Sport & Perfomance

On Tuesday the year 8 netball team produced a scintillating display of netball to convincingly defeat Flegg 13-3. In strong winds, the young Acle girls attacked at will and scored first through Molly. Acle were unlucky to finish the first quarter only one goal up. Acle made some changes with player of the match Izzy moving into goal attack and this paid dividends immediately as Izzy's fine shooting skills enabled Acle to finish the second quarter 6-2 ahead. There were some fantastic performances from the girls including Bethany in centre, Eva in goal defence, Evie as goal keeper and Millie making her first appearance in a wing position. This allowed the girls to push on in the third quarter and extend their lead to 10-3. Excellent defensive work and more good shooting allowed Acle to finish the game 13-3. This was a fantastic start to the season, which could be a very positive one if the girls continue to develop their excellent team spirit to complement their undoubted netball talent!

The year 7 and 8 boys and girls have been taking part in some fantastic rugby coaching sessions by the North Walsham RFC coaches. This is providing an excellent opportunity for the students to develop their skills whilst being coached in preparation for a seven-school tournament in October.

Wimbledon

In July, the PE department inspired 8 students through a trip to Wimbledon. The students had a thoroughly enjoyable day on Court Number 1 watching Women’s and Mixed Doubles matches, including Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka. In addition to this, the students were able to watch Acle’s former student Alfie Hewitt in his Wheelchair Doubles semi-final win.

Well done to our year 7 and 8 cricket team who competed to a good level in the recent Norfolk Cricket tournament.

Congratulations to Hannah Mann who recently represented Norfolk in tennis. Hannah continues to represented the school at a high standard in all sports and we are very proud of her in the PE department. Please find the full EDP match report here: http://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/norfolk-fourth-at-county-cup-1-5516399

Congratulations to Jake Rix who competed at national level Judo for the first time representing the Eastern region . He won two fights which is a fantastic achievement for a first experience. Well done Jake!

The U13 boys tennis team recently travelled to Cliff Park for a league fixture and returned home with a convincing win. All the boys won their singles matches whilst Edward and Owen won their doubles match. This was a fantastic effort from the boys!

Congratulations to our Year 10 Rounders Team who recently won the Great Yarmouth District Tournament. The team won two of the three matches and ended up winning on rounders scored. Player of the tournament was Elise D for her fantastic batting.

Congratulations to our year 7 netball team who finished runners up in the final netball tournament of the year. They have all had a fantastic first season as an Acle netballer.

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 2nd October, the year 7 girls had their first netball match of the season. With the strong winds, the weather was not on our side. However, with Abigail Pickering scoring our first and second point, the girls kept Flegg on their toes. Our goal keeper, Mia Robinson, tried her hardest to stop Flegg from scoring, however with one extra point, the girls finished the first quarter with 2:1 to Acle. Throughout the rest of the game, the girls were cheering from side-line, and the players on the pitch trying their hardest to keep possession of the ball. Ruby Smith, quick on her feet, was able to pass the ball back to the girls, whom tried to pass it back to the goal shooter, Chloe Forder. After the last quarter, the score resulted on 2:2. Having being the first game of the season, I am very proud of these girls and what they achieved during the match.

On Thursday the year 7 football team produced a solid display to draw 2-2 with a dangerous Caister side. In their first match of the season, the boys played some fantastic football and at times it was one-way traffic towards the Caister goal. Some inspiring goalkeeping from the visiting keeper kept Caister in the game. After sustained pressure in the first half, Caister took the lead against the run of play with a swift counter attack. Acle replied almost immediately when Charlie struck a sweet shot past the keeper. There were some excellent performances from captain Dylan in centre midfield and both Kaydn and Jackson on the wings. Acle took the lead at the beginning of the second half when man of the match Ben found space on the edge of the box and drilled his shot past the keeper. Unfortunately though, Acle couldn't hold out and the away side grabbed an equaliser in the last 10 minutes and the game finished as a draw. A special mention has to go to Ruby Longley who made her first appearance for the boys team and was very strong in defence with some very tough tackles! This was an excellent first match for the team and the future looks very promising.

Lord’s

For activities day, the PE department took 15 students to Lord’s for a fantastic T20 Blast match between Somerset and Middlesex. This provided an inspirational experience for our students to watch elite-level cricket with extremely fast bowling and big-hitting in bat!

