Warwick Rugby 7s:
On Wednesday, five of our U11 rugby players joined up with five players from King's Hawford to represent King's Worcester at the Warwick 7s festival. Having only had three training sessions together, there was a possibility that the boys would not gel or play well as a team. This could not have been further from the truth. Having lost their first game against a very impressive St Olave's side, the boys then remained undefeated for the rest of the day. They were victorious against Norwich Lower, Solihull, Warwick and Abberley Hall and secured a terrific draw against a physical Birkdale side. Several of the referees praised the boys for their style of play and some of the rugby they produced was absolutely outstanding. They were a credit to the foundation and they have shown that, come September, they will be a very strong outfit. Well done, boys, it was a brilliant day.
U9 RGS Football Tournament
By far the best performance from the boys this season! We played 4 games; won 1, drew 2 and lost 1. In the first match we drew 1-1 to The Elms. After going down 1-0 in the early stages of the game James managed to scramble the ball over the line in the last minute of the game. In our second match we played a strong RGS team and although we had our chances we lost 2-0. In our third game, against Bluecoat, our defence were outstanding and Arthur worked hard and tracked back to make some goal saving tackles. In our last game we played some very pleasing football, linking some good passes together. It was a very positive finish with James and Xander both scoring to gain a 2-0 victory. We came third in our group and Bluecoat, who we drew to, won the tournament.
The boys came across very tough opposition in all their games. They had some good efforts on goal in each game but unfortunately struggled to convert most chances. All of the boys put in a tremendous effort throughout the tournament, given that they played without a break. Highlights of the day include a good long range goal from Eesa which secured a 1-0 victory against Brooke Priory and a couple of goals from Bertie, one of which was from a good set piece against a strong side, Fairfield prep. Despite the scores all of the boys should be applauded for their excellent behaviour; they were great ambassadors for KSA. The memory that most of the boys will take from the day will be having had the opportunity to play against the twin sons of professional footballer Darren Fletcher.
Football v RGS The Grange
U10 A v RGS The Grange: The A team footballers played RGS The Grange in a tight match. Our defence was rock solid almost throughout the first half, and it needed to be. We hung on, despite some spirited challenges, to keep the scores at 0-0 at half time. The boys then regrouped, and as soon as the game resumed they began to press the opposition, closing them down, while tightening up our passing. The result was an early goal, slightly against the run of play. From then on it proved nip and tuck, until Ed B made it two in a row. RGS pulled one back, but never quite looked like scoring again.
U10 B v RGS The Grange: A game which ended 1-1 should have been 0-3 (at the very least) to KSA, however, lack of finishing held the boys back from winning. Charlie A scored a good goal, having just come on as a sub, and a stand-out contribution from Seth E drove KSA so close to the winning line. An excellent contribution from all the boys – one which they can all be very proud of.
U10 C v RGS The Grange: Wednesday afternoon saw the arrival of some spring sunshine as our U10 C team concluded their season with a terrific match against RGS The Grange. Both teams showed their attacking intent and it was very much an 'end-to-end' game. Ollie Perkins, playing his first game of the season because of his Choir duties, scored a classy hat-trick as the game finished 3-3. As well as Ollie, Monty H deserves a special mention for showing some brilliant close control and John E for making several important saves whilst in goal. Well done, boys, what a super game to finish your season with.
U9 B v RGS The Grange: On Tuesday, our U9 B team saw out the season with a cracking game against RGS The Grange. The match was played in a fantastic spirit, with both teams looking to get forward and score. The boys have progressed well with their football this term, and their performance was testament to this progress. Whilst all players played well, Frederick E and Piers deserve special mentions for their hard work and desire to influence the game. Well done, boys.
U8 v RGS The Grange: A terrific game which ended 3-6 to RGS Grange. All 9 goals were taken very well, and a very positive performance by all KSA boys against a strong RGS team. Well done to Giles and Oscar who were commended for their performances.
Netball v RGS the Grange
U11 A v RGS The Grange: On Wednesday afternoon the U11A's headed to the Grange fresh off their terrific IAPS venture and came up against an extremely resilient RGS side. Ruby was sharp in front of goal, producing fantastic goals to finish off some terrific flowing moves, whilst always pushing the team on and providing them with motivation. Unfortunately, the girls were unable to overcome the dominance of their opposition. In the other match, the girls were able to show off their attacking prowess, scoring some admirable goals, with Kate particularly impressive. Beatrice and Amelia provided defensive stability at the back, with the whole team coming together to show off their ongoing progress and impressive teamwork. Well done girls!
