From the Sports Department…

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This term started with the out first official Boys hockey match. Button Hathow have played in several mixed fixtures and tournaments, even winning the ISA midlands tournament back in November but we had never played an all boys fixture. 
We visited Ranby House at Worksop College, a very strong test to begin with. The BH boys began well and scored early. Ranby pushed us to play at our best. After a great 2nd half the game ended 3-1 to us. A very successful beginning to the season. Well done to Aiden on his first game in goal. 
The first netball fixture was also at Ranby. We had a training session and an introduction to High 5s Netball. A smaller sided game where every player rotates positions. The girls were fantastic and were compliments by the Ranby Teachers. 
The first official netball game was against St Hugh's at home. The girls began nervously with the game being played at a frantic pace. Once our girls relaxed and remembered the basics we saw a much better 2nd half with some lovely netball being played. Well done to Eliza for scoring all 7 goals in her first netball game for Burton Hathow. The game ended 7-2 
All the U9 Boys went to Ranby for a hockey festival. Our boys were mixed with the Ranby boys to play a tournament. Lots of hockey wwas played by all but it was also great for the boys to meet and play alongside new friends from Ranby.
The U11 boys revisited Ranby for a mid-day hockey fixture. After the success of the first game the BH team were brimmming with confidence. We again took the lead early and played with more speed and accuracy. Some missed chances meant the game became tense. A lapse in concentration meant Ranby equalised and the game finished 1-1. The boys were frustrated with the result but were positive about their performance 
The U11 girls hosted Orchard on a cold Wednesday. Challenging conditions with some very cold hands made it difficult to play good netball. Orchard took an early 4-0 lead with their shooter not missing a shot. In the 2nd half BH took more chances and brought the score back to 4-2. That’s where it ended. A lot of credit to all the girls giving 100%
The last fixture of the term was a boys hockey triangular tournament at St Hughs
The first game was our B team playing against St Hughs B. 
It was many of our boys first hockey game. Mr Millard was very impressed with the progress of the boy.  BH won the game 4-0 
The future of boys hockey at BH looks good 
Next the A team played Glebe School from Cambridgeshire. We started slowly and found ourselves 1-0 down. William grabbed a goal back before half time to make it 1-1. At the breaK Mr Bell expressed his disappointment with the performance so far. This seemed to wake the boys up. They went on to win the game 5-1 . 
The 2nd game was against St Hughs A 
We again found ourselves 1-0 down. Burton Hathow dominated possession and chances but couldn’t break down St Hughs. The boys were staring defeat in the eyes but found an extra gear in the last 3 minutes to equalise. They had further chances to win but the GK of the opponents was in fine form and kept the game as a draw. 
A successful day all round at St Hughs with all the boys participating and showing what they have learnt in a short space of time. 

The boys have had a mixture of football and hockey fixtures this half term. They have all improved, and all developed their skills in both football and hockey. Our first fixture of the year saw us visit St Hughs. We were lucky enough to be able to take two teams for both U9s and U11s. The U9 boys won 4-0 and drew 3-3 in a very tight game. Brilliant performances coming from all boys involved and a special well done to Matthew d'Albuquerque and Cameron Renfrew who stepped up from Year 2. Our U11 teams lost both of their games but played some nice football in spells according to Mr Keen. The next game of the half term saw our U10 boys play Orchard House, this game allowed all of our year 5 pupils play in the fixture giving them all an opportunity. We unfortunately lost the fixture but it was good to see boys play who would not usually play in a fixture. Very well done to all boys involved in both training sessions and fixtures.