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Downside Football Team 2016/17

Year 5/6 - WAP Football Tournament

Team 1

Team 2

On Monday 22nd May we took two teams of Year 5/6 boys to a Football tournament. The tournament was organised by the West Area Partnership (WAP) and included schools such as Pirton Hill, Ferrars, Chantry and Southfields. Schools were initially organised into two pools of teams and played in a round robin of matches to decide on their group position.

Team 1 were in Pool B.

Match 1: Chantry v Downside (0-0)

Match 2: Downside v Pirton Hill (3-0 win – goals from Jamil Ahmed, Daanish Iqbal and Wajdan Butt)

Match 3: Downside v Ferrars (0-0)

Match 4: Downside v Southfields (1-0 loss)

 

Team 2 were in Pool A.

Match 1: Downside v Chantry (0-0)

Match 2: Downside v Ferrars (2-0 win – 2 goals from Abdul Ahmed)

Match 3: Downside v Pirton Hill (0-0)

This mixed set of results saw both Downside teams progress to the knockout competition with Team 1 competing in the plate and Team 2 in the cup.

Team 1:

Semi-Final: Downside v Ferrars (3-0 win – goals from Zayyan Mahmood x2 and Daanish Iqbal)

Final: Downside v Southfields (2-0 win – 2 goals from Zayyan Mahmood).

Team 2:

Semi-Final: Downside v Chantry (0-0). Unfortunately team 2 went on to lose this match 3-1 on penalties. Such a cruel way to go out of a competition.

Both teams should be extremely proud of their performances on the day. A special mention goes to both goalkeepers, Zoubair and Hassan, who only let in one goal between them all day! Congratulations to Team 1 who all received medals and a plate to show off at school.

Downside - v - Icknield (5th October 2016 - Away)

Wednesday 5th October

Won 5 – 0

On Wednesday 5th October the Year 5/6 boys played their second game in the football league against Icknield. After the disappointing loss last week the boys were keen to make amends. Downside began the game well and within five minutes went 1-0 up. A fast counter attack from an Icknield corner saw Rayhaan break down the right before crossing the ball to Konain who finished well from the edge of the box. Downside remained on top for the rest of the quarter and went in 1-0 up.

The second quarter began with Downside making three changes including debutant Yassin who has only been in the school a couple of weeks. Within an instant Yassin made a huge impact. His hard work to close the Icknield defender down saw him win the ball and lay it off to Konain who quickly found Ayaan on the edge of the box. A fantastic turn and finish by Ayaan saw us go 2-0 up. Moments later another good piece of work from Yassin saw him once again find Ayaann who to make it 3-0. Not happy there, Downside continued to look for more goals. Within minutes came contender for goal of the season. The impressive Yassin picked the ball up on half way and literally ran through the Icknield defender before hitting a rocket of a shot into the top corner of the net! Even the opposition spectators were amazed. 4-0 at the end of the second quarter.

The third quarter saw a bit of a lull in the game with both sides making several changes. Neither side could find the net but Downside were still by far the more dominant team. In the final quarter Downside went hunting for more goals. A long ball over the top was chased down well by Mohsin, forcing the keeper to hit his clearance straight to Yassin. With one touch to control the ball Yassin slammed the ball into the back of the net for his second and Downsides fifth goal of the game. The game finished with us 5-0 winners.

Man of the Match: Well done to every single one of the boys for a superb performance but Man of the Match must go to Yassin who completely transformed the game with two goals and two assists.

Downside - v - Whitefield (29th September 2016 - Home)

Thursday 29th September

Lost 2 – 1

On Thursday night the Year 5/6 boys played their first game in the football league against Whitefield. With many of the boys from last year’s fantastic team leaving for high school, this season was always going to be a tough rebuilding process. From a squad of nine, seven boys were playing for the team for the very first time and nobody was really sure what to expect.

The boys started well with Ayaan and Konain getting a lot of possession in midfield but were restricted to mainly long range shots. The Whitefield team worked hard and defended well and managed to nullify any Downside attack. Against the run of play Whitefield produced a moment of magic to carve open the Downside defence and score to go in at half time 1-0 up.

Downside came out at the start of the second half the stronger side. Sustained pressure in attack finally told and Downside were awarded a penalty after a handball in the box by the Whitefield defender. Striker Mohsin stepped up confidently and slotted the ball in the corner of the net to make the game 1-1. The rest of the game was end to end with both goalkeepers making a string of fine saves and neither side able to make the crucial breakthrough. With the game heading for a draw, a rash challenge in the box by a Downside player saw Whitefield awarded a penalty themselves. Goalkeeper Ashihan dived the correct way but was unable to keep the shot out and the game ended in a 2-1 loss.

