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School Sport  »  Archive 2015/16

July – Y6 Snap Golf
Children in Year 6 had a special end of term treat as they were treated to a free session at Scarthingwell Golf Club. The children took part in a range of chipping and putting games before they each  played two holes of golf. A huge thank you to Scarthingwell Golf Club for providing the session and helping the children to develop their skills.

July – Year 3/4 Football
Kirk Fenton 0 – 2 Barkston Ash
In scorching heat Barkston Ash made the short journey to their friends at Kirk Fenton for a very entertaining Y3/4 football match. Despite the high temperature, there was no lack of pace or commitment from either team. The first half created no goals although Oscar and James both went close and the Kirk Fenton goalkeeper made two excellent saves. Finn and Sam were both attacking well and the defensive duo of Bradley and Connor were very solid. Early in the second half a free kick by James caused chaos in the box and the Kirk Fenton defender handled. James stepped up to take the penalty but struck the top of the bar. A good strike from Oli then rattled the bar as Barkston began to pour forward. James got over his penalty disappointment with a brilliant opening goal. He beat three players for pace and skill and then finished well into the bottom corner. Further openings then came for Fergus, Finn, Oli and Rhys before goal number two arrived. Excellent build up play from Fergus set James through on goal and he finished strongly into the bottom corner. Kirk Fenton did break through on goal in the last few minutes but Matthew rushed off his line and made a very good save. Well done to the whole team who proved that the future is very bright: Matthew, Connor, Bradley, Fergus, Sam, James, Callum, Finn, Oscar and Rhys.

July – Dads V Lads Football
Dads 5 – 5 Lads
Lads win 5-2 on penalties
The national champions took on their Dads, with a bit of help from the youth team at Barkston, in a classic encounter at Sherburn White Rose. There was a lot of pre-match banter with a great deal of debate about whether genetics were a key factor in the boys’ triumph at the King Power stadium! The boys started well and a good finish from George Hoskins gave them a deserved lead. The dads caught their breath and the speed of the game though and started to look dangerous themselves. First James’ deflected goal gave them the equaliser then Mr Falk ran clear and finally got an effort on target to give the dads the lead. In the second of two thirds the dads started to take control as a spectacular own goal from Harvey and a good finish from James put them into a 4-1 lead. Rory and Sam reduced the lead just before the end of the second third. There was then a change when the referee was replaced (not in any way due to the standard of the refereeing, which was top class throughout) and spectator Mr Sowden took the whistle, allowing Mr Power to join the boys’ team. It was suddenly clear to everyone where the boys had really picked up their skills, and it was nothing to do with genetics! Mr Power, Josh and Sam were linking up well and it was looking very much like Sturridge, Coutinho and Firminho at times. Only a well timed challenge from 8 year old Sam Falk stopped Mr Power slaloming through the defence. Sam Luke and Josh gave the boys a 5-4 lead but the dads would not be denied and from somewhere found the effort to drive forward and force an equaliser from James. Extra time was tense. Mr Stables inexplicably dropped a ball after no contact from anyone and bundled into Mr Power in the box but the referee was unmoved and didn’t give a penalty. It was time for a penalty shoot out. The boys’ team were used to the pressure of penalties after their recent national championship success – and it showed. The dads’ team had not taken many penalties recently – and it showed. Successful penalties from Rory, Oli, Mr Power, Jack and Harvey were only matched by Mr Falk and Mr Dale for the dads.
A 5-2 penalty shoot out win for the boys! Well done to everyone who took part, especially the dads who were great sports and helped to cap a memorable season in the history of Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School. Many thanks also to the supporters who turned out to cheer on both teams. 

June – Open Top Bus Parade
What an amazing morning! Danone and the FA organised an open top bus parade to celebrate Barkston Ash Catholic Primary school and it was certainly a morning to remember. It started with Radio York broadcasting live from school and included interviews with captain and vice captain Oli and Josh during their breakfast show. The boys spoke really well and did the school proud. After a huge number of photographs from local press, the team (along with fans on the day and siblings) boarded the open top bus. Waved and cheered off by the remaining pupils, the bus took in some of the schools in the STAR Alliance and it was lovely to see that schools had taken the time and effort to come out and cheer us on. There was a huge convoy of cars following the bus as proud parents delighted in their children’s success.

June – Y5/6 – Girls’ Football Match
Kirk Fenton 0 – 1 Barkston Ash
Our girls’ football team took on Kirk Fenton in a very competitive match at Kirk Fenton school. It was a very tight match with chances at both ends. Midway through the second half though, a wonderful run and finish by captain Molly Milburn gave Barkston the victory. Well done to the whole team for an excellent performance: Katie, Holly, Aoife, Ella, Ember, Milly, Molly, Gabrielle and Rachael.
June – Y5/6 – Selby District Cricket Final
Following their victory in the Sherburn Cluster Cricket competition, the Y5/6 cricket team travelled to Selby Cricket club to take part in the Selby District cricket final. Despite narrowly losing the opening match, Barkston Ash won their next two group games comfortably  to progress to the 3rd /4th play off. The team played extremely well. They bowled and fielded tightly and some big hitting ensured that  were clear winners and ensured that they finished in 3rd place. 3rd in the whole of Selby District is some achievement and the whole team should be very proud of themselves. Well done to: Rory (captain), Sam, Alex, Theo, Max, Holly, Jessica, Jack and Oli.

June – Y5/6 Girls’ Football Tournament
Girls’ football is becoming increasingly popular at Barkston Ash and it was no surprise that we had enough players wanting to take part that we could take two teams to the Sherburn Cluster tournament. Despite an awkward match where Barkston Ash A team had to play Barkston Ash B team, both teams had a brilliant time and performed really well. Our  A team finished in 3rd place and our B team finished in 5th place. Well done to all the girls who took part: Isabel, Ella, Emily, Ellie, Holly, Katie, Molly, Milly, Amber, Eva, Caitlin, Abigail. Ember, Rachael, Aoife, Grace and Lucia.

