Sport & Performance

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: kmhooker9@gmail.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 10 cricket:


On Thursday a team of year 8, 9 and 10 boys and girls travelled to Aylsham for an under 15 league match. The hosts went into bat first and run up a total of 98. Captain Joe C produced good figures taking a couple of wickets with his high speed seam bowling. Sam U also bowled his maximum overs and took a couple of wickets with straight, detailed revolutions which caused all kinds of problems for the batsmen. Robert A also took an important wicket whilst it was very pleasing to see younger students James P (year 9) and Eddie H (year 8) take a wicket each. Sam U opened the batting and although he survived a few scares throughout, he produced a batting display similar to that of England Captain Eoin Morgan a few days prior. Sam demonstrated his skills with the bat by smashing a quick fire 82 which consisted of numerous sixes and plenty of fours before getting caught at long off just 3 runs shy of a winning total. During this time the hosts took the wickets of Joe C (LBW), Dylan S and Bob A (both caught). This left youngsters Owen S and Eddie Hume to run up the remaining total which they did efficiently to secure the win. This was an excellent first game, so hopefully the team can build on this in their next match. It was also very pleasing to see Hannah M and Isabel H also play for the cricket team and field excellently.

Wensum Trust Day:

On Friday a boys and girls team of year 7 and 8 students travelled to The Nest to take on Hellesdon High and Alderman Peel in a football tournament as part of the Wensum Trust Sports Festival. The boys played first and got off to a flying start by comfortably beating Hellesdon 4-0, with a superb Billy R hat trick. The combination of year 7 and 8 boys really complimented each other which was pleasing to see. The girls then took on Hellesdon High and produced a fantastic performance to beat them 2-0 with goals from Abigail P and Grace S. Both teams went into the final match against Alderman Peel knowing that avoiding defeat would secure the tournament win. The boys got off to a great start with Billy and Ben scoring early with great goals, in particular Ben's goal saw him beat 3 players before slotting home to score. Acle then took their foot off the gas a little and conceded a goal. In the final few minutes, player of the tournament Jack B unfortunately gave away a penalty which Alderman scored to create a score line the match did not reflect. Acle managed to hold onto the 2-2 score line and win the tournament. The girls went one step further and beat Alderman Peel 2-0. Beth scored first and then Abi P scored the second to secure an amazing tournament win for 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 Cricket:


On Monday Acle took on Notre Dame at the Rec and were defeated by a very strong side. Acle lost the toss and the visitors chose to bat. Some excellent overs were delivered by Finn, Eddy and Jack, but the city side, who boasted a small number of fantastic Country players, began to rack up the runs using the short boundary down the hill effectively. There were some more very accurate bowling from Eva C, Ysabel B, Thomas A and George B, but Notre Dame finished their innings on 134-1. Finn and Eddy opened the batting for Acle and got into their rhythm quickly, again using the short boundary on the leg side effectively. However, after playing some excellent shots Finn was caught on the boundary superbly by a fielder with the shot destined for a six. Thomas Ashman and Eddy followed before they could spark a partnership. The visitors then  brought on their three fantastic spinners in the following overs who were moving the ball all around the crease and picked off the Acle middle order and tail-enders. There was some good batting from Eva, Ysabel and George, but the visitors attack and tight fielding was just far too strong for Acle who finished their innings on 79-8. This was a good learning curve for the young Acle team who need to tighten their fielding for their final match against Sprowston on Monday at Acle Rec.

On Thursday 6th June, Miss Anastasiou and Miss Giddings took ten Year 8 students to Redmayne Playing Fields, Norwich School, for a cricket tournament. The girls were very excited to go, singing and chanting in the bus on the way there. When we arrived, we were told that we had two games in the morning against Reepham and Langley, plus two games in the afternoon.


For the Reepham game, the girls won the coin toss and asked to field first. They were amazing in the field with Eva, Beth and Ysabell getting Reepham students out with catches or hitting the wickets. This only allowed Reepham to score 128 runs. Then it was time for Acle to bat. The girls were in pairs and they were working together, ensuring that they scored as many runs as possible. Eva and Beth were able to score multiple 4s, by getting the ball out of the boundary. The overall batting score for Acle was 144, which meant we won our first game.


The second game was against Langley. The students were ready to go, winning the coin toss again to field first. This encouraged the students to try and stop Langley from gaining points. The whole team worked together and Langley only ended up getting 145 runs. When it was our time to bat, the students worked together in pairs and were encouraging each other to keep scoring runs. At the end the score was very close with 139 runs.


The girls' first game of the afternoon was against Flegg. We managed to score 139 runs against Flegg during the first innings. Flegg were trying to gain that score however we were able to fight back and they only scored 112 runs.


The last game was against Thetford. The girls were getting tired and hot due to the weather throughout the day, however, this did not stop them from getting 126 runs. With their excellent fielding the girls tried to stop Thetford from getting runs, however, they managed to beat us with 139 runs.


At the end of the day, the girls nominated Eva Chapman as player of the day and the teachers nominated Emily Gill. Well done to these girls and to everyone who took part in the day.

Well done to Jasmine, Megan, Edward, Ben, Eva, Josh, Jakob, Evie and Nathaniel who were chosen to represent Norwich East Sports Partnership at an Athletics event at UEA Sportspark on Friday 21st June.

The students performed amazingly well against all of the different partnerships in the area. Some special mentions for Megan who received a bronze in high jump, Jasmine who received a silver for her long jump, and Jakob who received a bronze for shot put.

As a school we want to congratulate these students for their amazing athletic ability and being the top students out of four schools in their chosen discipline.

U15 Tennis:

On Monday the U15 girls tennis team played Wymondham College in their first match since stepping up to division 1 of the Norfolk Schools Tennis League. Captain and number 1 seed Hannah M dominated her opponent from start to finish with ruthless finishing, and rapidly raced to a 0-6 lead to gain Acle their first win. In the second seed match, Isobel H, although serving well and playing some lovely powerful forehands throughout, couldn't quite find her consistency and narrowly lost 6-4. Talented year 9 student Helena L also demonstrated how far she has come with pinpoint serving and a strong left arm. This enabled her to overcome her opponent in another tight match 4-6. The final singles match was played by Mia W who showed her natural tennis ability on numerous occasions, but couldn't find the consistency to overcome a strong opponent in a game that finished 6-3. These results meant that the doubles matches were key and the girls really stepped up a gear which enabled both pairs to dispatch their oppositions 0-6 and 3-6. This was a fantastic first match in the higher league and now the girls look forward to tough matches against Norwich School, Norwich High School and City of Norwich School.

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!

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.

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