School sport compiled by Peter Wilmott

Pocklington School are the county's indoor cricket kings.

They have been crowned Yorkshire Cricket School/Nat West Under 16 Indoor Cricket champions at Headingley.

They beat Hull CC by three wickets with three balls to spare in the final.

Hull were reduced to 22-5 in only five overs, but they managed to finish on 53 to give themselves a chance but Pock hung on to win a competition which attracted over 120 schools and clubs from the North.

In the first round Pock beat Withernsea School and Rawenstall CC and qualified for the second round, despite losing to Thorp Arch CC.

All three second round games against Al Falah, Sol and Lightcliffe were won to progress to finals day.

Skipper Don Izzard and Edward Smith reach scored 25 to set up a six-wicket third round win over Repton School, Derbyshire.

In the quarter-final, Richard Owen took his second three-wicket haul of the day to restrict Birstall CC to 53 all out and Pock got home by three wickets with a couple of balls to spare.

Batley CC were beaten by two wickets, the West Yorkshire side making 83 with Owen taking three more wickets. Izzard and Smith against gave Pock a good start and built the platform for victory and a place in the final.

Also in the Pocklington side were Tim Garland, Charles Leake and Oliver Fenton. Each won a cricket bat for their efforts. Two other boys who played in earlier rounds, Jodie Shann and Andrew Almond, were unavailable for finals day.


St Peter's School tennis players who have been successful in the LTA Regional Tennis Finals. From left to right: Edward Ashley, Marcus Pullen, John Patrick Wilkinson and Lundi Shackleton. Picture by Nigel Holland

St Peter's School's teenage pool stars are in the swim.

The York independent school's under-15 girls swimming team just missed out on a clean sweep at the John Parry Swimming Relays.

But it was still a successful championship for St Peter's with it's talented team winning three of the four finals.

The events won were the senior medley race, the senior freestyle race and the Under-15 medley relay.

The championships, open to northern independent schools, were held at Leeds Grammar School.


St Peter's School tennis players who have been successful in the LTA Regional Tennis Finals. From left to right: Edward Ashley, Marcus Pullen, John Patrick Wilkinson and Lundi Shackleton. Picture by Nigel Holland

St Peter's School Under-19 tennis team are kings of the court.

The teenagers are celebrating after winning the regional final of the Lawn Tennis Association/ Midland Bank schools tennis competition.

The team were crowned champions after beating Longcroft School, Beverley, by 5 sets to 1, Durham Sixth Form College 6-0 before meeting the previously unbeaten Huddersfield New College in a crunch decider.

Led by skipper Marcus Pullen, the St Peter's team, consisting of Edward Ashley, John-Patrick Wilkinson and Lundi Shackleton, won their singles and then combined to win their doubles for a decisive 6-0 win.

The team now go forward to the knock-out stage of the competition, beginning in May.

A maximum of three rounds stand between them and a place to reach the national finals.

The final eight boys' teams go forward to the All England National Tennis Finals in June.

Netball All Saints School U13 netball team finished the season on a high note by winning the Sherburn Festival for the third successive year.

All Saints beat Selby 9-0, Sherburn 10-2 and Tadcaster 14-0 to win their pool and a place in the semi-final where they met Joseph Rowntree, who were runners-up in pool B.

All Saints won 7-4 and in the final they beat Fulford 7-3, to lift the trophy again.

All Saints team: Emma Watson (capt), Jennifer Addison, Leanne Robinson, Felicity Walsh, Amy Bristow, Laurie Robinson, Rachel Brough, Libby Puckering, Loreta Feasby.

York and District came third in the Inter-area netball tournament at Ashville College, Harrogate.

York and District comfortably beat Hambleton and Richmond 14-4. The player of the match was Nicola Gleeson.

Scarborough then beat York 12-9 with Eleanor Grummitt starring with her excellent interceptions against a tall team.

York's final game against Harrogate was close and competitive, Harrogate winning 12-11. The York player of the match was Marion Willis.

York District team: Claire Gillick (capt), Katy Richardson, Helen Downing, Gwen Bristow (res) (All Saints); Marion Willis (J Rowntree); Eleanor Grummitt, Nicola Gleeson, Kathryn Macmillan, Kelly Davison, Fiona Rogers, Elin Morris (Huntington). Coach and trainer: Val French.

Rugby Union

Manor School U12 Rugby Union team beat several York sides to qualify as the York representatives in the Yorkshire section of the National Under 12 12-a-side competition at Wetherby.

In their group Manor won two games and drew one to go into the semi-final where they beat Beverley Grammar School 15-0.

In the final they drew 0-0 with Harrogate Grammar School and so both teams qualified for the National finals to be held in Staines, Middlesex, on Saturday, April 24.

The top 48 teams in the country will be competing and during that weekend the Manor team will visit Twickenham as guests of the Rugby Football Union.

Manor's U13s continued the good work by beating in-form Canon Lee in the semi-final of the Intermediate (U13) Cup.

Tadcaster on tour in Germany

Footballers from Tadcaster Grammar School are currently on tour in Germany.

The under 16 team is in Hammelburg where they will play FC Unterertal, who visited Tadcaster in an exchange visit two years ago.

The Tadcaster tour party were scheduled to watch the international between Germany and Finland today.

The Tad squad is trained by Darren Taylor and sponsored by John Blackburn, Print and Direct Marketing Solutions.

Huntington successes

Huntington School are celebrating a catalogue of sporting successes.

Their Under 13 netball team won the regional netball tournament at Joseph Rowntree School.

Only Abbey Grange, who beat them by one goal, got the better of Huntington in the qualifying section.

In the semi-final Huntington found themselves trailing to Easingwold, but in the second half their shooters found their range and finished as winners.

In the final they met Abbey Grange and extracted full revenge for their section defeat with a handsome win.

As previously reported in the Evening Press, Huntington's Under 14s also won their regional tournament and made it through to the national finals in Brighton.

Huntington under 13s: Cassie Smith (capt), Jennifer Hart, Debbie Green, Nicole Fletcher, Elizabeth Bridges, Gemma England, Saskia Bradbury, Rebecca Myers, Hannah Dale and Sarah McGuinness.

Cassie Smith and Saskia Bradbury also won the final of the York and District Girls Under 14 badminton tournament, thrashing their Bootham School opponents 15-0 in the final.

Huntington pair Jenny Almond and Gianna Chadwick won the girls under 16 title, while Chris Deadman and Phil Bowling were runners-up in the boys section, with Alistair Vince and Alex MacKay third.

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