Year 6 Football Update
The Year 6 football team played two league matches on Friday 22nd September as they travelled to Greenmount to play Greenmount and Barton.
In the first match against Barton, we dominated the opening stages, but fell 1-0 behind after a fantastic free kick made its way into the top corner of our goal. Despite the setback, the team played some really good football with Alfie Pilbeam going close soon after before hitting the post from distance. Isaac Glynn then went narrowly over, whilst Ciaran Morey made a good save in goal at the other end to ensure we didn’t go 2-0 behind. After half time, more pressure was applied on the Barton defence with Alfie Pilbeam again going agonisingly close to finding the equaliser only to find his shot squeeze past the post, before Alfie Pontin hit a sweet volley that looked destined to find the net only to go just over the bar. Despite a number of chances, and some fantastic runs from Sean Brown on the left hand side of midfield, we were unable to find the breakthrough and ended up losing the game 1-0.
After a quick turnaround we then faced our hosts Greenmount, who had already beaten Barton 5-0 earlier in the afternoon. Greenmount went 1-0 up in the early stages after two players were left unmarked at the back post. However, we created some chances of our own but still couldn’t find a goal as we went in 1-0 down at half time. In the second half, it was soon 2-0 to Greenmount, but we came right back into the game and caused the Greenmount defence a number of problems, with Isaac Glynn desperately unlucky when he saw his strike cannon off the crossbar. We also defended solidly, with Ciaran Morey making a couple of outstanding saves and some brave defending from Luke Glynn and Yvie Partridge ensured the deficit stayed at two. With just over a minute to play, a great interception from Isaac Glynn saw us counter-attack, his ball found Alfie Pilbeam, who turned and passed to Sean Brown, who made a great run and shot, only to see us again denied by the post, with the ball rolling safely into the Greenmount keeper’s arms, the score finishing 2-0.
Squad: Ciaran Morey, Luke Glynn, Yvie Partridge, Troy Bartlett, Sean Brown, Isaac Glynn (capt), Leona Chiverton, Alfie Pilbeam, Woody Brown, Alfie Pontin
Player of the Day – Sean Brown for some excellent battles in midfield and outstanding runs on the left hand side of midfield
Football Season Underway
The school football season got underway last week as both the U11 Boys and U11 Girls played two matches in the Danone Cup.
First up were the girls who travelled to Bembridge to take on the hosts as well as Binstead. The first match saw us have lots of chances, particularly in the second half, but we were unable to find the breakthrough and the match ended in a 0-0 draw. A match against Binstead followed, which saw the girls go 1-0 down in the early stages. However, our heads didn’t drop and we continued battling right the way to the end with some fantastic defending. We also created some good chances in the second half and were unlucky not to score with the match ending in a 1-0 defeat.
Girls squad: Leona Chiverton (capt), Drew Busst, Ruby Parker, Yvie Partridge, Evie Gallagher, Lilli-Mae Reid, Poppy Johnson
Player of the tournament: Yvie Partridge for great commitment and work rate in defence
A day later the boys faced up against Greenmount and Binstead. The first game was always going to be difficult against a strong Greenmount side and the boys were soon 1-0 down after a great goal from outside the area. However, the boys kept a positive attitude and played some fantastic football as they stayed in the game and began to go forward and create chances. With the game heading towards its finish, the boys’ efforts were rewarded when captain Isaac Glynn struck home for the equaliser with two minutes to play to gain a well-deserved 1-1 draw. In the next game, the boys continued to play some very good football, but despite a number of opportunities were unable to find the back of the net. Binstead then went 1-0 up as they scored from the result of a corner and we were unable to find a goal to get us back into the game, with the match ending 1-0.
Boys squad: Isaac Glynn (capt), Luke Glynn, Sean Brown, Troy Bartlett, Woody Brown, Alfie Pilbeam, Leo Bartlett, Maciej Sadel
Player of the tournament: Isaac Glynn for good leadership, a great attitude and our opening goal of the season
11/7/17 - With the end of the school year less than 2 weeks away, I just wanted to give a big personal thank you to all the staff, children and pupils of Dover Park for all their efforts, help and support over the last 3 years. I know that we are very fortunate to have a lot of talented children who really excel and enjoy their sport and it has been a privilege to help nurture this talent and watch them achieve in sports clubs, inter-school competitions and gifted + talented sessions etc.
To leave Dover Park with the national School Games Gold Mark for Sport, being regular challengers for honours in Ryde and Islandwide competitions and providing opportunities for ALL pupils to gain new skills through a wide range of sports has brought me great personal and professional joy. I hope to see you all again at sporting competitions in the future.
Yours in sport,
Mr S Cleare.
4/7/17 - Yesterday 4 of our Y6 pupils were part of the Ryde representative team at the Primary Island Games Handball competition held at Queensgate Primary School. Rather than 1 big event at Sandown, this year each sport was held on different nights at different locations. This was to avoid the disappointment of last year's cancellation.
Going up against Newport, The Bay, Cowes and Ventnor cluster areas, our team played some amazing Handball! With boys playing the first half of each match and the girls the second, our team remained unbeaten throughout the tournament (3 wins and a draw) and deservedly earned their gold medals!
After a lot of hard work through our trials selection and 3 weeks of practice session, this was the perfect conclusion!
Pictured above are our Dover Park members of the team; Elizabeth Lafolley, Harry Symes, Casey Townson and Charlie Moss.
Ryde 1 - The Bay 0
Ryde 2 - Ventnor 1
Ryde 1 - Newport 1
Ryde 4 - Cowes 1
9/6/17 - Yesterday saw 7 of our Y5/6 pupils travel to Smallbrook Astroturf to compete in the Tri-Golf Festival. Teams from across the Island took part in 7 different skill challenges to see who could score the most points. The children used plastic clubs to complete games based around accuracy, putting, and chipping. Despite the extremely blustery conditions, all the children tried very hard and ended up finishing in 7th place overall. A great afternoon learning a new sport!
Congratulations to the winners who were Greenmount!
Team: Callum Dean, Alisha Bartlett, Emily Marshall, Spencer Bartlett, Ben Gallop, Connor Sedgwick, Faith Watts.
22/5/17 - Last Friday our Y5/6 Athletes competed against 8 other schools from across the Island in the Y5/6 Quad Kids Athletics competition. 4 boys and 4 girls from each school had to compete in a 75m sprint, 600m middle distance race, vortex throw and a standing long jump. All the athletes scores were added together to provide the winning school and individual athletes.
All of our athletes performed with 100% effort and were fine representatives of the school. Particular mentions to Harry Symes and Elizabeth Lafolley who were 7th and 8th best boy and girl overall. A fantastic achievement!
Overall Dover Park was 6th position, finishing ahead of Greenmount, Wroxall and Shalfleet.
Well done team!
