Sport & Perfomance

On Wednesday 13th March, ten year 8 boys went to North Walsham Rugby club for a rugby tournament against 3 other schools. The boys were against Cromer first. During the game, the boys were supporting each other through all of the tackles and rucks. With this help, it allowed Eddy, Tom and Haydn to all gain possession with the ball and break through and score tries. With the boys fantastic performance, they managed to beat Cromer 4-3. The second game was against Broadland. The boys had a team talk and were determined to make sure they deference was perfect. With the captain Eddy encouraging the boys to get into a defensive line, the boys were able to stop Broadland and steal possession of the ball. At half time the boys were winning 3-2. At half time, the boys managed to create some tactics to try and gain more tries. This was successful with Jakob, who scored an excellent try with the help of the team. The final score was 5-4 to Acle! The final game was against Flegg. We unfortunately were running out of time, so we only played one half. This did not stop the boys from fighting through Flegg’s defensive and supporting each other during each tackle. This resulting in an amazing 2-0 win over Flegg. The boys voted on who they thought was a player of the tournament. They could not decide one, so we awarded two players of the tournament and these were Jakob and Eddy. Well done to both boys and to everyone in the team, a very good performance from all!

On Wednesday 27th Feb, year 7 and 8 girls travelled to North Walsham Rugby Club to play against two schools. The girls had their first game against Flegg. During the game, the girls made sure their defence was perfect, getting into the correct line and supporting each other during each tackle. This allowed Jasmine to gain possession of the ball and score the first try of the tournament. Flegg were still trying to gain possession however, Eva and Beth made sure the team were keeping the defence and making successful tackles. Jasmine, Beth, Izzy and Kiera managed to fight through and score even more try’s. With a fantastic performance we beat Flegg 6 try’s to 2. The second game was against Broadland. The girls were ready to replicate the performance during the first game into the second game. Their defence once again was perfect. The girls managed to win possession of the ball on multiple occasions. Jasmine once again was able to fight through and score the first try of the game. This was shortly followed by Izzy. The score was very close with a final score of 4 try’s to Acle and 3 Try’s Broadland. At the end, the girls voted on a player of the tournament and with the amount of try’s she scored, Jasmine was voted. Well to Jasmine and all of the girls with all of your effort and commitment to rugby.

On Thursday, the year 8 football team travelled to Flegg where they were convincingly beaten 9-0 last year. However, on this occasion the team produced a fantastic team performance to come back from behind twice to draw 2-2. The game started slowly with neither side able to create a clear cut chance until on 15 minutes a fierce shot from outside the box couldn’t be held by year 7 keeper Thomas and Flegg took the lead. Thomas then demonstrated his outstanding ability as he produced an amazing double save when he blocked an initial shot and somehow managed to smother the second shot when the striker was destined to score. Moments later he somehow plucked a shot out of the top corner to keep the score at 1-0. This spurred Acle on and from a superb through ball by Aaron, Billy raced clear and beat two men before slotting home expertly. The second half started the same as the first with little created by both sides until a Flegg midfielder unleashed an unstoppable drive which flew past Thomas. This did not phase Acle, however, as they hit back within minutes. Again, the pace of Billy beat the offside trap and his shot was parried into the path of Nathaniel who gleefully accepted the gift as he drilled the ball home. Flegg rallied in the latter stages but the outstanding back four, consisting of Jake, Callum George and led by talismanic skipper Jack, held strong. Connor and Lauren were tireless in midfield and the wingers Kian, Eddie and Josh were impressive. This was a great team performance which shows how far the team has come from last year, and gives a platform to build upon. Well done boys!

On the 2nd November, Miss Anastasiou took 13 Students to North Walsham Rugby club for a development day. The development day consisted of a morning with four workshops with the rugby coaches and in the afternoon there was a mini tournament against other schools. Throughout the whole day, the boys were amazing at their commitment and enthusiasm. In the morning, the boys were excited to show the skills, they have learnt, to the coaches at North Walsham club. In the afternoon, the boys were fully ready for the competition. During the tournament, there were 3 games. The boys unfortunately lost their first game, however were able to bring back the fighting spirit and win the second and draw the last game. During the day the coaches were looking at each school and deciding who was the best developed player of the day. For Acle, Charlie P managed to get this title and win the trophy. Well done Charlie and also well done to all of the boys for an amazing day of rugby.

