U11A IAPS Netball Tournament (A)
Thursday 2 March
Result: Blue Coat qualified for the National Finals
Most Valued Player: A fantastic team performance!

Blue Coat travelled to Uppingham to compete in the IAPS Regional Netball Tournament. 41 teams entered from all over the Midlands and Blue Coat were in a group of 8 which meant 7 x 10 minute games. The girls did extremely well, playing some fantastic netball against tough opposition. The girls won 5, drew 1 and lost 1 and finished top of their section!
Results
Blue Coat 7 – 5 Beachborough
Blue Coat 2 – 1 Winterfold
Blue Coat 4 – 3 Swanbourne
Blue Coat 1 – 2 RGS
Blue Coat 6 – 2 King’s St Alban’s
Blue Coat 3 – 3 St Faith’s

Finishing top of our group meant that we qualified for the National IAPS Finals in Essex on Friday 10 March. We then competed in a round robin with all section winners and finished 5th overall out of 41 teams.

The girls should be really proud of their performance: it was a long day, playing a lot of netball. They were exceptionally well behaved and conducted themselves in a very professional manner. They are only the second Blue Coat team to qualify for national finals. A huge achievement, well done girls!

MISS CREWS

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U10A Netball v U11 Winterfold (A)
Monday 6 March
Blue Coat 14 – 9 Winterfold
Most Valued Player: Skye Henshaw

With some new members making up the squad, the girls started off a bit unsure, however once they settled into the game, they dominated. In the first quarter there was some fabulous attacking play with great movement from Anne-Laure, Skye and Lily, in her new position as Goal Shooter. Neave was a constant battler and managed to keep the opposition Centre quiet, even though they kept changing the player. In defence there was some good interceptions made by Prisyn, Theresa and Sareena and they, in particular, stepped up to play for the A team against some older opposition.

Well done, girls!

MRS BENNETT

 

 

U10B Netball v U11/U10 Mixed Winterfold School (A)
Monday 6 March
Blue Coat 6 – 10 Winterfold
Most Valued Player: Kiran for goal scoring.

As we arrived early, there was plenty of opportunity to warm up and for the team to settle into positions. In the centre third Gabrielle, Willow and Isabella worked well, making link passes and kept moving to find new spaces. For a short time both teams were reduced to 6 players but Gabrielle cheered everyone on. Playing at full strength, success for Winterfold came when they took a quick centre pass and within five passes had the opportunity to score. Kiran kept her cool and with super support from Sasha in the D, success followed. A lovely spring afternoon of netball with the added view out over the countryside!

Scorer: Kiran Dhillon (6)

MISS GREEN

 

 

 

U10A Soccer v Eversfield
Tuesday 7 March
Blue Coat 4 – 1 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Kairav Singh for scoring a hatrick

The U10A team bounced back in style with a resounding win against Eversfield. The team played some lovely football, interchanging passes at will and, in truth, could have won more comfortably with some more decisive finishing. Alex and Michael provided solidity at the back with Michael making some fine forays down the right. Bradley was his usual self, working tirelessly for the team and Kairav showed real promise, scoring a hat trick and, on another day, could have had 5 or 6. However, the most impressive aspect was how hard the boys worked for each other, hassling the opposition and winning the ball back before it had come out of the opposition’s half.

Scorers: Kairav Singh (3) Elias Papaioannou (1)

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U10B Soccer v Eversfield (H)
Monday 6 March
Blue Coat 2 – 0 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: The whole team contributed to a comfortable win.

Blue Coat played some good football in the first half and deservedly took a 1 – 0 lead into half time. The second half followed a similar pattern, with Blue Coat dominating territory and possession and eventually scoring a second goal. Eversfield threatened briefly in the second half to reduce the arrears, but some good defensive work ensured a comfortable victory.

Scorers: Shayan Patel (1) Josh Dillon (1)

MR DAVIES

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U9A Netball Tournament at RGS
Tuesday 7 March
Result: Blue Coat won 2, lost 2
Most Valued Player: Great team performance

Blue Coat competed in the U9 RGS Netball tournament. The girls played well and improved each match. results below.lots to w

Blue Coat 0 – 2 Moor Park
Blue Coat 4 – 0 RGS
Blue Coat 2 – 0 Hereford Cathedral School
Blue Coat 1 – 4 Kings St Alban

We finished third in a group of five so just missed out on the semi finals. However, it was a great day the girls learnt lots and know what we need to do to improve.

MISS CREWS

 

 

 

 

U9C Netball v Solihull (H)
Tuesday 7 March
Blue Coat 6 – 5 Solihull
Most Valued Player: Lexie Hubbard

After a postponed start due to Solihull’s late arrival, the teams finally began their netball match. We showed real confidence with our centre passes with Lexie and Natasha linking really well to make sure we controlled the attack. Gargi made some excellent dodges and was getting free from her player and combined well with both Caitlin and Jaya as Goal Shooter. Our defence progressed as we got better at marking as the match went on and Ava and Daisy made fantastic interceptions. Ishani and Angela stuck to their opponents like glue and made it really tricky for the Solihull’s attack. A great game, with end to end play and we managed to hold our game and end up on top at the final whistle. Fantastic girls!

MRS BENNETT

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U9A Soccer v Eversfield (H)
Tuesday 7 March
Blue Coat 0 – 1 Eversfield
Most Valued Players: Ashley Jindu and  Ayooluwa Ogunlola

Stemming from a fine performance in the RGS tournament, the team looked organised and determined to play well on home soil. The game was evenly balanced throughout, Eversfield had quite a dominant midfielder but with Oliver Smith and William Brett playing sensibly and passing with forward intent, we competed. Ashley & AY have formed a superb understanding in defence, working well to mark a centre forward and close down space. In the second half it was a chance each. Blue Coat had an incredible counter with three players against the GK, but we just lacked the composure to shoot at goal. Eversfield took a gamble with a long range shot that went under both a defender and goalkeeper’s foot. A draw would have been a fair result; boys, you must pick yourselves up for your triangular at Winterfold next week.

