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Y Pant pupils in the Maindy Flyers Velothon Wales Youth Circuit

The weekend of 21st and 22nd May saw over ten thousand cyclists descend on Cardiff`s Civic Centre for the now annual Velothon Wales.  The vast majority of these, including two of Y Pant`s teaching staff, were there to test themselves on the demandingly hilly, yet beautiful terrain of south-east Wales. On the face of it Mr. Mitchell and Senor Pelaez were participating as part of their training routine for the upcoming challenge of cycling from Tenby, via Porthcawl, to Cardiff this weekend.  It is more likely however that they were more interested in fantasising about Tour de France victories as they cycled past the thousands upon thousands of spectators who lined the 140 kilometre route cheering them on enthusiastically!

Putting our MAMILS (Google it) to the back of our mind though Y Pant had much more to celebrate during the weekend. Two of our most talented sportspersons were in action on the Saturday. Elynor Backstedt and James Codd were taking  part in the Maindy Flyers Velothon Wales Youth Circuit. This was a series of races around the Civic Centre which served as the second round of the British National Youth Circuit Series. James and Elynor are Year 9 pupils and were competing in the under 16, Youth A age group. The conditions were appalling with heavy, and at times torrential, rain throughout. The roads being so wet as well being extremely twisty meant that there were several crashes but the pace remained scarily fast.  It was amazing to see the speeds that these young riders attained, riding for over an hour at a pace that most cyclists would be unable to attain for more than a few seconds. James put in a creditable performance, keeping up with the leading group for a good time but was ultimately unsuccessful. Elynor, however came in in fourth place and sees her retain her second place in the current standings. Chapeau to both!  Why not make your way down to Cardiff next year to see for yourself? You may even catch a glimpse of Senor Pelaez in his lycra!

Mr Ian Mitchell

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Girls Football Squad at Cardiff City

On the 4th May the force wasn’t only strong with Star Wars fans. Y Pant Girls Football squad were in force down at Cardiff City Stadium celebrating what has been a fantastic year for girl’s football, in more ways than one.

During the 2016 football season Y Pant has achieved great success, with upwards of 20 girls in Key stage 3 regularly attending football training on a Wednesday evening.

These girls, some of whom had never kicked a football until joining school, have now gone on to achieve both team and individual success.

Girls have now gone on to join local clubs meaning they are now playing football on a weekly basis after showing a passion for football during school sessions.

Team success was also achieved with the girls 6 a side team winning the South West Region of the National Football League Competition.  This was held at Cardiff City and the girls went on to represent Cardiff City Football Club in the regional finals.

Two teams were also entered in to the RCT 5×60 football competition with one team narrowly missing out on the knock out stages on goal difference. The other team went on to winning the competition.

A good run in the Welsh Cup was also had this year with the school making history and reaching the semi final of the cup for the first time. Unfortunately we missed out in a close fought match, 2-1 to  Ysgol Glantaff.

More individual success was achieved during the season with 3 girls being invited to train with Cardiff City Football club at their girls Development Centre.

All round this has been a fantastic year for girl’s football at Y Pant with girl’s participation, pathways and also individual and team success.

The trip was a great way to end the season. During the trip to Cardiff City Stadium, the girls got a behind the scenes tour of the stadium. They also were able to participate in a football session run by Cardiff city Coaches and also try ‘street soccer’ for the first time.

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Y Pant -v- Bryn Celynnog

Year 7 played their second home game Tuesday, against local rivals Bryn Celynnog. It was an extremely tight game. The first half consisted of few chances, the best of which fell to Bryn Celynnog – however the shot was dragged wide. After a half time team talk Y Pant came out very determined and began to really pressure Bryn high up the pitch. This pressure eventually worked, the ball won back by Zander L and a through ball played to Josh B who calmly finished it. The remaining time was played out in the same fashion as the first – but another victory for Year 7 and another clean sheet.

A Thriller in Treorchy

Y Pant, the reigning RCT champions won a closely fought and physical contest against bitter rivals Treorchy.

In a tight first half Y Pant went one-nil up thanks to the goal machine Iwan Jenkins. The away team continued on their pursuit for more goals and went further ahead through the goal machine.

Treorchy levelled the score with two quick goals due to schoolboy defending from Y Pant. A goal a piece from both sides locked the game into a draw and as we were heading into the dramatic penalty shoot out, a Cory Sibley wonder strike from ten yards sealed the victory for the reigining champions to the dismay of the home supporters.

Well done to the squad of players who have now reached the semi-finals of the RCT cup for the second successive year.

