WEEKLY SPORTS ROUND-UP 08.03.19

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WEEKLY SPORTS ROUND-UP 08.03.19

Boys Football

U9 v Blue Coat

On Tuesday, our U9 football team hosted Blue Coat in what was a terrific game. Blue Coat started strongly and did not let up for the whole game, scoring some absolutely superb goals. Special mention should go, however, to Jinc and Giles for some excellent saves and defending respectively. With the ball, we looked to play nice and wide and move the ball around, which was very pleasing to see. However, we lacked quite a bit of height and so often did not have a forward pass to make. When we did have this height, we caused Blue Coat some problems. A perfect example of this was when Oscar held his height up the pitch, so when Daniel won a strong tackle and Giles played the ball through Blue Coat's defence, Oscar was there to latch onto it and finish emphatically. This small group of boys are making some good progress as a team. Well done, boys. Keep it up!

U10A v Berkhampstead

This Wednesday our U10  A team were at the historic and fascinating Cheltenham Cricket Club where they played Berkhampstead School. Our defence was put under very early and sustained pressure by some very direct running and powerful shooting by the Berkhampstead attack.It  wasn't long before they scored, despite some excellent saves by Rupert James and determined tracking and tackling by Max Knott who led by example once again as team captain. Max and Rupert were well assisted by Arthur Dykes and Peter John in a first half that saw very few chances for our strikers and was incredibly frustrating for our midfielders who were pulled into defensive duties to try and limit the powerful runners from Berkhampstead who scored on three more occasions. The second half saw a change in positioning and George Fisher came on to good effect in an altered midfield. Rupert continued to make some wonderful saves and Xander Shepherd had a few more promising runs up front but was unable to convert any. Berkhampstead scored only once in the second half but still ended up convincing winners despite our boys' very best efforts and a refusal to give up which was wonderful to see.

U10B v Berkhampstead

The U10B footballers braved the rain and were never ending in their determination against a clearly stronger side. Tom (1st quaeter) and then Henry for the rest of the match were superb in goal and saved many goals, keeping the score lower than it could have been. Out in the field we were good at stopping the ball but struggled to push the ball up the field to our scoring end. A little more focus throughout the whole match would be beneficial. Final score KSA 0, Berkhampstead 6. Well done boys! 

U11 Football Tournament

On Wednesday afternoon, our U11 A football team had a tournament down at the fields, hosted by King's Hawford. The weather on the walk down was truly horrendous, but the boys did not let that dampen their spirits. We started with a tough game against a strong Blue Coat side, the eventual winners of the tournament. We played very well and defended outstandingly, but could not quite nick a goal! 0-0, but a very solid start. The rest of our group games went well, but were slightly frustrating at times. We dominated possession and played some excellent football, but could not take our chances in front of goal. We finished the group games on 7 points, 3rd in our group of 6, and went through to the shield semi-final, in which we played against Winterfold. Again, we played very, very well and defended perfectly, but could not grab the goal that we deserved. 0-0 at full-time and at the end of extra-time, it went to penalties. In difficult conditions with the penalty box looking more like a mud bath than a football pitch, it was a complete lottery. Unfortunately for our boys, Winterfold won on sudden death and progressed to the final. A great afternoon of football in which we played some excellent stuff. This team are really starting to perform well - we just need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal at both ends of the pitch! Well done, boys.   

U11B v Berkhampstead

Goals from Louie, Seth and Haydn’, saw off Berkhampstead by winning 1-3.

Alfie came off the bench and his display was Rolls-Royce esque.  Some deft touches from Ed and determination from Eddie in central midfield, helped KSA control the majority of the match.

Girls Netball

U8A v RGS Springfield

The U8 netballers had a lovely match fo four quarters over at RGS Springfield on Tuesday afternoon. It was a very closely fought match with goals being score by both teams. Alice was excellent in defence and again Immie and Mia worked the ball into the goal D. The match finished 3-4 to RGS Springfield. Well done girls, we can really see the improvement in your movement.

U9 RGS The Grange Netball Tournament

The U9 girls were very excited to be playing in another tournament on Tuesday at The Grange. 10 schools entered the tournament and which were then split into two groups of 5. In our first match we played a strong Blue Coat team and although we managed to get the ball into our shooting circle on a number of occasions we lost 4-0. In our second match we played Moor Park, the girls played well with Gracie linking some good passes with Anna to get the ball into the circle and although we had most of the attack we only just managed a 1-0 win. In our third match against The Downs the girls struggled as they had a very quick GA who Heidi worked hard to mark but her movement in the D was good and her shooting very accurate and we lost this game 5 - 1. In our last match the we played The Elms. This was probably our best performance of the day. We won 2-1, the passing was better and they made some excellent interceptions of the ball. We finished third in our group, so unfortunately just missed out on going through to the next round.‚Äč

U10/11 v RGS Springfield

I umpired the first two quarters of this match, which were very close and at half time we were drawing 1-1. Our girls worked extremely hard in defence and although Ava linked well with Arabella to get the ball into our attacking third we struggled to get into the D to shoot. Hattie had her worked cut out as GK, with a GS who towered over her, but she tried hard to keep her away from the post. In the last two quarters they went down and lost their confidence and ended up losing 6-1 which did not reflect how tight the game had been.

U11 v RGS Springfield

Our U11 girls were impressive on the court against Springfield on Wednesday. Their movement on court showed good use of the space and their passes were quick and accurate. Springfield staff picked out a couple of our girls for their performance on court. Izzy did some amasing interceptions of the ball and Olivia worked hard as Centre to give passing options all the way down the court. Phoebe S read their passes well and also made some crucial interceptions as GD stopping the ball entering our defending D. Springfield selected Sonali as their 'Player of the Match' which she deserved for her domination of our D and her shooting. An impressive 12-3 win.

Swimming

Bromsgrove Invitational

It was a pure delight to take our team of year 6 swimmers up to Perdiswell pool on Monday for the Bromsgrove Invitational Relays.  All the children demonstrated impeccable behaviour had an excellent team spirit. They supported each other well with congratulations and encouragement. Both girls and boys reached the A finals in both relays. The girls finished 1st in the Medley and 3rd in the Freestyle. The boys finished 2nd in the medley and 3rd in the freestyle. As well as excellent placings in this tough competition there were some superb times too. We are all getting very excited for the IAPS qualifying round on the 14th. Watch this space! 

Year 5&6 gala V Hawford and Holy Trinity.

An exciting prospect was in store for our last gala before the IAPS qualifly round. We welcomed Holy Trinity to our pool for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed a hard fought event between KSA, Hawford and Holy Trinity. On Monday Holy Trinity had beaten our year 6 boys in the medley relay so they were looking forward to the opportunity of a rematch. They were rewarded with a faster time and a win on this occasion. It is truly amazing what a positive mindset can do! Once again it was a pleasure to see so many children swimming to the best of there ability wherever they were placed in the race.