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Year 10 Cricket

Well done to our year 10 cricket team who finished second in the league at their first entry.

Year 8 cricket team clinch second place in the league

On Monday, the year 8 cricket team produced another excellent display to win their final match of the season. Sprowston went into bat first and the opening bowling pair of Eddie and Archie put the batsmen under pressure. Archie made the breakthrough when his pacey delivery was edged into the hands of Eddie in slip. Jack then came into the attack and took a good wicket before the pick of the bowlers Ysabel got ball in hand. In her first over she tempted the dangerous number three batsman onto a poor shot which was easily caught by wicket keeper Finn. Then she produced a fantastic line and length ball which sent the bails flying. Shayne then took a good wicket before Tendai and Eva saw out the remaining overs to restrict the visitors score to 75-7. Finn and Eddie went into bat for the chase and started well with Finn hitting two fours and a brilliant six. Unfortunately a misunderstanding in communication led to Finn being prematurely run out when a good score looked on the cards for the captain. Archie came in and struck the ball around nicely to pick up the run rate. Eddie retired with a limited number of balls to spare to allow Finlay to have a bat and he and Archie picked up the required runs with 6.7 overs to spare. This result secured second place for Acle which is a fantastic achievement in their first year of entering the league. Well done to all students who took part throughout the season.

Vikings Summer Rugby Camp

Monday 12 - Friday 15 August is the date for this year's Rugby Summer Camp at Scottow Park when both girls and boys will have the opportunity to develop their rugby skills. The Camp will be lead by Assistant Coach and Vikings regular James Knight who works as a Coach at Premiership side Leicester Tigers' Academy and Langley School. He will be assisted by other experienced Coaches and Vikings players. Open to 6 -16 year olds it will run 10 - 3 each day, with all levels of rugby experience catered for. Participants don't have to join the Club. A nutritious hot lunch plus fruit, yogurt and drinks are included in the price of £150 for the week. Participants will need suitable clothes, a gum shield (can be purchased first day for £4) and a water bottle.

For details follow the Summer Camp link on the Club's website  or contact Kim Hooker:

Year 8 Cricket:

On Thursday evening the year 8 cricket team got their season off to a great start by beating Aylsham. Aylsham went into bat first and the openers got into a good rhythm with a couple of pulls to the boundary for 4s, but this was dealt with by Captain Finn adjusting the field. This Acle side have a host of quality bowlers and some excellent overs were delivered by George B, Shayne H, Eddie H, Ysabel B and Thomas A. It was the latter who made the breakthrough with a deviating spin bowl which send the bails of the dangerous opening batsman flying. Acle had chances for run-outs which they failed to take and this need to be a focus for next year if this side full of potential wants to go on and improve next year. Thomas dislodged the wickets of a second batsman later on in the innings and some more good bowling and fielding restricted the hosts to 88-2 off 16 overs. Acle opened the batting with Captain Finn and Eddie and they produced a fantastic partnership with a very mature display. The singles and doubles were hit and a fast rate and they reached their 50 partnership very quickly. Finn was unfortunately caught after being sucked into a pull which was collected at deep midwicket. Thomas A came in at 3 and played superbly to work with Eddie to reach the 89 target in just 13 overs. This was a fantastic first win and the team must now move on to two tough games against Notre Dame and Sprowston.

Year 8 Football

On Thursday 12th September, the year 8 team played their first match of the season against Open Academy. After starting brightly Open took the lead with a swift attacking move. A second was soon added as Open took advantage of some hesitant defending. Acle made a change to formation and this helped the team grow into the game. Kaydn smashed a shot against the bar and Ben had a goal-bound shot cleared off the line. In the latter stages of the game Open hit Acle on the break and added a third to settle the game.

Year 11 Netball

On Tuesday 19th September, Acle travelled to Venture for a tournament. Acle started with a defeat to eventual winners Venture then immediately responded with a fantastic 14-4 win over Lynn Grove. A runners-up place beckoned for Acle but after leading Flegg the whole match and into the last quarter, a late flurry of goals meant Flegg won by a single goal. This was a great first performance by the girls in their last year of netball at Acle after coming such a long way in the previous two years. Izzy and Summer were excellent in attack, Hannah was outstanding in Centre and it was great to see Charlotte play her first match for a while and performed brilliantly.

