HOCKEY

U11A Boys Hockey v Foremarke Hall (A)
Date: Weds 9th January
Result: Foremarke Hall 7 Blue Coat 2
Most Valued Player: James Scurlock is becoming a talented goalkeeper. His agility and footwork was awesome.
Report: We really enjoyed our first trip away to Foremarke. Whilst it is a long journey, the opportunity to play them was too good to miss. They did have quality, but we made sure hardwork and good defending kept us in the game for the first half. We deserved our goal – a superb tackle by Ashley Jindu led to a counter where Oliver Smith was 1-1 v the Goalkeeper and he cooly passed it into the corner. Foremarke broke away in the second half and we struggled to play in wider areas and lost possession in key areas. Ehsan Ali and Luke Dolan were disciplined and stayed in central areas, whilst William Brett had great success on the left hand side.
Scorer: Oliver Smith & Ashley Jindu
Mr Harrison

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U10A Boys Hockey v Foremarke Hall (A)
Date: Weds 9th January
Result: Foremarke Hall 2 Blue Coat
Most Valued Player: John Meering
Report: This fixture was the first Hockey match for a lot of the players against a school with a high reputation in Hockey. The boys approached the game with a positive and aggressive attitude, not allowing the opposition much space or time on the ball. John Meering and Milo Dowling provided a solid base in defence providing calm and effective cover. An energetic midfield provided a further nuisance for their attackers and a quick attack when going forward. Despite the loss, the U10As displayed a strong performance against a good team.
Mr Melia

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FOOTBALL

U9A Football V Solihull
Date: Tues 15th January
Result: BCS 1 – 4 Solihull
Most Valued Player: Dylan Ram
Report: The first Football match of the year was an action packed high-quality game. Solihull started very strong and aggressive. However a terrific performance in defence from Harry Forty calmed things down and allowed Blue Coat to start to play some great Football. Jai Lewis controlled the midfield well using all the players across the pitch and constantly trying to finding Konark Basu up front. Blue Coat’s pressure was rewarded with a great goal from Henry Coughlan. Unfortunately Solihull’s attack was quick and strong which led us to conceding too many goals. An outstanding and brave performance from Dylan Ram kept Blue Coat in touching distance throughout the game.
Scorer: Henry Coughlan
Mr Melia

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U9B Football v Solihull
Date: Tuesday 15th January
Result: Blue Coat 3 Solihull 4
Most Valued Player: Theo Vieten Kay
Report: A delayed start put Blue Coat on the front foot. Solihull scored a crazy own goal from almost the halfway line. Blue Coat kept up the pressure but the finishing let us down. Going into the second half with a 2-1 lead Solihull grew into the game. They managed to create clear opportunities, which they took. Blue Coat struggled to keep a good structure. Theo Vieten Kay scored a superb equaliser to make it 3-3, but Solihull clinched the win late on.
Scorer: Own Goal, Theo Vieten Kay (2)
Mr Harrison

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U9C Football v Solihull
Date: Tuesday 15th January
Result: Blue Coat 2 Solihull 1
Most Valued Player: Harris Rahman
Report: Great fun for the U9Cs who held strong to seal a victory. Solihull took the lead in the first half, with Harris Rahman equalising early in the second. David Foster kept Solihull at bay with fine defending, then Ateeb Al-Hassan came up with the winner, with a superb assist by Harris Rahman.
Scorer: Ateeb Al Hassan, Harris Rahman
Mr Harrison

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U11 A Football v Warwick
Date: Wednesday 17th January
Result: Blue Coat 9 Warwick 2
Most Valued Player: Felix Iliff for some fantastic work on the right wing and great team play.
Report: The U11A side put in a devastating display against Warwick with each and every player contributing to an excellent team performance. In truth the scoreline could have been more with the teams finishing being something that needs improving. However, the team produced slick incisive passing with Luke Dolan directing play like a mini Paul Scholes! Iliff was like a gazelle on the right wing regularly beating the defender and putting in great crosses for Brett and Smith to finish from. Well done all!
Mr Protherough

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U11B Football V Warwick
Date: Wednesday 16th January
Result: BCS 1 – 2 Warwick
Most Valued Player: Jake Meyer
Report: A solid first performance of the season with an unfortunate ending. Blue Coat kept possession of the ball extremely well despite the wet and muddy conditions. An outstanding performance in defence from Narayan and Flynn shutting down any attack quickly and effectively. Nahom and Jake controlled the midfield and fed the ball into upfront. Constant pressure saw Warwick make a mistake and score an own goal. Unfortunately for Blue Coat, as the boys tired it allowed Warwick to first equalise and then gain a last minute winner in the dying seconds.
Mr Melia

