U9B Soccer v RGS The Grange (H)
Date: Tuesday 24 January
Blue Coat 1 – 3 RGS The Grange
Most Valued Player: Dhruv Susarla for good running with the ball.

In their first game of term the U9B’s played an RGS side that had already played a fixture and this showed as the game progressed. The first half was a close affair but RGS scored a number of goals in the second half, mainly because we didn’t pick up the attacker behind them. To improve, the players must work on their technique of how to kick the ball accurately over a distance of 10 metres .

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U11C Soccer v RGS The Grange (A)
Wednesday 25 January
Blue Coat 3 – 5 RGS The Grange
Most Valued Player: Hridya Sharma for a number of excellent saves.

The U11C’s tried valiantly against a powerful and physical RGS side. Unfortunately their power and physicality eventually told and but for the heroics of Hridya in goal, the scoreline could have been worse. The team needs to become more game aware and also realise that when playing on grass, the fancy flicks learnt in a sports hall do not necessarily work, and you need to be able to pass the ball a considerable distance.

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U11D Soccer v RGS The Grange (A)
Wednesday 25 February
RGS The Grange 3 – 2 Blue Coat
Most Valued Player: Matthew Holland led from the forward line superbly.

Playing on a large pitch, this was hard work for Blue Coat who weathered a storm of chances from RGS. Esa Yaqoob was kept busy in goal and Krishan Patel provided strength in defence, but Blue Coat couldn’t hold off possession. There were only a couple second half chances to draw the game level, but I am proud of the team’s tenacity and drive to keep playing hard to the final whistle.

Scorers: Ayaan Ali, Own Goal

MR HARRISON

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U11E Soccer v RGS The Grange (A)
Wednesday 25 February
RGS The Grange 5 – 0 Blue Coat
Most Valued Player: Ashwin Chandar as Goal keeper.

A really fun, energetic fixture with lots of space to run on a big pitch. Rufus Powell led from the front, working hard and bringing Kieran Sanghera into play, dribbling strong. RGS had a couple players that played some great through balls and ran hard to beat our defence.

MR HARRISON

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U10A Netball v King’s Hawford (A)
Monday 30 January
Blue Coat 5 – 1 King’s Hawford
Most Valued Player: Poppy Couzens

The girls warmed up with real intention and were focused from the start. Poppy won the toss as Captain and we started the match with confidence. Prisyn and Lily were immense in defence and King’s Hawford struggled to get the ball into their circle. With steady passing and good interceptions made throughout it was a comfortable win for our second outing. Well done, to all the girls: onwards and upwards now!

MRS BENNETT

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U10B Netball v King’s Hawford (A)
Monday 30 January
King’s Hawford 12 – 0 Blue Coat
Most Valued Player: Willow McKenzie for quick decision-making in passing the ball forward.

This was a challenging match and it is commendable that all the girls started the final quarter with a positive ‘we can do this’ attitude.The centre third saw Gracie and Willow intercept passes to gain possession and change the direction of play. Kiran was always aware of where the spaces were, and was ready to receive and move the ball ever closer to the netball post. There were good, straight chains of passing from the baseline through the positions. Keep up with the break time shooting practice – there’ll be another match later this half term.

MISS GREEN

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U10B Soccer v King Henry VIII School (A)
Monday 30 January
Result: Blue Coat 3 – 2 King Henry VIII
Most Valued Player: Peter Tomlinson made some superb saves & Ibrahim Mahmood battled for everything in defence

A really enjoyable fixture for the U10Bs, going ahead early from an outrageous long range effort from Josh Dhillon, hit first time from a goal keeper pass out. The game continued at a frantic pace, with Blue Coat finding a lot of space in behind KHVIII. Some fantastic three touch football kept our passing fluent and into wide spaces. This was backed up by Freddie Geoghegan and Shayan Patel defending with vigour and strength to deny KHVIII goal scoring opportunities.
Scorer: Josh Dhillon, Shiva Sankarakumar, Elias Papaioannou

MR HARRISON

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U10C Soccer v King Henry VIII School (A)
Monday 30 January
Blue Coat 0 – 11 King Henry VIII School
Most Valued Player: Ansh Agrawal for trying hard throughout the match.

