U11 IAPS Football Tournament
On Wednesday, our U11 boys travelled to Repton for the regional round of the IAPS Football tournament. Bathed in glorious sunshine, the boys started as they meant to go on, playing some superb football and winning their first game. As the afternoon progressed, the results for the boys were fairly mixed, with a couple of losses, another win and a draw. Unfortunately, this wasn't quite enough to take us through a tough group to the semi-finals. However, the football that the boys played deserved better results. We were playing out from the back with confidence, passing and moving and playing first time passes into space. With the ball, we were outstanding and played 'proper football' without relying on an individual or the long-ball. Without the ball, particularly in our own box, we were slightly passive with our marking which let us down a couple of times. However, the boys played the best football that I have seen from a KSA team and they should be extremely pleased with how they got on on the day – it was our best set of results at the IAPS Football for a long time. Well done, boys!
U9 football tournament
On a very sunny Tuesday afternoon the U9 boys travelled to RGS the grange for their first football tournament of the year! Excitement was in the air and although the results didn’t work out in our favour, I’m very proud of how the boys played. Particular mentions go to Yousery, I played him in a position he hasn’t played before and he more than held his own. A very top performance and non stop running! We scored one goal in the tournament against RGS, it came from a lovely run from Jinc as he had the ability to beat 3 players and get a shot off which went out for a corner. The goal came from a delightful ball in by Oscar, which for RGS unfortunately found the back of their net.
Another mention goes to Dan for some great defending. Also to Oscar and Giles for working extremely hard throughout the tournament.
Well done boys.
U11 IAPS Netball
A group of ten U11 excited girls travelled down to Millfied on Thursday morning. It was an early start and many spent the 2 hour journey under blankets (with breakfast sweets!). The morning was spent playing in our pool of matches and the results of these matches depended on whether we were to go through to the Cup or Plate competitions. After 3 nail biting draws (where in some we were unlucky not to win) and a win, we were placed 2nd in our group behind Cheltenham Prep, a team we had drawn against 2-2. This 2nd placing meant we were through to the quarter-finals and the knockout stages.
We were drawn against King's Hall. If we won this match, then we were through to the semi-finals and a chance of gaining 1 of 3 coveted places in the national finals. It was tough but we managed to win this match 5-3, meaning we were through to the semi-finals and against Cheltenham Prep, who we drew to in the pool stages. This was probably the most nail-biting match we have ever played. At the end of 12 minutes the score was 5-5. This meant we had to play an extra 6 minutes one way. We were losing 2-0 with 40 seconds to go. The ball was popped into the net meaning we were trailing by 1 goal. It was our centre and the coaches were shouting "Go to goal". It did and with 6 seconds left on the clock we popped the ball into the net to yet again level the match. This meant that the golden goal time was now upon us and whoever scored the next goal would go through to the final of the competition and also the coveted national finals. We had warned the girls that this might happen and that they must react quickly and get the ball down to our attacking end. They did their job, got it down to our shooters and Martha popped the ball in the net to finally win that match 8-7. Amazing!
After much excitement we knew we still had a job to do in the final. We were drawn against Beaudesert. After the excitement of the semi-finals both teams knew they were through to the national finals and this turned out to be a much slower game. It was good as we could play our game work the ball up the court to our shooters and when the ball was in our defending end our defenders held strong and picked up many loose balls. We won 4-2, which meant we won the overall tournament out of 21 schools and U11 IAPS South West regional champions. A superb achievement for the girls in question and the school overall. A first for King's St Alban's, winning the overall tournament and only the second time in our history that had progressed to the national finals. Well done girls a fine achievement. The team made up of Bea (captain), Fen (vice-captain), Eve, Clarisse, Martha, Matilda, Esther, Frankie, Jess and Phoebe W now have to prepare for the finals on 21st March, we wish them luck.
U9 A Netball v The Elms
The girls were superb on Tuesday. We started strong in the first quarter with Amelia scoring two goals. Their defending was tight and they moved well around the court. We focused on our movement towards the pass, which Lilly-Mae and Stephanie were particularly good at and I was very pleased that The Elms chose both of them as 'Players of the Match'. Anna and Amelia went on to score another 4 goals. Well played to all of them!
U9B Netball v MSJ
The U9B played against a strong MSJ team in the glorious sunshine on Tuesday afternoon. The girls worked very hard and showed an excellent team spirit. They were focused on their marking and connecting their passes and they all made good progress throughout the match. Player of match was awarded to Olivia for her excellent interceptions. Well done to all the girls involved.
U8A Netball v Malvern St James
The girls had a lovely afternoon of netball again on Tuesday. It was obvious that their skills have improved over the weeks of competitive matches and the ball is now being worked nicely up towards our attacking end. Well done to Mia and Sidney, as between them they managed to score 6 goals. Final score KSA 6, MSJ 0. Well done girls!
U8B Netball v Malvern St James
It was the B team's turn next and again their attacking skills have improved and the ball was in our attacking end for the majority of the match. It was lovely when we just snuck a goal in towards the end of the match and we ended up winning 1-0. Well done girls!