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									                                            NSB Sports Report
Football: The U12 team played some good football and maintained possession well for long periods of the game, but were beaten 2-0
at home by Eltham Green Sports College, London in round 2 of the national Specialist Schools Cup. The U13 team faired better and beat
the Beckett School, Nottingham 3-0 in the Midlands stage of their national competition. Jess Roberts and Will Green (2) got the goals for

The U17 squad played Northampton Academy in the quarter final of the county cup and ran out 6-0 winners. The team played well and
dominated throughout, goals came from Dan Holman (2), Josh Roberts, Luke Mackenzie, Jamie Podkowka and Liam Doolan. NSB now
play Campion School in the semi-final.

Rugby: There were county cup games at three age groups in this period. Excellent performances from Tom Collins and Jordan
Husband helped the U12 squad see off Moulton 48-7, the U14 squad beat Guilsborough 50-0 and the U15 squad beat Campion 15-10.

But the game of the fortnight came in the Midlands State Schools Cup semi final at Castlecroft where the U14 team beat Sharnbrook 22-
17. Although the team fought hard, they did not play as well as they had in previous games and the lead changed hands regularly
throughout the tie. NSB nudged ahead decisively with three minutes remaining and now go on to play Tudor Grange School, Solihull in
the final, which will be staged at Franklins Gardens on Marh 21 st.

Basketball: The NSB U16 basketball team had an outstanding fortnight, winning national quarter and semi final games in consecutive
weeks. In the quarter-final they beat Holy Trinity School, Crawley 91-74 with great team defense and strong individual performances,
particularly from Matt Rawsthorne. In the semi-final NSB travelled to a neutral venue in St Alban’s to play Bluecoat School from
Liverpool. Last year Bluecoat beat NSB in a final 8 game after double overtime at Ellsemere Port, but this year it was a different story.
NSB outplayed the strong opponents, team defense was magnificent and NSB ran out winners 69-51. NSB now play Helsby School from
Merseyside at the Dacorum Leisure Centre, Hemel Hempstead on Saturday March 25 th, tip off 12.30pm.

Elsewhere the Year 7 team beat Wrenn Y7’s, but lost to Kingsthorpe and Wrenn Y8’s at the central venue meet on Friday 24th February.

Hockey: NSB attended the U13 county mini-hockey tournament at Roade for the first time last Sunday. This was the first opportunity
many students have had to play competitive hockey and it was an enjoyable event. NSB reached the quarter-finals where they were
beaten by the eventual winners Great Houghton.

Table Tennis: Players from all age groups entered the county cup competitions (not a schools event) which were staged at Weston
Favell School last weekend. Ryan Haskins (U13) and Jon Marsh (U16) just missed out on a finals place, Jake Roberts and Callum Lesley-
Draper played well at the U16 event, but Tom Horell and Tom Jolly found the going tough against the Wollaston team which included the
current England number 1.

Inter-House Sport: Effort and enthusiasm was the order of the day at the Y10 basketball competition. Over 90 boys participated
and the event ended a tie with Manley and Washington both taking 13 points, Chipsey and Brightwell tied for 3 rd both gaining 5 points for
their houses.

Congratulations: Ben Arnold Year 11 – Ben has received an international call up for the England U16 Men’s Hockey Squad at right
inner. Ben will travel as part of an 18 man squad to Germany at Easter to play in a four nations tournament between England, Germany,
Spain and Holland. Well done Ben!

Finally, last week NSB received confirmation that we have been awarded Sportsmark Gold for the fourth consecutive time. This is Sport
England’s seal of approval for the work the school does in promoting the benefits of physical activity and school sport. NSB was one of
the first schools in the country to be awarded Sportsmark Gold in the mid-1990’s and it is testament to the commitment of the staff,
students and coaches that the standard has been maintained throughout the past ten years. Well done one and all!

                                          Issue 10 –   Feb 20th – Mar 5th
 Jamie Wilcock – Team Leader Physical Education

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