English Martyrs Invitational Football Tournament - 8/6/2022
Greeted by a warm welcome and heavy showers, St Catherine’s football team (Harry Atkinson, Jack Brennan, Aiden Stephenson, Tristan Fielding, Lennox Jude, Ethan Pedwell and Harry May) sought shelter upon arriving at English Martyrs Primary School. Under the welcome cover of the reception class playground the players gathered, the starting team was picked and tactics discussed as the team prepared for their first encounter. In front of a bumper crowd the purples started the tournament against English Martyrs (red) in which they had to deal with a tricky number 9 who was a threat throughout the game. Luckily for St Catherine’s, Ethan and Lennox were on top form to keep things tight at the back, assisted by terrific saves from goalkeeper Tristan – whose fantastic goalkeeping would become a feature of the tournament. Despite this the number 9 was able to make a breakthrough but not to be disheartened, the team responded, scoring the equalizing goal almost instantaneously from the kick-off. Some intricate passing opened up the defence allowing Aiden to coolly slot the ball home. Despite piling on the pressure, St Catherine’s were unable to break the deadlock and the game ended in a draw.
A slow start in the second game saw St Catherine’s fall two goals behind to St Wilfrid’s before showing more of their tenacious fighting spirit to mount a thrilling second half comeback. A goal from Jack saw momentum swing St Catherine’s way to set up an exciting finish. Some great playmaking by midfield maestro Harry Atkinson led to Harry May popping up to get the all-important goal that secured the draw. A defensive master class against St Mark's with dogged defending from Harry May and Lennox, including an excellent block from Ethan, along with great pressing from the midfield and attack kept the clean sheet intact. At the other end, some fast-paced counter attacking lead by Jack and Aiden almost broke the stalemate. Jack, who had been a thorn in the oppositions side all through the game, was very unlucky not to be awarded a penalty. It was turned down by the referee much to the amazement of Harry’s younger sister Lottie. The final encounter against eventual tournament winners English Martyrs (white) was a tale of what could have been. The final score not reflecting what was a very close encounter. English Martyrs (white) being more clinical in front of goal being the deciding factor.
The team’s great performances resulted in them finishing in 3rd place. The players would like to thank English Martyrs School, the Oscar Romero sports crew, the referees and their fans for both the lifts to the venue and their support.
LASP Quad Kids Athletics Year 3 & 4 (23/05) & Year 5 and 6 (12/05)
A big couple of weeks for athletics in St Catherine’s with both Years 5 & 6 and Years 3 & 4 taking part in their respective LASP tournaments. The events for both groups consisted of a 60m sprint, a 600m run, a vortex throw and standing long jump as well as a team relay. First up were the Year 5 & 6 team comprising of Alisha Buwembo, Ziona Kuriakose, Kripa Biju, Jensen Fellingham Orr, Filip Ciesielski, Jack Brennan, and Juliana Fekova. With each team member given the task of setting a personal best in each event, they got down to it with focused intent. As each team member took part in every event there was a lot of action going on. In the 60m Ziona showed blistering to speed to record a GREAT time and set the bar high for the rest of St Catherine’s. While over in the vortex throw Philip and Kripa displayed textbook throwing technique and finished near the top of their group. In the jumps, Juliana and Jack brought back memories of Tokyo 91 where Mike Powell and Carl Lewis battled it out to see who would be victorious. Jensen and Alisha showed tremendous tenacity to keep going in the 600m under trying conditions. The team came together for a strong finish to place third in the relay.
A week later it was the turn of the Year 3 & 4 team to show off their athletic prowess. For Year 3, there were some impressive performances from the pairing of Benji and Brooke who took the energy they show in PE to the 600m run. Callum and Mia did fantastic in the jumping portion. Isabel displayed great technique in her 60m heat finishing 3rd. Logan and Sasha (who displayed notable school spirit to help out Year 3) showed intense determination to get through the 600m with Sasha encouraging Logan at every step. The Year 4 team performed brilliantly to finish 3rd in the competition. Jacob Leggatt and Lucy starred in the sprint while Abel and Scarlett did tremendously well in the jump section. The vortex throw was where Emily and Charlie shone displaying great arm power to achieve some impressive distances. Both Stanley and Kiera were outstanding in the 600m with Kiera leading the race only to be pipped at the post. The performance of the day was saved for last where the Year 4 relay team romped home to a comfortable win the relay race.
The athletes would like to thank LASP, TLA sports crew and their supporters for making it a very enjoyable event.