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The fixtures have been released for the Horsham District Primary Schools Year 5 and 6 Tag Rugby Practice Festival that is taking place on Tuesday 22nd January from 1pm – 3pm at Collyers. 16 teams have entered this friendly festival which has been set up to provide the competing boys and girls with the opportunity to play some Tag Rugby fixtures in advance of the main Horsham District Primary Schools Year 5 and 6 Tag Rugby Tournament that will be taking place in March at Horsham Rugby Club. No scores will be kept from the matches that are played with the emphasis on children participating, having fun and learning about the game and not on winning.
The Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League resumed at Collyer's on Friday with Week 5 of the team competition. Holbrook were hoping to narrow the gap with leaders Southwater to retain hope of catching them going into the sixth and final meeting of the process next Friday but although they won well against Billingshurst, Southwater ended up extending their cushion with a whitewashing of Greenway.
The Friday TT matchplay welcomed two debutants at Collyer’s this week. Brighton league player James Anderson joined Group 1 and did well, and so Andy Palmer in Group 3. Most matches were played best of five. In Group 3 Steve Ledger was legendary beating all opponents faced and only Harry Llewellyn managing to take a game off him. Andy Palmer made an encouraging start to his TT Matchplay career, winning two and only falling to Leon Lukose who achieved third place with a 60% win ratio. Llewellyn was fourth with two victories but as many losses and the ever plucky Adrika Shibu yet again consigned Bilal Rehman-Furs to bottom spot by winning another basement battle with him.
The Horsham Primary Schools Netball League resumed for 2019 this week at Collyer’s with the final first phase Division B meeting. It was a bit of a hotch-potch affair as two of the teams, All Saints A and Greenway B, were absent for different reasons but Shelley A turning up unexpectedly as a guest team but hey-ho they were welcomed to join in the fun to preview some of the opponents they’ll be playing in Phase 2 of Division B having been relegated from the top echelon before Christmas.
Greenway Academy recently achieved first place out of 69 participating schools from across the country in a dance competition organised by the Royal Opera House. As a result of their success they won tickets to a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the famous venue.
Primary school children will be challenged to go on a nature trail, visit a local landmark or make a treasure map through a new ‘passport’ of activities launched by the Education Secretary to encourage more family time and help build children’s character and resilience.
Slinfold Tennis Club was named Club of the Year at the annual Tennis Sussex awards, held at the Amex Stadium on the 17th of November. In accepting the award, Club Chairman Andrew Gentry explained the devlopment programme at the club, which has seen the completion of a clubhouse, renewed floodlighting, secure car park, replacement of perimeter fencing and the laying of 3 artificial clay courts.
The TT Matchplay process got back underway in good style for 2019 at Collyer’s on Friday. All 10 tables were in constant use for two hours, one of them allowing young coach and high level junior player, Jacob Evans, to provide an individual training service for clients keen to improve with focussed support. First client Zaib Rehman-Furs had a great and beneficial time although was inevitably tired at the end of his endeavours.
Horsham Table Tennis Club launched its National Cadet and Junior League campaigns in fine style in the opening meeting at the University of Sussex, Brighton. The club, celebrating its 80th year, took 12 teams of three to battle it out with others from clubs in Brighton, Bodiam, south London and near neighbours Spinners from Slinfold. 36 children and young people, many of them decked out in new blue HTTC emblazoned T-shirts provided a fine sight and a superb illustration of the club's recent growth and resurgence.