Sports News

Bee Netball

 

We recently had some sad news that the company that runs most of our inter school sports competitions has unfortunately ceased trading and all planned tournaments have therefore been cancelled with immediate effect. As I’m sure you are aware, Ely St Johns provides many sports opportunities especially for the key stage 2 children and we hope that this will continue in the future.

 

Year 6 children had been training for the Netball Tournament for a couple of months and despite the event being cancelled we decided to run an in-house competition so that the children could showcase their skills in a competitive environment. Twenty boys and girls were split into four teams of five. The first semi-final was played between Team A and Team C. Harley scored an amazing 6 goals for Team C as they dominated the match with some smart tactical play and the final score was a resounding 8-2 victory. The next semi was between Team B and Team D. Team D flew out of the blocks and were 5-0 up in the blink of an eye. However this game was far from over as Team B stormed back into the match with goals galore from Owen and Annelyse. They took the lead in the final minute to take the win 10-9.  

 

The third place play off was Team A v Team D. Goals from Callum and Florence ensured that Team D romped home to a 7-1 win and therefore finished the competition in third place. The Grand Final was a clash of the titans with Team B taking on Team C. This was a closely fought match between two great teams with end to end action. Riaz netted 4 times for Team B but Charlene played superbly to score 5 times and Team C ran out overall winners 6-4.

 

Congratulations to the winners Jessica S, Charlene, William Fr, Harley and Stanley, there incredible teamwork and will-to-win shone through and ensured that they claimed the title of ESJ Netball Champions 2024.

Thanks to Deanta
 
We have recently been very lucky to receive sponsorship from local company Deanta to enable us to purchase new Tracksuit Tops which the children will be able to wear when they compete in sports events against other local schools. The children are already admiring them and will love wearing them, we will now be the best dressed and warmest team at our upcoming competitions. Huge thanks to Marie and all the team at Deanta.

Artful Dodgers

 

On Wednesday 24th January 2024 ten year 6 children travelled to The Hive to take part in a Dodgeball Festival along with seven other local schools. The morning was split into two sessions. To start with they completed challenges aimed at developing skills and building confidence. The emphasis was on helping the children to practice their throwing, catching and dodging skills.

 

The second part of the morning consisted of ten matches against the other schools. Each child showcased their skills in different ways. Harley, Nathan, Lily and Rosie threw powerfully and accurately managing to hit several of their opponents. Iyan and Monte showed their rapid speed and agility through-out the competition. Mercy, Teddy and Darcie were super stealthy as they dodged balls skilfully and showed great awareness and flexibility to avoid the balls heading their way. Our catching king was Thomas who managed to remove several players from the other teams by expertly catching their throws. ESJ won seven, drew one and lost two games overall.

 

This was a great, friendly event which gave children that previously hadn’t had the opportunity to compete in sports events outside of school, a platform to showcase their amazing skills. Everyone enjoyed their morning and came back into school excited to tell their classmates all about their experiences.

Sixes Stack Up The Silverware

 

On Friday 1st December eight year 6 children travelled to March to take part in a Sport Stacking competition against ten other teams. The format for this competition changed from previous years. One competitor from each team competed in consecutive races and the slowest time was eliminated leaving one stacker to progress to the semi-finals and then the final.

 

Our first event was the Individual 3-3-3. Jessica and Laura both done well to make it to the final of their respective heats but just failed to make the semi-finals.

 

Next up was the Team 3-3-3. This was a relay race with all four team members taking it in turns to stack the cups, down stack the cups then run back to tag their teammates. Both ESJ teams finished in the top two in their semi-finals and progressed swiftly through to the final. The yellow team (Ilina, Madeleine, Eliza and Laura) performed brilliantly claiming second place to take the silver medal. The green team (Arthur, Dylan, Delia and Jessica) narrowly missed out on a medal when they were unlucky to finish in fourth spot.

 

The last event of the day was Individual 3-6-3. Arthur and Laura cruised through their respective heats and semi-finals to book their places in the grand final. Despite stiff competition Arthur performed magnificently to beat the favourite and win the Gold medal finishing in first place. Laura achieved some great times to finish in third place and deservedly won the bronze.