Team: Sylvia Jenvey, Lyla Day, Yvie Partridge, Elizabeth Lafolley, Leon Shuter, Harry Symes, Frankie Leftley, Connor Sangster.
16/5/17 - Last Friday our U-11 Boys Cricket team travelled to East Cowes to play in our area qualifier against Queensgate and Cowes Primary Schools. The winning school would progress to the knockout finals day at Newclose CC.
Playing on their last concrete court against the hosts first, we struggled with not playing on grass and only posted a modest run total. Despite some excellent boundaries, our lack of quick scoring 1's and 2's came back to haunt us once more. Queensgate's response was emphatic and they easily won our game by around 20 runs.
This meant our game against Cowes had to result in a win to have any chance of progressing. Thankfully we produced some fantastic cricket to earn a priceless victory of our own. It was great to see our players learning from the previous game's mistakes and ending on a high.
We would now need Cowes to beat Queensgate in the last game to have any chance of qualification. As expected however, the dominant Queensgate side won with ease and progress to the finals day. A great afternoon of quality cricket from all the teams and excellent effort from all the DP players.
Team: Leo Bartlett, Jamie Marshall, Sean Brown, Liam Kavanagh, Ciaran Morey, Harry Symes, Connor Sangster, Charlie Moss.
12/5/17 - Yesterday (Thursday) our U-11 Girls Cricket team played at home against Queensgate Primary School. The winner of this qualifying match would go through to play in the knockout finals at Newclose Cricket Ground later in the summer. After playing Cricket in P.E, our girls were looking forward to applying their skills in a match scenario. We batted first and began our run scoring slowly. But 16 runs off the last over from Mazie and Casey saw us score 233 runs.
Queensgate started brighlty and whiulst we relied on big hits and boundaries, they consitently scored 1's and 2's off each ball. When it came to the final over, we were 4 runs behind. However, with 5 runs taken away for a wicket, we knew we could still win. Despite a maiden over by Cerys (who bowled superbly) we were unable to take the wicket needed and lost the match by an agonising 4 runs only.
Despite this i was so proud of the performance and hope to arrange some friendly games later in the term. Well done girls!
Team: Casey Townson, Mazie Callaghan, Nicola Kurowska, Elizabeth Lafolley, Drew Busst, Yvie Partridge, Cerys Briscoe, Poppy Johnson.
5/4/17 - Yesterday, 6 of our children represented our school in a Y5/6 Badminton Festival at Ryde Academy Sportshall. 10 schools from across the Island competed with singles and mixed doubles matches being played. Despite our Badminton club introducing the children to the basic rules, the standard was extremely high and as the competition progressed our players really had to step up their game to introduce new shots and techniques in to their play.
Overall it was an excellent reward for our Badminton Club members to experience a competitive tournament with the excellent equipment and facilities provided by Ryde Academy and Badminton England. Particular mention to Charlie Nash who really impressed despite never playing Badminton before, even being one of our most consistent points scorers!
Well done to all!
Team: Cody Reed, Harry Symes, Charlie Nash, Sharnee Reed, Evie Fackrell, Sean Brown.
31/3/17 - Our Y5 footballers had their first game in several weeks on Friday as we made the short trip to Greenmount for a friendly fixture. A well balanced game on paper as both teams experimented with new players and team combinations. Greenmount started the game very brightly as we struggled to get used to the long grass and unfamiliar positions. We found ourselves 2-0 down with HT fast approaching. Luckily a tap in on the line from Sean reduced the gap just as the HT whistle blew. 2-1 at HT and all to play for.
Fortunately the 2nd half saw us play the kind of football I know we are capable of. Excellent passing and moving, particularly from our attacking players, and no nonsense defending from Luke and Cerys in defence. The equaliser deservedly came from Liam and despite chance after chance we couldnt beat the impressive Greenmount goalkeeper again. 2-2 the final score and a fair result overall. All our players did their job brilliantly. Particular mention to Cerys and Leona who did a great job playing against the boys, a deserved chance after their performances in our successful girls team.
Team: Alfie Pontin, Luke Glynn, Cerys Briscoe, Alfie Pilbeam, Leona Chiverton, Isaac Glynn, Liam Kavanagh, Sean Brown, Ciaran Morey.
20/3/17 - On Monday, 6 of our KS2 children attended the C4L Indoor Archery Festival at Greenmount Primary School. Alongside teams from Greenmount, Nettlestone and St. Mary's, our archers learned how to correctly fire the bows, aim and hit targets at different distances and enjoy fun target games involving dive bombing and shooting the invading army! This was a great experience for our children, all of whom haven't attended a sporting competition before. Thanks to Tony Harris and Greenmount Primary for hosting/arranging this event.
Team: Elsie-May Portsmouth, Ethan Clarke, Tyler Tomlin, Barney Downie, Leo Williams, Leon Dale-Lamb.
16/3/17 - Thursday night saw sportsmen and women from across the Isle of Wight recognised at the annual IOW Sports Foundation Awards ceremony held at Medina Theatre in Newport. For the first time this year, Primary and Secondary schools were nominated for their commitment to and provision for school sports. We were delighted to receive a nomination alongside 7 other primary schools in the Junior School category. Whilst we did not win the category overall (congratulations to Hunnyhill Primary on this achievement), to be nominated alongside successful, well established sporting schools was a massive vote of confidence in all the children's efforts in after school clubs and sports competitions and events.
Well done everybody!
Dover Park - 0
Shalfleet - 8
3/3/17 - Our U-11 girls team played their Q/F match against Shalfleet on Friday. After a perfect group stage performance, we knew that this would be a real challenge as our opponents also went through their group fixtures unbeaten.
On a very muddy pitch, both teams struggle under foot. Our opponents were on top from the beginning having the majority of the ball and the chances. Despite our best efforts we found ourselves 3-0 down at HT. Despite this the girls did not give up and still has the belief they could come back and get a result!
The 2nd half continued very much like the 1st and with tiring legs and an ever deteriorating pitch, our visitors scored some quickfire goal near the end to further increase their lead.
Despite the final score, the girls performed fantastically well to get to the Q/F stage in their first year as a team. Whilst having an off day today, their performances up until now had been fantastic and they should all be proud of their achievements.
Team: Elizabeth Lafolley, Cerys Briscoe, Shelby Julian, Mazie Callaghan, Nicola Kurowska, Casey Townson, Leona Chiverton, Sylvia Jenvey.
1/3/17 - On Wednesday our team of 12 Y3//4 athletes travelled to Medina Sportshall to compete in the Y3/4 Sportshall Athletics competition. With 12 schools in total competing, there was some fantastic performances by some very talented athletes! Just like the Y5/6 competition before Christmas, each child competed in a throwing or jumping event and 2 x running relay events. All of the combined scores were used to calculate the overall winner. We performed particularly well in the running events, finishing 2nd or 3rd in every one of our 6 team heats. Well done to Elise and Maciej who both finished 3rd in the Standing Wall Jump and to James who finished 3rd in the Speed Bounce.