The Blue Coat team were comfortably beaten by a more determined, skilful and athletic King Henry’s team. The Blue Coat team did improve in the second half conceding fewer goals but the damage had already been done in the first half.

MR DAVIES

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U10D Soccer v King Henry VIII School (A)
Monday 30 January
Blue Coat 2 – 1 King Henry VIII School
Most Valued Player: Haaris Qaiyum, for always looking to make incisive passes forward and passing before being caught in possession.

Blue Coat took a slender half tie lead 1 – 0 courtesy of a King Henry player playing for the Blue Coat team. King Henry’s began the second half well, creating several very good goal-scoring chances before deservedly equalising. The same King Henry boy scored a second goal for Blue Coat with a speculative long range shot. The Blue Coat team then played out the remainder of the match without any further alarms and narrowly won 2 – 1.

MR DAVIES

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U9A Netball v Kings Hawford (A)
Tuesday 31 January
Blue Coat 1 – 9 King’s Hawford
Most Valued Player: Storm Henshaw – great defensive work

A tough first match against a strong experienced King’s Hawford side. King’s started very sharply, moving the ball quickly down court and taking an early first quarter lead 5-0. Blue Coat really developed as the game progressed, passing the ball early up the court and sticking tight to the player. To improve, we need to sprint into space, spread out and be more aggressive on the ball.

Scorer: Kate Stockton (1)

MISS CREWS

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U9B Netball v Kings Hawford (A)
Tuesday 31 January
Blue Coat 0 – 1 King’s Hawford
Most Valued Player: Elpie Martin

This was a very tightly-fought match and BCS did themselves proud. Most of the possession was ours and the solitary goal of the match went against the run of play. There was much to celebrate in this, the first match of the season.

MISS PATEL

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U9B Netball v Wolverhampton Grammar (A)
Tuesday 31 January
Blue Coat 1 – 2 Wolverhampton Grammar
Most Valued Player: Gracie Roberts

In their second match of the day, this was another good performance by our girls. We learned that to win matches we need to score goals and that we should try to score from anywhere in the D. Hence, Gracie scored an absolute blinder of a goal from the top of the D! We fought more fiercely for the ball – we imagined it was chocolate! – and in the end lost to good opponents.

Scorer: Gracie Roberts (1)

MISS PATEL

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U9C Netball v King’s Hawford (A)
Tuesday 31 January
Blue Coat 2 – 3 King’s Hawford
Most Valued Player: Ishani Shetty for very good defence work

It was an evenly-matched game with opportunities at both ends even though King’s Hawford fielded their A team, whilst we were fielding our C Team. It could have gone either way but King’s Hawford managed to tip the edge with the final goal. Blue Coat girls played with very good team work in feeding the ball through but we just could not get it in the net at the final moment. However, our girls were quick to defend, with Ishani Shetty in goal to deflect the balls and with Lauren Claridge and Jaya Kanda quick to receive and pass down for the attack.

MRS BARROWCLIFT

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U9D Netball v King’s Hawford (H)
Date: Tuesday 31 January
Blue Coat 0 – 0 King’s Hawford
Most Valued Player: Emma Daniel

This was a wonderful exhibition of introductory girls netball, with the match being played in the right spirit. The Blue Coat girls worked really hard to get free and as the match progressed, got better at sticking to their opponents and intercepting. The ball went from end to end and was evenly matched and although we had plenty of shots, the match ended 0-0.

Team Players:Enya Yu, Serena Sall, Emma Daniel, Haneen Boumenjel, Kavya Maganty, Mahshami Ahmed, Daisy Drake.

