14th March – Avenue v Cheam Common (home)

On March 14th we played a match against Cheam Common at home. The girls played well – they have really developed their team work since the Autumn term. The green team played first. Cheam Common were strong in their attack but our GD and GK did extremely well to defend our goal. They didn’t give up even though it was a tough match. Emily managed to score 1 goal but the final score was 1-9 to Cheam Common. The blue team played next – for some team members it was their first match of the year. They played really well and the final score was 1-0 to Avenue.

7th March – Avenue v Robin Hood Juniors (home)

On March 7th we played a game against Robin Hood Juniors. After a delayed start we were able to play the green team whilst the blue team cheered us on from the side lines. The girls worked well and have made improvements to their skills since we last played Robin Hood Juniors in the autumn term. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the green team lost there match 4-2.  The blue team then played their match and the final score was 5-2.

Avenue Swimming Team

The Avenue Swimming Team would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Schmitz and her family who have kindly bought some swimming hats for us to use in all future swimming events. We look forward to using them at the first swimming gala of the year on Friday. The result of the  gala will be on the sports blog next week.

Miss Connell

Sutton United Game

It’s Sutton United’s 120th Birthday Celebrations on Saturday 10th March and to mark the occasion kids (under16) will be admitted free to the game against Solihull Moors, as United seek to maintain their push for the Championship and promotion into League Two

Old Emanuel Rugby Club

Based in New Malden, Old Emanuel Rugby Club is a thriving and inclusive sporting community. With mini, youth and adults teams playing to an increasingly higher standard, the club is really progressing. At a mini level (age 7 to 12), the club continues to gather over 200 children weekly and at youth level (12 to 18) is developing competitive sides at every age grade. The senior first XV are currently top of London 3 South West and fighting for promotion with the aim to become a competitive London 1 side within the next years. As well as this, the second XV continue to fight for promotion in their respective league whilst the third XV are continually developing their own unique brand of rugby.

This is a club that is opening, welcoming and friendly. If you are new to the rugby community, want to take your son or daughter to their first training session or played previously and want to dust your boots off, Old Emanuel will make all feel welcome.

Children’s training takes place on a Sunday morning (see the leaflet attached for more details), with adult training taking place Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7pm – 9pm.  Contact details for committee members can be found here.

Old Emanuels Lions Leaflet

Physical Activity – GoNoodle

This weeks physical activity website is GoNoodle. This is a resource that is used by teachers in school during brain breaks and has a range of different short activities that can engage children in physical activities. It is a well liked resource and you can even evolve your creature.  You can access the website here.

Avenue 1 v Cheam Park Farm 2 – Boys Football

After the disappointment of the previous day, the Boys team had the opportunity to play the unbeaten Cheam Park Farm. A cold evening saw us start slow and quietly as the defenders missed the captain. Some neat football saw us go 2-0 down at the break as they exposed static defending. A short, sharp team talk saw us coming out strong in the second half. First, Charlie-Ray missed from close before Alex pushed a shot wide. After that, Xavier missed a one-on-one opportunity, Alex hit the post and Jason brought a fantastic save from the Cheam Park Farm goalkeeper. Finally, with 2 minutes on the clock Charlie-Ray bundled the ball into the net after great football from Alex, Arjun and brilliant cross from Jason. With moments remaining, the boys continued to push as the opposition held on . A final chance fell to Xavier – who was denied by another brilliant save from the goalkeeper. This meant that the final score was 2-1, but the boys produced the best performance of the year in the second half.

Player of the Match: Arjun for covering every single inch of the pitch and being calm when in possession of the ball

Premier League Primary Stars – Round 2

With excitement high, the Year 6-a-side travelled over to Beckenham to take on the winners from Croydon, Bromley and Beckenham for the chance to represent Crystal Palace at a national tournament. The first match saw us start slow but dominate without scoring a goal. Next, we were up against a team from Croydon – who had started strongly. A strong performance by us was disrupted by the size and power of their players. We quickly went down 1-0 and continued to press for an equaliser before conceding a second goal late on. A team talk lead by captain Olivier was met with a reaction in the next game and the boys secured the win they deserved, after the smallest player on the pitch (Alex) headed in a brilliant cross from Xavier.  With half the tournament gone, we still stood a chance of progressing, but had to reach the levels of the previous round to stand a chance. A repeat of our first game, saw us dominant the team but were unable to find a way through as the opposition goal keeper made save after save after save. This meant we had an uphill battle to win the tournament, but the release of pressure meant we started to play some wonderful football. The next game was against the outstanding team of the day from Croydon. Again the team dominant, but struggled to score and conceded after a goal mouth scramble. The focus now turned from winning the tournament to enjoying the rest of the day and this showed in our last performance. The boys’ showed brilliant attitude and continued to play brilliantly. Unfortunately, they again dominated the match, but conceded a goal. A great last 5 minutes of the tournament saw some brilliant football and us gain a deserved equaliser. After the tournament had finished, the team got to meet Crystal Palace goalkeeper. Overall, the boys were disappointed to not play to the standards they set in the last tournament however on the day the best side won the tournament. Well done to all involved!

Player of the Tournament: Dylan for his strong defending and great leadership throughout the day

Special Mention: Arjun for going in goal after an injury and not conceding a goal

Outstanding Performance in a Match: Olivier for marking the standout player of the day out of the game.

Avenue 2 – Cheam Common 4 – Year 5 Cup

Last Tuesday, the Year 5 team went to Sutton United with the hope of reaching the cup final. We knew it was going to be a tough match and they needed to be focused from the start. A strong start saw us take an early lead after a great corner from Kian. We continued to press, but were unfortunately caught on the counter attack and were pulled back to 1-1. Just before the half time break, a great through ball saw us take 1 2-1 lead as Xavier scored. After the interval, the passing game of Cheam Common started to tire the team and we started to make some errors. Two of these errors gave us a hill to climb as we went 3-2 down. In the dying seconds, as we attacked for an equaliser, Cheam Common grabbed a fourth goal and deservedly went onto the final. Overall this was a very good season for the Year 5 team with many of them representing the Year 6 team in a variety of matches. Well done to everyone who was involved!

Sports Relief – Billion Step Challenge

This year the school will be taking part in a range of activities to raise money and awareness for Sports Relief. As part of the campaign, Sports Relief are challenging the country to walk a billion steps in the week leading up to the major TV event. To take part in this challenge all you need to do is to download the app and get walking!

The app can be found at this link. Good luck!