News Article

Cricket Champions
15th June 2017

We have had such a lot of good news at Derwent Lodge and Yardley Court this week. Thank you to all of our boys, girls and coaches for your training and commitment. We are very proud of you all.


Congratulations to the Yardley Court U11A cricket team who won the county cup final on Tuesday beating New Beacon by three wickets. Fielding first, Yardley Court restricted New Beacon to 138 for 7 in 30 overs with Finn and Robert bowling their overs economically. Ollie and Harry set off quickly in the run chase and at 103-3 from 17 overs everything looked on target for a comfortable victory. However, once Angus who top scored with 38 was out more wickets quickly fell and the run rate dried up as New Beacon fought hard to retain their title. Felix steadied the ship and Robert finished the job with a lovely late cut to win with 3 overs to spare. Well done to our county champions! The boys showed great stamina by winning the plate at the Tonbridge 6 a side tournament, winning 5 out of 6 matches less than 24 hours after their county success. This brings their trophy tally to 4, following their Woolmer Cup and Sutton Valence 6s triumphs.

On Wednesday, Derwent Lodge U11A won all 6 of their matches, beating Kent College Canterbury, Sevenoaks Prep, Spring Grove and the Ashford Prep A and B teams. The girls were superb. A very well earned victory in very hot June sunshine. Many congratulations girls on becoming IAPS girls U11 cricket regional champions!

IAPS Triathlon

Dulwich Prep hosted the IAPS National Prep Schools' Triathlon on Saturday. This event is open to all prep school children from Year 5 and above. Competitors came from far afield to join the event. 440 children from 67 schools participated in a very busy but very rewarding day. 7 very eager (and slightly nervous) senior Derwent Lodge girls entered this challenging event, which involved a 120m / 180m swim, a 2km / 4km cycle on grass, and a 1.2km / 1.8km run (for Year 5 and Year 6 respectively).
Needless to say the swim first was the easy part, with fresh legs and adrenalin pumping. A quick run into transition and all 7 girls were quickly out and off for their cycle. This really challenged the girls; the terrain of generally quite thick grass making it rather tiring. Needless to say we weren’t envious as spectators as we cheered the girls on from the side lines, counting their laps as they zoomed past. After smooth dismounts they were back into transition and off on their runs with jelly legs! As the girls approached their final laps of their run, it was clear to see that some were at breaking point; their legs certainly giving up on them. Their resilience was very impressive, with all Derwent Lodge girls crossing the line with excellent times and most importantly with smiles back on their faces and feelings of huge accomplishment.
Congratulations to the following DL girls: 
Year 6 (54 entries): Sophie 4th, Charlotte 35th and Emma 43rd. 
Year 5 (62 entries): Lily 3rd, Eva 12th, Martha 33rd and Chloe 58th.

Seven Yardley Court Year Five, Six and Seven boys competed too. Very well done to:
Year 5 (75 entries): Rohan 19th, Sam 31st, Ryan 43rd, Charles 56th.
Year 6  (64 entries): Evan 59th.
Year 7  (47 entries): Marcus 12th, Luke 33rd.


Also on Saturday, Yardley Court took part in the Kent schools' track and field championships in Ashford, with Freddie becoming the Kent Schools Y7 High Jump Champion! Ollie C finished 7th and Marcus 9th in the Y7 800m. Fin finished 6th in the Y9 800m (1st Y8). Great results. Well done boys.


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