On Friday 15 March, Queen Margaret’s held their Junior Schools Sports Tournament, now in its fourteenth year of existence. With 18 schools and over 150 participants, girls enjoyed taking part in Hockey, Netball and Cross Country events at the independent school in Escrick, York.
Schools from across the country joined in the activities, ranging from Duncombe School in Hertford, Beeston Hall in Norfolk and Cargilfield in Edinburgh. The event has become a tradition for local schools as well. In addition to those further afield, Queen Margaret’s also welcomed teams from Belmont Grosvenor, Bootham Junior School, Cundall Manor, Terrington Hall, The Minster and The Mount Junior School.
Following brilliant performances last year, 2012 Hockey Champions Beeston Hall successfully defended their title, drawing with Cargilfield in the finals. Meanwhile St Pius X Preparatory School from Preston took the title of Netball Champions, with Belmont Grosvenor placing second. Lastly, Beeston Hall clenched the title of overall Cross Country winners, with Richmond House of Leeds and The Mount Junior School placing second and third, respectively.
Dr Paul Silverwood, Queen Margaret’s Head Master, had this to say about the day:
‘Once again, Queen Margaret’s was very delighted to welcome so many enthusiastic young sportswomen to enjoy a fun day of Hockey, Netball and Cross Country competitions. Congratulations to all competitors on games well played.’’
Anne Davies, Director of Sport at Queen Margaret’s stated:
‘QM’s Junior Sports Tournament has become an annual fixture in the diaries of so many of these schools, some of which have been taking part since the tournament’s inception. We are delighted that, year on year, so many schools have chosen to travel from up and down the country to join us, particularly in the less than ideal weather conditions we played through this year. Well done to all competitors.’
The event, which runs an entire day, allows girls aged 9-11 to meet and compete with teams from across the country in a day celebrating sporting achievement and healthy competition.