WEEK 9 CATCH-UP
15 November U10A Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 55 – 50 Warwick
Player of the Match: Will Almond
This game had everyone on the edge of their seats for the whole game. Both teams were evenly matched and showed a terrific physical display of strength and endurance. We orchestrated our attack more effectively by running off a selected first receiver. For the first time we were attacking space and using the width of the pitch more effectively. At times we allowed their attack too much space to move into, which kept the scoreline even and at one point, 3 tries down. However, through superb pressure and effective passing in the final few minutes BCS deservedly flipped the scoreline! An outstanding performance from Will Almond in both attack and defence today!
15 November U10C Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 55-55 Warwick
Player of the Match: Arjun Dev
The under 10Cs played out a fantastic game against Warwick demonstrating a great deal of progress. There was marked improvement in their core skills of going forward with the ball, support and tackling. The standard was fantastic for a C team game and it is great to see how much the boys have developed over this term against one of the top rugby schools in the country.
22 November U10A Hockey v Eversfield (H)
Score: BCS 9-1 Eversfield Sophie (2), Lydia (5), Rosie (1), Tabitha (1)
Player of the Match: Anna N
Having so many fixtures so far this term this was the first opportunity I have had to watch the U10 A team in a whole match and they did not disappoint. It became quite clear early on that we were the better team and as the game was progressing I was asking each player to challenge themself with either a new skill or tactic. It was a delight to see Anna attacking strongly down the right and then also delivering the ball when challenged to play on the left. Sophie was posting up ready to shoot on goal and was successful in her attempts. Aaria played strongly at the back and when asked to stay composed and dribble from the back she did this effectively, playing lovely strong passes into Lydia. The whole team worked together well and the team cohesion was definitely apparent for everyone to see. A great match girls well done.
22 November U10B Hockey v Eversfield (H)
Score: BCS 3-0 Eversfield
Player of the Match: Eliza Coughlan
The last game of the season for the U10B team this week and it was a brilliant way to finish. The girls took the lead within the first few minutes of the game. There was high energy from players in the mid field and the girls were dominating the ball in our attacking end time and time again. With a little bit of advice from the sideline, the girls kept their shape well which allowed them to play some skilful hockey, bringing the ball down the width of the pitch, something we have been practising in lessons. Overall the girls played really well and demonstrated excellent progress as individual players and as a team in this match. Having said that Eversfield put up a good fight and didn’t make it easy for us. They were confident on the ball and not afraid to tackle, making it a competitive game for us! The final score however was 3-0 to BCS. A well deserved win! Well done girls.
22 November U10A Rugby v Eversfield (H)
Score: BCS 25 – 35 Eversfield
Player of the Match: Thomas Hodges
This was not the result that we wanted but definitely a game in which we needed to grow. Eversfield were organised in defence, tackled aggressively and attacked quickly and effectively. However, this game could had gone either way at any point. BCS played superbly at times, looking to link support runners, playing off each other’s shoulders and finally looking to attack space. Our downfall was we couldn’t hold onto the ball! BCS played one of their best performances at points during this game, putting into practice everything we have focused on. Unfortunately, Eversfield made the most of the high turnover rate and were very clinical in their attack. This was a good game for us, plenty of positives to take away but at the same time highlighting areas for improvement.
22 November U10B Rugby v Eversfield (H)
Score: BCS 70-20 Eversfield
Player of the Match: Xander Hawley
The U10Bs displayed a fine array of skills to completely overwhelm a plucky Eversfield side. The tone was set in the first minute when the silky running of Toby Williams sliced through the opposition. The most pleasing aspect for me though was how the team hunted as a pack chopping down the Eversfield runners with some bone crunching tackles. William Nicholson, Fotois Manopoulos and Tom McGing were devastating in this regard and this made a huge difference to the scoreline. It was also very pleasing to see the progress made by players such as Leon Seymour and Arjun Dev and Xander Hawley. Xander especially has always showed great running ability but this was the first time he really showed an appetite for tackling so really well done Xander!! A great team effort, well done all!
