U11 IAPS Boys Hockey
This was a physically and emotionally long day. However, what an amazing experience! Blue Coat started aggressively and positively, winning 3-0 against Winchester. Blue Coat kept their composure and remained focussed going into their second game against Spratton. Blue Coat started a little passively, however, an early goal opened the floodgates, resulting in a 4-0 win. The final game was against Leicester Grammar– Mr Harrison’s new school! With top place in the league up for grabs, a win would be much better for the next round. A 2-1 win– less convincing, but still a win! Blue Coat were through as group leaders and on to play Repton, who we played against in January and lost to. Unfortunately, Repton grabbed a goal and continued to apply enough pressure to not allow us any real possession in their half. This has been an amazing experience for all involved and hopefully one they will treasure for a long time.
Result: Knocked out in 1/4 finals
U11 Cross Country Relay
This was another superb event, which led to some amazing results for our BCS runners. The cross country relay saw both boys and girls running together– with one runner from each team running at one time. A short but hilly 1.2km later, they tag the next runner from their team until it’s the first team to get all four runners back across the finish line. The U11 boys came 2nd overall and the U11 girls came 1st overall. Another special mention that the girls broke the course record and Anna Newman broke the individual lap record. Hard work has truly paid off!
U10 Football v Winterfold House
The U10 Football team travelled to Winterfold House School on a bright but cold Monday afternoon. Missing several players due to the swimming gala, and also playing against Year 6 pupils meant this could be a challenging afternoon for the team. However, the players were extremely competitive and determined, playing some exceptionally skillful football; looking to create width and space and getting the ball down and pass. An excellent goal was scored by Siyuan after some good build-up play down the left, and apart from a loss in concentration from a corner and some bad clearances, the BCS team deserved more from the game. Players of the Match were Rayan C for his exceptional work rate and Jasper for his performance in goal in the second half, with his distribution starting attacks and making an amazing save when 1-on-1 with an attacker.
Result: BCS 1-3 Winterfold
U10 A&B Netball v Eversfield
The U10 A&B team played against Eversfield on Tuesday afternoon, this was the girls’ second fixture of the term and both teams have made good progress in a very short amount of time. We played Bee Netball this time, where you rotate around the different positions. This is a great way to see the girls diverse skill set playing in both attack and defence. Both teams had a very successful afternoon, winning both matches. Both teams demonstrated the ability to create space and drive forward for the ball, resulting in the girls being able to work together to bring the ball down court time and time again. Sometimes both teams played with haste and definitely needed to slow the game day to ensure we kept the ball safe. Overall a very good afternoon, which was concluded with after-match tea in the pavilion.
Result: BCS win
U9 Harborne District Cup
BCS hosted the u9 Harborne District Cup on Tuesday afternoon with 10 teams entering the competition for a great festival of football on show on a glorious afternoon. There were two leagues of 5 teams with BCS entering a team in both leagues. The top two placed teams progressed through to the semi finals and then winners of those were into the final. The BCS B team in their four group games played 4, won 1, drew 1, and lost 2 games. The team played very well losing in two tight games against the semi-finalists and finalists of the competition and winning a game comfortably with George and Monty scoring a couple of excellent goals. There were impressive performances from Arin in goal, Jonathan in defence looking to pass the ball to teammates in space, and Monty being a livewire creating space and using his dribbling skills effectively. Unfortunately despite the 4 points, the team were knocked out of the competition in the group stages. The BCS A team played 4 fixtures winning 2 games, drawing 1 game, and losing 1 games. This meant the team finished on a total of 7 points and progressed through to the semi finals by virtue of goals scored in the competition.
In their first game, a very slow start and some slack defending meant a loss to St Mary’s, a 0-0 draw in the second game versus West House meant for progression into the semi finals, BCS needed two victories. They went on to have a brilliant 4-0 victory versus Woodhouse, with Samson and Kavidh scoring some excellent goals and then a 3-0 victory versus St Peter’s ensured progression through to the semi final, finishing second place in the group.
