A return to competitive sport – whatever the weather!
This week we have battled pretty much everything the great British weather could throw at us! At King’s St Alban’s we endeavour to play sport whatever the weather where possible. Despite the rain, hail and blustery conditions our sports staff have ensured that all Prep School pupils have taken part in sport this week!
It was amazing to have our first fixtures against another school in over a year! Every child within Years 3 and 4 were involved in this block fixture against King’s Hawford on Tuesday. It was great to see the excitement from the boys and girls when talking about the fixture in the days prior, getting onto the minibus or coach, playing against another school and even eating their snacks with their friends at the end! Every child represented the school phenomenally, showing great manners, sportsmanship, effort and skill. Well done Years 3 and 4!
Unfortunately our U10 and U11 fixtures on Wednesday were called off due to the weather. This didn’t stop the children from enjoying their Wednesday afternoon! They were involved in a multisport afternoon consisting of golf putting, bean bag throwing, table tennis, coconut shy throwing and finished off with a game of quick cricket!
On Tuesday afternoon we split the U8 into two equal teams and played a quick cricket style game against King’s Hawford. This enabled us to show off our batting and fielding skills that we have worked on within our games lessons so far this term. As a whole I was very impressed with our U8s and they showed good skill with the bat to think about trying to hit the ball into gaps in the field. Rueben A and Monty E both showed tremendous work in the field with their work rate, stopping of the ball and their sharp throwing into the bowler. Joel B, Tom B and Karla S all batted extremely well and played a variety of well executed cricket shots.
The U8s had their very first cricket match for King’s St Alban’s on Tuesday. They played very well and got better as the game progressed. Notable performances in the batting were from Sienna, Florence and Shreya and in the fielding Humphrey was a superb wicket keeper. Lots to take away as coaching points but a great first match.
Mixed U9 KSA and KSH teams met on a blowy, yet sunny afternoon at Hawford. It was fantastic to be, not only outside playing, but seeing girls and boys playing on the same teams. KSA won by 17 runs – but the result doesn’t matter. A terrific batting and bowling performance from every single player, was so moving to see. All the patient waiting and training, when possible, is just rewards for their fine display. This fixture was also probably one of the most enjoyable, against our ‘sister’, that I can remember. A spirit of family-unity was present. And long may this continue.
The U9s had their first competitive fixture of the year, and all were excited to be involved. Despite some rustiness on show, there were some good skills in evidence. Leo and Jack’s bowling actions showed some promise, with both managing some good deliveries. Emily impressed with both bat and ball, with her three boundaries being the highlight of the afternoon. Whilst we did manage a narrow victory on the scoreboard, the main thing was that everyone enjoyed themselves and learned a little bit more about the nuances of match play. Well done Year 4!
We had a very enjoyable first match of pairs cricket on Tuesday. Our girls batted well and scored 22 runs and Hawford scored 14. However, the game was decided on wickets with Hawford getting 2 wickets and an extra of 10 runs. The girls bowled particularly well considering it was their first game. We bowled off a short wicket, but Isabelle L impressed me with the consistency of her line and length when bowling.
Well done to all of our KSA pupils who have taken part in sport this week whatever the weather.