23 November U9A Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 25 – 25 Warwick
Player of the Match: Noah Jordan
An enthralling game of Rugby played at a very high intensity was a fantastic advert for the game. The U9A Rugby team showed courage, bravery and determination to come from two tries down to grab a deserved draw against their Warwick counterparts. BCS started on fire with some great running, support play and passing skills leading to a couple of early tries from Rayyan.
Some sloppy defending then allowed Warwick back into the game. Three tries were scored with the defence not putting their opponents under pressure and giving them time to build up pace to drive towards them. BCS did reply sharply though with a try neatly finished off by the speedy and ever progressing Umar. Heading into the second half, the opposition started well and threaded through the U9A team defence to score a couple of early tries. This needed a response and what a response it was! Jasper drove forward though the Warwick defence and offloaded the ball to Rayyan who scored. Then immediately afterwards, Umar and Noah’s running and passing brought the scores level.
With the defence under pressure Jasper was continually driving forward away from his own try line but the moment of the game was with Warwick speeding towards the try line with open space in front of them Noah heroically dived to get the two handed touch on an opponent to force a pass. He caught the opponent with one hand but forced the opposition to knock on and win a penalty for BCS. A brilliant game and the toughest test of the season for the U9A Rugby team who displayed great running at pace and intensity and developing support play. Plenty of positives from the Rugby season in their first fixtures representing BCS and plenty of areas of development for the future!
23 November U9B Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 30-35 Warwick
Player of the Match: Rohan Uppal
The U9B Team showed great character to come back against a strong Warwick side. The improvement the boys showed during the game was excellent as they got much better at going forward and finding space. They also started running onto the ball and in many respects played the better rugby. It was only the fact that Warwick had 2 fine athletes whose running ability was exceptional that led to defeat. A great effort and plenty of positives especially the progress Rohan Uppal has made this term.
23 November U9C Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 40-50 Warwick
Player of the Match: Lucas Gurney
The U9C team showed real determination and resilience in the face of a strong Warwick side. It was a pleasure to watch them dig in and roll their sleeves up and score some wonderful tries. Zimo Chen ran forcibly with the ball and there was great support from players such as Tom Cowley and Jayden Lui. The boys start to really understand the principle of going forward and trying to run onto the ball which was great to see, well done all!
23 November U9D Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 40 – 35 Warwick
Player of the Match: James Lawson-Bennett
The U9D Rugby team played an entertaining fixture versus their Warwick opponents with plenty of action and tries scored. The players have shown great improvements throughout the year and this was evident in this game, with some powerful driving forward runs and developing support runs creating an option to pass towards, once the touch has been made. In particular in today’s game James showed some strong forward running to score some tries for his team. A good season for the U9D team with house matches to look forward to next week.
Mr M Wood
23 November u9E Rugby v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 25 – 40 Warwick
Player of the Match: Lucian Lau
The U9E team played a battling fixture against their Warwick counterparts in an entertaining game full of action and tries scored. Some strong forward running assisted by some positive support play allowed BCS to score plenty of tries. Unfortunately Warwick had one individual who had rockets in his boots and made it very difficult for the defenders to force him to pass the ball. Lucian was the standout player with the Warwick teacher awarding him player of the match for his determination and continual driving forward when he had the ball in his hands.
Mr M Wood
23 November U9 Red & Blue Girls’ Hockey Festival: Winterfold (A)
Both our teams got to play against three other schools during the hockey festival at Winterfold. The festival gave the players an opportunity to play in a tournament format in a fun and friendly way as no scores were taken. Both teams scored and Paarus and Destinee in particular scored good individual goals. Great tackling was made by Enaya from the start and with the red team remembering to be a “bull” in a tackle we became harder to get past with each game played. We finished with a lovely hotdog and muffin which made the cold hands feel better. Well done girls.