 

The medals and certificates were fully deserved as the children put in many hours of practice both at home and in their lunchtimes at school. The team spirit shown by all of our competitors was great to watch and it was good to see the huge smiles on their faces through-out the tournament.

Fan'TAG'stic Rugby

 

We travelled to Ely Hockey Club on Friday 3rd November to compete in the annual Mixed Tag Rugby Tournament. Nine children from year 6 were chosen for the team having showcased their skills during PE lessons. Schools were initially divided into four groups with the winners and runners up from each group progressing to the Gold group and the teams finishing third and fourth moving into the Silver group.

 

Our opening match was against Fordham A and was an end to end encounter. ESJ eventually ran out victors 6-4 with tries being scored by Gregor x2, William Fr x2 and speedy Stanley x2. Next up was a game against Isleham B which again was a closer fought event and we found ourselves 3-1 down at the halfway point. A couple of substitutions changed the flow of the game and we fought back strongly to eventually win the game 4-3. The try scorers were Stanley, Elliott and William Fr x2. The final game in the opening group stage was against local rivals Ely St Marys. In a very one sided match ESJ played some exquisite Rugby, thrashing their opponents 6-1 to win the group and progress to the Gold group for the next round of matches. The scorers were William Fr x3, Gregor, Elliott and William Fi.

 

Isleham A were our first opponents and this proved to be another high scoring game which ebbed and flowed through-out. ESJ eventually won the match 5-4 to extend the winning record. Tries were scored by Elliott x2, Emilia, Florence and William Fr. Our second game saw us paired with St Andrews. ESJ dominated the game winning 4-1 with tries from William Fr x2, Cassia and Stanley. Going into the last group game against Robert Arkenstall we knew a win would put us in the final.  Once again ESJ blew the opposition away with a commanding performance to seal a well-deserved 4-0 victory. Tries were shared between William Fi, William Fr, Gregor and super sub Quinn.

 

The final was a repeat of last year with the always well organised and talented Fordham B our last hurdle to overcome. Fordham won the toss and therefore started with the all-important possession. Another end to end match was hard fought from start to finish and the scores were level at the end of normal time. Unfortunately the game was decided in extra time when our opponents sneaked over the line to score the decisive try to clinch the final 4-3.

 

Everyone had a great morning and played some really fast, exciting, attacking Rugby throughout and every member of the squad scored. The team spirit and positivity was pleasing to see and the sportsmanship shown was exemplary. The Children deserve huge credit for all the training that they done in their lunchtimes in the week leading up to the tournament and in their PE lessons. Although initially disappointed to lose such a close final the children should be immensely proud of finishing in second place out of 16 teams with six wins and only one defeat.

 

 

Great Girls Score Silver

 

On Monday 16th October ten girls from years 5 & 6 made the short journey to Witchford College to compete in a girls football tournament. There were seven other teams in the event with all schools playing seven minute games against each other.

 

Our first match was against Fordham A who are traditionally a very strong well organised team. This proved to be the case and despite a great effort we were very unlucky to concede two own goals and couldn’t quite find a way back into the game, which culminated in a 2-0 defeat. The next opponents were Robert Arkenstall, another tricky tie early in the competition. We won a hard-fought match 1-0 with a great strike from captain Jessica S and some tough defending from the impressive Jessica H. Our third match was against Isleham, the game was end to end through-out until the deadlock was broken by ESJ’s striker Enid who crashed the ball home and celebrated in style as we clinched another 1-0 victory. Sutton were next and another close encounter was decided when Olivia slotted in the only goal of the game to give us another 1-0 victory. The clean sheet was largely due to our goalkeeper Jess who made several fine saves. Game five was a big local derby against Isle of Ely. This was a cagey game from start to finish but thanks to some brilliant defending from Leya the final score was a 0-0 draw. Our penultimate fixture was against Fordham B. From the outset ESJ dominated the match with Annalyse and Sophie flying down the wings creating chances galore so it was no surprise when Cassia and Jessica S grabbed the goals to ensure a 2-0 win. Our final game was against Weatheralls and all of the girls were determined to finish on a high. Madeleine was a rock at the back in every match we played and kept our opponents well away from the goal. At the other end Cassia scored a fantastic brace. For her second goal of the game she ran the entire length of the pitch to rifle in an unstoppable shot and clinch a deserved 2-0 victory.

