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Match Reports 2015-2016

Y5/6 Netball match away vs Alwoodley (13/5/16) – Lost 14-10

In what would be their final league match of the season, the team travelled to Alwoodey, who themselves were near the top of the league. Unfortunately for Shadwell, the team got off to a slow start, finding themselves 8-0 down at one point. The team, however, have built themselves on being resilient and at one stage, brought the score line back to 13-10. Despite their best efforts, it wasn’t meant to be, with the team eventually losing 14-10.

Y5/6 Tag Rugby Regionals Competition (27/4/16)

For the first time in school history, Shadwell took two team to a tournament. Both theam were very competitive and did extremely well.

The ‘B’ team’s results were:

  • 4-4 draw vs Kippax Ash Tree Primary School
  • 4-3 win vs Allerton Bywater Primary School
  • 3-3 draw vs Micklefield Primary School
  • Quarter finals – 4-1 loss to Grimes Dyke Primary School

The ‘A’ team’s results were:

  • 3-1 win vs Swillington Primary School ‘B’
  • 2-1 win vs Strawberry Fields Primary School ‘B’
  • 4-2 win vs St Theresa’s Primary School
  • Quarter finals - 4-0 win vs Swillington Primary School ‘A’
  • Semi finals - 5-1 win vs Kippax Ash Tree Primary School
  • Final - 4-1 win vs Grimes Dyke Primary School

As only two teams out of 16 qualified for the City Finals the ‘A’ team did brilliantly to win all of their games and qualify for the City Finals for the second year in a row. The ‘B’ team were unlucky and played some exceptional rugby. To have both teams reach the quarter finals is a great achievement for the school and we showed what talented teams we have.

Y5/6 Girls’ Football match at home vs St Augustine’s Primary School (19/4/16) – lost 0-2

The girls’ final league game of the season was against St Augustine’s at home. The team knew a win would more than likely seal their place in the play-offs. Unfortunately for Shadwell, St Augustine’s got off to a flying start and were 2-0 up inside the first five minutes. After a slow, nervy start Shadwell settled into the game with a good amount of possession and the girls’ usual hardworking, enthusiastic attitude. The team were, however, unable to get the goal they deserved and the final score finished 2-0 to St Augustine’s. Still, the team managed to finish 6th in the 23 team league and were only two points off the play-offs. A fantastic first full season! Well done girls, we are very proud of you!

Y5/6 Boys’ football match away vs Alwoodley Lost 4-3 (21/3/16)

With two games left in the Leeds FA League to go, the boys knew that they really needed two wins in order to have a chance of winning the league. Things didn’t quite go to plan however when within a couple of minutes Alwoodley had broken the deadlock. Despite an even first half, it was the opposition who took their chances, managing to go into halftime with a 4-0 lead. The boys felt hard done by; they had matched the opposition everywhere but in the goals department. Still, the team has had a fantastic attitude all season and took the upper hand at the start of the second half when they laid on a lot of attacking pressure. Though through hitting the post and seeing the ball flash wide a couple of times, the team could be forgiven for thinking it may never happen for them. Yet when Jack’s shot finally crossed the line they had broken through! Quickly after that the team added two more through Leo and James.

Unfortunately for Shadwell, the equaliser never came, despite constant pressure. Still, the boys were ecstatic with their turnaround when it looked like all was lost at half time, showing tremendous attitude and team spirit.

Y5/6 Girls’ football match home vs Alwoodley Lost 10-0 (8/3/16)

The girls’ team played a tough match this week as they hosted Alwoodley; a team who had won all 9 of their games this season, only conceding one goal. Shadwell, who were reduced to having no substitutes due to injuries, knew they were going to have to work hard right from the start; and work hard they did! It was just unfortunate that Alwoodley were able to make their chances count. Despite some great tackles from the defence and saves from Gracie, Alwoodley proved to be too strong, securing a 5-0 lead at halftime. The second half continued much of the same, with the final score finishing 10-0 to Alwoodley. Even still, the score could have been greater if it had not been for the commitment of the players to keep their heads up and carry on battling away. Connie covered almost every blade of grass on the pitch in her pursuit for the ball and Gracie made at least four first-class saves! Shadwell nearly scored when Lois hit the post from the edge of the area with a powerful long range shot; had it gone in it would have surely been the goal of the game!

