Banbury Area Quicksticks Hockey Festival

On Thursday 23rd February Blessed George Napier Catholic School hosted and delivered the Banbury Area Quicksticks Hockey Festival for children in Years 5 and 6.  The event involved one hundred and twenty-nine children from nine local Primary Schools including Bishop Loveday, St. John’s, Dashwood, Harriers, The Grange, Hanwell Fields, Hill View, St Leonard’s and St. Mary’s

As Schools arrived BGN young student leaders took team warm ups.  Sixteen teams took part in the competition.  Teams were divided into four pools of four and played round robin matches in their respective pools.  Teams then played a further seeded pool in their second round of games.  Despite the very windy conditions, all teams got to grips with the Quicksticks rules and improved as the event progressed with plenty of skills, effort and determination on display.

The Grange B narrowly beat Hill View B on goals scored to win Pool D, St. John’s A won all their second round games to win Pool C and St. Mary’s edged out Bishop Loveday A on goal difference to win Pool B

Dashwood B, Harriers, Dashwood A and the Grange A won their respective first round pools to compete against each other in a further winners’ pool.  In a competitive and high quality Pool A, Harriers edged out Dashwood B on goal difference to be crowned Banbury Area Year 5/6 Quicksticks Hockey Champions 2017.  Dashwood B pipped The Grange A also on goal difference to take third and fourth spot respectively.  Congratulations to both Harriers and Dashwood A who have qualified for the North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership In2Hockey Final on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

During the event, the Spirit of the Games value of respect was a focus area and sporting behaviour was demonstrated by the young participants throughout.  A player from each team was presented with a special certificate to recognise the high level of respect they had shown to others.

Richard Hobley, men’s club captain at Banbury Hockey Club attended, along with two other coaches at the club to offer support to the leaders, encourage the young players and signpost them to further opportunities within their local community club.

Thank you to all participants, teachers and teaching assistants, BGN young student leaders, coaches and volunteers from Banbury Hockey Club who contributed to a fantastic event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

 Comments from the event

Really well organised event, very much enjoyed by all in spite of the weather.  Young leaders were very helpful; hockey is a very difficult sport to umpire.”  (Teacher at the Grange)

“Brilliant event, well organised” (Teaching assistant at Dashwood)

“A great event for all participants in tricky weather conditions and well organised. Thank you” (Coach at Bishop Loveday)

“The leaders were very informative and organised, they were not fazed by adverse weather conditions” (Teaching assistant at St. John’s)





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