U10&U11 B&C Swimming v Coppice Primary A&B
Date: Friday 26th January
Result: BCS 155 – 135 Coppice
Most Valued Player: Everyone
Report: We welcomed Coppice Primary School to our 3rd home gala of the term for what promised to be an exciting evening of swimming! We decided to swim our B and C teams against the A and B team of Coppice.It was a close fixture all the way, with excellent swims across all age groups. I would like to congratulate Bea Neeson, Lauren Claridge, Matilda Goodhram, Alexandra Hubbard, William Cowley, James Scurlock, Lily Mobasher, Matilda Richardson, Grace Wynne, Emma Burns, Wilf Kane, Jeevan Johal and Freddie Geoghegan in competing in their first gala of this academic year. The gala finished Blue Coat 155 – Coppice 135.

Mr Kelly

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U10A Football v King Henry VIII (a)
Date: Monday 29 January 2018
Result: KHVIII 1 Blue Coat 1
Most Valued Player: Ayoluwa Ogunlola grew in confidence second half and was a real dominant figure between defence and midfield
Report: Played under glorious winter sunshine, Blue Coat surmounted a lot of pressure on KH throughout the match. Utilising the pace of William Brett and Alexander Dass, we had a lot of success in wider areas. The challenge was to not get caught on the break, and near the end of the half, that’s how KH scored with a fantastic finish. We continued our pressure playing downhill second half and with a goalmouth scramble Oliver Smith managed to rumble it over line. Our highest tally was in corners. Some things need looking at in training.
Scorer: Oliver Smith

Mr Harrison

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U10B Football v King Henry VIII
Date: Monday 29 January
Result: KHVIII 2 Blue Coat 4
Most Valued Player: Jake Meyer found himself in lovely positions to receive the ball in space, and as well as his goal, set up another two.
Report: The B team had a fine display against KHVIII. Going 3 goals up in the first half playing downhill, with crisp passing and superb support running into the box. King Henry’s did well to stay in the game with a scrappy goal from a corner, then Blue Coat not able to clear the ball from their box. However Flynn McLoughlin and Ishan Bradstock stayed determined in defence and kept KH at bay.
Scorer: James Scurlock (2), Jake Meyer, Narayan Dhillon

Mr Harrison

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U10C Football v King Henry VIII
Date: Monday 29th January
Result: BCS 0 – 6 KHVIII
Most Valued Player: Danny Le Quelenec
Report: This game was a good lesson to the boys in what can happen if you are not switched on right from the opening whistle of the match. 50/50 tackles were being lost, the marking wasn’t tight and there was a reluctance to win the ball back if we lost it. As a result, the first half was disappointing and if Alex Ferguson had been in charge we may have seen the ‘hairdryer’ treatment at the interval. Pleasingly, the boys did respond in the second half and fought bravely. We musn’t take away anything from the opposition though as they played very well and had some skillful individuals.

Mr Newman

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U10D Football v King Henry VIII Prep School
Date: Monday 29 January
Result: KHVIII 1 Blue Coat 5
Most Valued Player: Rohan Cherukad by virtue of scoring 3 goals but the whole team played well.
Report: Blue Coat dominated the first half and deservedly took a 3 – 0 half time lead. King Henry’s struggled to get out of their half as Blue Coat pressed high up the pitch. The second half saw King Henry’s score with their only attack of the game before Blue Coat scored a further 2 goals and the final whistle blew with the team again on the attack. Well done to all the boys.
Scorer: Rohan Cherukad (3) Zahid Ahmed (1) Zuhair Ahmed (1)

Mr Davies

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U9A Football vs King Henry VIII
Date: 30th January
Result: BCS 3 – 1 KHVIII
Most Valued Player: Freddie Trevis for his surging down the right wing
Report: The U9A put showed excellent effort and commitment to beat a worthy opponent 3-1. Adam Bashir opened the scoring with a fantastic strike, however despite lots of first half pressure that was all the team had to show playing down the slope and with the wind. KHVIII equalised early in the 2nd half and applied some pressure but the Blue Coat boys stood firm. Then a neatly worked corner led to a second goal from Oliver Almond which was quickly followed up with a 3rd from Freddie Trevis. Lots still to work on but a fantastic team effort.

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U9B Football v King Henry VIII
Date: Tuedsay 30 January
Result: KHVIII 0 Blue Coat 7
Most Valued Player: Raihan Ahmed used his power and confidence to shoot outside the box to great effect
Report: This B team have something about them. The pace and first touch of Ben Carberry in wide areas. The intricate passing of James Protherough and Jayden Briah. The power and athleticism of Raihan Ahmed, Lemuel Adjei and Temi Adenopo. John Meering showed great positional awareness as a central defender, and Freddy Williams came off his line successfully numerous times to clear the ball. Put that together and they have brushed aside the last two opposition. Really good fun to watch these boys develop and look forward to the next challenge.
Scorer: Really was evenly spread amongst the team, with Raihan Ahmed being the highlight with two fantastic first half goals.

