Three different schools ended up as winners in our September football competitions.

The first competition that took place was for Under 10’s (Year 4/5). 12 schools met at Oakley Junior School and played in 3 pools of 4 teams. The group winners were Great Binfields, St Mary’s and Marnel. After the quarter finals, the three group winners were joined in the semi finals by Bishopswood.

The two semis were very tight but St Mary’s and Marnel came out on top. The final was also a very close game, but was won by Marnel 2-1 when they scored with the last kick of the game.

The girl’s competition took place as the Basingstoke qualifier for the ESFA Sevens. So the incentive of being able to get to the County final was there for the winners.

This time 8 schools met at Oakley in two groups of 4. The schools that qualified for the semi finals were Castle Hill and Marnel from one group and Oakley and Bishopswood from the other. Oakley and Bishopswood showed the strength of their group by both winning their semis. This meant the final was a rematch of the group game that Bishopswood had won 1-0. In a very close game it was Oakley who did get revenge on the earlier defeat to win 1-0.

The final competition was the mixed competition where schools could pick all boys teams or include some girls. Again this was a qualifier for the ESFA Sevens County Final.

This time there were 13 schools who were split into one league of 6 schools who played at Rucstall and one league of 7 that went to Oakley. The winners and runner up of each league would then come to Oakley 3 days later to play the finals.

At Rucstall, the winners of the group were the only unbeaten school St John’s. It was close for second place with Fairfields needing to beat St John’s in their last game to pip Rucstall to second place. Unfortunately for Fairfields, St John’s won leaving Rucstall to go through second.

At Oakley the league was very close between 4 schools. In the end The Priory won the group with Oakley just pipping Castle Hill to second place, and Marnel not far behind in 4th.

The semi finals then were St Johns v Oakley and Rucstall v The Priory. The St John’s v Oakley game was close but it looked as if Oakley were going to win 1-0 until there was a last second equaliser from St John’s. There were no further goals in extra time so the dreaded penalties were upon us. Oakley prevailed to make the final!

The second semi final was not quite so close with The Priory running out 6-1 winners against Rucstall

The final was once again a rematch of a game from the qualifying league where The Priory had won 1-0. The game once again was very tight but two good finishes either side of half time meant that The Priory ran out 2-0 winners. The picture below shows the winners after the final.



On Friday 19th June over 200 students from 15 different schools made the journey to Aldershot to represent Basingstoke in the 2015 Hampshire School Games.

Team’s from Oakley and Castle Hill took part in the Year 5/6 girls football. Hatch Warren, St Martin’s and Sherborne St John took part in the Year 5/6 tag rugby. Burghclere and St Mary’s took part in the Year 5/6 High 5 Netball. Rucstall and St John’s took part in the Year 3/4 Tri golf with North Waltham taking part in the Year 5/6 Tri Golf. North Waltham were also in the Year 5/6 hockey along with Kempshott. Dove House had three teams, and Tadley Court had a team in the Year 7-10 inclusive athletics.

Costello were in the Year 7/8 rounders with The Hurst taking part in the Year 9/10 rounders. St Mary’s also took part in both the Year 5/6 basketball and the Year 5/6 Quad Kids Athletics. Sherborne St John also took part in the Year 3/4 tennis.

We had a number of medal winners! The Hurst finished 3rd in the Year 9/10 rounders with St Mary’s also getting Bronze medals for finishing third in the Quad Kids Athletics. Dove House picked up Silver medals coming second in the inclusive athletics.

Pride of place must go to the Sherborne St John Year 3/4 tennis team (pictured below with their gold medals) who became our only County Champions by winning the event.

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Please click on the link below to see the final Primary Medals Table for 2014/2015, updated after the Year 5/6 Girls and Mixed Kwik cricket competitions that were held at May's Bounty on Tuesday 16th June.

Medals Table

The best attended School Games competition was once again the Year 5/6 Tag Rugby with 36 schools in attendance at Overton Rugby Club on Wednesday 20th May.

A lot of excellent rugby was played during the group stages and the weather just about held, apart from one downpour that had everyone huddled under gazebos until one really grey cloud passed.

Towards the end of the competition the semi-finals pitched Sherborne St John against Vernham Dean and Hatch Warren against St Martin’s.

Both games were very close with Sherborne winning by the odd try against Vernham Dean and the same outcome meaning that Hatch Warren overcame St Martin’s.

The next game was the 3rd/4th place play off between St Martin’s and Vernham Dean. This game had more resting on it than just the bronze medals as the team finishing third also qualified for the Hampshire Games along with the two finalists. Again the game was very close and this time St Martin’s just came out on top to finish third.

The final then took place between Sherborne and Hatch Warren. It looked like it was going to be close game as the teams both scored twice each to make the score 2-2. I was then that Sherborne showed their dominance to score 3 tries to run out 5-2 winners.

This was a remarkable achievement by a very small school.

Last year when they won our competition they also went on to win the Tag Rugby at the Hampshire Games so it is great that they get the chance to defend their title of County Champions in Aldershot on June 19th.


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Recently 22 schools have taken part in the 3 qualifying competitions trying to clinch a place in the Basingstoke Schools final. This number is the most schools that have taken part in this event, improving on the previous best of 20 in 2014.

The first competition took place at Cranbourne on Monday 19th January where 8 schools were looking to finish in the top three to win a place in the final. The final scores were as follows, where only 12 points separated the schools in 3rd and 6th place!

1st St Mark’s 398
2nd Rucstall 365
3rd Oakley 314
4th Sherborne St John 308
5th Manor Field 306
6th North Waltham 302
7th St John’s 276
8th Cliddesden 237

The second qualifier then took place at Costello on Monday 26th January where a further 7 schools competed against each other. The results were as follows.

1st St Mary’s 381
2nd Castle Hill 316
3rd Great Binfields 292
4th Marnel 289
5th St Bede’s 260
6th Bishopswood 237
7th Fairfields 175

Both St Mary’s and Castle Hill qualified for the final. Great Binfields had to wait 24 hours to find out if they were the 3rd placed school with the best score!

So the next day on Tuesday 27th January, 7 more schools met at The Clere to see who would fill those last places in the final. The scores below were very close between the schools in 3rd and 4th and their schools total in comparison to that of Great Binfields. With the final event going on it could have been any of these three schools that could still qualify.

1st Overton 386
2nd The Priory 345
3rd St Martin’s 290
4th Tadley 289
5th Ecchinswell 235
6th Whitchurch 225
7th Hurstbourne Tarrant 186

These scores meant that Overton and The Priory would be joined by Great Binfields in the final. Commiserations go to St Martin’s and Tadley who both just missed out.

Thanks must go to the Sports Leaders from Cranbourne, Costello and The Clere for the excellent job they did in acting as officials during these events.

Thanks also to Ken and Wendy Littlejohn, Sue Pett, John Hoare and Ian Byett for their invaluable help in organising the running events at all three venues.

Therefore, St Mark’s, Rucstall, Oakley, St Mary’s, Castle Hill, Great Binfields, Overton and The Priory will now meet at Brighton Hill on Thursday 26th February for the final.

The winners on that day will then go forward to represent Basingstoke at the County Final which is taking place at Fleming Park in Eastleigh on Thursday 12th March.