive to turn the ball over, Ollie Macnab thumped the ball out of play to finish the game.
Full time score Settle College 20-17 Lightcliffe Academy
The man of the match was Luke Beresford for making at least 4 try   saving tackles but it was a great effort from the whole team. Well played everyone and let’s hope we can get as far as we can in the cup this year.

  U13 and U15 Craven Rugby Festival

On Tuesday 26th September the U13 and U15 girls rugby teams attended the 1st Craven Rugby festival organised by the RFU. The teams were supported by our Year 12 students Rosa Bryant and Olivia Schofield who are developing their coaching and leadership skills.
There was an opportunity for the teams to develop their skills through drills and game play. Each team played 2 matches against Upper Wharfedale School and Skipton Academy. Both Settle College teams won both their matches and exhibited an excellent team spirit



Year 10 Champions Schools’ Rugby League Yorkshire Round

Well done to the squad that competed in the Yorkshire round of the National competition.  The girls ended up in a very strong and competitive pool of schools, having to play against St John Fishers, Featherstone, Cockburn and rivals, Sirius Academy.  The team played well in all their games, performing massive tackles to compete with their opponents.  Player’s Player of the Tournament went to Captain Emily Carpenter and Teacher’s Player of the Tournament went to Leonie Dale.

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U18’s Rugby Union Tournament

A massive well done to the U18 squad that were outstanding at the tournament held at Giggleswick School.  After a very brief training session, the tournament got underway, with the first game against Giggleswick School.  Although most of the girls were friends off the pitch, the on pitch game was very physical, but the Settle girls’ experience, skill and game play outperformed their opponents, with the game finishing 30-0 to Settle.  The second game offered more of a challenge to the Settle girls, against St John Fishers School, Harrogate.  The game on the pitch showed tired legs for the Settle girls, as their opponents were competing in their first game.  The tired legs didn’t hold the Settle girls back, with them winning 30-15.  Well done to the squad and we are looking forward to the Yorkshire round of the competition at the end of March.


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Year 8 Champions Schools Rugby League Competition – Yorkshire Round

Well done to the Year 8 squad that competed in the Yorkshire Tournament in Castleford.  The team was strong against their opponents and faced a very hard pool of schools.  Standing in their way were Castleford Academy, Farnley Academy and Sirius West Academy.  Player’s Player of the Tournament went to Abbey White who, along with her team mates, played an outstanding tournament.

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Year 8 Rugby Report – Round 4 of the Craven Rugby Tournament at South Craven School

Against Ilkley Grammar School, we won 15-5, with Ollie Macnab scoring twice and Mathew Garth getting one.  The first try was scored by a quick tap by Ollie Macnab.  The second try was scored by Ollie Macnab again, breaking through the Ilkley defence.  The last try was from Mathew Garth; we passed the ball up the line and Mathew Garth had the pace to finish by diving over the line.  In the next game, we played The Skipton Academy.  The match ended with another comfortable victory for our boys.  However, there was still a lot of room for improvement.  Ermysteds was a tough game, with a close score line of one try to none.  The game consisted of hard rucks, big tackles, some brilliant runs and some good offloads.  The lads always wanted to beat Ermysteds and this showed in the way they all played, as they were quick to switch on and played an overall amazing game . There was also a strong victories against South Craven School and Upper Wharfedale School.  We won 15-0. The lads did really well and they should all be proud on their great performance.

Report by Harrison Mathew, Ollie Macnab and Adam Dunwell (Year 8 students)

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Year 9 Rugby Report – Round 3 of the Craven Tournaments @ South Craven School

We went to our fourth tournament of the year at South Craven School.  The ground was very muddy and didn’t allow us to play our expensive game.  However, we were able to do very well.  Firs, we beat Oak Bank School 20-0, Jacob Whelan and Ed Bradley scoring good team tries.  We then played Guiseley School in a very competitive game.  We were losing 10-0 with 5 minutes to go.  However, with excellent strength, Ed Bradley Scored two and Jacob Whelan scored one.  We were lucky to win.  Against The Skipton Academy, the Settle College team played very well, the final score being 15-10 to Settle, with a try in the last play from Ed Bradley completing an unbeaten record.

