On Tuesday 19th November, Downderry was represented by a team of pupils at an indoor athletics competition at Bonus Pastor. The team had to run, jump and throw in a series of track and field challenges. A special mention must go to Ian who scored 83 on the speed bounce, Steven who threw the javelin over 16 metres, and Neolani who jumped 1.9 metres in the standing long jump. The whole team tried their hardest and supported each other tremendously, and as a result came second in the competition. Well done to the whole team!
Team: Yann, Steven, Adam, Wisdom, Tehilla-Lynn, Ian, Kyson, Cristian, Caleb, Mika, Neolani, Olivia, Caitlin, Brooke, Kaja and Connie.
On a beautiful Autumn Saturday morning, our Downderry team began their league campaign against Fairlawn and Good Shepherd.
In the first match, Downderry scored early through Olivia and looked like they would win easily. However, a plethora of super saves by the Fairlawn goalkeeper kept the difference to just one goal until the last few minutes of the game when Downderry doubled their lead thanks to a fine strike by Aysha. At this point, many assumed Downderry would continue their dominance and cruise to victory. Fairlawn, however, had other ideas: they scored almost immediately and for the remainder of the match peppered the Downderry goal with attack after attack and were unlucky not to score an equalizer. However, Downderry defended desperately and thanks to some amazing defending (including a world-class sliding tackle by Tehillah-Lynn), were able to hold on to claim victory and a valuable three points.
The second game, against Good Shepherd, proved even closer than the first. After some confusion at a goal kick, Downderry conceded an early goal against a strong Good Shepherd team and it looked as though their unbeaten run may finally come to an end (they had won three matches in a row in all competitions before this). However, resolute defending by Kaja, Neolani, Nia, Tehilla-Lynn and Lina, along with energetic tackling and attacking by Paige, Nicole, Maija, Chenai, Aysha and Olivia proved too much for the team from Good Shepherd, and just after half-time Downderry scored a deserved equalizer thanks to a fine strike from Olivia. Downderry continued to knock at the Good Shepherd door in an attempt score a winning goal, but unfortunately time ran out before they could. A draw was a fair result.
Well done to all those who played. We now look forward to our next matches in two weeks.
Team: Paige, Olivia, Aysha, Victoira, Nicole, Kaja, Neolani, Nia, Tahela-Lynn, Lina, Maija,
On Tuesday 29th October, our year 6 boys and girls teams attended a football festival at Whitefoot Lane Playing Fields. All matches were very close but the Downderry teams performed brilliantly and were able to win ALL their matches and the overall competition for both Girls & Boys! Wearing their medals home, it was a great way to start the season.