U11A Soccer Tournament at Winterfold House
Wednesday 25 January
Result: Plate Winners
Most Valued Player: Ollie Poole – for running the midfield and scoring two key goals in the knock-out phase.

There was a chill in the air as the U11A Soccer team travelled to Winterfold House for the annual Matthew Thacker Shield. Twelve schools from across the Midlands had entered and the competition was fierce. Blue Coat were supported by many parents who had taken the time to come and watch and things started slowly with a 1-0 loss against Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School.

Performances improved, with three 0-0 draws against Hereford Cathedral School, Hallfield (the eventual runners-up) and King’s St Alban’s. Blue Coat finally scored through Shai but could not hold on and ended up drawing 1-1. The win would have put us second in the group and that would have been a fair reflection on the level of play that the boys had produced. Blue Coat then went into the Plate semi-final against Winterfold and a great strike from Ollie gave us the victory 1-0. That put the U11A team into the Plate final against King’s St Alban’s. We saved our best performance until last and with Ollie scoring from a free-kick, ran out 1-0 winners.

A great end to a very cold afternoon! I am really proud of how all the boys played.

Scorer: Shai Thompson (1), Ollie Poole (2)

MR WURR

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U10A Netball v Hallfield (H)
Monday 23 January
Blue Coat 5 – 1 Hallfield
Most Valued Player: Poppy Couzens

This was the first match of the netball season and the girls were excited and ready to go. The first quarter started off promisingly, with players such as Prisyn adapting well to new playing positions. In the second quarter we went ahead by 3 goals, with excellent attacking play from Neave, Anne-Laure and Emma. Poppy was playing with more confidence and started to score. Our defence was strong, with Lily and Skye making interceptions and Hallfield rarely entered their own attacking third. We finished the match having won comfortably and now we need to add to this in games sessions and training.

MRS BENNETT

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U10 B Netball v Hallfield (H)
Monday 23 January
Blue Coat 1 – 8 Hallfield
Most Valued Player: Isabella Piggott-Kwofie

The girls are a new team, working on developing their match play. This was their first match and players seemed nervous to start. Gracie made good links between the defence and attack and Kiran did well, getting free and we did have some shots but they kept going wide. Interceptions from Isabella and Sareena kept us in the game until half time and then Hallfield pulled away seemingly scoring every time they had a shot. It was good to see the girls grow in confidence as the match went on and we can build on this now in games sessions.

MRS BENNETT

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U9A Soccer v RGS The Grange (H)
Tuesday 24 February
Blue Coat 0  – 4 RGS The Grange
Most Valued Player: Felix Iliff for his superb work rate in dominating the right hand side of the pitch.

Blue Coat were fresh out of the blocks, with the majority of possession and some fantastic positions found down the right hand side. Quality crossing from Felix Iliff led to an on target header from Luke Dolan, but the keeper made a good save. RGS scored a breakaway goal to lead 1-0 at half time. Blue Coat chased the game and exposed themselves at the back, with Ashley Jindhu fighting valiantly against 2-3 RGS players.

More time together will help sync the team, but overall their fitness and drive was clear to be seen.

MR HARRISON

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U9B Soccer v RGS The Grange (H)
Tuesday 24 January
Blue Coat 1 – 7 RGS The Grange
Most Valued Player: Ishan Bradstock – for tireless running, great tackling and direct dribbling with the ball.

The sun was shining as the U9B Soccer team took to the field to play RGS The Grange. The game started well and both sides looked evenly matched, with RGS edging territory. The pressure paid off as they scored two quick goals at the end of the first period to lead 2-0 going in to the break. Blue Coat really switched off during the second period and conceded five unanswered goals, but things were different in the final period as the effort levels increased dramatically. The Blue Coat boys were all over RGS as Mr Neeson turned up to watch, and with huge amounts of territory and possession things started to change. Ishan, Jake and Nahom all had shots at goal. Finally we scored, as James Scurlock blasted the ball past the goalkeeper to gain a well-deserved consolation.
A great effort, particularly in the final period.

Scorer: James Scurlock

MR WURR

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U9D Soccer v RGS The Grange (H)
Tuesday 24 January
BCS 1 – 0 RGS The Grange
Most Valued Player: Zahid Ahmed for some strong dribbling and tackling. Danny Le Quelenec for poaching the winning goal.

The Blue Coat team began well and dominated territory and possession. RGS The Grange came back into the game and had a couple of chances to take the lead however Blue Coat persevered to the end and struck the winner with 30 seconds remaining to gain a narrow victory.

Scorer: Danny Le Quelenec (1)

MR DAVIES

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U11B Soccer v RGS The Grange (A)
Wednesday 25 January
Blue Coat 1 – 8 RGS The Grange
Most Valued Player: Henry Martin for a committed performance in defence.

A disappointing scoreline that could have been entirely different had Blue Coat converted more of the numerous goal-scoring chances they created throughout the match. The match remained in the balance until the final quarter when RGS The Grange scored several goals in quick succession to seal a convincing victory.

Scorer: Umar Ahmad

MR DAVIES

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U11A Netball v Hallfield (A)
Wednesday 25 January
Blue Coat 9 – 9 Hallfield
Most Valued Player: Sofia Knight – great movement around the court

The girls started strong, moving the ball beautifully up and down the court, timing their runs and driving into space. As the game progressed, Hallfield stepped up and it became a really tight contest. The end was a bit frantic with both teams eager to gain victory: to secure the win we must learn to keep calm and not force the game. To improve, Blue Coat need to drive forward for the ball and keep the passes hard and sharp.

Scorer: Monique James-Thomas, Sofia Knight

MISS CREWS

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U11B Netball v Hallfield (A)
Wednesday 25 March
Blue Coat 3 – 3 Hallfield
Most Valued Player: Maia Noonan

On a very cold afternoon it took the girls in the team the first quarter to warm up, focus and start to play. This meant we were already down 2-0. From the second quarter onwards we looked like the team I knew and there were excellent defensive skills shown by Evie, Maia and Sofia B. With the girls showing determination and adaptability, we tactically switched some players’ positions and started to dominate the game. All of the team worked hard and despite frozen fingers, continued to intercept passes, having nearly 16 shots at goal in the third quarter. We eventually drew 3-3 which didn’t reflect the amount of possession we had during the game. Well done girls, for coming back!

MRS BENNETT

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U10 & U11 Boys’ Swimming Gala v West House
Thursday 26 January
Blue Coat 1st and 3rd
Most Valued Player: Fintan Dowling for a strong performance in Butterfly.

The Gala proved to be an easy win for our A teams who won six of the individuals ( and gained two 2nd places by a fraction of a second). They also gained first places on all of the medleys and freestyle relays. The team gave strong, stylish and confident performances with Shayan Patel setting the tone and storming ahead in the first Front Crawl race.

Roshan Bahia (B team) gained a 2nd placing in the Breast Stroke ahead of the West House A team, and with Jovan Dhillon swimming the last leg of the Front Crawl relay we just pipped them again at the post for a 2nd placing. Henry Martin ( swimming twice) and the Year 6 B team put in a fantastic effort with their medley relay gaining second placings. Again a fantastic effort from all of the boys.

Scorer: Blue Coat A – 80 points;  Blue Coat B – 42

MRS BARROWCLIFT

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