The 1st and 2nd XI girls hockey teams faced Mount Kelly on Saturday at home. The 1st XI had a strong win with goals being scored by a number of different players in the team, which showed our strength in attack. The 2nd XI also had a fantastic performance despite conceding two early goals. A change of tactics saw the girls make some good breaks and with tireless work in the D the girls won a number of short corners that resulted in goals. Eliza Pickup scored her first goal of the season with lovely cross from Osa, leaving the final score at 5-2.
The rugby teams have had a busier week with the 1st XV playing Plymouth College on Saturday and the U12,13,15s playing Stover in the week.
With a depleted squad due to injury and unavailability, the 1st XV showed improvements on the pitch in a tough encounter against Plymouth College. Displaying glimpses of confident attack and a relentless defensive effort – the boys should be proud of how they battled throughout. Some excellent line breaks by James Bradley and some outstanding defensive displays from Spencer Budding and Schorfield Chan all added to the excitement of the game.
On Tuesday the U15s started off our fixtures against Stover. After a long journey on the bus, the U15’s hit the pitch running. A clinical start which continued throughout. The forwards were dominant in attack and defence and made ground with every carry. The backs were able to create space, punch holes and cause the opposition to be overwhelmed with blistering line-speed in defence. Another win for the boys to add to their haul.Tries were made by Caspar Reeves (3 + 1 con & pen), Woody Randolph, Mo Al Boukan and Alfie Rucklidge.
The U13s played undoubtedly their best performance by far this season; they showed what fantastic rugby they are capable of playing, with confidence in attack and ruthlessness in defence. Despite conceding two break-away tries, they continued to battle and were rewarded with a fantastic try by Sam ‘The Tank’ Zomorrodian. Ollie Lockington was relentless in his defensive efforts and carried the ball excellently. Other stand-out performances by Atti Manning and Connah Hine, all contributed to an exciting afternoon of rugby. Well done boys!
The U12s battled against a strong Stover team. Another display of how they have improved – showing more confidence to move the ball and create space. Defence was brave again and they showed great spirit until the final whistle.
The sports department are looking forward to Super Saturday and hope to see as many students as possible representing their houses for hockey and rugby, as well as having parents and families supporting on the touch and sidelines.
Next week students will be competing for their houses again in the swimming house competition within PE lessons.