Girls Football Fixture Reports

Match reports will be posted here!

Other Sporting Events

Town Athletics Finals

 

On Wednesday 5th July we took seven Year 5/6 children to Stockwood Park Athletics Track for the Town Athletics Finals. The representatives were Alina (600m), Laura, Innaya, Sachin and Yunis (Cricket ball throw), Ayaan (Long Jump) and Paula (80m Sprint). The children had already done extremely well to qualify for this competition after coming through an extremely tough and competitive zone qualifying competition. They were now competing against athletes from each of the other three zones for the title of the best athlete in Luton for their event. Every child performed remarkably and should be extremely proud of their efforts.

However, an extra special congratulations needs to go to Paula who for the third year running is the Town champion in the 80m sprint. Well done Paula, we wish you the best of luck at High School and hope to one day see you running in the Olympic Games!

Zone Sports

On Thursday 15th June we took 40 Year 3-6 children to Pirton Hill for the Zone Sports Athletics competition. The children competed against other schools such as Pirton Hill, Chantry and Ferrars in what is an extremely tough and competitive zone to be in. Events included Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Putt, Sprints and the 600m race to name a few. Every child performed remarkably and should be extremely proud of their efforts.

Congratulations to the following children who all came through their heats to finish in the top 8 in their event:

Year 3: Saffiya – 60m Sprint (6th)

Year 4: Jevonte – 60m Sprint (8th)

Year 5:

Orestas – 600m (5th)

Konain – 600m (8th)

Aisha – 600m (7th)

Hilmeyah – 80m Sprint (7th)

Raheem – Long Jump (5th)

Year 6:

Leonardo – 600m (5th)

Daainish – 600m (6th)

Qulsoom – 600m (8th)

Rahmah – Triple Jump (5th)

Nutaila – Triple Jump (8th)

A huge congratulations to the following children who managed to finish in the top 4 in their event, qualifying for the Town Finals later in the month. These children all go on to compete at Stockwood Park Track against the winners from the other 3 zones in Luton.

Year 5:

Alina – 600m (4th)

Laura – Cricket ball throw (1st)

Sachin – Cricket ball throw (2nd)

Yunis – Cricket ball throw (4th)

Ayaan – Long Jump (2nd)

Year 6:

Paula – 80m Sprint (1st)

Well done to everybody who took part and we wish our 6 Town Finalists the best of luck in their quest to become Town Champion.

Years 1 / 2 TriGolf

Boys Team

Girls Team

On Thursday 4th May we took two teams (5 boys and 5 girls per team) to the Year 1/2 TriGolf festival.

The children had to complete a circuit of 7 different stations, testing their precision, accuracy and skill to both chip and putt the ball over a range of distances. Racing against the clock, the children attempted to score as many points as possible for their team.

Both teams did fantastically well and deserve huge congratulations for their behaviour, effort and determination to score points. To finish off a superb afternoon of golf we were all very excited and proud when it was announced that the A team had actually won the whole event for the second year running!

Well done team A.

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday 21st April we took two teams (5 boys and 5 girls per team) to the Year 3/4 TriGolf festival. The children had to complete a circuit of 7 different stations, testing their precision, accuracy and skill to both chip and putt the ball over a range of distances. Racing against the clock, the children attempted to score as many points as possible for their team under the watchful eye of the young leaders from Lealands High School.

Both teams did fantastically well and were unlucky to just finish outside the medals.  

Years 3 / 4 TriGolf

Year 3 Team

Year 4 Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday 21st April we took two teams (5 boys and 5 girls per team) to the Year 3/4 TriGolf festival. The children had to complete a circuit of 7 different stations, testing their precision, accuracy and skill to both chip and putt the ball over a range of distances. Racing against the clock, the children attempted to score as many points as possible for their team under the watchful eye of the young leaders from Lealands High School.

Both teams did fantastically well and were unlucky to just finish outside the medals.  

Quadkids Athletics - Year 6

 

On Thursday 20th April we took a team of 4 boys and 4 girls to Stockwood Park Athletics Track to compete in the Year 6 Quadkids Athletics competition.

This competition is considered a real test of athletic ability and one of the hardest events on the calendar. Competitors each have to compete in four events – 75m Sprint, 600m run, Vortex throw and the Standing Long Jump – against children from every other school in the Town. All of the children did extremely well and should be proud of their efforts with the real highlights of the day being Danish winning his 600m heat by a considerable margin and Hassan throwing the vortex an amazing 33m!

Well done to the whole team for fantastic behaviour, determination and perseverance throughout.

The Mayors Cup Football

On Wednesday 15th March 2017, 24 pupils from our school where chosen to play football in a competition called the Mayors cup.

This event was hosted by coaches from Luton Town Football club and the Mayor of Luton Town Tahir Khan.

