It was a pure delight to take 8 Year 6 swimmers to the Bromsgrove Invitational gala on Monday. Everyone was impeccably behaved and the confidence gained from our outstanding performance at the IAPS competition before half term was evident. All children put in a solid performance in each race. In the medley relay the girls finished 4th overall and the boys came 2nd in the B final. The front crawl relay saw a 6th place for the girls and a 1st in the B final for the boys. Well done to all those whose took part you should be very proud of yourselves.
U9 netball tournament @ RGS The Grange
The girls had a lovely afternoon at the RGS The Grange U9 netball tournament on Tuesday afternoon. We had a couple of supporters dishing out the odd treat between matches which is always a bonus! The girls never failed in their determination and fight right up until the end of the games, however, the scores just didn't go our way. Despite the scores there were many promising moments. Martha scored a goal against Winterfold in the second match and Phoebe managed to sneak one in against Malvern St James, in our penultimate match. Ava was superb in defence knocking the ball away from the opposition. Well done girls!
U10 & U11 Netball v Malvern St James
On Wednesday we were delighted to play netball against Malvern St James, as the rest of the week has been so disrupted by the inclement weather. We played back to back matches with our U11 and U10 girls' on the 2 indoor courts. All four teams came away triumphant and we were delighted with all their performances. I was particularly impressed with how all the teams took on board the advice they were given between the quarters.
The U11 Netball team attended the IAPS tournament hosted by Millfield school on Monday 5th March. They played six matches during the morning. The girls started their first match straight off the bus and were up against All Hallows School. It took them a little time to warm up during the ten minute game, but they soon got into their rhythm and ended the game with a 1-1 draw. The girls then faced their toughest opposition of the pool with their second game against Redmaids. They put in an outstanding performance and were fantastic competition for the school that eventually went on to qualify for the IAPS Nationals, and narrowly lost to them 3-2. They delivered four out of four wins during the following games, with victories against Mount Kelly Preparatory (4-1), King’s Hall School (3-1), Monkton Preparatory School (1-0) and Kingswood Preparatory School (2-0). Emilia D and Lola B were a continuous strength throughout these matches and were partly responsible for the low scores of the opposition. Ruby I, Kate L, and Phoebe R worked well together and held their own against some tough defenders. Charlotte K was consistent in disrupting the opposition’s attacking play, and Millie D was a calming presence through the court feeding the circle well. Georgia W's movement was outstanding and contributed to some very good attacking plays acrossthe court, and Phoebe R used the circle edge very well to feed the circle. Ellie H injected speed into the attacking play, and when she got into her rhythm, used a quick ball to advance play down court.
All of these efforts secured second place in the group, which entered them into the plays-offs to continue to the next round, the quarter finals. The girls put in a very strong performance against Blundell’s Preparatory School, and left their spectators on the edge of their seats with the match having to continue into extra time and Golden Goal. Unfortunately, the Golden Goal fell into the hands of the opposition, and the girls could not quite regain possession in time. The girls were absolutely outstanding over the day, and made quite an impression against other schools during the matches.
Well done girls! We are very proud of you.
Mrs Clark and Miss Bradley
U9 Football v The Elms
On Tuesday afternoon our U9 football team travelled to The Elms School. We started off very positively with Fabian and Sam putting in a solid effort in defence, preventing any clear cut opportunities for the opposing team. Luke and Arthur also impressed with their runs down each of the wings, delivering precise crosses which found their fellow team mates. This close encounter finished with the scores at 0-0. The boys could improve with their movement off the ball to give the player with the ball more options for a pass, to ensure possession is maintained. Also at times some of the boys tried to do too much, instead of making an easy simple pass.
U10/U11 Hawford Football Tournament
On Wednesday afternoon our U10/U11 boys took part in King’s Hawford’s football tournament. We didn’t get off to the best of starts, with things not really going our way but I was really impressed with the way the boys tried to play good passing football at all times during the afternoon. I was also pleased to see that every single player kept their heads up and put in 100% work rate, even when the results were going against us. Charlie had numerous powerful efforts on goal which were unfortunately denied by the post, crossbar or a good save by the opposing goalkeeper. Unfortunately the team were knocked out in the semi-final of the shield to a physical Blue Coats team. The player of the tournament had to be Solomon who commanded the central midfield area with his physicality and composure on the ball, executing some phenomenal balls forward.
Football v Berkhampstead
The U10/11 B team produced a comfortable victory against Berkhampstead away from home. Strong support from parents and good weather encouraged the boys to work hard on and off the ball. Excellent individual performances from Ollie P and Seth E, final score 3-0.
We weren't so lucky in our other game of the afternoon with the score going against us. Unfortunately the opposition were larger and stronger and controlled much of the game. Despite this there were moments of encouragement – especially MOM performance from Henry Hawes in defence. The second half was by far the better half and the boys worked hard until the final whistle.
A deserved win for Berkhampsted.