Scorers for Y Pant were;

Iwan Jenkins (3)

Cory Sibley (1)

Man of the Match for Y Pant was Conan Flower

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Y Pant v Hawthorn

It was the first game on the new 3G for the Y Pant’s year 7 football team and a chance to progress further into the RCT Cup.

The conditions were perfect for Y-Pant’s quick passing game, with lots of rain making the ball slip along the surface quickly.  

Y Pant started very quickly with Chris finishing off a through ball from Iestyn P.  and then grabbing another minutes later. The back four for Y Pant looked calm on the ball and dealt with Hawthorn’s attempts to counter attack. When one of these attacks finally broke through Owen Jones, who had little to do all game made a superb one on one stop.  Lewis C grabbed the 3rd before Matthew Tozer bulldozed his way through Hawthorn defence, with a few step overs before calmly rounding the keeper and slotting the ball away. The final goal was added by Chris S, who’d just come back on the field. A brilliant corner swung in was met by a fantastic header that looped into the left corner. That was a hat-rick for Chirs and 5-0 to Y Pant.

A solid back four, hard working midfield and dynamic front two made calling Man of the match a very tough decision, as all members of the squad played a key part in the victory. However MOTM goes to Iestyn Phillips for a very mature performance in midfield. Not only going forward and playing key through balls but in tracking back and helping the back four to ensure we kept our clean sheet.

Overall then a pleasing first game from the team, the work ethic and determination to win suggests a promising future ahead. Congratulations Year 7.

 

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The Dream is Over for Another Year

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Y Pant, the Mid Glamorgan champions were defeated by the reigning Welsh champions Glantaf, in a 2-0 defeat at Cardiff Metropolitan University pitch.

In a closely fought contest, the teams were even going into the half time interval. With ten minutes remaining of the second half, Glantaf broke the deadlock with a hotly disputed goal. As Y Pant searched for the equaliser, a set piece from Glantaf broke the hearts of galliant losers.

Well done to the squad of players who reached the last sixteen of the Welsh cup for the second successive season.

Man of the match for Y Pant was Dafydd Price.

Girls’ Cardiff City Football League

On the 26th of November 2015,  5 Year 7 girls and 3 Year 8 girls made up the u13 Y Pant girls 6 a side team to represent the school in the Cardiff City National Football league competition.

The competition was split in to two groups comprising of 8 teams in each group.  Y Pant were drawn in pool 2. They began their group stages at a slow but steady pace, with an initial 1-1 draw with local rivals Porth County Comprehensive school.

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Results gradually improved throughout the day, with the girls picking up the pace of play and playing to their potential. This resulted in the girls winning the remainder of their pool games, playing some great football and scoring some fantastic goals along the way.

When all the pool games where complete,  4 teams progressed  to the knockout stages of the competition.  Whitecross (Hereford), Rhymney Comprehensive School qualified from Pool 1 and Y Pant and Porth County from pool 2 with Y Pant topping the group on goal difference.

Following these results in the Semi Final first place played second in the corresponding group.

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Whitecross beat Porth convincingly in their semi.  The Semi Final between Y Pant and Rhymney was a much tighter affair.  After the 10min game time the score was 1-1, this meant it would take penalties to separate the team.

The girls showed great nerve under extreme pressure to step up and win the penalty shoot out 2-0 which meant Y Pant were through to the final.

The final was now between Y Pant and a very strong Whitecross team having won the competition for the past 3 years and very firm favourite at the beginning of the competition. There was a huge gulf in height between the two teams, but that’s all that separated the two teams with a very well contested final which was a worthy final to such a great day.

After an end to end game with both teams giving everything they had to the cause, Y Pant came out victorious with a well worked team goal to clinch the game 1-0.

The celebrations after the games were great to see and the excitement and jubilation having won the competition were evident. What made it even more rewarding for the girls is that the hard work they have put in training on a weekly basis had paid off. With this being the first football completion a number of the girls have competed in with some of girls having only taken up football at the start of the academic year.

This team will now go on to represent Cardiff City Football club in the Area final. This will be held in Exeter University on the 14th of January 2016.  They will now compete against other finalists who will also be representing there respective Football League clubs.

Pontypridd District Championship Finals

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On the 15th of April the Year Seven and Eight rugby teams went to the University of South Wales playing fields in Treforest to play their respective Pontypridd District Championship Finals. On a beautiful sunny day both teams came out as convincing and well deserved winners and champions.