ESFA Danone Nations' Cup National Final 22nd May 2016
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May – National School Football Championships
Amazing, memorable, incredible, it’s difficult to find the right words to describe Sunday 22nd May. With an army of supporters (and more on their way in cars) we set off at 8am from school on the way to the home of Premiership Champions Leicester City. Arriving at the stadium, walking through the players’ tunnel, walking on the pitch and looking around at the stadium were all fantastic experiences, but we were here to play, not watch, and compete in the small schools’ national championships. Just getting here and being one of the top eight teams in the country was a great achievement; now let’s see how we could perform against them. We were drawn in Group B and would play against Kilham, All Cannings and Shernold.
Game 1 Barkston Ash 0 - 0 Kilham
Despite some early nerves we started the game well and dominated the first half. Strong committed defending, especially by George, Oli and Josh, restricted Kilham to only a few forays into our half. Kilham came back into it after half time though and shaded the second half. Twice Jack was forced into stunning saves to keep the score at 0-0. Josh did threaten at the other end though with a dipping shot from distance that only just cleared the bar. A decent start but plenty of improvements to be made.
Game 2 Barkston Ash 3 – 0 All Cannings
It was vital that Barkston followed up the draw in the first game with a win against All Cannings and they didn’t disappoint. A tactical switch in the second half brought instant success as straight from the kick off a dazzling run from Alex ended with Sam hitting the post and as the follow up headed towards the back of the net, a desperate defender caught it! Penalty! Up stepped Sam Luke…goal! Top corner and we had taken the lead. This gave the team great confidence and they were now started playing some fantastic football. A great through ball from Josh put Sam through on goal and he finished well into the bottom corner. Another good run from Alex gave Sam the chance from close range to get his hat-trick –   3-0! A fantastic team performance.
Game 3 Barkston Ash 3-0 Shernold
A draw would be enough for us to progress to the semi-finals, but we were determined to get the win and finish top of the group. We weren’t at our best in the first half but again started the second half in fine style. A brilliant run and cross down the right from Rory lead to the Shernold defender diverting the ball into his own net. Josh then got his name on the scoresheet, following up after his own shot had been saved. There was still time for a big moment in the life of Leicester City fan Alex Rennocks. His dream of scoring on the pitch of his heroes came true when he finished powerfully into the bottom right hand corner.
Semi –Final Barkston Ash 3 – 0 Caythorpe
After some confusion about exactly who Barkston Ash would be playing in the semi-final, Caythorpe took to the field but were hit with an incredible first half onslaught. There was no slow start in this game. Within the first minute, an excellent long ball by Oli led to Sam heading the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net. The Barkston fans were in fine voice by now and that goal struck the volume up another notch. Just two minutes later Sam had doubled the lead with a good close range finish. Wave after wave of attack came as Harvey and Oli continued to supply the midfield with the ball to run at the Claythorpe defence. Sam was tripped in the area and although his penalty was saved, Alex followed up well to score. This was disallowed by the referee for encroachment but rather than have a retake, bizarrely a free kick was awarded to the defending team. Josh took matters into his own hands though and made a fantastic burst through the midfield, beating two players and finishing powerfully into the bottom corner. A great team performance again. Barkston were going into the National Final!
Final – Barkston Ash 0 – 0 Kilham
Barkston win 3-2 on penalties!
It was the familiar faces of Kilham that Barkston were up against in the final. There was nothing to pick between them in the group game and the final would be a similarly tight affair. Kilham were the better side in the first half and their long balls forward caused the Barkston defence a number of problems. Jack had to be alert to clear away a number of crosses and after one effort was parried out, it seemed certain that Kilham were about to take the lead. From nowhere though, Oli slid in to block the goalbound shot in the nick of time. The message at half time was to be strong, brave and take the opportunities to play football when we could. The boys responded really well. They tackled, headed, blocked and intercepted with terrific commitment and threatened a number of times going forward. In the end though, even extra time couldn’t separate the teams and the drama of penalties was upon us.

Sam up first for Barkston – 1-0
Kilham score – 1-1
Alex scores – 2-1
Kilham score 2-2
Josh scores 3-2
Kilham hit the bar – still 3-2
Harvey has his penalty saved – still 3-2
Kilham hit the ball over the bar – still 3-2
Rory has his penalty saved – still 3-2
Kilham’s final penalty is saved by Jack!
Cue hysteria and scenes of overwhelming joy! There were tears, screams, cheers and clapping as the team ran to celebrate with Jack and then with their fantastic fans who had supported them so well during the tournament. Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School are the National Football Champions. The delighted team then went up to receive the trophy and medals from ex Liverpool and England player John Scales. Captain Oli Stables was also given a special fairplay award after the FA panel awarded him sportsman of the tournament for his high standards of sportsmanship. It was a perfect day. Huge thanks to all the children, ex-pupils, parents, grandparents, members of staff and governors who came to support the team. Thanks also to our diligent water boy James, who did an excellent job in keeping the boys hydrated.

Every player deserves a special mention and here it is.

