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Sports Round-Up 2/10/17

Sports Round-Up 2/10/17

 

Wisbech Grammar School Boys-U12A vs  Spalding Grammar School

On: Saturday, 30 Sep 2017

Venue: at Home

U12A 25 - 20 Spalding

 

On Saturday the U12A team won a hard fought game against a tough Spalding side. With both teams regularly trading scores in the first half the teams went in at half time with the score 10 - 10, both Wisbech scores from Alfie Hoyles.

In the second half, Wisbech Grammar increased the intensity of their offloading game and starting applying more pressure and line speed in defence. A missed tackle led to Spalding taking the lead for the first time, before scores from Freddie Allen and Alfie Hoyles, completing his hat-trick, put Wisbech ahead. A late surge from Spalding seemed to have tied the scores at 20-20, however, Freddie Allen scored his second try of the game with some individual magic, beating five defenders and scoring in the corner to put Wisbech Grammar into a 25-20 lead. Some stoic defence in the final five minutes held Spalding out and Wisbech Grammar U12s held on for their second win in four days.

 

Wisbech Grammar School Boys-U14A vs  Spalding Grammar School
On: Saturday, 30 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

It was clear from the early exchanges of this local derby that the team were well-motivated showing impressive levels of intensity and physicality. Spalding was not given time to settle and were put under pressure from the first minutes of the game. Strong defence, improved tackling and an impressive work rate allowed Wisbech to dominate field position throughout the first half. Strong carries from the forward pack and elusive running from the backs enabled the team to score with regularity throughout the half.

The half time team talk focused on maintaining the physicality, improving efficiency at the ruck, fine-tuning defensive positioning while aiming to execute the game plan with greater clarity. Spalding started the second half in a more determined manner, a storm that Wisbech weathered without sacrificing field position. Steadily the forwards enjoyed success with their carries resulting in front foot quick ball enabling several pleasing team tries in the final quarter of the match.

The squad should take a great deal of pride in a fine performance and well-deserved result. The aim should now be to reproduce the same intensity and physicality on a weekly basis while improving the detail of various parts of our game.

 

Wisbech Grammar School Boys-U12A vs  Oundle School
On: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

U12A 40 - 5 Oundle

Wisbech Grammar School U12s produced a dominant display as they beat Oundle School 40 - 5 away from home, with a brace of tries from Alfie Hoyles, Harley Burrows and Freddie Allen, alongside scores from Joe Bly and Lewis Wing.

An excellent display in the contact area, especially the accuracy of their rucking, allowed them to play with quick ball, meaning the backs had plenty of space to work within attack. Defensively the team worked hard, making their one on one tackles and pushing up effectively as a defensive line.

Congratulations to the whole squad on an excellent performance.

 

Wisbech Grammar School Boys-U10B vs  Laxton Junior School
On: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

U10 B Rugby v Laxton House Junior School

The boys eagerly awaited the start of the game and were ready to go from the first whistle. The Wisbech boys worked hard to stay in their defensive line and made good tackles during the game. The match was an end to end affair with both teams scoring concurrently for the first 10 minutes. With the score 5-5, Laxton scored three in a row, Wisbech replied and the score was 8 - 6 at half time, This pattern continued in the second half with the support play and offloading of the team improving. The final score was Laxton 14, Wisbech 12.

Well done to all of the boys on a great effort

 

Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U13A vs  Ratcliffe College
On: Saturday, 30 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

u13A v Ratcliffe

This was the first 11 a side match for the u13 team and they had enjoyed practising the full-sized version of the game in training. We had talked a lot about the strength of our passing and the need to push up to attack and get back to defend.

The first half was a very even game, with both teams producing attacking moves. We started to get the idea of distributing the ball to the wide areas of the pitch and moved onto the ball much quicker than in our previous game. We also marked more effectively in our D and the defenders cleared the ball wide. Very pleasing was how quickly we took hit-outs and free hits. This allowed us to start some quick attacking moves. However, one run from Ratcliffe into the D was not closed down quick enough and an excellent strike was slotted past our Gk.

