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Posted: 24.03.17

The Girls Take The Crown In House Drill And House Quiz Competitions


In cold but bright sunny conditions, the CCF held its annual Drill and Turnout competition. All the houses had put in many hours of practice into the drill sequence, and the preparation of their boots and uniforms. The cadets were inspected by Sgt Ray Cooper, from the RAF, and as a RAF Drill Instructor, he was meticulous in his inspection.

The houses then moved onto the drill phase, which, as has become customary included a new movement from previous year, this year it was left and right turns in slow time. The slow march is particularly difficult to master, requiring balance and gracefulness by all.
The Cadet Training Team OC, Capt Mark Teesdale, and the RSM, WO1 Mal Battenborough were tasked with deciding the placings in this test. After all the houses had competed, the cadets formed up outside the CCF store, under the Christ College CCF RSM to hear the results.
This year’s winners, and retaining the trophy that they won last year were De Winton, followed closely by Donaldsons, and Orchard in third place. All the cadets were complemented by Capt Teesdale on the effort that they had put into the competition. The best Commander prize was given to Cdt CSgt Helme, from Orchard.

Later in the evening it was the turn of the House Quiz competition.

For the first time in the history of the House Challenge competition the evening saw an all-girl final. The preliminary competition saw Donaldson’s finish with a particularly strong round to take top qualifying spot with de Winton maintaining their early lead over School House. St David’s snatched the fourth qualifying spot from Orchard.

Donaldson’s selected St David’s as their Semi-Final opponents leaving de Winton to face School House. De Winton took an early lead and were never in danger running out comfortable winners by a scoreline of 135 to 50. The second Semi-Final was finely balanced at the halfway stage but Donaldson’s moved up a gear to beat St David’s by an impressive 180 – 50. The final looked to be a formality with Donaldson’s storming into 120 point lead with 6 minutes to go. De Winton rallied strongly to close the gap to 25 points and could tie the match if they had got to the buzzer first on the final question. It was not to be and the final scoreline of 170-135 was a credit to both teams.

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