The event was especially for year 5 pupils and below. Most schools took year 5 children. We took three teams to the event and each performed very well. Our C team consisted of pupils from year 3 and year 4 who were playing up in age. After a mixture of results in the group stage they qualified for the Plate competition and managed to get to the quarter finals. Unfortunately they were narrowly beaten on penalties by Denbigh primary.

Our B team which consisted of mainly year 5 boys also managed to qualify for the plate competition after their group results. They managed to get to the quarter finals and were narrowly beaten.

Our A team managed to win each of their group games which meant they qualified for the Cup competition. They met Surrey Street in the quarter finals and managed to win the match 6-0 which meant they progressed to the semi-finals. In the Semis they met Sacred Heart who had looked good all afternoon. After an intense match the boys sadly lost to Sacred Heart 4-2.

This meant the boys had finished 4th overall in the Mayors cup.

 

Each pupil performed very well on the day and enjoyed themselves.

Well done!

Badminton Tournament - 1st March 2017

On Wednesday 1st March 2017,  16 pupils went to represent the school at the Luton schools annual Badminton tournament. We had four teams entered into the tournament, two boys’ teams and two girls’ teams. Each team had four players.

Our Boys A team which consisted of Irtiza, Hasan, Ali and Fareed managed to win each match they played and made it to the semi-finals of the tournament. There they met Bushmead and after the individual games had been played the match was a draw 2 wins each. This meant that the match was decided by the individual scores for each game. Unfortunately for the boys Bushmead managed to win on overall points scored in the matches and they progressed to the final where they were the eventual winners.

The boys played one more match the 3rd and 4th place playoff which they won. So they proudly managed to finish 3rd in the town.

Our girls A team which consisted of Qulsoom, Yousra, Naima and Mehvish also managed to reach the semi-finals of their tournament. After some fantastic badminton in the group stages the girls came into the semi-finals full of confidence. They came up against a very good school in Hillborough and unfortunately where knocked out. We are pleased to announce that the girls managed to win their 3rd  and 4th place playoff and managed to finish 3rd in the tournament! An excellent achievement.

Our other two teams played some excellent Badminton in the group stages but were unable to make it through to the knock out rounds. Each pupil in these teams managed to win individual games in the tournament which is a very good achievement because the standard of badminton was very high.

Each pupil from our school played very well on the day and should be proud of what they achieved.

 

Well done

Boccia Tournament

On the 2nd of February 12 pupils from our school attended the town’s annual Boccia tournament.

Boccia is a game similar to bowls which requires immense skill and tactical thinking.

Our teams thoroughly enjoyed the day and each had success in the tournament.

After the group games each team was told if they had progressed through to the Cup or Plate final. This was decided by how many games the teams had won and lost. The PE team our happy to announce that each of our teams progressed to the next stage with our A and B teams progressing to the cup final and our C and D teams progressing to the Plate final.

The next stage of the tournament was knockouts so if we lost we had to go home. Our B team managed to progress to the quarter finals of the cup and our C team managed to progress to the quarter finals of the plate. A fantastic achievement!

Our A team managed to progress to the semi-finals of the cup were they met Beechwood. After a very tight game the match ended in a draw. This meant sudden death.

Each team was allowed to roll one more ball and the ball closest to the white ball would win. We were sadly knocked out as Beechwoods ball was slightly closer than ours. 

Our D team managed to progress to the Final of the Plate and after a tense game they unfortunately lost the final to Hillborough. The girls were winning the game up until the last ball was rolled by hillborough. Their player knocked our ball out of the way and this meant that their ball was now closer. Well done to the girls for getting to the final.

As the A team were in the cup they had to play a 3rd place playoff. This was played against Denbigh and was a close game. Our team managed to win the match and this meant they finished third in the overall tournament. An excellent achievement.

Overall the PE team and Mr Gibbs were very impressed with each pupil that attended the tournament; both their behaviour and standard of Boccia on the day were brilliant.

Hockey

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Recently the town’s annual hockey event took place at Challney high school for girls.

Although not one the more popular sports at downside we took a team along to the event for the experience and enjoyment of playing a new sport.

The pupils had a great day. They managed to score several goals in the games that they played. Unfortunately they were unable to progress through the group into knockout phase of the competition.

The pupils that attended the event were: Hassan Khalid, Hassan Subhani, Samad Zahir, Daanish Iqbal, Gilbert Ogbeide, Ali Kazim, Zara Choudhary, Qulsoom Fatima and Mehvish Shah.

Each pupil played extremely well and did the school proud.

 

Well done!

