King's St Alban's

6 December

WEEKLY SPORTS ROUND-UP 07.12.18

U11A Rugby v RGS The Grange​

The U11A boys ended their season in fine form at RGS The Grange on Wednesday.  In drizzly, muddy conditions (proper rugby weather!), the boys showed tenacity, flair and resilience in playing some dazzling rugby.  As usual, our defence was immense with good line speed, strong tackling and impressive counter-rucking.  I can barely recall a single missed tackle in forty minutes of rugby and the 0 part of both scores was particularly pleasing.  With ball in hand, we played with ambition and our handling held up well.  Occasionally we lacked depth and therefore go forward but we were clinical in taking our chances with Charlie A and Seth to the fore.  In beating a strong RGS team 4-0 and Moor Park 7-0, the boys showed how far they have come this term.  As sense of cooperation and bonhomie pervades this team and this was to the fore in both games.  This has been a tremendous season for the boys.  They have a bright rugby future as they move to King’s.  It has been a pleasure to coach them this year.  Well done!

Mr R Chapman​

U11B Rugby v RGS The Grange​

The U11B team braved the elements on Wednesday afternoon and produced an excellent performance away at RGS The Grange running out 8 – 0 winners in what became a very one sided match after a close opening five minutes. 

The very wet and chilly conditions didn't bode well for a free flowing expansive game and The Grange soon found this out: their attempts to get the ball out wide early on resulting in spilled ball and plenty of turnover. KSA were fantastic in defence and gave The Grange no room at all, pressing so hard that, bar one line break, The Grange were pinned inside their own 22 for the entirety of the first half. KSA's constant pressure and harrassing soon paid off and Freddie Ferkins soon went over in the corner for the first of his two tries in the game. The boys really began to express themselves in the second half and with a lot more possession they ran in several excellent tries with Kian running in three excellent scores showing great speed and sidestepping skill as did Solomon, Haydn and Alfie. The boys really impressed all who saw them and should be very proud of an outstanding team effort and result.

Mr Mann

U11C Rugby v RGS The Grange

It was a wet and windy affair down at RGS the grange for our under 11 C’s last fixture before the Christmas break and what a game it was. The game was very end to end with the final result finishing in a 7-5 win to the St.Alban boys. Particular mentions go to Louis L and Finn W for both playing the role of captain today, great leadership was shown from those two. James D, Will G and Monty H all put out some of the best tackling I’ve seen all term, which resulted in stopping a few try’s from RGS. Pretty much all of the try’s came from quick passing and brave running. What a result for the last game of the year! Well done boys.

Mr Taylor

U10A Rugby v RGS The Grange​

On Wednesday, the U10 A rugby team had their final game of the season against a strong RGS side. In some difficult conditions – wet, windy and muddy – the boys did well to start so strongly, with Fabian crossing for a try fairly early on. What followed was an attritional, physical and intense match. RGS hit hard in the tackle and counter-rucked effectively which made life difficult for us at the breakdown. Having spoken about the importance of good ball presentation at half-time, this was much improved in the second-half  which allowed us to have quicker ball. This enabled us to string together some great rugby and build a bit of a buffer, going 5 tries to 3 up. Our defence in the last five minutes was as impressive as it had been throughout the whole game, with every single player taking responsibility and making their own tackles. RGS kept plugging away and deserved their 4th try in the last play of the game, but St Alban's worked incredibly hard to hold on for the win. Far more important than the result, however, was the performance and the progress that they have made this term. This was, by some distance, the best that I have seen this team play. What a way to end the season! Well done, boys. 

Mr Dudley

U10B Rugby v RGS The Grange​

A thoroughly convincing and commanding performance from RGS The Grange saw them beat KSA U10 'B', 1-11.

Full credit to RGS in the way they played as a team and played rugby in difficult conditions.  A much improved 2nd half team performance saw James.D run-in a superb solo effort, to restore some inner team-confidence in a very one-sided match.

Mr T Benham​

Inter-House Aquathlon​

Over the past week most of the pupils have participated in our first Inter-House Aquathlon.  It has been a great opportunity for the children to participate in something different and for some children to shine.  Most of the children swam 2 lengths and then ran 4 laps of the sports hall. The hardest quest for most was the transition and trying to get trainers onto wet feet. Some also found the bibs problematic and a few giggles were had as they ran all tangled up in a bib.​

Although, I personally didn't see the Year 3 competition. Immie H had a special mention for how well she executed the transition. She has probably been watching her big brother, Henry, who came first in his race after flying around the course. In the Year 5 competition there were some very close races but I was particularly impressed with the last race, where Arabella had an excellent swim and transition which just kept her ahead of some very strong runners.

Results:

             Yr3                    Yr4                           Yr5                  Yr6                  

1st       Wilson              Bailey & Wilson     Armstrong     Wilson            

2nd      Armstrong                                        Thomas          Thomas           

3rd       Thomas            Armstrong              Bailey             Bailey              

4th       Bailey               Thomas                   Wilson            Armstrong​

Overall:

1st  Wilson

2nd Armstrong

3rd  Thomas & Bailey

U11 A Hockey v RGS

It was lovely to see how excited the girls were to play against RGS today after their close encounter in the recent Tournament final. The weather held off for us and the girls made the strongest start they have all season. Our main targets were to work hard on covering the pitch and to carry the ball until they could find the pass. They did these both so well. All the girls gave 100% and we made the most of the rolling subs to allow the girls to have a rest as they run out of steam. The game was end to end and they covered the pitch well linking a number of passes together. In defence, Jess and Clarisse made some crunching tackles and distributed the ball out well. Immy made a number of saves and cleared the ball out of our D. It was unfortunate that in the last seconds of the first half RGS scored. The girls made a resolute start to the second half and their sheer grit and determination paid off as they worked the ball forwards for Martha to score off. 

An excellent end to the hockey season! 

Mrs J Clark

U11 B Hockey v RGS The Grange

On a very wet Wednesday afternoon, the U11 B team played their final hockey match for KSA. The girls were taking on RGS The Grange before watching the Senior School varsity match. The KSA girls all worked tirelessly and tackled well. Despite KSA defending superbly, RGS managed to sneak in a goal in the first half. It was a long match of 40 minutes so KSA had plenty of time to score. The girls listened carefully to the coaching advice and passed the ball superbly down the pitch. After Mrs Hand’s half-time advice to shoot sooner, KSA began to create more scoring opportunities. After several attacks on the RGS goal, Phoebe Webster scored a goal for KSA to make it 1-1. It was an excellent game to watch and wonderful to see how far some of the girls have come with their hockey skills since Year 3, or even since joining in Year 5.

U11C & D v RGS The Grange

The girls had a lovely final hockey match at KSA against RGS The Grange on Wednesday afternoon. The D team started well and tried hard to use the width of the pitch to their advantage. Kira made a superb run up the wing and passed it into Hattie who smacked the ball into the back of the goal – excellent! It was a fairly evenly matched game however we lost 2-4.

The C team had a very evenly matched game and Aggie (player of the match) was superb in her tackling skills, always running back into the defending end to help there too. We created many chances however only scored one goal. Final score a draw 1-1.

Mrs Hind