Our Y5/6 swimming team enjoyed taking part in the Tadcaster Swimming Festival as they took part in a range of individual and relay races. The children all performed brilliantly and really enjoyed the opportunity to compete. Overall the team finished in 3rd place. Well done to the following children: Amber, Sophia (captain), Eloise, Tilly, Oliver C, Finley, Ben and Oliver D.
Brayton 4 – 3 Barkston Ash
As Western league champions, Barkston Ash qualified for the Selby District Champions’ league semi-finals and took on Brayton Primary. In a very entertaining match, Kiam gave Barkston the lead after excellent build up play from Callum and Ben. Opportunities to increase the lead weren’t taken and Brayton hit back with a well worked equaliser. Careless marking at corners allowed Brayton to extend their lead to 3-1 before a spectacular long range strike from Kiam (straight from the kick off!) gave Barkston hope in the second half. The second half was again end to end with Barkston playing some excellent football. Brayton extended their lead though after a good cross and finish. Barkston continued to press though and James’ clever flick made the score 4-3. Further efforts from James and Callum narrowly missed the target to give Brayton the win. Overall, a very good performance with Harry the man of the match for an excellent display. Plenty to build on for the nationals. Well done to the whole team: Theo, Finley, Harry, Bradley, Kiam, James, Ben and Callum.
The Year 3/4 hockey team enjoyed developing their skills in a fantastic competition at Sherburn High School. After taking part in a number of matches, the team finished in second place. Well done to the whole team for representing the school so well: Conor, Matthew, Hugo, Honor, Elenia and Finlay.
Kirk Fenton 0 – 3 Barkston Ash
The girls’ team put together their best performance of the season in a tremendous match at Kirk Fenton. Against tough opposition the girls worked extremely hard to tackle, pass and run in very high temperatures. Chloe gave Barkston a half time lead with an excellent finish after good work by Milly. Soon after half time, Chloe doubled the lead with a brilliant strike into the top corner. Isabel then ran clear to make it 3-0 in the last few minutes of the game to get her first goal for school. Milly was the player of the match after a tireless display in midfield. Well done to the whole team: Amber, Katie, Eloise, Imogen, Lucia, Ember, Gabrielle, Milly and Chloe.
Kirk Fenton 0 – 5 Barkston Ash
A combination of children in Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in a friendly match against Kirk Fenton in glorious sunshine. A well taken goal from Conor and two excellent strikes from Ben gave Barkston a 3-0 lead at half-time. Kiam narrowly missed (on more than one occasion!) adding to the lead before Sam made it 4-0 from close range. A fantastic cross from James gave Ben the chance to head home and complete his hat-trick. An excellent all round performance. Well done to the whole team: Theo, Harry, Joe, Ben, James, Kiam, Sam and Conor.
Our KS1 Beanbag Rounders’ team had a wonderful time at the -Sherburn Cluster competition at Sherburn High. The children showed amazing enthusiasm and skill to win each of their games and end the competition as Beanbag Rounders Champions! Well done to the whole team: Jack, Benedict, Ethan, India, Holly, Isabel, Emma, Lennon, Harrison and Declan.
Brotherton 0 – 3 Barkston Ash
The Year 3/4 football team showed that the future is bright with an excellent 3-0 victory against Brotherton. An excellent passing move between Rhys, Sam and Tom gave Finn the chance to force the ball home from close range and give Barkston the lead. Brotherton came back into the game and Matthew bravely punched away a dangerous corner. A second goal for Barkston soon followed and it was captain Sam who doubled the lead, driving the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. In the second half Barkston continued to create chances with Matthew and Jayden going close before Tom put the seal on the win by scoring directly from the corner! The whole team played well and Edward was named man of the match for an excellent defensive performance. Well done to the whole team for a good all round performance: Matthew H, Max, Rhys, Connor, Jayden, Finn, Edward, Sam, Tom and Matthew W.