Nevertheless, the team still sit joint fourth in their league and can be proud of having not given up. I am sure their fantastic attitude and commitment will stand them in good stead for future matches.

Y5/6 Girls’ football match away vs Bardsey Lost 1-0 (29/2/16)

On Monday the girls’ football team travelled to Bardsey for a match. The team had great optimism for the game and started full of energy. Shadwell nearly took the lead when Emily broke through the Bardsey defence, but her shot narrowly went past the post. There were also chances for Evie and Lois, but the Bardsey defence stood firm. It was Bardsey who took the lead just before half time when the ball fell to an attacker; whose low shot went in off the post.

The score at halftime was 1-0 to Bardsey, but the girls couldn’t be playing any better; the advice was just to go out and play the same in the second half, but with just a bit more luck. Unfortunately for Shadwell, that break never came, despite further pressure. Credit to the Bardsey defence, who made some excellent tackles and saves to keep our attackers out. Credit also has to go to our goalkeeper Gracie, who made some vital clearances and saves in what was a tight game. The girls left the pitch feeling good about the game as they knew that they couldn’t have done any more.

Y5/6 Netball match away vs St Augustine’s Primary School (3/5/16) – Won 17-0

With the top of our Netball league very tight – 1 point separating the top three teams – the team were looking forward to the opportunity to play again as we travelled to St Augustine’s. The team started strong, finishing the first quarter with a 4-0 lead. From there we went from strength to strength, finishing the game as 17-0 winners! A great result for the team! Scorers were Emily, Connie, Anna (4), Evie (4), Grace and Arabella (6).

Y5/6 Tag Rugby at home vs Allerton Primary School (22/4/16) – won 10-6

In preparation for the Tag Rugby regional tournament, Shadwell lined up a couple of friendlies for some match practice. The first was at home to Allerton; a close game in the first half saw Shadwell leading 6-5, but a late run by the team saw the final score extend to 10-6. A great performance by all in such an entertaining game. Tries were scored by Leo (2), Charley (2), James (2), Ethan (2) and Arabella (2).

Y5/6 Netball match away vs Harehills Primary School (21/4/16) – won 5-2

Our Netball team looked to continue their excellent tournament form into the league. A win would see the team go top of the league as they travelled to Harehills. Everyone played very well in another great team performance. The squad depth showed as the team had five different scorers with Spencer, Connie, Zak, Emily and Arabella all scoring. The result saw Shadwell go top of the league by a point, for the time being.

Y5/6 Netball Cluster competition at Boston Spa High School (20/4/16)

For the first time, Shadwell entered the Boston Spa Cluster Netball Tournament. The tournament is the first step on the pathway to the county finals but would prove to be tough as only one team out of seven could qualify for the next round. Shadwell played their first game against Thorpe Arch Primary School ‘A’ and despite playing really well, found themselves 2-0 down at halftime. The team had faith in themselves however, and some persistent play saw a great comeback to win 3-2 with three points scored by Arabella. Shadwell continued their good result into their next game against St Mary’s Primary School, winning 9-2 with Evie scoring 8 in the first half and Spencer adding another in the 2nd. In the final we played Thorpe Arch ‘B’ and continued our fantastic performances going 3-0 up at halftime with points from Emily (2) and Grace. Shadwell ended up winning the game 12-0 with 8 points from Arabella and another added by Anna. This meant that Shadwell won the tournament and qualified for the city regionals – A great achievement!