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RUGBY

U10 A Rugby v Hallfield
Date: Monday 14th January
Result: Blue Coat 10 Hallfield 2
Most Valued Player: Vinay Ratti for his excellent tackling
Report: Anyone who has seen the film Blazing Saddles will know the feeling that the U10 boys felt when one of the Hallfield team walked out the changing room onto the pitch! Thankfully, Vinay confirmed the saying that the “bigger they are, the harder they fall!” with a bone crunching tackle which set the tone for the game. The team scored a number of excellent tries, moving the ball well on a narrow pitch against a resolute, if ultimately limited, Hallfield side.
Mr Protherough

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U10B Rugby v Hallfield 
Date: Mon 14th January
Result: Hallfield 10 – Blue Coat 15
Most Valued Player: Alessandro Salvi ran with pace and top strength
Report: Great to have a rugby fixture and continue our growth in this age group. We dominated possession for the first half, but our handling and decision of when to offload let us down near their try line. Hallfield scored against the run of play, but Alessandro Salvi quickly replied with one of his own. The second half was much better – passing became more fluent and it opened up far more space. However, Hallfield tackled well and kept us at bay. It could have been a different scoreline on another day, but proud to keep the boys on their toes.
Scorer: Alessandro Salvi (3)
Mr Harrison

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U8A Rugby vs Hallfield
Date: Thursday 17th January
Result: BCS 15 – 5 Hallfield
Most Valued Player: Remy Granger for some great elusive running
Report: The U8A team shook off some “rugby rustiness” to play some great rugby against an inexperienced but committed Hallfield side. The running skills of a number of players was a joy to behold and as the game went on we rediscovered our tenacity in defence and passed the ball better, scoring some lovely tries. Remy Granger and James Longworth both showed great evasion skills whilst Robert Miller and Wilf Crow-Marcetic both supported the ball very well, appearing at just the right time and place. Overall a very good performance, well done!
Mr Protherough

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U8B Rugby v Hallfield
Date: Thursday 17th January
Result: BCS 45 – Hallfield 20
Most Valued Player: Arjun Gill for his electric pace with the ball
Report: Really fun fixture for the U8s, continuing their rugby journey. Hallfield have just started theirs, which put us on the front foot. We massively improved our passing in the second half with Milo Todd, Ethan Graves and Hari Irvine all passing before contact. Blue Coat were always a couple of tries ahead, but Hallfield took advantage of some of our tackling. It will be fantastic to play them again at the end of term and see the progression!
Mr Harrison

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NETBALL

U11A Netball v EHS
Date: Wednesday 16th January
Result: BCS 15 – 6 EHS
Most Valued Player: Kate Stockton
Report: A fantastic start to the netball season! The girls got off to a shaky start against a strong EHS side who had already done a term of netball. In the first quarter Blue Coat lacked composure rushing the pass and mistiming runs. EHS took advantage of this and gained an early lead 4-1. After the first quarter, however, the girls really stepped up and improved each quarter. Working the ball efficiently down court with accurate passes and well timed runs. Kate held her space beautifully in the D which allowed the girls to feed the ball in over the top and we soon shot into the lead and didn’t look back. A promising start to the season girls – well done!
Miss Crews

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U11 B Netball v EHS
Date: Wednesday 16th January
Result: BCS 7-8 EHS
Most Valued Player: Lexie Hubbard
Report: After only a single Games lesson so far this term I was really impressed with how the team played. It was closely contested from start to finish with both sets of players’ standard of play improving as the match progressed. With more exposure to match play I am sure that the team will become sharper with their passes and more assertive when defending. This was a promising start from most players, especially Lexie, Chloe and Tara who didn’t seem to be deterred by EHS physical prowess.
Mrs Bennett

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SWIMMING

U8, U9, U10 and U11 Swimming v Edgbaston High School for Girls
Date: Tuesday 15th January
Result: EHSG 121 – BCS 149
Most Valued Player: Kate Stockton
Report: This was a fantastic swimming gala to kick start a busy term of swimming. 32 Blue Coat girls travelled to Edgbaston High in what was always going to be a close and entertaining evening of swimming. Throughout the gala, parents and teachers were treated to some closely fought races and exceptional swims. Special mention to Kate Stockton who won the U11 Girls 25m Freestyle in style. Overall the points finished EHSG 121 – BCS 149. Well done girls on a fine evening of swimming!
Mr Kelly