Our Y5/6 boys’ football team are going to the national finals for the second year in a row! As county champions, they joined other county champions in the north of England to decide which two teams would be representing the north of England in the national finals. First up was St Peter’s. Despite going a goal down, Barkston rallied well and two excellent finishes from James gave us a 2-1 lead. An excellent goal from St Peter’s made the score 2-2 though and this was a fair result. A very good start. In the second game our performance level dropped a bit but we still managed to come away with a 1-1 draw against West Walker. Another good finish from James after excellent work from Callum. It was time to go for it in the final match against Cummersdale as we knew we had to win to make the semi-finals. It was end to end stuff but 2 goals from Ben and 2 from Callum gave us a thrilling 4-3 victory! We had made the semi-finals! We were up against the winners of group A St Bede’s and a tough challenge lay ahead. Brilliant wing play from James and an excellent finish from Callum gave Barkston a 1-0 lead. Theo made a stunning one handed save before St Bede’s hit back and deservedly got an equaliser. It was down to the drama of penalties – and then sudden death penalties. We were 5-4 up when Finley tipped the ball onto the underside of the bar and down onto the goal line. There was a dramatic pause before the referee finally confirmed that the ball had not crossed the line and Barkston Ash would be going to the national finals. Sheer exhaustion meant that the final against St Peter’s was a 2-0 defeat but both teams will now go forward to the national finals. The whole team performed at their maximum and thoroughly deserved to go through. Well done to: Finley, Theo, Harry, Joe, Kiam, James, Ben, Callum and Bradley.
Our Y5/6 basketball team had a fantastic time at the Sherburn Cluster basketball tournament at Sherburn High. The behaviour and co-operation of the team were excellent and they worked extremely hard in each of their matches. The team won each of the games to finish the tournament as cluster champions! Well done to the whole team: Ember-Rose, Isabel, Theo, Callum, James and Katie.
March – Y1/2 Cross Country Competition
31 children from Years 1 and 2 took part in the annual Key Stage 1 Cross Country event at South Milford school. There were nearly 200 runners taking part in 6 different races. The children performed extremely well, with each child completing the very testing long distance! A special well done to the following children who achieved top 3 places.
Year 1 Boys’ Race
1st place – Ruben O’Mahoney
Year 2 Girls’ Race
1st place – Emma Hutton
2nd place – Isabel Neale
Year 2 Boys’ Race
3rd place – Joseph Adam
Such was the high level of interest, we took two teams to the Y5/6 tag rugby festival at Kellington Primary School. Both teams performed really well and showed great development of their tag rugby skills. Our A team finished as winners of the event and the B team finished in 4th place. Congratulations to all the children who took part and represented the school so well: Ben Hargreaves, Katie Hutton, Rosie Driscoll, Ella Neale (A Team Captain), Harry Calvert, Lucia O’Donnell, Milly Fieldhouse, Sophia Kelly, James Rennocks, Oliver Cook, Isabel Phillips, Ember-Rose Garner-Wood, Eva Young, Aoife Hardcastle, Charlie Allen, Thomas Langan (B Team Captain), Joe Gilvier-Shakespeare and Abigail Clayton.
Congratulations to our Y1/2 Sportshall athletics team who performed incredibly well at the recent Sherburn Cluster competition. The team took part in events including: javelin, speed bounce, long jump, hurdles relay and spring relays. The team showed fantastic talent and finished the competition as winners! Well done to the whole team: Isabel (captain), Lennon, Oliver, Isaac, Jacob, Emma and Benedict.
Cliffe 0 – 4 Barkston Ash
The boys’ football team saved their best performance of the season so far for the district cup final as they produced an outstanding team display to retain the trophy. It was a high quality game with Cliffe showing great skill and determination to win and some excellent attacking play. The Barkston defence was in good form too though with Harry, Bradley and Kiam defending strongly. A brilliant run down the right wing from Kiam lead to the opening goal as his cross was turned home well by James. 5 minutes later and the lead was doubled when a good move involving Callum and Oli gave James the chance to make it 2-0. An excellent save from Theo kept the score at 2-0. At half time the message was to keep going and adopt the same ‘shoot on sight’ policy that had worked well in the first half. Ben and Callum were continuing to create chances and gave James two more opportunities to score which he took very well. Finlay made two good saves to ensure that Barkston kept their clean sheet.
4-0 was the final score and Barkston Ash were district champions and on the way to Newcastle for the North of England championships. It was an excellent all round performance but James was man of the match after a tremendous four goal haul. Well done to the whole team: Theo, Finlay, Harry, Kiam, Bradley, Ben, Callum, Oli and James.
December – Girls’ Football ESFA District Final
Thorpe Willoughby 3 – 1 Barkston Ash
After a successful run of victories, the girls’ team took on Thorpe Willoughby in the Selby District Cup Final. The girls were unlucky to be 2-0 down at half time as they had more than contributed to an entertaining first half. Barkston started the second half positively and an excellent move led to Chloe finishing well into the top left hand corner. Barkston then had an excellent spell as they tried to force an equalizer – Gabrielle hit the post and Chloe forced a very good save from the Thorpe goalkeeper. Thorpe hit back well though and made the game safe with a very good finish. They then forced Katie into a number of good saves. The team battled bravely to the end, but congratulations should go to Thorpe Willoughby, who are worthy winners. Player of the match was Katie for making a number of excellent saves. Well done to the whole team: Rosie, Katie, Gabrielle, Milly, Chloe, Eva, Ella and Amber. Also well done to all the girls who contributed to their cup successes this season.
