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Catholic Schools Sports Event - 26 June 2014


On Thursday 26 June we were lucky enough to host a number of top year 8 and 9 athletes from 5 Birmingham catholic schools for a fantastic sports day. The event began with a bang (quite literally) as Mr Houston fired the starting gun for a 2km cross country event that took place at the Hayes playing fields.

The girl's race was first, and what a race it was! The competition looked fierce, with the line-up including an athlete that had only the day before competed at the regional level for cross country. The top runner set an extremely impressive time at just over 8 minutes and Aquinas managed 3 racers in the top 5. The boys were next with the spectators eager to see whether the boys could top the great times set in the girl's race. They were not disappointed, with a tight 1, 2 finish by Aquinas' Cori Traynor and Gowsigan Mathankanna (year 9) over 30 seconds faster than first place in the previous race. With Aquinas topping both the boy's and girl's competitions, confidence was high as we returned back to school for netball, football and Tchoukball competitions.

The netball was contested fiercely, with an extremely high level of talent displayed from athletes across all the schools once again. Aquinas found themselves in the harder of the two groups, and managed to come out second behind the group leaders St. Paul's school. In the battle for third place between the runners up of both groups, Aquinas' skill shone through as we had superior possession and attacking finesse throughout.

In the boy's football event, Aquinas fielded both an A team and a B team. The reasons behind our great success in both year 8 and 9 football competitions this year were clear to see as the boys both scored goals galore and were a tight and compact unit at the back. Both teams topped their group to make it an all Aquinas final for first and second position.

Finally was an Aquinas favourite, Tchoukball. Tchoukball is a fast moving game invented in Switzerland in the 1970's. It is best described as a cross between handball and volleyball and has spring loaded frames for goals at either end of the court. Although quite a novel sport for most of the competitors taking part on the day, one player from one of the schools was in fact a national player! Once again Aquinas played well, with both the boys and girls finishing in the top 3.

After an action packed, fun-filled day it was time for the results.

Aquinas came second in the girl's competition and first in the boy's and as a result came top overall in the combined event.

The day was a great success and a huge thank you must go out to all of the people that made it happen. Thank you Mr Smyllie, Mr Houston, Mrs Tierney and Mr Pickard for organising and refereeing the competitions, the year 10 students that helped mark out and steward the cross country course and of course to all of the athletes from St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul's girls, Holy Trinity, Cardinal Wiseman, Cardinal Newman and St. Edmund Campion schools that did us proud!

Mr O'Sullivan
Physical Education Faculty



(Full results are in the table below.)




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