As the UK’s brightest young athletes descend onto Loughborough and settle in to their dedicated Athlete’s Village, hockey, netball and triathlon were kicking off the sporting proceedings.

On the hockey pitch, the girls and boys competition showcased some spectacular play. England Girls Blue faced England Girls White in a fierce match which ended in 2-1 to Blue.

Later, England Girls Red competed against Ulster Girls, leaving Ulster victorious with a score-line of 4-0. Ulster’s Anna Doherty said: “I’m really happy with the team performance overall, as well as the penalty corners that we were really strong at. There’s a lot for us to work on, but it was a really great start to the tournament.”

Meanwhile, England Boys White and England Boys Blue took to the pitch, with team White winning 3-2. England Boys Red saw tough competition facing Ulster Boys, drawing 4-4. Ulster’s Troy Chambers and Oliver Kidd both scored twice in the match.

Of their game, Oliver Kidd said: "I think it took great heart from our lads to come back from 4-2 down, it was great for the boys to get that and hopefully we’ll push forward now in the tournament.”

Netball made its School Games debut today, as part of our new and revitalised sporting schedule.  With six games having taken place this evening, there was plenty of talent on show in the Sir David Wallace Sports Centre on campus.

Yorkshire started their competition with a substantial win, scoring 34-16 against Scotland, but it was Loughborough who showed the most dominance today, winning 36-6 over Northern Ireland.

Triathlon, another new addition to this year’s line-up, also kicked off this afternoon.

There were some thrilling performances in the aquathlon event this afternoon, as our triathletes took on the swim-run race. Luke van Oudtshoorn of England South East proved why he is one to watch, finishing in first place after a good swim and a fantastic run.

Of his success, Luke commented:

“My season has been up and down because I came off my bike a few months ago and I couldn’t run for a month, so it’s great to come here and do so well.”

Another stand-out performance came from West Midland’s Jessica Humphreys, who finished in first place. She was pleased with her success, having trained slightly less than usual this year due to her GCSE studies. Her teammate Eden Schiller crossed the line in a close second, putting her in good stead for the bike race tomorrow.

The triathletes will complete the cycling element of their competition tomorrow.

Want to know more? You can find all of today’s results here.

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