December – Girls’ Football ESFA Semi-Final
Brotherton 0-0 Barkston Ash
(Barkston Ash win 2-0 on penalties)
It was a dramatic afternoon at Brotherton Primary School as Barkston Ash and Brotherton played in the semi-final of the ESFA Cup. Brotherton started the game strongly and were the better team in the first half. Good defending from Amber and Aoife and a good save from Katie kept the scores level. In the second half Barkston improved significantly. Twice they hit the post, once from Chloe and once from Milly and they forced a number of good saves from the Brotherton goalkeeper. In the 5 minutes of extra time, Barkston Ash continued to dominate. Gabrielle hit the bar and Ella had a shot cleared off the line as the ball just didn’t seem to want to go in. The drama of penalties would follow! 3 for each team! Milly went first and smashed the ball into the top left hand corner. Katie then made a brave save to give Barkston Ash the advantage. Chloe’s well struck penalty went narrowly wide but Katie again saved the day with a brilliant save. It was then left to captain Gabrielle to be the matchwinner as her strongly struck penalty nestled into the corner of the goal, leading to jubilant celebrations!
We then fielded a different team (such is the demand for girls’ football at Barkston Ash) for a friendly match straight after the semi-final. The girls performed extremely well, especially as a number of them were playing in their first ever game, and competed very well in a two nil defeat.
Congratulations to all the girls who represented the team so well. Player of the match in the first game was Chloe and player of the match in the second game was Rosie. Well done to all: Katie, Isabel, Emma, Aoife, Amber, Rosie, Tilly Abi, Eva, Milly, Chloe, Ella, Polly, Lucia and Gabrielle.
A fantastic 21 different children qualified for the KS2 district cross country competition at Tadcaster Grammar school. Facing a challenging course, and up against the best runners in the district, all the children performed extremely well. Well done to all the children who represented the school so well. A special mention to James Rennocks who finished in 8th place to qualify for the North Yorkshire final at Dalby Forest.
For the 3rd successive year the boys’ football team have been crowned Western league football champions. With time (and light) running out before the end of term, Riverside kindly hosted an afternoon for us to all complete our league fixtures. Our first match was against Brotherton and the team produced a fantastic attacking display. Two excellent team goals resulted in very good finishes from Callum, a solo goal from James and a long range Kiam strike gave Barkston a great start and a 4-0 victory. Next up was Cawood. Although Barkston dominated the match, they came up against an inspired Cawood goalkeeper who produced excellent saves from Joe, Callum, James and Kiam. On the break, Cawood caught out the defence and finished well to take a 1-0 victory. Barkston fought back in their third match with a good 2-0 victory against St Joseph’s. First Fergus scored his first goal for the league team, turning home James’ strike from close range. Then a great run and finish from James doubled the lead. Robert came off his line well to deny St Joseph’s in the second half but Barkston held on for a comfortable win. Our final match was against Riverside and the team started brilliantly. Two excellent finishes from James gave Barkston a 2-0 lead within the first 5 minutes. Riverside came back strongly but Harry, Kiam and Oli stood strong at the back and Finlay made a good save. In the second half, Callum curled in an excellent goal into the top left hand corner to secure the victory. When all the matches had been completed, it was Barkston Ash who finished top of the league with 9 points. Congratulations to the whole team: Back row (left to right) Kiam, Bradley, Theo, Oli, Finlay, Joe and Harry. Front row (left to right) Fergus, James, Ben, Callum and Robert.
44 children in Key Stage 2 took part in the Cluster cross country competition at Sherburn High. The team showed tremendous determination and stamina. An amazing 21 children finished in the top 10 of their races to qualify for the Tadcaster event. Well done to the whole team. A special mention to Callum James (Year 5) and Milly Fieldhouse (Year 6) for winning their races.
Barkston Ash 0 – 3 Barlby Community Primary
Barkston Ash took part in the ESFA Selby District final against a very strong Barlby Community Primary school team. It was a great test for the team and they responded extremely well. The team defended well and although Barlby ran out deserved 3-0 winners, the players showed great determination and a fighting spirit. Barkston had their moments too with Kiam hitting the bar from long range and Theo making an outstanding save. Well played to the whole team, especially Harry who was the man of the match.