Jack – The season started with me unsure as to who would be the school goalkeeper. It ended with Jack saving the penalty that made Barkston Ash national champions! A terrific tournament from Jack; the two outstanding saves he made in the opening match were crucial.
Oli – Captain fantastic. Was an inspiration at the back, defending bravely and driving the team forward. A constant voice of encouragement for all the players, he was outstanding in each match. Made a crucial block to stop a certain goal in the final. Always gave 100% effort.
George – George defended tenaciously. Regardless of who he was playing against, he always gave 100% and never gave up. As well as excelling in his usual defensive position, George also came on to do a good job in midfield and up front, never giving the opposition a moment’s peace.
Harvey – The reinvention of Harvey James! From a 20+ goal striker to a star defender. Played as though he had always been a defender, attacked the ball bravely and made several important clearances. Harvey also won some vital headers, particularly in the final when we were under real pressure at times.
Josh – An outstanding tournament from the vice captain. His performance didn’t dip throughout the 5 matches. Strong and committed in the tackle, immense energy levels, great passing and two important goals. His goal in the semi-final was the goal of the tournament and summed up his qualities in one piece of action.
Alex – Got better and better as the tournament progressed and was involved in a number of the goals. As a Leicester fan, the moment he scored was clearly a dream came true! Great penalty in the shootout too. His pace and skill was a nightmare for opposition defenders but an absolute dream for the Barkston fans!
Rory – Worked tirelessly throughout the tournament and played a crucial part in the opening goal in game three with a great run and cross. Used the ball intelligently throughout the tournament, holding the ball up well and passing the ball expertly. Unlucky not to get a goal himself but more than played his part.  
Sam – Started the season in defence, started the tournament in midfield, ended the tournament as the tournament’s top goalscorer as a striker! Scored a stunning hat-trick in the crucial second match and was unstoppable from then on. Ice cool taking penalties both during matches and the crucial first penalty in the shootout!

May – Y5/6 Visit to the Test Match at Headingley
Due to our participation in the local cricket competitions, we received 30 free tickets to go and watch the first day of the Test Match at Headingley between England and Sri Lanka. The children had a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see live international cricket.

May – Y5/6 Sherburn Cluster Cricket Festival

Despite the wet weather, Church Fenton once more hosted this year’s cluster cricket festival and Barkston Ash played with tremendous determination and teamwork to win the Sherburn Cluster Cricket Festival.
Our first match was against Monk Fryston and the team ran out winners by 109 runs. Next up was Kellington and this time the winning margin was 100 runs. Kirk Fenton were previously unbeaten, but the team played at their maximum to record a 65 run victory. The final match was against Saxton and a 74 run win followed to bring the trophy. It was a fantastic all round team display. Rory captained the team extremely well, leading by example with bat and ball. Sam’s highlight was his incredible six sixes in one over! Alex bowled with ferocious speed and superb accuracy. Jessica bowled well to take a wicket and hit two fantastic fours from one over. Holly’s bowling was a real highlight of the festival with wickets taken and very few runs conceded. Max was similarly tight with his bowling and added a couple of fours of his own. Theo showed his great improvement as a cricketer as he took wickets and hit useful runs in the middle order. Oli hit a number of excellent fours and sixes and also fielded extremely well. Jack showed his great promise as a cricketer as his batting and bowling skills improved significantly during the tournament. The team have now qualified for the level 2 final next month. Congratulations to the whole team: Rory (c), Oli, Sam, Alex, Holly, Jessica, Max, Theo and Jack.

May – Y5/6 Championsl League Final
Barkston Ash 0 -1 North Duffield

There was disappointment for the boys’ football team as their unbeaten run came to an end in dramatic style in the champions’ league final. Although not at their best, Barkston shaded the match and created a number of good chances. A combination of good goalkeeping and wayward shooting ensured the score stayed 0-0. In extra time Barkston had another chance to win it but the penalty narrowly missed the left hand post. With just two minutes remaining, a long free kick from North Duffield was deflected past Jack to give them the trophy. A disappointing performance from Barkston Ash, but congratulations to North Duffield. Hopefully this will inspire us to come back even stronger in the national finals later this month…
The team was: Jack, George, Oli, Sam, Alex, Rory, Harvey and Josh. 
May – Y5/6 Football Selby District Champions’ League Semi-Final
Longman’s Hill 1 – 2 Barkston Ash
In a repeat of last year’s semi-final, Barkston Ash and Longman’s Hill clashed in another high quality match. Barkston started the game very well and there was some terrific football being played, especially through the midfield trio of Alex, Josh and Harvey who were linking well with Rory up front. It was no surprise when the opening goal came and, not for the first or last time in the match, it was following excellent link up play between Alex and Josh. Good movement and skill gave Josh an opening in front of goal and from a narrow angle he found the corner expertly – 1-0 Barkston. Longman’s Hill came back well though and forced a corner that was met with an absolute bullet of a header – no chance for Jack – 1-1. Barkston responded in determined fashion and continued to create chances, Rory was denied three times by the excellent Longman’s Hill keeper. A great move involving George and Alex ended with a fantastic finish into the bottom corner from Harvey – 2-1 at half time.
In the second half Barkston continued to create chances but a combination of good goalkeeping and the woodwork kept the score at 2-1. Ben came on for his debut and did an excellent job holding the ball up and keeping the pressure on the Longman’s Hill defence. Oli was sweeping well in defence and ensuring that Jack was a virtual spectator in goal. Overall an excellent all round team performance. Everyone played their part with Josh outstanding in midfield. Man of the match though goes to Alex. His pace and skilful runs were unstoppable at times and he is now adding fantastic passes and crosses to his game. Well done to the whole team: Jack, Oli, George, Josh, Alex, Harvey, Rory and Ben.

April – Y3/4 Tri-Golf Tournament
Despite the rain, snow, sleet and wind, our Y3/4 tri-golf team performed extremely well in the Sherburn festival at Kellington Primary School. The team took part in a number of different chipping, putting and driving activities and it was fantastic to see their skills develop during the afternoon. Well done to the whole team: Lara, Evie-Rae, Finlay, Robert, James, Hugo, Elenia, Tom, Saoirse and Lilian. 

April – Y3/4 Football
Brotherton 0 – 4 Barkston Ash
A very excited group of Year 3/4 footballers arrived at Brotherton for a friendly match.  It was an end to end match for most of the first half with Matthew pulling off a fantastic save, tipping a long range shot over the bar. Bradley and Connor were defending well and making a series of good interceptions and tackles. James nearly scored a fantastic goal with a dipping volley that hit the underside of the bar and somehow stayed out. He would not be denied though and gave Barkston the lead with a good finish into the corner. The lead was doubled when James turned provider as his long throw was well anticipated and finished by Sam – 2-0! It was 3-0 early in the second half when supersub Oscar drove the ball in off the post with an excellent finish. Oli and Finn were both driving forward down the wings and made a number of good runs. Callum had a number of good shots well saved by the goalkeeper and forced the mistake as an own goal made it 4-0 to Barkston. It was an excellent team performance and the future looks bright! Well done to the whole team: Connor, Matthew, Oli, Bradley, Sam, Finn, Callum, James and Oscar.

