NETBALL

U11A IAPS Netball at Rugby School
Date: Wednesday 27th February
Result: group stages- BCS won 3, drew 1, Lost 3. Made the plate semi final
Most Valued Player: Fantastic all round team performance. Player of the day – Ojal Rao
Report: A fantastic day of high standard netball. Blue Coat got off to a slow start, making silly mistakes and not taking their chances at goal. Our second game was better, a very even, tight match which resulted in a 2-2 draw. Both teams defended really well making it hard to play the ball down court.This was against Solihull, the eventual tournament winners. As the tournament progressed the girls got better and better but unfortunately at times we were not accurate enough shooting at goal and did not take our chances, missing the feed into the D or the shot which cost us crucial wins.

Results after the group stages – Blue Coat 3- Croft 6, Blue Coat 2- Solihull 2, Blue Coat 1- Kings Hawford 4, Blue Coat 4- Wellingborough 0, Blue Coat 4- Winchester House 7, Blue Coat 8- Saint Cristina’s 3, Blue Coat 5 – Bilton Grange 4. A strong finish put us into 4th place in our group which meant we qualified for the plate semi final against Bromsgrove. The girls were really fired up for this game and started well. Unfortunately again we missed chances at goal which prevented us from taking the lead and the score finished 2-2 resulting in extra time. In extra time Bromsgrove took their chance to get the victory. We went on to play a 3rd/4th play off. A little deflated after losing the semi, Blue Coat started slow and went 3-1 down at half time. A strong second half helped us to claw it back and the game ended 3-3. Again extra time! Unfortunately we again missed our chances and lost 5-3. A fantastic day of Netball, the girls should be really proud of their performances. I think they all learnt an important lesson that we have to take our chances on goal, especially in tournaments!
Miss Crews

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U10A Netball v Solihull
Date: Monday 4th March
Result: BCS 3 -5 Solihull
Most Valued Player: Indira Singh
Report: The girls had a slow start, enabling Solihull to take an early lead at the end of the first half 3-0. Unfortunately, BCS were unable to get the ball out of defence when the opposition missed a shot, with Solihull intercepting the ball time and time again giving them more opportunities to shoot. However, at half time we regrouped and made a few changes. The girls listened to the feedback and executed some lovely passages of play up the court and we actually won the second half. This was still not enough to take the lead, finishing the game 5-3. Good effort though girls
Scorer: Delina (2) Simran (1)
Mrs Somerville

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U10 B Netball V Solihull
Date: Monday 4th March
Result: BCS 3 -5 Solihull
Most Valued Player: Jessie Hong
Report: The girls had a strong start to the match and moved the ball well down the court. The girls made dynamic runs and made clever use of space in attacking play. BCS led 2-1 at half time. Solihull came back fighting in the second half and intercepted any passes that were not strong and direct. As BCS started to follow the ball and lose the space they worked so hard to create in the first half, Solihull, with some accurate shooting, came back into the game in the second half and by the end, BCS narrowly missed out on winning. Tabitha and Jia are building a strong partnership in the attacking D, which is very promising and Jessie should be commended for her vision on the court. All the girls should be proud of their performance today – their hard work in games is paying off on the court.
Scorer: Tabitha Vlok (1) Jia Samra (2)
Miss Owen

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U10 C Netball v Solihull
Date: Monday 4th March
Result: BCS 0-1 Solihull
Most Valued Player: Maggie Lester
Report: An end to end thriller! Both teams worked hard at finding space and getting in front of their defender. Blue Coat had lots of opportunities to score but unfortunately our luck wasn’t in and we just couldn’t get the ball in the net. The score stood at 0-0 for most of the game with Solihull stealing the victory in the last few minutes.
Miss Crews

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U10 D Netball v Solihull
Date: Monday 4th March
Result: BCS 2-2 Solihull
Most Valued Player: Holly Wilson
Report: A close and competitive game of netball. Both teams worked hard to get the ball down the court and into the D. The girls defended tightly and got a few well timed interceptions. A bit more shooting practice is needed but a very enjoyable game – well done girls.
Miss Crews

