SWIMMING

U8 & U9 A & B Swimming Gala v Holy Trinity
Date: Monday 21st January
Result: BCS 123 – Holy Trinity 77
Most Valued Player: U8 A Boys
Report: Our first home swimming gala of the Lent term saw us welcome Holy Trinity to Blue Coat. For some of the swimmers from both schools it was their first time in a swimming gala and for those individuals they did themselves proud. It was a strong performance from both of the teams of Blue Coat, demonstrating excellent race skills and speed. I must praise the team ethos shown as every swimmer was cheering and supporting one another. Special mentions to the U8 A boys consisting of Remy, Vivek, Arjun and Ethan for their displays. Also, on another note, it was lovely to be able to welcome back Mrs Denham to Blue Coat. Mrs Denham was present supporting her grandson from Holy Trinity. She was very impressed with the standard of swimming at Blue Coat, commenting on how it is going from strength to strength.
Mr Kelly

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FOOTBALL

U9A Football V RGS The Grange
Date: Tuesday 22nd January
Result: BCS 1 – 2 RGS
Most Valued Player: Harry Forty
Report: Despite the wintry and snowy conditions, U9As displayed a much stronger and dominant performance for their second game of the season. Jai Lewis and Henry Coughlan provided constant support in the middle of the pitch. Sam Tan and Alexandros were ruthless trying to win every ball. Konark continued to be a nuisance for the RGS defence with constant runs. However, an outstanding performance came from the centre back Harry Forty. Harry demonstrated an outstanding performance, winning every ball that came his way, providing support in attack and defence and demonstrating terrific sportsmanship throughout the game.
Scorer: Konark Basu
Mr Melia

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U11B Football V RGS The Grange
Date: Wednesday 23rd January
Result: BCS 1 – 2 RGS
Most Valued Player: Ishan Bradstock
Report: A strong and dominating performance with an unfortunate ending left the U11Bs feeling unnecessarily disappointed. An amazingly brave performance from Pardeep kept the score line in check today. Constant pressure in the midfield allowed a well-executed through ball to Dhruv to score a terrific equaliser. Unfortunately this led to the boys taking the foot off the pedal and concede within minutes of scoring. A committed performance from Ishan Bradstock who made runs from end to end the whole match providing much needed support in defence and attack.
Scorer: Dhruv Susarla
Mr Melia

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U11C Football v RGS The Grange
Date: Wednesday 23rd January
Result: RGS 6 Blue Coat 1
Most Valued Player: Luke Allen for excellent shot stopping goal
Report: Lots of the opposition had U10s merged and they were spritely, good dribblers with lots of pace. We were a little flat footed in our tackling and this made it hard to win possession from RGS. Rohan Cherukad and Ehsan Ali played well through central channels, but the team needed more from everyone in energy and effort to push RGS further back.
Scorer: Rohan Cherukad
Mr Harrison

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U11D Football v RGS
Date: Wednesday 23rd January
Result: RGS 5 Blue Coat 2
Most Valued Player: Amar Gill for taking two superb 1v1 chances in front of goal
Report: Big pitch for this 7 who fought valiantly against a strong RGS opposition. We tried to play too narrow and with more powerful players. Arjun Bajwa was busy in the Blue Coat goal. However Zahid Ahmed created two fantastic passes forward with pace for Amar Gill to deceive the goalkeeper and score two fantastic breakaway goals.
Scorer: Amar Gill (2)
Mr Harrison

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U11E Football v RGS
Date: Wednesday 23rd January
Result: BCS 1 – 3 RGS
Most Valued Player: Zuhair Ahmed
Report: On a cold, frosty afternoon the team of 7 boys played a game of football against a very strong RGS side. Player of the match was BCS goalkeeper Zuhair who had a strong performance and controlled his defence excellent. Zuhair’s performance was noted by the Headteacher of RGS and equally was awarded their man of the match. Rajan Sall came out of defence to score a great goal from outside the box.
Scorer: Rajan Sall 1
Mr Kelly

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U9B Football v RGS The Grange
Date: Tuesday 22nd January
Result: Blue Coat 6-RGS 4
Most Valued Player: Harris Rahman and Toby Smoldon shared the spoils in front of goal
Report: Really good fun this fixture, with 10 goals scored and periods of the game where either side could’ve taken it away from the opposition. Blue Coat scored early with good pressing on the RGS defence. Govind Dhillon and Marcus Wigg utilised the wider areas and created many goal scoring opportunities. This was superb progress as often we were caught trying to play through the middle. We pulled away in the second half with Neil Nair and Oliver Smoldon controlling the halfway line.
Mr Harrison

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U11A Football Matty Thacker Festival – Winterfold
Date: 23rd January 2019
Result: Losing semi finalists
Most Valued Player: Ashley Jhindu for excellent defending
Report: The U11A team went to the Matty Thacker Festival at Winterfold School on the back of a thumping win against Warwick last week which probably made the lads slightly over confident. This was soon dispelled, however, when RGS The Grange gave our boys a football lesson in urgency and intensity to win 3 – 0. Thankfully this woke the team up and after this we played some very good football winning 3 matches and drawing 2 in the group stages. Throughout these games however our prolificacy in front of goal was beginning to frustrate staff and players alike! These results meant we qualified for the Shield semi final (top competition) and in this game against King’s Hawford we played our best football against a very good side who ultimately won the competition. Both teams had good chances but the combination of good goalkeeping and wayward shooting meant the game finished 0-0. After extra time the dreaded penalties came which are a complete lottery and this time we were the unlucky ones. This group have a huge amount of talent but they must focus on the team first which they did very well in the last game.
Mr Protherough

