King's St Alban's

5 October

WEEKLY SPORTS ROUND-UP 05.10.18

What a fantastic week of fixtures! 131 pupils have played in a rugby or hockey fixture this week and the matches have been buzzing with excitement and a well-deserved ‘air of pride’ as the children have enjoyed numerous counts of success. It is great to hear the children relaying their achievements to their parents as I leave school, one young man was telling a parent how he had made the ‘best tackle’. We finished the week on a high with 44 year 5 and 6 pupils involved in another exceptional swimming gala. Well done to all the children that have worked so hard this week.

J Clark

U11A Rugby v Hereford Cathedral School

After two excellent sessions in games and at club, the boys were chomping at the bit for this match.  Practice had focused on line speed, timing of the pass and decision-making and this was a good opportunity for the team to put theory into practice.  After a long journey, the team started positively and quickly put Hereford under pressure.  Indeed, the boys had a significant advantage in terms of territory all match and did well to keep the ball alive against a committed Hereford defence.  As the game moved on, the possession and territory started to count and gaps appeared.  Throughout, Seth and Henry provided guile and calm decision making, allowing runners to hit gaps.  Hereford often attacked from deep and had some strong and quick runners.  The KSA defence remained resolute, however, with good and consistent line speed and very few missed tackles.  The boys scored six tries including an individual gem from Haydn and a couple of really well worked team tries finished by Harry and Charlie.  Hereford scored a late consolation so the final score of 6-1 meant a good day at the office for the boys. 

R Chapman

U11B Rugby v Hereford Cathedral School

U11 B’s vs Hereford Cathedral B’s was a very tightly contested Rugby Match, with the end result finishing in a 5-5 draw. A particular mention goes to Will G for an excellent try and some brilliant tackling. Well done U11 B’s! 

J Taylor

U10 Rugby A v Hereford Cathderal​

Our U10 A team continued their season with a well-matched game against a big, strong Hereford Cathedral side. King's got out of the blocks quickly, scoring some well-worked early tries. Hereford bounced back and eased their way back into the game and it became an excellent contest. I was very impressed with our rucking display, particularly considering this is the first year in which the boys have been allowed to ruck. Oscar, Peter and Arthur D were particularly strong over the ball and won some fantastic turnovers. With the ball, we looked dangerous with every attack, with Fabian, Luke, Peter and Arthur using their speed, footwork and strength to escape defenders. The boys looked to keep the ball alive by stringing offloads together and it was impressive to see them put some phases together and playing some 'proper' rugby. This team have not yet reached their potential, but they are well on the way to becoming a very, very good team. Well done, boys.

T Dudley

U10 Rugby B v Hereford Cathderal

In a thrilling match against Hereford Cathedral, the game ended 8-8 !

With the match bathed in sunshine, many players from both teams were shining;    Tom.H was strong running forward, along with James.D on the wing. Full credit to both teams.

T Benham​

U9 Rugby Festival @ Abberley

A thoroughly satisfying afternoon saw KSA U9 Boys shine in all 4 games. Holding the Finalists, Abberley to 4-4, then drawing with Hawford all the way until they sent for their artillery, followed by an excellent win against Winterfold and finally a creditable display against RGS – sadly their legs and lungs could take no more in the final match!

A huge credit to the school and themselves. Fantastic job, boys.

T Benham​​

U8 Rugby v RGS Springfield

On Tuesday afternoon, all of our Year 3 boys went over to RGS Springfield for a brilliant game of rugby. With all of the boys having plenty of game time, it was a great chance for them to improve their skills and gain a deeper understanding of the game. I was delighted with the boys' attitude throughout the afternoon and it was pleasing to see them working hard for each other. Our attacking game was a particular strength, with Sam C, Eamon and Guy scoring some excellent tries. Whilst those three boys were especially impressive, I was extremely pleased with every single player and I think that they have the potential to be a great team. Well done, boys.

J Clark

U11A Hockey v Hereford Cathedral School

In the first half of the match the play went from end to end. They linked a few passes together to get it up the pitch but just lacked the strength in their finishing shots on goal. Clarisse worked like a terrier as sweeper, chasing down tackles and driving the ball forwards. Near the end of the first half she delivered an excellent ball across the ‘D’ from which Martha scored a text book goal. In the second half they tired a little not always working back behind the ball which gave Hereford the chance to equalise.

After the match we let all the team do a penalty shuffle, which gave Immy in goal a chance to shine. Some very impressive movement and strong clearances from goal saw Immy save  6 out of the nine shots.

J Clark

U11B Hockey v Hereford Cathedral School

The U11B team played some superb hockey on Wednesday afternoon. Esther was rightly on it in saying “Quick we’re defending let’s get behind the ball.” The team then obliged! However, for the majority of the time the ball was in our attacking end. Bea scored 3 goals within the first 5 minutes and at half time we had a little move around. However, Bea came up from defence and went all the way to score another goal! Superb! Eve came out of defence and was useful on the wing, passing it in to Esther and Phoebe W and another couple of goals were scored. This resulted in a win for KSA.  

A Hind

U11C Hockey v Hereford Cathedral School

The U11C team had a very close match against Hereford cathedral school on Wednesday afternoon. Our forwards, Sonali and Olivia MH and then backed up by Millie C in the 2nd half were superb moving the ball forward and towards goal. A little more needs to be done on pushing forward and having someone on the opposite post when a shot on goal is placed. However, we were very good at all getting behind the ball when defending and we managed to sneak in a goal past their goalkeeper. In the 2nd half Jorja (goalie) made a superb save, but Hereford did manage to sneak one past levelling the score at 1-1.

A Hind

U10A Hockey v Hereford Cathedral School

The girls played some very pleasing hockey on Wednesday. Once they scored their first goal their confidence grew and they were stronger on the ball. They all worked hard and they were stronger in the press with Harriet setting it up well in the middle. Arabella had a very strong game playing a sweeper she understood her role, putting in some strong tackles but also keen to go forwards and getting the ball into the ‘D’.  They won 3-0 with goals from Martha, who again got player of the match, and Phoebe.

J Clark

U9 Hockey v Abberley​

The girls were very excited about the match on Tuesday and they are full of confidence as they have had a brilliant season so far. They started very strong driving the ball ’fast and forwards’ just as we have been encouraging them to in the lessons. They scored two goals in the first 2 minutes so to slow them down I made them play 3 passes before they could shoot at goal. This worked well and they linked some nice passes together going up the pitch. Anna had an outstanding game, playing a sweeper, her tackles were strong but well timed and she moved the ball forwards picking out some accurate long passes. Lily-Mae was again ferocious in the circle, she tried very hard to put into practice the skill we did before the match of sweeping the shot in off the post. The final score was 5-1.

J Clark

U8 Hockey Festival at Winterfold

The U8 hockey team had a lovely afternoon over at Winterfold and for some girls, this was their first ever match! We usually train on astro so this was a first for all girls as we played on grass. They adapted quickly and soon realised that they had to hit the ball much harder. We played 3 matches against RGS A and B teams and Winterfold A team and won all 3 games, 1-0, 2-0 and 1-0 respectively. The girls were strong and often the ball was in our attacking end meaning that the defenders had to concentrate even harder if the ball suddenly came back down their end. There was some excellent tackling by Alice and goals scored by Ivy and Eleanor. Well done girls, a super set of results!

A Hind