02 October U11A Girls’ Hockey Tournament at Bromsgrove School (A)
Scores: BCS 2-0 Abberley, BCS 1-1 RGS, BCS 2-1Bromsgrove, BCS 1-0 Akeley, BCS 1-2 Repton, BCS 5-0 Bablake
We took nine young girls to Bromsgrove on Saturday and they came home disappointed with second place! I know! This is the fabulous mindset of this incredible bunch of young athletes who worked together as a squad throughout the morning through strong wind and torrential rain. They played with their heart and soul on their sleeves and as an attacking team we looked superior to any other school. Incredible goals were scored both team and individually grooved out. Shots were stopped and tackles were made with pure competitive nature that flows through all of these girls. Whether they were substituted or played in a different role they did as they were asked for the the benefit of the team. We could not have asked any more from these girls and we were very proud of how they played and their success.
04 October U10A Rugby v Solihul Prep School (H)
Score: 25 – 25 Solihull
Player of the Match: Sebastian Raine
At the last minute the format of the game had to change as Solihull had not done any contact work prior to the game. Despite this setback, touch allowed the boys to practise their handling skills and I wanted to see how quickly they could adapt and break down the opponents. Our style of Rugby was very geared up towards contact, which meant we struggled to get the ball out wide initially. However, the game did highlight how strong our support running is and how much we offload as a team. The game was very even, as it was very hard to get passed the first touch, which became frustrating. In retrospect it highlights how quickly both lines of defence move forward. A good performance, however, I feel as a team which would have been a lot stronger than them if it were contact.
04 October U10B Rugby v Solihul Prep School (H)
Score: BCS 40- 10 Solihull
Player of the Match: Leon Seymour
A fantastic performance by the U10B team saw them claim a commanding victory against Solihull. The willingness to support on the shoulder is a feature of this team as well as the fantastic evasion skills they demonstrate. The attitude was great despite the late change to touch rugby and the boys adapted well. There were a number of notable performances with Aaron Masih, Toby Williams and Leon Seymour all making telling contributions. Well done all!
04 October U10C Rugby v Solihul Prep School (H)
Score: BCS 60-25 Solihull
Player of the Match: Sammy Noble
A great performance this week! The boys played extremely well utilising a series of quick passes when in possession. They were also exposing the opposition by using the width of the pitch to run into space in order to score their tries.
04 October U10D Rugby v Solihull Prep School (H)
Score: BCS 20 – 0 Solihull
Player of the Match: Taran Bahia
An excellent performance from the U10D Rugby team showing great progress since last week. BCS showed excellent understanding of the game with some lung busting runs forward through the Solihull defence. This was shown by Taran, Oliver, Aaryan, and Kingsley. Some excellent timing of passes by Jai and Bertie set up a couple of tries and one was an excellent pass to the always supporting Yang who always put himself in great positions to receive the ball. Excellent progress and work by the U10D team, well done all involved!
05 October U9A Rugby v Solihull Prep School (H)
Score: BCS 45 – 15 Solihull
Player of the Match: Freddie Wood
A pulsating game of Rugby from the U9A team that was played at an extremely high pace and intensity. BCS showed excellent finishing skills to be victors in a evenly matched game. BCS started the game on the front foot playing the game in the Solihull 22 metre line and were rewarded with a couple of tries with Jasper charging over the try line and Noah squeezing into the corner doing well to avoid going into touch.
The game continued to be even with Solihull showing better understanding but the BCS defence were well organised and showed great communication with each other. As the game progressed some tired legs started to appear and this meant gaps for the BCS attack to pierce through, with Rayyan showing great composure and scoring with confidence. An superb try was scored with 5 passes made including an excellent pass from George before the ball was put down by Noah. BCS continued to show excellent workrate late into the game with again Noah and Rayyan scoring some excellent tries after great work from their team mates with a superb pass from Dhruv. An excellent performance from the team who are continuing to progress and develop their Rugby skills and knowledge.
05 October U9B Rugby v Solihull Prep School (H)
Score: BCS 30 – 25 Solihull
Player of the Match: Liam Liu
This game truly highlighted the progress and understanding our BCS pupils have of the game in comparison to other schools. We were an organised team who were able to attack and defend quickly and effectively. Albeit the score line does not truly reflect how the game proceeded, the U9B’s performed well as a team. Going forward we ran into space and looked for the support players. Within defence, we made quick and solid tackles to stop their attack as soon as possible. Moving forwards, we need to focus on the speed in which we pass to our support player, however the foundations have been well and truly made for a solid team.
