This week the camaraderie between our pupils during their various fixtures has been evident, this has left all of the sports coaches feeling very proud.
IAPS Swimming – Qualifying Gala
Last Thursday we took 22 pupils down to Millfield Prep School to participate in the IAPS Qualifying Gala. Approximately 4400 swimmers participated in these galas in 34 different venues, which shows the enormity of the event. We choose to go to Millfield so that the children could have the experience of swimming in an impressive 50m pool.
As usual, the children enjoyed the coach trip down and the sense of camaraderie between the children on the journey was encouraging to see. These events are exciting but once underway can be hectic and fast moving. The staff and children have to be continually on the edge of their seats, ready to go. We understandably had a few children with pre-race nerves, and we were so impressed with the support and empathy that the children showed each other on the poolside.
Once underway it was difficult to get a real feel of how we were doing but, with several children achieving personal best times and coming near the front of the line, we felt very proud of all their achievements.
We have now had the times for our swimmers and are feeling optimistic that we might have a trip to the London Aquatics Centre in June for the National Finals with a few of our swimmers.
Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated!
Midlands Under 11 In2 Hockey finals
On Tuesday we travelled up to the Aldersley Leisure Village for the Midlands In2 Hockey finals. After a very exciting qualifying round at RGS, the girls were so excited and positive about their potential to do well at this event. 12 schools went through to this tournament, with the top hockey schools in the country such as Repton and Fairfield in our pool. They played 4 matches, of which they won one, drew one and lost two.
Our first match was against Fairfield; it started fast and furious and our girls rose to the occasion. Their defence was strong, and Evie B had an incredible game in goal. Mrs Symonds, Director of Sport from the Senior School came along and was amazed with the tenacity of our girls on the pitch. Unfortunately, a late goal meant we lost 1-0 but our opponents went on to win the Tournament. We then played Repton, who we knew would be well drilled and hard to play, but our girls took all of the coaching on board from the first match and played an outstanding game to keep this to a 0-0 draw. In the third game we played Lichfield Cathedral School and it was great for the girls to score some goals, with Lucia and Mea H both scoring hatricks! By the final game we were starting to run out of steam as the girls really had given their all and we lost to The Croft 1-0 which they were disappointed in as they didn’t deserve to lose.
It is great for the girls to be playing at these big tournaments and their positive can do attitude shows how confident these girls are. There was a strong sense of camaraderie in the team.
U11B&C Netball v MSJ
On Wednesday it was a great finale to a very successful Netball term to have all the Year 6 girls playing in the last fixture of the term. We have been so impressed with their enthusiasm and the progress they have all made. We love the fact that we have 24 girls in Year 6, they all want to be in the fixtures and they all play with such enthusiasm. They are both strong teams when it comes to playing other schools and we had to work hard on the side line to try to slow their scoring down as both teams ran away with their games. After the first quarter of the B team game we took both Flo and Ivy out of the shooting circle as they were unstoppable. Elin was moved into the circle with the thought that she was more of a defensive player, however, we now know she is a formidable shooter, getting shots in from the edge of the D. Mea H won player of the match for the B team; having not played much netball until she started at King’s she has the potential to go far. As she is on a hockey pitch, she is like a little terrier and never seems to run out of steam. Evie B got player of the match for the C team, which was well deserved after a nasty fall she bounced back up and carried on with the game. Another player we would like to mention is Lily L; she has worked so hard and has made such excellent progress.
Well done to all the girls and let’s hope for as an impressive cricket season!
U11 Football Tournament
On a glorious Wednesday afternoon, the Year 6 boys took part in the U11 football tournament hosted by King’s Hawford. The boys played six group games, displaying their best performances of the term, and did exceptionally well to make it to the Shield semi-final, where they unfortunately lost against Wolverhampton Grammar School on penalties. Sam and Guy were consistently resilient in defence, with Harry making some fine saves in goal. Tommy controlled the midfield with defence-splitting passes through to Patrick and Aiden, who made good runs on counter attacks. Lex, Eddie and Oli played on the wings, and provided width and speed in the games and were a constant threat on the ball. Well done boys!
U11 A Netball v Malvern St James
After the rain last week, the sun was definitely shining on us on Wednesday. The girls played their last ever netball match at King’s St Alban’s and what a match it was! After being buoyed by the result of the Superball on Saturday, these netballers gave it their all. It was their first 7 a side match, having played the 5 a side game Stingers for most of the season. They relished the opportunity and after some very even play the score was 3-3 at 3/4 quarter time. The girls dug deep and followed the girls from the Superball in finishing the game off. The final score was 6-3 to King’s St Alban’s. Well done girls; this was a superb result and well done to Lara for getting her first ever player of the match. It just shows what you can do with grit and determination. We look forward to following all your progress as you move to the Senior School. Well done!
U10 Football Tournament at RGS The Grange
What a beautiful day for the King’s St Alban’s U10s to travel to RGS The Grange and be involved in a football tournament involving 10 schools. The main focus for the afternoon was to keep their shape during game play. They did this well and it has been a massive improvement since the start of the term. Harry B and William D were incredibly strong at the back, making crucial tackles and distributing the ball well. Jack came out of his goal well and closed down the angle to make a number of good saves. Peter U was as brilliant as ever and controlled the games with his strength on the ball and his awareness off the ball. Ralphie worked his socks off upfront and ran for every ball. His performances were capped off with two great finishes to beat the opponent’s keeper. Well done on a brilliant term in football.
U10 Netball v Malvern St James
The U10 netball teams have played in all weathers this term – gales, rainstorms and finally glorious sunshine. We ventured to Malvern St James for our final fixture of the season. King’s St Alban’s demonstrated some fantastic netball and it was clear how much they have all developed since January. They are now creating more space and driving towards the ball. They marked tightly and made lots of interceptions. Our A team were delighted with their comprehensive victory, winning 8-0 thanks to some excellent shooting. Our B team, who also played the MSJ A team, played superbly and held them to a 1-1 draw. After a term of playing the new 5 a-side, Bee Netball, the girls are now very slick at changing bibs and are confident playing every position. Well done, girls!
U9 Netball v Malvern St James
The girls had a lovely afternoon of netball in the sunshine. We had an afternoon of mixed teams against one MSJ team. We drew some and lost some but all in all a great afternoon furthering their skills. We look forward to next year and the girls honing their skills even further. Well done!
It is great to see our sports teams progress each week but what has been especially great this term is the sense of camaraderie between our pupils on and off the sports pitches.