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BOXING: Success for Epping student


10.32am - 23rd April 2014

A 12-YEAR-OLD student at Epping St John's School has been celebrating after winning a title at the England Schoolboys' Boxing Championships.
Louis Horn, from Abridge, won a pair of golden gloves after being crowned the 34kg champion having boxed his way through the London rounds as well as the quarter and semi-finals to reach the finals in Liverpool. 
In the semi-final he beat a boxer who had been undefeated in his 14 previous bouts.
Louis said: "I feel really good - I didn't expect to win."
Louis's house leader at Epping St John's, Gemma Perry, said: "We are really proud of him and it's nice that we can celebrate with him the success that he has achieved outside of school."

Louis Horn PICTURE


NETBALL: Plate success for West Hatch


4.16pm - 7th April 2014

WEST Hatch High School's Year 9 netball team have been crowned U14 Essex Plate champions after a narrow 20-19 victory over Stewards School, Harlow, in the final held at Redbridge Sports Centre. 
West Hatch took an early lead and were five goals clear at half time but Stewards had a strong last quarter to challenge West Hatch until the last minute. 
Player of the match was captain Brooke Davey. 
The team was Brooke Davey (c), Ellie Wilkinson, Gemma Peckham, Nikita Roberts, Amy Jones, Olivia Wheatly, Romy Robinson, Lorena Pipenco, Lauren Green, and Caitlin Hulbert (Year 8). 
The girls had a strong performance throughout the competition seeing off Woodbridge, Cornelius and Oaks Park in the previous rounds.


FOOTBALL: Chigwell runners-up in national cup


3.40pm - 25th March 2014

CHIGWELL School's Under-13s football team earned praise for reaching the INVESTEC Independent Schools FA national cup final at Burton Albion FC, when they lost 3-0 to Whitgift School.
This was the second national final in two years for a Chigwell team after the Under-16s won the ISFA small schools shield last year. 
Reaching the Under-13 final was an outstanding achievement as 71 teams from across the country entered the tournament with the vast majority having far more boys in a year group than the 44 boys that Chigwell had to choose from. 
The Chigwell squad stayed in Nottingham overnight and enjoyed a late breakfast before an impromptu stroll along the River Trent and a visit to Nottingham Forest's City Ground. 
The final was always going to be tense with Whitgift School, Croydon, fielding their maximum allowance of five academy boys. 
Chigwell started extremely well and held off the early Whitgift attacks however Whitgift took the lead after 17 minutes. 
Chigwell kept the game at 1-0 until after half-time with Alex Barnes making some fine saves but Whitgift struck the killer blow with ten minutes to go. 
Louis King, playing his first game since September, found himself through on goal for Chigwell but could only fire wide. 
Whitgift's talented central midfielder completed his hat-trick in the final minutes however the Chigwell team defended throughout the game with intelligence and should be extremely proud of their achievement.
More than 120 Chigwell supporters made the trip to Burton, including practically all the Year 8s and numerous family and friends helping to create an excellent atmosphere to make the day special for all involved. 
The Under-13s team were also runners-up in the IAPS national sixes tournament last November and enjoyed a fantastic tour to Barcelona last October. 
Creag Lawrence, Head of Football at Chigwell said: 'This was a great occasion for all involved at Chigwell and it will certainly be a day that the players will remember for a long time. 
"The boys worked incredibly hard on a huge League 1 pitch to contain a very talented Whitgift side and I am delighted with the attitude and the manner in which the boys conducted themselves."


HOCKEY: Victory for Crostyx Ladies


8.35am - 12th March 2014

Crostyx Ladies 1st XI recorded a 4-3 win when they travelled to Stevenage. 
Ciara Newell scored a hat-trick while Keeley Pratt was player of the match for a series of hard-fought tackles and her man-marking throughout the match.
Crostyx play Blueharts this weekend at The Peter May Stadium at 1pm. 
A victory will secure the Crostyx Ladies 1st XI promotion from the East League Division 2C.


NETBALL: Cup success for Chigwell girls


7.34am - 11th March 2014

CHIGWELL School's Under-15 netball squad have won the U15 Kelsall Independent Schools Cup. 
The girls made an excellent start beating host school Brentwood 7-5 and continued their winning streak beating Felsted 6-5. 
The afternoon followed a pattern with a string of wins and one draw with excellent performances from Annie Redmond, Ava James and Kirsty Farquharson. 
The Chigwell girls needed to win their last game, against Bancroft's, to win the tournament. 
With captain Megan Whitehead unable to play due to a fall earlier in the afternoon, the squad needed to pull together to get the result. Millie- Mai Sorrell stepped up to take the goal shooter position and played well under the pressure considering she had not shot in the tournament so far. 
It was a comfortable win for the squad and an unbeaten run all afternoon. Congratulations to Megan Whitehead (c), Serena Dench, Millie-Mai Sorrell, Ava James, Kirsty Farquharson, Melissa Garnish, Ellie Sibley, Maddie Simpson, Annie Redmond and Anna Gleadall.


FOOTBALL: Cup final role for footballers


7.32am - 11th March 2014

TWELVE Year 8 pupils at Chigwell School were ball boys at the Independent Schools FA U18 cup final at Milton Keynes Dons FC. 
The final saw Millfield beat Bradfield College 6-1. 
The referee for the final was Premier League referee Howard Webb who met the boys before kick-off. 
The boys will be playing in the final of the ISFA U13 cup at Burton Albion FC on Thursday, March 20.


