IAPS Girls U11 Regional Finals 2021
It was quite a stressful start to the day, with three girls unable to make the competition due to illness, but Florence stepped off the playground and onto the minibus at a moment’s notice. The journey to Cheltenham was a loud affair, with some very excited girls onboard the minibus.
Eighteen schools played in the competition, split into four pools. We were in a tough pool with Cheltenham Prep, Monkton Prep, Royal High Prep and The Dragon. Our girls started with great confidence and played some fantastic hockey to win their first game. They then went on to draw one and lose two. We ended up third in our group, which took us through to the plate. We played Beaudesert Park School in the quarter final and the girls put up an excellent battle but unfortunately lost 2-0. It was a real team effort and they should all be very proud of their performance on the day.
U8 Hockey Festival at Winterfold
We took all of our Year 3 girls to their first Hockey Festival on Tuesday at Winterfold House. The girls were very excited on the bus but there were a few nervous faces as they set up on the pitches for their first matches.
Playing four a side is brilliant, in that all the girls are involved in the match and all get plenty of touches of the ball. We were very pleased to see the girls running into space with the ball and making some very tenacious tackles. We were particularly impressed with Marnie, Ayria and Zara, who worked extremely hard in every game.
Both teams did exceptionally well and should be very proud of their performance.
U8/U9 King’s Hawford Festival
This week we headed over to King’s Hawford for our second rugby tournament, hoping to put in place some of the things that we had learned from last time. One of these aspects was to use different structures in attack and defence; Tommy showed good leadership and organisational skills in this regard. Will and Ben displayed some good footwork and Albert exhibited an eagerness to run with the ball. Archie also showed a great turn of pace to shoot down the wing and score an impressive try in the corner. Sebastian, Jasper and Isaac were playing in their first matches this year and all managed to get their hands on the ball and made ground by going forward. Our attack, in general, showed improvement and this was helped by Mark and Brody linking well with some good passing. All in all, another positive afternoon of learning saw us leaving with ten smiles on faces!
U10 Rugby Festival
It was great to see an action-packed afternoon involving over 80 children from King’s St Alban’s, Bromsgrove School and Magdalen College! Some brilliant, high standard, competitive rugby was on display. Well done to all those involved.
U10 A v Bromsgrove and Magdalen College
The U10s competed in a mini festival held at the King’s fields. They played games against Bromsgrove and Magdalen College in what was a marvellous day of rugby, with all teams showing great passages of play, individual skill and amazing sportsmanship. The King’s St Alban’s team began their first game against Bromsgrove, where they showed their organisation skills from the get go with some great runs and offloads thrown in. The second game was against Magdalen and this game was a pleasure to referee, with both teams putting in good structure from turnovers. King’s showed remarkable defensive ability keeping their line formation and putting in strong tackles on their try line. Overall this festival was very enjoyable for all teams involved. Thank you to everyone who attended and look forward to seeing what’s next for the Year 5 King’s St Alban’s rugby team.
U10 B v Bromsgrove and Magdalen College
The U10s played some brilliant rugby on Wednesday afternoon. There were some great strong runs with the ball from Eddie, Barnaby and Leo. What impressed us the most during these determined runs with the ball was the offloads to players who were in space and had a better chance of scoring. Mortimer made some nicely timed tackles and made a number of runs through the opponents’ defence, gaining ground for the team. Oliver didn’t give up and worked hard for the entirety of the afternoon. Special mention goes to Rory; he was phenomenal on Wednesday and we were really proud of the way he got stuck in and made some brilliant tackles.