King's St Alban's

10 March

Gaining confidence – action on the sports fields!

Our sports teams have been brimming with confidence this week. They have enjoyed a busy week of fixtures against other schools.

U11 IAPS Football at Repton

The boys made the trip up to Reston school to compete in the U11 ISFA Football Tournament. They were in great spirits for the entirety of the day including keeping myself and Mrs Clark amused with their singing to the radio on the way there and back. King’s St Alban’s were drew in group A which involved Altrincham, Blue Coat, Wolverhampton Grammar, Crackley Hall and Witham Hall. First game was against Altrinham, where Peter U scored a brilliant free kick from range to put KSA into the lead. Sam C, Guy R, Harry B impressed with their determination and tackling to keep us strong at the back. Lex M and Eddie U showed good flair and skill in midfield to go past their opponents and played good balls through the defence. Patrick F did a good job at holding the ball up and playing the ball into good space for his team mates to run onto. Tommy captained the team for the afternoon and showed enthusiasm and encouragement to keep the moral and work rate of the team up. Well done on a brilliant day and you should be proud of your efforts.

 

U11 B Football v RGS Springfield

Well done to the U10/11 football team who travelled down the road to RGS Springfield this week for their fixture. Barnaby W made his debut performance and did a fine job in defence, displaying excellent communication skills. Oli and Alex worked hard on the wings, creating width for Sam and Sebastian to work the ball effectively through midfield. Harry made some great saves in goal and is improving his distribution of the ball. Aiden was unlucky not to score the chances he had, making some great runs going forward, and Eamon controlled the back line of defence.

 

U11 and U10 netball matches V RGS Springfield

The girls really enjoyed themselves over at RGS Springfield on Wednesday. The U10s played first, and you could see the vast improvement they have made since the beginning of term. They can dodge, move into space, and finish off with a goal. A well-deserved win. Also, a special mention to Eshal who was awarded player of the match by the opposition. Well done!

The U11s played their last 5 a side match before they move onto some 7 a side games ready for the senior school. There were 9 members of the team and so the rotation sheets helped move the girls around into various positions. They have made such improvements since the beginning of term, and it was clear to see in their moving and passing around the court. Mia G was awarded a fully deserved player of the match, her interceptions and goals were second to none. Well done girls a great win.

 

U10 A Football v RGS Springfield

In this game against RGS Springfield we decided to split the game into thirds to allow for a greater opportunity to coach the boys. The first third KSA started slow and RGS took the lead. They regrouped and started attacking well. They started keeping the ball better and it allowed the boys to maintain possession. Ralphie definitely brought his shooting boots, scoring all 7 goals! Eddie H did well and made a number of good long balls to assist the goals. The third quarter was a battle but Mortimer, Leo, Barnaby and William defended well and Jack pulled of some brilliant saves.

 

U9 netball tournament at RGS The Grange

The girls had a wonderful afternoon of netball at the Grange playing 5 matches in total. It was the first time they’d properly played 5 a side netball in itself. They thoroughly enjoyed it, learnt lots of new skills and have realised it is important to focus on the ball and watch their player at the same time, a tough skill! Well done, let’s keep working hard and developing confidence.

 

U8/9 Football v The Downs Malvern

On Tuesday afternoon, after a not so quick magical mystery tour of the Malvern Hills, we eventually arrived at the Downs, excited for our first match on AstroTurf. It was decided that we would play 6 a-side matches against their A team on a rotation basis. We had eleven boys and ended up playing in different combinations across the afternoon. It was a great opportunity for boys to try different positions and play with different people. The quick surface put more pressure on our skills but, nonetheless, there was some good football on show. The experience definitely boosted the boys confidence. We also scored a couple of well-worked goals. The boys enjoyment of the afternoon was only enhanced by hot dogs on offer afterwards. Thankfully, we took a more direct route on the journey home.

 

U8/9 Football v The Downs Malvern

This week the U8/9 squad travelled to The Downs Malvern to play two 5-a-side games, testing the boys skills on a fast-paced astroturf pitch. The whole team gained valuable experience playing, with Tom making some great saves in goal, and Ben and Archie working hard in defence, making lots of excellent tackles. Tommy displayed his best performance of the term, chasing down the opposition, moving with the ball effectively and converting his chances. James and Isaac played well in midfield and pushed up into the attacking third when in possession of the ball. Great effort all around for the team who have gained so much confidence this season.

 

U8&U9 Netball v RGS The Grange

On Tuesday the Royal Grammar School (RGS) brought 24 girls over to play netball. In all we had 48 girls in the sports hall playing ‘Fliers’ netball; there were 12 teams in all and each team played three games. This was a fun-filled afternoon of sport, where the girls strived to do their best on court but also they mixed with the RGS girls in some activities at the end and enjoyed making new friends and gaining confidence in mixing with other children.

Catch up with our previous sports performances in the news section of the website.