U8 A&B v King's Hawford and Abberley Hall School
The girls had a busy afternoon of matches on Tuesday. Their movement around the court was much improved and they moved the ball up the court nicely. However, we will now work on attacking the ball. We were a little too polite in some cases! There were some good shots on goal and the defenders were learning how to defend the opposition's shots on goal Lots to take forward to our training sessions now. Well done girls, a great experience all round.
U9 v King’s Hawford & Abberley Hall School
A delightful afternoon of netball was had by the Year 4 girls on Tuesday. The girls played against Hawford and Abberley, and although it was quite cold, the girls were on good form and worked hard to do their best on court. They lost both games narrowly but I felt they made progress through the afternoon, with some stronger marking skills and a few more passes linked together to get the ball quickly up the court. It was a first for me to have to stop a netball match because chickens invaded the court!
U10A v The Elms
On a frosty January day, the U10A team ventured over the Malvern Hills to The Elms. On arrival, they were delighted to learn that their match would be in the sports hall! They started tentatively and went down 1-0 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, The Elms continued to attack strongly. Despite some excellent defending by Ava T at GD, The Elms managed to score two more goals. The half-time pep talk from Mrs Hind and Mrs Hand obviously had the desired effect as the girls started to play much better netball. They began to time their movements and pass the ball more accurately. In particular, movement and passing around the shooting circle improved and the shooters had more opportunities to score. In the third quarter, Martha K scored the first goal for KSA. Going in to the final quarter, KSA were losing 3-1. Early in the final quarter, Pia F scored a second goal for KSA to bring the score to 3-2. In the final minutes of the match, Pia scored again to level the score. Both teams played some excellent netball and the final score of 3-3 was a very pleasing result. Well done girls!
U10 V Monmouth
All the U10 girls played netball against Monmouth this afternoon. The In the first quarter we struggled to mark our players tight enough and gave the ball away to easily and went down 3-0. We improved in the next two quarters but couldn't get the ball in the circle to score. The last quarter we made progress marking tighter and gave the ball away far less.
Ava was awarded player of the match by monmouth for her excellent play throughout the match .
U11C v The Elms
This was an excellent match for our talented U11s, the U11C team played the Elms B team and started well against them. However, The Elms were feisty in their attacking moves and gained many a ball when we were stood still. Work is to be done on moving into a space and to keep moving towards the ball until it is in our possession. However, Sonali (players' player) worked hard in her role as GA intercepting many a high ball through her excellent leaps and threw it straight to Belle as GS. Belle surprised herself in how well she could shoot scoring all of our goals! Cerys was also excellent as our GD intercepting may balls before they were thrown into the GS. However, the score KSA 3, The Elms 8, wasn't reflective of how well the girls played. Well done you should be very proud of yourselves.
U11 Tier 1 In2Hockey County Tournament
The girls knew they faced a tough afternoon of hockey with a strong set of opponents to play. Their first game was against Bromsgrove and they battled hard and, with some excellent saves from Immy, they managed to keep it to a 0-0 draw. They then went on to play Hawford and RGS, both these games were end to end and we had our chances to score but both finished 0-0. In the last match we played MSJ and, although I did not see this match, they won 1-0 with a well worked goal from Frankie.
Without losing a match, they were placed third in the tournament and narrowly missed out on going to the regional tournament.
U11 Tier 2 In2Hockey County Tournament
The U11 girls who played in the Tier 2 In2Hockey County Tournament should be very proud of their performance. This team have had an excellent season due to their consistently high work levels and their determination on the pitch. Wednesday was no exception, they ran tirelessly to get into the right positions and linked some penetrating passes together to get into the attacking D. Although they spent probably 80% of the time in both of their matches in attack, it proved to be one of those days. In the last minute of the game both Winterfold and RGS scored run away goals.
U9 A v Hereford Cathedral School
A long trip to Hereford Cathedral was on the cards and the boys were raring to go. The game was split into 3rd's all consisting of 10 minutes. it took a while for the boys to get going and the first 3rd ended 3-0 to Hereford. However, with a positive mind-set the boys were eager to get something from this match. After massive improvements we came in 0-0 at the end of the second third. We went back out with the aim to score at least two goals, and we did that thanks to Dan and Oscar. Oscar’s goal came from a fantastic run with the ball, beating two players and slotting the ball home. Dan's goal was a powerful strike from the edge of area that riffled in the net. The game ended 5-2 but after a slow start the boys certainly carried themselves well. Well done, you should be proud of the way you performed.
U10/11 D v Hereford Cathedral School
The U10/11 Colts (D) travelled to Hereford Cathedral for a fixture on a wet and windy day. Excitement was among the boys as they were about to embark on their first Football fixture of the year.
We set up in a 2-3-1 formation which meant that we would be able to use width and the wingers to our advantage. A particular mention goes to Maxwell K, who fitted in extremely well to the team since his arrival to the school this term. After an end to end first half it was level at the break with the score being 0-0, the game was still very much for the taking. Early in the second half we took the lead. It was a lovely long ball from Ian D who found Jayden H who controlled the ball, turned the defender and kept his calm to slot the ball into the bottom corner. After this Hereford Cathedral pilled on the pressure, however good defending from Ben G and an excellent save from Rupert helped secure St. Albans a well-deserved win! Well done boys, good work!
Colts A Matty Thacker Tournament
On Wednesday, our Colts A football team travelled to Winterfold for the annual 'Matty Thacker' tournament. The boys started very well, with two solid 0-0 draws against Hereford (who they had lost to last week) and Beaudesert. These results were largely due to some resolute defending and excellent goalkeeping from Oli S. Our next two games were very tough, against King's Hawford and Warwick, both of whom had some very talented players and played some excellent football. Although we played well in these games, we lost them both. In our last group game, however, we finished with a bang with a very accomplished 1-0 victory thanks to a well-taken goal from Finn. This put us through to the plate semi-final, in which we came up against The Downs Malvern. It was an excellent game of football, with both teams creating chance after chance. Given the number and quality of Henry's saves in goal (filling in for the injured Oli S), The Downs' late winner was probably a fair one and it was they who progressed onto the plate final. I was delighted with the boys' attitude and progress throughout the afternoon; they listened, acted on the advice given and started to play some great football. Well done, boys.