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Black Country Games

After a successful year of sport, we qualified for the school games in 5 different sports – gymnastics, tennis, athletics, tag rugby and girls cricket. Our gymnasts came 8th and our tennis players were 4th in the Black Country, consisting of the best schools from Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton and Walsall. These were completed as one off events but Friday saw a huge celebration day with all remaining sports taking place at Wolverhampton University.

We were able to bring a huge squad of 38 children across the 3 different sports on the day. We enjoyed the opening ceremony, then went off to separate venues for the competition. Our athletes struggled a little on the track as the opposition was strong. We were better in the field events with several individual winners. Overall, we were pleased with a top ten finish, considering the level of competition.

Meanwhile, our tag rugby team had a tough day too. They played well and got better and better as the day went on. Credit to them all as they showed a a lot of respect and behaved brilliantly in difficult circumstances, with different rules to what they’re used to. Our squad finished 12th on the day and came back smiling.

Finally, our girls cricket team were probably the most inexperienced and nervous of all our competitors. They struggled in their first match, getting beat by 50 runs. However, from that point they seemed to relax and find their confidence. Following their opening defeat, they came back strong and impressively reached the final where we played the same opposition as in the opening game. This time it was much closer. We knew it was tight at the end and all of the girls performed brilliantly. They were delighted to finish second and take home silver medals but were also disappointed to learn that they lost by just 1 run!

A big well done to all of our children and thanks to all staff for bringing them along.

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