MRS BENNETT

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U9E Netball v King’s Hawford (H)
Tuesday 31 January
Blue Coat 0 – 2 King’s Hawford
Most Valued Player: Lily Cunney
With plenty of opportunities for coaching advice, the girls played their first game of netball. They all tried to get free and move into space, and as the game progressed got better at not running offside in their eagerness to win the ball. This was a match either team could have won. We may have lost the match but we had lots of happy young girls participating and representing the school.

MRS BENNETT

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U9A Soccer v King Henry VIII School (H)
Tuesday 31 January
Blue Coat 4 – 2 King Henry VIII
Most Valued Player: Oliver Smith had a superb engine through midfield & Ashley Jindhu defended with strength and purpose

A much-improved performance from the U9As who took control of the game in the first half. Superb link play into William Brett, allowed Felix Iliff and Oliver Smith to get forward and create chances. Luke Dolan kept his calm converting a sweetly struck penalty. KHVIII fought back in the second half, but Blue Coat responded with their own intensity and deservedly added two goals.

Scorer: Luke Dolan (2), Oliver Smith, Alexander Dass

MR HARRISON

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U9B Soccer v King Henry VIII Coventry (H)
Tuesday 31 January
Blue Coat 5 – 2 King Henry VIII
Most Valued Player: Luca Romano for outstanding saves in goal.

The U9B Soccer match v King Henry VIII started off fairly evenly, with both sides creating chances in the opening minutes. It looked like it was going to be an open and high-scoring affair! It did, however, take ten minutes for the deadlock to be broken. When it was broken, two goals came in two minutes, with strikes from James and Jake. Charlie and Isaac were strong in defence but saves from Luca kept our lead at 2-0. Dhruv worked hard up front and his movement caused problems for the opposition defence. AY and Nahom added goals to put us 4-0 up before King Henry’s pulled two back. A final strike from Narayan, beautifully set up by AY sealed the victory at 5-2. A great result, well done boys!

Scorers: James Scurlock (1), Jake Meyer (1), AY Ogunlola (1), Nahom Mehari (1), Narayan Dhillon (1)

MR WURR

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U9D Soccer v King Henry VIII School (H)
Tuesday 31 January
Blue Coat 0 – 0 King Henry VIII School
Most Valued Player: The whole team played their part to remain undefeated so far this season.

King Henry’s began the brighter of the two teams and created several very good goal-scoring chances which would have given them a deserved lead. As the game wore on, Blue Coat became stronger and in the final third of the match could have scored themselves. However, honours were even as both teams played out a 0 – 0 draw.

MR DAVIES

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U11A Soccer v King Henry VIII School (H)
Wednesday 1 February
Blue Coat 5 – 0 King Henry VIII
Most Valued Player: Fintan Dowling, for his energy and never–say-die attitude.

On a rain-drenched pitch, which would have challenged the most seasoned professional, Blue Coat went about their business with a high intensity.

From the off, the electric pace of Rohan caused the opposition no end of trouble. His driving runs demonstrated a young man full of confidence and self-belief. Within the first ten minutes, we found ourselves 2-0 up. Stunning goals by Benito Pagliuca, showed a young footballer who has good composure in front of goal. His volley from a stunning attack will live long in the memory!  In defence, Jovan Dhillon, Aled James and Fintan Dowling marshalled the game with authority. They are becoming a formidable trio at the heart of the team. Great credit must be given to them all. Keeper Henry Trevis controlled his box well throughout, and was a calming presence.

By halftime, we were four up! Great strikes from the strong running Shai Thompson completed an excellent first half. King Henry started strongly after the break and Blue Coat took time to re-establish their foothold in the match. BCS talisman, Ollie Poole stood up to the plate. The Wolves starlet showed great strength of character and stamped his skill on the match. It was his quick ball to the wing that led to a super cross for substitute Nivid – ‘The fox in the box’  – Kharwadkar to clinically finish the game.

Credit must go the King Henry’s team who never stopped trying. Their keeper must be congratulated on a fine performance: without his interventions, the score would have been double figures. Next week the boys face King’s Hawford. We look forward to this match with enthusiasm and hope in our hearts!!