Overall, we finished 7th out of the 12 schools, all gave 100% effort and were fine representatives of our school. Well done!
Boys Team: Tyler Bartlett, Szymon Wisniewski, Viljen Isupov, Maciej Sadel, James Davis, Kienan Bloomfield.
Girls Team: Nicole Canderton, Alicia Horton, Eva Canderton, Elise Savage, Poppy Johnson, Esther Jolliffe.
17/2/17 - Our Year 3-6 runners competed in this years IOW Primary Cross Country Championships just before half-term. 25 Primary schools entered the event and 4 races took place; Y3/4 boys and girls followed by the Y5/6 boys and girls races. Our runners performed brilliantly and all gave 100% on a tough, undulating course at Northwood Showground. With results still to be published, we wait to see where we finished!
Y3/4 Boys - Tyler Weller, Szymon Wisniewski, Riley Monk, Leo Bartlett, Finnley Perkis, Maciej Sadel.
Y3/4 Girls - Nicole Canderton, Alicia Horton, Eva Swinnerton, Aleisha-Mai Clark, Poppy Johnson, Elise Savage.
Y5/6 Boys - Leon Shuter, Cody Read, Connor Sangster, Sean Brown.
Y5/6 Girls - Evie Fackrell, Lyla Day, Sylvia Jenvey, Casey Townson, Scarlet Copson.
St. Blasius - 0
Dover Park - 5
10/2/17 - Friday saw our girls football team play their last league fixture away at St. Blasius Academy in Shanklin. Having won our last 2 games 1-0 we hoped to complete a perfect league record and with qualification to the QF's already assured, our players certainly played without pressure. Right from the start we attacked and kept the ball in the opposition half, leaving a very cold Elizabeth in goal with nothing to do at all. Within the first 10 minutes we found ourselves 4-0 up. A hat-trick from Casey and one from Nicola was a well deserved reflection on our dominance throughout. At this point the game became a bit disjointed as we swapped the players around a bit to give our very cold defenders a chance to run around up front. No further goals and 4-0 at HT.
The second half saw our dominance continue, but only one further goal was added through Shelby. Our continued rotation of players and positions was needed with the game already won and ice cold temperatures. Our opponents gave us a much better game in the second half and never gave up despite the scoreline and balance of play.
5-0 the final score and every one of our players played outstandingly. We deservedly head into our home QF against Shalfleet on March 3rd unbeaten and yet to concede a goal!
Well done girls!
Team: Elizabeth Lafolley, Shelby Julian, Cerys Briscoe, Mazie Callaghan, Sylvia Jenvey, Leona Chiverton, Nicola Kurowska, Casey Townson, Ruby Parker.
3/2/17 - Friday saw us bring 2 teams to the Ryde Area Basketball finals at Ryde Academy Sportshall. Our A Team (Y6) B Team (Y5) were drawn in separate groups. With 8 teams competing and only the top 2 to qualify for the Island finals, it always represents a tough competition.
In the group stage we played some excellent basketball. Our A side won their matches against Greenmount B and Binstead before ending with a draw in their last game against Haylands. This unbeaten run saw them win the group and a semi final against Greenmount A.
Our B team played very well but found it hard to cope with the other teams extra height and strength and lost all their games in the group but gave 100% in every game and never gave up. They were to then face Haylands in the 7th place play-off.
The semi-final took place first. A very physical Greenmount side were able to play to the slightly different rules a lot better and just proved too strong for our A side. A great match but a defeat which then puts into the 3rd place play off against Binstead (who lost to St Mary's in the other semi-final).
The 3rd place play off proved a lot closer than the group game but we managed to come through and claim a well deserved 3rd place overall!
Our B team saved their best to last and scored their first basket of the tournament through Leona but just failed to win their 7th place play off. 8th place overall but valuable experience for next year!
Excellent play all round and a great advert for school Basketball on the Island. Good luck to Greenmount and St Mary's in the Island Finals.
A Team: Harry Symes, Frankie Leftley, Cody Read, Jamal Watt, Elizabeth Lafolley, Casey Townson, Shelby Julian, Alfie Pontin.
B Team: Isaac Glynn, Luke Glynn, Sean Brown, Liam Kavanagh, Leona Chiverton, Drew Busst, Yvie Partridge.
1. St Mary's
3. Dover Park A
6. Greenmount B
8. Dover Park B
Y5/6 Netball Friendly
Haylands - 2
Dover Park - 1
27/1/17 - On Friday we had our first ever school Netball friendly away at Haylands Primary. Having just started a Netball club this term, it was a great chance to allow some of our girls a chance to play in a competitive fixture. The match was played in excellent spirits and featured some fantastic teamwork and passing from both sides. After a goalless 1st half, the 2nd saw plenty of goal action with our opponents taking the lead before Imogen scored to equalise almost immediately after. Sadly with almost the last throw of the game, Haylands grabbed the winning goal. Despite the result the girls played amazingly well and were a credit to our school.
We look forward to more matches in the future.
Team: Imogen Danaher, Hazel Everard, Millie Foreman, Maisie Foreman, Drew Busst, Billie Savage, Evie Fackrell.
Dover Park - 2
Ryde School - 3
23/1/17 - Our Year 5 footballers played their final league fixture at home to Ryde School last Friday. With it now not possible for us to qualify for the knockout stages, this game offered the chance to play without any pressure. Both teams seemed evenly matched with our opponents having the majority of possession and chances in the first half but unable to break down our superb defence. Indeed, it was our back 3 of Troy, Luke and Alfie Pontin in goal who kept us in the match with a series of fine tackles, blocks and saves.
Unfortunately the constant pressure finally told and Ryde School took the lead just before half time.
Despite this there were no dropped heads at half time and we knew if we could get a quick goal we could gon and try for the win! Sadly we made the worst possible start, conceding within minutes of the restart. This did spark us into life a bit and we grabbed a goal back from Liam after he converted a fantastic cross from out wide. Looking much more confident, we again made a few missed passes that allowed the visitors to grab another goal to make it 3-1.
Almost straight from kick off, a scramble in the Ryde School area allowed Sean to smash home our second goal to bring it back to 3-2 with only minutes to go!
Despite lots of pressure and hard work we ran out of time to equalise, with the final score being 3-2.
Even though we suffered another loss, it was great to see the players make such an effort and show real determination to try and secure the win.
This experience should give them a great advantage when playing in the Year 6 league.
Player of the Match: Troy Bartlett - With his best performance to date, it was an easy decision. Time after time Troy put in crucial blocks, headers and tackles to stop the countless Ryde School attacks. No nonsense defending at its finest!
Team: Alfie Pontin, Luke Glynn, Troy Bartlett, Alfie Pilbeam, Liam Kavanagh, Ciaran Morey, Isaac Glynn, Sean Brown.
