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Boys Football vs Wellesbourne 16th March 2017

A big thank you to the year 5 and 6 boys who featured in our football match this week against Wellesbourne Primary. Coming off the back of an excellent 9-0 victory, the boys’ confidence was high and they were raring to go!

It was clear from the beginning of the match that Wellesbourne had put an excellent team together; our attackers were outnumbered by a tall and strong defence. A pattern quickly emerged of the ball being hacked away from the penalty area just before a goal looked certain.

The first half continued goalless and at an incredibly fast pace, referee Mr. Fairclough had given up trying to run after the ball after 10 minutes! This relentless pace was finally rewarded for OLI with a Billy Smith tap-in goal from a Zac Abbou pass, 1-0! The first half ended 1-0 with the boys looking to push forward in numbers to increase the lead.

The second half began with a huge surge from OLI thanks to some tactically amazing substitutions from OLI’s manager. James Wamulo and Ethan Duke came on and saw OLI’s attack go from strength to strength. Lovely passing combined with excellent positioning to result in several chances stopped only by Wellesbourne’s excellent keeper, including a flicked effort from Joe McFarlane-Wells being inches away from being goal of the season! The constant pressure was finally rewarded though by Kian Skinley leathering a shot into the corner from the edge of the area. OLI were 2 up…

With a 2 goal cushion, the boys played with some creative freedom and managed to create a series of chances towards the end. More excellent saves were made, yet nothing could be done about Bobby Mitchell’s stunning effort from 25 yards out smashing into ‘top bins’. The match ended 3-0 with the boys achieving their 3rd clean sheet of the season; a wonderful effort from defenders Ruben Macneil, Reece Mangan, Aaron Jacobs and Aiden Burns. Well done to Wellesbourne for being such fierce and respectful competition.

MOTM: Bobby Mitchell for excellent passing, positioning and for scoring an absolute ‘belter’.

Musical Mash-Up Dance Competition at North Liverpool Academy – 10th March 2017

Two fantastic dance routines were performed by our pupils at North Liverpool Academy on Friday. Key Stage One pupils took a ‘Cats’ number to the stage, with Key Stage Two performing a ‘Shrek’ dance.

KS2 Cross Country at Sefton Park – 9th March 2017

After the weather finally allowed a cross country fixture we had some fantastic results at Sefton Park tonight. Katie Traynor continued her excellent running form, finishing in her best position yet, and Poppy Spellman showed that she can compete against children much older than her!

In the boys race, there were lots of first timers after showing great promise in the fun run at Stanley Park last month. Kevin, Billy and Bobby matched the order from the fun run as our first 3 runners home. Kevin, inspired by Zola Budd, ran most of the race with his trainers in his hands after they fell off in boggy conditions during the first part of the course! 

Well done to the rest of the boys, who persevered well in tough conditions in our final race of the season. It will be great to get these same children back in the team next year, to test themselves further as the eldest children in the races.

Girls:

11th Katie Traynor

59th Poppy Spellman

Boys:

18th Kevin Bigley

40th Billy Smith

43rd Bobby Mitchell

56th Joe McFarlane Wells

62nd James Wamulo

63rd Sonny Geraghty

69th Dylan O’Brien

78th Ethan Atherton

88th Ruben McNeil

Gold Games Mark Presentation

We were delighted to be officially presented with our Gold games mark award this week! Thank you to Suzanne from LSSP who came to speak to our pupils during an assembly and thank them for all their hard work and engagement in extra curricular activities and competitions! You can read a short article about it on the Educate Magazine website.

Boys Football vs Our Lady and St Philomena’s – 2nd March 2017

Congratulations and thank you to the year 5 and 6 boys who represented our school on Thursday 2nd March against Our Lady and Saint Philomena’s School. The boys were coming off a hard-fought defeat and were looking to bounce back with a win.

OLI got off to an incredible start, with a Billy Smith long pass bouncing through everyone and into the back of the net within 20 seconds! Billy was delighted to score his 1st goal for the team, it won’t be his last! 

It would have been easy for the boys to push back and defend, but they pressed on with their attack; Kian Skinley scored from close range shortly after to put us 2-0 up. 

Joe McFarlane-Wells has been looking for his 1st goal for OLI for a while now. Whilst 2-0 up, his header hit the bar, then the post, then was cleared off the line! 4th official Mr. Garth had a look at the goal-line technology and ruled no goal! This didn’t matter though, as Joe scored a similar header a few minutes later, before Kian scored another close range effort. On the edge of half time, skipper Sonny Geraghty scored a long range screamer and the half ended 5-0!

Some teams would have eased off there, others would have shown disrespect to the opposition, but the boys did themselves proud by being polite and calm whilst playing, but making sure they didn’t stop giving 100% effort. The 2nd half saw goals from defender Ruben McNeil and 2 more goals from Joe giving him his hat-trick! An own goal just before full time saw OLI finish as winners, 9-0.

A huge well done to the team, not just for the big win, but for being gracious winners this week just as much as they were humble losers in our last game. Condolences to Our Lady and St. Philomena’s who are a new team still working on making their team as strong as possible. One final mention to Billy Smith who deserves huge praise for assisting so many goals that he’d forgotten how many by the end of the game!

MOTM: Joe McFarlane Wells, for a stunning hat-trick, good teamwork and always being professional and respectful to the opposition. 

KS2 Boccia City Champions!

A huge congratulations to both of our KS2 Boccia teams, who competed in the city finals of the Boccia competition yesterday. Our ‘A’ team, who finished 3rd in the north Liverpool competition, were the overall winners this time round, beating Gwladys Street 3-1 in the semi-finals and Holy Trinity 2-0 in the final.

Our ‘B’ team, who finished as north Liverpool champions last week, made it to the semi-final stage in the city finals, losing to Holy Trinity 3-0.

Boys Football Match vs St Mary’s West Derby – Thursday 9th February 2017

Congratulations to all the year 5 and 6 boys who represented our school in this week’s football match. Coming off the back of 2 hard-fought victories, the boys were confident in their teamwork and were looking forward to the game against St. Mary’s West Derby.

Conditions were extremely tough due to very cold temperatures, though the boys managed to keep their energy up, almost scoring inside 30 seconds! The game was end-to-end, with both teams coming very close to scoring. Unfortunately St. Mary’s managed to break through and finish well to go 1-0 up. 

OLI responded with fierce attacks, with Billy Smith linking up well with Zac Abbou. Ethan Duke was on fire down the left wing, almost scoring a sensation goal from a volley. Unfortunately none of these chances turned into goals and a 2nd goal was conceded just before half time. 

The 2nd half was a much tighter game, with speed slowing down due to the cold as well as fatigue. OLI showed a great attitude and didn’t let being 2-0 down worry them; a goal was within inches from a close-range effort from Joe McFarlane Wells. Just before full time, a 3rd goal was scored by St. Mary’s due to an unfortunate deflection. A harsh scoreline given the excellent effort of our defenders Ruben McNeil, Aiden Burns, Reece Mangan and Aaron Jacobs. Congratulations to an excellent St. Mary’s side who did a very good job of handling our more dangerous players.