Year 9 Giggleswick Sevens  Rugby

For the last 5 years, Settle College have been invited to play at Giggleswick Sevens Rugby Tournament.  This year, the Year 9 team played against Manchester Grammar School, ARK School and Chandlers School.  All the games were very close, losing 17 – 10 to ARK School and 15 – 0 to Chandlers School.  Our best performance was against Manchester Grammar School where the team played well, with a result of 20 – 15 to them.  Elliott Belt scored the first try with a good offload from Will Bereford.  Thomas Darwin also scored a good try but then Manchester followed up with two tries after half time.  We said we were going to score and we did, from good offloads down the line to finished but, unfortunately, not converted.  Manchester came back with two more tries, which made the final score 20-15.

Report by Elliott Belt (Year 9 student)

Year 11 Boys’ Rugby – 28th February 2017

The Year 11 Rugby team travelled to South Craven School for their fourth round matches.  The first game was against The Skipton Academy.  Within the first minute, strong retention from the forwards allowed the backs to move the ball from one side of the pitch to another, allowing Jack Chamberlain to score the first try of the match.  Omari Kaup-Samuels converted.  Shortly after the restart, the forwards decided to keep the ball and rumble it up the pitch.  Jack Pinder created a gap and sprinted 40 yards to score a good try.  Omari Kaup-Samuels converted.  Then the match turned into an old fashioned ‘stick it up your jumper’ game.  No teams entered into the opposition 22 and the play kept on occurring at half way for the rest of the match.  Final score, 14 – 0.

The second match was against Upper Wharfedale School (last year’s County Champions).  Upper Wharfedale started very strong, with their backs being able to go past the game line.  However, two strong tackles from Ben Bilsborough and Jack Pinder, allowed Settle College to put a stop to this, encouraging the team to be more competitive in the rucks and mauls.  Both teams had strong scrums and effective lineouts.  The teams were at stalemate throughout the game.  During the last play of the game, Omari Kaup-Samuels chipped and chased his own ball, racing with two Upper Wharfedale players.  All players dived for the ball to place it over the try line.  Due to schools not having the use of a ‘TMO’ and the referee not fully seeing what happened, it was in the best interest to call the match a draw.  An excellent decision by the referee!  Final score, 0-0.

The third and final match was against South Craven School.  After the tough match against Upper Wharfedale, South Craven were able to capitalise on Settle College tiredness and score the first try.  Settle College boys suddenly woke up!  Excellent mauls and game line breaks allowed the forwards to give the backs fast balls.  Settle College started to increase the intensity, which allowed great team tries to be scored by Kyle Handy (2), Ben Bradley (2), Jack Chamberlain and Omari Kaup-Samuels, who convert 2 of the tries.  Final score, 34-7.

Overall, Settle College are at the top of their league and have one more tournament.  This tournament is to be played on 9th March.  Good luck lads.

U16 Girls’ Rugby League

Well done to the U16 Rugby League squad who competed in the Yorkshire round of the Champions’ School National Competition.  Captain, Francesca Redford, led her team well on a bitterly cold February afternoon.  The team played well against their big rivals, Sirius Academy, and Player of the Tournament, Isobel Corns, scored a spectacular try against them.

The tournament finished with a tearful good bye, as this was the last rugby fixture the Year 11 squad will play and I can honestly say it’s been a pleasure taking them on these fixtures in the Rugby League and Union fixtures over the years!  The celebrations, the emotions and the tears have all been worth it!

U16 rugby

A final thank you to Mrs Bullock for coming on the fixture.

