Monday 24 January U10A Football v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 3 – 4 Warwick
Player of the Match: Noah Olatayo Moses
Football can be cruel game which requires your whole focus throughout. This was a tough lesson to learn today. BCS were the better team at keeping possession, passing the ball into space, and creating opportunities. The only thing we couldn’t do is capitalize on all the hard work and put the ball in the net. When Warwick had the ball, we applied pressure quickly and kept our formation well, forcing them into mistakes. Unfortunately, as so much possession was played in their half, we were susceptible to quick counter attacks, which Warwick used to their advantage. Despite going 2 goals down, BCS maintained a level head and worked hard to get themselves back into the game. However, with seconds to go and several shots at their goal being saved, Warwick saw one last opportunity and took it extremely well. This was a great game that came down the wire. Unfortunately, not in favor of Blue Coat today.
Monday 24 January U10 B Football v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 2-3 Warwick
Player of the Match: Munashe Jindu
The U10B were unfortunate to lose a fantastic game of football which they dominated for large parts but were guilty of being profligate in front of goal. Munashe Jindu and Fotios Manupoulos were fantastic, however, after being 2-1 up for a large part of the game, they conceded 2 in the 2nd half against the run of play. Leon Seymour was another one who showed good composure on the ball. All in all a very good performance and I am pleased with the performance of every player.
U10 C Football v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 5-3 Warwick
Player of the Match: Aaron Masih
The U10C pulled off an amazing victory after trailing for most of the game. Aaron Masih inspired a famous victory after the side were losing 3-1 going into the final quarter. Taran Bahia, Vidur Doger and Xander Hawley all made telling contributions in the final push for victory. As a team the boys need to spread out more and press the opposition more to take away their time and space. Overall a great result; well played lads!
Monday 24 January U10 D Football v Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 2 -7 Warwick
Player of the Match: Jai Bajwa
In their first game of the season the U10 D team played a competitive fixture versus Warwick. Both teams started nervously with space being hard to find with some good marking cancelling each other out. As the game progressed Warwick were able to exploit the space and time their passes for their strikers to have shots on target. Despite this, some nice dribbling skills by Jai and some accurate passing from Daven created goal scoring opportunities for the BCS team. In the end Warwick managed to be more clinical in front of goal and the BCS team will have learnt a lot from playing against a strong opponent.
Monday 24 January U10 E Football vs Warwick (A)
Score: BCS 2 – 7 Warwick
Player of the Match: Kingsley Chen
In the first Football fixture of the season for the u10 E team they played against a strong and competitive Warwick side who they would have learned a lot from playing against. From the blow of the whistle Warwick demonstrated good timing of their passes to players who had created space. Despite this Kingsley showed an exceptional work rate and a willingness to win the ball back quickly and Ishaan showed some solid tackling skills. The BCS team would have learned a lot playing against experienced players and hopefully this will be an experience for all players to develop from for future fixtures. The u10 F Football team played a fixture with players from both schools amalgamated together to make two teams. The pupils involved demonstrated excellent respect, team work, and, togetherness with a group of pupils from Warwick School really demonstrating true BCS values of respect and kindness.
Monday 24 January U10A Netball v Solihull (H)
Score: BCS 12- 10 Solihull
Player of the Match: Anna Newman
The U10A team faced Solihull Prep School this Monday. A fantastic game to start the season, being a very tense match from start to finish. It really was a game of two halves! I think nerves got the better of these girls to begin with, as they were a little tentative on and off the ball. With the majority of the play being in our defensive end for the first quarter we were lucky that we were only 2-0 down. However, going into the second quarter we worked the ball into our attacking end with more ease and scored five goals, giving us the confidence, we needed. We are a fast team and have the skill to receive and pass on one. When we can do this, it makes it very difficult to defend. This worked particularly well when moving the ball into the shooting circle. Our third quarter was our strongest, scoring 5 more goals, whereas Solihull only scored 1. This was where we won the game. This strong third quarter was down to every single player, with the girls marking hard and intercepting the ball and then converting it to goal! Solihull didn’t give up though, we definitely had to fight right up until the final whistle. Final score was 10-12. Phew! A well deserved win. Well done girls.
Monday 24 January U10B Netball v Solihull (H)
Score: BCS 1-2 Solihull
Player of the Match: Zoe Dean
This match was end to end the whole way through and BCS showed strength in their passing, particularly Zoe who was strong with her shoulder passes. Serena showed good tactical knowledge, aiming to receive the ball on the edge on the circle to feed the shooters the ball. We had many shots throughout the game but, unfortunately, did not score and whilst the defence did well to keep the ball in our attacking end we could not convert into goals the amount of possession we had.
Monday 24 January U10 Stars Netball v Solihull (H)
Score: BCS 2-3 Solihull
Player of the Match: Umaiza Kashif
BCS took an early lead as they managed to convert the 2 shots taken. Emily worked really hard in attack to get the ball to Taneesha as we looked for space to move into. As the temperature dropped both sides struggled with frozen fingertips, trying to snatch hold of a direct attacking pass and play slowed down in attack. That said, many interceptions were made as our defensive ability was tested and we managed to keep the scoreline low as Lucy found spaces to dodge into and move the ball from defence to attack. This was a close game and a draw would have reflected the possession over the whole match, however, Solihull won 3-2.