Sherburn High hosted the annual sportshall athletics competition and, as always, it was a great event. 7 different schools in the cluster took part in a range of different relay and field events. 18 different children took part and the team performed brilliantly. Overall the team finished in second place, just 4 points behind the winning school. Well done to all the children for their great performances and sportsmanship: Back Row: (left to right) Milly, Imogen, Katie, Eva, Lucia – captain, Chloe, Eloise, Bradley, Oli, James, Kiam and Fergus. Front row: (left to right) Gabrielle, Ella, Ben, Callum, Theo and Harry.
It was a new sport for Barkston Ash as we took part in the Y5/6 High 5 Netball tournament at Sherburn High. Following a taster session from Mrs Williams (many thanks!), we took our new skills into action against 5 other schools in the cluster. Our first match was against Saxton and we finished 5-0 winners. A goal from Rosie and four goals from James got us off to a great start. Our second match was against Kellington and two goals from James gave us a 2-0 victory. In the third match against Monk Fryston, Chloe and James gave Barkston a second 2-0 victory in a row. Our penultimate match was a very close match against eventual winners South Milford with South Milford running out 1-0 winners. Our final match was a very entertaining match against Kirk Fenton. The final score was 2-2 with the goals coming from Lucy and Rosie. Congratulations to the whole team for finishing runners up and for playing so well. The team consisted of: Back row (left to right) Callum, James, Milly, Katie –captain and Rosie. Front row (left to right): Chloe, Sophia and Lucy.
Brotherton 1 – 5 Barkston Ash
The boys’ Y5/6 football team followed their tournament victory with a convincing quarter final victory over Brotherton in the ESFA Small Schools’ Cup. Despite heavy rain the boys made the perfect start with a great run and finish from James. The lead was doubled soon after when a great passing move was finished in style by Callum. A long range effort from Oli (followed by a long celebration!) made it 3-0 before Brotherton pulled a goal back. Second half goals from James and Harry confirmed the victory in the second half. The boys now have to wait to see who they draw in the semi-finals! Congratulations to the whole team. Man of the match though was Harry Calvert for an excellent performance.
On a wet afternoon in Brotherton, Barkston Ash played in the ESFA team tournament. First up was Brotherton. It was a close first half with chances at both ends but the score remained 0-0. Theo made two brilliant saves before Brotherton took the lead in bizarre circumstances – a corner skidding straight into the corner of the net. The team weren’t disheartened though and kept pushing forward for an equaliser. Kiam almost marked his debut in spectacular fashion but his long range effort was just pushed round the post. With just two minutes remaining though, captain Ben rescued the game with an excellent volleyed finish after James’ effort was blocked. James could have won it at the end but was denied by a great saving tackle. Next up for the boys was St Joseph’s. The team were really finding their stride now and the midfield three of Kiam, Joe and Ben were combining really well with James. It was Kiam who gave Barkston the lead when his low free kick arrowed into the bottom corner. Excellent assists from Joe gave James a flurry of chances which he expertly took to give himself a hat-trick. An own goal and a consolation goal for St Joseph’s gave Barkston a 5-1 win. With Brotherton beating St Joseph’s 3-0 in the final match, Barkston won the tournament by superior goal difference. Congratulations to the whole team: Theo, Oli, Joe, Harry, Ben, Kiam, Bradley, Callum and James. James was also awarded player of the tournament for his outstanding displays.
Tadcaster Riverside 0 – 2 Barkston Ash
The girls’ team started their season with a well deserved victory over a very good Tadcaster Riverside team. On a big pitch the girls quickly found their stride and after an excellent clearance from Katie, captain Gabrielle forced the ball home. It was end to end action for the rest of the half with Milly and Chloe forcing good saves from the Riverside goalkeeper and Aoife and Amber having to defend tenaciously at the back. A good move involving Ella and Chloe resulted in Milly hitting the post with an excellent strike. In the second half, Ember, Eva and Emma all came on and made great contributions. A special mention to Emma, who was playing in her first ever football match, and tackled bravely throughout the second half. An amazing full length of the pitch run from Milly, was only denied by another brilliant save by the Riverside goalkeeper. The second goal did come eventually though. Good pressure from Gabrielle won back possession and she finished confidently into the bottom corner. It was very difficult to pick a player of the match as everyone played so well. Gabrielle just sneaks it though for a captain’s performance and two good goals. Onto the semi-finals now!
A new look Y5/6 boys’ football team began their season with a tournament at Sherburn High School. The team were competitive throughout and won one, lost two and drew one of their four matches. There was plenty of promise and potential and we look forward to seeing the team develop in the coming months. Well done to the whole team: Bradley, Callum, Oli, Theo, Ben, James, Fergus and Harry.
Children in Years 1 and 2 had a wonderful time at Kellington Primary School as they took part in a range of different sporting activities. It was fantastic to see the children taking part with such enthusiasm, while developing a range of skills.