MR NEESON

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U11B Soccer v King Henry VIII School (H)
Wednesday 1 February
Blue Coat 0 – 2 King Henry VIII School
Most Valued Player: Henry Martin defended well and Umar Ahmed showed some skilful touches on the ball and some good tracking back.

The Blue Coat team struggled to make any impression against the greater strength and physical presence of the opposition. King Henry’s’ more direct approach eventually ground down Blue Coat and although the score was 0 – 0 at half time, King Henry’s deservedly scored 2 goals in the second half to run out comfortable winners 2 – 0.

MR DAVIES

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U11D Football v King Henry VIII School (H)
Wednesday 1 February
Blue Coat 0 – 2 King Henry VIII School
Most Valued Player: Gibson Wilkie was superb in defence.

This fixture was really good fun, full of energy, guile and the passion to play hard. Most of the ball was played through the centre by both teams which created a cluster of players, if only one team had used the wide spaces! Both teams had a penalty for handball in the area, but both failed to convert. King Henry’s scored both with goal mouth scrambles. Blue Coat were unlucky for all their endeavour not to get on the score sheet.

MR HARRISON

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U11A Netball v King’s Hawford (H)
Wednesday 1 FebRuary
Blue Coat 19 – 18 Kings Hawford
Most Valued Player: Amy Wilson- movement around court and accurate feeding into the D.

An excellent display of high class netball and a fantastic win! The girls dug deep in a very competitive end-to-end netball match. Both teams were evenly matched and moved the ball quickly up and down the court, passing in front and dodging into space. Monique held her space in the D and successful feeds gave her good opportunities to score. Our defense held tight and some well-timed intercepts in the third quarter allowed us to take the lead.The final quarter was very tense but Blue Coat held their composure to secure the victory.

A great victory: the girls should be proud of their performance. King’s Hawford are a strong netball side unbeaten for 2 years!

Scorers: Monique Thomas, Sofia Knight

MISS CREWS

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U11B v King’s Hawford (H)
Wednesday 1 February
Blue Coat 6 – 9 King’s Hawford
Most Valued Player: Tanya Leech

We had an excellent start to the match with Aruya Ahmed netting 3 goals on the bounce and Sofia Begh intercepting high balls before King’s Hawford even got started. King’s soon warmed up and their GA equalled the score at quarter time.Changes were made in the second quarter due to Lazara Do being knocked to the floor and we went behind 6 – 5. In the third and final quarter we had lots of possession but failed to score 23 shots in total and no further goals were scored. We ended up losing 9 – 6 but played some beautiful netball. We need to work on getting our shots to count now!

MRS BENNETT

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U8,U9,U10 Swimming v Eversfield (H)
Thursday 2 February
Result: 1st place
Most Valued Player: Kieran O’Reilly for pulling back the relay race on 4th leg to gain a 1st place and Alexander Forty for fortitude and excellent sportsmanship

Another comfortable win for the Blue Coat Swim Team and all should be commended. Our Year 5’s were certainly the “”dream team”” getting firsts in every race. In the individual races we enjoyed Maya Hart’s stylish and fast performance on Breast Stroke, Milo Dowling’s feisty Front Crawl, Isaac Evans’ battle for Back Crawl and Emily Whitehouse’s confident Butterfly win . The two heroes of the day however were Alex Forty, who gave his all to secure a 1st in the boys’ Breast Stroke despite tough opposition, and who continued to fight for Blue Coat in the relays. And Kieran O’Reilly who appeared to swim with a N.A.S.A rocket attached to him, to net himself firsts in the individuals and then putting in a heart-stopping final leg of the Front Crawl relay to pull back a couple of metres and snatch victory away from the Eversfield relay team. Our Blue Coat children were certainly vocal in the support of their team- mates and in their celebration of sportsmanship for the other team. A well-deserved “Well done!”.

MRS BARROWCLIFT