Y5/6 Boys’ football match home vs Mill Field Drew 0-0 (29/3/16)

Despite the league title seemingly out of reach, the boys’ team knew that they could give the eventual league winners a run for their money in their final league game of the season. Mill Field, who had won all their games so far this year – including a 2-1 home win against Shadwell were always going to be tough opposition. The game throughout was an even competition and chances were few and far between, with only a couple of breakaway chances for either side.

The match finished 0-0, but the boys were pleased with their efforts at being the first team to take points off Mill Field all season. Shadwell finished third in the Leeds North League, which was a fantastic achievement from the season before. Well done team!

Y5/6 Boys’ football match home vs Allerton Drew 1-1 (15/3/16)

With the end of the season in sight the boys’ team hosted Allerton Primary School. The team were hoping for a win which would take them closer to the top of the league. The game started brightly and Shadwell managed to take an early lead when Leo was set through down the right to fire past the Allerton keeper. The rest of the half was fairly even with both sides having a couple of chances but no more goals. The second half saw lots more Allerton pressure but Shadwell were defending heroically, with Alex making some great saves! Unfortunately for Shadwell, Allerton’s tricky winger worked his way into the box and was tripped – clear penalty! Allerton scored the resulting spot kick and also had further chances to win the game. The match finished 1-1 and despite wanting the win, Shadwell were more than happy with the hard-earned draw.

Y5/6 Boys’ football match away vs Meanwood Won 2-1 (1/3/16)

This Tuesday the Boys’ team travelled to Meanwood for their next fixture in the Leeds FA league. Playing away from home can be tricky at times and this was just one of those games. Playing on an uneven surface made quick passing difficult and the game was really reduced to a battle in the middle throughout. Shadwell though, are able to play different styles of football depending on the situation, and were able to take the lead when Leo’s shot was blocked Sashyn was able to slam home the rebound to make it 1-0. It looked like Shadwell could extend their lead but the small playing area meant there were always lots of bodies in the way. The score at half time remained 1-0.

The second half was more of the same, with some excellent, committed defending from the boys keeping Meanwood at bay. Shadwell were able to extend their lead when Leo’s cross went across the face of the goal for Sashyn to head in, making it 2-0. Sashyn was unlucky to not complete his hat-trick five minutes later when a fantastic through ball by James resulted in him turning his marker and firing in a left footed shot. Unfortunately, for Shadwell, the Meanwood goalkeeper made a spectacular save.

Meanwood made their breakthrough with four minutes to go, which made for a nervy ending; but they are an experienced team now, with the determination and grit to put themselves on the line for each other. The final whistle blew and everyone was relieved to come away with a very hard earned win. Well done boys!

Y5/6 Leeds City Hockey Tournament at Weetwood Sports Park (26/2/16)

The Year 5/6 Hockey team entered the Leeds City Tournament last Friday. After just having one session at school the team were going to give it their all and see how things went. As it turned out, things went spectacularly well! The results in their first group were as follows:

Alwoodley Won 5-3

Pudsey 2nds Won 6-0

Cobden Won 2-0

After winning their group in Round 1, the team qualified for the next stage. They finished second in their group, with the following results:

Pudsey 1sts Won 2-0

Lady Hastings Lost 0-2

Springfield Won 8-1

After qualifying for the quarter finals, the team knew that a win would see them not only reach the semi-finals, but also qualify for the West Yorkshire County Finals. Unfortunately, despite some excellent play, it just wasn’t to be; with Shadwell losing on penalties after a 0-0 draw. An unlucky way to go out of the tournament, but everyone came back to school with smiles on their faces, showing just what a resilient group they are!

Alwoodley 0-0 Lost on penalties

The team could be really proud of themselves about how far they had come in such a short space of time, and they were ranked as the fifth best team in Leeds! A fantastic achievement! Well done Shadwell Hockey Team!

