U11 Boys’ House Football Matches
Results – St Philip’s 2-1 St George’s
Player of the Match – Krish Choudhary
In an entertaining house Football fixture it was St Philip’s who were the victors in a close match versus the battling St George’s Green Army. In the first half St Philip’s dominated possession after an early loss of injury to Arjun. St Philip’s kept possession of the ball excellently switching the play with James being responsible for this and playing the ball into Milo, Sai, and Kanav to deliver crosses into the box. The St George’s defence was tested and despite initial resistance from Wilf, Jack, and Greg their defences were broken with St Philip’s leading at half time. St George’s needed a quick response and they got that with a brilliant through ball expertly finished by Robert lobbing the goalkeeper from distance. Despite the early response St Philip’s then again dominated possession with Krish being at the heart of it providing composure and control and getting the ball to the ever dangerous Arjun returning after his injury. St George’s, despite their hustle and bustle, were unable to take control of the ball and create goalscoring chances, and the game was a victory for the red of St Philip’s. Player of Match was Krish showing composure and the want to get the ball under control and pass to the pacey wingers on his team.
Results – St Philip’s 1-3 St George’s
Player of the Match – Lucius Proctor
St George’s showed incredible steel and determination to produce an excellent second half comeback in a fiercely competitive game! St Philip’s took the lead in the first half with a goal from Arjun. Throughout this half, they attacked in numbers and were unlucky to go in at half-time with only a one goal lead. This continued in the second half, kept out only by some brilliant defensive displays by Aarya in goal and Stefan, Moritz and Harry Fraser in a 3 man backline, keeping St George’s in the game. As the half went on, St George’s were able to build on the strong defence and capitalised by hitting St Philip’s on the counter-attack. Ashal and Lucius linked up well on 3 separate occasions, with Lucius being St George’s hat-trick hero on the day! It was fantastic to every single player on the pitch giving their all for their team – you should all be incredibly proud of your efforts.
Results – St Philip’s 2-2 St George’s
Excellent attacking football by St Philip’s was counter balanced by St George’s ‘body-on-the line’ defending in the boys’ final ever football house match. St George’s took the lead through a Beckham-esk free kick by Blake, after a dazzling run from Armaan drew a foul. Blake curled the ball into the bottom corner to put St George’s 1-0 up! Going into the second half, St Philip’s now had the upper hand, Kevin – who was having the game of his Blue Coat career – played a defence splitting through ball into Adam A-G, smashing the ball into the bottom left corner: 1-1. The end-to-end game wasn’t over yet, the ball fell to Wahid who slotted the it home through a crowded penalty area: 2-1 to St Philip’s. A handful of outstanding saves from Louis kept St George’s in the game until Faiz intercepted a goal kick; went 2 on 1 with the St Philip’s defence and Adam coolly finished off! 2-2. An exciting game for the boys to end their football house matches at BCS!
Results – St Philip’s 1-1 St George’s
Player of the Match – Shawn Sen
This was a superb end of term display of football with the result justifying how close the two teams were. Joshua, Joey and Abhav all looked to travel forward with the ball, trying to identify where space was to attack into. Zayn, Shawn, Jack and Pranav were aggressive in the tackle putting their body on the line for their teams. Both goals came from a quick counter-attack with a strong finish from both teams. It has been a pleasure to see these pupils progress with their individual ability as well their understanding of the game.
U11 Girls’ House Netball Matches
Results U11 A – St Monica’s 14-8 St Monica’s
Players of the Match – Riah Bailey, Rosa Lester, Anusha Singh
This is the last time the girls will play Netball at BCS and wow, what a match it was. The house matches are always a superb way to end a term of Sport. It is fantastic to see girls, who are friends off the court, play against one another at such a competitive yet friendly level. The game was fast and furious, and the girls played with grit and determination. Both teams demonstrated excellent team cohesion, working hard for one another, and supportive from start to finish. Playing as many 6 minutes as we could within an hour, this allowed for lots of rotation of players and plenty of court time. From the first whistle St Monica’s stormed into the lead, scoring three early goals, working the ball at pace and space into the circle, and making it very difficult for St Margaret’s to defend. Moving into the next 6 minutes, St Monica’s continued to deny St Margaret’s any opportunity to score and increased their own goal line by another 3. St Margaret’s was not giving up though, their fight drew the score line closer as the game continued 6-3 to St Monica’s, proving to be a very tight game. Both teams played some excellent Netball, showing off their speed and accuracy of passing. It was a very entertaining game to watch during which a lot of the play, the ball was going end to end. Moving into the last 6 minutes, the score was 7-11 to St Monica’s, and with only 4 goals difference, both teams knew they had to work hard. The nerves were palpable in the last few minutes, with the error rate increasing from both sides. Unfortunately, even though St Margaret’s had more chances at goal they were unable to convert, with the final score 14-8; a well-deserved victory for St Monica’s! My favourite part of the afternoon was the girls embracing each other with hugs at the end, congratulating each other on an outstanding game of Netball. This demonstration of sportsmanship is what it’s all about and a true reflection of how well the girls always conduct themselves. Well done girls, a fantastic afternoon.