At half time, we talked about the midfield pushing up to attack and stopping the ball being hit straight back through the pitch and the need to alternate the sides we attacked down.

From the pushback in the second half, we created a great piece of passing play down the left but couldn't quite finish it. However, we had the majority of possession and gained 2 short corners. After a saved shot on the first one, Ålana struck the second cleanly and the sound of the ball hitting the back of the goal was what we all wanted to hear. We continued working hard throughout the match and most impressively put sequences of passes together, being assertive when challenging for the ball and calm in defence. A well-deserved draw has given us a new confidence and love of the 11 a side game.

Well done team.

Mrs Goodier

 

Wisbech Grammar School Greyhounds vs  Ratcliffe College
On: Saturday, 30 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

Despite a depleted team, the girls started very strongly gaining 4 short corners within minutes of the pushback. Although not able to convert the girls lost communication and found themselves 0-1 down. However, high work rate and drive from the team led to a great cross from Ellie Payne English enabled Elize Jade Stephens Foster to score. 1-1 at half time. 2nd half was very competitive and the team worked hard but were not able to make the most of the opportunities given. Final score 1-1. Player of the match Ellie Payne English

Positive play girls, well done

 

 

 

Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U15A vs  Ratcliffe College
On: Saturday, 30 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

After a disappointing overall team performance last week against Oundle, the team had worked hard in training to improve both the pace of their ball movement, coupled with their individual movement into space to support the passer. Right from the start of the game the whole team demonstrated a want to win, creating some early chances. After a period of pressure, WGS took the lead through a well-worked goal from Lily Amps, followed quickly by a fine strike from Izzy Pope. In taking their foot off the gas, it allowed Ratcliffe to score their opener, which seemed to spur the WGS team back into action, creating more chances on goal, only to see the Ratcliffe keeper in fine form.

The second half produced much of the same, with the WGS team being spurred on by the supporters to score a further two goals, through Lydia Payne-English and Charlotte Mair. The team saw the game with ease, leaving the final score at 4-1 in favour of WGS.

A really positive performance and one that showed the whole team that they are more than capable of playing at a high fast paced level. Yes, there is stuff to work on, but this was a good performance that all in the squad should be pleased with.

Thanks to the parents for their support, it really does help.....

Mr Jarvis

 

Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U12B vs  Ratcliffe College
On: Saturday, 30 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

The U12B team enjoyed a well-supported win against Ratcliffe, with goals from Holly Lawrence and Jemima Mitchell. Apart from the win, the team should take huge credit for their individual and teamwork rate, which helped to both limit the number of clear-cut openings for the opposition, whilst helping WGS to create a good number of scoring opportunities,

Despite playing her first game in goal the Ratcliffe keeper was in fine form, helping preserve the score only to 2-1 in the end. In defence Phoenix Plowman-Blake & Isla Jeakings-Ayres put in an excellent performance, with some strong tackling and passing. In the midfield, Holly Lawrence, Amelia Goode and Eloise Suiter worked hard to support both the defence and forward line, with Jemima Mitchell (who stepped in at the last minute) proving to be a tenacious attacking player.

Well done to the team and thanks to the parents for their support.

Mr Jarvis

 

Wisbech Grammar School 1st XI vs  Ratcliffe College
On: Saturday, 30 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

There is no doubt that this was the strongest team we have faced this season. Ratcliffe College played the game at a high tempo with accurate passing. WGS struggled to retain possession at first and consequently finished the first half 0-4 down at half time.

The half time team talk focused on composure on the ball and accuracy of passing. I have to say the second half then produced the best 30 minutes of hockey by WGS that I have seen this season, with all the players performing well, with some high-quality moves.

WGS took the score to 4-1, with Hannah Lemmon cooly slotting the ball home after a well-worked move down the right-hand side. WGS were well on top at this stage and their second goal was scored by Liu Sim Lim, who had a super match.

WGS conceded two goals late in the game, where there was no doubt in my mind that the exertion of chasing the game in the first half started to take its toll.