Year 9 and 10 Netball

On Tuesday 24th September, the year 9 and 10 netball teams travelled to Flegg and produced outstanding performances to win heavily. The year 9s played first and produced a hard-fought 12-4 victory. Eva Megan and Evie were fantastic in defence and Captain Beth led by example in Centre. The shooting of Izzy, Sophia and year 8 Goal Shooter Jess enabled a good score to be reached. The year 10s then produced a dominant display to win 18-7. Martha was commanding in Centre and Helena’s shooting was sharp, which build on another fantastic team performance.

Year 7 and 8 Netball

On Tuesday 1st October, the year 7 and 8 netball teams welcomed Flegg on a wet afternoon. The year 8 team played excellently to win 11-4. This shows how far the team has come since drawing with the same team this time last year. Jess was the pick of the shooters whilst Kacey was fantastic as Goal Keeper. Every student played their part in a great win for the team. The year 7 team also played their first match and lost 11-0. Many of the students had not played netball before and have good potential so we are hopeful that after working with them in lessons they will improve considerably. Each student worked really hard and played in great spirit despite the result.

Year 8 Football

On Tuesday 3rd October, the year 8 football team demonstrated excellent bouncebackability after suffering defeat in their opening league match. The team started brightly with dominating runs down the left by Kaydn which caused no end of issues for the visiting defence. Captain Joel led the and organised the team from the back which was pleasing to see and the front two of Ben and Charles were, as ever, a handful for the defence to deal with. On 15 minutes Acle scored first with a neat exchange of passing allowed Lucus the chance to run through and smash the ball past the keeper. Acle then scored a fantastic team goal which saw at least ten passes made before Charles was put through to score. In the second half Acle cruised to victory with some excellent attacking play and Cherles helped himself to a further 3 goals to make the final score 5-0.

Recent rugby tournaments

Our partnership with North Walsham Rugby Club has provided excellent opportunities for our children to develop skills and play competitive rugby. Our year 8 team recently competed and had a fantastic day playing other schools and enjoying a morning of coaching. The year 8s also attended a tournament at Lowestoft and Yarmouth RFC and came away with two victories and two defeats.

On Tuesday the year 7 and 8 netball teams travelled to Great Yarmouth for a league match against Charter. The year 7 team played first and demonstrated their skill from the start. Ruby, Florence and Marjorie in defence were very strong and Captain Amelia was covering every inch of the court. In spite of this, the impressive shooters of the hosts were clinical and stretched the lead at half time. In the second half Acle's passing improved and this enabled Phoebe, Daisy, Kiera and Ellen to see more of the ball and begin to score goals. This allowed Acle to reduce the gap and finish the match 9-3. This was a much improved performance from the first match as the team continues to develop.

The year 8 team played second and were a little below par at the beginning. Acle demonstrated uncharacteristically poor passes too often and this enabled Charter to get a good lead at half time. Acle showed a fantastic turn around in the second half and the passing improved, which enabled Acle to dominate proceedings. This half by far belonged to Acle and they closed the gap to one goal, but after all the effort put in tired the girls tired and Yarmouth scored a last gasp goal to make the final score 7-5. This was a very good second half from our ever improving year 8 girls. Well done to Kacey, Grace, Maisy, Jasmine, Abi, Jess and Ruby.

On Tuesday the year 9 and 10 team travelled to Great Yarmouth to take on Charter Academy in a league match. The year 9s played first and were without talismanic GD Eva who was ill, but still produced a scintillating display of netball to win 20-1. Captain Beth led by example as always and GA Izzy was ruthless in attack with her pin-point shooting and speed around the circle. Sophia and Jessica showed how much they have improved as Goal Shooters by scoring repeatedly. This was not just a great attacking display as Evie and Megan in the GK and GS positions smothered most attacks that the opposition made. This amazing performance was made complete by Millie, Ysabel and Molly in the wing positions. Well done all girls!

The year 10s played second and had many players missing, including the excellent Martha in Centre. In spite of this they still managed a great 18-9 victory. The year 9s showed their class by stepping up after just playing to enable the fixture to be completed. Again, Izzy, Megan, Beth, Ysabel, Sophia, Evie, Milly and Molly performed fantastically well to assist the year 10s. In defence, Daisy was superb and the outstanding Helena was sharp around the circle and scored repeatedly to gain a great score. Well done all!

