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Almost 80 girls from 5 local primary schools arrived at Millais School on Tuesday 4th December to take part in the Horsham District Primary Schools Girls Hockey Festival. The event was organised by students from Collyers College who were supported by Year 9 sports leaders from Millais School and saw three teams competing in the Year 3 and 4 event and five teams taking part in the Year 5 and 6 event.
The Horsham District Schools Table Tennis Individual Championships series was completed last night as the under 11's took to the tables at Collyer's last night. The organiser, the HDSD team's Ian Ford, was happy as 16 children showed up to battle it out, 16 always being a good number to schedule a competition with and on this occasion allowing the use of a Super 16 monrad format to be employed where all children could play the same number of games irrespective of their success level. It was decided that the first round of matches would split the process up into A and B events, winners going into the former category and losers going into the latter, motivating more of the children involved that they had a chance of winning something or just doing well.
It was doubles tournament night at the Horsham District Table Tennis League Division A last night at Collyer's. Each team of four was required to split down the middle into two to play a round-robin format in which every team was required to play all others on a one set to 21 points basis. Greenway was a player short so Ben Watson paired with his dad to form a friendly team. Doubles is an important aspect of table tennis tournaments at all levels and also usually forms part of a team match so practice in this sometimes neglected form of the sport is particularly useful.
It was the last matchplay table tennis night at Collyer's of 2018 and whilst the U11 schools event took up four tables on the far side of the hall another 12 in the community based process put the other six tables to excellent use, being split into two round-robin groups of six by organiser Tat On Man.
Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth says the results from a major survey of children’s activity levels should be “a big wake-up call for all of us”. The first-ever Active Lives Children and Young People Survey shows that 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day. “I am calling for a national focus on the health and wellbeing of our nation’s children and for the whole system to be united in delivering change. Our children deserve better and Sport England is determined to play its part,” says Tim.
Phase 1 of Division A of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League came to an exciting climax on Wednesday indoors at Collyer’s as Greenway A pipped Holbrook by one point for top of the table position. Other than bragging rights it doesn’t mean too much however, other than both of them and third placed St Andrew’s retaining top division status in Phase 2 in the new year. Southwater A have competed well but finished in the bottom two and therefore will be relegated to Division B along with winless but highly spirited Shelley A.
The second league meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League 2018/19 took place last Friday on the Tanbridge School Astro pitch. After the conclusion of the previous meeting two weeks earlier, the 15 teams had their leagues determined by their results with five teams in each division. With promotion and relegation in place for the third and final league meeting on 7 December there was everything to play for.
It was a return to Division A action at the Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League this week at Collyer's after last week's pairs event diversion. Tom Wythers was in fine form for Greenway as they set about overturning Billingshurst's slight points advantage in the bottom half. He won a full complement of four matches, Harry Llewellyn pushing him hardest 25-19 before the Billingshurst leading light claimed three of his own to be the mainstay of his team's resistance.
This week's table tennis matchplay night at Collyer's was boosted by a number of Horsham TTC's National Cadet and Junior League team players visiting to get a match practice night in before they start their campaigns at Brighton on 15th December. Players were split into two eleven player groups and told to go forth and play as many matches as they could get in during the two hours available, on a one game to 21 basis. Over 80 matches were completed on nine tables over the night and on the tenth table a TT robot was in use to offer a training diversion, so balls were literally everywhere.