U10 A v RGS The Grange: This was a very closely fought match. There were some very tall defenders on the opposing team and our attackers struggled to get the ball past them. There was some excellent defending from both Clarisse and Eve and some super mid court interceptions by Jess and Phoebe (who made her A team debut). We managed to stay in the lead by 1 goal for most of the match until the last quarter. Our fitness held us in good stead for this last quarter, by this time all of the girls had been playing for over 30 minutes. We moved the ball well up the court to the attacking end and between Martha and Fen they managed to pop a few more goals in the net. Bea’s never ending determination running up and down the court was superb. Final score KSA 8, RGS The Grange 4. Player of the match was awarded to Fen, well done!
U10 B v RGS The Grange: Another great match for the U10B team, we held possession of the ball for most of the game. Matilda was very effective as centre passing the ball up the court to Sonali and Olivia and then popping it into the circle for Imogen to shoot. Izzy became more aggressive as GK as the match went on, gaining possession of the ball before the GS and therefore passing it back up the court to our attacking end. Esther again was never-ending in her determination to win the ball and was super at WD. Final score KSA 8, RGS The Grange 1. Player of the match was Matilda, well done!
U10 C v RGS The Grange: It was fantastic to see all of the Year 5 girls involved in netball fixtures on Wednesday. For some of the girls, it was their first match playing in a new position. RGS took an early lead in the first quarter with two goals. In the second quarter, Phoebe (C) and Olivia (WA) worked hard to pass the ball down the court but RGS defended well and intercepted our passes into the shooting circle. Cerys (GA) and Samantha (GS) began to move in front of their players but struggled to get close enough to shoot. Despite KSA's efforts, RGS managed to score two more goals. In the final quarter, Kira (GK), Florence (GD) and Erin (WD) made a number of interceptions and prevented RGS from scoring any more goals. The final score was 4-0 to RGS.
U10 D v RGS The Grange: The U10D team played some very impressive netball on Wednesday and really began to gel as a team. The first quarter was closely fought. Libby played well in her first match at GS but neither team managed to score. Early in the second quarter, there was great excitement when Millie scored our first goal. Sophie (GD) and Hattie (WD) defended superbly, gaining many interceptions and preventing RGS from scoring. In the third quarter, Darcey became more confident at Centre and moved the ball up the court to Jorja (WA) and Imogen (GA). Millie positioned herself well under the post and Imogen supported her by feeding the ball in and fighting for rebounds. Going in to the final quarter, the score was KSA 3, RGS 0. Belle also gained confidence when defending shots and jumping for rebounds. Imogen and Millie continued to shoot well and scored 3 more goals in the final quarter. RGS had a late revival and scored 2 goals but it was too late. KSA had won 6-2.
U9 A v RGS The Grange: A lovely sunny afternoon for the U9A netball team and their supporters. You can really see the improvement over the last few weeks in their netball and as a consequence they were able to jump, catch and move the ball up the court successfully. However, RGS The Grange were a very strong team and soon got a few goals past our defence. Harriet was excellent in her marking skills and really stepped up to the mark. Martha was super in her reach for the ball and was the well-deserved player of the match. Final score KSA 2, RGS The Grange 7.
U8 A v RGS The Grange: The girls continued their strong development in their matches against RGS, producing determined performances against exceptional opposition and despite spirited and enthusiastic performances the girls were unfortunate to lose out to two very strong RGS teams. Despite the results, both teams portrayed their excellent teamwork, stringing together some lovely and fluid moves with Amelia and Ottilie both finishing off lovely goals. I was very impressed with how they took on board the advice given to them at half time as they utilised all areas of the court through drifting in to the available space. Anna stood defiant as goalkeeper, constantly intercepting their attacking passes, meanwhile Pari and Evie G were outstanding in their positions, setting the tone for some lovely moves. Excellent progress once again girls, well done!
U8 B v RGS The Grange: There was some lovely play by the U8B netball team on Tuesday afternoon. Evie was excellent at finding space so the ball could be thrown to her and Pari was great at GD knocking some balls away that might otherwise have been converted into goals by the opposing team. The highlight of the match was the goal by Ottilie, the whole team and supporters cheered in delight. Well done girls! Final score KSA 1, RGS The Grange 4.