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Thursday 4th June
Today, three teams were entered into a very competitive ‘Quad Kids’ athletics tournament held at Wyvern School. All athletes had to compete in four different events. These were a 75m sprint, a 600m run, a howler throw and a standing long jump. Each competitor was given a set number of points for their team depending on how well they performed in each discipline. At the end of the competition after all scores had been collated, Fair Oak A finished in second place behind Berrywood. Each of our athletes should feel very proud of themselves as there were some outstanding individual performances in all four events.
Friday 5th June
Our cricket season began today with a boys Hampshire Cup match away to Marchwood. Fair Oak won the toss, fielded first and bowled superbly to restrict the hosts to just 204 for 5. Fair Oak responded in positive fashion with some great shots but unfortunately the wickets kept falling which kept Marchwood in the game. At the end of play Fair Oak edged out Marchwood and finished with a score of 210 for 11. Well done boys.
Monday 8th June
Three cricket teams were entered into a boys competition held at Hursley Park Cricket Club. The competition included nineteen schools from across Eastleigh and the surrounding area and so the standard of competition was high. The teams were split into groups in the morning with all the teams in each group playing each other with the top two from each group going through to the quarter finals in the afternoon. Fair Oak C started their campaign strongly with a convincing win over Norwood but then lost their three remaining matched to St Swithun Wells, Merdon and Hiltingbury. Our B team also began well by beating Shakespeare but then also went on to lose their remaining matches to Berrywood, Nightingale and Botley A. Unfortunately these results meant that neither our C or B teams qualified for the next stage of the tournament. However, Fair Oak A won their group by beating St Francis, Fryern and Botley B and so progressed through to the quarter finals where they played Knightwood. Our boys won comfortably and so went on to face Botley A in the semis and again, Fair Oak won to set up a clash with Berrywood in the final. Fair Oak batted first and were restricted to 202 for 7. Berrywood then went on to make 231 for 2 to clinch a place in the county finals at the Ageas Bowl. Well done to all three of our teams who displayed some fantastic skills throughout the day!
Tuesday 9th June
Today the girls got their chance today to reach the cricket county finals at the Ageas Bowl. Three teams were entered into a qualifying tournament at Hursley Park Cricket Club involving schools from the local area. The teams were split into two groups with each team playing every other team in their group. The top two would go through to the semi finals. Our C team began with a tough fixture against our A team who had unfortunately been drawn in their group. Our A team won. That game was followed up by two more defeats for the C team against Nightingale and finally to Colden Common. Our B team began positively with wins against Owselbury and Compton before a loss to Knightwood. That was followed up with a victory over Hiltingbury and a final group match defeat to Shakespeare. These results meant that our B team finished in a three way tie for second place in their group. A bowl off then took place between the three teams to decide who would go through to the semi finals and Fair Oak did superbly to win and progress through to the next stage. Our A team won all three of their group matches the first of which was against our C team, and then Colden Common and finally Nightingale. In the semi finals our A and B teams met each other. Fair Oak A won the match to set up a final against an ever improving Colden Common side. However, our girls were just too strong for Colden Common and won the tournament meaning that we have now qualified to play at the Ageas Bowl later in the month. Well done girls, what a fantastic achievement!
Four tennis teams selected from Years 3 and 4 were entered into a tournament held at Hamble College. Each of our teams were put into different groups with teams from other schools and they all did brilliantly. Three of our teams made it through to the next stage of the competition by winning their groups and our other team were runners up in their group and therefore just missed out on qualification. After the next round of games, the overall winners were Botley but Fair Oak finished second, third and fourth overall. What a great result for our players!
Wednesday 10th June
A combined Year 4 and 5 boys cricket team were entered into a Year 5 qualifying tournament for the County Finals day to be played next month at West Hill Park School in Titchfield. The tournament was held at Sarisbury Cricket Club and involved schools from the Fareham area. Our team began with a match against Hook with Warsash and we won by a comfortable 52 runs. Our next fixture was a friendly against Wicor B and this match was also won by Fair Oak, this time by an even bigger margin – 76 runs! Sarisbury were next up for our team in a competitive match. Again our boys were just too strong for the opposition and won by 59 runs. This meant that Fair Oak won the tournament and have therefore qualified for the County Finals event. Our day was rounded off by another win in a friendly fixture against Wicor A. The winning margin was 43 runs. The boys played superbly all afternoon and are very much looking forward to finals day!
Thursday 11th June
Our boys cricket A team continued their Hampshire cup campaign today with a home match against Sparsholt. The away side won the toss and decided to bowl. Fair Oak looked in dominant mood right from the first ball and posted a very competitive 268 for 3. The home side then followed up their bating performance with an equally impressive bowling display to restrict Sparsholt to just 203 for 9. A very convincing performance by our boys who now move onto the knock out stages of the competition.
Friday 19th 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 in fantastic. Our girls football team, our hockey team as well as our netball team had all previously qualified for this finals day which is in itself an amazing achievement! Many of our Year Six pupils were at our residential at Fairthorne Manor so all three teams entered were relatively young and inexperienced. Our girls footballers began the group stages of their tournament with three narrow defeats but things improved and three draws then followed. Unfortunately however, these results were not enough to qualify for the semi final stage of the competition.
Our hockey team battled hard against some fantastic opponents but ended up losing five games and drawing one. Despite these results the team gained valuable experience for future competitions and can be very proud of the way they played.
Our netball team played five matches losing their first four but winning their final fixture against St Marys comfortably 5-0. In this match the team showed glimpses of what we can expect in the future from the team.
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!
Friday 26th June
The Fair Oak athletics team travelled to Berrywood school to participate in a competition amongst local schools. The athletes had to perform a number of events including the javelin, the shot put, an 80m sprint, a 200m sprint, a long jump and a standing triple jump. Points were awarded to teams depending on where their athletes came in each of these events. The competition finished with a number of relays. After the last race had been run and the points were added up, third place went to Freegrounds with 14 points, second were Fair Oak with 19 points and the winners were Berrywood who just beat Fair Oak with 21 points. Well done to all of our outstanding athletes.
Today the first session of four dance workshops took place in Wyvern’s dance studio. This session involved a dance teacher training twenty two Year 6 pupils to become ‘Dance Leaders’. Next Friday afternoon the Year 6 pupils will be teaching their routines to two Year 3 classes. We are all very much looking forward to seeing the finished routines!
Monday 29th June
Our girls cricket team had previously qualified for the Country Finals Competition held at the Ageas Bowl by winning at qualifying tournament at Hursley. Only the very best teams in Hampshire achieve making it to this stage of the competition. Our girls began by comfortably winning all three of their morning group games! First up were St Mary’s from Basingstoke who were beaten by 34 runs. Next were Copnor of Portsmouth who were again beaten, this time by 40 runs. The final group game was against Four Marks from Alton and again, Fair Oak were victorious but this time by only 7 runs. These results meant that Fair Oak had qualified from their pool as group winners and would play Abbostwood in the Quarter Final. Unfortunately, despite battling hard, it was Abbostwood who were the winners in this game by 19 runs. Fair Oak then fielded a very young and inexperienced team in a friendly match against Hook with Warsash and lost by 42 runs. Despite this end to the tournament our team really enjoyed their day and are already looking forward to the challenge of trying to reach the Ageas Bowl next year. Well done girls – what a great effort from you all!