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Sports Stacking Competition - Friday 9th February 2018
Eight children attended the sports stacking competition at Neale Wade Academy. They competed in the individual and team events using the 3-3-3 and 3-6-3 formations, as well as the cycle formation. All the children did very well.
The best times were as follows:
Individual 3-3-3 time: 4.083 seconds
Individual 3-6-3 time: 7.491 seconds
Team 3-6-3 time: 33.940 seconds
Cycle time: 15.998 seconds
Double 3-6-3 time: 13.001 seconds
The children loved the event, competing against other schools, and they cannot wait to take part again. Well done!
Wednesday 22nd November saw Manea prove their strength and depth as a footballing school by taking a 10 man team to a 5 a side tournament in Wimblington. The other schools there were Benwick, Lionel Walden, Thomas Eaton and Townley. Conditions were blustery, but Manea had a plan.
Game 1 saw us up against Townley, and the players put the plan straight into action. Manea camped themselves in Townley’s half, using the side boards to advance the ball, and then covering all the defenders when the goalkeeper had it. Several clear cut chances were created, but the players didn’t quite have their shooting boots on, and it was up to Manea’s goalkeeper to pull off a couple of excellent saves. The game finished 0-0.
A team rotation against Lionel Walden was put in place, and the 5 that took to the pitch blew the opposition away. Manea had advanced their tactics further to ‘Make sure you are always shooting downwind by running onto the pitch first’ was now in full effect, which made the opposition goal keeper’s job even harder when passing out. Chances were coming, and soon one of year 6 players was able to finish twice from a tight angle; Manea running out comfortable 2-0 winners.
Benwick was the big game, as they were looking a strong team. They had two stars, their goalkeeper and one midfielder, and they held the team together. Benwick managed an early goal, but soon Manea were camped in the opposition’s half once again, and chance after chance wasn’t taken, with their goalkeeper pulling off several fantastic saves. Soon though one went in, and Manea were set for a final push for the winner… until almost the last kick of the game, where Benwick’s star player ran through everyone and finished excellently on his weaker side. A 2-1 defeat, but an excellent performance.
Manea knew if they won their final game they would secure second place, and Thomas Eaton soon felt the full force of Manea’s high pressing tactics. There was a moment of panic as one player went down with a cry of pain, but thirty seconds later the spectators realised he had just watched a bit too much Premier League football and was in fact okay. Despite Manea’s best efforts, and there were many, it finished a 0-0 draw.
Manea finished on 5 points, in third place. They played some scintillating football, and everyone who played should be very proud of their contribution. A big thank you to all the parents who gave up their time to take the children, and stay tuned for next time!
Stack Up! A World Record Attempt
On Thursday 9th November, throughout the school day, the children took part in trying to break the Guinness World Record for 'The most people sport stacking in multiple locations in one day'. 197 stackers at Manea took part. The children played games, made towers and used the 3-3-3 and 3-6-3 formations too. Some of the children and adults became quite competitive with their stacking! The children enjoyed themselves and liked showing off their stacking skills. We hope to find out if we managed to help break the World Record soon. Watch this space!
Fenland Cross Country Competition
On Friday 3rd November on a cold, dry morning, 23 children between Years 3 to Year 6 took part in the Fenland Cross Country Competition. We were one of 5 schools which took part. We came 3rd place in the boys Year 3 competition, 1st place in the girls Year 4 competition and girls Year 6 competition. We also came 1st place in the girls Year 4 team event and the girls Year 6 team event.
We are very proud of all the children who took part in the competition for their effort, determination and their perseverance. Well done!