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Samuel Laycock School

U16 Disability Football and Year 7/8 Athletics Quadkids.


After a rousing opening ceremony during which the spirit of Manchester was referred to many times,the different sports went off to other venues;the Footballers to Wright Robinson Sports College whilst the athletes stayedat Sport City.

Football was played on half a full pitch which is the only time this size area is used.Samual Laycock played some good Football which at this level does not always win games and in the early rounds went down to local rivals St Peters Belle Vue by a scrappy goal.Determined not to be left out of the Semi Final Laycock rallied and went on to win or draw their group games. Most of the games were low scoring and close affairs so Laycock were content to come away with a Bronze medal for their efforts.

In the Athletics arena the first event produced a Tour de france moment when Brandon Gee was knocked over on the first bend by a rival onlyto pick himself up and tried to catch up.Shannon Dover showed her class by winning by a handsome margin followed home by Katie Rowlinson and Owen Grogan.Every team member counts though and those lower down the field puched themselves all the way to the line as every second counts in this point scoring event.

Next up was Howler Javelins which was not quite as well executed by all and anxious glances always seemed to notive oppinents good throws not the poor.

The next event was Long Jump where sensible run ups payed dividends as most produced decent attempts.The final sprint event had all the boys close together whilst in the Girls race Katie hung on to Shannon to come home quite close.

It was with eager anticipation that the team looked forward to the medals ceremony as some felt they were in with a chance.The results showed how the school has once more done Tameside proud.Inididual Gold medal winner was Shannon Dover with Katie Rowlinson a well earned Silver.In the Boys individual comletition Peter Moyler came out on top with most points with Brandon Gee a close second despite his early fall in the first race.

The drum roll before the team winner annoincement added to the suspense but it was Tameside first and Greater Manchester Champions.What a great day for Samuel Laycock.