MOTM: Ethan Duke, for working tirelessly to break through the defence. He showed a hunger for the ball and wasn’t affected by the tough conditions.

Boys Football Match vs St Anne (Stanley) – Thursday 2nd February 2017

Congratulations to all the year 5 and 6 boys who represented our school in this week’s football match. Our team was fairly young, with many year 5s in the team and some making their school debut.

The match was very tight from the beginning, with neither defence giving anything away. Our strike force was dangerous, with Billy Smith and Joe McFarlane-Wells ducking in and out of defenders to set up chances for striker Zac Abbou. Eventually, this was rewarded with a 1st half goal from skipper Sonny Geraghty, with a clinical finish inside the area. 

The 1st half ended 1-0 to OLI and, after 2 substitutions, the match became even tighter, with both teams coming extremely close to scoring several times. St. Anne Stanley hit the post and were denied by a goal-line clearance twice! There were some amazing saves from Kamil Skop and defender Aiden Burns was a brick wall at the back. Eventually, after excellent defending from both teams, the final whistle blew and OLI took the 3 points, 1-0. Congratulations to the boys who are looking ahead to our next game on Thursday 9th February!

MOTM: Aiden Burns, for playing a solid defensive game that ensured a clean sheet.

Well done to all of our Year 5 and 6 pupils who took part in the fun run at Stanley Park this week. The 2km run was run using the Stanley Park junior parkrun route, which you can find more details about below. Each child is in Year 5 and 6 is now registered for parkrun and received a barcode, which they will need to take each time they attend a parkrun event. You can access your child’s result below. If you have any questions regarding junior parkrun, the barcodes and how your child can be involved, please see Mr Garth.

OLI Year 5/6 Park Run Results 2017

What is Stanley Park junior parkrun?

It is a 2k run for juniors (4-14 year olds). 

When is it?

It is held every Sunday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place in Stanley Park, Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TD. We meet on the Formal Terraces just past the Isla Gladstone glasshouse.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). Register at: www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/

How fast do I have to be?

The aim is to have fun. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Girls’ Football Matches – 16th and 17th November 2016

Well done to all of the girls, who represented the school, playing in two football fixtures this week. For many, it was their first ever competitive game of football against opposition from another school and it was clear to see their confidence growing across the two days.

The first fixture was against Rice Lane, who had already played two matches this season. After going 1-0 down, the OLI girls rallied straight back with a goal from Macey Jacbos, after a great pass inside from Lavelle Lamb.

An amazing finger-tip saves from Yusra in goal, as well as great defensive displays from Mia, Erin and Leah, kept us in the game for long periods of time. A handball meant Yusra faced the daunting task of a penalty kick, but she made herself big and put lots of pressure on the Rice Lane player. Succumbing to this pressure, the kick hit the post and rolled out to safety. The final few minutes saw a flurry of goals from Rice Lane, leaving the final score at 5-1.

On to the next fixture vs. Florence Melly and the game was a much tighter and spread out game. Using the knowledge gained from the first game, the OLI girls worked hard as a team, fulfilling their formational roles exceptionally well. Our forward line, bolstered by the movement of Leah Dean and Macey Jacobs left the Florence Melly defence dazed and confused. Unfortunately the finish was all that was lacking. Spirited runs from Gabriella Bennett and Liv Roberts gave us more chances in the second half and Mia, Lavelle and Yusra, kept the Florence Melly attack at bay many times.

When the ball did get past them, Erin Dean stood strong in goal with vital clearances. On top o the game for the majority, we gave away 1 goal after a split second lack of concentration and the game ended 1-0. This result wasn’t fair on our girls, as they deserved at least a point, but they have learnt vital and harsh lessons in the world of football that will help them move forward in the new year.

Well done!

MOM: Macey (vs. Rice Lane)

MOM: Mia (vs. Florence Melly)

Year 5/6 Indoor Athletics – Notre Dame 11/11/16

Well done to everyone who competed in the athletics competition, yesterday! The children had lots of fun in an extremely competitive event, one of the biggest on the calendar! After track and field events, we placed 5th, with strong performances from lots of pupils. We hope to see many of these children sign up for running club again in the new year, to help us with our cross country events!

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Cross Country – Clarke Gardens

Well done to our Cross Country team, who performed very well on a difficult course. The route was reversed from previous years, meaning the start and finish sections were both up hill.

Once again, James came through first for our boys (81st overall) and Katie followed up her impressive top 30 finish at Wavertree with a 25th placed finish yesterday.

Boys: James (81), Dylan (87), Ethan (89), Ruben (109), Joe (111) and Antony (112).

Girls: Katie (25) and Poppy (58).

Year 3/4 Quicksticks Hockey Competition

Well done to our Year 3/4 team, who were picked based on their sportsmanship, teamwork and determination in PE lessons from this half term.

They played in a number of matches against other schools from the north of the city!

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Beat the Street Prize Presentation

Jackie, from Beat the Street, came to award us with our two 2nd place prizes for the Summer competition! The pupils, families and staff worked extremely hard to finish in 2nd place, covering the distance from Liverpool to Moscow – an outstanding achievement!!

Mrs Sergeant tasked the children with thinking of playground equipment they would like to buy with the vouchers they have won.

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Cross Country at Wavertree Sports Park – 20th September 2016

The first event of the Cross Country calendar is always a tough one, with pupils getting to grips with what is expected of them during the races.

We were lucky enough to have 2 or 3 pupils who had taken part in one race last year, who helped the younger ones to make it through. Well done to all the team, but a special mention to girls captain Katie Trainer, who made it into the top 30 out of over 100 runners!

If your child is interested in joining our after school running club, please speak to Mr Garth. Also, Liverpool Harriers Athletics Club are looking for Year 5 and 6 pupils to join their cross country teams – to take part in events across Merseyside. They train at Wavertree Sports Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm.

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Year 6 Cricket Competition – Alder Cricket Club – 16th June 2016

After coming through the after school cricket club to be chosen for the team, OLI were pitted against Wellesbourne, The Trinity and Middlefield in the group stages of the North/Central heat.

The first match against Middlefield saw Michee grab a hat trick of wickets to bring victory to OLI. Amman, team captain, won the toss and elected to field first. Restricting Middlefield to 213, the target was 214 to win. The game plan of no losing early wickets, worked with a total of 238 for OLI, for 2 wickets.

Game two was against Wellesbourne. Losing the toss, we were put into bat first and posted a respectable 244. Some poor fielding saw Wellesbourne narrowly win by 12 runs, putting them top of the group.

It seemed like Wellesbourne would take the top spot in the group, but there was a surprise in store. In our final match against The Trinity, Ayman won the toss and put them in to bat. Slow bowling allowed The Trinity to make some ground, scoring successive sixes to bring a total of 256. Wickets from Isabel and Michee dented their attack and brought some hope to the OLI batters.