The team should take a great deal of encouragement from this performance as they are starting to show good signs of improvement and realise their potential.

Player of the match was shared by Annie Bennett and Liu Sim Lim. Thank you to the many supporters that cheered the girls on.

 

Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U14A vs  Ratcliffe College
On: Saturday, 30 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

Wisbech Grammar School’s ‘Under 14s’ had an outstanding game against Ratcliffe College on Saturday.

The team played some exceptional hockey, demonstrating what we had been working on during the two weeks leading up to the fixture.

Sophie and Isabel were fantastic in defence trying a new style of play and adapting to new positions for the first time, they communicated with each other, pushed the team up to allow for more attacking play and began to transfer the ball from side to side to enable more possession. Their commitment to running back and making the final tackles was outstanding.

Eden, Lucy L and Hannah worked tirelessly either side of the full backs, allowing for the hit outs to be taken quickly and providing the width and overloads needed to attack from our own half. There marking and confidence to meet the ball was brilliant and Ratcliffe were given very few opportunities in the D.

Emily T’s confidence has grown considerably and on Saturday she was coming out of goal at speed to pressurise the opposition and effectively clear the ball out wide, resulting in an impressive clean sheet.

Tia, Imogen, Megan, Emily and Lucy P ensured the defence and the attack linked together effectively and all of them created goal scoreing chances as well as working hard in defence, ensuring players were marked and the full backs were supported.

Rhianna and Abby worked hard with their off ball movement to get into the right positions for quick attacking breaks, switching with each other and attacking at speed. Despite many exciting attacking opportunities, unfortunately the Ratcliffe goalkeeper prevented any goals being scored.

Rhianna was awarded player of the match, which was very well deserved.

A big thank you to all of the supporters, the atmosphere in the final quarter made for high moral and an exciting end to the game.

The team will face numerous opposition on Thursday at the U14 County tournament.

 

Wisbech Grammar School 1st XI vs  U18 County Tournament
On: Thursday, 28 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

Tournament play is always difficult to master as the games are invariably short, with the first goal usually being crucial.

WGS played four, 15-minute games in their group, with the top two schools qualifying for the semifinals.

The first game against Stephen Perse School was a close encounter where both teams had chances but unfortunately Stephen Perse scored in the last play of the match to win 1-0.

The second game finished 1-1 against Saffron Walden with Isabella Pope scoring the first goal with an excellent flick over the advancing keeper's head from the top of the D, but WGS were unable to see the game out and Saffron Walden scored late in the match.

The next was against a strong Perse School where WGS started the game strongly, creating a couple of good scoring opportunities, but Perse eventually ran out 2-0 victors.

The last game against St. Mary's saw our best performance of the day, with Isabella Pope scoring once more to secure the WGS Player of Tournament award on her 1st Team debut.

In truth, the girls were rightly disappointed not to qualify for the semi-finals, as there was no doubt that the effort and determination were there, but we have to pass the ball with greater speed and precision if we are to realise the full potential of this team. We will work on this, and general game awareness, in our training sessions.

 

Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U11A vs  King's Ely
On: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

After securing a double win at home last week, the U11A squad went on their travels to Kings Ely in confident mood. After watching the U11B team secure a well deserved 3-1 win, the U11A team took to the field. In what proved to be a very well contested and tight affair both teams struggled to convert any chances until the last 2minutes of the half when Kings Ely took the lead through a well-worked penalty corner. WGS struck straight back through Jemima Mitchell who should excellent perseverance to hold off 3 defenders to score.

The second half was much of the same, with neither side being able to create a clear-cut opening, as both defensive units worked hard to repel any attacks. In a repeat of the 1st half, Kings Ely took the lead in the final 3 minutes, only for Wisbech to go down the pitch and score through Jemima Mitchell again. The final whistle sounded with all the players congratulating each other in what was a very tight and well-contested game. The WGS team should be proud of their performances so far all of which should stand them in good stead for the challenges to come.

