Week 6 of the Autumn Term saw our U11 girls travel to Cheltenham Ladies College for the IAPS hockey championships, the U11 and U10 boys were in action against Blue Coat School and the U8 boys took part in a tag rugby festival.
U11 IAPS Hockey
Arriving at Cheltenham College bright and early, the IAPS squad prepared themselves with a good warm up. The first game was against Monmouth Girls’ School, a team they faced whilst on Sports tour last week, but this time the girls were able to attack with strength and they came out with a 2-0 win. This was a fabulous start to the tournament.
Feeling confident, and without a break, they went straight back onto the pitch to tackle Hereford Cathedral School. Legs were feeling heavy and a well-organised HCS managed to put three goals past a tired King’s Hawford defence. However, showing resilience and strength, the girls found the back of the net, resulting in a 3-1 loss.
Not put off in any way, and after a short break, the team attacked The Manor Prep with gusto and determination. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to score and the result went in as 0-0.
A very tense hour of not knowing whether they had managed to get through to the next round saw the girls get out onto the pitch to practise penalty flicks. Through the number of goals scored, they clinched second place in the group as well as the quarter finals. They were up against a strong Bromsgrove team.
King’s Hawford battled and withheld a barrage of attacks from the Bromsgrove forwards. Several penalty corners were awarded and, after making some tremendous saves, Bromsgrove found the back of the net, sending them through to the semi-finals.
The team were disappointed but proud of the position they came in the tournament and of managing to get to the quarter finals. This was a superb performance by all.
U11 Rugby v Blue Coat
The under 11s played some excellent rugby in their fixtures against Bluecoat school. Despite being smaller in stature than our opposition, the boys were able to score tries from all areas of the pitch. All three sides played with impressive control and organisation both in attack and defence, which drew praise from the supporters of both schools. As the half term draws to a close we can reflect on some outstanding rugby and we look forward to greater exploits in the weeks to come starting with the under 11s visit to the prestigious Harrison Cup.
U10 Rugby vs Blue Coat School
On Monday the U10 boys team hosted Blue Coat School in a highly competitive fixture that was full of fiercely committed tackling and outstanding footwork and offloading in possession. The King’s Hawford boys made excellent progress towards their goals for the fixture, namely an improved defensive press and greater use of width in attack. Every single player was a credit to the school and their skill and attitude once again proved more than a match against a school with four times the number of boys to select from.
U8 Tag Rugby Festival
On Tuesday, King’s Hawford hosted an U8 tag-rugby festival involving eight teams from five different schools. It was a wonderful afternoon of rugby and proved to be a fantastic learning experience for the eighty plus boys on show. It was also lovely to have so many parent and grandparent spectators from the various schools, which made for a nurturing and encouraging atmosphere. The two Hawford teams made super progress in their fixtures with almost every boy in Year 3 enjoying the pride and experience of scoring tries for their school.
It is safe to say that week 6 of the Autumn Term has been an enjoyable week on the sports pitches.