Sports roundup from St. Dominics

Sailing Rudyard Lake – Senior School

In May a number of our senior girls thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to experience sailing in Pico’s and Lasers at Rudyard sailing club near Leek, in relatively calm and sunny conditions.

ISA Midlands Senior Athletics Championships

Competing at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in the Midlands Independent Schools Athletics Championships, our Year 7 team performed extremely well on the day with many of the team achieving top eight performances in their individual events.
• Ellie Cope Shot Put Champion
• Ellie Cope Javelin 4th
• Molly Barton Hurdles 4th
• Sophie Roberts High Jump 4th
• Roberta Arrowsmith Long Jump 5th
• Georgia Murphy 800m 6th
• Roberta Arrowsmith Discus 7th

The team took an excellent 4th place out of 20 strong Midlands Independent schools.

Ella Hughes (Year 8) also took a top ten position, finishing seventh place in the hurdles. Gabby Trotman, competing in the Yr 10/11 age group, was just pipped to two individual titles in finishing as Midlands Runner Up in the 800m & 200m events. Gabby and Ellie both qualified for the National Championships.


Rudyard Lake Sailing – Prep School

A very keen and excited group of Prep children from Primary 3 to 6 also attended Rudyard Lake Sailing Club for a sailing taster session. The safety boats were on hand as they took to the waters in rather too windy conditions for novice sailors. Whizzing across the lake at speed and on a tilt in the larger laser with one of the instructors provided many a squeal! It was very good to hear that a number of the group followed up their sailing experience by attending the May half term holiday club sessions.


Athletics Success

Ellie Cope (Year 7) retained her shot put champion status at the Midlands Independent Schools Athletics Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham in June. Ellie superbly pushed her shot over 7 metres in taking the title that she first took last year in the Junior Championships.

Ellie then went on to represent the Midlands Regional team, superbly finishing in second place at the National Championships.

Ellie also added the Stafford and District title to her list of victories closely followed by achieving Staffordshire County Champion status in a new personal best of 8.53m. Ellie unsurprisingly has been asked to represent Staffordshire in a large Inter County event in July. Some fantastic results Ellie!

Stafford & District U12 Champion
Staffordshire County U12 Champion
Midlands Independent U12 Champion
National Independent Schools U12 Runner Up

Kayaking Stafford & Stone Canoe Club

Students from Year 5 upwards took to the waters of the River Trent in Stone, enjoying three kayaking sessions with Mr Andy Neave from the Stafford & Stone Canoe Club. Their confidence and skill on the water has improved steadily as they have tackled the current and slalom course gates up and down stream.

U11 Open Kwik Cricket Stafford & Stone Sports Partnership Tournament

We entered the U11 Open Kwik Cricket Tournament for the first time this year providing our young cricket boys with the opportunity to play together, along with Mary Ellis representing the Open section, more than holding her own amongst all the boys. Nine schools took part, divided into three mini leagues. With one win and one loss the team went forward to the fourth to sixth place play-off where they registered two wins, resulting in the team taking overall fourth place. The team also met Sam Kelsall, Nottinghamshire and England U19 International who came along to support the Hawkins brothers.


Mary Ellis, Lucy Murphy and Poppy Lankenau have all had a successful football season with Stone Dominoes Football Club Under 10’s team.  At recent presentations the girls received trophy’s, medals and certificates for winning the indoor Futsal league and were runners up in both the Autumn and Spring North Staffs Girls League.

Mary also won trophies for players player of the year, parents player of the year and top goal scorer.  Mary is pictured with the team coach Vanessa Atherton a former U19 England International and grade 2 coach.

Georgia Murphy plays for Stone Dominoes Football Club Under 12’s who also came second in the North Staffs Girls Spring League and in the Sentinel Cup.  Georgia won the trophy for the players player of the year. The girls have done extremely well and it is reward for all their hard work with training every Wednesday and matches every Saturday during the season.

Staffordshire County Schools Championships
Northwood Stadium

Hollie Stow, our talented School Games Captain, added to her AAA Staffs High Jump Title by taking double gold in high jump and hurdles at the County Schools Championships at Northwood Stadium. Yet again Hollie rose to the occasion setting new personal bests in both events. Fantastic results Hollie!

U11 Staffordshire Girls Kwik Cricket Final

Eight teams that had won their area tournaments went forward to represent their area at the Staffordshire final held at Cannock Cricket Club. There were two leagues of four teams. In Kwik cricket every team member has to bat for two overs and bowl for one over. There were fours, sixes, quick singles, wickets, catches and run outs; everyone contributing to the team effort with the bat or ball. In our league we defeated St Joseph’s, Bartholomew’s Academy and Oldfield’s Middle. We topped our group qualifying for the semi-finals. Whittington’s stronger batting performance unfortunately saw us beaten in the semi-final. Five of this team are eligible for this competition next year so the experience gained from reaching the semis will be valuable. Congratulations and very well played on an excellent third place in Staffordshire to Chloe Walker, Mary Ellis, Sophie Hughes, Harriet Pickering, Ava Stacey, Raphaella Sheldon, Lucy Murphy and Paris Green.

Staffordshire School Games Tri Golf Finals – Almost the best Primary tri golf team in the County!

Qualifying as the Stafford and Stone area Champions, our junior tri golf team eagerly anticipated the Staffordshire School Games Finals at Keele University. We participated in the opening ceremony, meeting Chantelle Cameron and Roxy Keshavarz, both GB sport ambassadors. Sporting oaths were read out, as well as watching a gymnastic cheer leading demonstration and a drum group playing a Samba number. In glorious sunshine, competing against the other seven area finalists, Lucy Murphy, Ava Stacey, Mary Ellis, Callum Hawkins, William Bennett, Hugo Caine, Henry Cox, Sophie Hughes, Tapiwa Mutezo and Raphaella Sheldon, completed the eight chipping and putting challenges with great skill and teamwork.

Over to the main stage we went awaiting the results. Tension rose as the results were read in reverse order. Top three….yes! Top two…yes! Second! Just 4 points off first place!
Fabulous result. Second best junior tri golf team in Staffordshire!

Wimbledon Trip
by Hollie Stow, Games Captain

“We arrived at Stafford Train Station for 8.30am; most of us were still half asleep but really excited about the day ahead. The journey didn’t seem to take too long and by the time we arrived in London the sun was shining and it was beginning to get very hot.

On Court 2 we saw the end of the match between Li Na and Yvonne Meusburger before watching Tara Moore, a British player, against Vera Zvonareva. Tara played a brilliant match but unfortunately lost in the final set. We then had the privilege of watching a thrilling match between David Ferrer and Andrey Kuznetsov.

After watching the amazing matches we were ready for a bowl of strawberries and cream on Murray Mount, which were absolutely delicious. That left just enough time to have a look in the Wimbledon shop and buy a few souvenirs before heading back home, much to our disappointment.

Although it was a long and hot day we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had a fabulous time.”