Y5/6 Girls’ Football Away vs Grimes Dyke 7/12/15 Drew 0-0

The final fixture of the term for Shadwell was the girls’ football team’s away fixture against Grimes Dyke Primary. Due to the poor light the game was played on astro turf. Despite the pitch being fairly narrow, the girls did well to keep the ball in play for the majority of the game. Everyone on the team worked really hard defensively and dealt with the high bounce of the ball very well. Late on in the game goalkeeper Gracie made a couple of great saves to keep the score deadlocked. Although there were no goals it was another positive result for the girls team and a great way to end an action packed term!

Tag Rugby team 111215

Y5/6 Basketball Tournament at David Young Community Academy 30/11/15

Shadwell entered the East Leeds Basketball Tournament on Monday in their first basketball competition of the year. With some physically big and strong teams in the competition it was a great opportunity to see where Shadwell were.

Shadwell did superbly and their results were as follows:

vs Bramham Primary School – won 14-2

vs Richmond Hill – won 7-0

vs David Young Community Academy – won 4-2

In the final we played David Young Community Academy again, a team of Year 7s. Shadwell played really well and managed to win the game 11-2. They showed great character and everyone played their parts. The team could be extremely proud of winning the East Leeds Basketball Tournament! Well done!

Y5/6 Boys’ Football Away vs Allerton 27/11/15 Won 2-1

After a really disappointing defeat to Alwoodley in their previous game, the boys’ football team faced what was their biggest game of the season this Friday. Having had two unlucky 2-1 defeats against other teams so far this season meaning every game from now on is almost a must win match. The team were aware of this going in and had to show toughness of character as a couple of injuries meant that they were not going to have any substitutes leading into the game.

The match started brightly, despite blustery conditions, and was end-to-end from kick off. Chances came and went, but no goals. Not wanting to concede, the defence kept its shape well and the midfield made sure they tracked back. The score at halftime was 0-0. The second half involved corners for both sides and you couldn’t fault either team for effort; Allerton were desperate for a win as well. It was Allerton who made the breakthrough, their striker finishing off a good move. The boys ploughed forward with intent, determined to not let conceding get them down. This, however, did leave them more open at the back and it took a double world-class save from Alex in goal to keep the score at 1-0. Those are the kind of moments you need when you are trying for a result, and another moment was when James, taking a Shadwell corner, floated the ball over the goalkeeper, who could only parry the ball into the net. 1-1.

Not only a minute had passed before the ball was back in the Allerton penalty area, with boots flying all around, the ball fell to Sashyn on the edge of the area, whose thunderous strike nearly took the net off the goal! In what had been the biggest five minutes of the team’s season so far the boys had turned the match around; no one had deserved to score more than Sashyn, who had worked his socks off all game and put in some crunching tackles. Shadwell were focused to not let this lead slip and looked to have learned their lesson from the previous game and kept their shape. Their fantastic fitness levels paid off, especially with no substitutes, and Striker Jack did the work of three players as he chased down every Allerton defender on his own while the rest of their team did their defensive work.

The game finished 2-1 to Shadwell and was surely the match of the season so far; a fitting end to a great half term for the boys’ football team.

Y5/6 Boys’ Football Away vs Highfield 13/11/15 Won 4-0

The Boys’ team played their first game in the North Leeds Football League on Friday. The league, an additional competition as well as the main Leeds league, was entered by Shadwell last season. Their opponents, Highfield, won the previous match up 6-0. This year’s Shadwell team, however, are more experienced and have a certain determination combined with a strong belief that they can give anyone a game on their day. The game started brightly, with some good Shadwell pressure resulting in a series of corners. When the ball worked its way the captain Ethan on the edge of the area, he took the opportunity and struck it into the left side for his first ever goal for Shadwell! The boys continued their pressure and a second goal followed after when Leo finished a team move at the far post. The team were very happy with their first half display. Highfield were having their chances, however, and it took some excellent goalkeeping from Alex, and a goal line clearance from defender Sam. Shadwell were defending well as a team, and their solid shape allowed the ball to be played forward and James’ cross was met by Joseph to make the score 3-0. With Highfield pushing forward looking for the goal, this allowed Shadwell more space, especially on the flanks and when Joseph was released down the right, he ignored his team mates calls and smashed a long range strike in off the far post, to the silent disbelief of the home fans. The game finished shortly after and it was an excellent performance from the team, in additional to some great defending and goals.

