Level 3 School Games
With a coach load of 49 students going to Hartpury to represent the 3 softball teams, archery and mountain biking, Archway was hopeful of collecting some medals on the day.
However the success of all the students was incredible, with the school winning 53 medals! The archery team were hampered through availability due to exams, but people stepping into the team showed there were no weaknesses. Strong performances from individuals meant that the archery team gained 2nd place in the county—with Luke Windle achieving 2nd place individually in the county!
The mountain biking was another strong outing for the 4 students who took part. Getting a solid start in the time trial and putting all the practice in place, the team achieved 1st place in the county. The success went one stage further in the individual events with Archway then grabbing the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place medals. This was testament to the time and dedication which the students put in on their own outside of school.
It was then all down to softball. With 3 teams entered having been so successful at school, and other schools dropping out, it was set to be an interesting tournament to see how the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams would perform. The 1st team were hoping to go far and avenge their defeat to Dene Magna, to whom Archway came 2nd last year. It didn’t go so well though, with the 1st team not playing to their full potential and not winning their pool overall. The 3rd team were showing signs of being successful, yet a hiccup in the pool stages meant they ended up playing the 1st team for the 3rd place medals. Very surprisingly in softball, the 3rd place playoff game was a 2-2 draw meaning the teams had become joint 3rd place in the county. The 2nd team stepped up to the plate and did just this, overreaching any aims and creating enough momentum to see them through to the final against Dene Magna; a repeat of 1st v 2nd last year. Batting first, it was a nervous time as the team only managed to get 3 home until the final batter came to play. A misfield from Dene Magna meant that all 4, with the bases loaded, got home to create a total of 7. Archway’s fielding in return though was good, stopping a lot of Dene Magna’s hitters at source, but Dene Magna’s quality shone through, with it going down to the wire and them getting 6 in reply. This meant Archway were the county champions and avenging defeat from last year. Furthermore, the school therefore are now county champions, the U18s having won their competition earlier in the year; a testament to the hard work put in by students at training!