PICTURE GALLERY: Market Deeping triumph against Bourne's Abbey, Elsea Park and Westfield schools in Quicksticks hockey competition
Market Deeping Community Primary School triumphed when Quicksticks Hockey took centre stage at the latest School Games competition.
Organised by Agilitas Sports on behalf of Lincolnshire South East School Sport Partnership, Quicksticks is a fast-paced version of hockey played in Primary Schools.
Teams of four compete on smaller pitches with fewer rules than the adult game, and there are quick rotations of players so lots of children get involved.
The Deepings School hosted teams from the Bourne and Deepings area and, despite a damp start, the pupils stayed warm.
Nine teams from four schools played a series of pool games and then play-offs. Bourne Westfield A team came fifth and Elsea Park A were narrowly beaten into fourth place in a 2-1 game to give Bourne Abbey A third.
In the final, there was another close 3-2 match, with Bourne Abbey A losing to Market Deeping Community Primary School.
Market Deeping will now represent Lincolnshire South East against the other regions of Lincolnshire in June.
In the School Games Values competition teams were voted for by the Sports Leaders throughout the day for their teamwork, and Bourne Westfield A won this award.
Organiser Rupert Gibson, of Agilitas Sports, gave huge thanks to The Deepings School for the use of their artificial pitch and for the 16 Year 10 pupils who did a great job coaching the children for the first hour and then officiating all the games.
Pupils wanting to play more hockey should look no further than Bourne Deeping Hockey Club. The club runs junior sessions on Saturday mornings and offers drop-in sessions and loan sticks for new players. More information at www.pitchero.com/clubs/bdhc