The team played Chad Vale in the semi final and in an even game, despite a shot rocketing off the crossbar from Kavidh. The game went down to extra time with Raj and Tom showing some steely defending keeping a clean sheet. After a goalless extra time the game went down to the dreaded penalty shoot out. Both team missed their first penalties and then scored their second and third with Zayaan and Samson showing great nerve to finish comfortably. This meant the shootout went to sudden death with Arya-Veer making an excellent save with the first penalty in sudden death. Raj had to score to go through to the final and he slotted the ball into the bottom corner to progress.
The final versus Greenmeadow was a tight and scrappy affair with an early chance missed, but a fantastic first time finish with his left foot in the bottom corner from Samson, giving BCS the lead. The team then, despite some pressure, kept the opposition out with Tom, Raj, and Arya-Veer showing a compact defence. This meant BCS were the winners and Kavidh lifted the trophy with all the team progressing through the day and enjoying the celebrations. A great afternoon with some excellent quality of football on display on a glorious day!
Results: BCS A Team winners, BCS B Team knocked out in the group stages
U11A Football v RGS: The Grange
The U11A’s played a wonderful game of football against RGS: The Grange and although we lost narrowly, it was by far the best performance of the season. We’ve been asking the boys to show a lot more tenacity and effort over recent weeks as their application and desire to give everything has, at times, been called into question. There could be no faulting their effort today as they went toe-to-toe against the best team we have played by a country mile. Nobody exemplified this more than Dan, who ran his socks off all afternoon. He was ably backed up by Noah, who once again showed why he is such a talented player. Leon really came out of his shell and got stuck in which was great to see. I’m sure the boys were slightly disappointed, since they were winning with 10 minutes to go, but in truth RGS were stronger and made us chase all afternoon, so it is no disgrace to run out of steam in the last quarter of the game. We now need to build on this and realise that this is the standard we move forward from, and not slip from the high standards that were shown today.
Result: BCS 1-3 RGS
U11C Netball v Bromsgrove U10A
From the start, it was clear to see the team had been working on positional play and whilst the score suggests otherwise the match was tighter than the end tally reflects. The team were really good moving the ball into the attacking third with Taneesha driving forwards and timing her runs beautifully. Nanda was solid as ever, connecting the attack and defence with a good selection of passes. Amber noticeably played in both wing positions showing a good understanding of positional play and how much progress she has made. I know as a team we can just get better and better.
Result: BCS 2-10 Bromsgrove
U11C Football v RGS: The Grange
This was a dominating performance from start to finish. BCS applied pressure quickly and effectively to win back any possession lost and got the ball forward when in possession. The key difference in the teams was our ability to maintain our positional play, meaning when we did have the ball we had plenty of options in space. Additionally, BCS looked to play the ball forward quickly therefore stretching the play with width and length. A solid performance.
Result: BCS 6-1 RGS
U11 Boys Swimming Gala v West House
With IAPS Qualifiers quickly approaching, this was a great opportunity for the U11 Boys to showcase their swimming abilities and what they have been working on throughout the term. The team achieved a handful of new personal bests throughout the night. Noah, who swam up an age group and stepped in as a last minute replacement, swam really well last night achieving 2 new personal bests in both 25m front crawl (individual) and in 25m butterfly in the relay. A good performance from the whole team.
U11 D&E Netball v Bromsgrove
Wednesday was a great afternoon of netball for the U11 D and E teams. Both teams had the opportunity to try out some different positions and build on their experiences in previous fixtures. The D team was led by Eva-Nicole who organised and led the team to a 5-5 draw. Player of the match was Ashni who had a brilliant game at C. The E team had an unfortunate 7-2 loss. However, they demonstrated resilience on the court, constantly fighting to win the ball back and bring it to goal. In the final quarter we were able to convert a turnover into a goal with Emily D putting up two excellent shots. Player of the match went to Jolin for her superb movement and change of direction. Well done all!
- D Team: BCS 5-5 Bromsgrove
- E Team: BCS 2-7 Bromsgrove