King's St Alban's

2 December

Sports roundup: Confidence on the pitch

U11 Rugby vs RGS The Grange and Hereford Cathedral School

After a successful IAPS outing last week and finally back to full strength, the U11 boys approached this mini tournament with confidence and excitement.  First off was RGS and what a match this proved to be!  King’s St Alban’s played ‘proper rugby,’ running through the phases and making few mistakes.  The RGS defence was strong and a battle of attrition ensued.  Our line speed was excellent as we put pressure on RGS in defence.  Chances were few and far between but great support and some individual brilliance saw King’s St Alban’s score three tries.  Our only problem was tackling, as we often went in too high and were brushed off by some strong RGS runners.  Indeed, these errors allowed RGS to go the whole length of the pitch twice and score five tries in all.  This was a shame, as a 5-3 loss did not do justice to the game and the performance.

We saved the best game of the season for Hereford Cathedral School.  As the weather turned and icy, piercing, torrential rain suddenly appeared, we produced our long awaited A game!  We passed well, ran with purpose and defended heroically.  Lex was incisive with ball in hand and scored some wonderful tries.  Other boys, quieter in previous games, went looking for work and made breaks.  In all we scored eight tries in the gloomy cold and put a big smile on Mr Chapman’s face!


U11B v RGS The Grange

The Under 11 B team gained some valuable rugby match experience at RGS The Grange this week. During the first half, the game swung one way then another, as each team scored in turn. RGS managed to squeeze it and won the first half, though, with some strong running. However, during the second half KSA managed to provide a little more close support, using more of the available space on the field. Some enjoyable tries were scored in deteriorating weather. By the final whistle, the rain was coming down heavily and the wind was just a little too keen for comfort! This was a worthwhile visit, nevertheless.


U11 Hockey v RGS
As we stepped onto the pitch at RGS we said how lucky we had been with the weather during our week of fixtures….little did we know! The torrential rain started and it felt like icicles hitting you. The girls did so well to battle through, as with cold hands hockey is so hard to play. Yet again both teams impressed me with their grit and determination.

Our A team was not as organised as RGS’s but our hunger for the ball was greater. We did start to string together some passes in the second half and we used the width of the pitch better. RGS probably had the upper hand in the first half but in the second half, when the cold was getting to the players, we came out strong and their goalkeeper had to make several saves. Lara had some excellent shots on goal from the top of the D but just couldn’t get it in the back of the net.

Our B team were freezing cold before they started. They soon warmed up, working hard on the pitch, and there was some very pleasing hockey played. Daisy has been a great gain for the team and her hockey has made excellent progress in the short time she has been with us. Immie organised the team from the middle, and it was great to see how they worked together as a team. Well done to Evie B, who stepped in and played goalkeeper all afternoon; she kept on going even though she was blue!


U10A v RGS The Grange

King’s St Alban’s U10As versus RGS The Grange U10As was always going to be a well matched, competitive game. It started off very evenly matched on the try count with some strong carries, great feet and outstanding decision making from both teams. Going into the second half, both teams came out the blocks firing, with KSA starting to get the upper hand. It has been a great term of rugby for the U10s, who have shown us tremendous progression and are starting to form a really strong team.


U10 and U11 B v RGS The Grange and Hereford Cathedral

This would be many of the boys’ last rugby game of the year and they were told to go out and impress in their two games versus RGS The Grange and Hereford Cathedral. Arthur, Felix and Oliver made some impressive solo runs, using sheer acceleration and changes of direction to beat their opponents and either set up their team mates or score a try themselves. Yiming, Mortimer and Rory showed aggression in the tackle and made some good strong tackles to stop their opponents reaching the try line. J-M kept on going throughout and impressed with his passing. During the second game, the torrential rain started; we kept on going and battling hard through the horrific conditions. The boys were glad of a hot sausage roll to warm themselves up!


U10 matches v RGS The Grange
Well that was a wet Wednesday! The A team played first and were working well, moving the ball to the wings and then pushing the ball forward. Unfortunately, the heavens opened, and the girls soon got very cold. Their determination was never-ending though, with many good defensive hit outs by Sienna D. She was eventually crowned player of the match. The B team were up next and unfortunately they had got very wet on the side lines while waiting for their game. They were superb going on to play though. We had a few players play again for the B team as we hadn’t enough girls and they were very determined in their play. Sienna D again was outstanding, moving more as a centre half and again was crowned player of the match! Well done girls; you certainly needed all your grit and determination that afternoon!


U9A Rugby Festival at King’s St Alban’s

Tuesday saw us compete at our own tournament down at the Games fields. This was the biggest event so far this year, with lots of quality teams in attendance. It was also our last fixture of the year, and a good opportunity to see the progress that we’ve made this season. We played teams from Warwick, Hereford Cathedral, Winterfold and The Downs and had four excellent games. All aspects of our play had clearly improved across the term and the boys can be really proud of their efforts. In defence, Humphrey and Joel showed more awareness of the offside line and, in attack, Sam and Will made some strong runs. Monty and Reuben worked well off each other, showing good support play, and passing skills. In addition, Tom showed better game understanding and was able to put others into space. Against Hereford, we scored, arguably, our best try of the year, with the ball going through multiple phases and finishing with a flowing passing movement, resulting in a try in the corner. What a great way to cap a successful season!


U9B Rugby Festival at King’s St Alban’s

On Tuesday the U9 boys were involved in the King’s St Alban’s rugby festival, which involved 17 teams from a range of schools. The U9B team started off with a hard couple of games against King’s Hawford and RGS the Grange, where they showed skill on and off the ball with some great passes and good running lines running off each other.  The next two games were against Winterfold and RGS the Grange C and demonstrated great resilience when making cover tackles and great tracking back in defence. It has been amazing to see their progression from the start of the year to now and we are looking forward to the seeing their development continue with football in the new year.


U9 matches Hockey match v RGS The Grange
The girls had a lovely afternoon up at RGS The Grange. As it was their last match we played a 6-a-side format ready for next year when they will play 7-a-side with a goalkeeper. The A team were very determined and listened to instructions to take the ball wide. Lottie positioned herself superbly and waited for the pass in from Karla; she then smacked the ball into the back of the net. It was a superb goal! On the other pitch, we got more determined as the game went on but we didn’t have enough width to our game; consequently the ball just went up the middle. Unfortunately, we weren’t strong enough to get any balls past the RGS defence but that’s something to work on next year. Well done girls; this was a great afternoon of hockey.


U8 Hockey v RGS
We absolutely love the new format of junior hockey, with the small 4-a-side games. They are all involved and nobody is left standing around getting cold. We had some very determined performances again. Zara is like a little terrier on the pitch, chasing the ball and putting in some strong tackles. Maddie came back strong from her injury and gave her all.  Mia worked hard on the other pitch and impressed us all.