The final Crewe & Nantwich Schools competition of the year was the Y5/6 Rounders competition at Malbank School. We were placed into a group with Sound, Acton and Gainsborough. Game one saw us face Sounds and we were a little slow to get going. We got two players out- Darryl Mangisi taking a catch and Harry Poynton with a runout- with Sound recording a good score of 7 rounders. Our batting was tentative early on, but a rounder from Darryl Mangisi got us going. Further half-rounders from Suzie Faddes, Tayah Wilson, Darryl Mangisi, Mckinley Utting, Harry Poynton and a no ball got us to 4 rounders, losing out 7-4 overall.
Game two saw us put in an excellent performance to beat Acton. Our opponents batted first and we fielded well- two stunning catches from Natan Czuczalow and a runout from Angel Banks-Scott helped restrict Acton to 2.5 rounders. Our batting was also good- Mckinley Utting scored 2.5, Darryl Mangisi 1.5, Angel Banks-Scott 1 and we got a half for a no ball, to finish on 5.5, winning by 3 rounders!!
Our final game against Gainsborough was a thriller up to the last ball. We fielded fairly poorly in this one and the game looked out of reach when Gainsborough scored 7 rounders for 2 outs (Darryl Mangisi and Harry Poynton with the runouts). At the halfway stage of our batting innings we had reached 5 rounders, but we couldn’t maintain our scoring, falling short by a half rounder on 6.5. Harry Poynton 1, Joshua Blackshaw 1, Lacey Mai Mellor 0.5, and Suzie Faddes 0.5 were our scorers, with the rest made up from no ball half rounders.
Well done to all that took part- it was a difficult competition at the end of a very busy week of trips and high school transition days and the children did well to keep going despite their tiredness. Thank you to Mrs Wolstencroft and the parents who came to support the team.
Squad: Angel Banks-Scott (c), Lacey Mai Mellor, Darryl Mangisi, Mckinley Utting, Joshua Blackshaw, Natan Czuczalow, Tayah Wilson, Suzie Faddes, Michelle Isiama Mba and Harry Poynton.
We entered the Y5/6 Boys Cricket Competition on Tuesday 24th May 2022 at Crewe Vagrants Cricket Club- the first cricket competition since the Summer of 2019. We had limited practice sessions going into this competition and again, for many this was their time representing Brierley. Our first game against Pear Tree saw us a little slow to get going and probably we were a little nervous. We batted first and despite good scores from Darryl Mangisi (7), Ashton Bradley-Hawkins (5) and Mackenzie Roberts (5), we limped to a final score of 217-4. We needed to bowl well and Darryl Mangisi took two wickets in the first over. Jake Coombs took 1 wicket for just 2 runs off his over but it wasn’t enough, as we lost out by 19 runs.
Game two saw us put Acton in to bat and our bowling was much improved in this one. Jackyboy Woodward took a wicket thanks to a catch from Jensen Lindsay and Mackenzie Roberts took 1 wicket for just two runs in his over. Mckinley Utting held his nerve to take one wicket for 4 runs in the final over to leave Acton on 234-3. Mckinley Utting and Natan Czuczalow got us off to a good start with the bat, with Natan hitting 3 sixes to end on 19 runs. At the halfway mark we were 223-3 and we pushed on thanks to a big six from Darryl Mangisi and Ashton Bradley-Hawkins added 10 runs at the end, to win the game for us by 12 runs!
The confidence was flowing and with other results going our way, a win in the final match would see us into the semifinals. We faced a good Wistaston Church Lane team and we put them into bat first. Harry Poynton and Ashton Bradley-Hawkins both bagged early wickets and Jensen Lindsay took a splendid catch off his own bowling to leave WCL on 200-3. More excellent bowling from Jake Coombs and Mackenzie Roberts ensured we kept the score down and WCL ended on 225-3. We then put in a tremendous batting performance, with Darryl Mangisi and Jake Coombs adding 17 runs from their 2 overs and then Ashton Bradley-Hawkins and Jensen Lindsay smashed 22 off the final two overs to leave us 251-2, which meant a win by 26 runs!
