Netball and Rugby Tour to Canada
IN JULY 2000, Lymm High School's netball and rugby teams embarked on their first international venture with a Millennium Tour of Canada. A high standard of play in games is enjoyed by the School's teams, which boast junior county, regional and international players.
After twelve months of planning and fund-raising, thirteen netballers and thirty rugby players, accompanied by the Headteacher and four members of staff, left Manchester airport for Toronto.
Pupils, parents and staff had spent the preceding year raising a staggering £10,000 to help towards the cost of kit and equipment to ensure a 'professional' appearance on tour. The efforts included an 'auction of promises', where 'lots' varied from a car MOT to a weeks' holiday in Lanzarote, and a day's sailing to an evening's baby-sitting. We also did bag-packing at Asda and Sainsbury's over Christmas. Some members of staff also performed for the rest of the school in a karaoke competition (at a price!).
We stayed at Victoria University in Toronto. Besides the girls winning four of our six netball matches and the boys winning all four rugby matches, we had time to enjoy the sights of Canada. The boys had the chance to experience at first hand how the Canadians live, as they were hosted by their counterparts in Aurora. We visited the CN Tower, which was spectacular, and watched the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball. (We should have read up on the rules first!) We spent time shopping (a must for the girls!) and also visited a water park. From Toronto we went to Ottawa for a few days, one of which was spent white-water rafting on the Ottawa river. This fabulous experience was recorded on video for posterity.
We returned to Toronto for the last matches. The boys played the Toronto champions and we managed to scrape a win by one point in the dying seconds of the game! After a visit to the stunning Niagara Falls, it was time to return home.
All in all it was a wonderful time, which gave everyone the chance to meet new people, to become closer friends with those we already knew, and to see sights that, for most of us, are a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I can honestly say it was the best holiday I have ever been on, and I'm sure that most of the tour party would feel the same.
Lymm Oughtrington Park Cricket Club
2000 was a successful year for Lymm O.P., not only on the field, but also in that we were able to purchase our cherished ground. Both the First and Second teams gained a place in the Mellor Braggins First Division. The 1st. team won the League Knock-out Cup in a nail-biting final at Prestbury. The result could not have been closer, for the last ball clinched it!
We are pleased to report that the links between the Club and the School are thriving. Many of our current senior players are old students and some pupils also are performing well in senior teams.
Our Junior Section, of course, consists mainly of Lymm High School youngsters. The School First Eleven has the use of our ground on Wednesdays. A thriving club needs to expand its membership and we welcome new members at senior and junior level.
In addition to our serious Saturday League cricket there is a full programme of Sunday Friendly games. If you are interested in the Club in any way, please contact the Club Captain, Chris Oakes (Tel. 01925 752014) or myself, Bob Dougall (Tel. 01925 753003), Chairman.
Congratulations to the School Under 19's Netball Team who recently won the Cheshire Tournament.
THE SCHOOL is maintaining its county hockey tradition. Cheshire players include Suzie Chiverton (U14's), Katy Arber and Kelly Duane (U17's), and Jenny Stewart (U18's). Well done!