Garstang pupils in the medals at school games

Top contest: The Garstang Community Academy team at the Lancashire School Games.
Top contest: The Garstang Community Academy team at the Lancashire School Games.

Garstang swimmers and table tennis players came home with a host of medals from the Lancashire School Games at Blackpool, with Garstang Community Academy representing Wyre & Fylde in both the swimming event and the table tennis competition.

After the opening ceremony at Stanley Park, both teams headed to Palatine Leisure Centre for the competitions.

The swimming teams consisted of 16 pupils from the school: Year 7 boys – Jerome Jolly, Toby Lawton, Timothy Murphy, James Parker; Year 7 girls – Karin Busby, Ellie Clegg, Phoebe Collinson, Kara Swift; Year 8 boys – Tom Brown, Sam Dugdale, Robert Heath, Matthew Fricker; Year 8 girls – Elle Morse, Louise Busby, Abbie Hewitt, Esther Saul. They came away with a whole host of medals in both the individual and the team races.

In the individual competitions the medallists were: Phoebe Collinson first in Year 7 girls back crawl; Esther Saul third in Year 8 girls back crawl; James Parker first in Year 7 boys breast stroke; Jerome Jolly first in Year 7 boys front crawl; Abbie Hewitt first in Year 8 girls front crawl; Sam Dugdale first in Year 8 boys front crawl; Toby Lawton second in Year 7 boys butterfly.

The school also won medals in the team races, second in Year 7 boys freestyle relay; third in Year 8 girls freestyle relay; second in Year 8 boys freestyle relay; Year 7 girls third in the medley relay; Year 7 boys second in the medley relay; Mixed canon first with Pheobe Collinson, James Parker, Abbie Hewitt and Sam Dugdale. All the swimmers had a great day and overall they finished the competition in second place.

In the table tennis, the boys team of Owen Bendall, Jacob Bywater, Will Brown and Chris Saunders defeated Hyndburn, but then narrowly lost out to Brownedge and Preston to finish third in their group and be drawn into the plate event.

The first round saw them defeat Blackpool 5-3, and get through to the semi-finals, where they faced St Bede’s B. The match was close, as was the result, finishing in a 4-4 draw. After a few nervous minutes Garstang were declared the winners on points countback and through to the final.

The final was another close encounter – this time against St Bede’s A. Both Owen Bendall and Jacob Bywater completed 2-0 wins to give the team a 4-0 advantage. This, however, didn’t last as Chris Saunders unluckily lost both his games by the narrowest of margins to make the score 4-2. Will Brown lost his first game, a draw and countback again looked on the cards but Will wasn’t having any of it and managed to turn the match around and claim the final game to give the Garstang side a well-deserved 5-3 victory.

The girls table tennis team consisting of Georgia Wilson, Laura Poulton, Millie Partington and Zoe Stephen narrowly lost out to West Lancs and then Burnley to be drawn into the plate event where they fought through to the semi-finals only to lose out to Hyndburn by the narrowest of margins. After a 4-4 draw, the result once again went to points countback, with the Garstang team losing out 73-71.