April – KS2 Swimming
Well done to our KS2 swimming team who took part in a festival at Tadcaster Swimming pool. The children took part in individual and relay races that encompassed a range of different strokes and competed very well. Their behaviour and sportsmanship was excellent as always. Well done to the whole team: Ben, Sam, Dylan, Jack, Molly, Grace (captain), Ella and Sophia. 

April – Y5/6 Girls’ Football
Brotherton 1 – 3 Barkston Ash

The girls’ football team played a fantastic match at Brotherton. With three girls playing their first ever match, it was a wonderful effort from the whole team. It was end to end action for most of the first half with Holly and Aoife making excellent interceptions and tackles to keep the Brotherton attack at bay. After good play in midfield from Gabrielle, Rachael ran through and finished well to give Barkston a half time lead. Brotherton responded well after half time and a long range shot gave them the equaliser. Barkston kept going forward though and Molly was making excellent surges forward. It was from a fantastic long throw by Milly that gave Rachael the chance to make it 2-1 with another good finish. Grace made some good tackles in defence and Abigail played some good passes forward as the game entered the final stages. Rachael saved her best goal for last. From another long throw by Milly, Rachael hit the ball on the half volley into the top corner! 3-1! Katie made two good saves towards the end of the match to ensure Barkston finished the game as winners. The whole team deserves great credit for an excellent performance: Katie, Holly, Aoife, Milly, Molly, Gabrielle, Rachael, Grace and Abigail. The player of the match though has to go to hat-trick girl Rachael!

April – Year 3/4 Hockey
It was a new sport for Barkston Ash as six children in Years 3 and 4 took part in a quick sticks hockey tournament at Sherburn High. The team played in a number of matches and performed really well, quickly developing their skills. Overall the team finished in second place, a fantastic achievement. Well done to Finn, Bradley, Oli, Oscar, Rosie and Chloe.

March – Y5/6 Boys’ Football League Champions!
The season just gets better and better for our boys’ team as they won their last two matches to retain the Western Selby Football League.

Hambleton 1 – 5 Barkston Ash
The first game of the season finale started with a difficult game against an improving Hambleton team. There was a debut for Max in defence and he acquitted himself well, helping the team to a 5-1 victory. Goals were scored by Oli (2) in a new midfield role, two goals from Sam and a poacher’s goal from Harvey.

Barkston Ash 2 – 1 Cawood
Although Barkston Ash only needed a point from the last game against Cawood, they were determined to get all three points. Cawood played their part in an entertaining game. Sam (the boy for the big occasion) scored the opening goal but poor marking at a corner allowed Cawood to equalise. With just two minutes remaining, a wonderful passing move ended with a great one two between Sam and Rory and an excellent finish into the bottom corner for Sam’s second goal of the game. Well done to all ten players who helped Barkston Ash become champions: Jack, George, Oli, Sam, Rory, Alex, Josh, Harvey, Max and William.
March – North of England ESFA Football Championships
In an amazing afternoon at Cramlington, Barkston Ash qualified for the national ESFA football finals! As North Yorkshire champions, Barkston Ash were competing against the winning schools from Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham, Cheshire and Cleveland in the prestigious North of England finals. 

Game 1: Newcastle School for Boys 0-0
It was a frustrating first match for Barkston as they dominated the first match without managing to find the winning goal. With goalkeeper Jack a virtual spectator, Barkston closed down the opposition well and played some excellent football. Only a number of good saves from the Newcastle goalkeeper (and both posts) kept the score at 0-0. Despite the goalless draw, it was a very good performance.

Game 2: Murton St Joseph’s 3-0
The pressure was on for the second match as we knew we would have to turn our excellent build up play into goals if we wanted to finish in the top two. Representing Durham, Murton St Joseph’s were up next. It looked like being a similar situation with Barkston again dominating but the crossbar and goalkeeper denying us the goal we deserved. A great run and finish by Sam gave us the lead though and the travelling support breathed a huge sigh of relief! This relaxed the team and terrific build up play from Alex, Harvey and Josh set up Sam for a second goal. Another great counter attack resulted in a brilliant one two between Sam and Josh, ending with Josh finishing well. A great performance. 

Game 3: North Walney 1-0 
Representing Cumbria, North Walney were our next opponents. Fresh from a 6-0 win in their previous game, they were full of confidence and we knew this would be a very tough match. The commitment and effort from the Barkston players was amazing though. We created a number of opportunities in the first half and following a good run and pass from Alex, Rory finished well to give us the lead. In the second half we were under big pressure as Walney pushed for an equaliser. Terrific defending from the whole team, especially Harrison and Oli at the back, reduced opportunities on goal and Jack made two excellent saves to ensure that we held on for the win. 

Game 4: Delamere Academy 0-1
Representing Cheshire, Delamere (who had won all their previous matches comfortably) were next up for Barkston. It was a very tight game with few chances at either end. A good move from Delamere ended with a clinical finish that gave Jack no chance. Barkston kept battling away and Harvey and Alex both had good efforts on goal that forced good saves.

Game 5: Caldicotes 8-1 
Barkston went into their final match knowing a win was essential if they were going to qualify for the national finals. With goal difference likely to be important, the instructions were to go for it and keep going for goals till the final whistle. The team produced an incredible performance. Tiredness wasn’t an issue as the team played some fantastic attacking football as the goals flew in. Sam Luke continued his impressive previous performances with some outstanding runs and finishes as he scored four goals. Rory scored  a first half hat-trick with his first two goals being particularly clinical finishes and Alex got the goal his performances deserved. The biggest win of the tournament ensured that Barkston Ash would be going through to the national finals! 
A special mention to our loyal supporters who cheered and encouraged the team through every minute of every match.