Y5/6 Netball Away vs Holy Rosary & St Anne’s 9/11/15 Lost 7-4

Shadwell played its first Netball match this Monday when they travelled to Holy Rosary & St Anne’s Primary School. In what was blustery conditions, the team fought bravely in a situation in which they were inexperienced; they had only had a couple of training sessions as a team. Nevertheless, a point scored by Evie in the first half showed the team’s ability to compete at this level, despite trailing 3-1 at halftime. Early in the second half two quick points from Arabella meant that Shadwell were in with a shout of victory, but some strong play by the opposition meant that the team was on the losing side. A further point for Shadwell from Spencer meant the score finished 7-4 to Holy Rosary & St Annes. For a first ever game, the team showed they were able to compete at a high level and demonstrated high potential for future fixtures.

Y5/6 Boys’ Football Away vs Mill Field 3/11/15 Lost 2-1

The second league game for the Boys’ team in the Leeds Schools FA league meant travelling to Mill Field Primary School; the team were looking to build upon their win in the previous game. A minutes silence before the game in respect to a member of the Mill Field Staff showed the high levels of maturity from the boys.

The game itself was played on a small pitch, which meant that there was less space and time for the players on the ball; in addition, there were a large number of supporters for Mill Field who were watching the game, meaning the boys also had to deal with the pressure of a crowd. The first half was an even game, with excellent defending from both sides meaning the play was mostly in the middle of the pitch. the breakthrough game when a Mill Field striker made an interception and fired an unstoppable long range shot into the top left of the goal.

Despite going in behind at half time, the team were giving it their all; this continued in the second half where the game continued to be extremely even. The crowd were cheering every play, but it was Shadwell’s turn to make some noise when Leo took the ball into the box and fired the ball into the top right corner. With the game winding down, and the score 1-1, both teams would have admitted it was a fair result, but then another Mill Field striker scored a long range strike out of nowhere.

A great game for everyone in spite of a loss, the boys showed their maturity both on and off the pitch, and could be extremely proud of their efforts.

Y5/6 Boys Football vs Allerton Home: 29/9/15 Lost 3-2

This year’s 5/6 boys football team got their first match underway with a pre-season game at home to Allerton C of E Primary School. It was a good opportunity for the players to get used to the new look, more expansive pitch and test their fitness before the league games begin. The team started brightly, with the new Year 5 players fitting seamlessly into the formation; Sam and Jack played well together in midfield and Jacob covered lots of ground in defence. In what was an evenly matched half, it was Allerton who made the breakthrough, getting a lucky ricochet to fall at their striker’s feet to make it 1-0. Unfortunately for Shadwell, goals two and three soon followed in the space of five minutes leading up to halftime. Nevertheless, the team stood strong and were able to show the mental toughness to regroup at the break; lesser teams may have let that run get the better of them but the boys knew they were capable of mounting a comeback.

 The second half began just like the first had done, with even amounts of possession, but with Shadwell pressing more on the opposition goal; both sides had chances throughout the first half, but it had been Allerton who had made them count. It looked like it just wasn’t going to be Shadwell’s day when a shot from the left hit the crossbar then the post and scrambled around the penalty box. With boots flying, the ball fell to James, who did well to get the ball out of his feet and finish past the Allerton ‘keeper.

Shadwell could sense that they could get the better of the opposition on the break, and another goal soon followed. A ball over the top after defending an Allerton corner allowed Leo to go past the defender and finish high into the goal. The boys were delighted with their turnaround, but despite good pressure after the second goal, a third just wouldn’t fall; even with all the players piling into the opposition penalty box for a last second corner!

