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 www.pitchero.com/clubs/northwalsham or contact Kim Hooker: email@example.com
Year 10 cricket v Wymondham
After their penultimate match of the season was abandoned after a serious injury to an opposing player, the year 10 team travelled to Wymondham on Wednesday in their final league match. Acle were put in bat first and openers Joe C and Finn A steadily worked well together to reach their 50 partnership before the very next ball Joe was bowled with a pacey delivery. Finn followed soon after with another piece of superb bowling. Eddie H and Bob A then entered the crease with Eddie hitting some nice shots, before Bob was on the end of another peach of a delivery on his first one faced. Ladies Mia and Hannah finished the shortened innings at the crease after Eddie was dismissed and they gained some valuable runs to finish the 12-over innings on 68 for 4. Wymondham then went into bat but the quality of the Acle fielding started from the offset as Archie L delivered a maiden over. Wickets were then taken by Archie L, Bob and Eddie whilst Tom A bowled very well. This restricted the hosts, although after a late flurry of runs, they were left well short of the run chase after 12 overs.
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.
Martia competed at the weekend in her third bowls championship representing Norfolk under 25s and received a badge for her achievement. We would like to congratulate Martia and hope she continues to shine.
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 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.
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