U10 Football vs Solihull Prep School

The U10 A Football team returned immediately to action after the half term break, with an entertaining fixture versus Solihull. The team went one goal up early on in the game with a brilliant finish from Noah over the goalkeeper, after a driving run forward. Solihull then immediately responded after some attacking pressure forced a goal despite Jasper making a fantastic save by being brave at the striker’s feet. The same pattern repeated itself with Freddie scoring a glorious goal, striking the ball into the top corner, however Solihull again immediately responded with the BCS team failing to clear their defensive lines and getting caught in possession in their own penalty box. Despite this, the team played some excellent football passing the ball out from the back to get the ball forwards. However, the team has to learn when to pass and when to clear as too many touches on the ball and being slow on the ball in their defensive third got them into trouble. In the second half Solihull came out the blocks firing and quickly scored two goals with one on the counter attack and one from a free kick for a sloppy foul given away on the edge of the penalty box. BCS then needed to show some character to get back in the game and play with urgency. Initially, they were slow to react, but then a strike from Umar responded with a goal. But this was not enough to force a draw for the team as time then ran out in the game. The team played some intricate passing football at times however failing to clear their defensive lines when under pressure or looking to dribble out of defence and getting caught in possession led to the opponents creating chances which is something that needs to be rectified.

Result: BCS 3-4 Solihull

U10 B & C Football vs Solihull Prep School

Progress takes time and patience. Regardless of scoreline, it is important to identify the individual progress that is occurring in these games. Whether it be ball control, positional awareness or game understanding. Solihull were strong opposition who combine dribbling and passing effectively. Blue Coat need to continue to focus on their own individual skill set in order to further enhance their performance. This will come eventually!

Result: Solihull Win

U10 D & E Football v Solihull Prep School

The U10 D & E teams had some great games against Solihull with everyone displaying their BCS values against some quality opposition. There was definite progress from the last time we played, with far better passing and moving into space demonstrated. Where most of these lads need to improve is their game understanding and ability to sense danger on a pitch. This will come over time as they play more and more matches. Well done all.

Result: Solihull Win

U9A Football Festival @ RGS: The Grange

This was a superb squad performance in which everyone performed their role extremely well. BCS started strong with a 4-0 win over king St Albans, followed by a tough game versus RGS: The Grange. Our final game of the group stage was a must-win game against The Elms. BCS continued with their game play and utilised space and team mates effectively for a 3-2 win. The semi final was another comfortable win against Hereford Cathedral to leave us with RGS The Grange again in the final. The final was a great battle across all parts of the field but unfortunately two well structured goals meant that RGS were the overall winners of the tournament. BCS pupils conducted themselves amazingly well and should be extremely proud of themselves.

U9B Football Festival @ King’s Hawford

The U9B Football team travelled to King’s Hawford to play a football festival.The team played three fixtures versus King’s Hawford, Warwick, and RGS: The Grange. The team played King’s Hawford first and recorded a 2-0 victory, with George scoring two fantastic goals. In this game, despite BCS dominating possession, they did have to be saved by some brave tackles from Roman and Jovan in defence and Arin making some fantastic saves in goal. In the second game, the boys played Warwick in a competitive fixture. The team went 2 goals to the good, with George and Ibrahim scoring some smart finishes into the corners of the goal.

Warwick managed to get back into the game and BCS had to put their bodies on the line with again Roman and Jovan making some brave tackles to stop the ball going in and Arin making numerous saves in goal to prevent Warwick equalising. Into the final game versus RGS, the team went 2 goals down this time, despite Ibrahim and William creating some good chances. The team got back into the game with Roman scoring a fantastic goal from long distance into the bottom corner of the goal. However, despite hustling and bustling to try to get an equaliser, the team eventually ran out of time. Great progress from the team, with the players now really starting to understand how to position themselves on a football pitch and how this helps the team in and out of possession of the ball.

Result: 2 Wins and 1 Loss

U9 B & C Netball v Solihull

This afternoon, the U9 girls faced Solihull in their first netball fixture after half term. Playing 5 aside netball the girls rotated around the different positions. All girls played well as a team, passing and moving into space allowing them lots of shooting opportunities. Furthermore, as always, the girls demonstrated an ability to play in both attacking and defending positions. Solihull, were strong defensively and didn’t make it easy for us though. When it didn’t work for us was when we rushed. Netball is a fast sport, but playing fast and furious can be detrimental and errors occur. We were victorious the week in both games, making it a very happy afternoon. Well done girls.

Result: 2 Wins

U9D Netball v Solihull

The girls were well warmed up since the opposition were late and made an impressive start in the first quarter, scoring 4 goals , with the rotation of positions the following two quarters saw a much more even game, both sides were unlucky not to score. The final rotation and quarter saw 3 more goals by The Blue Coat School team. Well Done!

Result: Win

U11A Netball v EHS

This afternoon, the U11 girls made there way to EHS for a fun afternoon of netball. The A team looked a little different this week, as many of the girls were competing at the ESSA swimming competition. However, with still a strong side and a good combination of girls they were confident they would give the opposition a good game, which they did! Playing quarters, within the first 6 minutes we took the lead, with EHS slow to settle into the game. However moving into the second quarter, EHS fought back, they were a tall team and they used their height as an advantage. Lots of arms up over the ball, which we struggled to get the ball around. In attack, they had two tall shooters and we struggled to defend the overhead ball into the circle. The BCS girls didn’t give up, they fought until the final whistle. Unfortunately, the win wasn’t ours this afternoon, but the girls should be really proud of the standard of netball they played.

Result: Loss

U11C Netball v EHS

The first half of this fixture was very even with the score at half time 4-6 . However the EHS team raised their speed and used short quick passes to the shooters, despite their best efforts The Blue Coat defenders were unable to mark effectively and the final score was 6-13. Well tried girls.

Result: BCS 1-5 EHS

U11A Football v Harborne Junior

After conceding with virtually the 1st play of the game, the U11’s took control of this game against Harborne and but for some wayward finishing should have won far more convincingly. That said it was a performance that lacked the tenacity and attention to detail needed in a game against better opposition. With ISFA coming up next week, these boys need to think long and hard about how hard they are willing to try. Noah was by far the stand out player on the pitch last night, but he needs far more support from others.

Result: BCS 4-1 Harborne Junior

ESSA Swimming Relay Qualifiers

The U11 Boys and Girls travelled to Thomas Telford for the ESSA Qualifiers. The BCS team conducted themselves really well and represented the school brilliantly. Both the Boys and Girls started their nights off with the freestyle relays. After some fast swims in their heats this seen all the teams progress from the heats to the finals in their freestyle relay. Later on in the gala we seen both the boys and girls team in action in the medley relay. A big well done to all the team which seen a handful of new personal bests throughout the night. Now we wait until all the ESSA Qualifiers are finished and the results to if the teams have progressed to the ESSA Finals which will be after the 16th March