U14 Girls’ Rugby League

A massive well done to the U14 Rugby League squad that sailed through the North Yorkshire round of the Champions’ School Competition. Two teams stood in the way of the next round, the first game was the easier of the two.  The Settle team easily scored their try by flying through their opponent’s defence, allowing them to win easily.   The second game offered more of a challenge, with their opponents standing taller and bigger than the Settle team.  This didn’t faze them and the squad used team work to bring down their big opponents, winning easily.

The squad have now progressed through to the Yorkshire round of the competition; very well deserved and you all played very well!   The Player’s Player of the Tournament went to Isabel Schofield who, once again, flew through the opponent’s defence, finishing as the top scorer of the tournament.  The Teacher’s Player of the Tournament went to Captain, Molly Taylor, who led by example with her outstanding Captaincy and amazing tackles.

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A big thank you to Mrs Bullock for joining us on the fixture, we are all now looking forward to the Yorkshire round.

U12, U13, U14 & U15’s North Yorkshire rounds of the Champions Schools Rugby League competition.

Well done to the U12 Rugby League squad who have played their first competitive fixture against the year above, Huntington High School. The U12’s have already automatically qualified for their Yorkshire tournament due to a lack of teams in the North Yorkshire round of the competition.  This didn’t stop the girls pulling off an outstanding performance in their friendly fixture against Huntington, scoring many tries!

U12 Rugby

Well done to the U13 squad who have won their North Yorkshire round, finishing as Champions and have now qualified for the Yorkshire round of the Champions’ School Competition.  Captain, Daisy Saffery, led her strong team to the very convincing win against Huntington High school, supporting some Year 7 players that were debuting in their first ever game of Rugby League.  A massive well done to all, especially the girls who played for the year above only the day before.

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Well done to the U15 squad who progress through to the Yorkshire round of the Champions’ School Rugby League competition.  Emily Carpenter led her team well and by example, completing massive tackles and converting at the other end.  After an eventful game, with many changes due to injury, the squad progressed through by beating Huntington High School by one try.  Special mention to Millie Brennan and Elizabeth Henderson who both came off injured but recovered well ready for the next round.  Well played by all the squad, especially the U14 girls who were supporting this fixture after their own tournament the day before.

U15 Rugby

Once again a massive thank you to Mrs Bullock for supporting the fixture and we are all looking forward to the Yorkshire Rounds of the competition, with all teams finishing Champions of North Yorkshire and progressing through!  Well done girls!!!! Very proud!!!

U19 Football win

Well done to Settle College U19 football team who won 6-1 away against Giggleswick School on Wednesday 1st February 2017.  A hat trick from Joel Wynne, a brace from James Eather and a goal by Henry Macnab (Year 11).

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Catteral Shield Cross Country Results

Year 7 and 8 students represented the school fantastically well in the Catteral Shield Cross Country held at Giggleswick School on Wednesday 18th January 2017.  The results are detailed below:-


2nd- Beth Roberts (10 minutes 32 seconds)
33rd- Tilly Mckibben (14 minutes 29 seconds)
39th- Maddie Cooper (15 minutes 52 seconds)
42nd- Grace Bristow (17 minutes 38 seconds)


21st- Ned Sharp (15 minutes 45 seconds)
42nd- Taylor McKillican (17 minutes 49 seconds)

Well done to all the runners!

Sixth Form County Cup Football

The Sixth Form Boys’ Football team drew 2-2 today (18th Jan 17) with Rossett School, Harrogate.  Settle were winning 2-1 until Rossett won a penalty in the last 5 minutes, which they converted to secure a draw.  A fantastic performance today and another wonder strike from Jonathan Horton.  Well done!

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North Yorkshire Cross Country Championship Success!!

Beth Roberts (7K) and Ryan Watmough (11K) both qualified to run at the North Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Ripon last Saturday (14 Jan 17).  They both did fantastically well, with Beth Roberts finishing 2nd out of 48 runners in a time of 9.26 minutes and Ryan Watmough finishing 8th out of 38 runners in a time of 18.21 minutes.

They have both qualified for the next round.

Well done!