15 November U10B Rugby v Warwick (A) M
Score: BCS 60-50 Warwick
Player of Match: Fortios Manopoulos
The U10 Bs played a superb match against Warwick which was a fantastic advert for schoolboy rugby. The team displayed many of the core skills of running with the ball, supporting the ball player and evading defenders. Once again Tom McGing was excellent with some fearsome tackling. William Nicholson was like a Jack Russell snapping players around their ankles. Aaron Masih showed a great turn of speed on numerous occasions as did Xander Hawley. However one player stood out for not only his commitment but also his turn of speed and decision making and that was Fotios Matopoulos who had a wonderful game. In truth though they all played well and thoroughly deserved the victory well done.
15 November U10D Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 50 – 65 Warwick
Player of the Match: Taran Bahia
The U10 Ds took part in a extremely competitive fixture versus Warwick with a very tight finish which made a great spectacle. Warwick raced out the blocks and got into a quick three try lead with the BCS defence unable to deal with some strong powerful runs. This forced BCS into a response and some great running from Daven meant BCS were back into the game. Both teams then kept on going try for try with Kingsley, Daven and Yang scoring for BCS to keep the Warwick team within a couple of tries. There was great improvement within the tackling and commitment towards tackling that would force the opposition ball carrier onto the ground. Heading into the last few minute Aaryan scored a brilliant try to bring BCS within one score. However, a couple of speedy breaks from Warwick ensured a couple of tries were scored and victory was their. Great improvement from the team with tackling and defence the main area of progression and showing that intent to tackle.
15 November U10D/E Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 20 – 50 Warwick
Player of the Match: Zail Bhatti
The U10 D/E team showed great improvement against a strong Warwick team to progress well in their Rugby game this week. Warwick started the game on fire, scoring some early tries. BCS needed a response and they got this through a brilliant forward driving run from Zail. The BCS team knew they needed intent in their tackling to slow the game down. Neth and Oliver showed this brilliantly making some excellent tackles. These two were also rewarded with scoring two tries for some great forward running. A good improvement from the team who need to continually show intent and commitment when tackling.
15 November U8/U9 Swimming Gala v Holy Trinity (H)
Score: BCS Won
Swimmer of the Gala: Amadora Ramos
We welcomed Holy Trinity to BCS on Monday evening for our first U9/U8 gala. BCS A and B team took to the pool like a storm, taking victory over the opposition. The gala commenced with the boys and girls 25m freestyle with personal best swims from Jasper, James, Anika and Amadora. As the gala continued into the backstroke and breaststroke individual events BCS took victory after victory demonstrating their competitive edge in the water. Loic swam a 5 second PB in the 25m Bk, with others following suit swimming PB’s in the following events; Anika, Amadora, Pippa (25m BK), Tom, Malika, Annabel, Ava, Emily (25m Brst), Freddie, Noah, Amadora, Katherine, Emily, Elle B (25m Fly). The team swam well despite some nervous swimmers with the Year 3/4 girls securing victory in the final relay cannon. Some fantastic foundations to build upon from the results of the gala with excellent performances from both the boys and girls alike. Swimmer of the gala was Amadora for some incredible swims in both the relays and individual events with superb starts and finishes across all strokes- well done!
16 November U9 A Rugby Festival @ Kings Hawford
Score: Won 1, Drew 2
Player of the Match: Rayyan Basu
The U9 Rugby team headed to King’s Hawford for a competitive Rugby festival versus some strong opponents. Playing three games the BCS team first played RGS Grange and in a close game, victory was won through a brilliant try from the speedy Umar who found space to crawl over the try line. In this game they displayed superb discipline and organisation in their defence. Into the second game they played against King’s Hawford with both defences cancelling each other out in a 0-0 draw. Some superb discipline from George, Jasper, James, and Rayan ensured King’s Hawford could not break through the BCS blue wall.
Heading into the final game versus Warwick some driving runs forward from Rayyan tried to break through the Warwick defence. However, it was a bursting run from Jasper that broke through the defence, who then played the ball to Umar who played a brilliant pass onto the surging Freddie to score a try for the team. Warwick did respond with a well scored try to draw the game. The BCS team were a credit to the School, adapting to the ‘Rugby league’ style rules that they were not familiar with and adapting quickly within a tournament. The team showed great discipline and organisation in their defence staying onside and forming a wall to prevent the opposition from breaking through any spaces.
16 November BCS U9 Hockey Festival (H)
Being able to hold a Hockey Festival again at BCS is what makes my heart soar. It is a fabulous sight to see over 80 pupils from various Prep schools playing hockey and having so much fun. There were no scores taken (although I am pleased to say neither of our teams conceded a goal) and the emphasis was on pupils learning and developing in a competitive setting. Both our teams played very well and it was great to see what we have been delivering in lessons shown out on the pitch. Our teams had a clear aim and did not bunch and follow the ball. Additionally, the team spirit shown was infectious and the girls happily adapted when substitutes were made. A very special mention goes to Kyra who made several saves as our only goalkeeper on the day. We look forward to next week where we have the whole year group out playing hockey.
17 November U11A Rugby Festival: Warwick (A)
Player of the Match: Harry Stockton
It was a pleasure to take the U11 Boys to Warwick on Wednesday. They played 4 incredibly hard fought games against Warwick, King’s Hawford and Crackley Hall. The standard of rugby from all the teams was fantastic and although we lost 3 games by 1 score, the boys will have learnt more from these games than any game where we have won convincingly. I was incredibly heartened by our performance in the last game where we moved the ball far better than we did in the first 3 games. It took to this point for them to realise that trying to bulldoze through the opposition wasn’t going to work and actually it is a much more enjoyable game if we move the ball more frequently changing the point of attack. This actually suits this team who are blessed with a large number of athletes with great running skills. The area we need to improve on though is our contact skills, as we were turned over in the ruck far too often! I’ve picked Harry Stockton as man of the match for his tremendous tackle count. Not only did he make lots of tackles, he put his body on the line and created a few bone shaking moments. It is this type of example which others must now follow.
