Prep Sports Report
The U8 and U9 boys and girls were all in action at the beginning of the week in matches against Wellington. The boys put in some impressive performances and were trying hard to put into practice the skills worked on in practice sessions. The girls had a fantastic afternoon of matches and showed a significant improvement in their match play. They demonstrated some very strong and accurate passing down the court with some very impressive shooting.
The older boys played Mount Kelly on Wednesday. The U10A’s played a free flowing game with some great linking play showing impressive vision and skill levels. The U10/11B’s fought hard but struggled against the pace of some of the opposition whilst the U11A boys played some good hockey in parts against a capable team.
The girls enjoyed matches against St.Peter’s. The U10A’s had a fantastic match and adapted their passing extremely well to the windy conditions. They showed huge progress in their movement on the court in attack and made some brilliant interceptions in defence. The U10B’s worked really hard with lots of movement up and down the court and were unlucky not to have scored more goals. The U11 girls teams learnt to cope well with the conditions and worked hard to keep possession and use the ball effectively.
Senior Match Reports
Senior 1st v West Buckland – A tough fought win for the 1 team this week. Having already played West Buckland in the cup, they came to Queen’s looking to get their own back. With the scores level going into the final few minutes and both teams pushing for the winning goal, space was left at the back for Jacob to slot in Queen’s 3rd goal. Queen’s had West Buckland rattled and with 30 seconds left on the clock, Seb slotted in again from close range. Final score 4-2.
Senior 2nd v West Buckland -Won 3-1. After going a goal down we fought back strongly to win a closely contested game. Will Thorne and Will Barnes both had strong games.
U13A v West Buckland – Queen’s were buzzing after their first U13 win of the season the previous week. They went into this fixture with their heads held high and went both 1-0 and 2-1 up in the match from some well worked goals. Queen’s started to fade with a couple of minutes left before full time, and let West Buckland back into it to bring them level. Final score 2-2.
U13B v West Buckland – An improved performance with the boys putting in a lot of energy and creating chances as a result. Tiredness told towards the end but nevertheless a performance to be proud of.
U13B v West Buckland – We started slowly and needed a reminder about the requirement to work hard when not in possession. We improved after half time. Coby Gardner and Tristan Burr both defended very well.
U13D v West Buckland- After Wednesday determined display. The U13D teams shown a spirited performance vs West Bucks. With Tristan Beighton showing great stick skills and Sam Z being a real rock at the back. The team worked tremendously hard as a team and if the team continues to develop at the rate they are it will not be long before results start coming Queen’s Colleges’ way.
U14A v West Buckland – The U14A’s enjoyed a very competitive and back and forth game on Saturday. It was a very fast paced game with both side producing a number of opportunities, Alfie Rucklidge was outstanding creating a number of these chances. The game was 2-2 going into the last minute with a last minute save on the line for Andre Nieuwenhuis allowing the boys to counter attack, Casper Reeves managing to just put it past the keeper to finish the 3-2 winners.
U14B v West Buckland – The U14B team worked hard across the pitch in a very even encounter. In tough conditions, Queen’s moved the ball nicely at times and Ben Naguib in particular showed some real skill in the opposition half to create attacked opportunities for his team mates. West Buckland stick the result with two scrappy goals in the D, in a game were a draw would also have been a fair result. Well played all!
U15A v West Buckland – Queen’s battled hard in the wind and rain to restrict West Buckland to 2 goals at half time, both from short corners. Despite coming up a stronger team, the players rallied well and created several chances of their own but West Buckland were always dangerous on the attack and took the game out of sight in the last few minutes.
Senior 1st v Dauntseys – The 1st team boys came into this fixture after a busy run of games. The journey was long and it showed in the match when Dauntseys were dominating for the first 15 minutes, thankfully Dauntseys only scored one in this time. Daryl then received the ball high up the pitch and calmly sat the keeper down to slot in a goal for 1-1 at half time. A much revitalised Queen’s squad showed up and controlled the majority of the 2nd half. Toby slotting home yet another penalty flick to put Queen’s into the lead after relentless amounts of pressure. Queen’s then sat back and defended deep while the pressure was piling on, legs started going and this wasn’t helped by two injuries to key defensive players. With 3 minutes to go Dauntseys scored an equaliser to bring the scores level and send the match to flicks. Some cool and collected flicks and a great save by JT meant the match went to sudden death. Unfortunately the match ended in defeat on this occasion for Queen’s, however the match was incredibly closely fought and we battled it out to the very end. With several games still to come after half term I am sure the boys will continue their improvement that’s been shown throughout the season.
13A v Mount Kelly -The U13A’s had a long journey to Mount Kelly this week, the journey showed in their legs as the energy was low to begin with. A nice strike from a corner sent MK 1-0 up. This stunned Queen’s and sprung them into action, getting a flurry of shots off on the MK goal keeper who was made some terrific saves.
Senior 1st v Mount Kelly – The Queen’s 1st VII put on another great performance on Saturday against Mount Kelly. Steaming ahead in the first quarter, they displayed faultless teamwork and creativity on court. A great way to finish this half term of the season. Well done to everyone who played.
U13A v Mount Kelly – A tough game for the 13As against a well drilled Mount Kelly side! The defence was strong throughout the court disrupting Mount Kelly’s play on many occasions. Unfortunately the team couldn’t quite convert these turnovers to goal meaning Mount Kelly took the win.
U15A v Mount Kelly – The 15As travelled to Mount Kelly with the bare 7 in the squad. The teams matched up well physically and played some great netball. The score-line was close all the way through to the final quarter, but the team were reduced to 6 players in the final quarter due to injury which allowed Mount Kelly to pull ahead and take the win.
U12B v Mount Kelly – In a game largely fought in the middle of the pitch, Queen’s found themselves on the back foot after a quickfire double from Mount Kelly on the break. Despite pulling a goal back before the break, Queen’s conceded two more breakaway goals before creating several good chances themselves, converting one. Some valuable lessons to learn ahead of the half term break.
U13B v Mount Kelly – Great hockey from the Queens players this week winning 4-0. Showing great development from previous weeks with Hemant P scoring 2 fantastic goals, Sam Z shown some great defence in a brilliant team performance.
U13C v Mount Kelly- A tricky game on a slow pitch. However the boys finished strongly and continue to make pleasing progress.
Whole school (Y7-13) – The Swimming Team took part in a intra-school competition on Monday afternoon. They were put into four mixed teams and along with their team leader they filled in the events they wished to compete in. Jasmine, Ali, Ryan and Kyle did a fantastic job of running their teams, which ended in very close results. Ali’s team came in 3rd, Ryan and Kyle’s teams came joint 2nd and winning by a narrow 3 point lead was Jasmine’s team.
U13A v Wellington – Tuesday afternoon saw the first ever game for the newly formed U15 Girls rugby team. Wellington were the visitors and the match did not disappoint. The girls showed determination and enthusiasm and showcased some of the rapid progress they have made over the last few weeks in training. The tackling in defence was ferocious and the attacking play got better each minute as the girls grew in confidence. An exhilarating match that ended with Queen’s victorious after a last minute try!