King's St Alban's

11 October

WEEKLY SPORTS ROUND-UP 12.10.18

Boys' Rugby

U8 Rugby Festival at King's Hawford

U8B

A very good learning experience for the U8 'B' team boys, in which they took part in 3 close matches (winning one), whilst bathed in glorious autumnal-sunshine. 

Big thank you to Hawford for hosting us and providing the boys this opportunity to learn, once again, the importance of team work. 

U11B Rugby vs Berkhamstead School

This was a tough game played in hot, sunny conditions and gave our B team squad the chance to pit their wits against some A team players.  Indeed, the match was incredibly even.  Berkhampstead kept the ball extremely well and were adept at off-loading in the tackle.  The KSA boys tackled valiantly with Monty H and Charlie F particularly to the fore.  It was this offensive defence that proved the difference as our boys were quick to capitalise on turnover ball.  Given hard a yard of space, Solomon is an extremely dangerous runner; explosive, quick and strong.  His threat was ultimately too much for the opposition as he scored four and made a fifth for Charlie.  Possession and territory meant Berkhampstead scored three good tries leaving a final score of 5-3 in our favour; a good game, encouraging performance and fair result.

U9 v The Elms

On Tuesday afternoon, we hosted The Elms for a super Under 9 rugby match. Right from the first whistle, it was clear that this was going to be a great game. The Elms scored two early tries but we quickly responded with a try of our own. Throughout the game, I was delighted with the boys' attacking play and willingness to offload the ball to keep the attack going. Our defence in the first-half struggled slightly because of a lack of line speed. This greatly improved in the second half, however, and we managed to make many more tackles. Overall, this was a tough game against strong opposition, but I was pleased with how the boys performed. They must remember to stay positive and not argue when things do not go perfectly to plan! Well done, boys.​

U10 A v Berkhampstead

Wednesday's Autumnal heatwave coincided with a busy afternoon of rugby for our U10s and 11s. Our U10 A team, looking to backup an excellent performance against Hereford last week, came up against a strong, physical Berkhampstead side. The game was an attritional affair, with plenty of strong running and big tackles from both teams. We strung some excellent attacking play together, offloading the ball well to keep it away from the opposition. Unfortunately, we lacked the width that would have allowed our speedsters the space they needed. Despite this, some excellent play from the likes of Peter and Fabian led to some brilliant tries. Defensively, we made some great individual tackles but did not operate as a unit effectively enough. Arthur, however, was the pick of the defenders, with some superb tackling and some even more impressive rucking. Overall, a great game of rugby that the boys will learn a lot from. Well done, boys.

U10 B Rugby v Berkhampstead

A strong performance from Berkhampstead saw them to a deserved 3-9 win.  The KSA boys fought valiantly, however, sometimes in sport, your opponent is just better.

Encouraging running from Tom and nimble foot-work by James and Harry, saw them over the try line.​

Girls' Hockey

U11A v Malvern St James 

The girls played in the glorious sunshine on Wednesday over at Malvern St James.  We had two main targets for the game and they achieved them both. One was to keep the work level high and jump back behind the ball each time they lost possession, they did this well but actually were not very challenged in defence. The second target was to carry the ball until they identified a good pass, which improved tremendously through the game. Throughout the game we were strong in attack. Well done to Jess for achieving player of the match again!

J Clark

U11B v Malvern St James

The U11B team had a lovely afternoon of hockey up at Malvern St James. We started strong with 2 goals within the first 5 minutes. We continued along the same vein even when moving our team around. Each girl played skilfully in their different positions and we were clearly the stronger team. Goals were scored by Bea, Eve, Esther and Frankie. Final score 8-0 to KSA. Well done girls, you are listening well and applying the skills you have been taught.

U10 v Malvern St James 

An excellent performance by all the girls. They spent most of the match in the attacking half but just could not get the ball into the goal. Arabella put in an excellent performance, playing in defence she made some strong tackles but also pushed forwards into the attacking D. Piper played in her second hockey match and her progress has been amazing and she showed real grit in the way she attacked the goal.

J Clark

U11 Cross Country at Abberley​

Well done to our nine pupils who ran in the Cross Country at Abberley on Thursday. Although, it was not a long course the hills and terrain under foot make it a difficult task and they all did extremely well.  Henry worked hard to keep in touch with the rest of the field all the way round and finish 4th in the boys race. The girls team, with Phoebe M 5th place, Frankie 6th place and Clarisse 7th,  were placed 2nd overall which was exceptional considering the number of strong schools participating.

J Clark