Saturday’s trip to St Edward’s College proved to be a hugely successful one for Rydal Penrhos’ ever-improving netball and hockey sides.
It’s been fantastic to see our young sporting stars at Rydal Penrhos back in the swing of things after so much disruption to fixtures due to COVID-19 restrictions. The school is now in the midst of an exciting time across hockey, netball and rugby in accordance with Welsh Government guidelines that is sure to benefit each pupil involved considerably.
Almost 40 per cent of the school were involved in some sporting activity on Saturday, with Rydal Penrhos making the trip to St Edward’s College for a highly entertaining day of action that was played in the right spirit throughout.
The school’s First XI girls’ hockey squad produced a marvellous effort to secure an impressive 3-1 victory. Some resolute defending paid dividends as Jasmin Beckett-Donald fired a brace and Eloise Chapman added another to give Rydal Penrhos a valuable triumph away from home soil.
It was a busy day for Year 10 pupil Jasmin, who then turned out for her own age grade in the U15s and managed to score another two goals as the team came away with a creditable 2-2 draw as a result of their efforts.
Rydal Penrhos’ U13A and B netball teams took part in their first competitive matches for two years, with some not having played in this sort of environment since Year 5 at the Prep.
Despite this lack of activity, the school endeavoured to maintain progress with consistent coaching sessions when possible during the pandemic, something that was evident during an outstanding performance from the U13A squad captained by Charlotte Payne en route to an 11-4 success.
The B team started to develop some excellent passages of play and demonstrated some notable potential. Overall, it was a superb atmosphere with some semblance of normality returning for our pupils.