Without losing a wicket, we scored a very high score of 285! Michee, Holly Spellman and Sean all chipping in with sixes extended our run score. Wellesbourne, Middlefield and ourselves won 2 matches out of 3, so it was down to who scored the most runs for 1st and 2nd place. After the demolition of The Trinity, we sat on top of the league, with Wellesbourne in second place.

A semi-final against Rudston was abandoned after a heavy downpour, and with no way to call a winner, both teams were put through to next week’s city finals at Sefton Park Cricket Club.

Well done to all the team, who all played an integral role – fielding and batting!

KS2 Highland Games – 29th April 2016

Eight of our pupils represented Key Stage Two at the Highland Games competition, held at Archbishop Beck Tennis Centre, on Friday morning. A series of events, focusing on running, jumping and throwing mirrors the adult version of the highland games.

The children involved had previously taken part in a Level 1 competition in school, during an after school club and performed very well against other schools from the city.

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Anfield Mini League Fixtures – 26th April 2016

This afternoon, we had two football fixtures against St. Margarets Anfield and Pinehurst in a catch up of fixtures from the Anfield Mini League, at Anfield Sports and Community Centre.

First up was St Margarets Anfield, and a quick break from the opposition caused problems in our penalty area. The OLI defence stood off and allowed a shot at goal, which crept past Eryk’s far post and into the goal (0-1). From this point onwards, we were the stronger team, creating chance after chance, but failing to beat an impressive SMA ‘keeper. Despite dominating the match from start to finish, our front line couldn’t find the back of the net and the game finished 0-1 to SMA.

Top of the table Pinehurst awaited at the final whistle, but once again OLI dominated from start to finish. Lots of chances for Kian and Joel in the first 5 minutes, produced a solitary goal after a neat one-two between the two players. Pinehurst threw the majority of their players forward during each attack, outnumbering our defence, but found it difficult to beat an impressive Eryk between the sticks.

Three goals from Pinehurst showed why they are top of the league, despite not playing to their fun potential. One goal in reply from OLI was enough to put the pressure on for the final ten minutes, but Pinehurst settled the match with a fourth, to end the match 4-2.

Cross Country Final Standings 2015/16

We have had a very enthusiastic uptake for cross country running this year from children across the whole school. Children in KS2 have represented the school at various cross country events this year and have proved themselves to be very successful!

Out of 17 schools, our boys team came in 6th place and our girls team came in 8th place.

Boys:

Final Total Races League Pts
Liverpool College 6 96
Our Lady’s Bishop Eton 5 94
St Paschal Baylon 6 80
St Margaret’s (Anfield) 6 54
St Christopher’s 4 52
Our Lady Immaculate 6 48.5
Florence Melly 3 48
Christ The King 5 46
Monksdown 6 43
Lister 3 36
Northcote 4 23.5
St Teresa of Lisieux 4 23
Wellesbourne 4 17
Hunts Cross 3 13
Leamington 1 10
Lawrence 0 0
Stockton Wood 0 0

Girls:

Final Total Races League Pts
Liverpool College 6 100
Our Lady’s Bishop Eton 5 90
Christ The King 5 72
St Paschal Baylon 6 65
St Margaret’s (Anfield) 6 64.5
Lister 6 56
Monksdown 6 48
Our Lady Immaculate 6 39.5
St Christopher’s 4 37
St Teresa of Lisieux 4 33
Florence Melly 3 32
Northcote 4 20
Wellesbourne 4 19
Hunts Cross 3 11.5
Leamington 1 7
Lawrence 0 0
Stockton Wood 0 0

Well done to all the pupils who represented the school this year and we hope to have even more successful teams in the future!

KS2 Cross Country – Wavertree 30th March 2016

The final cross country league fixture took place at Wavertree last night and with a lot of schools off for Easter, it gave our pupils the chance to move up the field and improve their league placings.

Newcomers Poppy and Dylan fared well for their first time in a cross country event, with Poppy outperforming all but Alexis of the girl’s team. Eryk finished off a strong year with a top ten finish, one which he deserves after being a consistent top twenty performer. Lucas continued his improved placings, with his first top ten finish and Sean recorded his highest position after six events. Alexis continued her dominance in the girls team, by finishing as OLI’s first girl once again, followed closely by Poppy and Akasha. Slightly further down the field were determined runners Holly and Eve, both still recovering from their swimming heroics on Monday!

The final standings for the season will be updated here when available, but our results from the race are below. This is the first year that we have taken part in cross country competitions and it has unearthed some exciting talent and a love of running in our pupils. Thank you to all the parents who have supported over the year and to the members of staff giving up their time for some long evenings! The cross country after school club will begin after Easter and it is hoped that the uptake will be very high! Along with the continuation of the daily mile, we aim to gain more of our pupils’ interest in running and sporting activities in general.

Results:

Boys:

Eryk – 6th

Lucas – 9th

Sean – 16th

Dylan – 21st

Girls:

Alexis – 22nd

Poppy – 23rd

Akasha – 24th

Holly – 28th

Eve – 30th

Key Stage Two Swimming Gala City Finals – 29th March 2016

Well done to our KS2 Swimming team, who swam extremely well to become the 8th best swimming team in the city. The increased standard from last week’s heats was easy to see and our pupils gave their all in every single race.

All pupils deserve special credit for their achievements, especially the girls team (3 members down from the heats) who all had to swim more races than normal!

Our highest race positions were 3rdHeats by Sean and 5th by Mikey. With a number of Year 5 pupils in the team, this year’s gala is great experience for them to take into next year’s competition. Well done!

Key Stage Two Swimming Gala Heats – 21st March 2016

This morning’s competition was held at Wavertree Aquatics Centre, with a number of schools from the North and Central areas of the City. Competing in the large schools event, we faced a number of very local schools including The Trinity and St. Johns.

Every member of the team swam brilliantly, trying their very best to finish in the best positions possible.

Results:

Backstroke: Sean 2nd, Jacob 7th, Tilly 2nd and Ebonie 4th.

Breaststroke: Kian 3rd, Sean 2nd, Ebonie 4th and Eve 1st.

Relay Medley: Boys 2nd and Girls 2nd.

Butterfly: Sean 3rd, Mikey 2nd, Tilly 4th and Eve 4th.

Front Crawl: Mikey 2nd, Patrick 1st, Holly 1st and Tilly 1st.

Front Crawl Relay: Boys 4th and Girls 4th.

After the results were worked out, it was announced that we finished 2nd in both the boys and girls event overall. This means that they have both qualified for the City Finals next week, with the chance to represent Liverpool at the Merseyside Summer Games in July.

Overall Results:

Boys

1st – Emmaus

2nd – OLI

3rd – The Trinity

Girls

1st – St. Francis de Sales

2nd – OLI

3rd – Emmaus

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Football Results

This week, we had three matches in total, one for the boys in the Anfield Mini League and two for the girls, in the North Liverpool Girls League.

Unfortunately, all the fixtures resulted in defeat, firstly with the boys falling down 13-6 to Anfield Juniors. The matches in the Anfield Mini League are always fast and end-to-end, with the shorelines almost always going into double figures!