Every player deserves a mention so here goes:

Jack – Although he was a virtual spectator for most of the games, Jack showed great concentration and made some excellent saves, especially in the crucial 1-0 win against North Walney. To concede just two goals in 5 matches at this standard is an excellent achievement.

Oli – A true captain’s performance. Oli defended sensibly and courageously, attacking the ball well and making numerous well timed tackles, headers, interceptions and clearances. Drove the team forward with constant words of encouragement to his teammates. 

Harrison – Harrison’s best ever performances in a Barkston shirt. He never stepped back from a challenge, attacking every ball and making numerous excellent tackles. 

Sam – What a tournament from Sam! Tireless running throughout every match. Six goals in the tournament and part of the brilliant trio in midfield who were such a big part of our success. 

Josh – Controlled the game from centre midfield with terrific all round displays. Sprayed passes all over the pitch to help set up attacks, scored a good goal and showed inspirational commitment through his tough tackling and work rate. 

Alex – In full flow, Alex was just unstoppable. Great pace and skill as always, but he also impressed with his defensive play and work rate. Thoroughly deserved his goal in the final match.

Rory – Terrific defending and work rate from the front. Rory forced a lot of errors and didn’t give defenders a moment’s peace. Scored the crucial winning goal against North Walney and a stunning hat-trick in the final match.

Harvey – Like Rory, Harvey worked tirelessly up front. Held the ball up extremely well, linking up well with the midfield with some excellent passes. His constant intelligent movement up front caused defenders a lot of problems.

March – North Yorkshire Cross Country Final - Dalby Forest
Congratulations to our Cross Country and Athletics captain Alex R, who qualified to take part in the North Yorkshire Cross Country Final. In a gruelling course, Alex represented the school and Selby District with great distinction, finishing 34th out of 68 runners. Well done, Alex!

March – Y5/6 Basketball Tournament - Sherburn High School
Our Y5/5 basketball team enjoyed a fun filled afternoon of basketball at Sherburn High School. This was the first time a number of the team had ever played a basketball match, but the team played with great skill and commitment. Overall the team played five matches- winning two, drawing one and losing two. They really developed their skills and were impeccably behaved throughout. Well done to the whole team: Isabel (captain), Katie, Adam, William, Ben, Harrison and Gabrielle.

March – Y5/6 Western League Boys’ Football
Brotherton 4 – 5 Barkston Ash

With Barkston Ash sitting top of the league, it was important to pick up maximum points as we entered the second half of the league season. An improving Brotherton team though certainly gave Barkston a scare! Barkston started the game strongly and dominated the early stages with some great passing football between the midfield trio of Rory, Alex and Josh linking up well with Harvey. Oli and Harry kept the backline solid with some timely interceptions and clearances. Chances came and went before Harvey finished well from close range to give Barkston the lead. A long ball forward caught the Barkston defence out though and from Brotherton’s first shot on goal, the equaliser arrived. Josh quickly restored the lead with a good run and finish to leave the half time score 2-1. The second half was a different story though and was a much tighter game as Brotherton showed excellent aggression and commitment to lead the game 3-2. Josh levelled and Harvey put Barkston back in front but Brotherton didn’t give up and with just three minutes to go equalised to make the score 4-4. Barkston were determined to get the maximum points though and man of the match Josh completed his hat-trick to get the winner. Far from our best display of the season but we ground out the win. Special mentions for Harry and Callum who made their Y5/6 league debuts and both impressed. The team in full were: Callum, Harry, Oli, Josh, Alex, Rory, Harvey and Harrison. 
March – Year 4/5 Basketball, Tadcaster Grammar School
Our Y4/5 basketball had a brilliant time at Tadcaster Grammar School here they took part in a number of different style basketball competitions. In the main team competition, Barkston Ash played extremely well and finished in 3rd place. The teams were then split into boys and girls for a shooting competition which our girls won! Well done to everyone who performed well and showed great sportsmanship and behaviour throughout. The team consisted of: Thomas, Harry, Charlie, James R, James N, Isabel (captain), Aoife, Rosa, Callum, Sophia, Abigail and Amber.

February – Selby District Small Schools’ Cup Final
Barkston Ash 8 – 0 Escrick
The big day didn’t disappoint! Fantastic weather, a great pitch and venue, an army of children, parents, staff and governors cheering the team on and eight heroes in blue! However tired the boys may have been feeling after taking part in an athletics festival the day before and five tournament matches in the morning, they didn’t let it show. With a determined Escrick looking to continue their winning run, Barkston had to dig deep to produce the quality football they had been showing all season. After an even opening five minutes, Barkston began to dominate and started to put together some fast, incisive passing moves with Josh being an increasing presence in the game with his tough tackling and accurate passing.  After a pacey run by Alex, Harvey turned the ball home from close range and sent the Barkston Ash fans into rapturous applause and cheering. A couple of minutes later and Alex ran past three challenges before finishing into the top corner – 2-0. A missed penalty before half time failed to dull the crowd’s spirits as we went into the half time break. The team refreshed at half time and carried on where they left off in the first half. A close range finish by Alex made it 3-0 before Jack played his part with two excellent saves from long range strikes. Sam then got his name on the scoresheet after Rory’s brilliant dummy deceived the goalkeeper. Rory then made it five with a brilliant strike into the roof of the net from the edge of the area. With Harrison keeping the Escrick striker in check with some excellent tackling, Oli was able to get forward and set up further goals for Harvey and Sam with good crosses that were well finished. With two minutes remaining. Harvey completed his hat-trick to make it 8-0. An amazing performance from an exhausted Barkston Ash team. The crowd clearly appreciated their efforts as they clapped the players off the pitch as the 2016 Selby District Small Schools’ Cup winners.

