King's St Alban's

26 October

WEEKLY SPORTS ROUND-UP 26.10.18

Boy's Rugby

U11 Rugby Festival at Millfield​

On Saturday, the U11 rugby team was invited to Millfield to take part in a tournament with three other teams.  This round-robin tournament acted as a ‘curtain raiser’ for the Millfield 1st XV match against Exeter and allowed our boys the chance to play on the prestigious 1st XV pitch at Millfield.  The day started with brunch at 11.30 before a light warm up.  We had three matches in the glorious sunshine on a fantastic playing surface and with great support from our parents.  The first game was a real tussle against Millfield.  Seth scored a cheeky, early try and the match then became a battle of the defences.  We tackled with commitment and organisation and kicked sensibly to alleviate pressure.  We were unlucky to go down 2-1 as Millfield scored the winning try with the last play of the game.  Heads stayed up as we went straight into our second game against Truro.  This game really showcased the boys’ handling skills as we kept the ball alive well and moved the defence.  We were quick to react to different referring interpretations allowing our scrum half to break and score twice.  A super team performance saw a 5-1 victory.  In the last game, we battled hard against Llandovery College enjoying the lion’s share of possession and territory.  The commitment, teamwork and flair were tremendous but we could not quite break down the Welsh defence leading to a 0-0 draw.  The boys had a wonderful afternoon, competing brilliantly with some of the biggest rugby schools in the country.  Well done to Charlie A who won a rugby ball as our player of the day and Harry F who won some RFU bootlaces for showing the right rugby values in his behaviours and play.  This was a very special afternoon for 12 boys and two coaches.  Well done!

R Chapman

U8A Rugby Festival at RGS The Grange

The U8 A team played four games at RGS The Grange. They showed improvement in the movement of the ball as there were a number of flowing moves where the ball passed between four or five pairs of hands. There were also some excellent offloads after tackle was called, which helped the game to flow. In defence it is still hard to grab the tags of the opposition once they get into their stride. So we concentrated on closing the gap as quickly as possible.  We did manage to make four or five tackles on a number of occasions but we did not reach the seven required for a turn over. The boys played well and the various captains impressed with the after match congratulations, the cheering being very loud. 

U8B Rugby Festival at RGS The Grange

On Tuesday afternoon the U8 boys travelled to RGS The Grange for their final rugby festival before half term. The U8 B's saw themselves come up against, RGS, King's Hawford B and C. The first game was against King's Hawford C and before the game it was emphasised that width and depth were the key aspects for a successful rugby match and the boys did exactly that. All tries in this game were scored by using the width well and a particular mention goes to Taym and Sebastian for some good running both defensively and offensively which gave the boys their first win in a thrilling 5-2 match. 

Our second game was against a very well organised RGS team. They had some quick runners which made it harder for the St Alban's boys to retrieve the tags. However, we had a quick runner ourselves in George as he was able to get him self a try, along with a few others! This emphatic game ended up with a St Alban's win and it was very nice to see the team string a couple of passes together before getting a try. 

The last match again was against King's Hawford however this time it was the B's. As expected it was a tough affair and the boys were beginning to become tire, a good display of rugby in this match goes to Sam R, excellent tagging and running helped the team move up the pitch quicker. however, the boys fell just short in this game with a 3-2 loss. Well done boys, some really good rugby was displayed by each and everyone of you. 

J Taylor

Girl's Hockey

U9 Hockey v Hawford 

The Year 4 girls were very excited about playing hockey against Hawford on Thursday. I have been very pleased with their progress in lessons and club this term and this was clearly shown in both of the matches.  They also had some excellent comments from the parents after the game about how much they have improved. 

It was the first match where we have had goal keepers, Olivia and Eve G did very well making some excellent saves and both manage to clear the ball out of their 'D'. Lily-Mae captained the one team, which got of to a very strong start scoring their first goal early in the game. Hawford then equalised late in the first period of time. Our girls kept the pressure on Hawford and had many chances on goal. It wasn't until the last period of time where Anna got the ball in her defensive 'D', carried it the full length of the pitch beating a number of players, took it into the circle and struck it hard into the corner of the goal.

Amelia took her team into the lead early in the game and went onto score the second goal later in the game to secure a 2-0 win for her team. They listened carefully to Miss Symonds instructions during the break and in the third I umpired they were excellent reacting to a 3 second count down to getting behind the ball.

Both teams were very pleased with their performance and were excited for the next match.

J Clark