U9A Netball Tournament
Date: Tues 5th March
Result: BCS 4-0 King’s St Alban’s, BCS 3-0 The Elms, BCS 1-1 The Downs, BCS 7-0 Moor Park
Report: The team have made so much progress since our last tournament it was great to see. We managed to secure all our centre passes and get off to a great start with fantastic decision making from Caitlin who passed sharply to Claire and Khadija. Our shooting improved massively with shots now being turned into goals between Claire, Alex and Harleena. In defence we were strong as ever with Zuva out-jumping the opposition’s shooters and Aleyah and Lucie making great interceptions. We didn’t lose a match at all in our league and we went through as league winners to play in the semi finals against RGS The Grange. We started off well but had to try and change tactics as we faced incredibly tall defence in our shooting circle. We tried hard to get free and get the ball to our shooters but simply couldn’t get the ball in the net. We managed to end the match 1-1 to finish in a draw and it went to Golden Goal. We lost the toss of a coin which was detrimental as RGS had the first centre and as hard as we tried to defend they finished their passing play with a goal and the match was over. The tournament proved to be a learning curve for many reasons – how well the team has improved, particularly the shooting, how we need to learn how to hold our space in front of taller opposition and how the simple toss of a coin can give one team a huge advantage and leave another despairing.
Mrs Bennett

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U11A v Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School
Date: Weds 6th March
Result: BCS 23-8 WGJS
Most Valued Player: Kate Stockton
Report: BCS got off to a strong start, passing the the ball fluently across the court and rapidly dodging in front of the tall players to get the ball successfully. Amazing shots were scored and incredible interceptions were made throughout the match. Through the wet and stormy conditions we had to make short and sharp passes and were brilliant at that. Overall we played the very best we could despite the weather. The sky’s the limit.
Written by Ojal Rao

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U11B v WGJS
Date: Wednesday 6th March
Result: BCS 11-0 WGJS
Most Valued Player: Shakthi Sreevats
Report: The ball whizzed through the court mainly in our attacking D. We bravely fought against the harsh wind making courageous passes as the ball zig-zagged along the court. The ball seemed quite attached to our our team as every 2 minutes it appeared to be falling through the net. Overall, we did extremely well and achieved a very high standard of netball.

Scorer: Shakthi Sreevats and Elspeth Martin
Written by Ishani Shetty

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U9C Netball v Eversfield A
Date: Tuesday 5th March
Result: BCS 0- 3 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Kenza Kachloul
Report: A tough match against a strong and tall Eversfield team. Blue Coat struggled to get the ball down court against a difficult Eversfield defence who were good at marking and snatching the ball. In attack we worked hard to get in front of our player but needed to sprint into space more. We kept fighting and got better each quarter and were unlucky not to score. A tough game, well done girls!
Miss Crews

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U9C Netball v Eversfield B
Date: Tuesday 5th March
Result: BCS 0-1 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Connie Zhang
Report: Blue Coat played well and had numerous opportunities to score but unfortunately couldn’t get the ball in the hoop. Both teams at time were very crowded, we must remember to spread out and time our run in front of the player. As the game progressed we got better at marking our player in defence. A well contested game, a little more shooting practice needed, I think!
Miss Crews

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U11C Netball v EHS
Date: Wednesday 6th March
Result: BCS 5-2 EHS
Most Valued Player: Daisy Drake
Report: The girls had a fantastic afternoon of Netball, they played really well as a team intercepting the ball from EHS time and time again and having lots of opportunities to score. Unfortunately, the ball was played frantically down court and you could almost see the panic on the girls’ faces. We need to slow it down, time our runs onto the ball and use our three seconds to make an effective pass. Having said that the ball did travel down the court fairly easily and the girls worked hard for each other to keep possession. The girls adapted to changes in the team really well, playing different positions. The final score was 5-2 and it really was a well-deserved win.
Scorer: Maya Bradstock & Jaya Kanda
Mrs Somerville

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U11D Netball v EHS
Date: Wednesday 6th March
Result: BCS 3- 5 EHS
Most Valued Player: Caitlin Thornewell / Amelie Black
Report: A game that could of gone either way with lots of play at both ends. The girls need to think about how they are passing the ball as lots of passes were lost through the opponent being taller and able to intercept quickly. With more imagination on passing such as bounce passes and long passes and acting upon on advice the result may have been different. Overall though the girls put in a lot of effort and energy.
Scorer: Phoebe Hughes 2, Gargi Paneesha
Mrs Barrowclift