Huge thanks must go to Ulleskelf FC for allowing us to use their fantastic facilities and a number of parents for making all the arrangements for a very special occasion. The final thanks and well done must go to the victorious boys in blue. Well done Jack, Sam, Oli, Harrison, Alex, Josh, Harvey and Rory.

February – Y5/6 Boys’ Football North Yorkshire Finals
February 11th was a big day for our boys’ football team with two important competitions on the same day! First, we set off to York High School to take part in the ‘All size schools’ ESFA North Yorkshire Final. We started the competition with a great performance against Barlby Community Primary; a terrific long range strike from captain fantastic Oli Stables settling the game in our favour. We then went on to our next game against Croft. This was another tight game which was settled by an excellent finish from Harvey. Our third game included some great build up play but unfortunately we couldn’t find the finish and found ourselves 2-0 down. A brilliant run and finish from Alex came just too late for us to go on and get a draw. Our last two matches ended in narrow defeats, but a final result of finishing as the 4th best school football team in North Yorkshire is a fantastic achievement. Well done to the whole team: Jack, George, Oli, Sam, Alex, Josh, Harvey, Rory and Harrison.
February – KS2 Sportshall Athletics District Final
Following our success in the Sherburn Cluster Athletics final, Barkston Ash qualified for the Selby District Final, competing against the winners of the other 5 clusters in the area. With a very high standard of competition, the team rose to the challenge and performed very well. The team won 7 out of the 12 running races and competed well in all of the field events. It was a very close final result and overall Barkston finished in a very commendable 3rd place. For a school our size to finish 3rd in the whole district is a fantastic achievement. Well done to the whole team who competed with determination and great ability and cheered each other on with tremendous enthusiasm.

The team in full were: Well done to the whole team: Alex (captain), Sam, Harvey, Molly, Rachael, Milly, Caitlin, Josh, Oli, Katie, Ella, Gabrielle, Jack, George, Rory, Harrison, Sophie and Lucia.

February – KS1 Dodgeball Tournament
Seven children from Key Stage 1 had a brilliant time at Kellington Primary School taking part in a dodgeball tournament. They enjoyed learning a variety of different dodgeball games and played with great skill and enthusiasm throughout. There were some very red and tired faces by the end of the tournament, but it was clear that they had had a great time. Well done to the team for representing the school so well: Georgia, Thomas, Charlie, Ella, Emma, Jayden and Matthew.

February – Y5/6 Tag Rugby Competition
Such was the large number of children who wanted to represent the school for Tag Rugby, we took two teams to the Sherburn Cluster Tag Rugby competition. The B team played with great spirit and led by their captain Dylan, they greatly developed their skills and took part in some close games, scoring some fantastic tries. The team finished in 6th place but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were a credit to the school. The A team played some fantastic fast paced rugby with some great tries and excellent defensive work. With four wins and a draw the A team finished as overall winners of the tournament. Well done to both teams. A team: Jack (captain), Sophie, Rachael, Milly, Alex, Sam, Oli, Rory, George and Harvey. B team: Dylan (captain), Grace, Lucia, Harrison, Isabel, Theo, Lucia, Joe, Adam and Max. 

January – KS2 Cross Country
Thirty four children in Key Stage 2 took part in the gruelling Cross Country course at Tadcaster Grammar School alongside 700 other children from local schools. Each runner showed great determination and perseverance to complete the course. Well done to everyone who took part. Special mentions to the following children who achieved top 10 finishes: Callum James – Year 4 (9th), Eloise Eastman – Year 4 (10th) and Alexander Rennocks – Year 6 (7th).  

January – KS1 Athletics Festival
Seven very excited and enthusiastic children from Years 1 and 2 took part in an athletics festival at Sherburn High School. The children participated in a number of different athletic and ball events. The children had a great time and developed a range of skills. Well done to the whole team: Edie, Edward, Harrison, Oliver, Will, Eva and Ruby. 

January – York City Kinder Sports Cup
As Selby District Champions, Barkston Ash were invited to take part in a special competition involving all the local district champions. The standard of opponent was always going to test us as we competed against much larger schools. Our first match was against Hunmanby. After a nervous start, Barkston began to dominate and took a deserved lead with a good finish from Rory. Further chances were not taken though and with just 10 seconds left on the cross, we were caught out at the back and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Our second match was a very even contest against Croft. Barkston again took the lead when a good move ended with Harvey laying the ball perfectly into the path of Alex who struck home. Croft responded well though and got a deserved equaliser with an excellent finish into the top corner. Chances came and went at either end with Jack making a fantastic save with his legs and George making a great last ditch tackle to keep the score at 1-1.  Into the third game and a win was essential against Crayke. The team responded well under pressure and produced a terrific performance. First Sam’s powerful free kick gave Barkston the lead. Then Rory poached a goal at the back post from Josh’s good run. Alex dribbled his way clear and finished well to make it 3-0. Finally, Josh got the goal his excellent display deserved to make the final score 4-0! A win in our final games against Archbishop of York and we would be in the final. It was not to be though as we were beaten 2-0. Defensive mistakes cost us badly and the Archbishop of York defence remained strong against our attacks. Overall, we finished 3rd in our group. We were certainly not outplayed in any game and the boys can be pleased with their efforts. Player of the tournament goes to Oli who performed well in each game and showed great defensive qualities.  Well done to the whole team: Jack, Sam, Oli, Josh, Alex, Rory, George and Harvey. 