2/12/16 - Friday saw our Year 5 and 6 Indoor Athletics team compete in the Ryde Area qualifiers at Ryde Academy sportshall. As we have been covering Indoor Athletics as part of our P.E lessons, we were all confident that we had an excellent team!
The 6 boys and 6 girls all competed in a throwing or jumping event, a short run and a long run. These finishing positions for each event were added together to create an overall team total.
All our athletes completed brilliantly! Some excellent performances saw us finish in a respectable 5th place overall. A wonderful competition which had fantastic support from parents and staff alike. Good luck to Ryde School and Nettlestone at the IOW Finals.
1st Ryde School
3rd St Mary's
5th Dover Park
8th Oakfield (entered, but did not compete)
Girls Team: Sylvia Jenvey, Leona Chiverton, Lyla Day, Yvie Partridge, Elizabeth Lafolley, Casey Townson.
Boys Team: Sean Brown, Harry Symes, Connor Sangster, Cameron Stringer, Frankie Leftley, Leon Shuter.
Dover Park - 0
The Bay - 1
25/11/16 - Our final Year 6 league game against The Bay saw a huge improvement after last months thrashing at the hands of Haylands. Despite a few last minute team changes, all 8 of our team showed what good players they really are.
In a hugely one sided first half, we created chance after chance but couldn't test the opposition keeper. Charlie in our goal had nothing to do as all the play happened up the other end. A perfect example of our dominance came when Harry picked up the ball on halfway, skipped past 3 opposing players and created yet another opportunity. Despite all of this, it was 0-0 at HT.
The 2nd half saw The Bay begin to create some chances. However, it was a tame shot from outside the area that somehow found its way through a crowd of bodies, completely confusing Charlie and squirming under him into the net. The Bay had scored with their first real 'chance'. With 5 mins left we threw everyone forward but still we just couldn't find the goal. A corner with the last kick of the game sadly went straight out meaning a very undeserved defeat.
Despite the result I was proud of all of them for their excellent performance. A great response to the Haylands defeat and a fantastic example of schools football. Well done DP!
Team: Charlie Moss, Spencer Bartlett, Leon Shuter, Connor Sangster, Casey Townson, Jamal Watt, Harry Symes, Ayden Cassford.
Bembridge - 3
Dover Park - 1
18/11/16 - After last Friday's defeat at Home to Greenmount, our Year 5 footballers had a quick opportunity to get back playing away at Bembridge Primary School. For this fixture we welcomed Alfie Pontin, Alfie Pilbeam and Troy Bartlett into the squad. This meant we could try out different positions and all players could grab a quick rest during the game.
On a very small pitch, the match was played at a frantic pace with chance after chance falling to both sides. Our hosts quickly raced into a 3 goal lead but we stepped up the performance to get to HT at 3-0. Due to the pitch size, we knew that it was possible to grab a few goals fairly quickly. This proved true as Ciaran finished off an excellent team move. 3-1 and right back in it.
Despite this Bembridge continued to have the majority of the chances and deserved the win on the day. All our players put in 100% effort and stepped up their performances from the last game. Special mention to goalkeeper Alfie Pontin, who despite making an error for the first Bembridge goal didn't let his head drop and ended up making some great saves to keep the score down.
1 more fixture left in the league, against Ryde School.
Team: Alfie Pontin, Luke Glynn, Troy Bartlett, Sean Brown, Leo Bartlett, Finnley Perkis, Alfie Pilbeam, Ciaran Morey, Liam Kavanagh, Isaac Glynn.
Dover Park - 1
Gurnard - 0
16/11/16 - Our U-11 girls football team played their second league game against Gurnard last night night. After the fantastic 1-0 win away at Queensgate in the last game, we were feeling in good spirits. Our opponents Gurnard, always do well in all Island football competitions, so we were prepared for another hard game. The players who won us the last game all played again but were added to with Cerys from Year 5 who has been showing great promise in our Monday Girls Football Club.
The game was constant end to end stuff and was thrilling to watch. Both sides playing fair yet committed football. The girls listened to the pre-match instructions and carried them out perfectly. Our goal was scored from a great strike into the bottom corner buy Casey to give us the lead at HT.
The second half saw a lot of Gurnard attacks but they didn't test Betsy in our goal due to the fantastic tackling and no nonsense defending from Cerys and Shelby in our defence who let nothing get passed them all game. Along with Sylvia, Leona and Mazie's constant tackling, Nicola's powerful play and long range throws in midfield and Casey's constant running up front, we performed amazingly!
Overall a great game and another win and clean sheet. Extremely proud of all of them! We play St Blasius (Shanklin) in our final group game on 9th December.
Team: Elizabeth Lafolley, Shelby Julian, Cerys Briscoe, Sylvia Jenvey, Leona Chiverton, Mazie Callaghan, Nicola Kurowska, Casey Townson.
Goal: Casey Townson.
Players of the Match: Shelby Julian and Cerys Briscoe.
Dover Park - 1
Greenmount - 5
11/11/16 - Our Year 5 footballers played their first league game against one of the favourites to win the whole competition, Greenmount. Our team all know each other well, even though this was their first game of the season, so we had every chance if we played to the best of our abilities. Despite a great effort from every player, our opponents were just a bit too strong for us. 3 excellent goals in first half gave Liam no chance to save in our goal.
Despite the scoreline we did not drop our heads or get frustrated and scored a wonderful team goal which Leo finished off in the bottom corner. 3-1 down but in with a chance. Despite this we still struggled to get out of our own half and relied on some fantastic defending from Luke and Sean to keep the score down. 2 further goals followed for our opponents but we still put in 100% effort right until the end.
Special mention to Liam who played the unfamiliar position of goalkeeper but pulled off a particularly world class save in the second half!
Our next game is this Friday away to Bembridge.
Team: Liam Kavanagh, Luke Glynn, Sean Brown, Leo Bartlett, Finnley Perkis, Ciaran Morey, Isaac Glynn.
Year 5/6 Girls Football League
Queensgate - 0
Dover Park - 1
4/11/16 - Our girls football team played their first league football match of the season on Friday away to Queensgate Primary. Our opponents had already played 2 matches already this school year and we knew that it was going to be a hard game. From the very start, our players stuck to their jobs extremely well. Sensible defending, finding spaces and constant running to win the ball back was shown throughout the game. Despite having the majority of possession and chances, we couldnt test the Queensgate goalie with any shots. The second half saw our opponents create chances and we were fortunate that they did not test Elizabeth in our goal with any powerful shots. Our goal eventually came with a bit of luck. The unfortunate Queensgate goalie kicking the ball into her own net.
Despite a few nervous moments we managed to hold on for a well deserved win in a very entertaining game. Massive thanks to our opponents who very kindly provided our players with juice and biscuits after the match.
Well done to all our players!
Team: Elizabeth Lafolley, Shelby Julian, Mazie Callaghan, Leona Chiverton, Nicola Kurowska, Sylvia Jenvey, Casey Townson.