Cross Country

The town’s annual Cross Country event took place at Lewsey Park recently. As a school we entered 8 runners in the event. The pupils were:

 Year 5: Orestas 

Year 6:  Hannah, Rahmah, Qulsoom, Daanish,Gilbert,Leonardo and Esa. 

The course was a mile long and covered most of Lewsey park.  With rugged terrain and hill climbs the course was a challenge for the pupils which they each were able to rise to.

There were approximately 150- 200 children in each race and our pupils put in a fantastic effort and each was able to finish in the top 100 with the highlight being Orestas who managed to finish 24th which is a fantastic achievement. Each of the pupils had a really good time and did our school and themselves proud.

Year 6 - Dodgeball Tournament

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On Wednesday 19th October we took a team of Year 6 pupils to a dodgeball tournament at Inspire. Schools were initially organised into groups of six with teams playing each other in a best of 3 match.

Match 1: Downside vs Stopsley – WDD (2-1 Winners – A draw is worth ½ a point). This was a fantastic match in which we won the first game easily. Game 2 was a well fought battle and ended in a fair draw. The third and final game saw a momentous effort from Nutaila. With the game and match heading for a loss with us 5-1 down on players Nutaila set about picking off the opposition one by one to earn us a draw right at the end of play.

Match 2: vs Sundon Park – LLL (3-0 Loss). This was our hardest game of the whole day. A well drilled Sundon Park team easily outplayed us and beat us 3-0. Credit to Sundon who took some fantastic catches and threw with real power.

Match 3: vs Beech Hill – WWL (2 – 1 Win). After regrouping from the beating we took by Sundon, Downside came out much more fired up for this game. We easily raced into a 2-0 lead and with the match won opted to make some changes in the third. This saw us lose the final game but secure the match 2-1 overall.

Match 4: vs Pirton Hill – LLL (3-0 Loss). Match 4 saw us face our old rivals Pirton Hill. After watching them in previous games we knew they posed a real threat. Unfortunately the power of two boys in particular, they were actually twins, was too much for us to handle and they beat us a convincing 3-0.

Match 5: vs Hillborough – LLL (3-0 Loss). After the disappointment of losing to Pirton we really struggled to get ourselves going in this match. Each game was a lot closer than the score line suggests with some fantastic throws from both sides. Unfortunately the score ended in a 3-0 loss.

This disappointing set of results saw us finish out of the qualification places in the group and therefore not through to the knockouts. Well done to the whole team who really tried their best throughout but today unfortunately wasn’t to be our day.

Year 3 / 4 - Tag Rugby

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On Tuesday 18th October we took two teams of Year 3/4 pupils to Luton rugby club to compete in a Tag rugby tournament.

A Team:

  • Match 1: Downside A V Ramridge (2-0 Loss)
  • Match 2: V Ferrars A (1-1 Draw)
  • Match 3: V St. Josephs (4-1 Loss)
  • Match 4: V Whitefield (2-1 Loss)
  • Match 5: V St. Matthews (2-1 Win)
  • Match 6: V Wigmore (2-2 Draw)

This mixed set of results saw the A team progress to the Cup section of the competition. This was played as a knockout competition.

  • Match 1 – Quarter Final: Downside A  V Leagrave (2-1 Win)
  • Match 2 – Semi Final: V Wigmore A (1-0 Win)
  • Match 3 – Final: V Ferras A (2-1 Loss)

 

The A team did extremely well in getting to the final for a rematch of the 1-1 draw they had with Ferrars earlier in the day. Unfortunately this time the score ended in a 2-1 loss and Downside had to settle for runners up. The whole team should be proud of their efforts and played some fantastic rugby along the way.

B Team:

  • Match 1: Downside B V Bushmead (5-0 Loss)
  • Match 2: V Wigmore A (5-1 Loss)
  • Match 3: V Sacred Heart (6-1 Loss)
  • Match 4: V Pirton Hill (1-1 Draw)
  • Match 5: V Leagrave (0-0 Draw)
  • Match 6: V Denbigh A (4-1 Loss)

The B team found the group a real struggle but showed small improvements in every game. The children all tried their hardest and never gave up running even when they were easily being outplayed. The mixed set of results saw the team progress to the Plate competition. This involved another round of group matches with the winner of the league claiming the Plate.

  • Match 1: Downside B V William Austin (4-0 Win)
  • Match 2: V Pirton Hill (1-0 Win)
  • Match 3: V Denbigh B (4-0 Win)
  • Match 4: V St. Matthews (3-1 Loss)

The last match aside, the B team showed excellent character in the plate competition and started to play some fantastic rugby.  All of a sudden the team started to score tries, 10 in total, and really dominate matches. This superb set of results saw us win the league and crowned Plate Champions! Well done to the whole team for coming back from the disappointment of earlier results to put in a fantastic performance.

 

 

 

 

 

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