December – Y5/6 Small Schools’ Cup Semi-Final
Brotherton 5 – 10 Barkston Ash

Barkston Ash reached the final of the small schools’ cup following a goal feast at Brotherton. The boys played some fantastic football in the first half with some excellent one and two touch football resulting in a 6-1 half time lead. The goals were courtesy of a hat-trick from Rory, two from Josh and one from Oli. A change in formation and personnel followed in the second half and a closer second half followed. Stand in goalkeeper Harry was in tremendous form, making a string of excellent saves. Further goals by Oli (completing his hat-trick), Alex and an own goal completed the scoring. There were a number of good performances with Harrison and George both particularly impressing. Man of the match though goes to Oli for showing what a versatile player he is. Usually a defender, Oli played superbly in a right midfield role and scored a great hat trick. Well done to the whole team: Harry, Oli, Sam, Josh, Alex, Harvey, George, Harrison and Rory.
November – Y5/6 Western League Boys’ Football
Cawood 2 - 2 Barkston Ash

Cawood and Barkston Ash locked horns again and once more they didn’t disappoint, putting on another entertaining game. It was Barkston Ash who started the stronger and twice Rory saw his goalbound shots well saved by the Cawood goalkeeper. Cawood did however take the late when hesitant play in defence led to them turning the ball home from close range. Barkston continued to dominate the game though with Cawood defending well and making a number of crucial blocks. Half time came and went with the tactic to keep pushing forward and operate a shoot on sight policy. This paid instant dividends when Sam Luke’s deflected shot wrongfooted the goalkeeper and gave Barkston the equaliser. Cawood hit back strongly though and a fantastic cross from the right was turned home from close range. Barkston responded immediately though – Alex drove forward, outpaced the full back and nestled the ball into the bottom right hand corner. It was end to end stuff now with Harry, the emergency goalkeeper after Jack’s late injury, making a couple of excellent saves. Barkston poured forward in the final few minutes looking for a winner – first Alex hit the post and then Josh saw his goalbound effort tipped over the bar. 2-2 was the final score, well done to both teams for a high quality game. For Barkston there were particularly good performances from Rory and Harry but man of the match goes to Alex for another excellent display. Well done to the whole team: Harry, Oli, Sam, Josh, Alex, Harvey and Rory.
November -  Girls’ Football
Kirk Fenton 1 - 1 Barkston Ash
Our girls’ football team took part in a very entertaining match at Kirk Fenton. It was end to end action with all the girls playing with great spirit and determination. Holly and Ellie defended with great determination to keep the Kirk Fenton attack at bay. Molly, Milly and Rachael were driving the team forward and after a good run by Milly, Gabrielle went close to opening the scoring. Into the second half and it was a continuation of the exciting end to end game of the first half. With 5 minutes remaining though it appeared that Kirk Fenton had won the match as a good run and strike finally evaded Katie, who had previously made a number of good saves. Barkston didn’t let their heads drop though and Rachael had two good chances to equalise (after good passes from Emily and Jessica respectively) that narrowly missed the target. With just seconds remaining though, a good pass through from Molly put Rachael through on goal, Rachael sprinted away from the defence and finished powerfully into the bottom corner! 1-1 it finished and a great game by both teams. Congratulations to the whole team: Katie, Holly, Ellie, Emily, Jessica, Milly, Molly, Gabrielle and Rachael. Player of the match was Holly for a terrific defensive display.

November - Year 1 and 2 Cross Country
35 children took part in a cross country competition at South Milford School, alongside children from other local schools. All of our children completed the entire course – well done! Particular congratulations to the following children who achieved top three places:
Year One Girls’ Race – 1st Place: Emma Hutton
Year One Girls’ Race – 2nd Place: Isabel Neale
Year One Boys’ Race – 3rd Place: Oliver Fountaine
Year Two Boys’ Race – 2nd Place: William Jenkin

November – Small Schools Cup Quarter Final
Cawood 2 – 5 Barkston Ash

The boys’ football team travelled to Cawood to take part in the quarter final of the small schools cup knowing that they would have to be at their very best to advance in the competition. It was Cawood who took the lead with a good ball through splitting our defence, the strike on goal was tipped onto the post by a stunning save from Jack but it was followed in well to give Cawood a 1-0 lead. Barkston knew that it was going to be a tough game and we discussed responding positively if we went behind during the pre-match tactics chat. Reponding positively was exactly what the team did. A number of good passing moves ended with near misses or good saves from the Cawood goalkeeper. 5 minutes before half time though the equaliser did come – and what a goal it was! The ball broke to Sam just past the half way line and he strode forward to unleash a fantastic strike into the top right hand corner. 1-1 at half time and it was a close match between two excellent teams. Barkston started the second half strongly and went into a 3-1 lead. First Josh broke forward and arrowed a low shot into the bottom right hand corner and then after great work from Alex down the left, Harvey turned the ball home from close range. The Barkston fans could not relax for long though as a long range cross looped into the top corner leaving Jack with no chance – 2-3. Oli and Harrison were defending like lions though and after a break forward, Josh gave Sam some competition for goal of the game with a long range strike that went in off the underside of the bar. Josh then made it 5-2 as he broke forward from Rory’s good pass and followed his own shot in to get a deserved hat-trick. A fantastic team performance from the whole team but man of the match was Josh for a tenacious display in centre midfield. Well done to the whole team: Jack, Oli, Harrison, Sam, Josh, Alex, Harvey and Rory. 

November – KS2 Sportshall Athletics Champions!
18 of our children in Years 5 and 6 took part in the Sherburn Cluster Sportshall Athletics Competition at Holy Family High School in Carlton. It was a fantastic event with a number of different running, relay and field events. The children had been practising hard, especially the relay changovers, and it certainly paid off. Out of the 6 schools taking part, the team finished in 1st place and will now represent the Sherburn cluster in the Selby District championships in January. Well done to the whole team: Alex, Sam, Harvey, Molly, Rachael, Milly, Caitlin, Josh, Oli, Katie, Ella, Gabrielle, Jack, George, Rory, Harrison, Sophie and Lucia. They competed to a very high standard but also showed great sportsmanship and encouraged their teammates in every event.