23 November U9A Girls’ Hockey v RGS The Grange (A)
Score: BCS 3-2 RGS
Player of the Match: Mischa Bailey
Today the U9A team faced RGS The Grange. Knowing that this was going to be good competition, the girls were eager and raring to go! From the first whistle the girls held their own, dominating the ball in their attacking end for most of the first quarter. After a few attempts they managed to score within the first few minutes, which was excellent! Overall, the girls kept their shape pretty well during the game. However, sometimes the forwards liked to get stuck into the defenders’ job too. I love the enthusiasm, but the girls need to remember the importance of everyone keeping their shape and holding their position in order for the game to flow! RGS fought back strongly and didn’t allow a BCS lead to phase them. They quickly scored afterwards, bringing the score to 1-1 at the end of the first quarter. The girls demonstrated superb versatility. Every time I made a change to their positions, they were able to quickly adapt showing good strength among teammates. At the end of the third quarter, it was 2-2, the girls desperately wanted to come home with a win, and you could tell this by watching the way they played within the last few minutes. They fought for every single ball and as soon as they were close to goal they took a shot at goal, which is exactly what I asked them to do. This play resulted in them finishing with a win 3-2. Well-deserved girls!
23 November U9B Girls’ Hockey v RGS The Grange (A)
Score: BCS 5-1 RGS
Player of the Match: Susie Bentick
The U9B team were a force to be reckoned with this afternoon, facing RGS The Grange. Storming into the lead from the first whistle, the girls demonstrated excellent confidence on the ball. RGS were a little slow to react to begin with and took a while to get into the game, the girls used this to their advantage and scored a few goals early on, taking the lead. However, at half time RGS made a couple of changes and managed to hold their own more, forcing our BCS girls to raise their game and think more about how to keep possession. Both teams struggled with keeping their shape, which meant often there was a lot of crowding around the ball. This, as always results in the ball touching lots of feet and the ball going from one to the other. Something we need to work on! The girls finished the game with a confident win 5-1. A superb effort from the whole team, well done!
23 November U9 C&D Girls’ Hockey v RGS The Grange (A)
Scores: No scores were recorded
Player of the Match: Anika Moholkar and Navya De
This week we travelled to RGS The Grange, where we played a mini festival, playing either 5v5 or 4v4. No scores were recorded, but all four teams challenged each other throughout making lots of the play end to end. It was brilliant to see how much progress the girls have made throughout the term, demonstrating good stick skills, and understanding of the game. The girls were a credit to our School and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship. A fantastic afternoon and wonderful experience for all of them. Well done girls!
25 November U11/U10 A and B team v Eversfield (H)
Score: BCS Win
Swimmers of the gala: Vivek Ratti and Rosie Moody
As our galas for the term come to a conclusion, BCS were victorious once again in the pool. An undefeated reign was led by our Year 5 and 6 swimmers with Anika and Amadora joining us once again from Year 4! Having spent last week’s session focusing on our starts and turns, it was fantastic to see the children getting further distance off the blocks in their track starts with some children now implementing tumble turns into the 50m events which can be problematic during races if performed incorrectly! The children have improved considerably since their first time trials at the start of term with more personal bests performed in this final gala of the year.
The first swimmer of the gala goes to Rosie Moody who swam a personal best in both the 50m fly and 50m breaststroke despite the two races only being 1 heat apart! Rosie has shown great enthusiasm in the pool this year and her hard work in training is really paying off in her performances. The second swimmer of the gala goes to Vivek Ratti who has been phenomenal in swimming this term. Vivek has refined all 4 strokes, swimming personal bests in both galas and time trials, with particular success in his breaststroke and butterfly. Vivek has been a great example to others and should be incredibly proud of his achievements to date, including a 5 second PB in the 50m breaststroke and a 2 second PB in the 50m fly during this week’s gala. Well done to all our squad swimmers, enjoy a well earned rest over Christmas ahead of some big fixtures in the new year including our IAPS qualifiers!