HOCKEY: Junior Crostyx player awarded scholarship


9.04am - 10th March 2014

A YOUNG Crostyx hockey player has been awarded a hockey scholarship to Felsted School. 
James Preston, then aged six, was one of club's first junior members when the junior programme started four years ago. 
Despite having a hockey-playing mother the sport was relatively new to him. 
James is head boy at Loyola School, Buckhurst Hill, where Martin Foxall, one of the senior Crostyx coaches saw promise. 
James has progressed well and was captain of the under-10 boys team. He is one of the strongest players in his age group. 
Last year the under-10 boys reached the semi-finals of the Essex Championships and James was top goal scorer. 
Crostyx Hockey Club runs three ladies and three mens teams which compete weekly in the East and Essex Leagues. 
The junior hockey programme, with training sessions for six to 16-year-olds, meets at Peter May Sports Centre on Saturday mornings. 
The programme has risen from just a dozen children in September 2011 to 100+ and a number of Under-14 players will be embedding into the senior teams. 
Crostyx is part of the Woodford Wells Club with the clubhouse facility at Monkhams Lane, Woodford Green, open daily offering cricket, tennis, squash and table tennis.
The club has the use of the artificial hockey pitch at Peter May Sports Centre for all home matches and weekly training sessions.
For further information ring Alys Hackett on 07818 695808 or email alys_hackett@hotmail.com


KARATE: Students support charity


3.44pm - 3rd March 2014

THE UKA Karate School rose to the challenge with students in Buckhurst Hill and Loughton performing 3,000 karate techniques to raise money for charity.
 All the money raised will be split between a local charity of each club's choice, and the club competition fund (making competitions accessible to all by helping students with travel, squad uniform, and other expenses). 
UKA clubs in Epping Forest chose Haven House Children's Hospice. 
The students in the Buckhurst Hill and Loughton classes raised sponsorship money leading up to the fundraising event, and then during their lesson performed 1,000 kicks, 1,000 punches and 1,000 blocks in just one hour. 
Sensei Julia and Sensei Tasha were delighted with their students who all completed the challenge. 
Tom Heenan, a UKA instructor who photographed the event, said: "The instructors included pair work, pad work and even musical elements to keep things interesting but completing the 3,000 moves in each one hour session was always going to be tough.
"The students put in an enormous amount of effort during this event, even the young children, it was very inspiring to see." 
Other UKA clubs also took part in this week's charity fundraising event, including those in Hertfordshire and London. 
For more about UKA Karate and the fundraising event visit www.ukakarate.co.uk


HOCKEY: Avon House wins tournament


12.58pm - 28th February 2014

AVON House School was celebrating after winning the Redbridge Mini Games Hockey Tournament after a nail-biting final against local rivals Bancroft's. 
Locked at 0-0 at the end of normal time the result hinged on a penalty shoot-out in which Avon House goalkeeper George Ratcliff performed heroically. 
Bancroft's were unable to score a single penalty against him and meaning Ben Myers' converted stroke was enough to clinch the title. 
George had earlier kept Avon House in the game by saving a barrage of shots as Bancroft's piled on the pressure so it was only fitting that he would have his moment of glory in the shoot-out that followed. 
Prior to this George had enjoyed a quiet afternoon as Avon House won their group without conceding a goal and then beat fellow group winners Parkhill and Churchfields in the quarter and semi-finals respectively.
After a scrappy start the team improved its patterns of play significantly in the final stages of the tournament and every player made a significant contribution to an exciting success. 
Team members: Hugo Briggs-Rocco (captain), George Ratcliff, Ben Myers, Ben Obobi, Nicole Alves, Jannesha Cunniah, Dilan Najran, Eesa Farooqui, Aadam Sheikh, Maxwell Wilkes and Sophia Arguc.


FOOTBALL: Chigwell School Under-13s reach cup final


12.25pm - 11th February 2014

CHIGWELL School's under-13 football team have secured a place in the INVESTEC Independent Schools FA U13 cup final after a narrow 1-0 victory against Shrewsbury House School from Kingston. 
Chigwell School's head of football and PE department Creag Lawrence praised the Chigwell groundstaff for ensuring the pitch was playable after the postponement of the match two days earlier. 
Both teams started quickly and it was Shrewsbury House who had two good chances but were denied by two outstanding saves from Chigwell goalkeeper Alex Barnes.
Both sides compacted the midfield and chances in the first half were few and far between. 
The second half kicked off in very dark conditions after a band of rain swept overhead.
Shrewsbury House should have scored when they had two chances but could only hit the side netting. 
And it was clear towards the end that only one goal would separate the teams.
Chigwell struck with five minutes remaining. Tommy Redhead, after some good combination play, put the ball wide to Devak Rattan who put in a superb cross for Tommy to poke home before the onrushing goalkeeper. 
Shrewsbury House pushed forward in the final minutes and had a good spell of pressure but the Chigwell defence held firm with Jake David outstanding throughout the match. 
Mr Lawrence said: "Credit must go to both teams who tried to play some good passing football in somewhat difficult conditions." 
Chigwell, who were national IAPS sixes runners-up this season will play Whitgift School from Croydon at Burton Albion FC on Thursday, March 20 (1.15pm kick off).
This is the third national final in two years for Chigwell after the U16s team won the ISFA Shield last year. 
The U11 team go to St George's Park in April to compete in the national ISFA finals.


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