MR HARRISON

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U9B Soccer v Eversfield (H)
Tuesday 7 March
Blue Coat 2 -1 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Ishan Bradstock for his athleticism and chasing ability

The U9B team emerged victorious in a closely-fought game against Eversfield on Tuesday. Jake Meyer coolly slotted home 2 excellent finishes, the first against the run of play. The second half was played up the hill and a number of chances were missed, but the defensive qualities of Bradstock and Scurlock held firm to ensure victory.

Scorer: Jake Meyer (2)

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U9C Soccer v Eversfield (H)
Tuesday 7 March
Blue Coat 1 – 3 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Ehsan Ali for tirelessly working in midfield to support defence and attack. Rohan Cherukad for always seeking to go forward by dribbling or passing.
Report: Blue Coat dominated territory and possession in the first half but Eversfield always remained a threat on the break. Eversfield eventually scored midway through the second half. Eversfield grew in confidence and added a further 2 goals in quick succession, however, Blue Coat deservedly scored a consolation on the stroke of full time.

Scorer: Ehsan Ali

MR DAVIES

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U11A King’s Hawford Soccer Festival
Wednesday 8 March
Result: 3rd Place
Most Valued Player: Oliver Poole for his all-round performance throughout the day.

On Wednesday afternoon the U11A’s took part in the King’s Hawford Soccer Festival in the picturesque setting between Worcester Cathedral and Worcestershire County Cricket Club. The team played fantastically all day and were very unlucky not to win the tournament. In the initial group, resounding victories were achieved against Abberley and RGS Springfield. Then a thrilling match with King’s Hawford ensued, which swung one way then the other and we managed to deservedly win 2-1. In the Champions Trophy after a draw with RGS The Grange, we were unlucky to lose to the eventual winners The Downs 1-0. We played The Elms needing to win to qualify for the final. Despite hitting the post 4 times, we only managed a draw 1-1. This left us playing for 3rd and 4th place against The Grange. Once again the result was a 1-1 draw, and so both teams decided to share 3rd place. The players played fantastically all day and showed a huge amount of spirit and with a little bit of luck they could have won the festival. They showed great resilience and worked really well together through some tough matches and dealt with the disappointment of not qualifying for the final very maturely.

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U11B Soccer v Eversfield (A)
Wednesday 8 March
Blue Coat 4 – 4 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: The whole team played well and showed great determination to avoid defeat.

This was an epic encounter, with Blue Coat coming from behind 4 times to ensure a draw. The match began badly with Eversfield scoring in the first minute. Blue Coat equalised before falling 3 – 1 behind but we scored a fine team goal with the final kick of the first half to trail 3 – 2 at half time. Blue Coat dominated the second half and eventually equalised. Eversfield scored with 3 minutes remaining and once again Blue Coat pressed for the equaliser. This was achieved in dramatic fashion with Blue Coat scoring with the final kick of the game.

Scorer: Pranoy Nishanth (2) Eesaa Gafar (1), Tom Isaac (1)

MR DAVIES

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U8A Rugby v West House (A)
Thursday 9 March
Blue Coat 11 – 12 West House
Most Valued Player: Milo Dowling for great evasion and footwork.

The under 8’s first taste of rugby was a fantastic match against West House. A game full of great running and offloading from both teams ended in a narrow defeat although the result in many respects was meaningless. Both sides played with great spirit and the game was played at a fast pace. This led to lots of mistakes from both sides, What I was really pleased with though was that we were trying to run onto the ball at pace rather than take it standing still. Valuable lessons were learnt about staying in play rather than running into touch and how costly a simple handling error can be in a high-scoring game.

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U8B Rugby v West House (A)
Thursday 9 March
Blue Coat 12 – 4 West House
Most Valued Player: Vinay Ratti for his powerful running with the ball.

A fantastic first match for the U8B team where the players demonstrated many of the skills of running into space, passing and tagging the opposition. The players were tenacious and committed and this restricted West House’s scoring ability. In attack, the team showed plenty of spacial awareness and are looking forward to next week’s match.

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U8C Rugby v West House (A)
Thursday 9 March
Blue Coat 9 – 9 West House
Most Valued Player: Simeon Hughes made a diving tag tackle and manufactured some lovely space forward.

There a real sense of togetherness with this team, learning quickly game management in forming a strong line of defence and moving forward to tackle. There were some electric runners for both teams, and as one school scored a try, the other returned with more determination to pull one back. Alessandro Salvi & James Padley were fantastic in supporting our pacey runners of Ben Southall and Simeon Hughes whilst in defence Bertie Chandler organised the team well and made some fantastic tackles.

MR HARRISON

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U8D Rugby v West House (A)
Thursday 9 March
Blue Coat 7 – 6 West House 6 Blue Coat
Most Valued Player: Rishul Marrie had fantastic game understanding, was always in a good position to tackle and continued support for his team.

This was a really enjoyable fixture for the U8D’s and being put in a game environment matured them very quickly. Oje Akhibi and Jayden Briah put themselves in good positions to tackle and were really vocal in organising their team defence, whilst Rishul Marrie and Nayan Najran took the game to West House, finding space forward. I was most impressed with the team’s support they offered to the ball carrier, Oliver Tucker especially, showing good rugby knowledge.

MR HARRISON