St Mary’s school prides itself on its sporting achievements, and offers a range of sporting activities and teams for both boys and girls.
On 19th October, 18 Year 5 students competed in the Sportshall Athletics competition at Farringdon Academy. Punching above their weight in a strong field, including many Year 6 students from other schools, our athletes participated in two track and two field events each, including sprints, relays, javelin, triple jump and long jump. Congratulations to all involved on an excellent team performance:
7-a-side and 9-a-side Football
The 7-a-side and 9-a-side leagues started up again this term and both teams have begun the season well, with some resounding victories mixed with battling performances.
The 9-a-side team got off to a losing start against a strong Fulwell side, losing 3-1, before bouncing back with two good home wins. Ben P was man of the match with two goals and a stunning assist as we ran out 5-0 winners against Northern Saints, while most recently the boys sealed a thrilling 3-2 victory against Barnes. Leading 2-0 at half time thanks to goals from Zak and captain Leighton, Barnes pulled themselves level with 10 minutes to go, only for Zak to slot home the winner off the post with 2 minutes left.
The mixed Year 5/6 7-a-side team’s reward for winning last year’s Peter Lightle Trophy was a place in the Daniel O’Hare Memorial semi-final which was held at Burnhope Primary School against other regional champions, Lanchester, Rowlands Gill and Ribbon Academy from Seaham. Having drawn our first two matches 0-0 and 1-1, we needed a win against Rowlands Gill to see us top the group. A stunning strike from Leighton looked like it had given us the lead, but after the referee ruled it had not crossed the line, two late goals led to an unfortunate exit.
The 7-a-side league kicked off with games against Farringdon and Redby Academy. Farringdon provided a stern test, and a hard-fought encounter finished 2-2, while Redby were swept aside 7-0 with Callum and James among the goalscorers. Unfortunately, the boys didn’t make it through into the final of the Grimes Trophy. Despite a 6-0 win over Plains Farm, with first goals for the school from Charlie and Joe, a 1-0 reverse against Castletown meant the hosts progressed at our expense.
Congratulations to Eden who has signed schoolboy terms with Newcastle United. Whilst remaining a Sunderland fan through and through, Eden has worked tremendously hard to earn his contract with the Magpies. Let’s just hope he swaps black and white for red and white before scoring any important derby goals in the future!
Finally, a huge well done also to Charlotte, who has been selected as a goalkeeper for Sunderland Girls. Charlotte’s bravery and commitment has paid off and we look forward to seeing her pursue her red and white career in the coming months.