BOLTON'S representatives at next month's Greater Manchester School Games is beginning to take shape as more teams have earned qualification.

St Thomas of Canterbury, Claypool, Bolton School Boys, Rivington and Blackrod High and St James's have joined Bolton School Junior Girls, Cleveland Preparatory Boys and St Matthew's who qualified previously.

In the latest competitions, St Thomas of Canterbury won the Year 5/6 Bolton School Games hockey tournament and both they, and runners-up Claypool qualify for the GM Games.

Bolton School Boys (Key Stage 3) and Rivington and Blackrod (KS4) took the town badminton titles and they qualify along with runners-up Rivington and Blackrod (KS3) and Canon Slade (KS3).

Two teams from St James's will also represent Bolton at table tennis.

Sixteen schools competed in the Bolton Games Yr5/6 hockey competition.

St Thomas of Canterbury, Clevelands, St John’s and Claypool got through to the semi-finals with St Thomas of Canterbury and Claypool meeting in the finals.

Some excellent stick skills from James Worsley and great defending from Eloise Brett-Andrew were key factors for St Thomas of Canterbury as they won 1-0.

Westhoughton, Rivington and Blackrod, Canon Slade, Harper Green, St James’ and St Joseph’s competed in the Bolton Games badminton competition.

Thornleigh, St James’, Turton, Bolton School Boys and Mount St Joseph’s took part in the Bolton Games table tennis tournament which Thornleigh Young Leaders helped to run by officiating and score keeping.

The teams took part in singles and doubles competitions which saw St James’ beat Thornleigh in the final of the under-13s and also overcome Turton in the u15s final.

In the earlier round of Bolton Games – which were previously reported in Your Sport – Bolton School Junior Girls and Cleveland Preparatory Boys won the Year 4/5 swimming gala, while St Matthew's triumphed in the Year 5/6 Bolton School Games basketball competition.