Sporting events and achievements

November 2021

Girls Football Tournament

Match 1

Thomas Reade vs Sonning Common

The first game of the tournament brought us to play Sonning Common. Team Reade quickly obtained possession of the ball but Sonning kicked it away from their goal. Their plan was thwarted as Anabelle Fraser made an amazing throw to Tilly Moore, who made a fantastic assist to Gracie Boorer. Gracie then easily tapped the ball into the back of the net before the Sonning goalie had a chance to react. Half time and Team Reade were 1 up. Sonning started the second half which resulted in a skilful run down the wing, but our amazing defenders Roisin Freeman and Cleo Cleeter-Neal kept it away from the box with an astonishing clearance. Team Reade rushed back onto the front foot. A corner then resulted in a penalty after a Sonning player handled the ball, which was heading towards the goal (despite the ref, Mr Wharton very reluctantly wanting to give it). Gracie then gracefully took a few steps back, ran forward and scored a calm penalty into the top corner of the net. 

The game finished Thomas Reade 2-0 Sonning Common. Victory!

Match 2

Oratory Prep vs Thomas Reade

The second game saw Team Reade up against Oratory Prep. With Team Reade getting the game underway, Oratory showed how tough they were going to be by stealing the ball quickly from us. The defenders had to act quickly but were not quick enough to halt their speedy striker, luckily Tilly Moore got back just in time to get a diving block to save Team Reade. This resulted in a quick turn over, but Oratory’s goalie got there just before Eloise Wilmshurst managed to get her shot away. The ball rolled to one of the Oratory players who dribbled up the wing to take a shot. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced beside Juliette Fraser (goalkeeper) who grabbed the ball hastily. This was one of the many great saves by Juliette throughout this game. The last promising act of the game fell to Emilia Essen, whose quick feet and fantastic dribbling skills earnt Team Reade a free kick mid-way inside Oratory’s half. The ball was put in the direction of Tilly, who was pressured by many Oratory players just before the full time whistle went. 

Thomas Reade 0-0 Oratory Prep. 

Match 3

Goring vs Thomas Reade 

Team Reade went into this match knowing if they could defeat Goring and better Oratory’s score, they would win the group. Goring also knew they had an outside chance of topping the group, which made for a fascinating battle ahead. 

Goring started on the front foot with one of their players dribbling around our wingers to advance the goal, but the shot was just off target. A clever interception by Iona Messenger stopped Goring heading into the penalty area, although the pressure from Goring forced her to put the ball out of play for a corner before a wild shot which was going wide, deflected off a defender and went into the opposite side of the net. The first half continued to be mostly Goring, who kept Juliette busy in the Team Reade goal but held on to half time 1-0 down. 

The second half was so important, and the tension was felt by the players, subs and amazing parents who brought us to the game, knowing two goals could result in winning the game and potentially the tournament. Keeping that in mind, knowing how close we could be to winning, Mr Wharton’s pep talk was encouraging before heading back out onto the pitch. 

The second half started very strongly with Tilly, Eloise and Isla all getting into promising positions. The goal of the tournament came against the run of play and to Goring, the players skilful run down the left and clever cut into the penalty area was neatly finished. Three goals needed now which was quickly drawn back to two with a sweet cross from Gracie, cut open the Goring defence for Tilly to rifle a shot into the back of the net – giving Team Reade a few minutes to keep trying. With all the girls’ efforts and staying on the front foot until the end of the game, Team Reade fell short of getting what they truly deserved from the second half display. 

Goring 2-1 Thomas Reade. 

A HUGE congratulations to the girls, who finished 3rd place in the competition and a massive thank you goes to the parents who took us and encouraged us to keep playing until the end. All the girls played fantastically. Well done Cleo Cleeter-Neal, Gracie Boorer, Tilly Moore, Roisin Freeman, Anabelle Fraser, Juliette Fraser, Emilia Essen, Isla Neal, and Eloise Wilmshurst. 

Written by Roisin Freeman and Anabelle Fraser. 


Thomas Reade vs Stanford in the Vale

Stanford got us under way with kick off at 3:15pm on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Straight away Team Reade got the ball from Stanford and quickly moved forward before the Stanford defender kicked the ball out for the games first corner. Gracie Boorer took the whipped corner in towards Tilly Moore whose fierce shot resulted in the first goal of the game.

From the restart, possession changed to Team Reade straight away with a long ball cleared by the defenders that fell to the feet of Emelia Essen who managed to dribble past many Stanford’s players. Emelia’s thunderous shot was unstoppable and changed the score line to 2-0 in less than 5 minutes of the game. Team Reade continued to be on the front foot throughout the opening stages which allowed for a smartly passed ball from Eloise Wilmshurst. This then set up for Gracie Boorer to go on an amazing run and finished with a cleverly placed shot to increase the score to 3-0.

Reade’s dominance continued as Isla Neal made a creative pass into the path of Tilly Moore. Tilly’s quick burst resulted in her second goal of the game to grow the lead to 4. The 5th came just before the half time whistle as Emelia took hold of the ball and bustled her way into the Stanford box to score her 2nd goal of the game.

Half time came and the drinks were well deserved. The efforts were recognised by Mr Wharton and advice was given for the second half.

We got back underway and all the efforts put into the first half started to slow with the defenders keeping Stanford in check. Emelia completed her Hat Trick after a number of attempts resulting with her most powerful goal of the game – increasing the lead to 6! Stanford applied more pressure which Cleo Cleeter-Neale stood firm in the Reade goal to hold onto her clean sheet.

Written by Cleo Cleeter – Neale and Gracie Boorer

Final Score: Thomas Reade 6-0 Stanford in the Vale

G. Boorer – 1    E. Essen – 3      T. Moore – 2

A big well done to all the girls: Cleo Cleeter – Neale, Gracie Boorer, Tilly Moore, Anabelle Fraser, Juliette Fraser, Emelia Essen, Roisin Freeman, Iona Messenger, Eloise Wilmshurst and Isla Neal.


October 2021

Well done to all those who took part in an enjoyable afternoon of Cross Country at Tilsley Park.


July 2021 Cricket and Tennis tournaments

  • Despite so many disruptions to the school year, we did manage to fit a few sporting events in as well as our annual Sports Day!
  • Year 6 took part in a Tennis tournament at the Leisure Centre alongside other Abingdon schools.
  • Years 4-6 took part in a County Cricket tournament.

January 2020 Dance festival

  • Congratulations to our two amazing dance troupes who performed so brilliantly at the New Theatre dance festival in December that they have been chosen as finalists for the South Regional Great big Dance off which will be held in Oxford in March. The dancers are all very excited. 😆