U11 IAPS Netball Tournament
Date: Tuesday 6th March
Report: After a very long journey to Uppingham School the girls prepared well for their first match. These matches were short 5 minute halves, with a straight turnaround at half time and no stopping to make substitutions. We did not start well in our first match against Yarm and out centre passes unfortunately were not working. We had to battle hard in defence to win the ball back. We started to find our rhythm as the game progressed and we luckily made an interception and scored on their centre pass. Win 5-4.
Our next match v Winterfold started off again slowly and we struggled to find our passing order. However, once we found it we dominated the match and pulled away quite confidently to win 8-3. Our third match against St. John’s College was our third win of the day again it was tightly contested and the goals were being scored with each centre pass. The luck fell with us as the whistle went just before we were to take our centre this meant we had first centre at the start of the second half which we scored on. Win 5-4.
Our match v Stamford was more competitive and the Stamford team were very forceful in their defence. Luckily this did not put our girls off and they matched their grit and won 3-2.
Our last game in the group stages was against Witham Hall and we had won all of our previous matches and had battled really hard without a break. Unfortunately, although we had lots of possession we just could not score and we lost one of our centres. This meant we lost 4-3 against one of the weaker teams in our group. Even with the loss we had done enough earlier and we progressed through to the knockout stages and were in the top 12 in the Region.
We had to be ready for the next round so we re-ran our tactical plays and set off against Bedford. We were set up on court and ready to begin, but our hard work and tiredness started to show as we were making silly mistakes which proved our downfall. We had many opportunities to recover after being awarded several penalties but we gave the ball away to the opposition. Unfortunately, we lost to a far lesser team and our chance to progress to Nationals faded.
All of our players played their hearts out in the first league matches and showed real spirit to come back into each game. Tournaments are so unforgiving and you have to take your chances when you can. We are a top 12 Prep school in our region for Netball and I hope the girls continue to enjoy the sport into adulthood. Team: Prisyn (c), Teresa, Bryneet, Sareena, Isabelle, Neave, Poppy, Skye, Anne-Laure & Bea (Y5).
IAPS Swimming Qualification at Repton School
Date: Mon 5th March
Our swimming team travelled to Repton School on Monday to compete in the IAPS swimming qualifiers. Swimming against the teams of Bromsgrove, Hill House, St Pius X, Worksop College and Foremake this was not going to be an easy competition. Our squad consisting of Shayan, Alex B, Alex F, Michael, Neave, Poppy, Maya, Storm, Skye, Ava, Lily, Gracie, Kieran, Oliver, Milo, Freddie and Filippos all swam exceptionally. We had race wins throughout the event and more pleasingly every one of our swimmers produced personal bests! We now have to wait until the end of the month to find out which of our swimmers have qualified for the National IAPS Swimming finals which will be held at the London Aquatics Centre. Looking at last year’s times we may have plenty of qualifiers and could possibly medal in some events! I will be able to give an update on who has qualified once I have received the final invitations.
Well done to the BCS Swimming team!
U11A King’s Hawford Festival
Date: Wednesday 7th March
Result: BCS win Shield Final
Most Valued Player: Michael Draper
Report: After an afternoon of mixed performances especially in the group stages was transformed as the U11’s saved the best till last and played fantastically to win the final against RGS The Grange 2-1, courtesy of two great goals from Michael Draper and Kairav Singh. The group stages were characterised by sloppy finishing and this meant we only managed to win one game against King’s St Alban’s. We were unlucky to lose to RGS in the first match 1-0 missing a number of good chances however even though we beat King’s St Alban’s we again missed a number of good chances. This problem finally came home to roost against King’s Hawford where after missing a hat-full of chances King’s Hawford scored with the last play of the game to win 1-0.
However the team raised it’s performance levels against King’s St Alban’s again to win the Shield semi final and then were magnificent in the final showing great urgency and desire. Michael Draper was outstanding all afternoon with his tireless workrate and determination and as the afternoon progressed others began to feed off his energy.
U10 B v Solihull
Date: Monday 5th March
Result: BCS 1 – 5 Solihull
Most Valued Player: Lexie Hubbard
Report: With some players stepping up we battled hard to match Solihull until the final quarter. Lexie worked hard to move up and down the court and linked well with Chloe. Emma played with a really competitive spirit and kept us in the game right until the last 5 minutes, when Solihull swapped their players and went ahead 5 goals to 1.
U11A v Wolverhampton Grammar
Date: Wednesday 7th March
Result: BCS 18-5 WGS
Most Valued Player: Skye Henshaw
Report: After another long drive and a warm up, the team surprised me with their energy and desire. Right from the start we played at a high tempo and WGS did not know what had hit them. Skye and Poppy had really tall defenders so showed they were fast and agile as well as a slick attacking pair. Teresa was back on form and although they had good shooters, Prisyn and Teresa dominated the goal circle. The whole team worked well and the opposing teacher asked how many played for a club! An outstanding performance from a dedicated group of girls.
U8C v Warwick
Date: Thursday 8th March
Result: BCS 10-0 Warwick
Most Valued Player: Alexandros Constantinou
Report: There was huge excitement as the boys waited for the arrival of Warwick for the first rugby game of the season! The BCS side is one with a lot of pace and trickery, and Alexandros led the way with 2 great tries. Warwick also had lots of pace, but the BCS boys worked really hard in defence to make key ‘tags’ when necessary. A local derby up next with an away trip to West House …
U10A v Solihull
Date: Monday 5th March
Result: BCS 1-5 Sollihul
Most Valued Player: Bea Neeson & Ojal Rao
Report: Blue Coat fought hard against a strong Solihull side. The girls that stepped up to replace our swimmers rose to the challenge and defended tightly, shadowing their players and trying to prevent the pass. However, with a complete defence change, we struggled to get the ball down court and into our attacking half. That said, the girls never gave up and it was nice to see them trying to implement their new centre passes.
U8D v Warwick
Date: Thursday 8th March
Result: BCS 2 Warwick 4
Most Valued Player: John Cibelli and Nathan Molsom were frantic both in defence and attack
Report: A fantastic fixture for the U8Ds who grew into the game and played with enjoyment and purpose. It was a really close game with Warwick having an elusive runner, who we couldn’t tackle. Blue Coat managed to turn the ball over twice with 7 tackles in defence.
Scorer: John Cibelli, Nathan Molsom
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