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August league finishes on a positive for Alban City Netballers
Alban City played their final game of their Autumn league against STAHS B and showed improvement again as they were level 3-3 until the third quarter. STAHS scored 4 goals in the third quarter and despite a final push with goals flowing the game ended 5-9 to STAHS (goals from Sinead x3 and Mary-Catherine x2). This means that we will be entered into a league based on our results for the Spring term where the girls will be able to compete for a league title.
Mrs Wonnocott has been really impressed with the attitude and resilience of the girls to continue to improve each match and compete against all the teams who have been playing netball since Year 4 together.
Mr Clements is starting to introduce netball to Year 4 and 5’s to encourage the development as a school.
Over the last couple of weeks our football teams have all been involved in matches.
The Boys A team won their game against St John Fisher on an incredibly large pitch 1-0, they played some impressive football making use of the space to spread the ball and create lots of chances (goal from Thomas L). Then they played their rescheduled match against Oakwood and ended up loosing 3-6 (Harry J, Cam and Thomas L). They were really disappointed to loose the game which will surely fuel them for their next meeting.
Boys B played Samuel Ryder and Killigrew B, loosing 5-1 and 6-0 respectively, the boys struggled in both matches at the beginning conceding lots of early goals but listened to the instructions at half time in both to only concede one more in the second half of each game and managed to score against Samuel Ryder (Oliver).
Girls have been enjoying their results as the hard work on the training pitch is paying off with victories over Cunninghamhill and Samuel Ryder, winning 2-1 and 4-1 respectively. They first travelled to Cunninghamhill where they created lots of chances in the first half, hitting the post twice before Mary-Catherine gave them the lead. Then a cross from the left was turned into their own net by one of the Cunninghamhill players early in the second half. Following some great defending from Elizabeth, Cunninghamhill had few chance but scored with their first shot on goal late in the second half to finish the match 2-1. Against Samuel Ryder, Alban City converted their dominance to score three before half time and added a fourth before Samuel Ryder scored in the final minutes. Goals from Jemima x 3 and M-C).
In the cup, Alban City girls also played their rescheduled match against Oakwood, running out 4-1 winners with goals from Mary-Catherine x3 and Jemima. This sets up a quarter final tie against Gardenfields in what will surely be the girls biggest test so far this season.
The girls who haven’t yet had a chance to play for the team plus a few Year 5’s got their chance to represent the school against Skyswood girls B. They showed fantastic teamwork and skill to lead 4-0 at half time with goals from Eliza B x2, Lottie and Amber. After half time the girls played some lovely football, adding 3 more goals (Chloe W, Indigo and Betsy) to finish the match 7-0 winners. The girls were really impressive and showed calm on the ball to pass and move up the pitch so easily.
The Netball team have been steadily improving in the Autumn league each match competing and scoring some goals. First, they lost 0-3 against Prae Wood, then 1-8 against St Peters where they were starting to move the ball quicker and had a few shots on goal for the first time. Finally, they lost against Abbey 2-9 in an open game where Sinead scored both goals. The girls are showing real resilience to keep improving and are learning skills at a rapid pace.
A huge congratulations to both the girls and boys cross country teams who improved on their finishes from last time. A big well done to all of those who competed for the first time! This time the course was a shorter distance but included a hill which had to be scaled twice before racing to the finish. A much quicker race this time suited those faster runners.
Oscar 9th, Sam 10th, Thomas 17th, Arlo 32nd, Ethan, 49th and Nathan 55th.
Amber 29th, Emma 30th, Emmeline 42nd and Mary-Catherine 50th.
St Albans City FC Plate winners
ACS took home the St Albans City FC Plate. In the semi finals we played Samuel Ryder and scored first with a goal from Cam before Samuel Ryder scored in the last minute to send the game to penalties. Dylan saved the final SRA penalty to send us through to the final (Luca, Thomas and Sam scored their penalties).
Playing against St Alban and St Stephen in the final, we again took the lead this time through Sam, before SASS scored a deserved goal. Penalties to settle it and again Dylan saved their final penalty after Luca, Thomas and Sam had scored theirs which meant the boys took home their first silverware of the year.
Wednesday 1st November – Girls Football
On Wednesday, the Alban City girls team travelled across to Mandeville to play their second league fixture of the season. Alban City started off well with some good attacking play from Mary-Catherine, Scarlett and Alice all getting good touches in the opposition box. This was supported brilliantly by the strong defensive play of Elizabeth, Eliza, Zoe and Phoebe in goal. Mary-Catherine picked up the ball inside the opposition half and drove into the box before finishing smartly to put ACS one nil up. She repeated this again 2 minutes later to score her second and rounded off a great first half hat trick by picking up on a goalkeeper error to cooly finish the half 3-0 up. ACS switched things around and showed off the passing they have been working on in training and put together some nice sequences in the second half with Jemima and Betty combining well to support the attack and create lots of chances. After all her hard work and determination Indigo found space on the edge of the box following a passage of passes from ACS to smash a shot hard and low into the back of the net. ACS finished the match 4-0 victors.