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U8B Netball v Hallfield
Date: Thursday 7th March
Result: BSC 3- 1 Hallfield
Most Valued Player: Lois Hughes
Report: The girls were very excited for their first Netball fixture of the season. Playing against Hallfield B team, the girls really showed the opposition how hard they have been working in lessons. There were some lovely examples of passing and moving and working together as a team. Girls you should be really proud of yourselves. There is still plenty to work on particularly getting into space and our footwork, but overall girl a job well done. The final score being 3-1. Keep up the hard work.
Scorer: Isabella Gabriel
Mrs Somerville

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U8A Netball v Hallfield
Date: Thursday 7th March
Result: BSC 9- 1 Hallfield
Most Valued Player: Anusha Singh
Report: A fantastic performance. For their first netball match the girls played really well. Blue Coat started strong, timing their runs and passing the ball down the court and into the D. Excellent shooting by Daisy and Susanna helped us take an early lead. Although at times we got very crowded you could see the girls were trying hard to hold their position and time their run. Excellent defence and interception skills made it hard for Hallfield to score. A very promising start girls, well done!
Scorer: Daisy Whitehouse, Susanna Tomlinson, Li Wan
Miss Crews

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U10A Netball v Hallfield
Date: Monday 11th March
Result: BCS 11-8 BCS
Most Valued Player: Emily Whitehouse
Report: What a brilliant afternoon! Last time we played against Hallfield we lost, so we had all to play for! However, this time round it really seemed as though finally the penny had dropped. The girls have been working so hard this term, listening to everything I have been saying, asking how to improve and seriously committing to making an improvement. Today they really showed themselves that hard work pays off! The girls worked the ball up the court fantastically, pushing the ball into space, beautiful play into the circle with lovely examples of double plays and quick pops from the GA to GS. In defence we had so many lovely clean interceptions where you could see the girls move their feet around the player rather than reaching for the ball. Girls I’m really proud of you all, let’s keep working hard because you showed just what you’re capable of. Well done girls!
Scorer: Delina Elias & Emily Whitehouse
Mrs Somerville

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U10B Netball v Hallfield
Date: Monday 11th March
Result: BCS 6 -5 Hallfield
Most Valued Player: Jia Samra
Report: The girls have been working hard in their training sessions and it finally came together for them today. The girls got off to a strong start moving the ball into space well and there were many shots that unfortunately didn’t go in. The girls were losing 4-2 at half time but kept their heads up. GA and GS found ways to get closer to the goal with the support of C and WA around the attacking D, and they managed to win the final quarter 4-0. Our defence were strong and made some good interceptions – we now need to work on resetting our attacking play when we win possession. The intensity was high on the court throughout the match and the girls showed they really wanted to win this time around!
Scorer: Jia Samra & Tabitha Vlok
Miss Owen

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U11 B Netball v EHS
Date: Wednesday 13th March
Result: BCS 9-1 EHS
Most Valued Player: L Hubbard
Report: With windy conditions for outside netball the team found it hard to play so we had to change tactics and come shorter for the ball. We adapted quite quickly and our defence in particular had hardly anything to do as the attack were too dominant. When the defenders were required they made the game look simple with an aggressive interception and a quick short ball to our centre court players. We did have over 20 shots at goal which shows just how much control we had over the match itself but with the strong winds the shooters did well to even score 9.
Mrs Bennett

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U11A Netball v EHS
Date: Wednesday 13th March
Result: BCS 14-4 EHS
Most Valued Player: Matilda Goodrham
Report: Another strong performance from our A team. In windy conditions the girls worked hard to get the ball down court, driving in front to receive a short sharp pass. The girls speed of movement and pass outplayed the EHS girls who at times struggled to keep up. At times we lost our shape and tried to play the long ball which just wasn’t possible in these conditions. Accurate shooting in difficult conditions by Kate Stockton helped increase our lead. Excellent interceptions by Ojal Rao often broke down the EHS attack and quick reactions by matilda getting into space allowed the ball to travel down court. A solid win, well done girls.
Miss Crews

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FOOTBALL

U10A Football v Warwick
Date: Monday 4th March
Result: Blue Coat 2 Warwick 2
Most Valued Player: Adam Bashir was composed on the ball and deadly on his left foot
Report: Blue Coat looked very composed in the first half, taking an early lead and finding lots of space behind the Warwick defence. Early through balls helped with this, which one of our targets for the game. We took a 1-0 lead into half time, but couldn’t reproduce the passing prowess of the first half. The ball was bogged down and we found it hard to release players. Warwick took a lofted shot from their own half which got them level, and a well taken header from a corner took the lead. When they gained a two goal advantage it was always going to be tough to come back, but we fought hard and earnt ourselves another goal to make it 3-2.
Scorer: Adam Bashir (2)
Mr Harrison

