U11A IAPS National Netball Finals
Friday 10 March
Result: Won 1, Drew 2, Lost 5
Most Valued Player: A fantastic team performance!
On Thursday 9 March the Blue Coat U11A netball team travelled to Basildon to compete in the IAPS National Netball Finals, having qualified last week in the regional rounds at Uppingham. A total of 326 teams entered and Blue Coat were competing against the top 40 teams in the country to battle it out for the title. We stopped off en route for a high carbohydrate meal at Prezzo, before we checked into the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
On Friday we were up early, breakfasted and ready for action in our new Finals hoodies. The tournament was a huge step up with no easy games but the girls performed really well and did the school proud. They played some excellent netball and pushed a number teams close, but netball is such a fast game and just one moment of lost concentration can lead to 2 goals being scored. Our last game was against the section winners, Hoebridge. Blue Coat really stepped up to this challenge, only losing 6-8; they held their shape, worked the ball well down court and made Hoebridge fight for the win.
Although we did not qualify it was a fantastic experience and one i’m sure the girls wont forget!
U9 & U11 Cross Country at Hallfield
Saturday 11 March
Result: U9 Girls -1st, U9 Boys- 2nd, U11 Girls -1st, U11 Boys -4th
Most Valued Player: Fantastic Blue Coat performance
A fantastic team performance, ending in Blue Coat winning a host of medals and trophies. All the children’s hard work at early morning cross country paid off as Blue Coat set the standards.
Bea Neeson – 2nd
Phoebe Jones – 3rd
Oliver Smith – 1st
Sofia Knight – 1st
Maia Noonan – 3rd
Felix Iliff – 3rd
A great all-round effort, well done!
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U10A Soccer v Warwick School (A)
Monday 13 March
Result: Won 1 Lost 1
Most Valued Player: Michael Draper for strong surging runs and keeping going to the end.
On a fine spring afternoon the U10A Soccer team put in two contrasting performances. The first was full of energy and tenacity which, if it had been combined with better finishing, would have led to a more comprehensive victory than the 2 -1 scoreline. The second game seemed a bridge too far for a number of the players, as energy levels dropped drastically and the Warwick side ran out comfortable winners 4-1. Michael Draper showed a huge amount of tenacity and drive whilst others were flagging.
U10B Soccer v Warwick School (A)
Monday 13 March
Blue Coat 3 – 2 Warwick School
Most Valued Player: The whole team played well to ensure victory.
Blue Coat began in excellent fashion, scoring immediately from the kick off with the first play of the game. With confidence high, Blue Coat added a further two goals and passed the ball around with great assurity. Warwick offered very little in the first half but came out firing in the second half, scoring early. They scored a second goal late in the second half to ensure a nervy final few minutes for Blue Coat, however we managed to hold on to secure a 3 – 2 win.
Scorers: Shiva Sankarakumar, Jeevan Johal, Mustafa Dar
U9A Soccer v Winterfold & King’s Hawford (A)
Tuesday 14 March
Blue Coat 2 -3 King’s Hawford
Blue Coat 6 – 0 Winterfold
Most Valued Player: Oliver Smith provided the energy and enthusiasm to go forward in defence and never gave up.
This was a triangular fixture playing King’s Hawford first. They are a strong group of players, and went 2-0 up quickly. However, in the second half Blue Coat just wouldn’t give up. Two goals very late on in the match would have given them a deserved draw, but on the final whistle King’s shot from outside the box and it was scrambled in the goal.
Against Winterfold we were dominant throughout. Three goals in each half and constant rotations, kept the team fresh and they were relentless. We all thoroughly enjoyed this fixture; such progression is being shown in the group.
U9A Netball House Match
Tuesday 14 March
Result: St Monica’s 8 – 3 St Margaret’s
Most Valued Player: St Monica’s – Elspeth Martin, St Margaret’s – Maya Hart
A very competitive match: both teams fought hard for the ball and were determined to get the victory. The girls developing and are learning to hold their space and dodge in front of the defender.
KEHS & KES FUN SWIMMING GALA (A)
Tuesday 14 March
Result: NO SCORE
Most Valued Player: “”THE FUN SQUAD””
The children certainly enjoyed themselves at their respective galas, remembering to compete with good sportsmanship even when they did not win a race (and in doing so built up an appetite for the delicious cakes and biscuits that they consumed with delight afterwards!) There was much laughter from Zuhair Ahmed, re-named “”Mr Giggle”, and who had the time of his life, especially combining swimming with a large float and laughing the whole time. For all of the boys in the Year 4 team (Rajan Sall, William Cowley, James Scurlock and Zuhair) this was the first time they had taken part in an external gala and they certainly rose to the occasion with humour.
Ibrahim Mahmood, Wilf Kane, Joseph Slater and Jeevan Johal were the Year 5 competitors. They gave 100% effort in all of their races and should be proud of themselves and their achievements in representing the school. The Year 4 girls’ team comprising of Mashami Ahmed, Natasha Page and Tara Ramachandran were so excited to be competing and certainly worked hard with the big float relay (which appeared bigger than them at times!) Tilly Richardson’s constant smile and Emma Burns’ calm determination, coupled with the energy from Lily Mobasher and May Hadley, made this a perfect Gala and we look forward to the next one!
U8A Netball v Winterfold (A)
Thursday 16 March
Blue Coat 1 – 8 Winterfold
Most Valued Player: Emily Whitehouse- sprinting into space and being eager to snatch the ball on the floor.
A great first match: the girls tried really hard, improving every quarter against an experienced Winterfold side. As the girls developed they learnt to stick close to their opposition, marking in front to prevent Winterfold from getting the ball. In attack we got better at sprinting into space and passing quickly.
A huge learning curve and a very enjoyable afternoon; well done, girls!
Scorer: Jia Samra (1)
U8A Rugby v West House (H)
Thursday 16 March
Result: 15+ tries for both teams; a very evenly-contested match.
Most Valued Player: Freddie Trevis and William Smallwood demonstrated a little more game understanding with superb line running.
A quite scintillating rugby match played out at Blue Coat, with the U8s putting together such a positive team display. Milo Dowling and Zain Ahmad had superb support play, continually offering a pass to the ball carrier, with Zain running in two tries from these positions. William and Freddie played their roles in creating space by breaking lines of defence in their own half. Hari Phillips showed superb handling and running straight lines from halfway, hugging the sideline for two tries.
We discussed as a group the fact that our individual and team defence wasn’t up to scratch, which allowed West House to score without many tackles being made. Lots of fun to be had in this performance; the future is bright for this talented group.
U8B Rugby v West House (H)
Thursday 16 March
Result: No score kept
Most Valued Player: The whole team defended well to regain possession.
This was a very even contest, with both schools scoring over 5 tries each. West House proved the better passing side initially before Blue Coat grew into the game. Blue Coat defended extremely well and regained possession regularly but failed to really capitalise and convert their chances into tries.
STOP PRESS …
U11 ESSA Swimming Gala at Warwick
Friday 17 March
The U11 boys qualified 3rd fastest in the finals of both the Freestyle and Medley relays.
The girls were the fastest qualifiers in both the Freestyle and Medley relays and all the team have now made it through to the National Final in Sheffield on 17 June.
This is such a wonderful result and a culmination of very hard work from the children who have been determined to succeed for this moment since being in year 2. Both Mrs Barrowclift and myself are especially proud as we have had the privilege of teaching them, some when in nursery!
A big thank you, to Miss Crews for being part of the team and also to Ms Newton who offered to officiate at the competition.