On Wednesday, 25th May Avon House competed in the Redbridge Mini Games, which saw forty-four primary schools across the borough playing a range of sports in a day-long festival.
We competed in the football, handball and squash events and performed creditably in all of them. The twenty-two children selected all rose to the challenge and performed really well.
Handball is a sport new to the school and, having only had one taster session, the team soon came to terms with the tactics needed to defend counter-attacks. We lost 4-1 to Fairlop, lost 3-1 to South Park and then drew 1-1 with Loxford, coming 3rd in the group but sadly eliminated. Jacahri (Y3) scored two of the goals and is a real prospect !
The football competition was a mixed event with three boys and three girls having to be on the field at one time. Our team was in a particularly tough group of seven schools and won one match 3-1 and drew another 1-1.
A late decision was made to field a squash team of four players and three willing volunteers, Nayan, Krishan and Tristen, were coerced into playing this sport for the first time. Joining the very experienced and talented Yusuf the Year 5 boys proved a formidable side.
The team swept through their qualifying round robin group and then, cheered on by the handball and football sides, won a convincing quarter-final against Fairlop and a tough semi-final versus Fullwood.
Our day culminated in a final against local rivals Churchfields, a team packed with experienced squash players. In a titanic battle, played in front of a raucous and packed gallery, the match ended tied at two rubbers each which meant it was determined on “countback”, the aggregate number of points won. We lost 19 -21 to finish runners-up but given the age of our team we look forward to next year with anticipation.
Well done to all of our representatives but particularly to Yusuf, Krishan, Nayan and Tristen.