 

With only one defeat and six games without conceding a goal ESJ finished 2nd overall behind Fordham A who dominated the tournament and won all of their games. This was a magnificent achievement as only three of our team play competitive football for Saturday teams and was testament to their hard work and willingness to listen and learn.

NFL Flag Football

Year 4’s Runaway Success.

 

Five girls and five boys from year 4 were chosen to compete in the annual Quadkids event on Friday 30th June at Witchford Village College. The competition is made up of four athletics challenges:

50m Sprint.

400m Run.

Standing Long Jump.

Throwing a Howler.

 

This is a team event where all team members score points towards an overall total, the faster that the runs are completed the more points are awarded. The further the children run or jump the more points the team receive. The children were split into heats where they competed against the other school.

 

Our first event was the Standing Long Jump. Griffin jumped to an amazing 1.78m, with Leja just edging it with a huge jump of 1.8m. Minty also performed well with a very creditable leap of 1.46m.

 

Next up was the daunting 400m run. The children have practiced this race at school to help them judge pace and staying power. Leja and Enid stormed to victories in their respective heats with Lucy achieving a hard fought second place. For the boys Sam ran brilliantly and led from the front the whole time to comfortably win his heat. Griffin and Marley finished second in their heats with well-judged runs and Jude came third to add important points to our total.

 

Our penultimate challenge was a mixture of technique and power, throwing the Howler. Marley threw an incredible 16.9m with Joe pulling out one of his best throws 11.7m. Olivia managed 11.4m for the girls which was a great effort.

 

The final event was the 50m Sprint. I was blown away by our athletes as Sam, Griffin, Marley, Leja and Enid all romped to first place finishes in their heats. A notable mention also for Olivia and Joe who fought hard to achieve second in their heats and further boost ESJ’s points tally.

 

I am delighted and proud to confirm that out of the seven teams competing Ely St Johns finished in 1st place taking the Gold Medal. The competition was well run as usual and the weather was kind to us. It was great to see all of our athletes giving 100% in all of the events that they took part in and their never say die attitude was a pleasure to witness.

Super Silver for 6’s.

 

On Friday the 16th June, ten children from year 6 represented ESJ at a Quadkids competition at Soham Village College. Teams were made up of five boys and five girls and in total there were ten teams competing. Quadkids is an athletics event where all of the children take part in:

75m Sprint.

600m Run.

Standing Long Jump.

Throwing a Howler.  

This is a team event where all team members score points towards an overall total, the faster that the runs are completed the more points are awarded. The further the children throw or jump the more points the team receive.

 

The children were split into heats where they competed against the other school. The first event for the girls was the Howler. Lola, Poppy and Isobel all won their heats getting exceptional distance on their throws. The boys started with probably the most difficult event, the 600m. Tomo romped to victory and Charlie G was hot on his heals to finish in second place for the boys.

 

The girls next event was the 600m. With the sun blazing down, Hattie was victorious with Lola coming in third. The boys were flexing their muscles now throwing the Howler. Josh came a close second in his heat earning important points for the team.

 

The penultimate challenge for the girls was the Long Jump. Poppy jumped an incredible 2m with Tessza a fraction behind in second place with a jump of 1.9m. The girls were all praised for the distances they achieved and the technique that they had perfected. The boys were now sprinting. Charlie G won his race narrowly from Tomo in their heat. Jenson and Josh both earned hard fought second places when they ran.

 

The final event for the girls was the 60m Sprint. Tessza flew out of the blocks to grab a fantastic first place, with Hattie and Poppy both cruising to second place finishes. The boys completed the days competition with the Long Jump. Tomo and Charlie G both jumped 1.88m with Charlie T, third with a great jump of 1.72m.  

 

Our final position overall was 2nd which was a magnificent achievement on a hot morning and all the children should be proud of the determination, team spirit and strength that they showed through-out. It was great to see all of the children putting in maximum effort and all earning valuable points for their school.

ESJ Hit Opponents Four Six.
 
On Wednesday 17th May, ten year 6 children travelled to March Cricket Club to compete in a Dynamos Cricket competition against three other teams.
 
