Tournament success for Withernsea teams

Thursday 26th November saw both the Key Stage 3 Badminton team and the Year 8 football team secure wins in respective tournaments at Beverley’s Longcroft School.

School Sports Badminton Championship
Report by Mr Beattie

Our Key Stage 3 team had been in daily training for this competition for months. However, with no official club members in their ranks, and up against other teams containing regionally-ranked club players, our team entered the tournament very much as the underdogs.

Withernsea started off brightly in the singles, with Tom Tukoroa getting the first win of the day against Beverley Longcroft. The form continued in the doubles as Harvey Clark and Mike Ward secured another win early on. 

After many games, the scores were tied leading in to the last singles game – a game which required a Withernsea win. This was duly achieved, thanks once again to Tom Tukoroa, who helped us secure the single point needed to win the tournament. 

Every player contributed to winning points for the team. I was extremely proud of how the team played and how the students conducted themselves throughout the event. 

The team will now go on to compete in the final which will take place on Wednesday 11th December.


Year 8 Football Tournament
Report by Mr Mountain

Withernsea started well against a strong Beverley Grammar school side and gained a 1-0 victory thanks to a strike from Jake Harman.

In their second game, our team defended very well against Woldgate School. However, a number of missed chances to score meant that we had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

Jake Harman secured a 1-0 win against Headland’s School before doing the same with a 2-0 win against Hornsea, with his second goal of the game being aided by a long pinpoint Pindar pass!  

Longcroft were up next, with our team putting on another good performance. James Carroll was able to apply a good finish after another fine run, gaining Withernsea another 1-0 win.

The final game of the night saw Withernsea face Driffield. Changes were made to the team, giving Henry Watkinson a go outfield and the energetic James Carroll a turn in goal.

Withernsea conceded their first goal of the night from a fine strike. However, they bounced back quickly with Watkinson getting an assist from a ball over the top for Jake Harman to score another before Will Jackson smashed home a right-footed effort to give Withernsea a 2-1 win.

To go unbeaten and only concede one goal in six matches was a great effort from the whole team. A huge part of this impressive defensive display was due to the hard work and battling from Dan Buttle and James Snaith.

James Boasman also made some great interceptions and added energy to midfield, while Freddy Finn caused problems for the opposition defence and, on another night, could have had a number of goals.

This thoroughly enjoyable night saw Withernsea go through to the next round after finishing top of the group.