05 October U9C Rugby v Solihull Prep School (H)
The U9 C/D/E mixed in together and played their first game of the season against Solihull with each group playing two thirds of a game to maximise playing time for all. This was a fantastic introduction to competitive rugby and really helped to develop the players understanding of the basic philosophy of going forward with the ball. To try and pick out individuals would be unfair as it was just great to see all the boys involved in the fixture. There are plenty of things to work on especially how to support more effectively but this was a great start.
06 October U11A Girls’ Hockey Tournament: RGS The Grange (A)
Score: BCS were the overall winners
Player of the Match: Whole Squad
We started the tournament in the group stages along with Kings St Albans, Abberley, Malvern and Hereford Cathedral looking to finish top two teams. The girls remained disciplined in their shape throughout the tournament and approached each game aggressively and focused. Each match was far from easy, however we pressed heard to retrieve the ball and passed wide to create space in attack.
Game after game we controlled the play and executed our shots clinically. We moved into the Semi Finals comfortably having won all our games and only conceded one goal. The semi was a tense and close game however the girls closed down their attack quickly and were able to move into the final with a 2-0 victory. The final was against the hosts RGS The Grange who we have recently drawn against the previous weekend. We carried the positive momentum into the final and RGS struggled to get the ball in Blue Coat’s half. A clinical performance again saw a 2-0 victory to seal the gold medals. Very much a squad performance today and a strong team ethos! Well done girls.
06 October U11A Rugby v Solihull Prep School (H)
Score: BCS 40-20 Solihull
Player of the Match: Silas Saha
After what can only be described as a gentle warm up game last week it was great to see the lads truly tested by a combative Solihull side. The boys though were up to the task and put in a fantastic display of off load rugby to run out worthy winners. There were some fantastic performances yesterday with Vivek Ratti and Robert Miller in the middle of everything. Their tackle count was exceptional and in general the team’s defence was outstanding. What was great to see though were the support lines that numerous people ran, especially Silas Saha who capped a fine display with a hat trick of tries. There are plenty of areas we can still improve however this was a great advert for U11 rugby from both sides.
06 October U11B Rugby v Solihull Prep School (H)
Score: BCS 35 – 30 Solihull
Player of the Match: Sam Lawton
An entertaining game for the U11B team that was full of excitement with a tense finish for the crowd to see BCS winning by a single try. BCS started on the front foot with Adam driving over the line for a try and Sam confidently finishing off a well worked move. As the game developed Solihull responded with some well scored tries and crept ahead in the game, BCS needed a response and what a response it was! A beautiful try was scored from slick passing that started out on the right wing and was completed by the far left touchline that demonstrated excellent timing of offloads to their team mate. Felix then drove over the try line running half of the pitch to score to bring the scores level.
Going into the final 10 minutes the tension built with Solihull sneaking ahead but again a great response from the players with Karam and Sam scoring after a brilliant run down the right wing from Kanav. Solihull looked like they were going to draw the score level in the final minute but Aarya drove the opponent into touch and then after some end to end play with some tired legs and minds the whistle blew in a pulsating finish to the game. A great advert for Rugby with BCS showing great determination and resilience to come back from being behind in the game.
06 October U11C Rugby v Solihull Prep School (H)
Score: BCS 50 – 25 Solihull Faiz (5), Arjun D (2), Nihal (1), Milo Todd (1)
Player of the Match: Faiz Ahmad
With a flying start, BCS took command of the match against a spirited Solihull side. Two early tries from Faiz Ahmad, an unstoppable battering ram, set the tone of the game. Initially, BCS were bunched up in the middle of the pitch but soon spread the game wide with adventurous passing to the wing, with Nihal Rai providing excellent support play running off the shoulder of his teammates. BCS built their lead even further before the end of the second period, Milo Todd’s direct running caused Solihull problems resulting in a try and another from Arjun Desai. Solihull fought back bravely, building for a tense last ten minutes, however excellent tackling from Mohammed Ismail inspired the team to hold on to their lead before a late scoring flourish sealed the winning result. In their first competitive contact game of rugby, the team showed great bravery, enthusiasm and teamwork and should be very proud of their performance! Well done boys, keep up the hard work!
06 October U11D Rugby v Solihull Prep School (H)
Score:Game 1: Blue Coat 5-8 Solihull, Game 2: Blue Coat 9-1 Solihull
Player of the Match: Sai Chauhan
The boys in our D and E rugby squads played brilliantly against Solihull Prep School on Wednesday afternoon. In what for many of them was their first ever competitive game of rugby, they showed just how hard they have been working in recent weeks with some incredible performances! All children in these teams played a part in two games that ran simultaneously, with one victory and one defeat for Blue Coat. They have all shown a great level of enthusiasm in the sport and have put a lot of effort into learning the rules! They should all be really proud of themselves and their efforts.