Last Saturday, Queen’s hosted our annual U10 Netball Festival. The U10 girls made a fantastic start winning their first match and showing some excellent movement and passing down the court. They faced some tough competition as the tournament progressed but continued to show fantastic determination and sportsmanship throughout the morning.
Meanwhile, the U10 boys were across the Levels at the Millfield Tournament where they had a mixed morning. The boys were rarely outplayed but made naive mistakes to allow the opposition to score. They then played Sherborne on Saturday and all the boys contributed well in a very tight game. The U10/11Bs were also in action and enjoyed a high-scoring, end-to-end, action thriller of a match.
The U11A girls played Perrott Hill where they began to use the new tactics learnt this week and had a convincing win. The U10/11B team drew at an evenly matched fixture. They improved the use of space in the latter parts of the match, however, we must still work on the quality of our passing.
It was delightful to welcome back Year 5 girls from five schools to play in our Netball festival, which has had a break for two years due to the weather and of course Covid. This was our first full Bee Netball event where players rotate around at every break of play. Thank you to Perrot Hill, Wellington, Exeter, and Blundell’s for traveling to us on such a chilly day. All the girls worked hard and showed off their skills to the supporters. Each team coach nominated a player from their squad who had shown great sports-womanship during the morning, well done to Ella in the Queen’s team.
Senior Match Reports
U12 County Tournament
Following their success at the County tournament last term, the U12 girls’ hockey team travelled to Millfield for the South West regional tournament to compete with the best teams in the region.
It was a tricky start to the day, playing Cheltenham Ladies College but the girls fought brilliantly to earn a draw. As the day progressed, the squad worked tirelessly and produced some inspired hockey through their assertiveness and positivity. Another draw followed, before a close defeat to Millfield. After each game the girls reflected maturely on their performance and were given a target for the next match, more often than not achieving it, and that was reflected in a fantastic victory over Leweston. Two tough games against Clifton and Bristol Grammar followed, before the girls finished with a flourish, mustering their energy to beat Talbot Heath.
U14A v King’s School Bruton – The boys played a very competitive and hard fought game on Saturday. It was a very fast and free flowing game with the boys showing a very good ability to control the ball and shift the ball well collectively. It was great to be on the winning side but a great competitive game all round.
U16A v King’s School Bruton – The boys played a very challenging game but showed great worth ethic and attitude to not give up. They showed very good phases of composure and stringing together some good passes. Jay Williams had an outstanding game defensively making some very important tackles and great composure.
Senior 2nd v King’s School Bruton– The team were looking to flush out the rust after the half term break and found themselves on the back foot for the first 15 minutes, conceding a goal despite some solid defending. For the remainder of the half, the match was well balanced and Queen’s looked dangerous on the break, but some costly turnovers in midfield were punished and Bruton took a 2-0 lead into the break. The second half was much the same, although Queen’s kept Bruton out and almost pinched a goal towards the end. A well fought battle and good to get the ball rolling again.
Senior 1st v King’s School Bruton– Very strong performance from the 1st team leading to several opportunities in the attacking circle. Queen’s nullified Brutons attack until a very well worked corner off a deflection to 1-0 down. Queen’s showed fight and scored to level on two occasions with Seb taking the ball around the keeper, and Daryl getting a late touch to help the 2nd over the line.
U13B v Sherbourne – Great effort from the boys. Confidence on the ball with great width distribution enabled an early goal which gave the momentum to finish 4-0 up.
County Tournament U13
Queen’s U13 hockey had an exciting day out to Millfield for the U13 County Tournament this week. The team played 3 matches against some tough opposition but came out victorious against All Hallows (3-1) and Millfield Prep (1-0). A brace from Tom Nash and Tom Taylor helping the ball past the keeper for the 3rd against All Hallows. Then Arthur came up trumps when we played and beat Millfield, scoring in the last minutes by slotting it past the keeper. This means that Queen’s came 2nd place, and progress through to the West Regional Finals.
Senior 1st – Playing 7s for the first time since the break playing some of the best schools in the country. Demonstrating real togetherness and determination the side battled hard through the group stages. In a closely fought Semi final vs Exeter school the side just lost out to a conversion. The side now prepares for the West of England 7s being held this Sunday – which is all preparation for Rosslyn Park.