A great afternoon of sport for the Year 5 and 6 children on Wednesday! The girls had triangulars with Wellington and King’s College, lots of netball which was fabulous to watch. The U10 girls have already shown so much progress in just the two and a half weeks we have been back, the U10s showed notable improvements in their marking, footwork and dodging from our matches against West Buckland.
The Year 6 girls went away to King’s with depleted sides due to illness and injury the girls battled. They defended well with some good shooting for some of the A players. Dodging is a focus for the B’s for Friday’s lesson.
The boys also faced King’s. The U11As enjoyed a good, even contest and it was an opportunity to mix players around a bit and work on game understanding. The boys showed an improvement in their stick skills and when they looked to move the ball quickly into space looked dangerous. Goals were shared around and Harry made some excellent saves in goal. The Year 5 travelled to King’s and enjoyed some intense matches, continuing to show off the skills they have learnt these past weeks.
Good luck to the U11A girls who have their first tournament of the term tomorrow and the U8 and 9 children who have their first Netball and Hockey with Wells on Monday.
It was a blustery and cold day at RNAS Merryfield on Saturday for our 15 Taunton Area Cross Country athletes. It was certainly a tough course for all age groups, with both mud and ice to contend with, along the way, despite the challenges of the course, all runners did exceptionally well in a strong field of competitors, many achieving PB’s. A special congratulations to Ollie in Year 9 and Franky in Year 13 who have been selected for the Somerset squad to compete in the South West Championships in February.
The 1st XI boys fought hard in tough conditions. After going 1-0 down very quickly Queen’s fought themselves back to 2-1 up for a long period of the match. The pressure from Collegiate was non-stop, on a smaller pitch which eventually they took opportunities from. Collegiate went 4-2 up, Queen’s were still in the match and with 5 minutes on the clock scored to make it 4-3. This ended up as the final score. On another day there could have been plenty more goals and a win for Queen’s! Well done to those that played.
The 2nd XI were one of the best teams this weekend. Playing some of the best hockey we have seen from a 2nd XI. Reece and Ben had some good combination play in midfield, and Woody was strong at the back. Tom had a good forward performance. After going 2-0 up Queen’s legs started to tire, while great hockey continued to flow in the 2nd half Collegiates pressure continued to come. Final score 2-2.
U15 Queen’s played with energy, tempo and resilience against Collegiate. With early domination in midfield, Queen’s failed to capitalise on superior possession and number of shots on goal. Collegiate opened the scoring against the run of play, quickly finding the net with a lobbed deflection over Isasac. Thomas pressed for an equalising, narrowly firing wide, and onslaught of attacks and shots from Burrough, Hartland and Scarth were well kept out from performer of the match the Collegiate GK.
Collegiate pushed forward and after quickly winning a free hit on the edge of the home D, fired in another deflection to make the score line 2-0. Queen’s heads were down despite leading both the possession and shot stats. It was Collegiate who struck again 3-0. An overload in the final quarter and a low fired goal to make the score line 3-0. A rallying cry from Theo and Thomas pushed the team on and two clinical goals in less than 1 minute put Queen’s in contention with minutes on the clock. Queen’s U15 left it to late and it was not enough to turnover the scoreline despite their best efforts. A high-tempo match, brilliant play from both teams and a high standard of Hockey.
Goals galore in this match Vs Kings College Prep. Queen’s started slowly and were 3-0 down in the opening minutes. We started to switch on after 10 minutes of the match with some chances flying past King’s posts. Queen’s continued this pressure until eventually Tom got an opening goal for a lovely strike into the bottom corner. Queen’s continued this pressure in the 2nd half from the off, once again Tom capitalising off a defenders mistake making it 3-2. The end of the game turned to chaos, chances everywhere for both squads. Tom ended up getting a hatrick, but on this occasion this was not enough as kings scored a 4th. The match show lots of potential from the squad, and with a bit more noise, excitement, and energy could have won the match on another day.
The team were up against it with King’s bringing quite a strong squad. We struggled in the first half to match the intensity and move the ball around, which meant we went into half-time 2-0 down. The boys came back fighting very hard in the second half, being almost unrecognisable from the team that played in the first half. They were moving the ball around, using the space and making some brilliant tackles. We lost the game, however they can be very proud of the way they turned around in the second half. Josiah was given player of the match.
The U13D team welcomed King’s Prep School on Wednesday for an afternoon of fun and enthusiastic hockey. Queen’s worked tirelessly in defence and made some excellent attacks into the opposition half. A real team effort with some great performances from Harrison, Samuel, Tommy, Edward and Shay. Well done to all the players!
Netball Masterclass with Amaya Herold
Amaya took some time away from her netball commitments with Team Bath and Exeter University 1st VII to lead some fantastic sessions for our netball community. Year 7-9 enjoyed some speed play, ball handling and passing activities before putting these skills to the test in a mini-tournament. Year 10-13 started the afternoon with a strength and conditioning session led by Mrs Foster in the gym and on the field. They then had a masterclass on defending and intercepting with Amaya. This proved both challenging and rewarding, as the match at the end of the session saw some excellent turnovers.
The U14’s took on King’s College on what was a blustery Tuesday afternoon on the bottom courts. U14A lost 9-13 but this closely fought game saw some excellent attacking phases. U14B played brilliantly but at times were rushed and made unforced errors. Continued work on landing, and pivoting will provide useful moving forward. This team was resilient and hard-working. The final score was 2-12. U14C lost 0-12 but displayed some good movement and tracking of the players. Successful first phase movement and passes from the centre also.