District Sports Day

Sporting for All at the District Sports Day 2015
Sunday 21st June saw a huge number of Scouts of all ages descend on Scaur Bank in Wetherby for the annual District Sports day. All whole host of different activities were enjoyed by all of our sections, from football with the Cubs and Scouts, raft racing for Scouts and Explorers, archery for the Cubs and a huge range of come-and-try activities for the Beavers.

Overcast skies and the threat of rain didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits as a strong field of 15 teams competed for the annual Cubs football trophy. The weather Gods played fair and we actually had a dry competition with a few patches of sunshine. Over an hour or so of serious football in the opening matches in the mini-leagues sorted out the serious contenders, and when the quarter finals started there was some excellent football being played. In the semi finals Bardsey beat 1st Wetherby and Boston Spa ‘A’ were beaten by Wetherby St James ‘B’. Thus the grand final was a showdown between Wetherby St James and Bardsey. Both sides gave their all, and were very evenly matched. With no winner after normal time there was Golden Goal extra time and both sides had chances to clinch the victory, but in the end it went to penalties. The star of the penalties was the Wetherby St James goalie, who made 2 fantastic saves to leave Wetherby St James the overall winners!

Above left: Wetherby St. James: the winners of the Cub Football.
Above right: The winners of the raft race.

The Raft Race was yet again a huge success with 8 Scout teams took part from 5 groups, 2 Explorer teams and a hardy group of leaders from 3 groups and District. A great time was had by all with Tadcaster Scouts winning the Scout raft race, Boston Romans winning the best constructed raft and Wetherby Explorers winning the Explorer race.

Above: The Raft Race was a huge success!

 

10 teams from around the District took part in the Scout football competition. An early start meant that the bacon & sausage sandwiches were selling fast, with leaders also queuing for a well earned cup of tea.
Two groups were formed with teams from 1st Wetherby, Clifford, Boston Vikings, Shadwell, Wetherby St James, Tadcaster and Boston Romans and battle commenced at 10.00 am. Games were played in great spirit with lots of great passing and energetic running, support from the parents on the touchline was great.
The winners and runners up of each group met in the two semi-finals and this brought 1st Clifford “Scouting for Goals” up against 1st Wetherby “B” and Shadwell “Shoppers” up against Boston “Bumfluff Warriors”. Again both semi finals were played in great spirit even though at times things got a bit tense.
Wetherby and Boston progressed on to the final which ended up being an absolute belter of a game. Wetherby started brightly and moved comfortably into a 2 –0 lead but Boston never gave in and slowly got back into the game with a goal just after half time. With 2 minutes to go the game went mental with 3 goals in the space of a minute. Firstly Boston drew level and they thought they had done enough to get to extra time but while they were still celebrating Wetherby moved swiftly down the pitch to sneak what they thought to be a winning goal. The Wetherby crowd went wild with delight but were suddenly silenced when a Boston player in his own half saw the keeper off his line and with a Rooneyesk shot scored to make it 3 – 3.
Extra time and the “Golden goal” was called on to separate these two great teams. Wetherby started well and Boston dug in but in the end strong play from the Wetherby team made an opening which their centre forward slotted in to the net much to the delight of their fans and team mates. A great morning of football was complete when DC Ian Hill presented the runners up trophies to the Boston Bum fluff Warriors and the winners medals and cup to 1st Wetherby “B”.

The Archery ran very smoothly. Team winners were Scholes, with Church Fenton as runners up. Individual winner was Elizabeth from Sherburn with 19 points, 2nd place was Lucas from Bardsey with 17 points and 3rd place was Thomas from Scholes with 16 points.

The District Active Support Unit provided refreshments throughout the day to the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, leaders, parents and supporters. This meant providing over 150 bacon butties, almost 100 sausage sandwiches and almost 100 beef burgers along with sandwiches, tea, coffee, juice, pop, crisps and biscuits. This gargantuan effort raised over £772.50 towards District funds which are used to provide the myriad of exciting activities for over 1000 young people. The Active Support Unit will also be in evidence at the upcoming Great Outdoors 2015 camp in Bramham Park in July providing a Leaders’ Coffee refuge and also helping out with car parking, activities and other jobs which ensure that the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers are able to enjoy a fun packed weekend.

 

Above: The Coffee Shop run by the District Active Support team.

Congratulations to the day’s winners, and also a well done to all those taking part who showed that they could ‘do their best’ and still keep smiling, even in defeat. Thanks are due to the team managers, and leaders for their help in running the competitions, the raft race helpers on and off the water, and particularly to the referees that were press-ganged into helping and did such a great job!