Handball Success Fully Deserved

4th March 2013

CCGS took a mixture of experienced and newcomers to the first ever schools regional Championships and came away 2nd after some outstanding performances against more experienced teams. Coach, Dave Walton, was extremely pleased with the results. “From one main training session the boys appear to have excelled themselves”.

Teacher in charge for the day, Catherine Edwards was ebullient. “Congratulations to the following year 7 & 8 boys for coming 2nd in the SE Schools U13 handball tournament.  They were outstanding representatives from our school and showed great effort and teamwork throughout the event.  Results were 1-1, 3-3, 9-0 win.” Player of the tournament for CCGS was goalkeeper Ed Harvey who, on all accounts, was brilliant.

Year 8

Ed Harvey, Patrick Liddle, Josh Walton, Joel Rogers, Josh Attwell, Elliott Fox

Year 7

Jack Elliott, George Duffy-Smith, Nathan Hogben, Gabriel Harrison, Marius Thompson


Brighton Hill   1 v 1 Chatham & C    
MGS               15v 0 Mascalls
Chatham&C    3  v 3 MGS
Brighton Hill   7  v 4 MGS
Brighton Hill   12v 0 Mascalls
Chatham&C    9  v 0 Mascalls


1st Brighton Hill          5pts (20 – 5)
2nd Chatham/C                        4pts (13 – 4)
3rd MGS                      3pts (22 – 11)
4th Mascalls                 0pts (0 – 36)


by Josh Walton

For a first time try at Handball competition, CCGS had a spectacular go at playing against other schools. Our team, of year 8 and year 7, were mainly beginners and going straight to Maidstone for a Regional Qualifier was a big step after only one training session together. There were 4 teams and a lot of exciting matches.

For our first ever match, we did a stunning job against a well organised Brighton side. They scored an early second half goal. We swapped around and Josh Attwell passed a beautiful ball to Marius who put it accurately into the corner. With minutes to go the opposition attacked non-stop, but Ed Harvey in goal was brilliant, keeping the score at 1-1 at the final whistle. What a game! Lots of attacks and strong defence gave us a good finish to our first match.

After a sit down, we got back on to play the home side, Maidstone GS. After many close shaves – the first half was fairly scary – they scored, which put us on the back foot. Although they scored, we kept our nerve and defended well. On the odd breakaway we worried their defence and kept in touch despite them scoring two more goals. At 3-2 down and in the last few seconds, we made all-out attack. Josh Walton threw a good pass to Joel Rogers on the wing, who scored. If the ball had not gone in off the bar, we would have lost, but we took it and the score was 3-3 at the final whistle. Wow! Two games undefeated after one training session.

So far, we looked in a good position, but there were two games left, Maidstone playing Brighton and Us v Maskell’s. Brighton played an excellent game to put them in the lead of with two wins and a draw. All we could do was our best. Our man of the tournament was Ed Harvey who had made amazing saves in goal to keep out many shots.

Our final match showed that everyone could do amazingly, because during this game, it was ‘goals galore’. Many went in from all of the team and even our goalkeeper had a few shots. We intercepted lots and were quick on the attack with younger players, such as Gabriel Harrison, Nathan Peace, Marius Thompson and Jack Elliott playing in the first half and making it 5-0 at the break. Changes brought on Joel Rogers, Josh Attwell and George Duffy-Smith and they made more chances. Even I nipped in to score after Joel’s shot hit the post. Although the score was 9-0 it could have been much more.

Realised we were second, we rushed to the organiser of the tournament, who told us we might qualify for the National Tournament in London. Not bad for first-timers. Everyone went home buzzing with excitement. I have to say, Handball is an exciting and great game!

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