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  • Alban City Netball Development

    Alban City’s netball team are currently second in their spring league with 2 fixtures remaining and competed in the Year 6 St Albans Netball tournament held at Samuel Ryder, playing against 3 premier division sides. The girls worked really hard to compete with the higher level of opposition, scoring and playing some great netball.

     

    As part of the school’s sporting development plan, Mr Clements has been working to increase the netball opportunities for pupils in KS2 which has resulted in him organising this years, Year 5 and Year 4 development tournaments.

     

    Prior to these tournaments which are due to be held soon, both Year groups have played against schools to learn match skills and rules. Year 4 played really well with some flowing moves and keen accuracy when shooting to beat Prae Wood 5-0. Year 5’s have shown a keen interest with 20 children participating in the Year 5 netball club. All 20 played on Monday in two matches against Skyswood, the first ending 4-1 to Alban City and the second match finishing 0-4 to Skyswood.

    Year 5 Netballers

  • Let Girls Play #letgirlsplay

    As part of the English Schools Football Association (ESFA), Alban City school were encouraged to participate in the #letgirlsplay initiative. Mr Clements decided to organise a massive event on Friday 8th March. Gardenfields hosted on their expansive playing fields, multiple pitches of games whilst coaching sessions were provided by Arsenal Ladies and Tottenham academy coaches. 100 girls from 5 primary school across St Albans participated and loved every second! A special thank you to Aaron D’Antino (Arsenal ladies) and Donny Campaniello (Tottenham) who put on skill based sessions for the girls in between their matches against other schools, they were impressed by everyone’s enthusiasm and performance.

    Thank you to the girls from Skyswood, Camp, Gardenfields, Killigrew and Alban City who made the effort to attend!

  • Year 2 & 3 football

    Incredible scenes as 11 Year 2/3 children travelled to Bowmansgreen on Wednesday to play two friendly fixtures. Both teams played really well, with the yellows finding their feet after half time to dominate their match. Blues played some really good football and were denied multiple times  by the opposition keeper and post.

    Yellows match finished 7-2 (goals from James x3, Harrison x2, Edward and Braydon)

    Blues finished 2-10 (goals from Moses and Louis)

     

    A really good standard of football being played and definitely some future stars!

  • Year 4 football

    Year 4 enjoyed another afternoon of football, travelling to Bowmansgreen to play both girls and boys Year 4 teams.

    The girls conceded a few early goals on the tiny pitch but worked really hard to earn themselves their first goals of the year, both scored by Romilly.

    The boys played really well and lead 2-1 at half time before Bowmansgreen equalised early on in the second half. They dominated the second half and scored to lead again before a late equaliser for Bowmansgreen went in right on full time. The match finishing 3-3, goals from Alex x2 and Reg.

  • Girls football summary

    The Girls football team  won their penultimate match of the league campaign 1-0 against Mandeville (Elizabeth), which meant they went into the final game of the season knowing that a victory would give them a first ever league win. They were the dominant team in the second half but just couldn’t find any clear chances against a very organised Prae Wood team who took their chances on the break. Alban City were still really proud of themselves as they pushed Prae Wood until the final game of the season, finishing 2nd in only their second season competing in the league.

    Top goalscorers:

    Mary-Catherine – 14

    Jemima – 5

    They have also represented the school at Watford FC dome where they played in the premier league primary stars tournament, going unbeaten in their group but losing out on a place in the semifinals by 4 points. They also participated in a PSHE session on teamwork which they thoroughly enjoyed and even got to meet some of the first team players

    A special thank you to Erin Andersen, who has coached the girls this year, we both agreed that the girls have improved so much in the short 6 months they have played together and have inspired lots of other girls within school to play.

     

    Mr Clements

     

  • Boys B football

    Boys B battled hard against a very tough Killigrew side who eventually found a way past our goalkeeper in the second half and went on to win 4-0. Boys were really positive about the football they played and looked much improved since last time out (player of the match – Ben).

    Boys B finished the league season in 4th place with 2 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses.

    Top goalscorers:

    Cam W – 3

    Oliver C – 2

    Thomas E – 2

  • Year 4 Football

    A really fun afternoon of football for some of our year 4’s at Skyswood!

    Boys lost 6-0 but were the better team in the second half creating lots of chances through good passing (POM – Ethan).
    Girls narrowly lost 2-0 with tonnes of chances for both sides (POM – Romilly)
    An incredibly positive experience for everyone involved – they are all looking forward to the next matches against Bowmansgreen.
  • Girls football

    Girls have played two fixtures since the last blog post, one in the league where Elizabeth commanded in defence and helped out with a goal to beat Mandeville 1-0. The girls also played their cup quarter final against Gardenfields which was a right humdinger.

    Gardenfields proved too strong in the first half scoring 2 very well worked goals including a brilliant team passing move. Alban City stepped up their own levels in the second half and replied instantly with a goal from Jemima and equalised with plenty of time left. ACS pushed for a winner but couldn’t take their chances. Extra time went by in a flash with both teams having opportunities to win it, which meant penalties loomed. Scarlett was unlucky to not save any penalties but got close to all three. M-C scored hers but a miss meant that Gardenfields went through to the semi-final. A brilliant effort from the all the girls involved showing great fight.

  • Boys A football

    The Boys A team drew their latest league fixture 1-1 against St John Fisher with a lovely goal from Thomas. The boys deserved the win but couldn’t find the target and eventually conceded late on against the run of play on a very hard pitch.

    They also have had the opportunity to play in the EFL Utilita U11 cup held at Watford FC dome, in a very competitive group they won 2, drew 2 and lost 1. Scoring 4 goals (Thomas, Sam, Luca and Harry J) and only conceded 2 in their 5 matches. The boys worked really hard as a team to put on some impressive performances and ended up finishing joint 5th overall. It was a really rewarding days which all the boys enjoyed thoroughly.

  • District Teams

    Each year selected children from across St Albans attend trials in order to secure a place on football teams to represent the district, last year from Alban City, we had 3 boys represent the district. This year, two of the children who attend Alban City were chosen out of the many that trialled to secure their places in the district teams this season; Sam Hodgkinson (who also represented district last year) and Mary-Catherine Andersen.

     

    Both have had successful starts to their seasons with a much higher level of expectations around performance for both. Sam has played in a variety of positions this year and has been lucky enough to play at Crystal Palace in the national cup.

     

    Mary-Catherine and the girls team have had real success this year and as part of the girls St Albans District reached the quarter finals of the national cup where they meet Essex. She has played in defence this year and has proved herself in a team of some very competitive girls to secure her place in the team.