17 November U11B Rugby Festival: Warwick (A)
Score: Won 2, Lost 2
Player of the match: Kanav Biswas/Harry Fraser
A committed and determined performance from the U11 B team in a Rugby festival against King’s Hawford, Crackley Hall and two teams from Warwick. In the first game against Warwick BCS went a couple of tries down early on in the game but a fantastic turnover from Adam ripping the ball and setting up an attack secured a try for BCS. Then it was all BCS! Kanav drove forward with real pace and venom to break through the Warwick defence to score. With Warwick looking to get back into the game and 5 metres from the try line Stefan made a brilliant try saving-tackle to grasp onto the Warwick player and prevent a easy try being scored.
Into the second game BCS came up against a very physical King’s Hawford. Both teams were very committed in contact and quick to ruck to protect the ball and ensure there were no turnovers. BCS score an early try through Faiz diving over the line. However, into the last 2 minutes King’s Hawford managed to break line the tired BCS defensive wall to score a couple of tries. A great game of Rugby with the BCS team really stepping up physically and in contact against some strong opponents. Into the third game BCS faced Crackley Hall and went a couple of tries down early on, against a very speedy opponent. However, the team reacted quickly and charged forward in defence to nullify the impact of this opponent. BCS then began to play with Wilf making some crucial passes out from the scrum, creating try scoring opportunities that were taken with BCS reeling off five consecutive tries. Into the final game and their fourth in a row, BCS came up against a strong Warwick team who drove forward at pace. Throughout an even game BCS kept their opponents at stalemate again showing great commitment in tackling and getting to ruck quickly. Unfortunately Warwick scored a couple of late tries with BCS running out of steam despite valiant efforts in defence from Kanav. A good progression from the U11 B team with a much improved performance in defence with their physicality and commitment in tackling tested against some physical opponents. Still with some areas of improvement to make, such as playing the ball quicker from a ruck and players running forward into space at pace, but a very progressive afternoon from the team.
17 November U11C Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 35 – 20 Warwick
Player of the Match: Hari Irvine
This was a game of two halves. The first half we were unorganised and allowed Warwick to run with the ball. In attacking we threw the ball away in the tackle, giving away possession too many times. However, in the second half we stepped out as a brand new team. As soon as the game started, BCS hounded the ball down stopping the attack immediately. In attack we retained possession well and presented the ball quickly. As a result, our try count in the second half was dominating. On the ball Milo, Roy and Sai were aggressive and gained a good amount of metres with each carry. In defence Louis, Nihal and Hari tackled low and hard, stopping any attack coming there way. This was a clear example of positively responding to feedback. A superb effort.
17 November U11D Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 65 – 65 Warwick Dev (5), Moritz (3), Ashal (3), Zayn (1), Krish (1)
Player of the Match: Dev Wangi
A super overall performance from the U11 D team! The game started with end to end tries, as disorganisation in both team’s defence was pounced upon by the attacking force. Tries from Dev, Moritz and Ashal keeping BCS in tow with Warwick’s early scorers. In attack, BCS slowly grew into the game, finally finding space out wide which allowed strong penetrating runs from Krish and Armaan to set up further tries. The second half of the game brought much greater confidence from the BCS team. Tackles were flying in left, right and centre! Brave running from Warwick sneaked them in front, however, this did not dismay our team and a fight back ensued – Jodh, Luca and Blake leading from the front with aggression keeping the Warwick attack at bay. A late flurry of tries – from Dev and Zayn – put us level with Warwick but we just couldn’t find the winning try to top an excellent fixture! Excellent effort!
17 November U11E Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 60 – 60 Warwick
Player of the Match: Shawn Sen
In their first competitive away game of the year, the boys all did themselves proud. At the start of the game it was clear that defensively, there were a few nerves about playing in a contact game for the first time in a few weeks. Despite this, they all grew into the performance and by the second period there were tackles flying in! Shawn and Riyadh scored some fantastic tries, bursting through the Warwick defence on a number of occasions. It was great to see strong, committed defending too by Joshua, Wahid and Kevin in particular – they really grew in confidence as the game went on and it was wonderful to see. A great performance and a well-earned draw. Fantastic effort.
17 November U10/U11 Swimming Gala v EHS (H)
Score: BCS Won
Player of the Match: Isabella Wyndham
Our first girls’ gala this week saw some tough competition from EHS as BCS narrowly took yet another victory in the pool finishing 14-13 to the opposition! For our Year 6 and 5 swimmers it was the first opportunity to race 50m in a gala, testing the stamina of both teams alike. Anna and Isabella Gabriel won the first heat in 50m freestyle with Lydia and Bea following suit. Our Year 5 and 4 girls swam some fantastic times in the 50m backstroke, racing up either 1 or 2 age groups.
Personal bests were seen in multiple events as the girls excelled across each heat supporting some of our year 3 swimmers who were also competing amongst the team. After a challenging 50m butterfly Isabella Wyndham went on to swim personal bests in the 25m butterfly and within the medley and freestyle relay demonstrating her sheer determination in the pool. Other PBs included Lydia 50m FC, Rosie 50m Fly, Anusha 25m FC, Riah 25m FC, Emily 25m Fly, Ihra 25m Breaststroke. The final relays culminated an electric evening on the poolside with Aaria and Amadora showing great determination in the final legs to add to the tally of points. An incredible evening of tremendous swimming showcasing some incredible talent in the pool, all swimmers should be extremely proud of their performances, well done!