Our girls Tag Rugby team competed in a festival of Girls Tag Rugby at Greenmount Primary School on Monday. Focusing on participation and enjoyment, our team was predominantly made up of girls from our Monday Tag Rugby Club. After our weeks of practice, this was a chance to play in real 8-a-side matches against other schools. Our group also contained Hunnyhill, Newchurch and Yarmouth Primary Schools. All the matches were very close with excellent play from all teams.
Our girls demonstrated particular talents for passing and tagging, ensuring that we restricted our opponents to very few scores against us.
Fantastic play from all of the girls who once again represented our school with great distinction.
Team: Emily Marshall, Nicola Kurowska, Cerys Briscoe, Evie Fackrell, Lyla Day, Tia Childerstone, Ruby Parker, Millie Foreman.
14/10/16 - Our mixed Year 5/6 Tag Rugby team's took part in the Ryde Area competition on Friday. We entered an A team and a B team into the respective competitions. The B team league was contested as a festival with the emphasis on game time and enjoyment, whilst the A team competed with 6 other schools to qualify for the Island finals. Only the top two could qualify so it was going to be a hard afternoon!
Both teams showed glimpses of fantastic rugby. Excellent running, movement and scoring was noted by the officials in charge and from other teams. However, a few basic errors at crucial moments saw us not always convert our chances. It seemed the luck was against us as we missed out by 1 or 2 points in each game.
Never disgracing ourselves, we just couldn't quite get the bit of luck needed to progress.
Fantastic performances all round and all players should be proud of their efforts!
A Team (pictured above): Charlie Moss, Leon Shuter, Connor Sangster, Cameron Stringer, Harry Symes, Liam Kavanagh, Casey Townson, Sylvia Jenvey.
B Team: Leona Chiverton, Elizabeth Lafolley, Drew Busst, Isaac Glynn, Luke Glyn, Spencer Bartlett, Frankie Leftley, Sean Brown.
A Team Results:
DP 1 - Nettlestone 1
DP 1 - St Helens 2
DP 1 - Haylands 3
DP 2 - Greenmount 3
DP 1 - Binstead 3
DP 2 - St Mary's 1
B Team Results:
DP 5 - Binstead 5
DP 2 - Greenmount 4
DP 0 - Haylands 2
Dover Park - 1
Haylands - 7
6/10/16 - Our Year 6 team played their first league game against our Ryde neighbours Haylands Primary. Having played Haylands in the recent Danone Cup competition (which resulted in a narrow 1-0 loss) we knew we were in for a tough match. The first half saw our visitors dominate possession, largely down to their fast pressing from Charlie's goal kicks. Despite attack after attack, our defence performed brilliantly and ensured the scoreline was 1-1 at HT. Our goal in the first half came from an OG after a great run from Harry straight from the kick off after the Haylands goal!
The second half however was very different. A couple of mistakes, a few dropped heads and our opponents being more ruthless and taking their chances, saw us concede 6 further goals. The effort was there but it was obvious the Haylands players had played a lot more together as a team. All is not lost however, as positive results in our next two games (against Ryde School and Bembridge) may still see us qualify for the knockout games!
We move on!
Team: Charlie Moss, Leon Shuter, Frankie Leftley, Cameron Stringer, Connor Sangster, Jamal Watt, Harry Symes, Casey Townson.
Y3/4 Ray Southwell Cup
Dover Park 1 - The Bay 6
30/9/16 - Friday saw our Y3/4 mixed team play their first match of the year in the Ray Southwell cup competition at home to The Bay Primary. It was also the first ever school match for our Year 3 pupils who played in this game. Our opponents showed that they had a lot more match experience from the very start, creating chance after chance. Our team defended brilliantly with Tyler making some good saves. We finished the first half 2-0 down but confident we could still come back.
This proved to be the case as almost straight from the kick off we scored! A great through ball and run by Maciej resulted in a shot which trickled under the goalkeeper, with James tapping it in on the line to make sure. 2-1 and right back in it! Sadly our lack of match experience proved to be our downfall as The Bay began to convert nearly every chance that they created. Despite the scoreline we put in 100% effort right to the very end and this will hopefully be a great experience for the players to take into our future matches.
Team: Tyler Bartlett, Poppy Johnson, Szymon Wisniewski, Elliot Childerstone, Maciej Sadel, James Davis, Danny-Lee Horton.
Player of the Match: Maciej Sadel - Always running past opposition players and showing great dribbling skills. Well played!
In our first football matches of the school year, our mixed Year 5/6 football team competed in the Ryde Area qualifiers of this 7-a-side tournament. Along with the hosts Binstead, we also faced Greenmount and Haylands Primary Schools. Our first match against Greenmount saw us make the perfect start. We scored one of the best goals I have ever seen in schools football. Straight from kick off, we passed the ball beautifully using most of our players before a wonderful run and cross by Harry was met first time by Ayden who finished powerfully. 1-0 in the first 10 seconds! The rest of the game was very even and a very good Greenmount side eventually managed to equalise. 1-1 draw was still a fine start to the competition.
Our 2nd game against Haylands was another close contest. We had the majority of the play but just couldn't create chances. Eventually their talented number 10 managed to somehow score directly from a corner. Very disapointing but none of the team dropped their heads and kept battling till the end. A narrow 1-0 loss at FT.
Our last game against Binstead was a dead rubber as both teams could not qualify qualify as tournament winners. We did however create a huge number of chances but found our shooting was a bit off target. Eventually Leon managed to score before the end to give us a deserved 1-0 win and 3rd place overall.
A fine set of performances was sadly not rewarded with qualification to the Island Finals. Despite playing some fine passing football it just was not to be. Good luck to Greenmount in the finals next week.
Y5/6 Team: Charlie Moss, Cameron Stringer, Leon Shuter, Connor Sangster, Harry Symes, Liam Kavanagh, Ayden Cassford
Player of the Tournament: Cameron - some excellent tackling and didn't let any balls get past him. Amazing defending!
Greenmount - 7 points
Haylands - 6 points
DP - 4 points
Binstead - 0 points.
Today we received the news that the school has been awarded the Gold Mark for the School Games Award. This yearly assessment of our P.E and After School Sports Club provision/participation has seen us rise from a Bronze award in 2012/13, to silver in 2013/14 and 2014/15 and now up to the Gold Mark for 2015/16. Huge congratulations go to all the current and former pupils, as their hard work and participation in school sports has made this possible. Well done to us all!
Some of the members from our KS2 Multi Skills Club attended a competition organised by Nettlestone Primary School and run by their Young leaders. Travelling round a 6 event circuit, our children performed excellently! The competition focused on fun and learning new skills. Our 2 reception children Eron and Lily-Rose, who were attending their first ever after school sporting event, were awarded medals for being the best individual participants on the hoopla, vortex throw and tennis ball aim games!