Results – U11 B – St Monica’s 4-0 St Margaret’s
Players of the Match – Isabella Gabriel, Jaskiran Rai
The cold weather did not deter the girls from having a fantastic time playing their last netball match at BCS. It was lovely to see the girls putting the skills they have learnt this term into practice. From the first whistle the St Monica’s girls were dominant on the court, they were driving forward and getting the ball into their circle, scoring 2 early goals. This did not stop the St Margaret’s girls from fighting back and making some fantastic play. Even though they were not able to score; they showed some great interception as well as some quick attacking down the centre of the court. It was great to see the girls’ improvement and determination. They showed super house pride and enjoyed congratulating each other at the end on a good game of Netball.
Results – U11 C St Monica’s 2-2 St Monica’s
Players of the Match – Ramneek Chatha, Siyuan Ou
On a very cold afternoon, the girls were still full of energy and motivation to do their best for their house in their last game of netball at Blue Coat. It was lovely to watch how much they have improved and blossomed over the years. All the girls now have a good level of understanding of all 5 positions on court, and are able to transition from one to another each quarter effectively. Although the game was low scoring the ball did move quickly down court; the girls just struggled to get it into the net. St Monica’s lead throughout the game but St Margaret’s snuck in an equaliser right at the end to tie the game. Great house pride and determination were shown by all the girls, well done!
U9 Boys’ House Football Matches
Results – Hammers – St Philip’s 0-0 St George’s
Player of the Match – Rohan Uppal
In testing conditions due to the cold and snow, both St Philip’s and St George’s defences cancelled each other out, performing admirably under intense pressure. St George’s dominated the possession of the game with Freddie and Loic playing some smart passing football. Jasper after starting in goal along with Finn then started to build up attacks from defence, James’ long throws were a dangerous weapon causing confusion in the defence and Jago was an ever present willing runner looking to start attacks. Despite this, the St Philip’s defence stood strong with Umar and Brandon making some key interceptions stopping any shooting chances, and when there were chances, Siyan made some crucial saves keeping a clean sheet. For St Philip’s, Rayan B and Rayan C were the main sources of attack, just failing to hit the target after some driving forward runs. However, the goals remained intact with both defences keeping clean sheets and a rare 0-0 draw. Player of the match was Rohan for maintaining his position and helping his defence out but also being the source of the St Philip’s counter attacking style of football they played.
Results – Devils – St Philip’s 6-1 St George’s
Player of the Match – Zain Hussain
In an end to end game St Philip’s triumphed due to their superior finishing from both Zain and Jayden. They were also aided by the excellent goalkeeping of Jerry. Both teams showed great endeavour, and worked hard for each other with all players displaying many of the BCS values we hold dear. James was the driving force behind the St George’s attacks and if he can improve his finishing he has real potential to progress. Isaac was another who has shown great improvement over the term and much better understanding. For St Philip’s Jack showed real composure in defence regularly breaking up attacks, whilst Jonathan once again had calm authority on the ball. Overall, a fantastic advert for the sporting values we place great emphasis on.
Results – Foxes – St Philip’s 5-1 St George’s
Player of the Match – Zimo Chen
The score line doesn’t justify how close this game really was. Most of the possession was played in the middle of the park, and St George’s were competitive in every tackle for the ball. St Philip’s had the likes of Zimo and Oli who were able to create quick counter-attacks whilst keeping control of the ball and execute a clinical shot. Alternatively, Lucas, Judah and Idris all looked to try and get the ball forward and into space however couldn’t capitalise on their attack until the final seconds of the game where their hard work was finally rewarded with a superbly taken goal. This was a game played in the correct spirit where every pupil showed true Blue Coat values.