King's St Alban's

27 January

Go, go, go on the sports fields of St Alban’s.

U8 and U9 Netball v The Elms

The girls had another wonderful afternoon of netball, playing against The Elms. Both teams were on form, learning how to move up the court in a 4 v 4 formation. Special mention should go to Karla (Year 4) and Marnie (Year 3) for their efforts scoring goals for their team. The U8s won their match and the U9s lost theirs. There is lots to work on but the girls should be proud of themselves.

 

U8/9 A Football v The Elms

The U9s had another home fixture for their second match of the season, this time against The Elms. The game started well for us, with the boys putting together many promising patches of play. There was a lot of two-touch football going on, with players passing the ball nice and early to their teammates. This had the opposition chasing shadows and we created lots of chances on goal. If it were not for some excellent work by their goalkeeper, we would surely have taken the lead. Unfortunately, The Elms caught us a bit cold and put together a good passing movement of their own, which led to them taking a 1-0 lead. After half time, we seemed to tire a little, which often left us taking a few too many touches, and we found it harder to move the ball into space. When we were able to go back to fewer touches, we looked dangerous again. With a few minutes to go Rook chased what looked like a lost cause, but a bit of a mix up in the opposition’s defence allowed him to pounce for the equaliser. This may have been slightly against the run of play,  but, overall, a draw was probably a fair result. If the boys can build on the promising aspects of play shown, they can look forward to a successful season ahead!

 

U8/9 B Football v The Elms

This was the first game of the season for the U8/U9 B team and for a lot of the boys involved it was their first ever competitive football fixture! The boys lacked shape and organisation from the start but this has to be expected with so little experience playing together. The Elms started strong and created a large number of attacking opportunities. The boys worked hard and kept battling all the way to the final whistle. At half time we rotated the whole squad to enable every boy in Years 3 and 4 to get the opportunity to play. We started to put together some good passes and dribbled well into space. Overall a good afternoon of football, with a few bits to work on in games and club in the coming weeks.

 

U10/11 Netball v The Elms

The mixed team put in an excellent performance against The Elms, coming back from 1-0 down to win 5-2.The girls showcased their versatility by performing fantastically in four different positions, maintaining excellent teamwork and communication throughout. They took on board Mrs Clark’s team talk and executed brilliant overhead passes to create good build up play for the goals, with Emily scoring three and Sienna and Ella scoring one each. Well done girls, this is a brilliant start to the netball season.

 

U10/11 A Football v The Elms

After a brilliant, hard fought Wednesday afternoon last week, I challenged the boys to continue where we left off. Unfortunately we started off slowly and conceded two very early goals, which led from giving away possession too cheaply. We then suddenly started looking more composed on the ball and linked a number of good passes together, putting increasingly more pressure on The Elms goal. Peter U whipped in a brilliantly lofted corner, where Jack T rose highest to head the ball home to get KSA back in the game. Harry B impressed at the back, making some hard and well timed tackles to win the ball back for KSA. Patrick F equalised for King’s St Alban’s with another perfectly timed header to guide the ball past The Elms’ keeper. After pushing our players forward, trying to take a lead, we lost our shape and left The Elms’ striker free to score from a big goal kick clearance. This was a really good game, from which we can take a number of positives from the performance and also a few aspects to work on in the coming weeks.

 

U10/11 B Football v The Elms

Well done to the U10/U11 B team who put in a very good performance against an evenly matched Elms School. For their first game of the term, the boys’ effort levels were second to none and they did not stop working hard until the full time whistle. There was some fluent passing in the middle of the park, resilient defensive play and exciting counter attacks, testing The Elms’ back line. An outstanding individual goal from Ralphie lifted the team’s spirits even more in the second half. The boys are looking forward to their next game.

 

U11 Netball v The Elms 

The girls played their first competitive match of Stingers against The Elms on Wednesday afternoon. This was excellent match practice ahead of the IAPS competition on Friday. The Elms started strong, but our girls fought back and soon got into their stride. They moved the ball up the court well, finishing off with a goal. They may be a few things to work on such as holding the ball a little longer and throwing from upright, but all in all a great match. King’s St Alban’s 9, The Elms 1. Well done!