On Thursday 1st December, 28 students represented Strood Academy in the SSG Handball Tournament at Medway Park.The students made up 4 teams, a year 7 & 8 girls and boys team and a year 9 & 10 girls and boys team.
Students played 8-10 minute games depending on age against a variety of schools and experience. The year 7&8 teams played all of the schools on the day, whilst the year 9&10 teams played in a pool and finished the day with playoff matches to determine final positions.
All teams were determined to play well, even when faced with the tough opposition and put on some good displays of play throughout the day. Unfortunately inconsistency across performances and games meant that Strood teams did not finish in medal contention. The students have become more aware of the game of handball and the physicality involved.
Our year 7 & 8 girls team showed some real potential in their matches and had a few nail biting games, however a slow start to adjust to playing together and scoring some goals meant they finished 8th on the day.
The year 7 & 8 boys team got off to a much better start, being fearless in their play and taking some good results against their opposition. They finished in a credible 5th place.
A more physical event for the year 9 and 10 girls made match play harder for our team, however managing to clinch some good victories meant that they finished a credible 3rd in their group and were placed in the 5th/6th playoff match. A nail biting game to finish the day resulted in 2 minutes extra time after a 2-2 draw against Thomas Aveling; the girls managed to steal a goal in extra time to take 5th place.
Finally, our 9 and 10 boys team were involved in a much more physical and competitive competition throughout the day. Playing against more experienced teams resulted in the boys managing a 9th place finish, after securing a win against Rowans in the playoff.
All of the students should be proud of their work for the day, playing in some tricky conditions but always trying their best against each new opponent. We hope the work from the day encourages more students to get involved in the handball club that runs on Thursday after school.