The Mitcham Cluster Handball Festival took place on Tuesday 18th October 2016 at St Mark’s CofE Academy. Five schools from the cluster attended the day: Bond, Gorringe Park, Links, St Thomas of Canterbury and William Morris. Due to only having five schools competing, a round robin format was used with each school playing each other twice.

Schools arrived early and were ready and raring to play some fantastic handball. This was our first participation event of the year which meant no scores were being recorded and the main focus was on enjoyment and participation.

The first round of games began with Bond v Links and St Thomas of Canterbury v William Morris. Bond got off to a flying start and Links started to warm to the game, both teams managed to score and make some fantastic blocks. Meanwhile William Morris played at a similar standard playing St Thomas of Canterbury; William Morris found they have an excellent goalkeeper who stopped so many shots throughout the festival. Gorriange Park were strong from the off with an excellent display of teamwork moving the ball between all players on the team, which other schools found difficult to breakdown.

All teams showed excellent Refspect values throughout the day; congratulating each other, shaking hands and supporting both their team and the opposing team. Our REFSPECT winners today were Bond. They were positive throughout and demonstrated great sportsmanship and etiquette, helping explain the rules to an opposing team member to help them understand the game further. Well done Bond.

Thank you to all five schools for bringing their very enthusiastic teams and St Mark’s Academy’s sports leaders who grew in confidence throughout the festival, refereeing all the games brilliantly.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year for some more excellent Handball.


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