U11 Hockey Tournament 

With the tournament programme changing from a knock out to a round robin competition it looked promising as we got to play all teams involved. In the first three matches BCS were by far the stronger team with great positional play we had the majority of possession against Solihull, RGS The Grange and Repton but just could not score and finished those matches 0-0. Playing next against King Henry’s we looked very composed.  With more play coming in from the right, Rosie managed to put her shot away and scored our first goal. We came together stronger and great personal drives forward from Anna and Sabreena gave us the upper hand. We should have scored several more goals but won 2-0. In our final match versus Bromsgrove, the team seemed more focused and deliberate in their actions. Tackles from Aaria and Sophie were strong and meant we could go on the counter attack out from defence and win the match 1-0. With some great saves made by Lara, especially the one-on-one v Repton, we kept a clean sheet throughout the tournament. Our focus now is to convert all shots taken into goals.

Player of the match: N/A

Result: 3rd Place

U8, U9, U10, U11 Swimming Gala v Balsall Common

The BCS performance squads, for years 3-6, kicked off the year in front of a packed out swimming pool to take the win on points against Balsall Common. The opposition brought over 70 swimmers, meaning that, with all the parents and BCS swimmers, there was around 200 people cheering on every race which took part. We had year taking part in their first gala against another school, with some fantastic swims including Henry and Peter taking joint first place in the boys 25 meter front crawl. Amadora was a standout performer for the year 5 girls, with several strong performances as well as taking on additional races due to absences. Moving forward the swimmers are looking to improve their diving from the blocks to enhance their racing performance.

Player of the match: Amadora Ramos-Liu

Result: BCS Win

U11A Rugby v Bromsgrove and Hereford Cathedral School

On Wednesday the U11’s made the short trip to Bromsgrove to play in a triangular with Bromsgrove and Hereford Cathedral School. Unfortunately the bus driver took a wrong turn and we took an age to get to Bromsgrove and our warm up was cut short. First we played HCS in what became a very competitive game after the first 5 minutes where we were caught cold. Although HCS ran out 4-2 winners this was a very even game and one we should have won. Bromsgrove were a very good side with a lot of pace and power which our boys struggled to deal with, and it was a steep learning curve for a number of them. I was very impressed with the commitment of players such as Noah and Aryan who got stuck in both with the ball and without it. Others need to follow their example and understand that more important than anything physical is to make sure they mentally prepare properly for the contest.

Player of the match: Noah Olatayo-Moses

Result: N/A

U11B Rugby v Bromsgrove

A very impressive performance by the U11B’s resulted in a 9-6 victory. The tone was set early by Xander with a lovely run through the opposition defence. This was matched by the impressive tackling of Fotois and Ari. Leon then showed what a devastating runner with the ball he is with some amazing footwork and speed. All in all a very good performance and one which shows the competitiveness between the A & B team.

Player of the match: Leon Seymour

Result: BCS 9-6 Bromsgrove

U11C Rugby v Bromsgrove

Regardless of score line, the most impressive attribute to this squad is that everyone took responsibility for their position today. The level of a defensive line, tackling ability and best of all, the aggression in which we ran with the ball today was superb. Additionally, the level of support meant our attack was fast and free-flowing meaning we scored in quick succession throughout the fixture. There were challenges, most apparent was the first tackle after scoring. The boys responding to the challenge amazingly well and as a team. They quickly came together to become one solid brick wall then had the game understanding to quick ruck to win back procession. A truly impressive performance.

Player of the match: N/A

Result: BCS 17-11 Bromsgrove