A round-up of the week's rugby and hockey matches
14:30 Sat 18 Nov 17
Won : 36 - 7
The 1st XV produced yet another excellent attacking display, running in six tries against an in-form Worksop College 1st XV. They began the game in style with full back Jack Trundley being released down the blindside by Oliver Mann where he beat two defenders to score under the posts; this was quickly followed by a second try with the roles reversed, this time captain Oliver Mann became the scorer, gathering a neat kick through from Trundley. Worksop replied with a try from their evasive running outside centre who cut back through a breakdown to take the score to 14-7 after 20 minutes. Following some sustained pressure where Oliver Mann was denied twice by strong covering tackles and once by a late tackle, the latter resulting in a yellow card for Worksop, they eventually broke the whitewash again, this time from a turnover scrum on the 5-meter line, from which Bradley Hutler picked and scored. They then took further advantage of the extra man as the excellent Louis Jones sniped from a penalty to take WGS to the line, Harry Dyne then scored with a powerful pick and go in the next phase.
In the second half, Worksop came out with extra fight on their home field. However, Wisbech Grammar held firm and despite a yellow card of their own for repeated team offences they kept Worksop at bay. Having held off the pressure for the first half of the second period the Wisbech Grammar 1st XV then began to exert some pressure of their own. Some ambitious rugby led to plenty of opportunities and, eventually, they broke through with Trundley scoring his second of the game in the right-hand corner. He then became provider once more five minutes later as he selflessly fed fly half Frazer Brown on the inside following some excellent team interplay.
The final score was 36-7 as the 1st XV made in 3 from 3 in the second half of term so far. They next face Robert Clack on Friday night (24 November) under lights at Wisbech Grammar School.
Trundley (2), Hutler (1), Mann (1), Brown (1), Dyne (1)
14:30 Sat 18 Nov 17
Won : 30 - 15
An excellent attacking display, including strong support play and continuity, led to a brace of first-half tries from Alfie Hoyles and Freddie Allen, responded with only one Worksop score, to give Wisbech Grammar a strong lead at halftime of the U12A game. In the second half, Worksop showed improvements and challenged Wisbech in a number of areas, scoring two more tries for their efforts. However, another brace of tries in the second half, this time from Lewis Wing, meant Wisbech Grammar recorded a well-deserved 30 – 15 win. With further improvements in their defensive alignment and some excellent tackling, the U12s produced one of their most rounded displays of the season.
Hoyles (2), Allen (2), Wing (2)
14:00 Wed 15 Nov 17
U18 County Indoor
Putting the oval ball down and picking up a hockey stick, a team of WGS boys took to the road for the U18 County Schools Indoor competition in Cambridge. With only four teams entering, it turned into a round robin event, with the first placed team gaining a place in the regional competition. As with previous years, this had proven to be a tough test for the WGS teams entering, but one that we have shown improvements in over the years. Whilst WGS failed to win a game, we were not overawed by the other teams, showing all that we were learning. James Kerry in goal produced some excellent saves throughout all the games, in particular, close quarter reaction saves. All the team worked hard throughout, improving with every game played.
16:00 Wed 15 Nov 17
Thomas Deacon Academy
Won : 2-1
The under 12A team managed to get back to winning ways with an impressive performance against Thomas Deacon Academy.
Wisbech started the better and found themselves with some good early chances right in front of goal, from both open play and short corners, shaving both posts on separate occasions. Unfortunately, however, TDA scored from a quick counter thus went a goal up.
Wisbech responded positively by creating several more chances on goal. The team used the width of the pitch to the most effect than they have done all season! This creativity combined with the quality of their passing meant the ball found the net twice within a space of five minutes, putting the home team 2-1 in front.
Coming out of our half-time team talk, we agreed that for the second half the focus would be to look after the ball; and also to channel their attack wide so we wouldn’t get caught on another counter-attack; the girls managed to achieve this. They played mature hockey and made good decisions that in turn put a lot of pressure on the opposing team’s centre-backs. More chances came but no change on the scoreboard occurred.
The Wisbech girls played out of their skins against some that were older than themselves. A terrific achievement that was undeniably well deserved! Fantastic!
15:00 Sat 18 Nov 17
Lost : 0-3
The first half was a tight affair with Gresham’s having the majority of possession but in general, they were well marshalled by the WGS defence. Gresham’s scored halfway through the first half. WGS put together a few nice attacking moves but were unable to get enough players high up the pitch to be effective.
The halftime team talk stressed the need to pass the ball more effectively and it was pleasing to see WGS create far more scoring opportunities in the second half. Gresham’s then scored two more goals with some good moves and the score was probably a fair reflection of the game. However, this was a good performance from WGS. Stand-in Captain, Hetty Beckett, had a great game in the centre of midfield. Ella Beckett put in yet another a commanding performance in goal. Asena Yendley, Isabella Oldershaw-Ellis and Annie Bennett all played extremely well in defence. Katy Landles and Matilda Suiter made many good tackles in midfield. Hannah Lemmon, Charlotte Brett, Catherine Missin and Elize-Jade Stephens-Foster worked tirelessly for the team up front, often being outnumbered by the Gresham’s defence. Isabella Pope showed some super touches on the ball and the ability to go past players. She also came closest to scoring with a reverse stick lift.