On Thursday, our girls team played Florence Melly at Walton Hall Sports Centre, with the score ending 6-0. On Friday, an excellent game, finished 2-1, to Emmaus, Isabel scoring our only goal. The girls have improved so much over the next few weeks and as the season comes to a close after Easter, I am sure that win is only just around the corner!

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KS1 and KS2 Dance Competitions – 9th March 2016

Both our dance groups put on amazing performances for the crowds at North Liverpool Academy, on Wednesday. Miss Whittaker and Miss Boyd, both worked extremely hard with the groups over the past few months to deliver performances for the theme ‘sounds of the city’.

This year, in a change to the competition format, only first place was to be awarded, rather than the traditional 4 categories in previous years. Unfortunately, we didn’t place first in either competition, but it was clear that we have some extremely talented dancers in our school! Fortunately, the rest of the school will be watching the performances this afternoon!

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Dodgeball City Finals – Monday 29th February 2016

Our dodgeball team, after making it through their North Liverpool heat, managed to assert themselves as being 3rd best in the city, after Monday’s finals in Toxteth.

A last-minute change of personnel, meant Paige stepped in for Joel, but the passion and determination of the team never faltered and the team can hold their heads high at this amazing achievement.

Cross Country – Sefton Park – Thursday 25th February 2016

One of the toughest courses awaited our pupils in the penultimate cross country event of the year.

Watching the first few races, it was clear to see that mud was on the cards! We had two new runners, Patrick for the boys and Madison for the girls.

Despite the tough conditions, we managed to achieve one of our lowest points total this year (lowest points win!). Eryk’s consistency in the top 20 positions, shows how much he has achieved this year. Madison put in a stellar performance to finish first out of our girls and 36th overall. Onto the final race at Wavertree on Tuesday!

Boys:

Eryk 17th

Joel 23rd

Lucas 24th

Sean 37th

Callum 53rd

Patrick 56th

Girls:

Madison 36th

Holly Sp. 43rd

Alexis 47th

Akasha 48th

Eve 55th

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Year 5/6 Dodgeball Competition – 23rd February 2016

Our Dodgeball team have qualified for the city finals on Monday, with a second placed finish in today’s heats at NLA. A strong team was chosen after lots of training sessions on Friday afternoons, during golden time sessions.

The first match was against Smithdown Primary, winning 2-1. Next up was Sacred Heart, with a better result of 3-0. Finally, a draw with St. John’s meant we topped our group. This lead to a league semi-final vs. Smithdown, where we were once again victorious, 2-1, to set up a league final with Sacred Heart.

There was no change to the result, as we ran out 2-1 winners, to play Lister Juniors, the winner of the heat’s other league.

After a tough match, Lister came out on top to take home the medals, but we will meet them again, along with other heat qualifiers in Monday’s city final! Well done!

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New Age Kurling Competition – 10th February 2016

New Age Kurling is a very inclusive game, adapted from the Winter Sport of Kurling, where ‘stones’ are slid along the floor towards a target approximately 15metres away.

Our KS2 team, comprised of pupils from Year 3, 4 and 5 and the team had some practice sessions with Devon before the competition.

At the competition, the 8 children split into two teams of 4, with total points from each team’s fixtures added together to give an overall score for the school. After winning 4 matches and narrowly losing 4, our team scored a total of 25 points, meaning we finished in 4th place. The team performed brilliantly all afternoon, showing great sportsmanship, courage and teamwork skills to score highly in most games.

Results:

1st – St. Vincent de Paul – 33pts

2nd – Lister Juniors – 29pts

3rd – Longmoor – 26pts

4th – OLI – 25pts

5th – Kirkdale St. Lawrence – 20pts

Boys and Girls Football vs. St John’s – 05/02/16

This week’s football opponents were local rivals St John’s and the OLI crowd were out in force as lots of parents came to see both girls and boys teams in action.

The girls encounter was a league fixture, with 3 huge points at stake. After falling behind to a single goal, the OLI girls rallied back with two of their own to lead 2-1, Alexis Crieta showing off some silky skills to score a ‘Messi-esque’ goal, continuing her goalscoring heroics from last week against Wellesbourne Primary.

It could be argued that OLI’s main threat throughout the game was Akasha, and that her unfortunate early departure from the game resulted in St John’s scoring two more goals in reply to win a tight match 3-2, as Akasha’s passion and aggression was causing problems for St John’s all game. A massive well done to all the girls, especially Yusra and Isabel, who took on the toughest task of all, playing in goal!

On the next pitch, the boys had a friendly match, as ourselves and St John’s find ourselves in different leagues for the first time in a few years. Both teams played brilliant pass and move football, but it was St John’s who took the early advantage. OLI found it hard to get going and were caught on the break on many occasions, having Callum, Aiden and Sean to thank for last minute saves and blocks. Despite, the well organised defence, St John’s scored an early goal, direct from a free kick to make it 1-0. A sleepy midfield allowed some excellent 1-2’s to be played, as St John’s slotted home a second from a tight angle, giving ‘keeper Callum no chance.

Into the second half, OLI found their rhythm and were much more comfortable on the ball. Eryk replaced Callum in goal and found very little to do, other than a few routine catches. Neat footwork ensued, and soon an OLI goal would come, from the swinging boot of Connor Powell, tucking home after a lovely interchange between OLI’s forward players.

Sean and Michee found themselves on the end of hopeful St John’s clearances, to bring the possession back to OLI on many occasions. The final minutes were end-to-end, but as a ball fell kindly to Michee on the edge of the box, he struck a sweet shot in to the top left hand corner of the goal, making the last minute equaliser feel like a winner!

The boys and girls can be very proud of themselves this weekend, as they kept spirits high throughout the game and ensured that their attitude towards each other, the opposition and the officials was outstanding.

Year 3 and 4 Key Steps Gymnastics – 03/02/16

A great all round performance from our gymnasts this afternoon at Holy Trinity Primary School, Garston. We split into two teams, with two girls and two boys in each team.

Our first routine, was body management, ensuring that we showed control of our bodies through a variety of moves and holds. Secondly, we completed our floor routines, starting at one end of a series of mats, finishing at the other. Finally, we took on the vault, with two attempts per child. An approach, entry, travel and dismount was graded before the final scores were announced.

Our two teams placed 8th and 9th out of 11 schools, with some outstanding individual performances from our pupils in all areas. Well done!

Boys and Girls U11’s Football vs. Wellesbourne – 28th January 2016

Last night, our boys and girls football teams were both victorious against Wellesbourne Primary School. The girls won 3-1, with two goals from Akasha and one goal from Alexis and the boys ran out 12-1 winners, with goals from Kian, Sonny and Joel.

Both teams played extremely well and can be really proud of their efforts. Thank you to the parents who braved the cold to come and support too!

Year 3/4 Sportshall Athletics @ North Liverpool – 10th December 2015

This week, Miss Logan and Miss Stinson took a team of 16 Year 3 and 4 boys and girls to take part in the Year 3 and 4 Indoor Athletics competition, held at North Liverpool Academy. Five teams took part in the heat and OLI managed to finish in a commendable 3rd place, matching the result of the Year 5 and 6 team a month earlier.

