The U8 and U9s has an awesome start to the week with Wells Cathedral travelling down for matches. The Year 3 girls mixed up with Wells to form teams, they had a lovely time getting to know each other and playing their first netball matches. Year 4 were incredibly excited, they showed off some of the skills we have been focusing on. The boys had similar experiences with Year 3 putting what they have been learning into practice effectively, and Year 4 beginning to link play well.
Tuesday was the first gala of the year! 16 children travelled to Wellington for a really enjoyable hour of swimming. Some great performances by a number of swimmers, thank you to those children who swapped events and to Gracie-Jean and Charlie who stepped in to cover their absence.
On Wednesday, the U11 girls spent the afternoon training and the U10 had a lovely set of matches with St John’s Sidmouth. The girls continue to improve on their previous performances with a few tactical plays now being added which is great to see. Marking is much improved, but we still need to ensure we pass to players in space driving towards the ball. The boys had a number of matches with Wellington.
We wish Franky in Year 13 and Oliver in Year 9 the best of luck for Saturday when they represent Somerset Schools in the South West Cross Country Championships. The boys were selected following their impressive performance at the recent County Championships where they represented Taunton Area Schools.
The 1st XI played exceptionally well this weekend against Wellington. Despite a slow start conceeding very early on Queen’s battled extremely hard. Coming back with some great goals from Caspar, Franky, and Harry. Queen’s had plenty of attacking chances to take a further lead thanks to some great passing play and silky elimination skills. In the final few minutes, Wellington got a goal back. From here on Queen’s managed the game very well and got the well-deserved 3-2 victory.
Queen’s 2nds produced a fine display at home to Wellington. A team with confidence and flair quickly took advantage of possession, driving into the opponent’s goal mouth and testing the keeper early. A midfield battle pursued and with both teams winning the ball in defence and using the wings to attack, Wellington came closest to opening the scoring with four consecutive short corners that were expertly defended by Queen’s.
The pressure was mounting on Wellington and the breakthrough finally came through with Ali sweeping home for his first of the match. With the score line 1-0 at half-time, a perfectly executed move from midfield led to an impressive shot from Henry across the goal for Reece to smash over the line to make it 2-0.
Wellington continued to provide an aerial threat and a long ball over the top was missed by the hosts and resulted in a tap-in for the visitors (2-1).
Player of the match Ali once again proved to be the difference between the two sides with a fast break away and stinging shot easing the pressure and concluding the scoring for an epic 3-1 win Queen’s.
It was certainly a game of two halves for the U15A boys on Saturday when they traveled to Wellington School. The first half was a close-fought game, with both teams creating many attacking opportunities. Wellington managed to take the lead despite Queen’s having numerous chances on goal. The second half saw Queen’s equalise with a well-worked goal from Zac. End-to-end action followed but unfortunately, it was Wellington who pulled away with two more goals to finish the match.
The boys played an incredible match against a team they were nervous to play against. We conceded early in the match, and then spent the rest of the match fighting to even things out. Late in the second half, we got a short corner, and a lovely deflection put us on the board at 1-1. Unfortunately, the fact that Wellington had a large bench meant they had fresher legs for the end of the game, and we conceded 4 more goals in the last 5 mins. Overall, however, the boys played some really good team hockey, moving the ball around and using the width of the pitch very effectively.
An encouraging performance where the U13A and B boys displayed some good skills, never gave up and finished strongly as their game understanding improved. Every player in the A squad worked as hard as possible and needs to continue to give all to keep progressing. Very well done.
Netball Queen’s vs Leweston
The 1st VII were back on true form this weekend in their match against Leweston. They found good rhythm through the court and demonstrated excellent teamwork and tempo. Emily H and Issy A were outstanding in this match, applying the upmost pressure to the Leweston shooters. A 20-15 win was well deserved.
The 2nd XII worked so hard against Leweston. They used the whole court to open up lots of options onto the ball and kept possession well when it was turned over. Fantastic teamwork and lots of positivity. And a great win; 42-9.
The U15 team toiled hard against a strong opposition. It was great to see an unwavering effort and application that generated much closer third and fourth-quarter battles. Players grew into the game with tighter marking and keeping possession longer by getting in front. Leweston won 33-3 in a match played in good spirit. The work rate of our depleted squad was really pleasing and so the game finished with many positives.
14A played well in defence turning over numerous interceptions unfortunately, we struggled to convert all our shooting opportunities. Coaches player of match GK Isabella .
A fantastic effort from all of the U13A team against leweston. Lots of good phases of play and great feeding to the shooting circle. They all worked tirelessly to keep possession of the ball and score and the hard work paid off with a 23-8 win!
Our U12’s were faced with a tall and tough Leweston side. They struggled to maintain possession through the mid court and to keep up with their tempo of play when attacking. When we had the ball in our D unfortunately we struggled to convert these into goals. This team worked tirelessly and never let their heads drop. Stand out players were Eva-Bella and Charlotte.
U13 Girls Football tournament at Castle School
The U13 girls’ team showcased a fantastic performance at Queen’s inaugural girl’s football fixture. The team, led by captain India played five back-to-back matches in the tournament hosted by Castle School. The team demonstrated resilience and skill and they secured victories in two matches, drew one and faced two losses against older opposition. India, not only leading as captain but also proving to be the team’s top scorer played a pivotal role in the team’s successes. Three U12 girls played up a year group and fitted in seamlessly. One of which was our Goalkeeper Omnima. She showed skill and bravery with some fantastic saves. The whole team worked tremendously hard but a special mention has to go to Teniore for her tireless running and tackling in the middle. The team’s spirited effort and positive results reflect their dedication to the sport and bode well for future tournaments. I’d like to thank those girls such as India, Molly, Willow and Eliza who have consistently turned up to mixed football and battled with the boys to showcase their skills.
Coaches and supporters alike are tremendously proud of the girls’ achievements marking a promising start to their footballing journey at Queen’s.
U15 Boys Football vs Castle
Queen’s College U15 boys’ football team made a stellar debut in their match against The Castle School B team, securing an emphatic 9-1 victory. The triumph was a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the boys on the field. Captain Theo’s leadership was evident throughout the game, steering the team to success. A standout performance came from Alex B, who netted an impressive four goals, showcasing his scoring prowess. Kaiden displayed tremendous skill, contributing a noteworthy goal to the team’s tally. Alex E stood out for his tough tackling and delivered the goal of the game with an outside-of-the-box finish into the bottom corner. In his first-ever game as goalkeeper, Tom exhibited remarkable skill taking the role of “sweeper keeper” to a new level. Tom and his defence provided a solid foundation for the team’s success. Special recognition goes to Ollie L and Aidan for stepping up an age group and controlling the midfield with finesse, showcasing their versatility and maturity on the field. The entire team’s collective effort and individual contributions culminated in a dominant performance, leaving a lasting impression on their debut match. A sincere appreciation goes out to all the boys for their hard work. The Queen’s College U15 boys’ football team has certainly made a memorable entrance into the competitive arena and gives us great hope for the future of football at Queen’s.