King's St Alban's

18 November

It’s a wrap on another busy week on the sports field.

U11A v Hereford Cathedral School

The boys made the long and beautiful journey to Hereford on Wednesday, hoping to put some good training yards to effective use on a beautiful surface and in bright sunshine.  The loss of two key players meant all eight boys had to play the full match; this tested fitness but offered great opportunities to all.  Lex was made captain for this match and really shone, leading by example in both attack and defence.  Indeed, our defensive patterns were strong, as good line speed closed down space.  However, we were poor at times in the actual tackle, as we fell off contact leading to a high-scoring game.  The commitment was excellent throughout and a try in the last second of the game gave the boys a pleasing 10-9 victory.  This was a super team performance from an improving team; well done.

 

U11B v Hereford Cathedral School

King’s St Alban’s U11B team went over to Hereford on Wednesday afternoon to play against a strong Hereford side. Some excellent tries from Alex and Patrick gave us a lead. As the game progressed, our willingness to tackle improved. Henry G again seemed to be absolutely everywhere, making tackle after tackle. It is so brilliant to see such a great technique in the tackle and how he has improved from the start of the year. As the game went on, our passing of the ball in hand also improved and we scored some great team tries where we passed the ball down the line and hit the gaps.

 

U11 Hockey tournament at The Downs Malvern

Our Year 6 girls went to Malvern College for a 7-a-side tournament on Wednesday. They had a good training session on Tuesday night and we had talked about ball pace and spreading the ball wide from defence. In their first game against The Downs, they were superb and managed to put into practice all the things we had talked about. Their energy levels were outstanding and they all moved into space when off the ball. The Downs were a strong team and our defence did very well to keep it to a 0-0 draw. In the next game, we played Winterfold, and again they ticked all the boxes and scored two good goals for the win. In the next two games they started to run out of steam, struggled to keep their shape and unfortunately lost both.

I am very proud of this group of girls and the progress they have made this term. I feel there is a great deal of potential and look forward to seeing their progress through the senior school.

 

U11 A Hockey v Hawford

What a battle! It is always great to play against Hawford and our girls enjoy the opportunity to catch up with girls they know. Although our girls showed immense effort in the first half, they went 2-0 down due to poor positioning in defence. After a good half-time talk, the girls agreed they needed to get their heads up, pass the ball earlier and spread out. They were a different team in the second half, played some much better hockey and scored two good goals. This was a fair result. Well done girls!

 

U11 B and C Hockey v King’s Hawford

The girls had a lovely afternoon of hockey up at Droitwich astro. We played two teams against Hawford’s B team. Our B team created some lovely chances with Arabella and Jessica working between them to bring the ball up the wing and then into the attacking D. Final score was 2-0 to KSA. Our C team then played Hawford B team. Again, some great chances were created but unfortunately, we couldn’t convert any to give us any goals, final score a draw, 0-0. Well done a super afternoon of hockey.

 

U11/U10 matches v Hereford Cathedral school.

We played 3 matches on Wednesday afternoon over at Leominster. The girls were brilliant they waited patiently on the sideline until it was their game and when on the pitch gave their all. They were a pleasure to take. In the first match U11s, Hereford were fairly strong, but Flo and Arabella were never-ending in their ability to run back to defend and forward to attack, we were unlucky not to score a goal. Final score 0-1 to Hereford. In the second match the U10s were up. They started well with both Emily and Sienna strong in defence, tackling well as the opposition came into the D. Ella and Eshal worked well together running towards the attacking D. They had many chances and eventually sneaked one past their goalie to win 1-0. In the third match, a mixture of U10s and U11s. There was some superb attacking play. Penny, initially in defence found herself forward in the attacking D and helped to create a goal. Daisy made some superb runs, her best going past two defenders, getting the ball over the D line and smacking it straight over the goal line into the back board, a cracking goal! That team carried on in the same vein and won 3-1, just letting one sneak past them in the final minute. Well done all.

 

U10A v Hereford Cathedral School

Hereford away was always going to be a tough fixture for the U10s, with the rival team not losing a game all season. The KSA boys pulled together to put up a great effort against a strong side. KSA began slowly but started to put their shape in defence together and start closing down their big runners. This forced mistakes which resulted in a few counter attacking tries. In the second half the KSA boys came out the blocks quickly, maintained a competitive score line and worked hard for each other on and off the ball with some great offloads. Unfortunately it was not enough and we lost out against a very good Hereford Cathedral side.

 

U9A Rugby Festival at King’s Hawford

The U9s had another enjoyable afternoon of activity at the Hawford Rugby Festival on Tuesday. A slippery ball meant that conditions weren’t ideal for handling, and it took us a while to get into our stride. In our first game, Monty and Tom made some good runs, but we couldn’t get our passing game going, which was a little frustrating. Our defence, however, was good, and Sam, William and Humphrey made some good touches on the gain-line, with Reuben also chasing back and making a try-saving touch in the corner. In the second and third games we started to string a few passes together at a time, moving the ball down the pitch. A move started by Joel saw the ball travel through five different pairs of hands, culminating in the best try that we’ve scored so far this year. Two different teachers from other schools commented on how impressive it was! This is now the benchmark that we need to aim for in the rest of the season. Another enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

 

U9B Rugby Festival at King’s Hawford

The U9 King’s Hawford Festival started off with King’s St Alban’s v King’s Hawford; they were very strong and direct in their rugby style, which proved hard to defend. They worked hard to score a few tries and gained some confidence to take into the next games. In our second game the boys faced RGS The Grange; this was a great tight game and we showed great improvement from the first game. Our direct running was excellent, which allowed us to begin beating defenders and making ground in each phase. The final game was against Winterfold and again the boys improved; they were starting to express themselves and got stuck into the game. It was very enjoyable to watch and coach! Well played to everyone involved.

 

U9 Hockey tournament at The ElmsThe girls pulled out all the stops in their first hockey tournament last Saturday. It was also the first time they had competed at 7 a side. Throughout the morning the girls got better and better, they moved the ball forward creating many chances and started to use the bigger pitch more effectively. They ended up with two losses and a win and a special mention should go to both Lottie and Karla for their never-ending effort running to attack and then back to defend. Well done all of you!