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FOOTBALL

U10 D Football v Warwick
Date: Monday 4th March
Result: BCS 2-1 Warwick, BCS 4 – 1 Warwick
Report: Having initially being planned as a larger group match, the D team got split and played on 2 pitches into a mini tournament where the boys did a round robin of matches. The BCS team had lots of the forwards play with Aidan, Oliver and Asad dribbling the ball forwards but we just couldn’t seem to score. Keerat and Rohil did well in defence but we were overloaded and Rishul got beat with an excellent strike from the Warwick boy. We did really well to pull a goal back and showed great progress throughout the afternoon with an eventual convincing 4-1 win over the second Warwick team.
Scorer: O Tucker, O Tucker and A Zhang

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SWIMMING

U11 Boys and Girls Bromsgrove Invitational Swimming Relays
Date: Monday 4th March
Most Valued Player: Milo Dowling
Report: It was our second year of being invited along to the Bromsgrove Invitational Swimming Relays, a competition which welcomes over 20 Prep Schools from across the Midlands. We took a team of 10 children, with four children being in Year 5 and one child from Year 4, this would be great experience for next year’s event as well! The gala consisted of both the Freestyle and Medley relay, with heats being swam and the fastest teams qualifying for either an A or B final. The girls finished 2nd in both relays in the B finals, whilst the boys achieved a 4th and 5th place in the A finals! Well done swimmers on some great performances!
Mr Kelly

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CROSS COUNTRY

Hallfield U9 and U11 X Country
Date: Saturday 2nd March
Report: On a glorious Saturday morning 20 of our well trained runners arrived at Hallfield for their annual Cross Country event. We familiarised ourselves with the course which was well marked out and was a mixture of terrain, including through a woodland area, over uneven ground and with a gruelling hill to climb towards the finish. Our U9s were taken for a warm up with Mrs Barrowclift to prepare for their 1.2km race whilst Mrs Bennett discussed the slight changes for the older pupils’ course. The U9 girls set off fast with an early push to the front from Susie and Amelia. Anusha, Safiya and Lucie were running closer together and Emily sustained a good pace throughout the whole course. Amelia increased her pace and came home in a worthy 2nd place with Safiya (9), Anusha (10), Lucie (11), Emily (15) & Susie (17). Overall the team came second missing out only by 1 point.

The U9 boys were set and ready on the start line and James managed to start with the leading pack he made his way to front from approx 300m in and dominated from the front in a well paced race to come home first. The rest of the team ran trying to keep as a pack to bring the victory for the U9 teams boys to BCS with James (1), Sam (5), Remy (7), Robert (9), Theo (14), Konark (19).

After patiently waiting, the U11s got their call to start, with Indira taking an early lead in the race the rest of the team did well to keep her in their sights. Phoebe pulled into second around the bottom half of the course through the woodland and began the chase into the finish. This was another display of pack running with the team using each other to pace themselves – a great team victory with Phoebe (2) and Indira (3) getting individual places and Storm (5), Lauren (9) and Lexie (19). Another great display and a low score of 19 points taking them to victory.

With the U11 boys team now down to 3 runners the Hallfield officials were approached to see if we could make up a BCS team from our younger runners otherwise we would not have had enough runners to make a team and couldn’t compete. Luckily once approached from Mrs Bennett, James agreed to run again. Now we had a team and the boys were on the starting line and although it was not the best start with James taking a fall he pulled himself up and continued the race. This was a fantastic display of grit and determination with James getting back into his running and Oliver leading from the front with a clear mind set that he was going to win this race. William just recovering from injury looked incredibly good even though he has not been training for over a month and Oliver kept with the strong pace to make the top 5. Another team victory, with Oliver winning the U11 boys striding for the team victory with William (4), Oliver (5) and James (15). 3 team trophies out of 4 and great individual displays of pure grit to make BCS dominant in X Country in this district. Great morning of running – thank you for being part of it!
Mrs Bennett