KS1 Multi Skills Team (pictured above): Eron Farr-Bishop, Lily-Rose Kavanagh, Carly Watts, George Keat, Nina Sadel, Szymon Wisniewski, Tyler Bartlett, Aleish-Mai Clark, Tyler Weller, Riley Monk and Mia Daniels.
A massive congratulations go to some of our pupils who have been selected to represent the Ryde team at this years Primary Island Games competition held at Sandown Bay Academy on Saturday 2nd July. Whilst some of our children did not quite make the teams this time round, its fantastic to see so many of our pupils picked after the trials were held at Greenmount Primary School on Friday 13th May. Below are our selected children and their sports. We wish them and ALL of the Ryde Area the best of luck in regaining the PIG's title!
Y5/6 Handball - Daniel White, Szymon Sadel, Alfie Cogger.
Y5/6 Tag Rugby - Will Foulsham, Ed Humphries.
Y5/6 Girls Football - Harriet Lafolley, Elizabeth Lafolley, Tess Orr, Casey Townson.
Y3/4 Cricket - Liam Kavanagh, Isaac Glynn.
Y3/4 Athletics - Lyla Day, Yvie Partridge, Leo Bartlett, Poppy Johnson.
Y5/6 Hockey - Ella-Rose Morris.
Friday 6th May saw our latest Ryde area competition in Quad Kids Athletics for Years 3 and 4. The top performers from each school would be invited back to compete for a place in the Ryde team at the Primary Island Games this July.
8 boys and 8 girls represented our school in the 50m sprint, 400m, vortex throw and standing long jump. All of our athletes did magnificently well and really showed great determination. All the scores from each event were added together and resulted in medals and awards for the top teams and individual athletes.
The final team table:
3rd St Mary's
4th Dover Park
It was however a very proud moment when the individual awards were given out. Lyla Day and Yvie Partridge (pictured above) were 1st and 2nd girls overall! A fantastic achievement from 2 very talented pupils!
BOYS TEAM: Leo Bartlett, James Davis, Finnley Perkis, Maciej Sadel, Sean Brown, Liam Kavanagh, Ciaran Kennedy, Alfie Pontin.
GIRLS TEAM: Poppy Johnson, Leona Chiverton, Josie Clifton, Lyla Day, Evie Fackrell, Sylvia Jenvey, Yvie Partridge, Ruby Parker.
The finals trials for all the sports featured in the Primary Island Games take place this Friday 13th May.
Friday 11th March saw our cross country runners take part in the IOW Cross Country Championships at Northwood Showground. With around 16 schools competing from across the Island, the standard of competition was extremely high. After some amazing performances in the Ryde Area competition, I was sure that we could represent our school, aswell as the Ryde area, with pride.
With so many schools entered, each race featured well over 100 children. As with the Ryde area races, each school entered 6 runners in to the 4 races for Boys and Girls in Y3-6. The first race (Girls Y3/4) saw some fantastic results, with Lyla Day adding to her 3rd place finish at the qualifiers with a 5th place finish here! Leo Bartlett continued his good form with a 21st place finish in the boys race, despite running against older and more experienced runners.
The Year 5 and 6 races saw Tess Orr produce a great run to be our top ranked girl in 44th, while Dan White and Szymon Sadel ended the day on a massive high for our school. Not quite matching their 1st and 2nd places at Oakfield, but running together and showing great teamwork to finish a wonderful 2nd and 10th respectively!!!
A fantastic day of running which will give all our athletes great experience for the future. Well done to Nettlestone, Cowes, Newchurch, Carisbrooke and Gurnard who picked up the medals/ trophies for the top 3 teams in the different age categories.
Year 3/4 Boys - Leo Bartlett, James Davis, Maciej Sadel, Isaac Glynn, Zach Cooney, Liam Kavanagh.
Year 3/4 Girls - Esther Joliffe, Poppy Johnson, Lyla Day, Yvie Partridge, Josie Clifton, Sylvia Jenvey.
Year 5/6 Boys - Daniel White, Szymon Sadel, Ed Humphries, Will Foulsham, Ollie Monk, Harry Symes.
Year 5/6 Girls - Scarlet Copson, Casey Townson, Elizabeth Lafolley, Tess Orr, Lily Meredith, Harriet Lafolley.
Last Friday (26th Feb) saw us enter the Ryde Area Cross Country Championships at Oakfield Primary School. There were 4 races in total for boys and girls in Year 3+4 and also 5+6. The Year 5/6 had to run a 1.5km course, with the younger children running the 1km course. Each race featured around 36 children from 6 different schools.
Despite most having never run this distance before, our runners performed brilliantly! I was so proud of all their performances with many getting top 10 finishes. Full results below:
Year 3/4 Boys
Zach Cooney - 7th
Leo Bartlett - 16th
Isaac Glynn - 20th
Liam Kavanagh - 22nd
Ciaran Kennedy - 23rd
Year 3/4 Girls
Lyla Day - 3rd
Poppy Johnson - 9th
Yvie Partridge - 11th
Evie Fackrell - 16th
Laura Shaw -- 23rd
Year 5/6 Boys
Daniel White - 1st
Szymon Sadel - 2nd
Harry Symes - 7th
Oliver Brunton - 29th
Osmond Millan - 30th
Frankie Leftley - 39th
Year 5/6 Girls
Scarlett Copson - 4th
Elizabeth Lafolley - 10th
Tess Orr - 12th
Lily Meredith - 18th
Hailie Sedgwick - 30th
Greenmount Primary and ourselves now go through to the Island finals at Northwood Showground on Friday 11th March!
Dover Park - 0
Queensgate - 4
After an excellent display against The Bay in our final group game, our Year 5 team qualified for the league semi finals! The pre match talk really focussed on our opponents being a step up in quality and that a place in the final was at stake. The 1st half was extremely close, with our opponents having the slightly better chances but finding Charlie, Leon and Cameron a tough defensive unit to break down.
Second half was completely different however. The brilliant passing game and confidence from our last game seemed to disappear and we just could not get the ball to each other. Our opponents scored some great team goals and heads started to drop. Despite the scoreline and performance in this game, i've been extremely proud of their efforts to get to the semi-final stage. Hopefully some lessons learned and we can go a stage better when in Year 6 next year.
Team: Charlie Moss, Leon Shuter, Cameron Stringer, Frankie Leftley, Jamal Watt, Harry Symes, Ayden Cassford.
Dover Park - 5
The Bay - 1
After winning our previous league game against Bembridge 2-1, we knew that a win today should see us qualify from this 3 group competition and into the knock out stages. After playing The Bay in a cup fixture earlier in the season, we knew it would be a close match.
