King's St Alban's

25 November

Pupils approach all fixtures with a spring in their step!

U8 v Hereford Cathedral

It was a cold afternoon for the U8s in their home fixture against Hereford Cathedral School but they were very keen to get tagging and score tries. The game was split into three thirds, two of which were tag and the last was a two-handed touch. This allowed them all to get stuck in and it was a pleasure to watch, with both teams working hard for each other and matching up tag for tag and try for try. These type of games allow for whoever is refereeing to slow the game down and pinpoint areas of the game which we feel need improvement.  This resulted in some massive improvements in game play, as well as giving the U8s a chance to experiment with new components of the game. What a lovely afternoon of rugby!

 

U9 v Hereford Cathedral

On Tuesday we had our first home fixture and walked to the fields with an extra spring in our step, excited for the afternoon ahead. Hereford were a good team and started strongly. They had some good runners and also passed the ball well into space. We showed some good resilience and tracked back, making some impressive last-ditch, try-saving touches, but we struggled to get our attacking game going. The ball was a bit slippery, and we struggled to move it into space. Monty and Sam did make some good runs and there was some good support play. We managed to score a few good tries using this method but weren’t able to repeat this consistently. As ever, there were plenty of lessons to be learned, and we will look forward to putting these in to practice in our home festival next week.

 

U11 IAPS Festival at Ratcliffe College

There was a very early start for the U11s, who surprisingly turned up at school full of excitement and were raring to go! The excitement, laughter and singing continued for the entire two hour journey to Ratcliffe; the boys even treated the accompanying staff to a snippet of their songs from the school concert last week! As always, the IAPS rugby festival involved 14 very solid and well organised teams. In the King’s St Alban’s group we played Stamford, Ratcliffe, Nottingham, Bablake, Leicester Grammar and Beachborough. In the first game the boys came across a hard running and athletic Nottingham side; our tackling and defence let us down a little, but we attacked well in this competitive and close game, finishing one try down. Before the next game we asked the U11s to show more desire and passion in their tackles and work harder on keeping their opposition out. This is exactly what they did, tackling superbly and putting their bodies on the line so as not to concede a try in this game. A brilliant try by King;s St Alban’s meant we won this game one try to nil. The next three games against Ratcliffe, Beachborough and Stamford came quickly and the boys struggled with their sheer size and power. The last game of the group was against Leicester Grammar and what a last game it was! We started slowly and conceded two early tries. Then suddenly it was as if a switch had been thrown and KSA started playing the best rugby we played all day; they were making some great tackles in defence and counter-rucking brilliantly to turn the ball over on a number of occasions. We then scored two tries to draw the game two apiece. In this game we scored the best try of the day; we counter-rucked to regain possession, then moved the ball quickly between five or six boys’ hands and finished it off in the corner. The ten boys who travelled with us, can be proud of themselves; they never gave up, showed great resilience, worked extremely hard and did King’s St Alban’s proud. Well done boys!

 

U11 Hockey v The Downs

On Wednesday we took all our Year 6 girls over to Malvern to play hockey against The Downs. The loss of two of our defensive players in the A team meant that Florence and Sidney had to step in and help us out at the back and they did a commendable job. Lilly-Mae, who has recently dropped back into defence, was outstanding and was key to keeping us to a 0-0 draw. Our recent training showed through, with the girls sending the ball wide out of defence with Olivia and Lucia running confidently up the wings with the ball. Mea and Lara worked well together in the middle, inter-changing their positions well and getting some strong shots on goal. Mea received Player of the Match for her tireless running and tenacious tackling.

We then played two more matches which were equally as impressive. It was great to see the progress that some of the girls have made this season. In the second match Taylor-Mae was strong in defence and quick to clear the ball. Izzy worked hard chasing the ball on several occasions to get it in the Attacking D. Immie, who was player of the match, demonstrated some pleasing stick skills and confidently ran forwards with the ball.

In the third match they all worked so hard and came away with an impressive 2-0 victory. Persephone showed true grit throughout the game, tackling and looking for a forward pass. Daisy and Lily linked well up front to create their chances on goal. Arabella has returned to hockey with great enthusiasm and worked hard covering a large area on the pitch.

This was a delightful afternoon of hockey which made me very proud of all our girls!

RGS Cross-Country

We took 24 pupils to compete in the RGS Cross-Country last Friday. For many of these children it would be their first cross-country event and the nerves were running high. It is a big event, with many schools involved and at least 50 runners in each group. All our runners did extremely well and we were impressed by the determination shown by them all. A special mention should go to Karla and Ace, who both came 4th, Lex, who came 5th, and Mea, who after being tripped up still finished 6th. Well done to all who competed!