The Year Sevens kicked off first against Garth Olwg which was a feast of running rugby by both sides. Garth Olwg’s rugby pedigree cannot be denied as they started strongly and ran the ball from deep but it was Y Pant who scored first with Conan Flower making a smart attack up a weakly defended blind side to put Iwan Jenkins into space and score first.  Another quick fire try from Y Pant appeared to show that Year Sevens were going to win comfortably but Garth Olwg’s flair and determination resulted in a stunning fight back to put them into the lead with the half time whistle fast approaching. However, Y Pant, who entered the final undefeated, then showed their resolve to claw back into the lead and start to turn the screw.

With great performances from Iwan Jenkins, Dafydd Price and man of the match, Ryan Wilkins, the flood gates began to open for Y Pant who began to score at will. With Seb Thomas and captain, Luke Bradwell, leading the charge in the forward pack Y Pant really opened up and finished the game as 43-24 winners and champions of the Pontypridd Schools District.

The Year Eight game against local rivals Bryn Celynnog followed ten minutes later. Similar to the Year Seven team the Year Eights were determined to run the ball, but this time with an emphasis on direct running at the Bryn Celynnog central defensive line. There were a number of boys from the Year Eight team who had toured Northern Ireland a few weeks previous and these boys picked up from where they left off at Ballynahinch RFC with a professional warm up, team run and attitude. Led by Number Eight Jamie Gill the Year Eights followed the game plan and earned the right to go wide. Rhys Jones and Sam Fletcher made good early yards for Y Pant as the early pressure started to mount and big carries eventually led to Ben Robinson scoring the first of his hat-trick. After Y Pant went three tries up a moment of madness set in for tight head prop Sam Fletcher who was rightly shown red for a strike with the foot to a Bryn player in a ruck. This lifted Bryn Celynnog’s spirit who began to assault the Y Pant line from the resulting penalty. However, Y Pant did not give up. Led by arguably the forward of the match, Kyle Harris, Y Pant turned over the ball and provided some relentless attacks. From this point the game never looked in doubt with strong attacks coming from Mitchell Jones, Griff Davies and man of the match, Dylan George, who bagged five tries altogether! With a few defensive mishaps Y Pant finished the game 59-26 winners. A deserving win for a team who were also undefeated in the regular league season.

Mr Mortimer, Mr Foley and Mr McConnell could not have had enough good words to say about the boys and their attitude and commitment throughout the day and season. They did themselves and the school proud.

Well done to all involved!

Cross Country Round-up

Cross Country Round-up

It has been a busy term for the school’s cross country runners. Pupils have been representing the school in several events across the region with many notable successes along the way.

The first event in the calendar was the Glamorgan Valleys Schools’ Cross Country Championships which took place at Newbridge Fields, Bridgend on Thursday 25th September. Boys and girls from Years 7 to 11 took part racing against pupils from 40 other schools. Top ten finishers in the boys’ Year 7 race were Cory Sibley 3rd and Seb Thomas 8th. In the Year 8/ 9 race Josh Lock finished 9th, whilst the Year 11 boys took team bronze. In the girls’ Year 10/11 race Bethan Evans finished 2nd and Naomi Reid 3rd; their performances helping to secure silver in the team competition.

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In October the South Wales Regional Schools Cross Country Championships took place at Trelai Park in Cardiff. There was stiff competition that included schools from Cardiff and the Vale.  During the girls’ races there was atrocious weather and competing became as much about completing the course as winning.

In the Year 10 race Naomi Reid finished 2nd, one second behind the winner. Bethan Evans in Year 11 also came second in her race.

On Saturday 15th November the 38th Welsh Schools Inter Schools Cross Country Championships were held in Brecon.  The event which is attended by schools from all over Wales proved very competitive.  Both Naomi and Bethan represented the school at this event with Bethan finishing 8th in the u-19 category and Naomi picking up the gold medal as she finished 1st in the u-15 race. The girls will be competing next in the Cardiff Cross Challenge on Sunday January 18th at Blackweir Fields Cardiff.

Y Pant Girls Excel at Sport!

We have some very talented sports women at Y Pant – several have recently been selected for county teams or won championships.

Under 14 County Netball Squad

Alys Edwards – year 7 (2 years earlier than anyone else)
Ffion Cooper – year 9
Niamh Coates – year 9
Aimee Williams – year 9
Ella Worgan – year 9
Ffion Cooper has also been selected for the Welsh Hub Development Squad!

Under 16 County Netball Squad

Charlotte Johnson

Under 18 County Netball Squad

Katherine Davies – year 13

Gymnastics

Bethan Grant in Year 8 competed in a gymnastics competition in September.  She won and is now the Welsh Final Champion in her category.
She competed against others in this area of Wales and the top five from all areas went to compete.
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