Player of the match was Hetty Beckett. Well played to all the girls.
Thank you to the many supporters and to Gresham’s School for hosting us.
15:00 Sat 18 Nov 17
Draw : 0-0
A fabulous game against Gresham’s this week. The girls started the game very determined. Passing was strong and players supported each other when pressurised. Despite two defensive shorts corners and some near misses, halftime score was 0-0
The halftime talk encouraged players to pass wide and break up the press set by the opposition, subsequently a few chances at goal came our way through attacking shorts and very late on a cracking interception from Ellie Payne English gave us the opportunity to try an sneak a goal...
Special mention to Amy Everall for some fabulous saves, Dina Aldrich again for her timing into tackles, Molly Spears for her solid performance in the middle and Megan Pledger for her defensive play in the D. Final score 0-0 Player of the match?... I can’t decide it was a team effort they all deserve it!
13:00 Sat 18 Nov 17
Draw : 3-3
After their excellent winning performance against Norwich School the previous week, the U15A team were looking to continue their winning run against Gresham’s School. Over the years this had always been a very close affair and this match was to prove no different. With both teams trying to gain an early foothold in the game, it was WGS who took the lead with a well-crafted goal scored by Charlotte Mair. Both Isabella Pope and Charlotte Mair were instrumental in the team's performance, with Charlotte working extremely hard to break up the Gresham's attacks, and Isabella demonstrating her full repertoire of skills with excellent individual runs and passing. Lily Amps and Lydia Payne-English were leading the line well and it was this partnership that secured a second goal for the team, with Lydia scoring from close range.
Into the second half, and with Gresham's applying pressure further up the pitch it was a defensive mistake that gave them their first goal, before they gained a second from a fortuitous deflection off an attacker’s stick into the corner of the goal. Both teams continued to press for the next goal and after a series of penalty corners, it was WGS who gained the upper hand, with Lily Amps pouncing on a free ball after the goalkeeper had saved it from Isabella's shot. Back came Gresham's on the attack and after turning the ball over in midfield, overloaded the 'D' to grab their third goal to bring the game back level. This was to be the final action of the game, one that the WGS team felt got away from them, though they should take credit for never giving up.
Pope, Mair, Payne-English
14:00 Sat 18 Nov 17
Gresham's School Girls-U14B
Won : 4-0
WGS U13A vs Gresham's School U14B
We had spent the week preparing and looking forward to our second 11-a-side match, as this form of the game seems to suit us more. In training on Wednesday, we had played at pace and started to learn more about our positional roles and the tactics to use at long corners and hit outs. Therefore we were full of confidence as we arrived at Gresham's for our fixture, despite them being a year older than us.
We took the push back and immediately went on the attack, keeping possession of the ball and making some good sequences of passes, especially down the right-hand side. We were able to get into some dangerous positions around the opposition's 'D' but the defence was able to clear it out. However, we pressed high and our defence and midfield stopped the ball and sent us back into attack straight away and finally, this constant pressure lead to the first goal, taken very well by Alice Collie. After this, our spirits were lifted even further and it was clear that the team felt good to be in front. We were able to sustain our attacking pressure in the first half and had plenty of chances on goal, with a second being converted by Hermione Childs before halftime.
We were very pleased with this score but knew that in the second half we wanted to improve our performance even further; this meant keeping our structure and playing our own game. We needed to hold our positions, take shots on goal early and be ready for the rebounds off of their GK. With this in mind and confidence high, we set off at pace and were quickly putting pressure back on the opposition defence. We were able to attack down the left and right of the pitch, although we could have used the left side even more if we had pre-scanned before passing. This said, we took free hits quickly and effectively and kept possession, creating lots of chances at goal. Two more goals were scored by Elle Brutnall and Alice Collie and Elle nearly scored a fifth team goal, but unfortunately, it just grazed a WGS foot before going in!
When the final whistle went we were very pleased and proud of our performance and well deserved first win. It was truly a team effort, where everyone played their role. Hannah had a quiet match in our goal, but perhaps it was nice on this occasion to not be busy!
The opposition awarded Alana Pritchard player of the match, and I would say the whole team showed an amazing improvement in their hockey and understanding of how to play assertively. We look forward to our next match against Witham Hall on Wednesday.
Brutnall, Childs, Collie(2)
10:00 Sat 18 Nov 17
Bedford Girls' School
Won : 2-1
The U9A, B,and C teams enjoyed a morning’s hockey, welcoming Bedford Girls' School to Wisbech Grammar School. Playing in a five-team round robin festival, all the girls took to the field looking to put their training into practice, with a number of the girls playing their first competitive match. The U9A team worked hard throughout all of their three mini-games, gaining two wins and a draw, demonstrating some good individual and team play. The U9B team were unlucky to lose their first game against Bedford U9A's, though took a well-deserved win against their U9B team 2-0, finishing with a 1-0 win in their final game. With a number of the girls playing their first term of hockey, the U9C team gained valuable match experience, developing both their individual technical skills and tactical understanding.
Huge thanks to all the parents for their support, the players really appreciate it.
Miss Gomm / Mr Jarvis & Mrs Bradshaw