King's St Alban's

3 February

Enthusiasm and energy at all times!

U11 IAPS Netball Tournament

The U11 netballers travelled to Rugby last Friday to play in the regional IAPS netball competition. In the pool they won 1 match and lost 3 matches meaning they were through to the plate completion.  They won their quarter final game against St Hughes meaning they were through to the semi-final of the plate. Unfortunately, they lost the semi-final to a strong Cheltenham team. This meant they were in the 3rd and 4th place play offs, against Hawford! After full time, the score was 2 a piece and it went to extra time. Unfortunately, Hawford managed to score the winning goal meaning we came 4th in the plate. Well done girls, it was a very enjoyable day, you were great company and progressed so well through the day. Special thanks to Miss C for coaching on a Thursday and coming to the tournament with us and also to ‘Mr Flockers’ who was chief position rotator.


U11 A and B netball v Hawford

The girls had a great afternoon on Wednesday. The two teams were mostly made up of the girls that went to IAPS on Friday with a couple of extras and it was all to play for after losing in the 3rd/4th place play offs on Friday. It was clear that the girls had put into practice all they had learnt from the tournament on Friday and they worked their socks off to get the result they wanted. There was some good play up the court, moving into good positions to receive the balls. I think a little more work on moving towards the ball and accurate passing would stand them in good stead for the future. Both teams won and players of the matches were Sidney and Lucia – well done!


U11C&D Netball v King’s Hawford

I couldn’t be more proud of this group of girls.  They all had such positive attitudes and were so determined to do their best. This is where you see the new ‘Bee netball’ initiative working at its best. They enjoy the rotation of the positions and it has made them all better around the court. We have been working on our overhead passing and driving into space….they were brilliant! They gained the results they deserved and well done to Mihika  and Persephone who were awarded player of the match.


U10/11 A v King’s Hawford AR

The U10/11 A team had a very tough game against King’s Hawford on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. It was a big test for the defensive skills of the team, and they worked hard in every area of the pitch, with King’s Hawford attacking relentlessly in the first half. Guy pulled off a number of great saves throughout the game and there were some excellent counter attacks that broke the midfield press of the opposition. In the second half the boys were a lot more organised and Ralphie scored an excellent goal to reward the team for their efforts.


U10/11 B v King’s Hawford DK

A lovely sunny day at the King’s playing fields, where we came across our friends from Hawford for some U10/11 fixtures. The Under 10/11s B team started off with a strong battle in the centre of the pitch, with both teams putting in great challenges.  The Hawford defence were hard to break down and they were impressive with their attacking breaks. We had a well match game on our hands. This went on throughout the second half but King’s St Alban’s shape began to break down, which allowed our opponents to put away some great goals. I’m sure they will come across each other again for another delightful game of footy!


U10/11 C Football v King’s Hawford 

The C team were unfortunate in their match against Hawford, who showed off some brilliant talent. They took on board half time advice and showed a good level of togetherness and teamwork after the break. Despite the score line, King showed some glimpses of quality during the match, particularly Jack B who made a string of outstanding saves in the first half, before playing the second half outfield and scoring a brilliant solo goal through persistent pressing of the ball.


U10/11 D Football v King’s Hawford

A crisp, bright winter day at Hawford was the first match for many of our Year 5 & 6 boys this term. George H showed great leadership skills and led the group warm up; motivating the boys with star jumps, lunges and stretches. The match was a game of two halves and the defence grew in confidence and commitment. The Hawford boys were quick to the ball and hungry for goals. Our King’s St Alban’s team kept their heads held high and showed great resilience throughout. Henry G put in some determined tackles in the second half and Adil showed great commitment to the game. Our players need to work on moving faster to win the ball and looking up for team mates so they can pass more accurately. The pizza was delicious!


U9 Netball v Hawford

The girls had an enjoyable afternoon of netball on Tuesday. We played the 4 a side Fliers games working towards shooting into a goal. We totally mixed up Hawford and KSA girls together to create 6 mixed teams. This worked very well as they all met new teammates and worked hard putting into practise all they have learnt so far. The green team were triumphant. Well done girls!


U9 A Football v King’s Hawford 

Well done to the U9 A team who had a great game against King’s Hawford on a very windy afternoon. The score was level at the break after a very even first half but King’s Hawford soon got into the lead early in the second half. Monty scored a clinical equaliser with the game looking to finish in a draw, and there were chances to win the game but King’s Hawford capitalised on a fast counter attack to edge ahead in the last minute of the game. Great effort levels and determination were displayed by the boys.


U9 B Football v King’s Hawford 

The KSA Under 9 B team had taken what they set out to improve on from last week and worked really hard on this in club. With football being very new to them, this match really helped the boys progress their learning of the game. People were taking roles of defensive leadership and goalkeepers were getting to know the ins and outs of their role. Overall was a great game to ref and a step in the right direction for a developing team.


U8 Netball v King’s Hawford

On Tuesday Hawford brought all their Yr3 girls over to KSA to play netball. We decided to mix all the girls up and play a round robin tournament with 6 teams. It was great for the girls to meet new friends and have to work well together as a team. We played ‘Flyers’ netball which meant all the girls had plenty of the ball and had a chance to practice the skills they have learnt recently in lessons.


U8 A Football v King’s Hawford

Being hit by injury and illness, we were depleted in number, as we headed off to Hawford for our first match as an U8 team. We decided to play three periods and Hawford lent us a couple of players for each session. At first, our lack of time playing together showed, and we struggled to keep our shape, with the opposition capitalising and scoring a couple of well-worked goals. However, in the second and third periods, we began to find our feet and managed to string together some positive patches of play. Tommy put in some lovely crosses from corners and Mark was unlucky not to score on more than one occasion. At the back, we began to shore up our defence, with Brody and Ben making some solid tackles. Albert also made some good saves in goal. All in all, we showed some good improvement. We will look forward to the return of our missing players and will also look to take the lessons learned into the rest of term.


U8 & U9 Swimming Gala v RGS and Hawford
As I said in my tweet ‘We love Galas!’
What a superb performance in the water from our year 3&4 children last night. With 11 first places it was great to see the tremendous progress in these swimmers. Well done to Joel, James, Evie, Reuben, and Brody for their exceptional efforts in the water.