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Tuesday 4th June
The cricket season got off to a great start with a boys tournament held at the Lapstone Park playing fields between schools from the Hamble area. The winners of the tournament would progress to the County Finals event next month at The Ageas Bowl. In their pool, Fair Oak B won two games and lost one which meant that they topped the group and qualified for the semi-finals! Fair Oak A won both of their pool fixtures in style against Stoke Park and Hamble and also booked their place in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, the semi-final line up saw both Fair Oak teams face each other. Fair Oak A batted first and posted 249 for 3. In a competitive run chase, Fair Oak B just fell short with a total of 222 for 4 but both teams should be proud of their fantastic performances. This victory for the A team set up a final against Droxford. In that match, Fair Oak fielded first and restricted Droxford to just 199 for 6. In reply, Fair Oak batted solidly to post 224 for 5 and therefore book their place at The Ageas Bowl for the County Finals! Well done to both of our superb cricket teams.
Wednesday 5th June
Our girls development football team took on Freegrounds today in a friendly match at Fair Oak. The match was good preparation for fixtures next year as it gave many of our girls their first opportunity to participate in seven a side school football. Freegrounds dominated the first half and by half time were ahead by three goals to nil. In the second half, our girls put on a fantastic battling display and restricted the visitors to just one more goal, meaning the final result was a four nil win for Freegrounds. Despite this scoreline, Mr Stredwick was pleased with the overall performance of our girls who showed a lot of promise for the future!
Thursday 6th June
Our boys football team played their Hampshire Cup Final today away to Purbrook. The team started superbly and went one nil up soon after the match had begun. The home team struggled to contain Fair Oak who passed the ball with accuracy and incision and they were reliant on their keeper to prevent Fair Oak extending their lead. When the half time whistle blew, Fair Oak had only one goal to show for their efforts. Purbrook came out for the second half with added purpose and equalised before storming into the lead. Fair Oak battled back to draw level. The game was now open and Purbrook again took the lead before Fair Oak were given the chance to equalise from the penalty spot but unfortunately, saw the well struck penalty miss the target. Despite this, Fair Oak still managed to find a late equaliser to send the game to extra time. No goals were added in the first half of extra time but with two minutes left in the second half, the home side struck what turned out to be the winner with a long range swerving shot. What a game! Despite the four three loss, our boys should be proud of their efforts today and throughout the season as a whole. Well done to all of those involved for representing our school brilliantly throughout the competition this year!
Friday 7th June
Our lower school tennis team played their Hamble area final today against Botley. The winners of the match would progress through to the Hampshire finals event later in the month. The team had already worked really hard, having had to win one tournament just to get to this stage! In a closely contested match, it was Fair Oak who just edged out Botley by thirty seven points to thirty six. Well done to the team for a great performance!
Tuesday 11th June
Our girls cricket season also got off to a great start with a tournament held at the Lapstone Park playing fields between schools from the Hamble area. Just like the boys event at the start of the month, the winners of the tournament would progress to the County Finals at The Ageas Bowl in July. In their pool, Fair Oak B won two games and lost two which meant that they just missed out on qualification for the final. Fair Oak A beat Netley Abbey in their opening match and then followed that up with another win against Droxford. Freegrounds were our final group opponents in the pool stage and Fair Oak just won this tight match by four runs which mean that they qualified for the final! In this final, Botley were the opponents. Botley batted first and scored 247 for 1. In response, Fair Oak batted sensibly and just made their target in the final over, finishing on 252 for 4! Well done to both of our superb cricket teams.
Monday 17th June
The boys cricket team played their first match in the Hampshire Cup for this year away to Droxford. The home side won the toss and elected to bat first. Fair Oak bowled well but gave away a few too many runs through fielding errors, leaving Droxford with a competitive total of 256 for 7. In response, Fair Oak batted sensibly, finishing on a total of 280 for 4. Well done to the team for a good overall performance.
Tuesday 18th June
Fair Oak today hosted a tennis festival for years 3 and 4. Fair Oak entered three boys teams and two girls teams into the event. The standard of competition was really high and Mr Stredwick was really pleased with all those involved. Well done to our teams for their brilliant performances!
Thursday 20th June
Fair Oak had previously qualified for the Hampshire School Games finals at Aldershot army barracks. This annual competition is similar in structure to the Olympics in that there are various teams competing in a variety of sports in arenas across the complex. The athletes involved are the best in Hampshire so the level of competition is fantastic. Our basketball team, our hockey team, our netball team as well as our tennis team had all previously qualified for this finals day which is in itself an amazing achievement!
After all of their group matches had been played, our basketball team found themselves in fourth place in their pool with three loses and two notable wins against Wallop and Brighstone. Mr Stredwick was extremely pleased with the performances of all of the team!
Our hockey players performed brilliantly throughout their tournament and finished in third place in the Plate competition with wins over Newchurch, Park Gate and North Baddesley. Our netballers faced stiff competition in their event and lost four matches, all by close scorelines. The highlight of their day was a six nil demolition of Newchurch. The Fair Oak lower school tennis team showed some excellent shot making throughout their competition and they finished in ninth place overall which was an extremely good result.
All of our athletes who took part deserve a huge pat on the back for the way they persevered in all of their fixtures against some superb opposition. They played with spirit, enthusiasm and passion while always remembering to play their games in the right spirit. We are all very proud of you. Well done!
Tuesday 25th June
Two lower school handball teams were entered a festival held today at Wildern School. Wellstead, St James, Netley Abbey, Durley, Freegrounds and Droxford also attended the competition which gave all of the pupils an opportunity to improve their skills in the sport through a series of fun activities. The festival ended with every team playing three fixtures to put into practice what they had been learning during the earlier part of the event. Both of our teams played superbly and enjoyed the afternoon!