A variety of events make up the competition, such as; standing long jump, standing triple jump, lap races, relay races, vertical jump and chest push and our team performed well enough to win some of the events.

Well done to all of our team, who will hopefully make the step up to the Year 5 and 6 team in the next two years.

Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics @ North Liverpool Academy – Monday 9th November 2015

An exciting afternoon of athletics took place at North Liverpool Academy today, with our team pitted against St. Cuthbert’s, St. Theresa’s and Whitfield in the second of six heats in the North Liverpool competition.

Never once coming last, our team raced, jumped and threw brilliantly all afternoon, posting some impressive scores and scintillating team displays! Unfortunately that wasn’t even to see us through to the next round of the competition, but all pupils, who supported and cheered each other on, can be proud of their efforts.

Results:

1st St. Cuthbert’s

2nd St. Theresa’s

3rd OLI

4th Whitefield

4 x 1 lap over and under relay:

Harriet, Alexis, Madison and Eve (2nd)

Lucas, Kian, Eryk and Joel (1st)

Standing Long Jump:

Mkenzie (1.52m), Isabel (1.68m), James (1.7m) and Sonny (1.64m)

Standing Triple Jump:

Madison, Eve (4.02m), James (5.7m) and Sonny (4.2m)

Vertical Jump:

Katie, Madison, Mikey (102cm) and Derry (89cm)

1 lap race:

Mkenzie (3rd), Isabel (3rd), Derry (3rd) and Eryk (2nd)

2 lap race:

Eve (3rd), Alexis (1st), Lucas (1st), Sean (3rd)

6 lap paarlauf relay race:

Alexis and Akasha (3rd), Joel and Eryk (2nd)

4 x 1 lap relay race:

Madison, Mkenzie, Isabel and Akasha (2nd)

Eryk, Joel, Lucas and Derry (3rd)

Chest push:

Isabel (8.5m), Akasha (11m), Sean (10m) and Mikey.

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Year 2 Matball Competition – Wednesday 4th November 2015 – Fazakerley High School

Well done to our Year 2 Matball team who managed to secure a 4th place finish, on Wednesday, at Fazakerley High School.

Despite losing the first game, OLI went on to win their remaining games, even producing a 9-0 win along the way!

Finishing 2nd in their group sent them into the semi-finals, with only a narrow defeat ending their hopes of a win.

Well done to all of the team – Mrs Finnegan and Mrs O’Leary were so proud to see you play so well!

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Girl’s U11’s Football – Wednesday 21st October 2015

In a pulsating league match against Barlows County Primary School our girls were very unfortunate to narrowly lose 4-3. Fielding a young and inexperienced team, Mr. Cotton, deputising for Mr. Garth, was hugely impressed by the efforts of the girls.

For some of the players it was the first time they had represented the school in a competitive match and early nerves were evident.

At half-time the girls faced an uphill battle to reduce a three goal deficit. However, despite Barlows scoring a fourth, the fightback was on.

Firstly, Akasha thumped one in from the edge of the box after shrugging off the attentions of three defenders. She quickly added a second, a close range effort after a sustained period of OLI pressure.

Isabel then joined her on the scoresheet, improvising well and using her knee to force the ball over the line, setting the game up for an exciting final few minutes.

After some intense pressure from the OLI girls, Akasha went agonisingly close with the last kick of the game, when her fierce right footed strike hit the outside of the post.

So although it was a defeat, there were many positives to take from the game, and all of the girls deserve huge credit for their fighting spirit and their efforts to run Barlows so close.

Mr. Cotton

Cross Country at Stanley Park – 19th October 2015

After the weekend’s success, at the Blue Run in Everton Park, our cross country team headed to Stanley Park for the re-arranged event from last month.

A difficult course, with some deceptively steep inclines made it tough for all competitors, but our team came through strongly with some personal best finishes in both the boys and girls teams.

The success of the the cross country team, shows how much hard work and dedication they have to the sport, as well as showing how important it is to stay fit and healthy throughout the year. Our daily mile event at school is proving ever more popular and is proof that results are easy to come by, when you put some hard work in yourself.

Well done to all the team who raced as we look forward to a well earned winter rest, with the final two events being held in February and March.

Results:

Eryk: 16th

Joel: 25th

Sean: 42nd

Lucas: 63rd

Callum 68th

 

Alexis: 44th

Eve: 45th

Holly Sp.: 52nd

Akasha: 56th

Paige: 57th

 

Year 3/4 Girls Tag-Rugby

A group of very enthusiastic Year 3 and 4 girls have just completed a half term programme of tag-rugby coaching, with Ale, linked with Waterloo Rugby Club. The pupils have developed their skills and have also shown an excellent understanding of the game. It is hoped that some girls will move across to Waterloo Rugby Club’s junior section at the weekends, to further develop their existing rugby talent.

This tag-rugby project is aimed at girls becoming more involved in competitive sport with next half term’s programme for Year 5 and 6 girls. Our Lady Immaculate is supporting ‘This Girl Can’, a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

Well done to all of our girls who have taken part so far!

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Year 3/4 Quicksticks – 14th October 2015

Our quicksticks team have been training hard during their PE lessons, with Devon, and that truly paid off today, with a second placed finish in the tournament at Archbishop Beck Tennis Centre.

Special mention must go to Dylan who, although everyone performed brilliantly throughout the tournament, kept the whole team going and provided the team with many goals.

Results:

OLI vs. Sacred Heart: 1-1

OLI vs. Whitefield: 1-1

OLI vs. St. Vincent de Paul: 0-0

OLI vs. St. Pauls ‘A’: 11-1

OLI vs. Lister Juniors ‘A’: 1-1

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Cross Country – Clarke’s Gardens 8th October 2015

Another fantastic evening for cross country came with splendid performances from all of the team. Each week at training, improvements from every pupil can be seen and it is definitely showing in the cross country league performances. Well done to everyone who took part this week, as half of the cross country calendar is now complete.

Boys:

Eryk – 12th

Joel – 31st

Lucas – 39th

Sean – 65th

Callum – 86th

Michee – 94th

Girls:

Eve – 51st

Alexis – 57th

Holly – 61st

Akasha – 70th

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Cross Country – 22nd September 2015

The second cross country event in the calendar was held at Newsham Park this evening, with OLI fielding a boys and girls team once again. Eryk showed that last weeks 27th place finish was no fluke, with a 6 place improvement, finishing in 21st. First through for the girls was Eve, improving by 15 places, in 63rd place.

Well done to first timers James and Harriet, who raced very well considering they are 1 year younger than most of the competition. The third event will be held at Stanley Park next week.

Boys:

Eryk Kowara: 21st

Lucas O’Brien: 60th

Sean Harris: 69th

James Wamulo: 70th

Girls:

Eve Power: 63rd

Alexis Crieta: 78th

Paige Critchley: 79th

Akasha Low Koan: 87th

Harriet Guy: 88th

Cross Country – 17th September 2015

The Cross Country season kicked off at Wavertree this week, with OLI taking part after a a term’s worth of training sessions in the summer. Both boys and girls were represented by Year 6 pupils, in the intermediate schools’ races. Over half of the schools in Liverpool were in attendance, meaning over 80 pupils took to the field in each race, with some exceptionally talented runners from around the city.