ACS girls team – Mary-Catherine (c), Phoebe, Eliza, Zoe, Elizabeth, Betty, Jemima, Scarlett, Alice and Indigo.
Year 6 tournaments
As part of the curriculum development, Year 6 will now be competing against one another in small tournaments focussing on one sport per half term. For the first half term his meant the inaugural Year 6 football tournament where each class were split into teams of 4 and competed in a champions league style group stage and subsequent knock out rounds, with the top two teams from each group going on to play for the class cup. The bottom two teams went into the ‘plate’ finals.
It was brilliant to see so many different people playing together of all abilities, supporting one another to succeed.
For Magenta the group stage finished like this:
Team Wins Draws Losses Pts Mary-C 1 2 0 5 Betty 1 1 1 4 Anna 0 3 0 3 Phoebe 0 2 1 2 Team Wins Draws Losses Pts Eliza 2 1 0 7 Scarlett 1 2 0 5 Zoe 0 2 1 2 Hannah 0 1 2 1
The finals for the plate and cup were close contests with the eventual winners:
Cup – Scarlett (c), Harry D, Dottie and Teadora.
Plate – Anna (c), James, Kosi and Jack.
For Amethyst the group stage finished like this:
Team Wins Draws Losses Pts Jemima 2 1 0 7 Amber 1 2 0 5 Irem 1 1 1 4 Betsy 0 0 3 0 Team Wins Draws Losses Pts Molly 3 0 0 9 Elizabeth 2 0 1 6 Emmeline 1 0 2 3 Jorgie 0 0 3 0
The finals for the plate and cup were close contests with the eventual winners:
Cup – Jemima (c), Timson, Thomas and Vincy.
Plate – Irem (c), Cato, Eleanor, Arlo and Emma.
The next competition Year 6 will be competing in will be a Netball tournament near Christmas.
Well done to the children who participated in the first X-country event of the year which was held at Fleetville on Thursday 19th October. Emmeline was the first up and ran brilliantly to finish 42nd out of 72 girls who started the race, she found the experience really positive and is excited for the next one. For the boys, Oscar finished inside the top 20, Sam 25th, Thomas 34th and Arlo came 38th out of the field of 68 boys. All the boys said that they could improve for next time and are really excited by the prospect of more races.
The next race is on Thursday 9th November.
So far this term the school have competed in a total of 10 fixtures over the last 7 week. It has been fantastic to see the children compete so brilliantly with smiles on their faces the entire time.
On Wednesday 11th October, the girls team at ACS kicked off their season against Prae Wood and made a positive start, learning quickly how to use the space and pitch. They ended the half 3-1 down following three quick goals on the counter from Prae Wood before Mary-Catherine struck to get a goal back. The girls showed real determination and resilience to keep going in the second half. Another goal from Mary-Catherine in the second half gave the girls confidence before two goals in two minutes ended the Alban City comeback. The match finished 2-5.
Boys B were back in action, again Prae Wood were the opposition who were a physically dominating team. Alban City struggled in the first half conceding 3 goals. However the boys got back into the game playing some lovely two and one touch passing moves which created lots of chances. Prae Wood scored a goal against the run of play, ACS then hit the post and side netting before Cam bundled in his third goal of the season.
Netball vs GFS 0-10
ACS started their Netball season off with a game against Gardenfields, for most of the girls it was their first ever Netball match and Mrs Wonnocott was really impressed with their resilience to keep playing and trying to throw and catch the ball accurately despite the other teams domination. The girls eventually lost 10-0, after conceding a few last minute shots.
On Wednesday 4th October, ACS Boys teams travelled to Wheatfields; the A team to play their cup fixture.
ACS got off to a slow start and conceded twice before half time following some great passing play from Wheatfields. Following half time ACS changed their formation and found themselves back in the game, competing to get back into the game with chances falling to Oscar and Thomas. Wheatfields were lucky to score against the run of play before a really exciting finale which saw Oscar put the ball in the net twice before hitting the crossbar. Wheatfields added a fourth in the final minute to finish the game as deserved 4-2 winners.
ACS B team played really well using the space and worked incredibly hard to keep to their positions which allowed them to create multiple chances before Cam secured a 1-0 victory against Wheatfields B team in their friendly fixture.