Rugby House Match

Wednesday 28 September
St Philip’s 10 – 0 St George’s

St Philip’s came out very strongly and scored 3 tries in the first quarter which were all made by Benito Pagliuca.  The next quarter saw St Philip’s scoring another 4 tries, with Fintan Dowling and Ollie Poole managing to get onto the score sheet.

By this time, St George’s needed to up their game by using more support play, holding the ball and passing before getting tackled by the opposition.

Hasan Ahmed had an inspired game and kept his head up for St George’s even though we were losing.  Benito Pagliuca played a key role for St Philip’s in both his defensive and attacking play and ended the day with 5 tries under his belt.

A disappointing result for St George’s who I’m sure will be looking to get even the next time the two Houses compete.

Shai Thompson and Nivid Kharwadkar

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U11A Hockey Tournament
Saturday 1 October
Result: Various

The girls arrived at school fresh faced for an early start. We played our first game and got off slowly, with a 0-0 draw versus Packwood. Our next 3 games we lost to Warwick, Fairfield and then, although gallantly fought, to Bromsgrove 1-0. Our final game against King’s St Albans we drew 0-0 in heavy rain. The girls all continued to play well showing good team spirit and enthusiasm in some testing weather. All good preparation for IAPS.

MRS BENNETT

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U10A Girls Hockey v Hallfield (A)
Monday 3 October
Hallfield 1 – 3 Blue Coat
Most Valued Player: Lily Falahee

It took a while for Blue Coat to calm nerves and carry the ball into space, but when composure settled we looked strong. Lily Falahee grew in confidence, attacking space and finding height in Hallfield’s D. Neave Rees scored twice, with two touches, demonstrating quick shooting. Hard work in the heat but good determination shown from all players.

Scorers: Neave Rees (2), Skye Henshaw

MR HARRISON

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U10B Girls Hockey v Hallfield (A)
Monday 3 October
Hallfield 0 – 0 Blue Coat
Most Valued Player: Isabella Piggott-Kwofie

It was a frantic pace set by both teams due to the speed of the astro, however Isabella demonstrated superb composure and really carried the ball with confidence. Sophie Reason was superb in defence and grew in confidence to pass the ball into wider spaces. Much of the game was played in the centre of the pitch, with no real open play chances for both teams.

MR HARRISON

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U10B Rugby v Eversfield (H)
Monday 3 October
Blue Coat 45 – 65 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Tristan Wong for some aggressive running and a desire to win.

The match began very evenly with the scores level at the end of the first third. Unfortunately, a couple of Blue Coat errors at the beginning of the second third proved costly, as Eversfield opened up a 4 try lead. Thereafter tries were traded but Blue Coat were unable to close the gap. Blue Coat looked good with the ball in hand but continued work is required on their tackling.

Scorers: Aryan Massey-Arora, Peter Tomlinson (1) Rehaan Riaz, Mustafa Dar (2), Tristan Wong (3)

MR DAVIES

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Netball Explorers v EHS
Monday 3 October
Result: EHS 8 – 0 Blue Coat

This was the first game in a new league for our explorers; they were going into the unknown and whilst they did not gain a victory in terms of score, they were able to practice some of the skills they had been working on, such as finding space and using different passes in differing situations. Whilst there is still a lot of work to be done honing in on these skills, the girls need to be commended for a positive attitude when facing a more experienced and, in some cases, substantially taller team! They focused on enjoying the game, working together as a team and not giving up.

Special mention to Amulya Maganty, who continued to smile and defend when faced with an onslaught of the very effective attacking team and also Victoria Lawson-Bennett, who put exceptional effort  into defending with some results,

MRS BARROWCLIFT

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Netball Adventurers v U11 EHS
Monday 3 October
Blue Coat 0 – 17 EHS
Most Valued Player: Megan Collyer

We have entered our girls into an U11 local schools netball league to give more opportunities for competitive play. This league can play a mix of Year 5 and Year 6. We had our first match cancelled and so went to EHS to test our skills. We struggled with the girls’ height as we were playing our U10s against a strong U11 team but we started to gamely move into space in front of the girls. EHS play 2 terms of netball and so our girls did themselves proud by never giving up and persevering. I was so pleased with their attitude and commitment to netball.

