National Champions

SJF 66 v 0 Shotton Hall

Year 11 Girls are the National Champions for the second year in a row, beating their opponents Shotton Hall 66-0 in the final at Featherstone Rovers. Player of the match went to Caitlin Beavers again, after scoring 5 tries and converting them all.

Well done to all the team, fantastic result!

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Spen Valley Champions!!

The Under 16 Boys Football team defeated Heckmondwike Grammar 4-2 to become Spen Valley Schools Champions on Saturday 25th March.
Having gone behind to a fortunate Heckmondwike opener, Fishers levelled through a wonder strike from Niall McKinnell. Without breaking stride, McKinnell struck a half volley from an attempted clearance which rocketed into the top corner, giving the ‘keeper no chance.
Heckmondwike went ahead again from another poorly defended set-piece which was soon wiped out with a long distance strike from Dylan Pickles. As the heat and high tempo started to take it’s toll, Fishers started to stamp their authority on the game and looked the more likely to snatch a winner. With only 4 minutes remaining, a neat interchange on the left wing led to an excellent teasing cross from Michael Chapman. Substitute Stephen Kenny anticipated and ghosted round the back of the defenders to volley deftly past the oncoming goalkeeper.

As Heckmondwike piled forward in search of an equaliser, Connor Appleyard intercepted and surged forward before threading an inch-perfect ball to Niall McKinnell, who took a couple of touches to compose himself whilst holding off the defender, before skilfully lifting the ball over the stranded ‘keeper to seal the victory!

It was a gigantic team effort which resulted in a thoroughly deserved victory!

Squad: Charlie Heaton, Ben McGreavy, Joe Smith, Michael Chapman, Connor Appleyard, Luke Hall, Lewis Teale, AJ Topping, Dylan Pickles, Callum Orange, Niall McKinnell, Sam Ola, Stephen Kenny, Joe Booth, Tom Haley, Jacob Feiweles.

Year 7 – Boreatton Park

Year 7 adventure to Boreatton Activity Centre, Shropshire was very exciting. Activities included Quad Biking, Giant Swing, Challenge Course, Abseiling, Archery, Raft Building, Kayaking and climbing walls.

The trip gave pupils a chance to get to know each other outside the classroom and to challenge themselves by going out of their comfort zone. Over the course of the trip pupils surprised themselves with their bravery; climbing higher than they ever thought and pushing themselves in a range of different feats.

The trip also showed how supportive of each other the pupils at St John Fisher can be with screams and shouts of encouragement and congratulations throughout.  A great time and big congratulations to all the pupils who took part.

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Year 9 – Ardeche and Mimosa Trip

The trip to the sites of Ardeche and Mimosa, in the South of France  was a fantastic experience. The trip spanning over 9 days saw our pupils descend the Ardeche River over 3 days, visit the Orgnac Caves, the towns of Valon and Cap Dage and an action packed schedule of water sports at the Mimosa site. The trip is designed to challenge pupils, provide new experiences, sample different cultures and allow the year group to bond.

The pupils were a credit to the school and did us proud in their conduct and the enthusiasm they brought. Well done Year 9.

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Year 7 Kirklees Cup win tops off a fantastic year for Rugby League at St John Fisher

The Year 7 Rugby team capped off an extremely successful year of Rugby League at St John Fisher by beating Honley with an impressive 44-0 Victory. The year 7’s have had a fantastic year reaching the semi final stage of the Yorkshire Cup and the last 8 in the national competition. They are joined by year 8, 10 and 11 who all won the Kirklees Cup this year. The year 10 team also reached the final of the Yorkshire Cup just losing out to Castleford High as well as reaching the last 16 in the country.

Not wanting to be outdone by the boys this has been an unprecedented year for girls Rugby. Years 7,8,9 and 10 all reached the Yorkshire qualification stage after winning the Kirklees competitions. The year 7’s finished 3rd in Yorkshire just missing out on the final. While the year 8 team went one better and won the Yorkshire Cup with honours being shared on the day following fantastic game and a strong second half resulting in a draw.

Fishers triumph in Spen Valley Cup

St John Fisher 3 Heckmondwike Grammar 3 a.e.t

St John Fisher win 7-6 on penalties.


Jake Bird proved to be the hero with 2 penalty saves and scoring a penalty himself in a thrilling encounter in the Under 14’s Spen Valley Cup Final.

Bird wasn’t the only player deserving of a mention in a pulsating clash, which could have gone either way. Josh Teale and Tomas Preidys formed the spine of a solid team performance, with Zack Thompson and Callum Pearson pulling the strings in the middle of the park throughout the game. Elliott Rayne was a persistent thorn in Heckmondwike’s side, selflessly sacrificing his own glory for the good of the team, playing as a lone striker, as injuries dictated a change in formation.

The opening 20 minutes was a close encounter before Brad Lay caught the keeper out with a cross-cum-shot which looped into the top corner from the left touchline.

Heckmondwike hit back immediately with the goal of the goal of the game – a 25  yard screamer which Bird could only tip onto the bar. The rebound, unluckily for Bird, hit his back and dropped into the net.

The 2nd half saw the game open up, and Heckmndwike soon took the lead after poor marking from a free kick. This is where the Fishers team really showed their spirit and determination. Thompson and Preidys had to swap roles as Thompson picked up a knock, as did Jack Bottomley and Henry Welford, as the pace of the game began to take its toll.

As Fishers huffed and puffed for an equaliser, it finally came in the form a 20 yard free kick from Callum Pearson, who was beginning to have more and more influence on the game.

Soon after we were 3-2 up as a Pearson corner was met by the smallest player on the pitch, Brad Lay, to head home his second of the game.

It was now time to hang on, but unfortunately, Heckmondwike proved to have too much about them and deservedly equalised with two minutes to go to take the game into extra time.

This mirrored the first 20 minutes of the first half as both teams shut up shop, not wanting to lose the game in extra time. Ethan Stone came on and looked assured at full back – he has made great strides to earn his shirt in this team.

As expected, the penalties were was a nervous affair, with Elliot Rayne nearly knocking the goals out of the ground with his, before Heckmondwike missed their 3rd to level it up. After Lay, Thompson and Pearson had converted theirs, Bottomley added to the drama by failing from 12 yards. Bird once again stepped up and saved the very next penalty, maintaining the level scores. Stone, Welford, Bird and Preidys (with the penalty of the game) all then converted before Bird saved Heckmondwikes 9th penalty to give the trophy to Fishers.

An excellent, hard fought display lads, you were a credit to the school! Well done!

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