Our first match was against Calvary Yellows who proved to be tough opposition from the off. ESJ batted first with Isaac and Jenson crashing boundaries to give us a high scoring start. Lois and Laurie bowled accurately and professionally to keep our opponents runs to a minimum. The contest was nip and tuck throughout but in the end ESJ won narrowly 69 - 64 to get off to a winning start. 
 
The next game was against Calvary Reds who fielded a team of year 5 children. They won the toss and decided to bat first. Ayah bowled brilliantly giving hardly any runs away and always threatening the wickets. The fielding from the whole team was excellent, especially from Thomas who used the techniques he learnt in training to good effect. When it was our turn to bat, the runs flowed freely with Josh and Rosa crashing the ball all round the park. The final score was a huge 94 - 21 victory for ESJ.
 
Our last opponents of the day were Glebelands Red who had looked a good side in earlier games in the competition. Jacob and Rosa batted brilliantly and took full advantage of any free hits to crash balls for four during their innings. At the half way point the match was delicately poised and could have gone either way. James and Laurie bowled consistently well to keep us in control of the game and the final score was a convincing 63 - 34 win for ESJ.
 
ESJ finished top of the group as a result of winning all of their games. The running between the wickets proved to be crucial as the hours of practice that the children had put in paid dividends. Special mentions to joint Captains, Laurie and Jenson who organised the fielding superbly along with their excellent effort with both bat and ball. Jacobs all round performance was also noted and praised by Calvary's coach/teacher.        

UnBEElievable Year 6 Net 2nd.

 

On Friday 24th March five girls and 3 boys from year 6 headed off to Soham Village College to compete in a mixed Bee Netball Tournament. This event is always very popular and in total 14 teams took part from all over East Cambs. ESJ were in group B and played against each of the 6 other teams with the group winners and runners-up progressing to the semi-finals. On court positions were rotated after each game which lasted 7 minutes.

 

Our first match was against Isleham B and the team breezed to a 10-0 victory thanks to 5 goals each from Jenson and Laurie. Our next opponents were St Andrews A from Soham who are traditionally strong in this event. Super shooting from Ayah who scored 5 and Yasmeen who scored 1 ensured a comfortable 6-0 win. Next up were Robert Arkenstall B who had only entered a second team into the competition at the last minute, so were a little short of practice. 9 goals from James and 6 from Hattie confirmed ESJ’s complete dominance with a 15-0 triumph. Our fourth match was against Sutton A who had shown some promise in the early stages of the event. A confident Josh tucked away 2 goals with Olivia netting a hat-trick. The final score was 5-1. Our penultimate fixture was a tricky one against local rivals Ely St Mary’s. A narrow 2-0 victory was achieved thanks to a brace from Laurie despite some great defensive play from the opposition. Our last group game was also a local Derby against Isle of Ely. This was a hard fought encounter from start to finish and although ESJ took an early lead thanks to Yasmeen’s crucial second goal of the tournament it was end to end excitement. Our rivals snatched a late equaliser and despite strong pressure Josh defended heroically and we held out for a well-deserved 1-1 draw which ensured top spot in the group stage with an unbeaten record and a place in the semi-finals.

 

Our semi-final opponents were confirmed as St Andrews B. Ely got off to a lightning quick start with awesome James netting 5 and Hattie chipping in with 3 as we stormed into the final. A stiff challenge lay ahead in the form of Robert Arkenstall A from Haddenham who had several netball players in their team and had won all of their matches convincingly to reach the final. Despite the early set-back of falling behind Josh equalised to get us back in the game. As the game developed it was clear that our opponents were incredibly strong and they eventually swept to a 6-1 win and they fully deserved the trophy. This was our first and only defeat of the tournament. Our runners-up place was a very creditable performance.

 

In conclusion, it was, as always a great event to take part in with every member of the team performing brilliantly and the teamwork was a pleasure to behold. Every single team member should be proud of themselves and special thanks to Laurie and Olivia’s mum Sophie Daynes for giving up her time to help coach the children at lunchtimes.

Year 4 Dodgeball Diamonds.
 
On Tuesday the 7th March twelve year 4 children travelled to The Hive in Ely to compete in a Dodgeball Competition. Ely St Johns had two teams which were put into separate groups where they competed against four other schools.
 
Team A
 
Won 2.
Drew 1.
Lost 1.
 