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NETBALL

U10A Netball v Solihull
Date: Monday 21st January
Result: BCS 1- 8 Solihull
Most Valued Player: Indira Singh
Report: Our first netball fixture of the season and we were met by strong competition. Solihull School showed excellent movement on and off the ball enabling them to play the ball into and out of the circle comfortably. BCS girls should be really proud of themselves though, they did not drop their heads once and fought right up until the final whistle. The girls also adapted very well to the different combinations of players, changing positions throughout the game, showing real dynamic in the squad. There was lots of examples of good play as the game continued and working the ball down the court showed that they have been listening to the advice and creating space for one another. The girls need to continue to focus on implementing the feedback and improvements will definitely be made. Keep up the hard work girls.
Mrs Somerville

U10 B Netball v Solihull
Date: Monday 21st January
Result: BCS 0 – 4 Solihull
Most Valued Player: P Agarwal
Report: Our netball season got off to a good start despite the loss. The team showed great defending and good interceptions were made by Maysoon and Ishani. We showed real improvement as the match went on with only 1 goal being scored by Solihull in the entire second half. We now need to work on our timing of movement and getting free to make the most of the team’s possession.
Mrs Bennett

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U9 A Netball v Wolverhampton Grammar
Date: Tuesday 22nd January
Result: BCS 4-3 WGS
Most Valued Player: L Evans
Report: This is a very busy term for year 4 and Mrs Bennett has struggled with limited time to practise with the team. However they showed great fighting spirit to beat Wolverhampton Grammar as the match was very even. We showed some great marking skills and Caitlin was working incredibly hard to gain possession of the ball for her team. Imogen made some great attacking moves and our shooters did well to compose themselves when shooting. I look forward to working with this talented bunch of girls for the rest of the term.
Mrs Bennett

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U9B Netball v WGJS
Date: Tuesday 22nd January
Result: BCS 12- 0 WGJS
Most Valued Player: Siyenna Begh
Report: The first match of the season for the U9B team and they have got off to a fantastic start. With not much training beforehand the girls looked confident on court and play particularly in the attack worked nicely resulting in a 12-0 win. The girls need to focus on space and their footwork but with the girls enthusiasm I believe they have the potential to have a successful season of netball.
Mrs Somerville

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U11B Netball v Bromsgrove
Date: Wednesday 23rd January
Result: BCS 8 – 1 Bromsgrove
Most Valued Player: G Roberts
Report: This match improved as it went on with a nil – nil first quarter, we did not get off to a great start. After a few minor changes we then started to find our game and slowly during the second quarter we moved ahead with Gracie scoring both goals. In the third quarter we came alive and coped well with Bromsgrove’s physicality. Ishani, Kavya and Daphne were making good interceptions and our attacking play became more fluid with Chloe and Natasha proving reliable as ever. Tara was awesome linking play from defence to attack and Lexie was not deterred in the slightest when I moved her to centre court. Elpy showed a different side to her personality as she was being bumped and barged by her opponent. I was really impressed with her character and strength.
Mrs Bennett

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U10D Netball v Solihull
Date: Monday 21st January
Result: BCS 2-3 Solihull
Most Valued Player: Breshna Mohmanda
Report: An exciting and competitive game of netball played in great spirit. Blue Coat played really well and improved each quarter. The girls are learning to move into space and drive to get in front of their defender to receive the ball. They got better at passing the ball quickly down court and this helped get the ball into the D and we were unlucky not to score a few more goals.
Miss Crews

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U10D Netball v Bromsgrove
Date: Wednesday 21st January
Result: BCS 9 -Bromsgrove 8
Most Valued Player: Caitlin Thornewell
Report: A very evenly matched game with lots of play at both ends. The girls worked well as a cohesive and supportive team with Caitlin and Emma working very hard. Phoebe and Gargi were given lots of chances on goal getting more and more confident as the game went on. The girls need to be thinking about finding space, rather than just waiting for the ball, but overall the girls enjoyed playing and were able to identify what parts of their game they need to improve on.

Mrs Barrowclift

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U11C Netball v Bromsgrove
Date: Wednesday 23rd January
Result: BCS 3- 2 Bromsgrove
Most Valued Player: Karen Mao
Report: The U11C team were excited for their first match of the season. They have been working hard in lessons and this really showed in the game. The girls fought right from the start to the final whistle, with many interceptions in defence giving them lots of opportunities to get the ball to goal. We do still need to focus on space and think about where we need to position ourselves in order for the ball to be passed up the court successfully. Even with changes at half time, the girls adapted well to the different combination of players and worked hard for each other to keep their lead. Well done girls keep it up.
Mrs Somerville