U9 Hockey Festival @ Abberley
Our girls were a little nervous starting as it was their first match of the season. They played Hawford, Abberley and Winterfold. The girls soon got into the zone, with a great display of 'grit and determination'. They took on board the main focus of our coaching at the moment, where we are encouraging them to go 'fast and forwards'. There was also no giving up and they all got a 'Jack Russell' award for their high energy throughout all the matches. We won all our matches with goals scored by Pari, Lilly-Mae and Gracie.
What a thrilling and exciting start to their hockey season!
U8 Hockey Festival @ Abberley
All girls played really well and proved to be great team players. They played fabulously against Abberley and Winterfold. Immie scored a brilliant goal against Winterfold. We are looking forward to seeing the girls develop their skills in upcoming future matches. Well done girls on your first ever match.
U11A v The Blue Coat School Lost 4-2
Wow! I have never seen such a high standard of hockey played by a group of Year 6 girls. Both teams were fearless in their tackles and started linking some positive passes together. Martha scored 2 goals and her second flew into the top right corner of the goal. Frankie put herself into some excellent positions to receive the ball high up the pitch and had numerous shots on goal. I was particularly pleased that they didn't let their heads go down and they fought hard to the end of the match. Jess was awarded player of the match by Blue Coat for her hard defensive tackles in the D.
U11C & D v Blue Coat School
The U11 C and D teams both had a great matches on Wednesday afternoon. The C team had some superb chances on goal but unfortunately we were not able to convert them. Millie was very strong in defence, hitting out far even though the game was played on grass, a surface they are not used to. Throughout the match the girls got stronger and thought more about their positions on the pitch however, they were unable to score any goals and it resulted in a 0-0 draw. Player of the match goes to Millie, a well-deserved title. The D team also played well, the attackers backed up by Libby in defence who was on any ball that came into her circle – superb! Belle was titled player of the match, another well-deserved title for her excellent attacking skills and attempt to get the ball moving forwards. Again a 0-0 draw, a great start to the season!
U11B v The Blue Coat School Won 4-0
A superb display of hockey by all the girls. They literally threw themselves into the match with some excellent chasing of the ball and some strong tackles in all areas of the pitch. Olivia K in the middle showed excellent stamina chasing the ball down all over the pitch, Bea did her usual fast drives at goal resulting in 2 goals and Clarisse played tirelessly as a sweeper chasing down the players and repeatedly making some well timed tackles. Goals were also scored by Phoebe S and Eve H. Esther was awarded player of the match by Blue Coat for her tireless work throughout the game.
U11A v The Blue Coat School
The U11A team produced an outstanding team performance on Wednesday in very challenging conditions. The scene was set when an alert Seth reacted to uncertainty to score directly from the kick off. Tries continued to be scored in the early stages as the boys took full advantage of a strong tail wind. Despite this wind, our passing remained crisp and the error count pleasingly low. In defence, our line speed and dynamism in first up tackling ensured Bluecoats found it hard to penetrate our line, despite the prowess of their off-loading. The game gave us the opportunity to rotate the squad of 12 with all boys getting a good amount of game time. The most pleasing aspect was the lack of greed and sense of team. A couple of tries typified this. One saw seven passes and two changes of direction, impressive timing of the pass and secure basics allowing winger Charlie to power over. Another was similar and saw Haydn dive over on the other wing. These are encouraging signs for a talented group of individuals who could become an even more impressive team. The scoreline of 9-0, against decent opposition, bodes well for the rest of the season.
U11B v The Blue Coat School
On Wednesday, the U11 B rugby team took on their Blue Coat counterparts. Despite Blue Coat dominating possession for the first few minutes, the boys stayed resolute in defence to see out the early pressure. From there, St Alban's played some excellent rugby and scored a number of impressive tries. Some good hands and great running, particularly from Eddie and Alfie BB, saw us cross the whitewash regularly. Our defence was as good as our attack, holding firm to limit Blue Coat's chances. A great performance, well done boys.
U11C v The Blue Coat School
A dominant performance from a well organised and disciplined KSA U11 'C' Rugby team, saw them comfortably beat Blue Coat 12-1.
James D (only his second ever game) scored 7 tries. Alex J (2), Charlie M-W (2) and Felix T (1) ably backed him-up. Toby A skippered the team well and superb tackling from Monty H sealed-off an impressive victory.