Despite the loss, the boys showed they could compete at a good level and there were plenty of positives to take from the game; new goalkeeper Alex made some great saves to keep the opposition score to three. There were also some objectives to work on at training. Hopefully this will be a strong season!

Y5/6 Tag Rugby Home vs Allerton 4/12/15 Won 6-4

With one half of the tag rugby team playing and winning yesterday, it was interesting to see how the other half got on at home to Allerton the day after. The game, like yesterday’s, began with some early tries from captain Arabella, Ethan and Jacob.

Allerton proved to be strong opposition and replied with two tries of their own going into half time. In the second half further tries for Shadwell increased the lead and despite Allerton replying again, Shadwell’s sixth try was scored towards the end to put the game beyond doubt. With the final score being 6-4 it capped off two great games to the start of the tag rugby season, with all players putting themselves into contention for team places for competitions.

Y5/6 Tag Rugby Away vs Bramham 3/12/15 Won 14-3

In their first tag rugby match of the year the team travelled to Bramham Primary School. With twenty children at afterschool training it was a good opportunity to play half the team today, with the other half playing tomorrow.

With excellent results from both the mixed and girls’ tag rugby teams last season, all the children were keen to continue that record this year. It will be important for the Year 6 pupils, who played last season, to step into leadership roles, and that happened well with those pupils guiding the Year 5s through the game.

It was a great team performance from all, with multiple tries scored by Arabella, Eloise and Evie and Oliver, with additional tries scored by Year 5’s Emily and Joanna. Bramham, also playing their first match of the year, did well to keep going and showed lots of positive personal and team skills in what were muddy conditions.

Basketball team

Y5/6 Boys’ Football Home vs Alwoodley 17/11/15 Lost 2-1

The boys’ football team played at home this week against Alwoodley Primary School. a strong team which beat Shadwell 8-0 last year and are used to winning. After beating Highfield the previous week, the team were confident in another turn around and at least proving to be tougher opposition this time. The first half was a scrappy contest, with free kicks being awarded to both teams, though Shadwell looked like they had come a long way compared to the same fixture last season. The score at halftime was 0-0 and was a fair reflection on the game so far. The atmosphere among the team was positive, and rightly so! They had given as good as they had got and knew this match was for the taking. The boys pushed on in the second half and when the ball was passed to Leo on the right he turned his marker and beat another to finish a great goal, putting Shadwell 1-0 ahead. Alwoodley equalised however when a cross fizzed across the goalmouth and was bundled into the back of the net. Both teams were pushing for a winner and as the game drew to a close, Shadwell lost the ball on the the edge of the Alwoodley area and, despite their best efforts to get back, Alwoodley broke through and scored the winner with less than a minute to play. It was a gutting end to the match for the team, but with so many positives to take they could be very proud of themselves. As pointed out to the boys, the fact that they were so disappointed at a last minute 2-1 loss to Alwoodley, shows just how far they have come from the 8-0 defeat last season.

Y5/6 Girl’s Football Home vs St Augustines 16/11/15 Lost 2-0

The Girls’ team hosted St Augustine’s Primary School this week. Looking to build on a positive performance in their previous game against Alwoodley, the team had some good early chances with Evie having a shot cleared off the line. St Augustine’s had some strong players and caused the Shadwell defence problems with their long throws and this was how the first goal was scored; a long throw into the box was scrambled over the goal line. The match itself was quite an even contest and the girls were unlucky to go in behind at the break.

The second half began as much as the first had ended and continued to be even. The girls chased down every loose ball and pressure the opposition, but there weren’t many clear cut chances. St Augustine’s second was similar to the first, with a throw in going over the defence to allow the opposition striker to finish. The game finished 2-0 and the girls were disappointed with the result as it could have been a draw on a different day.

