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All Saints skittles out the competition

Youngsters from All Saints School bowled over the competition after scooping a memorable double victory in the annual skittleball competition.

The Hammersmith & Fulham Primary Schools’ Sports Association’s skittleball championship took place on Wednesday 3 February and Thursday 4 February at Hammersmith Town Hall, with schools from across the borough competing in a knock-out competition for the coveted trophy.

But it was the primary school from Bishops Avenue, Fulham, that took top spot in both the year 3 competition on Wednesday, and the following day’s year 4 event.

“It has been brilliant. It is uplifting, the whole event is uplifting,” said Callum Fairley, H&F PSSA Schools Sports and Games Organiser.

“Year 3 children are playing competitively for the first time. Their attitude, behaviour, enthusiasm, commitment and skill was brilliant.

“The year 4s, it is a lot more competitive. There has been great sportsmanship and great attitudes, but that’s all down to the staff and teachers in those schools.”

He added, “We’ve been in this hall probably for 20 years now. It is a fantastic venue to play in. We have parents here watching today. I am very proud of our schools and the children and staff.”

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In both the year 3 and year 4 events, All Saints had finished runner’s up in their pool stages, but managed to reach the finals.

On Thursday, All Saints faced a well-organised squad from St John’s Walham Green Primary School, Fulham, who they had previously lost to in the pool match.

Undaunted, the All Saints team, kitted out in bright yellow, took a four-point lead in the grand final, before St John’s in sky blue, made a late comeback, only for time to run out with the final score 4-2 and All Saints in rapture.

Maya Saunders, nine, who scored for All Saints’ said: “It feels great. I am really proud of my team.

“The best bit was when we scored the second goal, my penalty. I was a bit nervous before taking it, but I am happy now.”

Denise Paisley, learning support assistant at All Saints and acting coach on the day added: “They played amazingly.

“They have been really patient throughout as there were long waits in between games. It was good fun, really good fun. It has been a really good day.”