Easter holidays are synonymous with Dalziel’s Inter-house Games Morning.
For the second year running, and very much to the disappointment of all, neither Wishaw nor Ravenscraig Sports Centres were available for bookings and so the event again took place split-site at Dalziel Park and the school.
While this still makes the running of the event possible it also means that there is no facility for spectators which is the biggest disappointment. House officials had worked hard to select their teams but there was always the ‘no-shows’ which means a deal of decision making on the hoof. Dalziel Park was the venue for the football and rugby while the school hosted the indoor activities, badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball.
Initial concerns over the effect of overnight frost were quickly dismissed as the sun made the astro sans grass areas eminently playable and so competition got under way. Competition was as always fierce but the staff who supervised and officiated had few problems to deal with and results were posted on the main scorecard.
It was a similar scenario back at Dalziel as the Houses did battle in the indoor activities. There was little or nothing going into the final events which are the much-awaited relay races which engender much excitement and in particular, very loud support! In the end a clean sweep of wins for Barclay in the relays – they even managed a win in the S1/2 event despite incurring time penalties at the start – meant that they were clear winners when the final scores were totalled.
Delighted joint House captains Beth Agnew and Sarah Birch received the trophy from Rector Mr Robert Birch. The win was especially sweet as it was Barclay’s first win since 2010. That win was their last of a 6-year winning run – feats or famine it would seem, so it will be doubly interesting to see who comes out on top next year!
A big thank you to all those staff, especially those from out-with the PE department, who give of their time to support the event and officiate the matches.