On Thursday the year 11 netball team played in the Great Yarmouth tournament and played some excellent netball. The first game ended in defeat to eventual winners Venture who are an outstanding team. Acle then played Caister in the second game and after being behind at half time produced a fantastic team display in the second half to win the game 7-5. The girls then unfortunately lost to Flegg and finished the tournament with a comprehensive win over Lynn Grove to finish third in the borough. Well done girls!

On Tuesday our outstanding year 9 netball team played the Norfolk qualifying event at Lynn Grove. The team started brightly with an 8-0 win over Lynn Grove with Izzy H and Sophia C performing exceptionally and scoring plenty of goals. The second game was against last years rivals for titles, Venture. This time, however, Acle fought hard and demonstrated how far they have come as a team to draw the match 6-6. The defence of Megan, Eva and Evie were simply outstanding in this match. The final match was the tournament decider against local school Flegg and in a very competitive match, Acle came out on top 6-5 to claim the tournament win. This is the first netball tournament win in recent times and we are very proud of these girls. They will now go to the regional qualifying event at UEA in November. Beth, Izzy and Eva were voted as players of the tournament, but all girls were exceptional. Well done Evie, Megan, Sophia, Jessica, Milly, Ysabel and Molly.

Well done to Jack B who was voted as player of the day at Friday's year 9 rugby day at North Walsham rugby Club. The team performed excellently throughout the day and the NWRFC coaches commented on the quality of Acle's play, which was pleasing to hear.

After winning the Great Yarmouth District qualifying event, the year 9 girls netball team attended the regional qualifying event to take on the other top netball teams from all areas of Norfolk. The team opened the tournament with a match against Thetford Grammar School and from the offset demonstrated their intent for the competition. The defence of Evie in GK and Megan in WD, marshalled by Eva after returning from injury, were simply outstanding and smothered most of the Thetford attacks with consistent high pressure on the ball. This enabled our attacking players to show their class and Captain Beth, Ysabel and Millie created chance after chance for Izzy in GA and our shooters Sophia and Jessica to make the final score 9-2.

After a four-minute break, the team took on Reepham High School and again scored heavily. This was a tighter match due to some good attacking play from the opponents, but yet again Acle were brilliant in their approach play and were able to score many goals and eventually win 11-6. In particular, Izzy and Beth were scintillating in the GA and C positions respectively. 

The final group match saw Acle take on Litcham knowing that a win would see them progress to the semi-finals as group runners-up. The girls showed no sign of nerves, however, and were relentless in defence and attack yet again. Sophia played arguably her best match in Acle colours as each time she received the ball in the circle she scored with pinpoint shooting, whist Izzy was at her usual exceptional standard. Izzy, Ysabel, Millie and Beth dominated the mid court, whilst Eva and Megan made interception after interception, which enabled Acle to run out 9-2 winners and book their place in the semi-finals.

Acle took on eventual winners Norwich School in the semi-final and gave every drop of energy to the cause. However, the team were exhausted at this point, and after remaining close in terms of scoring until the half, the class of their opposition all over the court told in the second as they stretched their lead and ran out winners.

Acle then had to play a third and fourth place play-off against the other beaten semi-finalists Wymondham College. Acle were dealt a blow when they lost outstanding GD Eva due to exhaustion after a number of truly inspiring, whole-hearted displays throughout the day. This meant a re-shuffle of positions and added to a tired group of girls, Wymondham pushed on and won the tie.

To finish fourth in the county behind the three schools and their sporting resources is an outstanding achievement for our girls. We are so proud of them as individuals and a team, and they are definitely our greatest netball team in recent history. Well done to all girls!

On Thursday the year 9 rugby team welcomed Reepham to Acle for the final pool match before the quarter final match against Wymondham in January. Acle started strongly with the powerful forwards Jack B, Hayden, Aaron and Jakob constantly getting beyond the gain line. This enabled our technical players like Edward, Thomas M and Joe to probe through the gaps and create chances. Acle scored three tries with two fantastic conversions in windy conditions byJack B to go in at the break with a healthy lead. In the second half Acle stretched the game further with more excellent try scoring from Edward, Thomas, Josh and Aaron. This enabled the boys to finish the match with a healthy 47-12 scoreline. Players of the match as voted by the boys were Jakob and Jack. Well done boys!

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