All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed their first competitive cross country race and all are determined to beat their placings from this race next week at Newsham Park.

Our first runners home were Eryk (27th) and Holly (51st).

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Year 5 Mixed Cricket – 2nd July 2015

Another fantastic day of cricket, this time for our Year 5 team. Some pupils from our Y5/6 team represented us once again with new additions from our Monday after school club.

The team, managed by Mr. Southworth, performed brilliantly, topping their group after beating Leamington (281), Windsor (275) and Holy Family. Into the knock out rounds and the team posted their highest score to date, beating All Saints (310) to face Lister in the quarter-finals.

Lister were beaten (279) to set up a semi-final clash vs. Childwall C of E. A relatively low score of 239 was enough to win, pitting us against St Vincent de Paul in the day’s final.

Unfortunately, the team ran out of steam, narrowly missing out on a place in the County Finals, held in Preston, next week.

A fantastic effort from the whole team made Mr. Southworth, and the rest of the school, extremely proud. With the success of the Year 6 and Year 5 teams this year, hopefully this will inspire many more of our pupils to take up cricket with a local club.

KS1 Virtual Sports Competition – June 2015

All pupils in KS1 have been taking part in a sports competition this month. First, they are competing against each other (Level 1 competition) to see who is the best at balancing, bouncing, catching, launching, pitching, striking and skipping. Each child receives a total scores for all of the above skills combined.

These scores are then sent off to the Liverpool School Sports Partnership, who takes in results from all participating schools across Liverpool (Level 2 competition). Then, individual and school winners will be announced.

We have four individual winners from each of our KS1 classes:

Mrs Bowcock’s class: Aaliyah = 117

Mrs McCarty’s class: Luke = 82

Miss Hughes’ class: Evie = 102

Miss Kennedy’s class: Tope = 104

Click the link below to see the full results.

LSSP KS1 Virtual Competition Results OLI

KS2 Tri-Golf – 18th June 2015

Congratulations to our KS2 Tri-Golf team, who won their competition at Cropteth Hall on Thursday! The school was represented by pupils from across KS2, with everyone of them performing excellently!

A special mention goes to Joe, who scored crucial points in the final round to ultimately win the competition for OLI. Well done golfers!!

Y5/6 Cricket City Finals – Tuesday 16th June 2015

Well done to our Y5/6 Cricket team who came 6th in the city finals today at Sefton Park Cricket Club. The team faced a huge task, playing against excellent teams who came through their area competitions last week.

Unfortunately, the team didn’t register a win, but through getting some points on the board, made it to 6th out of 8th on the day, but more importantly, 6th in the city of Liverpool which is an amazing achievement.

Results:

Pool A:

Belle Vale 318 – 192 OLI

OLI 215 – 305 Sacred Heart

OLI 245 – 320 Our Lady Bishop Eton

Quarter Final:

Christ the King 312 – 221 OLI

Y5/6 Boys Cricket – Thursday 11th June 2015

A lovely day for cricket at Alder Cricket Club today and one which ended in success! Drawn in Group B, alongside Belle Vale and Lister Juniors, the day got off to an unfortunate losing start.

OLI set a respectable score of 253 and believed that was a tough score to beat. Belle Vale put us to the sword, scoring 288 runs to top the table. Next up was Lister Juniors, who were put in to bat first, after Joel won the coin toss. Lister didn’t live up to expectations, only scoring 209. Knowing a victory here would send us into the next round, the team posted a score of 262 runs to show their dominance.

After a friendly match vs. Christ the King showed us that the cricket standard in the city is very high, we went through to the next round to play St Anthony of Padua, who won their group. Event organisers called us the rank outsiders, but that didn’t mean anything. We fielded first, losing some of the positive bowling and fielding prowess from earlier games, and St Anthony of Padua made a good score of 251. We knew what we had to do… and took it a step further, with a number of 4’s and 6’s from James and Joel taking our final total to 280!

This win meant a place in the city finals on Tuesday was ours, alongside 3 other excellent schools from today’s tournament, and others from around the city. Every member of the team contributed with bat and ball and going into next weeks finals as underdogs is exactly what we want!!

OLI 253 – 288 Belle Vale

OLI 262 – 209 Lister

OLI 280 – 251 St Anthony of Padua

LSSP Y5/6 High 5 Netball – Wednesday 3rd June 2015

OLI 0 – 0 St Anthony of Padua

OLI 1 – 1 Belvedere Prep

OLI 4 – 0 Childwall C of E

OLI 1 – 2 St Sebastians

Overall 5th place.

LSSP Y5/6 Quadkids Competition – Wednesday 20th May 2015

 
  1. King David                            1,417
  2. Sudley Juniors                      1,338
  3. St Oswalds                           1,386
  4. Lister Juniors                        1,310
  5. Booker Juniors                      1,304
  6. St Cuthberts                          1,295
  7. St Sebastians                       1,270
  8. Holy Trinity                            1,259
  9. St Vincent de Paul                 1,220
  10. Longmoor                              1,195
  11. St Nicholas                            1,109
  12. Sacred Heart                          1,104
  13. Blueberry Park                        1,098
  14. Holy Name                             1,079
  15. Florence Melly                        1,068
  16. Leamington                            1,053
  17. Arnot St Marys                       1,041
  18. Gwladys St                            1,035
  19. St Johns                                996
  20. New Park                               991
  21. Gwladys St                            924
  22. Our Lady Immaculate            889
  23. St Anne Stanley                     759

Liverpool International Handball Tournament – Friday 22nd May 2015

After lunch time training sessions leading to an inter-school competition in the Spring term, we were invited to take part in the Liverpool International Handball Tournament on Friday. Over the course of the weekend, male, female and wheelchair senior teams from all over Europe came to the Greenbank Sports Academy for the tournament, which began with a primary and secondary school tournament on Friday.

Taking two mixed teams of boys and girls, we managed a 2nd and 3rd placed finish with all the children involved having a brilliant time! We hope to have host another tournament at our school in July and hopefully we will be invited back to the LIHT next year, stronger than ever!

OLI A 2 – 1 OLI B

OLI B 1 – 0 The Trinity

OLI A 0 – 0 The Trinity

OLI A 0 – 3 St John’s

OLI B 0 – 6 St John’s

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KS2 Highland Games @ North Liverpool Academy – 27th April 2015

Well done to our KS2 team, finishing third in the Scottish and Celtic culturally inspired Highland Games.

The Highland Games consist 8 games which test pupils’ all round physical ability: tossing the caber, standing long jump, highland steps, weight for distance, throwing for distance, 6 x 10m kilt dash, shot put and javelin.

OLI finished the competition with 260 points and will be looking to further improve on this next year!

