King's St Alban's

27 September

WEEKLY SPORTS ROUND-UP 28.09.18

Hockey:

U11A v The Elms 

Wednesday afternoon we went over to The Elms to play hockey in the glorious sunshine. Our girls were slow to start and , unfortunately, conceded 2 goals in the first 5 minutes of the match.  However, we were pleased that this did not deter them and they kept on battling with great energy. In the second half they had more chances on goal but just couldn't finish them off. Frankie and Martha moved well up front and linked together well to get the ball in the D. After their training session on Monday, Miss Preece would have been impressed with the way they delayed the attack and tried to tackle in pairs. Immy had quite a busy game in goal and did extremely well, with some long clearances up the pitch. The Elms awarded Jess player of the match, once again for her strong tackles and long balls out from the defence.

Thank you to Mr Cinao for making the journey home so enjoyable with gorgeous calzones for all!

U11 B Hockey v The Elms Wednesday 26th September

The U11 B hockey team had a lovely afternoon up at The Elms. Izzy was good in defence and Sonali and Bea were trying between them to push the ball up the field. Phoebe played very well, going for every ball but unfortunately had to go off due to a head injury (she wanted the ball that badly!) and we replaced her with Olivia who also was excellent in defence. The ball was often down our attacking end and we missed a couple of great chances. However, eventually Bea slipped one past their keeper. We couldn’t rest on our laurels though as the ball was soon back into our defending end. Sophie made a superb save for us from what otherwise would have been a great goal for the other team. We went on to have many more chances but the score remained 1-0, so a win for KSA. Player’s player goes to Eve, who was great in defence despite an injury. Olivia should also have a special mention as we had two injuries and she just popped on at a moment’s notice to whatever position we needed. A real team player. The excitement continued on the bus home due to the pizza rolls brought along for the team by Clarisse’s dad, thank you Mr C.

U10 v Blue Coat School 

Last Friday all the Year 5 pupils traveled by coach up to The Blue Coat School to play rugby and hockey matches. After a very noisy bus journey the girls were keen to battle it out on the hockey pitch. Their tackling was solid but they struggled to pass the ball up the pitch when they got possession. Martha worked hard and run from end to end showing great stamina. Phoebe got into some nice positions and made some positive passes and it was great to see Ruby score a goal from a quick ball out of defence from Martha. Martha scored a tremendous goal, she took a hit out sprinted the length of the pitch and hit it into the goal. The score could have been higher if Lily hadn't played so well in goal making some good saves and clearing the ball well.

U9A v Malvern St James 

The U9's played MSJ on Tuesday and were pleased that they still remain unbeaten so far this term. It was another great performance from the girls, who all showed grit and determination throughout the game. They are still bunching up on the pitch but it is good to see their drive to go forwards with the ball. Well done to Heidi and Gracie for scoring the goals. 

U9B v Malvern St James 

This was their first match of the season and they played against a strong MSJ team. They were nervous at the start and conceded some early goals. However, as their confidence grew they started to put in some strong tackles and work together as a team. A great team performance and well done to Maheen on scoring her first goal of the year.

U8 A & B hockey v Malvern St James

The girls had a lovely afternoon of hockey up at the astro against Malvern St James. For some, it was their first match so may excited faces and even a few nervous ones! The girls started well with Immy H strong in attack pushing past many of the opposition and we were soon winning 1-0. Mia was strong in defence although didn’t get to play the ball that much. After a quick swap round at half time, we continued strong however, MSJ did sneak through our attackers and surprised our defenders where we let a goal in. However final score was 3-1 to KSA. Well done girls!

In the second match the girls found it difficult to keep to their positions and to spread out a little bit, more work will be done on this over the coming weeks. However, what was lovely was that they all wanted to play the ball. Ivy M was superb in attack and again got many balls through their defenders, just not quite converting them into goals. However, it was a tense game with us 0-1 down, then 1-1, then a final goal from MSJ to finish the score at 1-2 to MSJ. Well done girls!

Rugby

U11/10 v Springfield

Wednesday saw a return of the summer sunshine as a mixed U10/11 rugby team took on RGS Springfield. The match was played in a terrific spirit with both teams being very competitive but sportsmanlike at the same time. I was delighted with the effort on show from the boys; their performance, both in attack and defence, was incredibly pleasing. Special mention must go to James D and Monty Hfor some brilliant tackling and running, and to the likes of Monty J and Alex J for scoring some excellent tries. Well done boys, it was a great game to watch! 

U10 A v The Blue Coat School

On Friday 21st September the U10 A team took the trip up the M5 to play the much vaunted Blue Coat Team. The boys started strongly and managed to keep possession despite some ferocious tackling by the Blue Coat boys. Their first competitive match in which they were allowed to ruck saw them dealing well with the speed of the opposition at the breakdown at first despite a lot of infringements by coming in from the side. However, Blue Coat were incredibly well organised and were quick to punish small errors in handling and they soon began to find holes in our defence and scored a series of quick tries towards the end of the first half. The second half started with a few exciting breaks by our boys with Fabian, Sam and Peter almost breaking the resolute Blue Coat defence. As the game progressed Blue Coat began to find more and more gaps in our tiring defence and despite some decent tackling by Fabian, George F and Freddie they ran in a flurry of late tries. Both Peter and James made fantastic breaks late on and both came desperately close to scoring as did Luke. It wasn’t to be and in the end the boys were comprehensively beaten. Lots of lessons to take forward for the rest of the season.

Mr Mann

U10 B v Blue Coat

Last Friday, the U10 boys finished the week with a rugby match against a strong Blue Coat side. Despite some excellent, powerful running from Arthur D and Tom, the boys fell narrowly short of the win. A terrific performance with plenty to build on for future matches. Well done, boys.

U8 Winterfold Rugby Festival

On Wednesday, our U8 rugby players had their first ever matches of rugby at the Winterfold festival. It was a brilliant afternoon in which the boys made some great progress. They are already showing some great potential as a year group, and I know they can't wait for their match vs RGS Springfield next week. Well done, boys, a great start!