Dodge … Duck … Dip … Dive … and Dodge

Of all the school sport competitions  I have been involved in over the years, Dodgeball is, by far, my favourite. In fact, for many years, I was known in PE circles as ‘Dodgeball Dave’. I was, therefore, thrilled to be invited back to my old stomping ground, the Royal Harbour Academy, to report on the latest Thanet Year 7 Dodgeball Tournament.

Several local schools fielded two teams each, with nearly a hundred year 7 students prepared for battle. For many of these young athletes, it was the first opportunity to represent their new schools and they all seemed to be relishing the prospect.

The games were extremely competitive, yet played with the kind of spirit and sense of fair play that many professionals could take note from.

After a series of qualifying heats, the top four teams were announced. A third-place game was played, followed by the Grand Final. Congratulations to the new Thanet Year 7 Dodgeball Champions, Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School, beating Ursuline College in the final.

I would like to thank Stephanie, the School Games Organiser, and the RHA PE Dept for inviting me along and making me feel so welcome. I would also like to thank all the competitors taking part – they were an absolute credit to their respective schools and helped keep this event at the top of my ‘favourite competitions’ list.

The final placings were as follows:    1st – CCGS A,     2nd – Ursuline A,    3rd – CCGS B,    4th – Ursuline B

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