Sports Report 04 Februrary 2022

Sports Report 04 Februrary 2022

Posted: 3rd February 2022

Prep Sports Report

The U8 and U9 boys were mixed together as they played their first ever hockey match on Monday against Wells Cathedral School. There was plenty of enthusiasm and some impressive play at times. As the boys understand the use of space and positional play, then they should be able to make good progress.

Last week’s hockey was somewhat disrupted for the older boys with match cancellations. However,  the U11As managed to play against a tough BGS team on Saturday. The boys showed character, worked hard and started to show some shape to their play. They certainly gained some valuable experience from the match which was borne out on Wednesday against Wellington when the boys played superbly well. This was an enjoyable match and the boys should take great pride and confidence from this performance. The U11/10Bs struggled a little in their game but will have learnt some valuable lessons about finding space on the pitch. Meanwhile, the U10 boys played some very good hockey over at Wellington. They looked to play with width and play the ball early into space. The whole team, from goalie to centre-forward, were impressive.

The U11A netball girls had a tricky Saturday afternoon at the Millfield Festival. They learnt a lot about working hard in both attack and defence to ensure the smooth passage of the ball down the court. There were some very good opposition who clearly had played lots of netball, but the girls kept their heads up and battled on despite it being a tough afternoon. This certainly laid a good foundation for the girls’ performance at the IAPS Tournament on Wednesday (see additional report).

Meanwhile, the U11B team girls put in a good performance against St John’s. From a slow start they made huge improvements throughout the game and dominated the final quarters of their game. 

Finally, the U9 and U8 girls enjoyed their first netball matches at the beginning of the week and certainly had a lot of fun putting into practice skills that they have been learning in lessons.

IAPS U11 Netball Regional Qualifier Tournament  

The U11A netball team had an amazing day on Wednesday at the IAPS Netball Qualifier held at King’s Bruton School. Despite the disruptions to their preparations last week, the girls were full of enthusiasm and determined to give their best.  They played confidently in their pool matches, listened to coaching tips and responded well when under pressure. Three battling wins and a narrow loss meant that the girls came second in their pool and were through to the cup competition and a quarter-final match against Taunton School. Some excellent interceptions and conversions by Queen’s resulted in a good win and through to a semi-final match against a very capable team from Yateley Manor who were the eventual winners. They proved a little too strong for the girls as Queen’s struggled to find their rhythm. The girls were naturally downhearted but should be very proud of their performances and attitudes during the course of the day. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves, which was fabulous to see, and certainly did Queen’s proud.

Group matches:

v Chafyn Grove W 1-0

v Beaudesert Park W 2-1

v Blundell’s L 0-2

v Redmaids W 3-1

Cup competition

Quarter-Final

v Taunton W 3-1

Semi-Final

v Yateley Manor L -6

3rd / 4th Play off

v  Daneshill L 1-3

 

Senior Match Reports

Netball Match Reports 

U13A v Leweston -Another tough fixture for the 13As against Leweston! Three year 7 players were called up to play for the 13s this week to make up the squad, and they slotted in brilliantly. A great team effort.

Senior 1st v Leweston- Continuing their undefeated season the 1st VII put on another great performance against Leweston. New recruits from the 2nd VII, Edie and Freya played well giving us strength through the mid-court and in the D. Some amazing turnovers from the opposition centre passes meant that we secured an early lead in the first quarter. In windy and cold conditions the shooter did well to adjust and moved the ball close to the post each time. A 32-10 win was a well deserved result.

U14A v Leweston – The U14 girls put on a great display on the Leweston netball courts last weekend. Another team that has been undefeated so far this term. After a fast paced and scrappy first quarter, they settled well and moved the ball nicely through the mid court. Feeding some high overheads to Tabbie in the D lead to lots of shots from under the post and and an early lead. Well done to everyone who played.

Senior 2nd v Leweston – The 2nd team looked to bounce back after last week’s tough game with an away trip to play Leweston School. The team took time to get used to the strong wind at the start of the match, but by the 2nd quarter they found there flow with some fantastic link up play all over the court to lead 9-3 at half time. The second half saw the team play some brilliant flowing netball with strong defensive work turning over the ball to create more chances to stretch the lead. The final quarter saw the team pull away to win 22-3. Well done everyone on a great game of netball. Player of the match was Sophia Welch.

Hockey Report – The National Plate

In the next round of the National Plate, Queen’s faced West Buckland. With both teams beating Wellington the week previously with similar results, it promised to be an exciting match. Queen’s started well, playing some brilliant flowing hockey, stringing passes together through midfield and matching West Buckland’s physicality. The first 15 minutes was finely balanced until Queen’s earned a short corner which was deflected into the corner of the goal by Elliot Berry through a well rehearsed move.
Queen’s almost went 2-0 up, but had a goal disallowed for a back stick infringement and shortly after West Buckland caught Queen’s on the counter, winning a short corner which was also well finished to bring the scores level at half time.
The second half started brightly again for Queen’s, with the back line providing a solid foundation for launching attacks through the midfield. As the legs began to tire, the formation started to waiver and Queen’s found themselves defending a number of short corners in a row, with JT Langridge making several good saves in goal. With a matter of seconds left, Seb Sanders pinched the ball from a defender of the break and was fouled when through on goal, resulting in a penalty flick with just 2 seconds left on the clock. Under pressure, Toby Bloxham stepped up and converted the flick calmly to win the game with the last touch of the ball.

 

Hockey Match Reports 

U13B v Wellington – A weakened team battled hard though struggled to relieve pressure.

U15A v Wellington -Despite the score finishing 1-0, it was an entertaining game with plenty of chances at both ends. Joel Savage was almost unbeatable in the Queen’s goal and made some brilliant saves, Javen Liao was solid at the back and Franky Gediking carried the ball superbly in midfield to open up some fine opportunities for the forwards.

Senior 1st v Wellington – Very well won match with plenty of opportunities to bolster the score line. Having gone 1-0 down Queen’s showed some real grit to come back. Keeping possession of the ball and being clinical in the D paid dividends on this occasion.

Rugby- Pre-Season 7s

Queens hosted 5 schools in a pre season 7s tournament this Sunday. The sun was shining perfect 7s conditions. A massive thank you for all those who participated in this event and made it a great success. This will play key preparation for all schools before the head to bigger tournaments such as the West of England and Rosslyn Park!