 

For year 10 Sports Studies, the students were developing their team work skills through a range of sports. One of the sports was orienteering, where the students have to find different caches around the school grounds, with a map. This proved difficult at first, however with the use of each other, the students were able to accurately find each of them and winning a prize at the end. Another sport was basketball. The students were split into 4 teams and within these 4 teams, the students had to work together and develop cooperative skills to win the tournament. Questions such as ‘How can you develop as a team? And What is working very well in your team?’ were asked throughout the game to ensure the team spirit was kindling throughout. All of the information received from this lesson, will be used accordance to their coursework for the subject.

Picture featuring Harry J, Owen S, Shaun C and Tomas F - getting ready for their year 9 performance in Music.

Congratulations to Jake Rix on his fantastic Judo performance. Jake competed in the Judo British Schools Qualifiers Competition in Littleport on 21st October, 2018.  He successfully won Gold which automatically qualified him through to the National Schools Judo Competition in Sheffield on 17th March 2019 where he will represent Acle Academy. He also won a Gold medal competing at the Eastern Area Championships on 4th November, 2018 in Thetford.

Following on from the coaching sessions Monday, on Wednesday 16 students had an enjoyable afternoon watching the UEA Netball first and second teams playing in their BUCS matches at the Sports Park. 

This was a fantastic experience for the girls which enabled them to see the pace of high quality netball and look at how their positions should be played. 

They also got to meet and speak with the players after the match.

On Thursday, the year 7 football team travelled to Flegg for a league match. Acle started well and the midfield trio of Kaydn, Fraser and Ruby were controlling the game. This allowed Acle's attacking pair of Ben and Charles to get on the ball and cause the Flegg defence problems. On 15 minutes Acle took the lead with a stunning strike from Kaydn as he picked up the ball 20 yards out and unleashed an unstoppable drive which flew into the top corner. Flegg threatened to get an equaliser but two outstanding saves from Thomas kept Acle in the lead. In the second half Acle struck quickly. Charles was upended in the box after a mazy run and captain Joel stepped up to score the penalty. The Acle defence of Joel, Shane and Michael were in full control at this point but an excellent through ball and finish from a flegg player made the score 2-1. Flegg pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages but Acle made the win safe as Ben raced through and produced an emphatic finish to make the final score 3-1. This was an excellent team performance and very pleasing to see the players take on board the areas for improvement after defeat in the last match.

On Friday 7th December we took 21 year 7 boys and girls and year 8 girls to North Walsham rugby club to play a series of games in a mini round robin tournament against other schools. All of the students played amazing. The boys had a very difficult pool but with the help of Cullen and Charlie we managed to score tries to keep us in the running. Unfortunately it wasn't quite enough to win their pool, but they came second and had to play against Flegg. Unfortunately we lost by one try during the game, but they managed to keep their spirits high. Well done boys! With the girls tournament, the girls did not lose a game. Throughout all 4 games they played the girls either won or drew against the teams. A special mention to Eva and Beth for their coaching with the girls and encouragement to keep going. At the end of the tournament there was a awards presentation for the players and teams. Acle girls won the most improved girls team in the whole tournament. Cullen won the best boys player and Eva won the best girls player! Well done to everyone involved in the afternoon!

On Thursday, the year 10 netball team travelled to Cliff Park for which was an end to end and exciting game. Acle were without the excellent range of passing from centre Hannah and the pinpoint shooting of Isabel. Despite this, the girls produced a fantastic performance to score highly and win the match 22-13. Year 9 goal shooter Helena stepped up and produced some excellent shooting, whilst the awesome goal attack (and player of the match) Summer worked so well to create and score relentlessly for the team. The defensive pairing of Eva and Daisy were outstanding in defence against two very good attacking players, whilst Ellie F, Ella and Emma were all fantastic in the wing positions. A special mention must go to Ellie R who filled in as centre and produced a tireless performance and demonstrated her adaptability with some excellent passing.

