5 October 2019
U11A Girls’ Hockey Tournament at Bromsgrove School (A)
Player of the Match: Simran Bansal
An excellent opportunity to play a number of matches against some very talented hockey sides. Blue Coat found themselves in a very tough group and although we didn’t win any of our group games, the girls battled hard and never gave up and definitely made some big improvements. Simran was solid at the back and learnt to take the free hits quickly looking for gaps to feed the ball through to our midfield. As the games progressed the girls got better at holding their width and working the ball up field. At times they played some excellent hockey and were unlucky not to score. Our best game was against Solihull in which we had 4 or 5 opportunities to score but some good goalkeeping kept us out. Unfortunately they had one opportunity to score and took advantage and we narrowly lost 1-0. A fantastic morning of sport, the girls were exposed to some excellent hockey and hopefully took a lot away from the event.
7 October 2019
U10A Girls’ Hockey v Eversfield School (H)
Player of the match: Lucie Evans played a superb role at centre half, controlling the game
A fantastic all round performance from the U10As, growing in strength and developing together. Caitlin Liew provided two assists from the right hand side for Zuva M-Redmond to convert. Ball pace has been a real focus and Claire Happ is leading the group, scoring with a powerful strike at the top of the D. The most pleasing aspect was the control of the game throughout, looking strong in defence, and passing with more fluency.
7 October 2019
U10B Girls’ Hockey v Eversfield School (H)
Scorers: Khadija (2), Siyena (1), Aleyah (1)
Player of the Match: Khadija Kamran
The girls had a slow start to the game but soon started to make some good tackles and take the early ball to their advantage. Emily Smallwood worked hard to turn the ball over high up the pitch and had a few good shots on goal. There was some lovely linked play in the middle of the pitch between Khadija and Siyena which put the oppoision under pressure.The girls enjoyed the match and are building their spatial awareness and use of the outside channels. The girls now need to make sure that they can keep possession and must react quicker when possession is lost.
8 October 2019
U9A Girls’ Hockey v Hallfield School (H)
Scorers: Susie (2), Li (2), Riah B (1)
Player of the Match: Li Wan
We arrived ready and prepared for this match versus our local rivals. We played with real control on the ball and maintained a steady strong hold over Hallfield the whole way through the game. It was great to see that whilst individuals are emerging and showing their hockey skills, to play as a team remains the upmost priority. The girls are starting to trust one another and realise that their positional play is key as they keep the ball and play around the opposition rather than through them. This team remains unbeaten since Year 3 and they show real potential for the future with more experience and match play.
8 October 2019
U9B Girls’ Hockey v Hallfield School (H)
Player of the Match: Elaine Nguyen
A dominant performance from our U9 girls. Blue Coat started the game well, attacking at pace, dribbling with determination and being ruthless in the D. The girls took an early lead and kept the pressure on throughout the match. In the second half we spoke about spreading out and having more composure on the ball, looking up and giving the pass to a team mate. The girls certainly got better at this and this is something we are going to continue to work on.
9 October 2019
U11A Girls’ Hockey v Bromsgrove School (A)
Player of the Match and Scorer: Sofia Philips
The girls were eager and excited to play Bromsgrove, they had faced them recently in a tournament and knew they were going to be tough opposition however, were ready to take on the challenge! Right from the first whistle Bromsgrove dominated, they were able to pass and move into the space far better than us. BCS girls were nervous to go to the ball and put pressure on. However, they did prevent them from scoring their first goal within the first 10 minutes. Once Bromsgrove scored they got their momentum and managed to score another one within quick sucession. Leaving the score at half time 3-0. During the half time talk, the girls knew what they needed to focus on. They had a couple of opportunities to score and through perseverance Sofia Philips scored a goal, showing that they have the potential to work the ball through some tough defenders. Lots to work on, but a great attitude as always.
U11B Girls’ Hockey v Bromsgrove School (A)
Scorer: Holly (1)
Player of the Match: Delina Elias
We started off slowly with little urgency to close down the ball or play the ball forwards but as the quarters went on we became stronger, better and more confident. The team started to give their opponents a decision to make by closing them down and we attacked with real confidence and Holly got the goal she thoroughly deserved. With more match experience on a larger pitch the team can only get better as they have good stick skills but we still need to work on match and team play. Well done girls!
U11C Girls’ Hockey v Bromsgrove School (A)
Player of the Match: Maggie Lester
A tough game against a strong Bromsgrove side.The girls battled hard but struggled to get the ball up into the opponent’s D often trying to go through the opposition rather than around. In defence we lacked any urgency to get back and defend/ mark a player and Bromsgrove took advantage. In the second half we stepped up, marking got much tighter which cut out Bromsgrove’s options and we were able to hold them to a 0-0 draw.
U11D Girls’ Hockey v Bromsgrove School (A)
Player of the Match: Aqeelah Hussain
A very competitive match in which the girls developed, started to use the space and play as a team. Blue Coat were definitely more eager for the ball, winning every 50/50 ball and tracking back to make the tackle. In attack we drove the ball forward at pace and as the game progressed started to look up and give the pass to a team mate. The girls are learning the roles on the pitch and are starting to make the right runs into space to receive the ball. A good game, well done girls!
U11E Girls’ Hockey v Bromsgrove School (A)
Scorer: Layla Smith (4)
Player of the Match: Tabitha Vlok
The girls really worked their socks off today against a team with a resource of 10 rotating players. Humnah and Arianna worked well stopping numerous balls at half way mark and giving long passes down to Layla and in the first half we were dominant. However an injury to Tabitha who had worked so hard in defence, stopping and turning around balls to give long shots to waiting attackers meant that we had to borrow a player form Bromsgrove and change positions. The girls didn’t give up and most certainly cheerfully tried hard and should be proud of the effort that they put in to this match.
9 October 2019
U11A Rugby v King Henry VIII School (H)
Player of the Match: Raihan Ahmed
I wish I could say this game was worth the wait, but unfortunately the phrase “men versus boys” has rarely been more apt. The boys played some lovely rugby but in truth the opposition were very poor and I’m hoping that sterner tests lie ahead. What was really pleasing was that our defence was excellent as was the boys rucking. There were lots of handling errors and we still get far too flat in attack but these are things we will work on.
U11B Rugby v King Henry VIII School (H)
Player of the Match: Adam Bashir
A late start for the boys, but it was well worth the wait. The game shared a try a piece in the first 5 minutes with run away tries. However Blue Coat dominance kicked in, with Adam Bashir and Freddy Williams in particular being successful at breaking lines. Scrums became a frequent set piece but we continued to be successful and found excellent passing fluency from the set play. Special mentions goes to Alessandro Salvi for his wing positioning and superb speed on the ball and Richard Mahlberg-Schilling for his drop kicking power and powerful tackling. However as team, knock-ons were a little too often and our height in the tackle can be improved. Great fun!
U11C&D Rugby v King Henry VIII School (H)
Scores: 20-0 and 25-10
Players of the Match: Macca Ros-Nalugon & Ali Ahmad
The triangular fixture saw the Red and Blue team from BCS play each other first followed by each team playing a half against King Henry VIII. The Red team played the first half and took control of the game quickly. They were able to be aggressive with their running, breaking tackles and protecting the ball quickly when on the ground. A standout player was Ali Ahmad who provided support to other ball carriers and then was able to spread the ball by passing whilst moving forward. The Blue team continued the pressure in the second half with Ben Carberry using his pace and agility to great effect. A special mention to Bertie Chandler and Macca Ros-Nalugon for their technique within the breakdown and securing the ball. Both Red and Blue teams looked organised, attacked and defended aggressively and showed great team work throughout the game.