On Saturday 12th March, the Downside Association welcomed current and past parents, Old Gregorians and their families to Downside for Super Saturday of netball, football, hockey and table tennis.

The day began with the Downside 1st VII Netball team against the Old Gregorian Netball team in the Sports Hall. Organiser of the OG Netball side, Annabel Staley (C16), expressed how enjoyable it was to be back at Downside, and that the team look forward to returning again in the future.

Fixtures at the astro kicked off with the 2nd XI Boys’ Hockey vs West Buckland School. It was a great game with Downside leading 1-0 until the very end. It was followed by the 1st XI Boys’ Hockey game against West Buckland. Meanwhile, the 1st XI Football team played Warminster School. It was a great end-to-end game with Downside stealing the win 4-3. 

In the Old Gym, the Mixed U18 Table Tennis Tournament against King’s School Bruton made for an exciting set of matches. 

The final part of the day involved a team of Downside Mothers playing a round-robin style game against Downside’s netball players. It was a great experience with the mothers thankful that their muscle memory allowed them to score against the well-prepared Downside teams. Emily Chapman, Head of Netball remarked:

‘Super Saturday saw two fantastic netball events. This year (despite trying in 2020 and 2021) we had our first netball OG event with women from different alumni classes coming back and take to the Downside court. It was a fantastic, well-fought match played with the support of a fantastic crowd. The OGs were delighted to be playing once again. We then went on to play a vertical tournament with girls from our U15s, 2nd team, 3rds and 4th mixed together to take on a team of 11 mums and sisters. Much fun, laughter and new perspectives were had by all and some great goals were scored too. Well done to all the participants!’

Overall, the day was a great celebration of the sport offered at Downside, and even the weather played ball! Special thanks go to the Downside Association for providing a delicious hot chocolate welcome drink and to Holroyd Howe for the spectacular match teas. Thank you to all who came on the day to support the School and OG teams; we look forward to welcoming you back to Downside for the next Super Saturday event in the Michaelmas Term of 2022.