U11 Girls and Boys Swimming Invitational
Monday 27 February
Girls 1st place freestyle relay, 2nd place medley relay, Boys unplaced
Most Valued Player: Both teams for working solidly together and making the most of the opportunity
The girls were on fire and ready to take the trophy and did so with great confidence, setting a new record on Freestyle for the Bromsgrove Invitational at 1.01.38 seconds. All of the girls in the freestyle (Maia, Monique, Skye and Sofia) were ahead of the competition with Sofia confidently ending the race over three metres in front! In the medley relay we had a change of competitor with Poppy starting on Back Crawl, and Skye and Maia strong and stylish on Breast Stroke and Butterfly. This gave Sofia the head start she needed for a nail biting finish where we were just pipped at the post to second place.
Although the boys tried their best, they were up against tough opposition but Shayan remained as cool as a cucumber, putting in strong efforts on both his Freestyle and the Butterfly swims. Alex B, Alex F, Fintan and Tom swam even faster than they have done so as a team in trials. The boys attained a 6th place in the Medley relays (against Warwick, Stamford, Bromsgrove – all quality teams) and were unfortunately disqualified on the Freestyle takeover. Overall a very good learning experience for the boys to swim against really tough opposition and in a new format.
Well done, to all competitors.
U9A Football Tournament at RGS The Grange
Tuesday 28 February
Result: Semi finalists
Most Valued Player: Hard to choose one player after such fantastic team performances
Blue Coat 3 – 0 Moor Park – A scintillating start to the pool, with constant pressure at goal. Felix Iliff exposed the right hand side on numerous occasions with a constant barrage of three players ready to take advantage in the box.
Blue Coat 1 – 0 Hereford Cathedral – Oliver Smith had three identical opportunities, running through 1-1 with the goal keeper and third time lucky he shot on target.
Blue Coat 0 – 0 King’s Hawford B – End-to-end match, but Blue Coat controlled more possession with Luke Dolan playing from defence allowed us to clear lines more quickly. The effort from Alexander Dass to get back and fight for possession really highlighted the team’s passion to compete.
Blue Coat 0 – 0 v RGS The Grange – Probably the finest performance of the pool matches; Kieran O’Reilly continued to make quite outstanding saves to keep RGS at bay, however Blue Coat counted them with such pace we had three occasions where there were 2-3 Blue Coat players versus the goalkeeper, yet we misplaced every shot. So much energy!
Blue Coat 0 – 1 King’s Hawford A – It was devastating to lose this match and concede our only goal, however we were facing very strong opposition. Ashley and AY were kept busy in defence and continued to put strong, ball winning tackles. There were chances for Blue Coat: twice Felix broke down the right to find Luke and Oliver free in the box but both failed to get a good touch and shot at goal.
I am very proud of this group of players – beaten semi-finalists almost doesn’t sound justified for their efforts. The boys left with their heads held high after playing the best football of the term so far.
Scorers: Oliver Smith (3), William Brett (1)
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