We had done so well to get to the semifinals and with a place in the final at stake, the boys were in good spirits ahead of the game against Stapeley Broad Lane. Jensen Lindsay took 1 wicket for 4 runs before Stapeley accelerated their scoring to reach 234-1 after 4 overs. Jackyboy Woodward grabbed a wicket in the 6th over, before Darryl Mangisi changed the game with 2 wickets for just one run! SBL finished on 229-4 which was a very gettable target… if we batted well! We got off to a steady start before 2 sixes from Mackenzie Roberts got us going. Darryl Mangisi added 10 runs before Ashton Bradley-Hawkins and Natan Czuczalow saw us home to finish on 242-1, winning by 13 runs!!!
The boys were absolutely buzzing to make the final and we had a chance to avenge our earlier loss, as we played Pear Tree again. We were put into bat and a combination of good bowling and nerves meant we struggled to find the boundary. Mckinley Utting’s 6 and a 4 from Ashton Bradley-Hawkins were the highlights as we stumbled to 219-3, which was probably a below-par score. Still, we went out positive and looked to take wickets to get us back into the game. Darryl Mangisi and Harry Poynton took a wicket each early on and great overs from Joshua Blackshaw and Jensen Lindsay had Pear Tree 203-2 at the halfway stage. Wickets for Ashton Bradley-Hawkins and Mckinley Utting weren’t enough though, as Pear Tree stepped it up a gear and went on to score 230-4, winning by 11 runs.
The boys can be very proud of coming Runners-Up in the competition and their reward is now a place in the Cheshire County Cricket Finals at Warrington Cricket Club in July. There were some excellent performances, but our captain, Darryl Mangisi stood out, as he was fantastic with both the ball and the bat. Well done to all of the boys, who supported each other well and gave it their all.
Thank you to the army of parents who came to watch the boys and to Mick Povall who helped out on the day.
Bring on the county finals!!!!
A group of Year 5/6 girls represented Brierley in a football competition on Thursday 19th May at The Alex Soccer Centre. For the majority of the girls this was their first football competition and for a couple of them, it was their first time representing our school. We were drawn into a group with Acton, Hungerford and Monks Coppenhall.
In game one we were understandably a little nervous, but we had most of the possession. Michelle Isiama Mba and Lacey Mai Mellor were both denied by last-ditch tackles when in on goal, whilst Aimee Taylor and Molly Wharton were rock-solid in defence at the other end. We kept plugging away, but a draw was probably a fair result in a tight game. Game two saw us win the local derby against Hungerford thanks to a goal from Michelle Isiama Mba, after good work from Lacey Mai Mellor. Again we were solid at the back and both Lola Burke-Hurley and Holly Bloor really put a shift in for the team. Our final group game was a really good game of football, with both teams having chances to win an even game. We battled hard, with Suzie Faddes and Lola Burke-Hurley showing great determination and both came close to opening the scoring. Lacey Mai Mellor was excellent in defence with Tayah Wilson also doing a fantastic job to assist her. The game ended 0-0 and we finished as runners-up behind Monks, but still unbeaten and having not conceded a goal!
The second group stage saw teams grouped together depending on where they finsihed in their groups. We were placed with Hungerford (for round 2!), Wistaston Church Lane and Shavington. We got of to a fantastic start with a 1-0 win against a very good Wistaston team. it was a top performance by everyone and having rode our luck a little in the first few minutes, we went on to create chances. Michelle Isiama Mba struck a fierce shot only for the keeper to somehow save before the pressue tolled and a long throw from Aimee Taylor sent Suzie Faddes through on goal and she slotted the ball past the keeper! Our 2nd group game saw a rematch against Hungerford and we managed to make it a double with another 1-0 win in a fairly even game. Our goal came from Holly Bloor after a neat pass from Lola Burke Hurley. With one game remaining, we knew if we could avoid defeat against Shavington then we would win our group and finish overall 5th place. We made some changes in both attack and defence which slightly upset the balance of the team. However, we created lots of chances, but the ball just failed to run for us. We were then hit on the break and the Shavington forward who had ran 30m was about to shoot before out of nowhere, Suzie Faddes made an unbelievable tackle to keep the scores level. There was still time to pinch a winner, but when Lacey Mai Mellor hit the crossbar, we knew our luck was out in this one.