Mr Harrison

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U9C Football v King Henry VIII
Date: Tuesday 30th January
Result: BCS 1 – 1 KHVIII
Most Valued Player: Yusuf Douis
Report: This really was a thrilling game that was thoroughly enjoyed by all spectators. Nobody could question the commitment of both teams, and there were classic duals between players that reminded me of the great clashes between Keane and Viera. 1-0 down at half time, the second half was dominated by BCS. After equalising through Alessandro, the winning goal seemed inevitable but sadly didn’t come. A great team performance though, as per last week when the side won 6-0 against RGS. A special mention must go to our spectators who provided exceptional support on the touchline.

Mr Newman
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U10A Netball V King’s Hawford
Date: Monday 29th January
Result: BCS9-17 Kings Hawford
Most Valued Player: Bea Neeson- strong attacking runs and holding her space on the court.
Report: A very competitive game of Netball. In the first half both teams were evenly matched, passing the ball swiftly down the court and into the D to score. The girls are learning to hold their space, time their runs and accelerate into space and it was evident they were all trying to execute this. At half time the score stood 8-10 to Kings. In the second half we had a few injuries and the girls just run out of steam. A fantastic first match against a strong and experienced King Hawford side, the girls showed lots of potential and I am excited for the season ahead.

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U9C Netball v King’s Hawford
Date: Tuedsay 30 January
Result: BCS 1-5 Kings Hawford
Most Valued Player: Jaya Sharma Patel, Ava-Gisele Lee
Report: An exciting first game of netball. The girls played really well working hard as a team to get the ball down the court. Strong defence by Poppy Brigham made it difficult for Kings to get the ball into the D and at half time the score stood at 0-0. In the second half Kings shooters got their eye in and Blue Coat lost their shape a bit. To improve the girls must learn to accelerate into space and pass quickly down the court.

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U9B Netball v King’s Hawford
Date: Tuesday 30th January
Result: BCS 1 – 13 Kings Hawford
Most Valued Player: Glory Benjamin – Raj
Report: The team showed great determination to do their best against a very strong B team. We did great in defence with some good interceptions from Simran but struggled to get free to pass the ball to our attack. We did well to try and mark our opponents and Amrita stuck to her player like glue. With more practice on attacking play and getting free we should do better in future competitions.

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U9A Netball v King’s Hawford
Date: Tuesday 30th January
Result: BCS 1- 8 Kings Hawford
Most Valued Player: Sofia Phillips
Report: The girls were eagerly awaiting the start of their first match and worked really hard to try and get free for the ball. Kings Hawford were really strong and the girls showed great team spirit and worked hard til the end.

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U11B Netball Triangular vs King’s Hawford and Abberley Hall
Date: Wednesday 31st January
Result: BCS 7 – 0 King’s Hawford and BCS 5 – 3 Abberley Hall
Most Valued Player: Shalu Arun and Emma Burns
Report: The girls took on board everything they were told after the defeat at Bromsgrove last week and, as a result, they were a real force in this triangular fixture. In the second half against King’s Hawford, the side became much more aggressive in attacking the ball, both in attack and defence, and it was a marvellous 10 minutes of netball. This approach was taken into the second game of the day and, although a tighter affair, Blue Coat dominated possession throughout. Well done to all on a great team effort, although the girls would claim that it was all down to their lucky charms … safety pins!

Mr Newman

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U10B Football v King Henry VIII
Date: 31st January
Result: BCS 2 – 2 KHVIII
Most Valued Player: Mustafa Dar for his tireless energy
Report: The U10B showed great resilience to snatch a draw against a good King Henry’s side. In a closely fought game, the 2nd half was reminiscent of the Alamo at times. Then, just when all seemed lost a quick break led to Hector setting up Ansh for the equaliser which the team thoroughly deserved.

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U11A Football v King Henry VIII School
Date: 31st January
Result: BCS 1 – 2 King Henry VIII School
Most Valued Player: Yuvraj Kanda for a number of good saves and commanding his penalty area. Michael Draper for an outstanding individual goal.
Report: During the first half Blue Coat struggled to get out of their own half with a stiff wind against them but managed to get to half time at 0 – 0 by virtue of a mixture of some good and fortuitous defending. King Henry’s continued to apply pressure in the second half and took the lead with a long range effort that slipped through the goalkeepers hand. Blue Coat responded with a wonderfully taken individual goal to equalize. Unfortunately shortly after, Blue Coat were unable to effectively clear a corner and King Henry’s squeezed home the subsequent winner. A fair result considering the attempts on goal they had.
Scorer: Michael Draper

Mr Davies

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U10 & U11 A vs Eversfield Swimming Gala
Date: 1st February
Result: BCS 77 – 43 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: U10 Boys
Report: Our U10 and U11 A team travelled to Eversfield to complete the 2nd leg of our fixture. Motivated by the success of the U8 and U9 result against Eversfield a fortnight ago, our swimmers rose to the occasion! Out of 22 events we had 20 wins, whilst demonstrating great team spirit and technically proficient race skills. Special mentions to the U10 boys who had some hard fought races and managed to pip their competitors at the last metre to take the relay wins! We are looking forward to arranging our next two gala’s against Eversfield in what always promises to be an exciting fixture! Overall it finished BCS 77 – 43 Eversfield.