U11 Rugby IAPS Ratcliffe College
The boys made the trip up to Ratcliffe College to compete in a very strong tournament involving teams from around the country. The first game was against the eventual winners of the tournament Hall Grove. They were a very strong team from Surrey who moved the ball well and had some big ball carriers, who ran out deserved winners. KSA’s next game came against The Elms of Nottingham. This game a lot of the ball was near the opposition try line but following a few handling mistakes, The Elms went into half time 2 tries up and the KSA boys struggled to get back into the game. The remaining two games of the day came against Witham Hall school from Lincolnshire and Leicester Grammar School. King’s St Albans U11’s really started to play some fantastic stuff and both these games were incredibly close and scored two tries in each of these matches. We were then drawn against Henry VIII school, who finished in the same position as KSA in pool two. This game showed how strong pool one was. The boys played some fantastic stuff and scored several tries to come out on top. What a great day, where they boys played some impressive rugby against some very strong teams. Well done to every single boy who represented King’s St Alban’s, their sportsmanship, work rate and determination was faultless throughout.
U11A Rugby v Winterfold
We took a mixed A/B team to Winterfold on Wednesday and enjoyed a competitive and fast-paced match. What was noticeable was how much a number of the boys have developed over the course of the season. Most players had started in the B team in September but stepped up here to give Winterfold A team a run for their money. Harry C thrived on the responsibility of being captain and, having learned a very effective dummy, was like a toddler at Christmas with a new toy; I counted five and two led to tries! It was great to see Henry G back and enjoying his rugby after a long injury whilst Arthur and Tom looked strong and dangerous with ball in hand. Our defence was strong throughout, helped by cohesive line speed. Most pleasing was our passing; we looked carefully for the right timing of the pass and very few balls were dropped. In the end we went down by 8 tries to 6. A very enjoyable and rewarding match.
U11B Rugby v Winterfold
A mixed U11B/C team took on Winterfold on a very wet and muddy Wednesday afternoon. There was great rugby from both sides; fluid passing, strong running and technically good tackling. The progression of these boys from the start of the term to now is incredible. Every single member of this team has developed their skills in rugby significantly. George P was given the role of captain for this game and he led the team fantastically. Henry L showed great pace with the ball and also to get back and defend our try line. Oliver Y impressed yet again, with some great runs and timed his passes to perfection which led to setting his team mates up to score on numerous occasions.
U10 Rugby v Winterfold
What. A. Game! It was KSA U10 rugby teams best performance of the season. Tackling, bravery and discipline, were just a few of the many highlights against Winterfold. Despite losing 3-4, the quality from KSA was transformative compared to the start of the season. Very proud of these boys for this display.
U9 Rugby Festival at Winterfold
On Tuesday afternoon we travelled to Winterfold school for one more festival of the rugby term. Lots of great tackling, offloading and tries we’re made. We set them a task of making two or more passes before scoring a try on each phase of play. They certainly achieved that and looked to use the ball much more. Every single one of them worked hard and were committed to helping the team improve. Because of that they have shown huge progression from the first to the last tournament. Well done boys, you should feel incredibly proud!
U8 Rugby Festival at RGS The Grange
King’s St Alban’s U8 rugby took the short trip to RGS Grange and competed very well across the 3 matches. Excellent running by Peter, quick thinking by Ralphie and steely determination from Will, helped contribute to an overall superb display by the squad against Warwick, RGS Springfield and The Downs.
U11 Hockey v The Downs, Malvern
The girls played a lot of hockey up at The Downs on Wednesday afternoon. We split into 3 teams and played separate matches. There was some excellent attacking moves from Harriet up the wing who created some good chances for a goal and Martha played very well, gaining player of the match from the other team. In the second match Stephanie worked very well in defence and due to illness from the first team ended up playing 2 matches! Excellent! Anna was also very strong and pushed the ball up to attack. In the last match Emily was excellent, chasing the ball around the pitch and winning many tackles. Well done all, a superb afternoon of hockey.
U8 & U9 Hockey v The Downs
We had a great afternoon of hockey on Tuesday at the Downs. All of our Yr3&4 girls played and did very well. I tried to watch all the girls and was pleased to see some of the progress they have made this term. In the U9 game I was impressed at how well Alice defended. She put in some excellent block tackles and then passed the ball up the field. I also was pleased to see Immie running with the ball and then making some good passes to Lucia who looked keen to score.
The U8 continued to play some pleasing hockey with Ava working hard to cover the whole pitch and Eshal working hard to get the tackles in and run with the ball.