Overall the girls were absolutely tremendous- to go unbeaten and not concede a goal all afternoon was very special and they should be proud. A 5th placed finish from the 14 schools who entered was a great result and it was great to see them all enjoying playing competitive football. Player of the tournament was really tricky as there were some serious candidates, but Aimee Taylor wins it thanks to some strong defending and her long throw caused the opposition teams all sorts of problems.
Thank you to all of the parents who came to support and helped to transport the girls.
Squad: Tayah Wilson (c), Lola Burke-Hurley, Suzie Faddes, Michelle Isiama Mba, Holly Bloor, Lacey Mai Mellor, Aimee Taylor and Molly Wharton.
On Thursday 28th April we took a team of Year 4/5s to represent Brierley in a Tag Rugby festival at Ruskin High School. There were 10 teams taking part and we were placed into Group A alongside Acton, Monks Coppenhall, Highfields and Stapeley Broad Lane. The squad were fairly inexperienced, in that despite there being 9 Year 5s in the team, this was their first time representing school in a competition.
We started with a really physical opening game against Acton, who were very determined and not afraid to put in a tackle. We conceded a couple of tries early on but settled into the game and started to put together our own good pieces of play. Harry Poynton scored two tries, both from mazy runs where he was simply too quick for the Acton defenders, but we fell just short, losing 4-2.
In game two we faced Monks Coppenhall and this was an excellent game of rugby. It was end-to-end, with a total of 12 tries shared between the two teams in a 6-6 draw. Harry Poynton was again fantastic on his way to a hat-trick of tries, the third coming after a lovely phase of play involved good runs from Mason Owen and Shane Marembo. Holly Bloor converted from close range after another neat pass from Shane Marembo and he got himself on the scoresheet when he danced his way past 3 defenders to score. Jensen Lindsay scored the final try of the match, using raw speed to outpace the flailing defence. In this game there was some excellent tagging, in particular from Harry Tasker, Rubi Masser and Jensen Lindsay, as well as some neat passing from Joshua Blackshaw.
After showing good improvement in our performance, game three was another tough, physical battle against Highfields. We were a little slow and left too many gaps in defence early on, but recovered well to have sustained period of pressure on Highfields. This resulted in Jensen Lindsay going over to narrow the deficit to a try and despite a great finish from Natan Czuczalow late on, we lost out 4-2.
Our final game was another cracking advert for Tag Rugby against Stapeley Broad Lane. Shane Marembo got us off to a great start, before two tries from Harry Poynton kept us level at 3-3. his second try was the best of the day, as he weaved past 2 players, slipped into a forwards roll, stood up, beat two more players and ran it home! We went 4-3 down before a brace from Holly Bloor took her total to 3 for the day and drew us level at 5 each. With time running out, Michelle Isiama Mba picked up the ball in the middle of the park and put the after-burners on to sprint home and clinch a 6-5 win for the team.
Overall we had 4 good, competitive games of Tag Rugby and we gained plenty from the festival. The children really enjoyed competing against the other schools and their team spirit was excellent throughout. Player of the day was between Holly Bloor and Harry Poynton, but Harry edged it with a tremendous all-round display and he showed good leadership skills too.
Well done to the following pupils: Harry Poynton (c), Holly Bloor, Mason Owen, Jensen Lindsay, Joshua Blackshaw, Rubi Masser, Shane Marembo, Harry Tasker, Michelle Isiama Mba and Natan Czuczalow.
Thank you to Mrs Proudman for her help on the day and thanks to the parents who came to support the team at Ruskin.