October – Girls’ Football Tournament
The girls’ football team started their season with a knock out competition at Brotherton Primary School. Their first game ended 0-0 but there were a number of near misses with Molly and Milly going close to breaking the deadlock. It was great to see the girls developing their skills, especially those who were playing their first ever football match. The next match against Brotherton was the semi-final. It was another tight match between two improving teams. The final score was Brotherton 2, Barkston Ash 1. Gabrielle scored our goal with a great finish and an even better celebration! Well done to Brotherton and well done to all the girls who played so well: Katie, Molly, Rachael, Holly, Milly, Ella, Sophie and Gabrielle

October – ESFA Selby District Champions!
Following their victory in the ESFA cluster competition they proceeded to the ESFA Selby District championships to take on the winners of the other two clusters – St Mary’s and Barlby Community Primary. The standard of play was very high throughout the tournament. Our first match was against St Mary’s. It was a tight game but Barkston controlled the match for long periods restricting St Mary’s to just one long range shot. Alex was having a great game down the left wing, using his skill and pace to set up a number of opportunities. It was after another dazzling run that the ball broke back to Sam who strode out of defence and sent a terrific long range shot into the corner of the net. During the second half Oli and Sam kept the defence tight and Rory, George, Josh and Alex were offering good protection. After Alex’s shot was blocked the ball fell on the half volley to Josh who guided the ball expertly into the corner – 2-0! With Barlby having beaten St Mary’s in their first game, Barlby V Barkston was the decider. Barlby shaded a tight and tense first half. Although they didn’t have an real efforts on goal, they enjoyed the  greater possession and Barkston found it difficult to get their passing game going. The second half was a different story though as Barkston began to take control. The tactical switch of moving Sam into midfield and Harrison slotting into defence paid immediate dividends as Sam beat his man in the penalty area and finished well into the bottom corner. With a determination to hang onto the lead, Barkston broke forward again and a great run from Josh ended with a terrific finish into the bottom left hand corner. 2-0 again and Barkston Ash were crowned Selby District Champions! It was a great team effort but the player of the tournament undoubtedly was Alex for his skilful direct running. Well done to the whole team: Jack, Oli, Josh, Sam, George, Harrison, Rory, Alex and Harvey. 

October – KS1 Beanbag Rounders 
Nine children from Years 1 and 2 took part in a new sport for Barkston Ash – beanbag rounders! It was fast paced and great fun and the children really enjoyed the experience. The team played three matches. In the first game they lost 2-0 to South Milford but it was a good learning curve and they were raring to go in their second match against Sherburn Hungate! Both teams played their part in a 3-3 thriller! Edie, Honor and Ruby all completed rounders with some fantastic sprinting. The final match was a low scoring affair against Kirk Fenton with some excellent fielding. Will’s solitary rounder proved decisive as Barkston won 1-0! Well done to the whole team: Will, Edie, Honor, Joseph, Harriett, Oliver, Ruby, Matthew and Lucy.

October – Boys’ Football League match V Brotherton
Hambleton 1 – 9 Barkston Ash

The boys’ team continued their impressive start to the season as they went goal crazy at Hambleton! Harvey continued his great goalscoring form with 3 typically predatory strikes in the first half. The moment of the first half though was probably an amazing double save from Jack with the score at 1-0. It was 3-1 to Barkston at the break and Harvey was given a rest with Rory replacing him up front. The second half was the Rory Reid show! With Oli and Harrison keeping the defence solid and Sam, Josh and Alex playing some fantastic passing football, Rory gave an incredible display of finishing. There was also a great moment for George as he scored his first goal for school with an excellent run and finish. The team goes from strength to strength and some of their passing football was outstanding today. There was some fantastic performances all round. Harrison was excellent in defence, Harvey continued his goalscoring run but 5 great goals in one half means that the man of the match has to go to Rory. Well done to the whole team: Jack, Oli, Harrison, George, Alex, Josh, Harvey, Sam and Harvey.
October – ESFA Cluster Cup Competition Winners!
The boys’ team won their second trophy in a month by winning the ESFA Cluster cup. In their first game against Brotherton they played some wonderful passing football. Alex returned from injury with a brilliant performance and Sam helped to shore up the defence. The goals were scored by Harvey (hat-trick), two good strikes by Josh and an own goal. The second game was the match of the tournament as the excellent Longman’s Hill provided a real test for Barkston. A poacher’s goal from Harvey gave us the lead and then the team defended brilliantly, especially Sam, Oli and Jack who made a crucial save as he clawed the ball back just as it looked like it was going over the line. The third game was less dramatic as Barkston controlled the game against Hambleton finishing 3-0 winners. Alex scored twice to cap a great tournament for him and captain Oli completed the scoring. Congratulations to the whole team for winning the ESFA cluster cup: Jack, Oli, Sam, Josh, Alex, Rory, Harvey, George and Harrison.

October – Boys’ Football League match V Brotherton
Brotherton 4 – 6 Barkston Ash

Barkston Ash started their league defence with a good victory over Brotherton in their flash new kit! Barkston played excellent football throughout against a spirited Brotherton team who didn’t give in and produced some good attacking play of their own. Harvey scored four and there were further goals from Sam and an own goal to give Barkston the perfect start to their league campaign. Man of the match was Harvey for leading the line well and finishing expertly.

September – Y2 Multi-Skills Tournament
10 children in Year 2 had a great time taking part in the cluster multi-skills tournament at Kellington Primary School. They took part in a number of different sporting games and activities to develop their ball skills and really enjoyed the experience.
September 2015 – Cluster Boys’ Football Tournament 
Barkston Ash 5 – 3 Kirk Fenton 

With only two teams able to make the cluster football tournament, it was down to Barkston Ash and Kirk Fenton to compete in the final. With Mr Power unable to attend due to other commitments, Mr Middleton was thrust into the managerial hotseat and handled the pressure brilliantly. The first half was a half of frustration for Barkston Ash as they were denied again and again by the excellent Kirk Fenton goalkeeper. In the second half though, Barkston found their shooting boots with Harvey and Josh both scoring two goals. Kirk Fenton threatened a comeback and brought the score back to 4-3 before Harvey got his hat-trick and put the result in no doubt. Man of the match was Josh Falk for an excellent all round performance. Well done to the whole team: Jack, Oli, George, Rory, Sam, Josh and Harvey.