Year 5/6 Pop Lacrosse Tournament @ Toxteth FireFit Hub – 23rd April 2015

A team of Year 5 pupils took to Toxteth FireFit hub yesterday to take part in their first Lacrosse competition. The team had a practise session with coaches, then played 4 matches in total, winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 2.

Jessica and Ian got themselves amongst the goals in what is a very difficult and different sport to what the children are used to.

OLI 0 – 1 Barlows

OLI 2 – 2 Kirkdale

OLI 0 – 3 Sacred Heart

OLI 1 – 0 Kirkdale.

Player of the tournament – Ian Gee.

Year 3/4 Water Polo @ Wavertree Aquatics Centre – 31st March 2015

A team weakened by 2 illnesses proved to be a strong unit in the water, as OLI recorded 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. The Year 3/4 competition is always a great taster for pupils in Lower Key Stage Two, into the spirit of inter-school games competition. It can act as a great stepping stone into the more frequent tournaments in Year 5 and 6.

Well done to all of our team today!

OLI 6 – 1 Much Woolton

OLI 1 – 5 Dovedale

Rudston B 2 – 2 OLI

OLI 4 – 0 Rudston B

Rudston A 2 – 2 OLI

Handball Competition – 27th March 2015

Last month, we were extremely lucky to be offered some Handball coaching at lunchtimes, by two specialist coaches. Jack and Andy delivered Handball-based activities to our Year 5 and 6 pupils, allowing them to choose a squad to take part in tournament with local schools.

The competition was a huge success, both on and off the pitch, as children were inspired to take up a new sport as well engaging some children who may not have otherwise taken part. Unfortunately, one school could not attend, so it was left to ourselves and Holy Cross to compete for 1st place. Three games were played overall, with Holy Cross winning one and OLI winning 2!

The whole team played brilliantly, utilising their individual strengths to form a rock-solid team who stuck to their game plan to defeat Holy Cross. It was very hard to choose a ‘player of the tournament’ as everyone played so well, but without some vital contributions from one player, the scoreline could have been very different…

Derry, after volunteering to play the second game in goal, made a brave and courageous save in the first few minutes to deny Holy Cross what seemed like a certain goal. This spurred the rest of the team on to win the match convincingly. In the third match, when it seemed like Holy Cross would make a comeback, he then denied another goal with a snapshot save from a close range shot.

We hope to host another competition in the summer term and with a newly formed link with Liverpool Handball Club and England Handball, we will see the sport of handball go from strength to strength in our school and the local community.

UKS2 Swimming Gala – 23rd March 2015

With the Swimming Gala becoming ever-more popular with schools across the city, the Gala is now split into separate boys and girls competitions. We have had some success in previous swimming galas and this year our team performed extremely well.

Our girls team managed a 3rd place finish, with the boys finishing in 5th. Unfortunately, the ’50m Front Crawl’ races were cancelled, events which we felt to be a strong point within our team. Sean, Caitlin and Eve came in 2nd place in the ’25m Back Stroke’ and ’25m Breast Stroke’ events, respectively.

The whole team (including staff!) really enjoyed the event, some even coming back with sore throats from cheering #TeamOLI on!!

Next up to represent the school in the pool, KS1 on Thursday and LKS2 next week.

Friday 20th March 2015 – Girls U11’s Football vs. St Johns.

A fast paced match between to youthful teams, ended with a 4-1 win for St Johns. The first half was extremely even, and only 1 goal for St Johns separated the game at half time. Katie’s shot-stopping in the OLI goal kept the scoreline within our reach, with a number of fine saves. Unfortunately, a lack of closing down attackers meant that Katie could do very little to stop further goals going in. Some great last ditch defending from all the team kept the game close for long periods and brilliant debut displays from Kirandeep, Paige and Mkenzie hold bright hope for the future.

MOM: Katie

Friday 13th March 2015 – Girls U11’s Football vs. Barlows.

Another excellent game against Barlows unfortunately ended in defeat for us. The game was played in brilliant spirit by both teams, with Barlows running out 4-1 winners. The first half was quite even, a few chances both ways saw only 1 goal separating the teams at half time.

In the second half, Grace managed to get an equaliser after a fantastic through-ball by Keira. Barlows had the majority of the second half possession and this lead to three further goals to put the game out of reach for us.

We had a number of debutants in the fixture, with Alexis, Eve, Keira, Wiam and Akasha all stepping into the team and all performing very well. Akasha’s display in the heart of the defence showed that she is a natural on the football field and earned her a well deserving player of the match.

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Tuesday 24th February 2015 – Anfield Mini-League

Four Oaks 15 v 4 OLI (match report courtesy of LFC)

A fantastic game this week in the mini league as Four Oaks beat OLI to climb up the table. This was a game of real quality and both sides can be proud of their efforts. The match began in a quick manner and it was Four Oaks who were on the front foot and eager to make their efforts pay. They were rewarded when Bradley gave them a lead with a good finish into the bottom corner. OLI hit back immediately thanks to a strike by Joel, and this was followed by a period of dominance from them, and only for a couple of fine saves from the opposition keeper, they would have took the lead. Four Oaks responded to their goalkeepers fine play by going up the other end and scoring two goals right before half time courtesy of James and Jack. Into the second half and Four Oaks were once again on the score sheet thanks to Andrew and another from Jack. OLI, to their credit, didn’t give up and continued to play their football. They grabbed a few goals back with Ian and Joel scoring but this proved too little too late as Four Oaks extended their lead further with more goals as the full time whistle approached.

OLI MOTM: Joel Smith

Dance success!

Miss Boyd’s team of Year 5 and 6 dancers took to the stage at North Liverpool Academy today to show off their interpretation of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk. A fusion of funk and street dance saw the team take first place in the competition, beating a host of schools from the city.

The team, under Miss Boyd’s direction, have worked extremely hard this half term and, having shown their dance to the whole school in preparation for the competition, they proved how much talent is on offer at OLI.

Hopefully the team will go on to win the school (present and future) and their own dance clubs more trophies in the non too distant future.

Well done to all the team and Miss Boyd for putting in the hours of practise to make the whole school proud!

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Year 5/6 Dodgeball Competition @ De la Salle Academy

Tuesday 20th January 2015

The Year 5/6 Dodgeball team had lots to shout about after a very successful afternoon!

Out of the three fixtures played, our team won 2 matches and lost 1, sending them through to a semi-final vs. Whitefield. Success in this fixture (W 3-2) meant a final meeting between Our Lady & St Swithins, a team which beat us in the first fixture of the day. Unfortunately, the previous result could not be overturned as OLSS won the overall tournament with a 4-1 victory.

Miss Coakley and Miss Gallagher were extremely positive about all of the children’s performances and the whole school are very proud of their achievement.

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Year 2 Matball Competition

Monday 12th January 2014 @ Archbishop Blanch

Today’s Matball tournament was a first for the school and for our Year 2 pupils taking part. Matball is a game similar to benchball, using mats. The team tried really well but came up against some of the top schools in the city:

St Pauls 4 – 0 OLI

OLI 1 – 6 Our Lady St Swithins

OLI 0 – 4 St Cuthberts

Well done to the whole team and we hope to see them representing our school again in the future. Team: Luke, Tom, Kane, Daniel, Thomas, Ava, Summer, Evie, Callie and Amelia.