On Tuesday the year 7 and 8 netball teams travelled to Cliff Park for a league fixture and demonstrated a fantastic fluent passing display to convincingly win both matches. The year 7s were up first and immediately conceded a goal. However, this did not set back the young Acle girls as they immediately showed great bouncebackability to level the scoring through Abigail. This spurred the girls on and  captain Maisy in the wing position found her superb range of passing to set up player of the match Jessica on many occasions to effortlessly score time after time. The performance of the team was built upon a solid foundation of Grace and Adelaide in defence and Jasmine’s speed and ability to intercept passes continuously. The girls pushed on and won the game 10-6 which was a fantastic first win for the girls! A special mention must also go to Phoebe who grew with confidence throughout the match, which was very pleasing to see.

 

Up second was the year 8 team who started the game on the front foot as they left off against Flegg in the last match. The relentless pairing of captain Bethany and Izzy continuously penetrated the Cliff Park defence to set up opportunity after opportunity. Molly got the first goal then Izzy went on to show here fantastic shooting ability by scoring many more. Ysabel and joint player of the match Kiera played exceptionally well in the wing positions whilst joint player of the match Eva showed her outstanding athletic ability to restrict a GA, who dominated her height-wise, to very few touches of the ball through amazing intercepting ability. Evie also defended exceptionally well in the GK position when called upon. The girls went on to win this game 10-3 which makes it two wins out of two in the league this season.  

 

This was a fantastic performance by both teams with only 7 players each due to player unavailability, which will push them a little further up the league, well done girls!

On Monday the Acle netball players were inspired by a series of coaching workshops delivered by Izzy (UEA Netball Captain) and Florence (UEA Netball President). The ladies delivered fantastic sessions which the students thoroughly enjoyed and gained many key skills which will help them with their team and individual performances. On Wednesday a selection of students will be going to UEA Sports Park to see the ladies in action during their BUCS League fixture which will further help them to see the movements and tactics used in a live setting.

Yesterday, Miss Anastasiou took 11 year 8 and 9 girls to an Under 14 Netball Tournament at Flegg High. The girls had three games and the first game was against Flegg. The girls were so excited to get playing together, they all had the fighting spirit throughout the game. Our Goal shooter Helena and Goal Attack Izzy were amazing with keeping the ball on our side. At the end of the first game, we drew against Flegg. On to our second game against Venture and the opposing team were very good, but this did not stop Acle intercepting and keeping possession of the ball. A big shout to Beth Thomas for her amazing play during that game. Unfortunately we did lose to venture, but the girls were not shaken. On to the last game, the girls were against Cliff Park. Even if the girls were tired, they were able to keep possession and score 3 points during the game. Keeping those points, we managed to win the last game. Overall the girls came 3rd in the tournament and are reserved for the county cup. Very well done girls!

On Thursday the year 8 football team travelled to Caister for a league match. The game started well for the boys as they created many changes to score, but some excellent goalkeeping kept the scores even. On the stroke of half time Acle took the lead when a good shot by Connor was handled in the area. Captain Jack stepped up and smashed his penalty past the keeper. The second half was a different affair with the team kicking up the notorious slope and into both a low sun and strong wind. This meant the boys were camped in their own half for long periods. The pressure from the home side told when a fierce shot flew past Jacob in the Acle goal. The score would have been larger if it was not for some excellent saves from the peer-voted man of the match Jacob. Unfortunately through the home side went on to score a further three goals to make the final score 4-1.

