Boys Sports Report – 19-09-16
The U13 football team for the boys who make the option this term had their first match on Wednesday v Terra Nova at home. With Terra Nova playing football as their main sport this was going to be a challenging match. The first half was a close encounter with attacks on top but chances not put away. Our international stars from Spain and Russia certainly strengthened our team, with Isi G scoring a brace of goals. At half-time we had held Terra Nova to a 1-1 draw and were confident about a result. However the second-half proved even more decisive. Josh N scored one more for us. However Terra Nova managed goals either side of Josh’s to make the end score 5-3 to Terra Nova. We look forward to our second game this week at home to Foremarke Hall.
The rugby season began this weekend with both the U11 and 1st XIII teams on tour down in Malvern. We arrived at The Elms school for 1.30pm to allow us time to warm-up. On a warm sultry afternoon the players were finding the conditions tough early in the term. We kicked-off and The Elms ran the ball back strongly. A succession of rucks and determined tackling saw The Elms open the scoring, down the left wing. Our forwards were working hard to recycle the ball and slowly our support play offered better protection. Louis G broke blind to dive over in the corner to equalise. Again both sides contested the breakdown strongly with several ‘war wounds’ appearing. The Elms then broke down their left wing for their captain to score. Two tries to one down at half-time we were still in the game and felt we had edged possession. A string of rucks saw George P go from a quick free-kick to dive over in the corner to equalise. The tempo was electric as the game when into its final quarter. We worked the ball through several short breaks from both backs and forwards for George P to drive over the line. We had taken the lead! The Elms came back strongly but we held them and again had chances to go two tries up. However with five minutes to go a driving maul saw The Elms score. The final minutes and both sides had chances. A slight loss of marking again saw their captain dive over for a try. A great game but just the wrong result!
The U11 match saw us take on a talented team from The Elms but we tackled hard and look to run into open space. Archie C and Charles W tackled well but we do need to increase our line speed.
In the evening we settled into our rooms in Worcester and then set out for the Bowling Alley. Mr Wood was once again on fire with the pins tumbling down.
The team spirit was high as we set out for Zizzi’s Italian. Mr P had arrived and was waving out of the window as we sang our way up the street. Richly fed and watered we now headed for a good night’s sleep – if only disturbed a little by some Russian American Footballers.
We started Saturday with a hearty breakfast and a shopping spree, before taking in Worcester Cathedral, burial place of kings and princes and with some beautiful stained glass windows. We had lunch on the Malvern stray, with fantastic views of Worcestershire before driving to The Downs school. For the 1st XIII of battered warriors it was to be a demanding game on fitness and energy. After winning several scrums and retaining possession we looked to be driving over the line only to lose the ball and have The Downs athletic inside centre run down the wing to score. The kick-off saw us regain possession with a free kick. Quickly taken Will D broke to feed Alec F, who sprinted down the wing to score. Play seemed to be taking a pattern of us winning scrums and making ground. However we were wary of their outstanding player who unfortunately broke and scored their second try. For the next ten minutes we dominated scoring two tries to take the lead, through Archie P and George P. In the second half we took a three try lead through Will D, Henry W and Alec F. Thinking we had won the game we relaxed and very quickly their strong centre gained possession and the space to run. Two quick tries was making the game tight. An interception try from Archie P sealed a well-deserved win.
McD’s on the way home seemed a great celebration.
The U11s came up against a strong and undefeated Downs team. Despite them scoring several tries we still had good passages of play and as we settled into the game produced four tries of our own, despite losing 9-4. Max H had a superb game scoring tries and getting involved.
The following Tuesday and Wednesday saw 7 football and rugby games taking place v Terra Nova, Smallwood and Abbotsholme - it's a busy term!