They finished 3rd in their group resulting in a play off for 5/6 position. Unfortunately they narrowly lost this game and finished a very creditable 6th place overall.
 
Team B.
 
Won 2.
Drew1.
Lost1.
 
They finished 2nd in their group resulting in a semi-final game against Millfield. Despite a close game the team triumphed 2-1 to progress to the final. The opposition for the final were Sutton who had performed strongly throughout the event. A fantastic performance ensured a comfortable 2-0 win to successfully lift the trophy in the schools first ever Dodgeball Competition.
 
This was the first competition that most of these children had taken part in away from school and they were all a huge credit to ESJ and themselves. They fully deserved their success and all had a great time. 
 
 
Ely St Johns wins GOLD!
 
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year.
 
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school’s engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
 
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our events possible. 
An Olympian visits ESJ!
Today we were delighted to host Rob Richardson, the captain of GB's sitting volleyball team. Having competed at the London 2012 Paralympics, Rob spoke to the children about living with a prosthetic leg and how he became inspired to compete in sitting volleyball. Year 3 and 4 were lucky enough to try out the sport for themselves under his expert tuition! 
Four- midable.
 

Ten children from Year 4 travelled the short distance to Ely Hockey Club for a Football Tournament on Friday 1st July. There were eight teams, split into two groups of four. The winners and runners up from each group qualified for the semi-finals.

 

Our first match was against Ely St Marys B and despite going an early goal down, the team responded well and fought back to gain a well-deserved point thanks to a goal from William. Luke was solid in defence with some strong tackles preventing their attackers from scoring again. Next up was Rackham B who fielded an inexperienced team including some Year 3 children. The final score was a resounding 9-0 victory, Callum and Jimi both scored hat-tricks, William scored a brace and Stanley netted the other. Riaz ensured that there was no way through for the team from Witchford. Going into the last group game we knew that a win would put us into the semi-finals. Our opponents were a very strong Westfield A team who had impressed throughout the tournament. This turned out to be an extremely tough end to end match, but a goal apiece from speedy Stanley and Dylan clinched the points for ESJ. A special mention to Callum who man-marked their dangerous number 9, not giving him a sniff of a chance all game, he even followed him to the touchline when he was subbed just to make sure that the threat had gone. Elliot was also outstanding in defence sweeping up any loose balls with great positional sense.

 

Our reward in the semi-finals was a tie against Ely St Marys A. By now the boys were playing some beautiful, flowing passing football and they easily despatched their opponents 6-0 with a hat-trick from William, two from Jimi and another from Dylan. Awaiting us in the final were our local rivals and the team that we had played in our first game, Ely St Marys B. This time we got off to a flying start with an early goal from Owen, who adapted seamlessly to several different positions during the tournament. Gregor the Goalie was called into action but saved well and should be proud to have only conceded one goal in the whole event. Towards the end, Dylan slotted in another important goal to seal the victory and win the competition.

 

It was great to see the joy and excitement on the boys faces as they deservedly lifted the trophy for Ely St Johns. A great team performance with every player contributing fully to this impressive display of exciting football.

Year 4’s Grab Gold.

 

On Friday 10th June five girls and five boys from year 4 travelled to Witchford Village College to compete in a Quadkids competition against 11 other schools.

 

The competition consisted of the following four events which each child participated in:

60 Metre Sprint

400 Metre Race

Standing Long Jump

Throwing a Howler (a rugby ball with a fin on the back).

 

We were placed in a group with four other schools. First up was the 60m Sprint. All of the ESJ children came first or second with special mentions to, William, Sophie and Cassia who all won their heats. Next up was the Standing Long Jump. After practising their techniques in the week before the event our stand out performer this time was Stanley and once again everyone added lots of points to the team total. Our penultimate event was the 400m race. This was a real challenge as the sun was beating down and there was a gusty wind on one of the straights. Amazingly our athletes came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all four races with Dylan, William, Jessica S and Cassia winning their heats. The final competition was throwing the Howler. Again the children had been perfecting their techniques throughout the week and everyone threw further than their previous personal bests. Callum, Owen, Annelyse and Jessica H were outstanding.

 

The final results were announced just before we returned to school and Ely St Johns won the gold medal romping home in 1st place overall. This was a truly exceptional performance by all ten children participating in their first school sports competition.