On Friday 5th October, Miss Anastasiou took 12 year 7 and 8 girls to North Walsham Rugby Club for a development morning with a tournament against other schools in the afternoon. During the morning, the girls were able to practice their skills through mini workshop sessions. These workshops included, how to move with the ball and practicing correct technique of how to tackle safely during a contact game of Rugby. Each session was run by a highly skilled North Walsham Rugby Coach. During the afternoon, the girls were able to show the skills they learnt, in 3 rugby games against other schools. The girls did amazing during each game. Unfortunately they lost the first game, but were able to pick themselves up to draw on the second game and win the last game. All of girls' confidence levels grew as the day went on and the enjoyment in their faces were seen during every game. At the end of the day, there was a presentation, where our very own Jasmine Furby managed to win the Top Player award voted by the coaches at the club. Well done to all of the girls!

On Friday 7th December we took 21 year 7 boys and girls and year 8 girls to North Walsham rugby club to play a series of games in a mini round robin tournament against other schools. All of the students played amazing. The boys had a very difficult pool but with the help of Cullen and Charlie we managed to score tries to keep us in the running. Unfortunately it wasn't quite enough to win their pool, but they came second and had to play against Flegg. Unfortunately we lost by one try during the game, but they managed to keep their spirits high. Well done boys! With the girls tournament, the girls did not lose a game. Throughout all 4 games they played the girls either won or drew against the teams. A special mention to Eva and Beth for their coaching with the girls and encouragement to keep going. At the end of the tournament there was a awards presentation for the players and teams. Acle girls won the most improved girls team in the whole tournament. Cullen won the best boys player and Eva won the best girls player! Well done to everyone involved in the afternoon!

Year 8 boys rugby:

 Recently, the year 8 boys rugby team welcomed Venture to Acle for a 13 aside match. The boys started the game really well and scored immediately through Eddie. Thomas then showed fantastic agile running to score a second try soon after. There were some fantastic performances throughout the team with Ben and Jakob demonstrating some excellent tackling and running with the ball. Jack amd Hayden were also dominant in the front row throughout. The try scoring continued throughout the match and Acle ran out 52-5 winners.

 

Year 8 girls netball:

 On Tuesday the year 8 girls netball team travelled to Flegg for a tournament and started the game excellently well by beating Cliff Park 11-0. Izzy was fantastic with her shooting in GA which allowed such a lead to develop. In the second game, Acle took on the hosts Flegg and again won 6-0. A dominating display by Eva in GD and Captain Beth in Centre provided the platform to go on and feed Molly and Izzy to score the goals. In the tournament deciding match, Acle were beaten by Venture 10-6 in a very tough match. The girls showed fantastic sprit against a very strong team and on another day could have snatched victory. 

 

Year 8 girls netball:

 On Thursday, the year 7 and 8 girls travelled to Venture for the final league match of the season. The year 7s played first and gave a hard-working performance but were beaten 5-1 by the league winners. Acle defended well throughout but couldn't quite find the correct pass or an accurate shot when in good positions. Maisy and Jasmine were fantastic in the middle of the court, whilst Abigail always caused problems for the Venture defence. Jessica was unavailable for this match and this made a difference in the attacking circle. In spite of this, the girls have come so far this season and it is really exciting to see how far they can go next year after a good first year of experience under their belts.

 

The year 8s were up second for a league title decider against the team who pipped them to the tournament two days earlier. Acle were dealt a blow when Captain Bethany was ruled out with an ankle injury picked up in the tournament. The girls were not phased, however, and went into the game full of confidence. They were dealt an early set back as Venture stretched a three goal lead in the first quarter. Eva was filling in at Centre and was outstanding as ever, whilst Megan showed her athleticism in Goal Defence to mark a fantastic Goal Attack. Acle got into their groove in the second quarter and began to reduce the arrears with Izzy and Milly scoring to keep in touch with Venture. In the third quarter Acle stepped up a gear and scored five goals without reply to close the score to two goals, but Venture again pushed on and scored two more goals to put the game out of reach of Acle. This has been a fantastic year for our girls who have an amazing team spirit and the talent to compliment it. League and tournament runner-up positions are fantastic achievements for us, so well done all involved!

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