Reports will appear as our teams return to sporting fixtures. Watch this space!
Settle College was invited to Keighley Rugby Club to celebrate 150 years of Rugby. The U15 A Team opened the event with an outstanding game of Rugby, which got the celebration off to a wonderful start. All teams from the different schools varied on abilities and played in different ways, which included changes in team size and contact/non-contact. We had an A and B team, which saw a mixture of Year 9’s and 10’s playing together. This was outstanding to watch as the Year 10’s supported the Year 9’s and guided them through the matches. Both teams showed determination, teamwork, outstanding communication skills and showed the other schools how fantastic we are as a Rugby School. We also had some Year 11’s from our school learning how to referee and helping out at the event. Having our leaders at the event showed that we are a dedicated school, willing to promote physical activity. The leaders were mature, controlled the games and had the opportunity to develop their skills. All schools played very well; however, we were slightly unlucky as we walked away with several injuries…we made sure that Miss Farrar could remember her skills from her First Aid Training Course!! It was a very good day, enjoyed by all! We are excited for Rugby after Christmas and we have a lot of upcoming matches in store. We would also like to see more faces at Rugby Club on Thursdays after school, so we can take even more teams to events like this!! Miss Farrar’s POT (Players of the Tournament) – Beth Roberts, Jessica Baines and Bella Spensley.
This year has given Settle College pupils the opportunity to become Sports Leaders. Miss Farrar is organising the Primary School Festivals and will always require the help of Settle College pupils to support the day. So far this year we have seen Leaders in Cross Country being ‘Hares’, guides and placers. Leaders also take up roles as warm-up coaches, motivators and inspiration for the Year 5/6 Football Festival and we have seen leaders at all the Rugby Festivals that have taken part this year. In the New Year we have 25 different events to get through and Miss Farrar is always looking for Leaders. The first event when we come back after Christmas is the Swimming Gala, so keep an eye out on the notice board so you can sign up! Miss Farrar’s Sports Leaders of the Term – Abbey White & Pippa Chamley (Rugby), Ned Whitaker & Jack Sanderson (Cross Country) and Joe Dinsdale & Jonathan Hill (Football).
Boys’ Football Reports
The Year 8 team drew Lady Lumley’s of Pickering, at home, in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup. The Pickering side were extremely strong and delivered a stellar performance against our boys. To their credit, the Year 8 team battled hard to the final whistle but, in the end, we lost the game and exited the cup disappointingly early.
The Year 9 team played St John Fisher school, Harrogate (away) in their first round Yorkshire Cup encounter. Due to unforeseen unavailability from some of the squad, we travelled to Harrogate with only 9 men! It was always going to be an uphill battle; playing a notoriously strong St. John Fisher side with 2 men down but our year 9 boys made an unbelievable game of it, we held out at 0-0 for almost the entire first half and even offered one or two threats at goal with the talented and determined Joe Dinsdale latching onto some forward balls from Jimmy Howarth in midfield. Jacob Greenwood-Smith was doing the job of three men at the back, foiling attack after attack. Every boy on the pitch performed incredibly well but inevitably, playing with only 9 against a strong team, victory went to the Harrogate team and Settle Year 9s exited the cup at the first stage.
The Year 11s first game of the season was a County Cup away fixture against Caedmon College, Whitby. We made the long trip to Whitby with only 10 men and an exciting and dramatic game unfolded. Playing a 4-4-1 system, we had a game plan and the boys executed it perfectly. Settle started on the front foot from the first whistle, outplaying the Whitby team all over the pitch. Performances of particular note came from Liam Knights in midfield, Will Smith in goal and Niall Wakefield in defence. At full time the score was tied and after a goal-less period of extra time it was penalties! The penalty shoot-out was extremely tense, there were few missed and almost the entire team had to step up to take one. Thanks to a couple of fantastic penalty saves from Will Smith and superb contributions from the majority of our team, Settle won the shoot out and the game.
The Year 11s second round match in the County Cup was a home tie against a team from Tadcaster: Tadcaster Grammar. The Tadcaster side was too strong for the Settle players, with at least two academy players in the side. The game was a bad-tempered affair and their quality proved too much on this occasion, despite a spirited performance from our defence and Will Smith in goal. Tadcaster went away with a comfortable victory.