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!

Netball League: Avenue v Nonsuch (away)

On Wednesday the Y5/6 netball team played a match against Nonsuch Primary School. There were a few last minute adjustments to the teams so the children had not all played together in the same team before. They were all keen to play and put 100% effort into the match they played. The Green Team played first and it started off well. The team we were playing against had particularly strong shooters so unfortunately at half time Nonsuch were already a few goals ahead. Our team didn’t give up! We scored a goal in the second half leaving the final score as 8-1 to Nonsuch. The Blue Team also played extremely well and drew their match 1-1. Both teams played really good games and the teacher’s at Nonsuch commented on how well the children played.

Inter Class Sports

A very windy and rainy morning, saw a change of location for some of this morning’s Inter Class events with Year 5 and 6 dodgeball now taking place in the Great Hall. The excitement from the children was obvious as they all took part in sports competing for their classes. A great show of teamwork skills from every children lead to a tight affiar in all the year groups but a huge congratulations to the winners.

Year 3 – 3K (hockey)

Year 4 – 4B and 4W (netball)

Year 5 – 5K (dodgeball)

Year 6 – 6B (dodgeball)

Winter Olympics

If fast-paced, excitement is something you enjoy then the Winter Olympics is for you. Full of thrill-seeking events and dangerous acrobatics, the range of events will have something for everyone.

Good luck to all Team GB athletes taking part and follow the coverage here on the BBC website.

Boys Premier League Primary Stars

On Tuesday, 8 boys from Year 5 and 6 went to Carshalton Boys’ Sports College to take part in the Premier League Stars competition. Arriving early and very keen to begin the team was focused from minute one and this showed in our first game. Up against Barrow Hedges a goal from Xavier put us 1-0 up early on before Oliver scored a free-kick to seal a 2-0 win. Next up was St Elphege’s (who had beaten us in the previous 6 a side tournament) a great team performance meant we ran out 2-0 winners with 2 goals from Xavier. After that, a brilliant performance lead to a 4-0 win against a young Cheam Common side. The final group game saw us pitted against Muschamp and goals from Xavier, Charlie-Ray and a superb individual effort from Jason saw us win 3-0. This meant we won the group without conceding a goal and set up a semi-final against Bandon Hill. A slow start after a long break, saw us concede our first goal of the day but this sparked us into life. After a long period of pressure, Alex scored a diving header after some great wide play. With seconds left on the clock, Dylan mishit a long pass that settled in the net after a mistake by the goal keeper. The final, a rematch against a vastly improved Cheam Common, was a tight affiar as we looked to hit them on the counter attack. After missing an earlier chance, Charlie-Ray held off the defender to put the ball in the bottom right corner. As the game went on Cheam Common began to push forward before a late goal from Xavier was met by wild scenes on the touchline from teachers and parents. The team fully deserved their win and are very excited to still be in another 6-a-side tournament,

Player of the Tournament: Olivier. Great defending, vision and a real leader on the day

Special Mention: Jason after taking the ball in his own half, dribbling passed players and finishing in the bottom right hand corner

Outstanding performance in a match: Charlie-Ray for his brilliant performance in the final

Swimming Letters

Today, swimming letters were handed out to a number of children regarding an upcoming swimming gala for the Sutton Junior Swimming Championship. This competition is open to a swimmers that currently live in Sutton or attend a swimming club within the borough. To compete in the event their is an expectation that children can swim a certain time over a 25 meter distance (not the length of our swimming pool). As interest was high from children at school, evidence of achieving these expected times maybe required through gala results or swimming card. If you are unsure of the time required please see the picture below.

Avenue 2 v Cheam Common 4 – Year 6 Boys League Match

On Thursday, 10 Year 5 and 6 boys went to Sutton United to play an important league match against Cheam Common. Unfortunately, illness meant we had to adjust the team on the day and we only went with one substitute. Still determined, the team turned up focused and warmed up incredibly well before kick off.  From the outset the boys continued their hard work from the season and continued to close down a very good footballing side who wanted to pass the ball around. This pressure lead to a corner that Kian delivered brilliantly and the keeper parried into his own net. Continuing to press forward we were caught on the counter attack and Cheam Common finished neatly to make it 1-1. Louis continued to set the tone of the team and worked hard to close defenders and their goalkeeper, who when clearing hit Louis with the ball that trickled into the net. It was 2-1 at half time. Into the second half, we had a host of chances. Alex hit the crossbar from range and not one but two goal mouth scrambles but the score somehow managed to stay 2-1. After that, tiredness and our lack of subs started to show, with a few mistakes creeping into our game.  This lead to a Cheam Common pouncing and scoring 3 late goals. Although the final result was disappointing, the players should hold their heads high as this was the best performance of the season. All the adults associated with the team wants to make it clear how proud they are of everyone who played in this game.

Well done all!