Y5/6 Girls’ Football Away vs Alwoodley 10/11/15 Lost 4-0

This Tuesday the girls’ team travelled to Alwoodley in another league game. Alwoodley, who sat top of the league, had won all of their games by an average of six goals and were sure to prove tough test. Shadwell started well and kept their shape, making them difficult to break down. Alwoodley had some good chances and made the breakthrough part way through the half. The score at halftime was 1-0 and the team were very pleased with how things were going; their excellent performance continued into the second half. Although two absolute screamers from Alwoodley, which no one could do anything about, meant that the game eventually ended in defeat. Despite conceding a fourth, the best part about the game was the determination shown by the team even though they knew the game was out of reach. This was exemplified by Emily, whose strong tackle and late run to beat two further players was just one of many examples of the team’s battling style. The performance was appreciated even by Alwoodley, who said we had been their toughest game of the season so far!

Y5/6 Boys’ Football Home vs Rothwell St Mary’s 6/11/15 Lost 2-0

The next game for the Boys’ team was in the Leeds FA cup last Friday where they took on Rothwell St Mary’s Primary School. Having not faced this team previously, the boys went into the match with a wary, but positive attitude. It was open from the start, with both teams creating chances. Unfortunately for either team, no shot found the net during the first half, with each goalkeeper making a couple of good saves. In the second half, Rothwell took their chances to score a couple of goals and in the end, they were the difference between the two sides; a good experience for the team however.

Y5/6 Girls’ Football Home vs Bardsey 19/10/15 Drew 0-0

The Girls’ football team had their second game of the season tonight against Bardsey. The girls, who had been working hard in training, were looking forward to getting more game experience. Like in their first game, the team was full of fight and determination, and going up against a bigger team of predominantly Year 6s, were not getting pushed off the ball. Despite some great saves from goalkeeper Gracie, Shadwell actually had the better chances, with two shots being cleared off the line by the Bardsey defence. Captain Evie led by example, covering every blade of grass on the expansive pitch! The game finished 0-0, and it was great for the team to see their hard work end in a positive result and they couldn’t wait to play again!

Y5/6 Girls’ Football Home vs Meanwood 12/10/15 Lost 6-0

After the Boys’ game, the Girls’ team had their first game of the season, also against Meanwood. The team was made by a majority of children who hadn’t played before, with eight girls making their school debut. The game was a great experience for the team and despite conceding goals, the girls played really well, showing lots of strong mental attributes which will no doubt lead to more positive results in the future. All the team came off the pitch with smiles on their faces, and with more training and game experience they will be a very good team.

Y5/6 Boys’ Football Home vs Meanwood 12/10/15 Won 6-1

In the first game of the Leeds Schools FA league, the boys’ team took on Meanwood at home. With about half the squad having played last season, the team were now more experienced than they had previously been and had a continued optimism about the upcoming match. The game started extremely well for Shadwell with early goals from Joseph, Leo and James meant that the team took a 3-0 lead going into half time. Despite Meanwood bagging a goal after the break, goalkeeper Alex made some good saves when called upon, but a solid performance from the defence meant that these opportunities were few and far between. More goals from the three boys who scored in the first half meant that the game finished 6-1 to Shadwell. It was a fantastic performance in what was the school’s first ever win in Boys’ football!

Y6 Basketball vs Allerton Home: 15/9/15 Won 35-34

The first fixture for any team this year was a basketball one which carried over from the 2014-2015 season; the game had been postponed twice from the summer term due to poor weather conditions. This game also had to take place before the new Y5/6 team gets selected next week; a perfect opportunity for the players to show what they can do in a game situation.

In what was an even game throughout, the first half saw both teams trade baskets and were equal in rebounding the basketball; the score at halftime was 14-14. Due to their large squad, Shadwell was able to rotate players at halftime allowing them to get a rest. The second half continued the way of the first, with lots of scoring. As the game winded down, it began to get more physical and scrappy, with any mistake or points scored potentially deciding the match; the fact that the team didn’t shy away from contact led to some easy baskets. With ten seconds to go Shadwell were one point up and managed to retain the basketball to win the game.

A great game that was equally competitive from both sides throughout!