Year 6 Aquathlon
On Thursday many of our Year 6 pupils took part in a inter-house aquathlon. The event involved them swimming 2 lengths of the pool and running 4 laps of the sports hall. The hardest part of the event for many was trying to get their trainers on with wet feet. The event ran very smoothly and all the staff were very impressed with the enthusiasm and camaraderie that the pupils showed to all their peers.
U10A Hockey v RGS the Grange
I was very impressed with the resilience of the girls at the match on Wednesday. First the wind blew all the buffers off the pitch then the heavens opened. We divided the match up in to three 10 minute periods. The girls were slow to start and went 3-0 down in the first third of the match. We then spoke about trying to make the pitch bigger by sending the ball wide, which they did well in the second third. Arabella played very well in defence and tried hard to distribute the ball out to her wings. Phoebe and Ava did well to hold their positions and carried the ball well to try and find a pass. Harriet, who received player of the match, moved well up front identifying the spaces and coming back to tackle when needed.
U10B Hockey v RGS The Grange
Due to illness we only started our match with 4 players, so we borrowed an RGS player on rotation. The girls (and Henry) were full of resilience and determination despite the inclement weather. It was blowing a gale and then the heavens opened! They carried on regardless. We played 3 x 10 mins as we were rotating an RGS player. This worked very well and Henry and Pia were pushing up forwards towards the goal. Pia made a superb goal just before 2/3 time. Piper was outstanding and also saved many goals from being scored against us even from her centre forward position. Well done all! Final score 5-1 to KSA.
U11A v Winterfold
It was lovely to play Winterfold for the second time this year and have to adapt to very windy conditions. Indeed, the strength and inconsistency of the gusts made passing a challenge but made for a good rugby lesson. The game gave us the chance to rotate the players and give a number of boys game time. Despite the weather, the boys played an expansive game and the focus on the basics of moving the ball – precise passing and targets for catchers – meant that we made very few handling errors. Playing into the wind, we scored five unanswered first half tries, pleasingly from five different players. Winterfold, to their credit, came back in the second half and scored two good tries but we finished strongly with two of our own to make the final score 7-2 in our favour. Many boys had strong games but I was particularly impressed with Kian who carried well, tackled relentlessly and deserved his try; he has a lot of potential. A good afternoon in testing conditions; just RGS to go!
U10A v Winterfold.
On Wednesday, Winterfold came over to Slingpool Walk for the return rugby fixture from two weeks prior. Two weeks ago, the boys worked well to get a relatively comfortable win. This week, however, Storm Diana acted somewhat as a leveller, with howling winds making it difficult to play much free-flowing rugby. Despite this, the boys started strongly and kept hold of the ball well. Despite some excellent defence from Winterfold close to their line, the phase play proved too much and Fabian raced over in the corner. The middle third of the game was an excellent match-up, with both sets of boys going toe-to-toe. The tackles were countless, with Peter, Rupert, Fabian and Arthur M in particular getting through a lot of work. The score was 2-2 with 3 minutes to play when St Alban's crossed the line for their third. What followed was two and a half minutes of tremendous defensive work rate which saw St Alban's force Winterfold back further and further from the try line. With last play having been called, the boys forced a knock-on from Winterfold to take the game 3-2. A tremendous effort in such tricky conditions. Well done, boys.
U10B vs Winterfold
In wild weather, Winterfold came up against storm 'KSA' losing 7-4. Tom. H was in devastating form, blowing (*groans*) the opposition away with strong challenges and energetic tries. In difficult conditions, the midfield had to be alert and were ably led by George. G. Henry. G was sweeping the ball up and passing well to allow many players to run with-the-ball. A fine team performance.