After our fantastic success in winning the Crewe & Nantwich Netball Competition, we qualified for the Cheshire County Netball Finals on Friday 18th March at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. This was an INSET day and the pupils showed great commitment by choosing to take part in the finals on their ‘day off’. We went into the competition knowing these finals were going to be incredibly difficult for us, as we were fairly underprepared compared with all of the other schools competing.
Game one proved to be the worst possible start we could have had, as we were taken apart by an excellent Our Lady’s from Ellesmere Port. We couldn’t keep the ball and we didn’t cope well with their speed and efficiency in the D. We needed to wake up and a more determined performance came against St Wilfred from Warrington. A couple of goals from Angel Banks-Scott and Ethan Cambridge and some great defending from Mackenzie Roberts kept us in the game until the end, but we fell just short, losing out 4-2.
Game three started well, as Suzie Faddes (called in to replace Holly Bloor due to illness) scored the goal of the day, as she netted from near the edge of the D. We held on to our lead for a while until St Martins went up a few gears and dominated the ball. A 5-1 loss was a little harsh on us, as we led for a large period of the game. We then faced Alderley Edge School for Girls, who went on to win the competition overall. We gave a fair account of ourselves and defended well on the whole, with Michelle Isiama Mba in particular showing determination and passion to win the ball back.
We continued to search for a win in game five against Cherry Tree from Warrington. The game was fairly evenly matched, but we missed chances to take the lead and then paid for them in a 3-0 loss. The team were down after this one, but we picked ourselves up and agreed that we would give our all in the final match against Dingle who were representing Sandbach. In this game we were excellent- first to every ball and our passing was sharp and accurate. We created lots of chances and a goal from Ethan Cambridge put us 1-0 up, after good work from Ashton Bradley-Hawkins. We continued to play some good Netball and we defended with authority with Lola Burke Hurley and Angel Banks-Scott repelling every attack. The whistle went to scenes of relief and jubilation, as we ended on a positive note and got some reward for our efforts.
We finished as the 7th best school in Cheshire, which is an outstanding achievement for our school- even more so due to the lack of practice we have been able to have. The team did so well and stuck by each other despite some tough results. The win at the end gave everyone a boost and ensured we finished with a positive. The player of the tournament was Ethan Cambridge who worked very hard in every game and was excellent in both defence and attack.
Squad: Mackenzie Roberts, Lola Burke Hurley, Angel Banks-Scott, Ethan Cambridge, Suzie Faddes, Ashton Bradley-Hawkins and Michelle Isiama Mba.
Well done to every single one of you and thank you to Mrs Roberts and all of the parents who came to support the team in Macclesfield.
After a break of just over 2 years due to COVID, school sport returned with the Year 5/6 Crewe Netball Competition at Sir William Stanier School on Thursday 10th March 2022. With the enforced break, we like most other schools came in to the competition not really knowing how competitive we were going to be as a team, as we had not had the chance to play any warm up matches with positions and using the strict netball rules.
Our opening game was against Berkeley and we got off to the best possible start! In the first half, a great passing move, started by Michelle Isiama Mba was finished off by Angel Banks-Scott and then Angel took her tally to two goals after a fine assist from Mackenzie Roberts. In the second half, Ethan Cambridge scored a superb shot from far out and then turned provider to allow Lola Burke-Hurley to get on the scoresheet and seal a 4-1 win.
Game two saw us face Monks Coppenhall and we again got off to a fast start, with Holly providing two assists to Mackenzie Roberts who was excellent with his shooting. He went on to score a third goal just before the break to put us 3-0 up at halftime. The second half was a little scrappy but we held on to record a 3-1 win. Game three against Sound was a tough test and we went a goal down very early on. Lola Burke-Hurley equalised right on the stroke of halftime and this galvanised us for the second half. Goals from Ethan Cambridge (2) and Holly Bloor put us in command and secured a 4-1 victory.