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U10D v Warwick
Date: Monday 4th March
Result: BCS 0-3 Warwick, BCS 2-2 Warwick
Report: Again this team was originally a larger team which we decided to split into 2 as Warwick had brought over enough boys to complete 2 smaller fixtures. The match was a real end to end game with both teams having even chances with Gabriel coming close on several occasions. Henry seemed to have all thing covered at the back and Bertie made a fabulous save with his feet almost doing the splits. Rohan and Archie did their best to dribble down the wings and provide Gabriel with opportunities to score which eventually paid off with Gabriel scoring 2. Another great match to watch with progress seen in the match play and team spirit.
Scorer: G Bromfield

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U11 Football King’s Hawford Tournament
Date: Wednesday 6th March
Result: WINNERS!!!!!
Most Valued Player: AY
Report: The U11 Football team built on their fantastic performance at ISFA last week to go one better at the King’s Hawford Tournament and won it. Remarkably after being slightly late due to an accident on the M5 the team went through the whole tournament without conceding a goal, this included a penalty shootout in the semi final against RGS the Grange! The team played some excellent football with AY absolutely fantastic in midfield winning every 5050 there was to win. Oliver Smith was like Robert the Bruce in that if at first you don’t succeed try try again eventually coming away with 4 goals. What was really pleasing was that in the final against King’s Hawford the boys showed real tenacity to not let King’s have a clear cut chance on goal. Well done to all the boys who have really grown as a side, I think they are starting to understand that if they focus and play as a team they are very good!
Mr Protherough

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U8A House Match Football
Date: Thursday 14th March
Result: St Philip’s 4 – 0 St George’s
Most Valued Player: James Longworth scored two composed and well taken goals from tight angles
Report: After the first quarter, the game was tight at 0-0, I think St George’s surprised themselves, playing well and using the wind factor to push them towards the St Philip’s goal. Robert Miller and Vivek Ratti fought valiantly through midfield, with Vivek taking throw ins ‘Rory Delap’ style, a huge asset to have in the team. However, St Philip’s began to dominate with the wind in the second half, getting behind the St George’s defence, with some excellent goal scoring.

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U8D House Match Football
Date: Thursday 14th March
Result: St Philip’s 11 – 0 St George’s
Most Valued Player: Dev Wangi
Report: An unforgiving score line which, in reality was a much closer game on the field. St Philip’s commanded an early dominant lead which put St George’s on the back foot. A resilient Louis Thornewell led St George’s time and time again, setting an excellent example of leadership. St Georges had spells of dominance, forcing St Philip’s back into their own half. St Philip’s were ferocious in their defence, hunting down the ball quickly before anyone could take a shot on goal. A terrific performance from Dev Wangi who seem to have magic feet in which the ball stuck too. Both teams hopefully would had taken away very different learning experiences from today. A huge congratulations to all players who took part, for some in their first official Blue Coat Football game.
Mr Melia

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HOCKEY

U11 Boys’ Hockey Tournament at Malvern The Downs
Date: Weds 13th March
Most Valued Player: Together we highlighted 4 players for their impact on the games, James Scurlock, Luke Dolan, Ashley Jindu & John Meering
Report: Pleased that the tournament went ahead, with the strong winds gusting across the open fields. We started by playing Luctons, and raced ahead with two goals in the first half, Luke Dolan demonstrating his reverse stick finishing skills. The second half we extended our lead to 3-1, playing really well through our right channel. Then came a stiff challenge in the hosts The Downs. 0-0 at half time, we managed to weather a storm in our circle with fine goalkeeping, and superbly snatched a 1-0 lead with Luke Dolan finishing another reverse stick goal. However they started to convert their chances and ran away with it 4-1. Versus Abberley it was evenly contested throughout. Freddie Williams had a lot of joy carrying hard into the circle in wide area, but we couldn’t convert the chances. It ended 0-0 with strong kick clearances from both GKs not giving attackers a second phase. Moor Park again another even contest, really end to end with Milo Dowling and John Meering working harding to win possession and slap the ball with pace. Goals for each team in either half kept it at 1-1. The final match v The Elms was tough with one player dominating the game. We struggled to pass the ball fluently, looking a little tired and they scored three well taken goals. Lots to learn, but some fine examples of where Blue Coat boys hockey is heading, very promising.
Mr Harrison