MRS BENNETT

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U9A Rugby v Eversfield (A)
Tuesday 4 October
Blue Coat 25 – 35 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Ayooluwa Ogunlola for consistently tackling throughout the match and closing down the opponent’s space to play.

This was a very even contest, with Blue Coat storming back to level the scores 15 – 15 all at half time, having trailed 15 – 5. Despite conceding the first try of the second half, Blue Coat responded well with 2 tries of their own, to lead going into the final quarter of the game. Unfortunately, as the boys tired, several missed tackles proved costly and Eversfield scored 3 unanswered tries to win narrowly.

Scorers: Ashley Jindu (2) Ishan Bradstock, Ayooluwa Ogunlola, Oliver Smith (1)

MR DAVIES

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U9B Rugby v Eversfield (A)
Tuesday 4 October
Eversfield 13- 14 Blue Coat
Most Valued Player: James Scurlock for excellent tackling.

In a free-flowing game where the attacking play was more prominent than defending, BCS came out victorious by the narrowest of margins. This was mainly due to Eversfield having a human battering ram who scored 10 tries on his own! THis said, Blue Coat had a natural-born try scorer in Felix Iliff who went on many a mazy run to the try line.

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U11A Hockey v RGS The Grange (H)
Wednesday 5 October
Blue Coat  2 – 6 RGS The Grange
Most Valued Player: Monique James Thomas

This was a closely contested match and the scoreline does not reflect how close this game was. The score stayed at 1-0 to RGS for nearly all the first half and then just before half time they scored again. We started off the second half more positively and willing to press forward, with ground being covered by both Sofia, Lazara and Maya. We managed to score 2 goals back, but in our desire to push forwards, we were caught sleeping and rebounded shots were slotted into the back of our goal. I hope to have them in our league at IAPS. Bring on round 2!

Scorer: Sofia Knight (1), Monique James Thomas (1)
MRS BENNETT

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U11B Girls Hockey v RGS The Grange (H)
Wednesday 5 October
Blue Coat 5 – 0 RGS The Grange
Most Valued Player: Zoe Willcox, who didn’t miss a tackle and was composed on the ball.

The undefeated season continues for the U11Bs and the game was won in the first 5 minutes with three electric goals. Maia Noonan’s intensity in the tackle gave RGS no time on the ball and our forwards found superb space in the D. In the second half it was competitive, with Nitara Sharma having to make two powerful saves. However we added an extra goal and kept the clean sheet!

Scorers: Jessica McGuirk (2), Lizzie Wigg, Sofia Begh, Easher Kang

MR HARRISON

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U11A Rugby v Eversfield (H)
Wednesday 5 October
Result: Blue Coat 4 – 6 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Fintan Dowling for his workrate and tremendous work at the breakdown.

This game showed the boys and many others the benefit of hard work and a never-say-die attitude. Last season Eversfield comprehensively beat Blue Coat but this year, although they eventually ran out winners, they knew they had been in a game. The game started at a ferocious pace with BCS scoring almost immediately. In the first 10 minutes BCS were also held up over the line twice which would ultimately prove costly. However the players stuck to the task manfully, after making a few mistakes and giving Eversfield the lead and came back strongly in the final quarter. It is hard to single out any player for an outstanding team effort but Fintan Dowling led from the front and never gave an inch to Eversfield’s “”star”” player and was the most influential player on the pitch, especially at the breakdown where he caused carnage!

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U11B Rugby v Eversfield (H)
Wednesday 5 October
Blue Coat 8 – 4 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Henry Martin for leading by example, running tirelessly all game and tackling strongly.

The Blue Coat U11B team started poorly against Eversfield and failed to make a meaningful tackle in the first five minutes and Eversfield scored early. The boys then started to tackle well and pass the ball like Fiji – keeping the ball alive and not going in to the breakdown. Four tries came in the first half and Blue Coat led 4-1 at half time. The excellent interplay continued in the second half and four more tries were scored. Pranoy showed his pace on a number of occasions and scored a handful of tries. A strong finish from Eversfield brought the scores closer but the game still finished in Blue Coat’s favour. I was so pleased with the level of commitment and demonstration of skill by everyone in the team.

Well done, boys – a great start to the season!

Scorers: Pranoy Nishanth (4), Henry Martin (2), Nivid Kharwadkar, Junayd Butt.

MR WURR