Level 3 School Games County Finals
Archway took over 40 students to represent the school in softball, archery and mountain biking at the Level 3 School Games at Hartpury College.
With two softball teams, Archway were looking to challenge for the County Title having won it the previous year. Archway 1 were in Pool B and Archway 2 were in Pool A; both pools having strong opposition in which could stand in the way of the final.
Archway 2 set the early pace with a convincing 8-1 win over Gloucester Academy, but their success wasn’t to last. A 4-4 draw against Chosen Hill meant the momentum was halted, which showed in the loss to Wyedean (eventual runners up) and a 9-3 loss to Dene Magna.
In the other pool, Archway 1 set the standards high with wins over Pittville, Lakers and Severn Vale and saw them tied at the top with Farmors in a winner takes all game. Archway’s experience shone through with an absolute fantastic display of hitting and fielding against Farmors, with an 8-0 win.
The 5th place playoff game for Archway 2 v Lakers saw the team get back into the swing of things, with a much improved display resulting in a comfortable win. All attention then turned to Archway 1 in the final against Wyedean. Batting first, Archway 1 was limited to four runs, leaving the game wide open as Wyedean came to the plate. Then, in a great defensive display, Archway limited Wyedean to only a single run and by doing so retained their crown.
In the archery, the team were hampered by unavailability but the strength in depth showed. With a number of students competing for the first time, they managed to achieve 2nd place, losing out to the eventual winners by only a few points. However, two winners on the day were Rhys Hitchings and Clem O’Brien. Rhys won the Passion Award and Clem won the Teamwork Award; award winners were chosen from all competitors for displaying the School Games values.
There was also success in the mountain biking. With the Year 8 and 9 teams finishing 4th, the Year 10’s quality shone through with them winning the County Title. In the individual races, Michael Crilley (Year 9) took 2nd place and Aaron Barnes (Year 10), in a strong field of bikers, took 3rd place in the individual race.
A fantastic achievement by all competitors who participated!