Mr Jarvis

 

Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U11B vs  King's Ely
On: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

The U11B team took to the field for their first game of the term away at Kings Ely. In what proved to be a very open game, both teams worked hard to spread the ball wide, helping to create gaps in the opposition's defence. Despite their best efforts, neither side was able to find the back of the net for the majority of the half, with Tiana Muzuva & Emily Wring putting in some crucial tackles in defence and Florence Chrapko making some good saves. A last minute lapse in concentration enabled Kings Ely to score with 30seconds to go, leaving them 1 goal to the good as we went into half-time.

At half-time the players noted that they needed to move the ball wider, to create space down the wings, which proved to be an inspiring observation. Right from the off the WGS team calmly worked the ball wide with both Chloe Davis & Lillia Rustem (playing in her first game for WGS) displaying some excellent passing skills. Both Grace Huggins and Mia-Rose Lee made some excellent supporting runs, before playing the ball in the 'D' for Emilia Chrapko to score. They were up and running and quickly followed this up with a second goal through Mia-Rose Lee, before sealing the win with a second goal from Emilia.

A really good positive performance for the team. Thanks to Mrs Bradshaw for her support and umpiring.

Mr Jarvis

 

Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U13A vs  King's Ely
On: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

U13A vs King's Ely

The team had trained hard since their first match at the start of the season and wanted to put their attacking and defensive skills into action. However, we knew this would be a tough test as last year, we were defeated by the same team.

With captain Hermione out injured, the tactics were to defend really well for the first 5 minutes, so that we could see how the other team played. They were clearly strong and were able to send the ball at pace. We did have some good passing sequences but didn't meet the ball, so lost out on 50-50 balls. King's managed to score a number of goals in the first half and we knew exactly why this was; we needed to mark players in the D more closely and one person needed to go to the ball to make a tackle. Our GK made some excellent saves, however, when the ball was crossed from the right and deflected in at the left-hand post, she couldn't be in two places at once.

The second half was more positive and our attackers had several one-on-one chances against their GK, but unfortunately, we couldn't score. We also picked up two injuries in this half, which meant the rest of the team had to work really hard. We defended more assertively but still needed to take free hits and hit-outs more quickly.

This weekend we look forward to playing our first 11 a side match against Ratcliffe.

Mrs Goodier

 

Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U12B vs  King's Ely
On: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

U12B vs King's Ely

This was only the second match many of these players had played for WGS and they had trained hard as a team to improve their skills and understanding of the game. From the first whistle, they worked hard and got stuck into tackles. We needed to keep wider on the pitch and send the ball harder, trying to take it around the defender rather than hitting it straight at them. In defence, we generally cleared the ball wide and our GK showed fast reactions with some good saves. However, occasionally we forgot to mark attackers in our D and with too many people in the way, didn't send the ball far enough out to safety.

Throughout the match, we showed great effort and teamwork and worked hard to put coaching points into action. Pheonix was voted player of the match by the opposing team.

Mrs Goodier

 

Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U12A vs  King's Ely
On: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

The under 12's played a superb game today! An improvement again on the first fixture they had at the start of the season.

Wisbech started the better and had the most of the early possession. The girls played some nice short passes and got stuck in contesting for the ball. Ely slowly grew better the more the first half progressed and consequently scored the first goal of the game. This didn't alter the way the girls played. The team had their own individual as well as team focus and were capable of playing the more impressive hockey. Through their hard work, the under 12's managed to equalise and bring the scores back level; which remained the same through to half time.

The second half became more of an end to end affair. Wisbech won the only short corners of the half, and Ely running the ball at our defence. The girls all understood their responsibilities in regards to defending which was enforced right from the front. The midfield making what tackles they could, and the defence clearing up what came near them. The second half remained goalless and thus the game finished as a 1-1 draw.

The standard the girls played at was phenomenal. Every one of them played their part today, and I hope that they enjoyed the game as much as how impressive it was to watch. Now the under 12's have set the standard they now know what they are capable of. Well done girls!

 

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