Preston Lodge Extra-Curricular Summary- Term 2

Sport has been really successful in term 2 with all sports having great success with their teams and also individuals doing well.

 After a hard winter with a lot of games being cancelled the teams started to get a good run of games. This helped performances of teams and individuals which has lead to the success of the teams.

 The rugby this year has continued to grow. After low numbers at the start of the season for the S1 rugby team, they have managed to get more players involved and has developed them into a team that will continue to get better next year. Their favouriteopponents is Ross High who they have beaten half a dozen times including the plate in the ‘Sunny Dunny 7s‘. Players that have stuck out is Jamie Fraser and Aarron Lawson.

 The S2rugby team has continued their success from last year. The team has a huge squad of 22 players who train monday and wednesdayand turn-up every staurdaymorning. This great work ethic has went on to the pitch and produced some great team performances. Their outstanding performances has been a really competitive performance against a huge Peebles team.

 The S3 rugby team has a good core group of players who are beginningto understand what it takes to be a good rugby team. They have had some good wins this year especially in their last game against a strong Boroughmuir side.

 Overall the rugby is continuing to great stronger and stronger every year with help from parents volunteers such as Brian King, Simon Davie, Stephen Dixon and Bobby Berg. These volunteers help every Monday and Wednesday as well as Saturday mornings. A big Thank you must also go to Chris Thomas and especially Dougie Thomson PLCDO who has done a lot of work in curricular and extra-curricular to develop the rugby in Preston Lodge.

 The success has continued in the hockey teams this year. Great work and dedication from Pauline Christie and Angie Davie who has done well with the teams this year. The S1 team were struggling for players at the beginning of the year, but from good work from the coaches and players, it has helped more people get interested and come along.

After a lot of cancelations in the winter the team started to get more games with good wins against Ross High and Knox Academy. However the main success came when the S2team won the East Lothian Schools competition at meadowmill. The team played against the other 5 high schools from East Lothian and beat strong sides in North Berwick and  Dunbar Grammar school.

 The golf team, which has been lead by Ian Sellwood has also continued their success this year. After being unbeaten for 2 seasons the team continued this into this years competition with two wins before Christmas. The team have followed this up with another two wins post Christmas break. Their has been a lot of players involved in the competition, but strong individual performances from player of the year Fraser Johnston helped the team claim the league title for three consecutive years and remain undefeated in those three years.

The football this year has continued to develop. With another coach in place in John Johnstone, it has helped the teams get more focus on their team and has helped individual and team performances. The S1 have had 12 regular players throughout the year, which has made it a little easier in setting the team up, but also a bit difficult when any injuries came along. With only 12 players though the team have done really well in their first season and have finished a respectablesecond in the East-Midlothian League.

 The S2team also lead by John Johnstonehave had a good season. There has been some great individual performances from players such as Jordan Ritchie and Johnny Grotlin lead the team on to some outstanding wins. Unfortunately they fell at the final hurdle with a defeatagainst Musselburgh Grammar, which means they finished third in the East-Midlothian League. Some great work from John Johnstone has let the numbers in the younger football teams grow.

The U-16s and Senior teams have had some outstanding performances this year. The U-16shave been competing well in three competitions, Scottish Cup, League Cup and the League. They progressed to the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup before being beaten by Woodmill High School. They progressed well in the League cup. They progressed to the Semi-Final were unfortunately they got beat in a tight match 3-2 against Craigmountin extra-time. Their main success however came in the league. The team have progressed to a league playoff decider against Boroughmuir High School. They beat QueensferryHigh School in a decider to see who got into the playoff. With the match at 3-3 with seconds to go Captain Jack McIntyre scored a winner to seal their place in the final.

 The senior team never has as many matches due to weather and leagues being restructured. However throughout the year the team had some great individual performances from Ben Stewart, Craig Tulloch, Connor Stewart and Alex Valenzuela.

 On individual success, a massive congratulations goes to Jack McIntyre and Jennifer Currie who have both received Scotland caps for the U-16 boys and girls teams.

With a great success in the past year hopefully the numbers will grow and grow. Due to this we are constantly looking for new coaches to help develop the teams we currently have, or start any new clubs in the school.

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