After our success in winning the Crewe Dodgeball Competition in January, we progressed to the Crewe & Nantwich Finals at Sir William Stanier School. We faced the top two schools from the Nantwich and Shavington competitions, as well as Edleston who were runners up in the Crewe Competition. This was a competition that we won last year and we were looking to try to retain the trophy for 2019/20.

We opened with a tough game against Shavington, a school that are always strong at Dodgeball. They lived up to expectations, as we lost the first game 6-4, before winning the second game 4-3. This set up a deciding game and we found our accuracy to win 4-2 and 2-1 overall. Game two saw us avoid any scares against Willaston, as we ran out 3-0 winners. We dominated the first game to win 5-0 and then a 5-2 and 4-2 win saw us home.

After the perfect start, with two wins from two matches, Berkeley were sure to provide a tough test in game three. We recovered to win the first game 5-3 thanks to a couple of important catches and played really well to win 6-3 in the second game. The final game saw Berkeley out for revenge and they deservedly claimed a 3-3 draw, meaning we had won the tie 2-0. Millfields were our opponents in game four and now we were in our stride, we were absolutely clinical with our shots. We won game one 6-0 and followed this up with a 5-2 and 6-1 win in probably our most dominant performance of the competition.

This set up a final match with Edleston, a team we had a cracking battle with in the Crewe Competition. This match followed the same pattern, as we again lost the first game of the three (4-6), as we made a couple of rash decisions and struggled to find our targets. We regrouped and in a great advert for the game we narrowly won game two 4-3 to set up a grand finale. We knew a win in the final game would see us retain the trophy, but we would need to be at our best. We really had to dig in as Edleston literally threw everything they had at us. We were patient and dodged really well before picking our moments to strike in a brilliant 5-3 win, which clinched the match 2-1!!

This meant we were once again crowned Crewe & Nantwich Dodgeball Champions and this was also the 2nd time we had gone unbeaten in every match we had played this year- a phenomenal achievement! The team really worked hard and deserve their rewards.

A big thank you to all of the players who have represented the school so well and thank you to the parents who cheered on the team in both the Crewe Competition and the finals. Thank you also to Mr Birchall who came and helped / supported the team.

Squad: Adam Wright (c), Harvey Lindsay, Denzel Lisboa, Gracjan Marcinkowski, Bartosz Babula, Bobby Mellor, Logan Cunningham and Connor Franklin.

We entered the Y5/6 Crewe Dodgeball Competition at Sir William Stanier School. Last year our team were unbelievable and won the overall Crewe & Nantwich Competition, so the pressure was on to see if this team could follow in their footsteps…

We were drawn into a group of 6, with the top 2 qualifying for the final phase. We opened in the best possible way, with a resounding 17-5 win against Gainsborough and then recorded a 15-5 win against Mablins Lane. We were playing fairly well with two wins on the board and we upped the performance level again to beat Underwood West 13-2. In recent years we have always had good games against Pebble Brook and they came into the game in good form of their own. We edged them out 5-2 in the first game of three before playing the perfect game to win 6-0 in the second. A 5-3 win sealed a 16-5 overall win and a place in the final phase. We still had one group game to play and secured top spot in the group thanks to a 17-3 against Hungerford.

The final four schools were Pebble Brook, Wybunbury, Edleston and ourselves, with two schools going on to the Crewe & Nantwich Finals with schools from the Shavington and Nantwich competitions. Our first match of the finals saw us play Pebble Brook again and with them pumped up and out for revenge, they were a harder team to beat this time around. We won the first game 5-2, before losing our first game of the day 3-2 in the second. A strong 5-2 win in the last game was enough for a 12-7 win overall. Our second match saw us clinch a place in the Crewe & Nantwich Finals as we beat Wybunbury 17-4 in a fantastic display. This set up a game with Edleston who had also won both matches, to decide the Crewe Champions. Edleston had won the other group and showed why, as we lost our 2nd game of the day 3-2 in the first game. We needed a response and just about got back into the game with a 3-2 win in game two to level the tie up. Everything was on the final game and we slipped into top gear to produce a great display and a 5-2 win!! This made us CREWE DODGEBALL CHAMPIONS and we had gone unbeaten winning all 8 matches played!!

A huge well done to all of the squad for their performances today. They were outstanding when it mattered the most and showed some tremendous skill and accuracy throughout. Thank to Mrs Proudman and to Emma Guildford for their help on the day and thank you to the vocal parents up in the viewing gallery for pushing the team on!

Squad: Gracjan Marcinkowski (c), Harvey Lindsay, Bartosz Babula, Bobby Mellor, Logan Cunningham, Adam Wright, Connor Franklin and Denzel Lisboa.

We can now look forward to the Crewe & Nantwich finals just before half term!

A group of 16 pupils from Year 5/6 went up to Sir William Stanier School to take part in a Dodgeball Festival on Tuesday 10th December. We split into two teams to play 9 matches (27 games in total) against schools from across the Crewe area. As this was a festival, there were no results recorded and no positions published, but here is a little run through of how we did…

Brierley A 12-12 Wistaston Academy B         Brierley B 17-5 Mablins Lane
Brierley A 13-2 Gainsborough                        Brierley B 10-8 Monks Coppenhall B
Brierley A 15-4 Monks Coppenhall B              Brierley B 17-1 St Michaels B
Brierley A 11-9 St Michaels A                         Brierley B 17-0 Wistaston Academy B
Brierley A 13-6 Wistaston Academy A          Brierley B 16-5 Monks Coppenhall A
Brierley A 16-5 Monks Coppenhall A             Brierley B 18-0 St Michaels A
Brierley A 12-5 St Michaels B                        Brierley B 6-8 Gainsborough
Brierley A 6-15 Brierley B                             Brierley B 15-6 Brierley A

Overall Brierley A finished with a record of won 6, drew 1 and lost 1, with Brierley B winning 7 and losing 1 game. Both teams produced some fantastic Dodgeball and can be proud of their performances. Players of the day were Denzel Lisboa and Gracjan Marcinkowski for Brierley A and Bartosz Babula and Harvey Lindsay for Brierley B. The pupils all showed excellent sportsmanship in all of the games and both teams really enjoyed facing each other, which was a high quality match!

Well done to the following pupils:

Brierley A: Ethan Rogers, Jamie Brassington, Maja Molik, Oliwier Pluta, Gracjan Marcinkowski, Natan Skorek, Denzel Lisboa and Joshua Watling.
Brierley B: Adam Wright, Connor Franklin, Harvey Lindsay, Nadia Czuczalow, Jaydee Taylor, Bartosz Babula, Logan Cunningham and Bobby Mellor.

Thank you to all of the parents who came and supported the teams and thank you to Mr Birchall for helping to organise the Brierley A team.