After 3 games we were right in the mix, with our two toughest fixtures to come. Over the years we have had some great games against Leighton and this joined that collection as we were excellent in a narrow 3-2 win. Lola Burke-Hurley scored the first and then Michelle Isiama Mba rebounded a Mackenzie Roberts shot to put us ahead 2-1. This combination put us 3-1 ahead, with Mackenzie scoring this time and despite a late surge from Leighton, we held on for the win!
Four games- four wins! Our final match was against Mablins Lane and we knew we had a chance to go on and win the competition. Ashton Bradley-Hawkins pass found Michelle Isiama Mba who put us 1-0 up but we were pegged back and were 2-1 down. We dug deep and came back, with Ashton Bradley-Hawkins putting us level before Angel Banks-Scott’s superb long pass found Lola Burke-Hurley who put us ahead. We really had to defend hard in the last few minutes and Mablins found a deserved equaliser, but we held on for the draw and finished as overall WINNERS of the Crewe Netball Competition!!!
This was a truly excellent performance from a team that had never played together and they showed some amazing skills and learned both the rules and positions really quickly. They beat some excellent schools and deservedly finished as winners. Their were many great individual performances, but special mentions to Mackenzie Roberts and Lola Burke-Hurley who scored 4 goals each and to player of the tournament, Ethan Cambridge who was outstanding when shooting and scored key goals in key moments.
Well done to Lola Burke Hurley (c), Ethan Cambridge, Mackenzie Roberts, Angel Banks-Scott, Michelle Isiama Mba, Holly Bloor and Ashton Bradley-Hawkins.
Thank you also to Mrs Proudman for her help with the team on the night. Mr Foulkes
Our second sports competition of the year came on Monday 14th March, as we took a team to take part in the Y5/6 Crewe & Nantwich Hockey Competition at Ruskin High School. There were 8 schools involved, with each school playing 7 matches. In game one we got off to a predictably slow and cagey start, but we took the lead thanks to some good defensive work from Suzie Faddes who then went on to score. An unfortunate slip allowed Berkeley A to equalise and despite having the best chances, we couldn’t force a winner.
Game two saw us face eventual winners Wrenbury A and we had large chunks of possession and territory but again we struggled to find away through a stubborn defence. Wrenbury scored from two of their only three attacks and went on to win. Despite the loss, Lacey Mai Mellor was excellent and Mckinley Utting was so unlucky not to score, when he was taken out when through on goal. We needed to bounce back quickly and we did in the form of a 2-1 win against Millfields. Goals from Lacey Mai Mellor and Mckinley Utting put us 2-0 up before a late consolation made it a nervy finish.
We doubled our win tally with our best performance of the day against Mablins Lane. We were phenomenal and clinical infront of goal. Mckinley Utting was everywhere and smashed in a hat-trick of goals, with Toby Wood and Lacey Mai Mellor also getting on the scoresheet. At the other end there was a strong performance from Tayah Wilson in defence and Logan Richards won the ball back numerous times to set us on our next attack. After the high of the Mablins game, we put in a pretty average performance, as we lost to Pebble Brook 2-1 in a game we should have really won. Two mistakes cost us and despite an excellent goal from Lacey Mai Mellor, we couldn’t force an equaliser.
Our final two games saw us need maximum points to keep us in the mix. We beat Berkeley B 2-0 thanks to a great goal from Toby Wood and another goal from Lacey Mai Mellor. Our final fixture was against Wrenbury B and we finished on a high, with a 3-1 win. Suzie Faddes put in a top performance, scoring one and setting up Mckinley Utting for another. Mckinley grabbed himself a second goal to seal the win late on.
Overall this was a really good result as we finished overall 3rd place! We had chances against both schools who finished ahead of us and on another day we might have gone on to win. Special mentions go to Mckinley Utting who covered every metre of the pitch and to player of the day, Lacey Mai Mellor, who scored lots of goals and led the way with her determination and passion. Thank you to Mrs Wolstencroft for helping transport the children and for her help on the day.
Squad: Toby Wood (c), Tayah Wilson, Mckinley Utting, Suzie Faddes, Logan Richards and Lacey Mai Mellor.