Brockwell Junior and Cutthorpe Primary schools came out on top in today’s Sportshall Atheltics and Small School Sportshall finals respectively. Cutthorpe’s ‘A’ team dominated the small school final before Brockwell ‘A’ narrowly won the 2016 Chesterfield School’s Sportshall Athletics grand finale.
Five teams from across Chesterfield’s schools took part in the Small School Final. Cutthorpe and Holme Hall each brought two teams and Temple Normanton one, setting up what was sure to be a close contest.
Straight from the first events, the lap and obstacle relays, Cutthorpe built an early lead. This was pegged back slightly by Temple Normanton, who were excellent on the day.
Holme Hall improved as the final went on, starting to claw some points back in the standing triple and long jumps.
But with impressive scores in the chest push, Cutthorpe ‘A’ pulled away to take today’s trophy. Temple Normanton took second and Cutthorpe ‘B’ claimed third.
The event was played in a great spirit, particularly by Holme Hall, who took home the Spirit of the Games, rewarding them for their sporting behaviour as well as effort and determination.
Lucy, from Cutthorpe ‘B’, said: “We did really well and our other team who won. It was fun and I want to do the jump again!”
Dylan, from Holme Hall, said: “I really liked the chest push, it’s what I did best at.”
Later in the afternoon, the first and second placed teams from last month’s qualifiers descended on Queen’s Park to decide which school had to best Sportshall Athletics team for 2016.
The qualifiers before half-term were won by Brockwell ‘A’, Hasland, Old Hall and Hady. Coming into the final as runners-up were Brockwell ‘B’, Brampton, Spire Junior and Hollingwood.
Hady built up an early lead following the girls’ lap and obstacle relays. But Brockwell ‘A’ and Hasland also picked up where they left off in the qualifiers and started to dominate after a slow start.
Old Hall were by no means out of the running either, as they consistently finished in the top few to set up an interesting finish.
It came down to the final field events and with impressive performances in the javelin, Brockwell ‘A’ finished 24 points ahead of Hasland Junior in second.
Freddie, from Hady, said: “I’ve practiced the long jump and my teacher told me a good way of jumping. It worked and I did well, I think in the top three.”
Zoe, from Hollingwood, said: “I had so much fun! And it was so fun cheering my class on!”
Hady Primary picked up the Spirit of the Games Award in today’s second final after showing great team spirit and support for their classmates as well as their opposition.
The winners from today’s events will now go on to represent Chesterfield at the Derbyshire Schools’ County Finals in March.