Wembley

In September, 15 students were lucky enough to be selected for a trip to Wembley Stadium to watch England v Spain. In a packed stadium, students were inspired by an entertaining game whereby they were able to see world-class footballers in action. Thank you to Mr Newstead and Mr Fulcher for running this amazing trip.

U15 Great Yarmouth Schools Finals Report

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It was a very young team which set out on Tuesday 10th July to represent the school against teams from Flegg and Broadland in a 2 round tournament involving a semi-final and final. The team left early to get some extra practice in before the tournament in the afternoon and a promising nets session showed the ability of the young team. After a quick stop at McDonald’s the team arrived at Southtown Common just in time to witness the destruction of Flegg B-team by Broadland who won by over 180 runs. The final, though a long way off yet, was going to be tough work. First, we had to beat the Flegg A-team.

Our captain, Jack P, won the toss and elected to bat first. With a county standard player opening the batting, all looked good. That was until Sam U got caught first ball. This was then the start of something quite impressive as Ben G hit a spectacular 103 from 20 overs, including fifteen fours and one six. The rest of the team chipped in as Jack hit 18, Finn A hit 3, Dylan S got 2, Seth F got 4 and Joe C. With 42 extras, the team finished on a very respectable 172 runs. After a short break, the team went out to field in high spirits. The guys showed their class in bowling as Finn and Archie each took a wicket. Ben took a further two and Flegg were out of overs on 104 runs. Honourable mentions go to Edward H and Owen S who bowled extremely well against opposition much older than them. Acle beat Flegg 172-104 runs. 

The final was to be against Broadland who had edged a victory against us a few weeks before in a friendly. Jack won the toss once more and this time elected to field first. The bowling was opened against Broadland’s ex-England player by Ben and despite the efforts of three of our best bowlers (Jack, Ben and Joe) they were at 50 from 4 overs with the game looking as if it was only going one way. An over later and Ben had clean bowled the opener. From that point on, the run rate was kept to less than 6 per over and the wickets kept coming. A further 8 wickets fell as Jack lead by example taking three, Sam took two, as did Finn, finally, Joe took one more to complete a respectable bowling innings to hold Broadland to 142 runs. When it came to batting, we were all expecting another stunner from Ben. This, however, sadly never came and the team were held back to just 70 runs from 20 overs. The most impressive sole input came from Sam who hit 17. Mention also must go to Finn who, despite being forced to retire after taking a powerful ball to the toe, came back on when the team needed him. 

The game finished 142-70 runs and afterwards the awards ceremony concluded with trophies for all (and lots of food). Runners up after defeating Flegg comfortably is an excellent achievement for our young team who played admirably throughout. 

Many thanks to those who ran the day. 

Full team list in planned order for batting: Jack P, Sam U, Ben G, Finn A, Dylan S, Seth F, Archie L, Joe C, Bob A, Edward H and Owen S.

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Report written by J Ashman

The year 9 football team finished their season with the District Cup Final at The Wellesley in Great Yarmouth. Unfortunately they lost to a very strong Lynn Grove side. To back this up the team also finished runners-up in the District League. Finishing league and cup runners-up is a fantastic achievement and the PE Department are very proud of the boys.

On Tuesday a mixture of year 10 and 11 girls took part in the county qualifying event at Caister and demonstrated just how far netball has come in the past two years at Acle Academy. In the first game against Caister the girls led by a goal with a minute to spare but a quick-fire brace from Caister meant the game finished 6-5. In the second game the girls were beaten by Venture before pushing Lynn Grove to the final whistle in the third game, but again, unfortunately lost by just one goal. The fourth match saw an entertaining game against Flegg whereby the opposition snatched a draw with a late equaliser to make the score 4-4. Acle finished with an emphatic 10-1 victory over Cliff Park in the final match to end a really successful tournament in joint fourth place. When we first entered each age group into the leagues two years ago the gulf in difference was clear, but now our talented girls are going toe to toe and pushing the larger schools all the way to the end, as demonstrated here. With fantastic players now being developed in the lower school the future of netball looks very promising at Acle Academy. Special mentions go to the potent attacking pairing of year 10 students Isabel and Summer in addition to an excellent defensive display from Charlotte L. Charlotte M also played fantastically well out of position in centre and year 10 student Ellie F demonstrated how much her confidence and ability has grown in the past two years with an outstanding display in the wing defence position. Well done to all the 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.

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!

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