From the very beginning we played some excellent passing football. Always finding the spaces and working as a team, we found ourselves 2-0 at HT. Despite being warned not to switch off, The Bay scored with an excellent long range shot which meant even at full stretch, Charlie in our goal stood no chance of keeping it out. The response of our players was fantastic however. Cameron and Leon were solid in defence giving Charlie hardly anything to do all game (which I tried to tell Charlie was a good thing!). Jamal and Harry ran up and down the wings all game, causing so many problems and getting some excellent crosses in. Ayden grabbed his usual goal to cap a good performance also. The last 5 minutes saw us score 3 more goals, making the scoreline a bit more of a fairer reflection on our dominating performance.
Overall, one of the best performances i've seen from one of our teams in a long time! We now face Queensgate Primary in the semi-finals on Thursday 25th February here at DP, 3:30 k.o. Lets get behind the boys as they try and reach the final!
Team (pictured above): Charlie Moss, Cameron Stringer, Leon Shuter, Jamal Watt, Harry Symes, Connor Sangster, Ayden Cassford.
29/1/16 - Last Friday saw the Ryde Area Basketball competition take place at Ryde Academy. After winning last year, we hoped to defend our title. Split into two groups of 3 teams, we were given a difficult group alongside Nettlestone and St Mary's. All matches would have 2 halves with boys in the 1st and girls in the 2nd. It was soon apparent that the standard this year was much improved and our group opponents played some excellent basketball, winning both and consigning us to the 5th place play off. Great passages of play from our girls and boys just couldn't be finished off with a basket enough of the time, despite scores from Osmond and Brandon.
In the 5th/6th place play-off we faced Haylands who finished 3rd in their group. After a very even first half, our boys had given us a 2 point lead. Despite both teams trading scores, our girls eventually saw us home with a fantastic move finished off by Harriet. A 5th place finish in the end, but I was very impressed with our overall play against some very talented opponents.
Well done to the Ryde Academy young leaders who kept score and officiated and also to Greenmount Primary who beat St Mary's in the final. We wish both teams luck in the island finals after half term.
Team: Alfie Cogger, Brandon Laws, Danny Delap, Osmond Milan, Daniel White.
Tess Orr, Lucky Cambridge, Lily Meredith, Harriet Lafolley, Shannon Adams.
U-11 Football League - Quarter Final 18/1/16
Gurnard - 3
Dover Park - 1
After a straightforward group stage, it was finally time for our Year 6 'A' team to play away at Gurnard in the Quarter Final of the IOWDFA U-11 League. After playing our hosts previously in the Y5/6 Danone Cup competition earlier in the season (drawing that game 0-0) we knew we were in for a tougher test.
In very cold conditions on a soft pitch with long patchy grass, we kicked off shooting downhill. From the very beginning both sides demonstrated excellent passing football with end to end play throughout.
Several chances fell to our opponents and after missing an open goal minutes earlier, we were kept in the match as Ed produced a world class save in goal to keep us in it. Further chances fell to Gurnard and we were very fortunate to be on level terms. We then began to have chances of our own and near the the end of the half Szymon went passed two defenders before placing the ball in the bottom corner. Advantage Dover Park! Half time came and we were 15mins away from a semi-final!
We made the worst possible start to the 2nd half however, conceding within the first minute. We continued to try hard and Szymon once again had a great chance but this time hit the post!
Then our good fortune began to run out. Firstly our hosts took the lead through a long range shot which looped up and over the head of Ed who had no chance.
Needing a quick goal, we had plenty of possession but just couldn't get our shots away. The final goal was equally unlucky, with a cross in from the left bouncing off of our defender and going into the corner with Ed diving the opposite way.
Sadly this was not our year. Full credit to Gurnard who played well throughout. Despite now being out of this competition i'm extremely proud of the way we have played and I will continue to organise friendly matches for our team to continue playing together.
Team: Ed Humphries, Kallum Wood, Tommy Higgin, Alfie Dhillon, Szymon Sadel, Daniel White, Alfie Cogger, Will Foulsham.
1/12/15 - The latest school sports competition was held at Ryde Academy today. Sadly only 5 schools from the Ryde cluster were represented but all those school there produced some fantastic athletic displays. Using a nice mixture of running, jumping and throwing events, all schools provided Y5/Y6 boys and girls teams of 6 to compete against the other teams. After not having much practice at certain field events, we struggled to match the very well drilled teams from Greenmount, Ryde School, Nettlestone and St.Mary's. Overall we managed to finish 3rd and 4th on average in each of these field events.
However, in the track events we really shined. Winning many of the heats, our boys and girls demonstrated great tactical running aswell as speed. This strong performance in the track events saw us overtake St.Marys to finish 4th in the overall standing and just behind Nettlestone who were 3rd.
All of our athletes demonstrated excelllent teamwork and effort and were a joy to watch and coach. With 4 of our athletes in Year 5, we look forward to their experience helping us do even better in the 2016 competition.
Sportshall Athletics Team 2015 (pictured above): Girls Team: Casey Townson, Ella-Rose Morris, Daisy Anderson, Lily Meredith, Shannon Adams, Lucky Cambridge.
Boys Team: Will Foulsham, Harry Symes, Cameron Stringer, Connor Sangster, Daniel White, Szymon Sadel.
1/12/15 - Well done to our Dodgeball team who represented the school at the 'C4L' Dodgeball Festival at Medina College Sportshall last week. Over 20 schools from across the Island were represented, with our group featuring the other schools from the Ryde cluster group. Each match was only 2 minutes long meaning fast paced action all afternoon!
All our players were selected based on their effort and performance this year. A great reward having never represented the school in competitive sport before.
Some cracking shots and matches. One particular highlight being Shannon's fierce shot which took one young man completely off his feet!
All of the competitors had a wonderful time and were great representatives for our school. Well done!
Dodgeball Team: (pictured) Chelsey Cooper, Shannon Adams, Betsy Franklin, Tyler Bishop, Harvey Hawkins, Duncan Chandler, Drew Busst, Connor Sedgwick, Sean Woodward, Jay Rayson.
Dover Park - 2
Bembridge - 1
Scorer: Ayden.C x2
In the first league game for our Year 5 team we welcomed Bembridge Primary. Each group in this competition contains 4 teams, with the winners going through to the semi-finals. The first half saw our team dominate both possesion and chances. Great passing in the midfield and solid tackling at the back from Frankie and Cameron allowed Ayden.C to blast home the first goal midway through the half. We should have doubled our lead a few minutes later when Connor.S hit the bar with a great shot.
Despite our dominance of the half, it remained 1-0 at HT. My main message to the players was to try and take a few more shots at goal in the second half as all our passing was not resulting in shooting chances. Shortly after the restart we scored, again through an excellent goal by Ayden.C. A fantastic volley brought a big cheer from all of the parents in attendence.
Despite our 2 gaol cushion, Bembridge were a much better team in the 2nd half. They too were having some good chances and only some outstanding saves from Charlie.M in goal kept us in the lead. After several substitutions and positional changes, Bembridge grabbed a deserved goal and ensured a nervous last 5 minutes. Luckily we defended excellently and were relieved at the FT whistle.
