A busy week of fixtures got underway on Monday night as our year seven and year nine boys played at home and away respectively. The year seven team were representing the school for the first time as they took on Canterbury Academy.
Dane Court 36 - 7 Canterbury Academy
Dane Court's year seven side made a successful start to their rugby education on Monday beating Canterbury Academy in the process. Although the result was important the conduct of the players and the understanding and organisation of the team play was more so. Both sides competed with vigor and there was great effort on show but Dane Court's superior running and handling were very evident and ultimately decisive.
The first league games of the rugby season took place this week as a half term of fixtures began in earnest. Our year ten team made the familiar journey to Dover Grammar on Tuesday 26 February and found themselves on the wrong end of a heavy defeat. Limited to sixteen squad members for away games, this was always going to be tough proposition, a number of absent regular first choice players for a variety of reasons made this difficult task even more daunting as some students stepped into their first competitive game of rugby. The positive to be taken out of the fifty to nil scoreline is that the team improved as the contest went on and these improvements will need to be carried forwards into their upcoming fixture against Harvey Grammar next week.
To start off with this week we once again have a report from one of our students, thanks to Lauren Plamer-Jones for her swimming report:
19 January 2013 - Kent schools swimming gala
Hannah Denny began the day with her 100 fly setting the standard high finishing in fourth place and gaining a place in to the final. Robyn moon in year 7 then competed in the 200 individual medley which consists of 50 meters of each stoke; she finished in a time of 2:49:76 finishing in 10th. Rhiannon Goldhawk and Tamsin Wilmshurst then competed against each other in the 100 breast stroke swimming almost identical times of 1:31:16 and 1:31:24 finishing in 15th and 16th.
Despite the poor weather we did manage a few sporting events this week. Our U15 and U13 girls both competed in the Thanet Basketball Tournaments against local opposition. Both teams were victorious and now go on to represent Thanet in the Kent Tournaments later in the year, congratulations to all who took part!
The first week back has been a reasonably quiet one. We had the annual year eight dodgeball event at the Marlowe Academy. We entered two teams of enthusiastic participants and the acquitted themselves well with the A team finishing joint third and the B team finishing fifth.
On Saturday our U15 boys travelled to Greenacre Academy, Chatham, for their Kent Cup Quarter Final. An early morning start from Dane Court and this was familiar territory for the boys as this was their fourth visit to this stage in succession What met us was a skillful and determined side who had scored goals galore in the previous rounds and a pitch much more suited to younger age groups. However, both of these problems had to be overcome if we were to continue our quest to defend the title we have held for two years.
Welcome to the final sports report of 2012. Please take the trouble to read the whole term's reports over the festive period; there may be a quiz first week back.
On Tuesday 11 December our U15 team sought to defend the Kent Cup in the Fourth round against Pent Valley
In a functional first half Dane Court created numerous chances to finish the game as a contest, as it was they converted only one, a well taken effort from Mileham who showed poise to roll the ball past the keeper into the corner of the net.