Tuesday 6th January 2015

OLI 1 v 11 St Margarets (Match report courtesy of LFC)

The mini league was back under way after the Christmas break and we had OLI v St Margaret’s at the Anfield Sports & Community Centre. This was a committed game from both sides but it was St Margarets who took the deserved victory. They started the game strongly and were soon ahead courtesy of a great goal by Mikey. He dribbled through the OLI backline and finished into the bottom corner. This lead was soon doubled by Sam who finished off a lovely team move before Mikey got his second of the game. Before half time OLI grabbed a goal thanks to a good finish by Cameron, he followed up after the St Margaret’s keeper had parried a shot. Into the second half and St Margaret’s again started quickly and Sam got his second of the game with a break away goal. OLI to their credit never gave up and continued to battle on and encourage each other and their goalkeeper, Nadim, made some fantastic saves. Further goals from St Margaret’s courtesy of Darren, Dominic and a fine solo effort from Mikey stretched their lead and gave them a valuable three points.

OLI MOM: Nadim.

Year 5 and 6 Water Polo @ Wavertree Aquatics Centre – 15th December 2014

Our past Water Polo exploits have seen us win the tournament in recent years and this years team did very well to try and repeat that. 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat left us 2pts away from a semi-final place with excellent performances throughout. Holly took to the game like a duck to water, scoring 4 goals to show she has some hidden skills for Water Polo! Goals also came from across the team, with Paul, Sean and Alex also getting on the score sheet.

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Jamie Carragher Soccer School

Last night saw the end of Jamie Carragher after school football sessions for this term. Carl, the coach, commented on how far the boys in the current group have come with regards to teamwork, hardwork and determination. In the 8 weeks he has been coaching, they have become much more attentive and are beginning to work together through improved concentration and communication. Well done to all the boys involved this term.
Jamie Carragher Soccer SchoolGirls U11’s Cup Football vs. Barlows

A thoroughly entertaining game in the second round of the cup ended in defeat for OLI. The game was much closer than the 4-2 scoreline suggests, with OLI dominating for large periods of the game. Katie in the OLI goal was fantastic, keeping the team in the game on numerous occasions. The match saw debut appearances for Sarah and Elle and they performed as if they have been in the team as long as the other girls. Half-time saw OLI 2-0 down, with two unstoppable goals from the Barlow’s girls.

The formation was kept the same in the second half and as it progressed, OLI created more and more chances and looked the more likely team to score. This persistence paid off, as an untimely handball from a Barlow’s defender, saw the referee award a penalty kick to OLI. Grace stepped up and smashed the ball through the keepers’ hands to reduce the scoreline to 2-1. Once again, all the possession was with OLI but the dominance was short lived, as Barlows hit back to make it 3-1.

A more fluid passing game was beginning to surface and this allowed Grace a run through on goal. A rasping shot caught the ‘keeper unawares, bringing OLI back into the game. Late on, a corner was awarded to Barlows and although it seemed to pose no immediate danger, OLI could not get rid of the ball and it bounced off numerous legs, into the goal.

The final score of 4-2 is harsh on OLI, but the girls can take lots of positives into a rematch in the league fixture, later in the school year.

Anfield Mini League 11th November 2014

All Saints 2 v 2 OLI (match report courtesy of LFC)

A very close game this week in the mini league as All Saints and OLI fought out a draw at the Anfield Sports & Community Centre. As the score line suggests, this game was nervy throughout with both sides solid in defence in keeping the goals down to a minimum, which is notoriously hard to do in small sided football. The game began surprisingly fast as both sides attacked at will and peppered the goals with shots, and special mention must go to both goalkeepers who pulled off some great saves. The games first goal belonged to James of All Saints who finished well into the bottom corner after a quick break. This was cancelled out by Patrick of OLI just before the half time whistle. After the break, both sides tried their best to keep possession of the football and make their opponents run, this worked well for All Saints who regained the lead courtesy of a strike from Harry. As the full time whistle approached, OLI bounced back once again thanks to another goal by Patrick who grabbed his side a point. A fantastic match!

Year 2 Gymnastics Festival @ Lister Infants – 17th October 2014

Children progressed from their level 1 competition with our gymnastics coach, Jane, to represent the school in the level 2 competition at Lister school. After a succession of rolls and balances, the judges deemed our teams performance good enough for 3rd place. All of the team were delighted with the result and all of the school are extremely proud of their efforts!

Year 5 Indoor Athletics competition @ NLA – 13th October 2014

4th place in the Athletics heats was the follow up to the teams 3rd place performance from last year. Some new additions to the team came through the level 1 competition run over the course of two after school sessions, brought the team some new life. Some team members went above and beyond their expectations by stepping into fill in for other members of the team at short notice. The children were understandably disappointed to not make it through to the city finals, but fully enjoyed their experience nonetheless.

U11 Boy’s Football vs. Our Lady and St Swithins (Cup) – 15th October 2014

The first round of the northern cup section made for an enthralling game, with 7 goals shared. Chances at either end littered the game, but with OLI failing to convert their chances, OL&SS raced into a 5-0 lead. Once again, the final 5 minutes brought out the best of OLI, with the boys narrowing the scoreline with 2 goals of their own. On a very big pitch, OLI played fantastically, with through balls the best way to penetrate the oppositions defence. The whole team stepped up their game from last week and everyone contributed to a great team performance. (L 5-2)

MOM: Lucas

Goalscorers: Harry and Ian.

U11 Boy’s Football vs. Holy Name – 8th October 2014

Our first game of the league season was a huge test for our young team. The boys have been playing together for only a few weeks and will take the experience of this game into future performances. Despite creating a flurry of chances in the last 5 minutes, OLI spent most of the time defending, but failed to gain a consolation goal which they deserved. (L 4-0)

MOM: Sean

Anfield Mini League 16th September 2014

Anfield Juniors 10 v 2 OLI (match report courtesy of LFC) 

The new mini league season kicked of in style at the Anfield Sports & Community Centre as last years champions, OLI were defeated by Anfield Juniors. The game started in a blistering pace as both sides were eager to stamp their mark on the game, and tackles where crunching in left, right and centre. It was Anfield Juniors who went ahead courtesy of Michael, with a lovely finish on the break. OLI cancelled this out with a goal by Cameron; he finished off a great move with a shot into the bottom corner. In the lead up to half time, Anfield Juniors went ahead and then increased their lead with goals from Ethan, Dylan and further strikes by Michael. Into the second half and the tempo was still high with both sides showing no signs of letting up. It was OLI who scored the first goal of the second half courtesy of Joel, a great finish into the top corner. They continued to batter Anfield’s goal trying to get back into the game but thanks to goalkeeper Jack, who made some fine saves, they were able to stay in front. As the full time whistle approached, Anfield Juniors further extended their lead to put the game out of sight and give them an opening game three points.

MOTM: Michael (Anfield Jnrs)