U8,U10,U11 Swimming Gala v Bromsgrove
Tuesday 15 November
Result: Draw – 120 points each

This was the first outing for our Year 3’s with exceptional performances from Emily Whitehouse (fly and breast stroke), Freddie Trevis (breast stroke) and Hari Phillips in the scored events all gaining firsts and with a fine effort from all of our Year 3 swimmers . Year 5s also put up a good fight with the girls’ medley (Poppy Couzens, Hannah Smith, Neave Rees, Skye Henshaw) gaining an impressive first place and continuing to gain firsts in most of the individuals.

The Year 5 boys had a harder job and gave their all, with Alex Bryans swimming a hard back crawl heat and Shayan Patel coming first in Butterfly. A special thank you to all of the children who attended cross country training early in the morning. and especially to the Year five children who also did time trials in curriculum hours and then gave their all at the swimming gala – Alex Forty, Alex Bryans, Poppy Couzens, Neave Rees : well above and beyond the call of duty!

The Year 6 girls’ team comprising Maia Noonan, Sofia Knight, Zoe Willcox (with a little help from Skye and Neave) stormed through, with first places in all races, but the boys faced stronger competition from Bromsgrove and some unfortunate loss of goggles and hats during the race affected their results. Despite the tough opposition Fintan Dowling secured a 1st in the breast stroke.

Overall a very good result against our nearest rivals.

MRS BARROWCLIFT

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U9A Rugby Festival at King’s Hawford
Tuesday 15 November
Result: 1 win, 2 draws, 2 defeats
Most Valued Player: Ashley Jindu for always moving forward, finding space and making good tackles.

The team began well and won their first game but unfortunately the following two games were lost. Although the boys showed great ball-handling skills under pressure, the oppositon’s aggressive defence and tackling eventually forced errors and thus resulted in tries. The team recovered well to draw their final two games. It was encouraging to see the team begin to pass the ball before contact and they produced some very good passages of play.

Scorer: Various scorers

MR DAVIES

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U8C Soccer v West House (A)
Thursday 17 November
Result: BCS 2 – 0 West House
Most Valued Player: Zain Ahmed who proved a very effective mid-fielder/defender, clearing the ball and getting it forward.

The Blue Coat team weathered early pressure from West House and gradually grew into the game. As a result, they began to dominate play and the Blue Coat goalkeeper was rarely troubled. Both goals were well taken. The first was a beautiful finish placed in the corner of the net whilst the second was drilled into the corner of the net. A deserved victory.

Scorers: Simeon Hughes, Oliver Tucker (1)

MR DAVIES

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U9 & U11 Cross Country at RGS The Grange (A)
Friday 18 November
Result: U9 & U11 Girls’ team – first, U9 Boys’ Team – second
Most Valued Player: A fantastic achievement and effort by all the runners.

An outstanding team performance! The U9s completed a gruelling 1.9km course whilst the U11s had to run round an extra field, making a 2.4km course.  Blue Coat pupils ran really well, powering up the hills, working their way to the front and sprinting to the finish line.

We obviously had some fantastic individual results, resulting in 4 medals, but what impressed me most was winning the team awards. These trophies are awarded to the team in each category with the lowest combined team score. The efforts by every pupil to overtake other competitors and get the best possible place for the team and Blue Coat was fantastic. A special mention also goes to all those pupils running a year young.

Well done, to all the cross country team for a fantastic afternoon!
Sofia Knight 2nd, Bea Neeson 2nd, Pheobe Jones 3rd, Oliver Smith 3rd, Storm Henshaw 4th, Maia Noonan 4th.

MISS CREWS

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U11A Rugby v King Henry VIII (A)
Wednesday 23 November
Blue Coat 4 – 8 King Henry VIII
Most Valued Player: Fintan Dowling for his workrate and good tackling.

A disappointing performance after last week’s fine victory saw King Henry deservedly beat the U11A team. There was a lack of intensity and resilience from the boys, with King Henry’s better in every department, especially tackling where they missed very few. It should, however, act as a good lesson to the boys that if you are not in the right frame of mind and don’t put 100% effort into everything, then you run the risk of losing in this fashion.

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U11C/D Rugby v King Henry VIII School (A)
Wednesday 23 November
Blue Coat 25 – 45 King Henry VIII School
Most Valued Player: Matthew Holland stole the ball regularly from opponents, made tackles and covered the whole pitch.

The Blue Coat team played a triangular against King Henry’s C & D teams. Blue Coat showed good handling skills, trying to move the ball away from the contact area and moving forward into space. However, they came up against some strong aggressive tackling and, as a result, the opposition managed to turnover ball and score themselves. Nonetheless, the Blue Coat team continued to give 100% and finished on a high note, scoring the last try.

Scorer: Umar Ahmad (5)

MR DAVIES

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U8A Football v Warwick (A)
Thursday 24 November
Warwick 2 – 1 Blue Coat
Most Valued Player: Oliver Almond was superb through midfield, distributing play and scoring a fine goal.

We made good time to Warwick, which allowed us to look at structure and set up for a tough match. Right from the start, Hari Philips was tenacious in the tackle, winning lots of defensive ball, which he continued throughout the game. Warwick got their first goal with a long through ball (similar to West House’s last week), leaving Vinay Ratti against the striker who coolly slotted home.

It remained 1-0 for 20 minutes, with Blue Coat securing a lot of possession and had Freddie Trevis again making strong yards on the right hand side of the pitch. However we failed to intercept another through ball, and it was calmly finished. We pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time, Oliver Almond finishing from outside the box. Lots of further pressure failed to get the equaliser and composure in front of goal cost Blue Coat. I cannot fault the intensity and hard work all of them showed today!

Scorer: Oliver Almond

MR HARRISON

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U8B Football v Warwick (A)
Thursday 24 November
Blue Coat 0 – 2 Warwick
Most Valued Player: Filippos Psychogios for excellent work rate and cover tackling.

The U8B’s played really well against a strong Warwick side but came unstuck in the last quarter, conceding 2 goals. In the first half we had a number of good opportunities but failed to work the goal keeper enough. In the second half, the fitness of the Warwick squad was evident as they utilised their subs effectively and eventually the pressure told.

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U8C Football v Warwick (A)
Thursday 24 November
Blue Coat 1 – 3 Warwick
Most Valued Player: Freddie Williams

A close encounter which Warwick won thanks to some clinical finishing in front of goal. Both sides were guilty of chasing the ball like bees around honey and need to work on their spatial awareness and accuracy with their passing. Also, all the players who went in goal need to work at using their hands as well as their feet, even when cold!

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U8D Soccer v Warwick (A)
Thursday 24 November
Blue Coat 0 – 10 Warwick School
Most Valued Players: Simeon Hughes and Oliver Tucker for working hard for the team throughout the match.

Warwick managed to score early and this set them up for the remainder of the match. Blue Coat improved in the second half and threatened to score. However, as they pushed forward this left spaces in defence which they were punished for.

MR DAVIES

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U8E Soccer v Warwick (A)
Thursday 24 November
Blue Coat 0 – 6 Warwick
Most Valued Players: Evan Tomlinson defended well. Ali Ahmad and Alessandro Salvi made several good saves to keep the score down.

The Blue Coat team began well and were untroubled until a long range effort found its way into the net. This goal gave the opposition more confidence and chances became more frequent. Blue Coat defended resolutely but were unable to really threaten the Warwick goal.

MR DAVIES