Overall a deserved win after our dominance of the 1st half but an excellent game played in the right spirit. We move on and hope for further good results in the next games against The Bay and Haylands.
Team: Charlie Moss, Frankie Leftley, Cameron Stringer, Connor Sangster, Leon Shuter, Harry Symes, Ayden Cassford, Spencer Bartlett, Aidan Partridge.
St. Helens - 2
Dover Park - 11
Scorers - Will x4, Szymon x4, Dan, Alfie.C, Alfie.D.
In our final football match of this half term, our Year 6 league side played away to St. Helens in their second and last qualifying game of this competition. After a narrow 3-2 win over Queensgate in our previous match, we knew that a win or a draw would be enough to secure us a quarter-final game later in the year. On an extremely small pitch the contest was played at a fast pace with both teams creating a huge number of chances. Our opponents were only playing their second game of the school year and our extra practice as a team really started to show.
We dominated large parts of the game scoring some excellent team goals and forcing the St. Helens keeper into some good saves. With the score 5-0 at HT the challenge was set to keep a clean sheet and not lose concentration. However, at 7-0 up we switched off and allowed St. Helens to score 2 goals, one of which was an excellent lob from the edge of the area. We ensured there was to be no further hints of a comeback as several late goals ensured the scoreline reflected our dominance and a safe passage to the knockout stages. We now await to see who the winners of Group G will be (Wootton, Northwood, Gurnard or Wroxall) and our quarter-final opponents.
Team: - Ed Humphries, Kallum Wood, Tommy Higgin, Daniel White, Szymon Sadel, Alfie Dhillon, Alfie Cogger, Will Foulsham.
As unofficial team sport coach for many years and PE leader for this year, I would like to say a big thank you to all parents who have supported the school by getting their children to matches and tournaments in this and in previous seasons. During my years at Dover Park, we have had much success with our football, cricket and rugby teams (as well as basketball, netball, handball and others..). This year's football teams made their way to the latter stages in all competitions (see below) and were a joy to coach.
It has been a pleasure to help and train so many talented children and to be part of Dover Park's great sporting tradition. Long may it continue!!
Mr S. Lawrence, July 2014
Dover Park Soccer
Autumn Term News
We have had a busy term in Dover Park’s football club. Clubs have been running for year 5/6(Wednesday till 4:30) and for year 3/4(Thursday till 4:30), with a substantial waiting list for the year 3/4 club. Unfortunately, our popular coach, Peter, is currently unavailable to train the lower Key Stage children, so the children have had to make do with Mr Lawrence!
Our first fixtures for year 5 and 6 were in the Danone Cup on September 30th and featured games against Ryde School, Greenmount and Binstead.
At half time in the first game, we were 4-0 down and things were not looking so good! However, the team suddenly seemed to wake up and realise what they had to do. They ‘drew’ the second half 1-1, went on to beat Greenmount 2-0 and lost a tight game to Binstead only due to the unluckiest of deflected goals.
Although we did not win enough games to progress in this competition, the team played well and showed enough potential for us to be optimistic about our other games.
This proved to be well founded optimism. In our first league group game, the team produced a super performance at home to beat Godshill 4 – 2. Things got even better in the mud of the last week of term when the team ran out 6- 0 winners against Barton to send us through to the next round of matches.
Our year 3/4 team, went one better recently, thumping Binstead 5 - 1 in the under 9 tournament. They played some outstanding football, especially in the first half, which featured a hat-trick from William Foulsham. Our other goals came from Daniel White and Alfie Cogger.
This team also earned an excellent result in the last week of term. Sporting our new kit, the team thumped Bembridge 5-1 to also go through to the next round.
A brilliant performance by both teams in some pretty awful conditions!
Oh well...can't win them all as they say...Our first year 5/6 game of 2014 saw us take on the might of Ryde School at a still-muddy Dover Park in the Under 11 cup. Despite being 2-0 down at half time, the players rallied well and fought back to 2-1, thanks to a Jake Symes goal, before running out of steam and conceding 4 late goals, some of them quite unlucky - a scoreline we did not really deserve. However, the team gave a good account of themselves against one of the island's strongest sides. We are still in the next round of the league competition.
Training has resumed for the Spring term, with year 5/6 playing on Wednesdays and year 3/4 on Thursdays. A new group of year 3/4 children will be practising on Thursdays this term and those talking part should already have received a letter.
If anyone else is interested in trying out football, please see Mr Lawrence in school.
January 14th 2014
Rain, rain go away.....
We are still waiting to play our next round of games because of the rather waterlogged state of our pitch. Hail stones wiped out last Tuesday's game (28th Jan), while the rearranged fixture for 4th Feb had to be cancelled due to illness at Holy Cross...
Stay tuned..hopefully matches will follow!!!
Mr S. Lawrence
3rd February 2014
Year 5/6 update.
After much delay, year 5 and 6 got to play their quarter final against Holy Cross last week, (12th March). The game did not disappoint and was a closely fought battle (in warm sunshine for a change!) Unfortunately, our tendency to start games slowly cost us dear this time, as we went 2-0 down early in the second half. A rousing fight back, led by Jake Symes' penalty and a thumping shot that came back off the crossbar, was not quite enough and the score finished 2-1. The team should be proud of an excellent achievement to get so far in this season's competitions, remembering that we are a mixed year 5 and 6 team playing in a year 6 league. There will hopefully be more friendly fixtures before the season end to keep the team developing, but well done to all the players.
year 3/4 update.
Well, if we thought THAT was tense......
The very next day, Our year 3/4 quarter final took place between Dover Park and the Bay. It was another hard fought, close game. Leading 1-0 thanks to William Foulsham's early goal, it looked like we would hold out, but the Bay side grew stronger as the game went on and equalised just before the end. Two periods of extra time couldn't separate the two tiring teams and so, for the first time ever, we had a real penalty shootout!
In a tense affair that had parents biting their nails on the touchline, Dover Park just edged the shootout 3-2, giving rise to wild scenes of celebration. What a game - it was a credit to all the players involved.
Well played to all the team, but a special mention to Ed Humphries, who not only saved three penalties in the shootout, but produced two superb, match winning saves during the game.
On to Arreton next, for Dover Park's first semi final in many years...! stay tuned...
Mr S Lawrence March 2014
26 March. Arreton
Well, it wasn't quite meant to be in the end. Congratulations to all of our players in year 3 and 4 for putting in such an amazing stint this year to get all the way to the semi finals - a marvellous achievement.
On the day, we didn't quite show enough, going down 5 -2 to a side who well and truly made the most of their familiarity with the (very) small pitch. The team never gave up and were a credit to the school. On to next year!!
Thanks to all our loyal band of parent supporters this year for getting the children to games, washing kit, cheering from the sidelines and even providing some traditional half time oranges(thanks Sue!).
S Lawrence March 2014