St Bede’s School sports news

TWO ST BEDE’S School students are new East Sussex Table Tennis Champions

The East Sussex Schools individual championships were held at St Leonards Academy on Wednesday last week. There was a great atmosphere and more than 50 players were involved.

Lower Fifth student Yuki Wat won the Under 16 Girls’ title, with Lower Sixth student Bryan Kwan winning the Under 19 Boys’ title

The winners now have an opportunity to go on to the national schools table tennis individuals finals.

NINE-YEAR-OLD Saffron Dowse, from St Bede’s Prep School, recently returned from an incredible tennis experience in America.

Saffy took part in the Little Mo tennis tournaments, which are the premier challenge for youngsters across the nation to compete against others who are the same age at the sectional, regional and national level.

The first tournament was a huge compass draw of a national standard played with yellow balls and two full sets to six. Saffy was the only British girl to make the main draw and got as far as the quarters before meeting the No 3 seed, where she lost following a gruelling two-hours match.

In the second tournament, she competed a year ahead of year, in the U10 group (in America Saffy was classed as an U9).

After beating the girl who won the whole event Saffron had to play back-to-back matches and sadly lost to a girl she should probably have beaten, Saffy took the final position of third place.

An observer commented: “Third place gave Saffy the largest trophy ever seen! But then everything is bigger in America!”

WHILST the rest of the county shivers in the lowest temperatures for some years, St Bede’s Student Callum Jackson is escaping the cold for the more benign climate of Pune, India.

As a member of the England Cricket Board’s England Development programme he will attend a 20-day competitive training camp between February 4 and 24.

The team will play seven matches in Pune and one in Mumbai during the tour, and Callum is likely to be captain for a number of them. When not enjoying the average daily temperatures of 12C to 32C, and the 10 hours a day of sunshine, he might have to take refuge from the three millimetres of rain which is likely to fall over February.

He will also have to keep up with his Sixth Form studies and complete the work he has been given.

The whole England squad have been raising money for two community projects in Pune. They will visit an orphanage and a primary school to coach cricket with the children. They will leave cricket equipment and books with them and donate money that they have raised.

Callum undertook a sponsored 10km run, in full cricket batting kit, (helmet, pads, bat etc.) and with the help of a variety of sponsors and the St Bede’s community he has raised a total of £480 as his contribution to these worthy causes.

Pictured is Callum in his England Development Programme kit.

ST BEDE’S made it through to the English Schools’ Football Association Cup quarter finals for the third time in four years when they beat St Bernard’s Grammar School, Slough, 4-1.

A well-organised and highly-disciplined display brought success from a game which could easily have proved to be a tricky tie.

Both teams were well matched in the first half which saw no score, but gradually St Bede’s took a grip of the game in the second half and the deadlock was broken after 65 minutes when Ashley Crocombe smashed the ball in from a corner.

A second goal quickly followed on 70 minutes when a long throw from Joe Jarmyn was flicked on at the near post for Callum Guest to head home.

James Langston then stroked home after a good move to make it three before St Bernard’s got a goal back to make it a nervy final five minutes. Jay Amin, who had troubled the opposition all day with his pace, then broke away in injury time to set up Langston for a fourth.

The draw for the quarter finals took place at the end of January. See a future edition for the latest on St Bede’s fortunes in this competition.

PRE-SEASON netball training kicked off in an intense and positive manner at St Bede’s Senior School, when girls from both the Prep School and Senior School were invited to attend a masterclass session with Superleague team Northern Thunder’s finest shooter, Karen Greig.

The former International and current Superleague player ran the young netball players through their paces, providing excellent technical and physical coaching both in attacking and defensive ends of the court.

In the afternoon sessions girls from other schools were also invited to attend the masterclass. The day was a great success and finished in a competitive but friendly tournament between the rival schools.