Monday 24 January U10 Jets Netball v Solihull (H)
Score: BCS 8-7 Solihull
Player of the Match: Aditi Mohanty
It was great to see the girls enjoying a competitive netball fixture after so long. Both teams worked hard to pass the ball down the court and accurate shooting by both teams made for a very exciting game. Solihull got off to a strong start taking an early lead and keeping in front until the final quarter . As the game progressed Blue Coat got better at getting in front of their defender and passing the ball quickly down court. They also got much better at defending their player and won some well timed interceptions. In the final quarter everything clicked for the Blue Coat girls. We were able to capitalise on our possession and scored 4 goals to take the lead for the first time. The girls should be really proud of themselves; they worked hard as a team, progressing each quarter and never gave up!
Tuesday 25 January U9A Netball v WGJS (A)
Score: BCS 10-4 WGJS
Players of the Match: Susie Bentick & Alayna Latif
A great start to the netball season! The girls really enjoyed the game and showed great game understanding as they rotated through the positions. Blue Coat did well at driving forward and getting in front of their defender and passing the ball quickly down court. Some lovely 1-2’s in the ‘D’ got the girls in good positions to score and some accurate shooting allowed us to dominate the game. A fantastic start girls well done.
Tuesday 25 January U9B Netball v WGJS (A)
Score: BCS 9-1 WGJS
Player of the Match: Mischa Bailey
This was a super exciting occasion for both me and the team as this was the first Inter netball fixture ever for these girls. However, it became clear, quite quickly, that this would be a coaching game as Wolverhampton Grammar had little knowledge of the rules. It was fantastic to see how our girls played the ball down the court and their movement ahead of the ball was direct. We were far too superior for the opposition in every aspect of the game and, even more pleasing, was all the girls showing great sportsmanship as I made restrictions on the game. All of the team played in the spirit of the game and showed good grace at all times even if a decision went against them. What true stars!
Tuesday 25 January U9A Football v WGJS (A)
Score: BCS 8 – 0 WGJS
Player of the Match: Loic Granger
The u9A Football team arrived in Wolverhampton with a determined mindset and were ruthless in front of goal to secure a well deserved win. The team started off sharply with some nice interchanges resulting in Noah clinically scoring. This continued with Freddie and Jago scoring some well finished goals after some good build up play from Loic and Umar. The team really started to take control of the game and were playing some beautiful passing football, switching the ball from one side to the other with ease. This continued into the second half with the team putting on a real display of goal scoring with Loic, Noah, and Freddie scoring some spectacular goals. The team, again, continued to play some great passing football with a goal scored from a corner that was won after a series of one and two touch passes, transferring the ball from defence to attack. Despite all the possession, there were moments of defensive play with Rayan and Jasper again showing great positional awareness to make covering tackles. A great performance from the team with Loic Player of the Match with his driving runs down the left wing, clever passes down the channel, smart crosses into the box and a spectacular goal into top corner of the net.
Tuesday 25 January U9B Football v WGJS (A)
Score: BCS 3-2 WGJS
Player of the Match: George Griffiths Stamboulis
The focus of today’s game was to develop an understanding of the importance of shape and structure within Football. As a result, we started to develop tactics as more players found themselves in space. Additionally, it also meant we were strong defensively as we always had players behind the ball. BCS were able to play the ball from the back and create an attack by using their wing players. Albeit a defender, George G-S was an integral part of our attack as he was able to clear the ball high and wide. Rayan and Siyuan were able to hunt the ball down in the middle of the park, applying pressure where needed. Furthermore, Alessandro and Carlino worked exceptionally hard up and down the wings providing support in both attack and defense. This was a great team result in which everyone showed tremendous progress.
Wednesday 26 January U11A Boys’ IAPS Hockey: Fairfield Prep School (A)
Overall regional runners up
What a day! BCS were played in a pool of 6 teams with the top 4 teams going on, into the finals. This meant every point was vital and we had to hit the road running. We had a promising start in which we dominated every aspect of the pitch however, we were faced with a brick wall as a goalie. No matter what we hit at him he managed to get pad or stick to the ball. A frustrating 0-0 start. Next was Asgarth. We took an early lead which we then lost mere seconds later, a quick learning curve to remain focused. Then disaster! A last-minute counterattack saw us lose the game. A great response meant we beat Altrincham 2-0 in the next game. Radcliffe, the eventual winners were our strongest opponent. We kept them to a 1-1 draw in which the boys played their best game of the day. Positionally they were strong and applied pressure quickly and effectively. To ensure we progressed we needed one more victory. Last game of the pool and the boys delivered, beating Riley’s 1-0. Quick turn around after lunch and straight into the quarters against the Elms. Another dominating performance and a comfortable 2-0 victory. Semi finals were against the only school we had lost to, Asgarth – time for revenge! The boys kept their composure and shape effectively and took their chances well, winning the game as clearly the better team. By this point, fatigue was setting in. We played Ratcliffe in the final who applied the pressure and kept the ball around our D. We struggled to maintain possession and they scored two goals in quick succession. Despite the last match, this was a great squad performance and a result every pupil should be proud of. They have set the bar high for the following years.
Wednesday 26 January U9C, U10C & U11C Swimming Gala v Norfolk House (H)
Score: BCS Win
Swimmer of the day: Zoe Dean
A fantastic gala to open the term took place on Wednesday afternoon! We were delighted to be able to select a combination of our development and performance squad swimmers to compete against Norfolk House. Mia and Emily opened the heats in a 25m freestyle sprint which set an electric poolside environment, full of swimmers keen to do their part! Thomas M and Munashe were neck and neck in the 25m Individual Backstroke, taking 1st and 2nd places with some personal best times. As with most galas, butterfly isn’t often a favourite stroke to be selected for. Nevertheless, Tabitha, Zoe, Hugo and Max swam tremendously demonstrating some incredible strength and perseverance in the pool during the individual butterfly events. With some fast relay takeovers, BCS secured another victory – well done to all who took part!