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Sports Round-up 6-11-17

Sports Round-up 6-11-17

Rugby

 

Sat 4 Nov

 

The 1st XV beat Ratcliffe College in wet and windy conditions to kick-start their second half of term. The 15-12 home victory was born out of Wisbech Grammar Schools ambition to play ball in hand rugby, despite the torrid conditions, trusting their own skill set and decision making - Frazer Brown being particularly impressive at fly-half. This meant that they created a number of scoring opportunities, regularly breaking the line but not being able to turn the pressure into points for the opening period of the game. Eventually, the pressure told and off a quick tap penalty George Lemon powered over in the left-hand corner to put the 1st XV ahead. More pressure then led to a penalty just five minutes later, kicked by Oliver Mann, to extend the lead to 8-0. As half-time approached some ambitious offloading and good support lines meant Bradley Hutler ran in under the posts, converted by Oliver Mann, to take the 1st XV 15-0 up, a deserved half-time lead that may have even been bigger.

In the second half, Wisbech Grammar was playing into a wind that had picked up as the game went on. Some controlled play allowed them to work their way up the field regularly, but without any points rewards. Ratcliffe reverted to a forwards orientated game, scoring a catch and drive penalty with 10 minutes to go. They then scored a second try through their forwards to take the score to 15-12 with only five minutes remaining of the game. However, some clever kicking from Oliver Mann and exceptional work rate from the forwards meant the 1st XV pinned Ratcliffe back. A penalty won by Henry Mair allowed the game to finish and the 1st XV recorded a very well deserved victory.

 
Tries:
George Lemon, Bradley Hutler
 
Conversions:
Oliver Mann (1)
 
Penalties:
Oliver Mann (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Hockey

14:30 Wed 18 Oct 17
Girls-U13A
Home
Gresham's Preparatory School
Lost: 2-5

 

Gresham's got off to a fast start, putting WGS on the back foot. There was a succession of short corners that were well defended by the girls. Unfortunately, during one of these, Alana Pritchard suffered a nasty finger injury and was subsequently a huge loss to the team as she was playing really well. We hope she has a speedy recovery.

Despite Hannah Murphy making a string of good saves and Octavia Kerman-Staley and Sharon Muhia both being resolute in defence, WGS still trailed by four goals at half time.

The girls had worked hard to improve the pace of their play at training in the week, so it was encouraging to see WGS get off to a flying start in the second half, with slick moves involving Hermione Childs, Alice Collie and Natasha Harris resulting in two goals being expertly converted by Kirsten Barker.

Gresham's replied with a late goal to win the match by five goals to two. This, however, was a super performance by a rapidly improving team. Well done girls.


Goals:
Barker(2)

 
15:20 Wed 18 Oct 17
Girls-U13B
Home
Gresham's Preparatory School
Lost : 0-3

 

The first half was evenly contested, with both sides playing good hockey but in truth, too many passes were played through the middle and intercepted, whereas moving the ball out wider would have been more productive.

Gresham's scored two goals to lead at half time. In the second half, WGS was more fluid and the ball speed and accuracy of passes had greatly improved; producing more opportunities to score. There was good movement up front from Elle Brutnall who was unlucky not to score. Charlie Kirby played well in goal and was well supported by Madelin Brown-Ciara and Josie Suiter. The midfield of Jessica Jamieson, Olivia Leader, Eloise Suiter, Abigail Tucker and Keira Wilde all worked tirelessly for the team.

Gresham's scored later on to make the final score 3-0, but the girls have a lot to be proud of and I was delighted by their performance and the level of hockey they are now achieving.

Thank you to all the supporters and to Gresham's for playing the game in such good spirits.

 

 
14:30 Wed 18 Oct 17
Girls-U12A
Home
Gresham's Preparatory School
Draw: 1-1

 

The 12A's prepared themselves for what was going to be a tough game against Gresham’s.

The home side won the toss and decided to have push back first. Neither team created any clear-cut chances in the first half as both teams tackled hard and defended their own D's well. The closest of the opportunities on goal was at a Wisbech short corner. The routine was executed to plan but unfortunately, the deflection was missed by the narrowest of margins and the ball carried on straight, shaving the edge of the post.

The second half saw even more action for the post, as Wisbech struck it twice! The first of these chances was a hit at the top of the D; and the second clipped the keeper's toes and rebounded off the post again. The home side finally managed to break through with a great run down the right-hand side, with at last a bit of luck, the ball trickled over the line from a mistake of the keeper.

Wisbech looked to gain on their advantage and created even more chances on goal. However, a miscommunication in marking meant a Gresham's player was left unmarked in the D who capitalised upon a rebound, from the initial save. Wisbech tried to regain their lead but the game drew to a close with the final score at 1-1.

A game that could have been won, but once again another tremendous result for the team!

 

 
11:45 Sat 04 Nov 17
1st XI
Home
Kimbolton School
Draw: 1-1

 

The game started in poor weather conditions making fluid, attacking hockey very difficult. Both teams gave their all in the first half, but in truth, both defences were well on top and few chances to score were created by either side.

The second half, in general, was more of the same, but there were some pleasing moments from both sides. Kimbolton took the lead but WGS had saved their best move of the match, involving four players, with an excellent pass from Lucy Lim setting Charlotte Brett goalbound. She was tackled in the 23m area resulting in a short corner. Lucy Lim injected well to Isabella Oldershaw-Ellis who hit an unstoppable thunderbolt into the bottom left-hand corner.

This was a real team effort with everyone contributing. Matilda Suiter had a great game in left and right midfield but was pipped at the post for player of the match by Annie Bennett.

Many thanks to the girls and all the supporters for enduring the adverse weather.


Goals:
Isabella Oldershaw-Ellis
 
 
10:30 Sat 04 Nov 17
Greyhounds
Home
Kimbolton School
Draw: 2-2

 

Greyhounds started the match well, playing attacking hockey, with good movement off the ball, especially from Eliza Smith. Considering the game was played in driving rain, the standard of passing was generally excellent. WGS took the lead with a flowing move, involving four passes, finishing with a fine shot from Eleanor Papworth into the bottom left-hand corner.

WGS quickly added a second goal with a good pass from Eleanor Payne-English into the D which was expertly converted by Cloudia Edinburgh to make the score 2-0 at half time.

The second half started with Kimbolton in the ascendency, but Dina Aldrich marshalled the defence well. Kimbolton scored midway through the second half and there were then many chances for both sides to score, with goalkeeper Amy Everall making some good saves. Unfortunately for WGS, Kimbolton scored with the last strike of the match to draw 2-2.

This was a fantastic effort from the girls. Arina Kokina and Claudia Naylor defended stoically. Molly Sears and Eve McInerney showed good composure on the ball. Ophelia Griffiths, Megan Pledger and Harriett Munson showed good athleticism on and off the ball.

Thank you to both teams for keeping their valiant supporters so well entertained in horrible weather conditions. Player of the match was Dina Aldrich.


Goals:
Claudia Edinburgh, Eleanor Papworth

 
10:30 Sat 04 Nov 17
Girls-U15A
Away
Kimbolton School
Draw: 3-3

 

With the heavy rain passing over, the WGS side took to the pitch against Kimbolton hoping to get off to a good start. They wanted a fast start and this is what they got, scoring in the first 2mins through Lily Amps. The team have struggled to maintain their mental focus throughout some of the matches this term and this was no different, with them finding themselves 3-1 down at half-time. A change in formation for the second half seemed to allow the team to create more chances, with the Kimbolton defence standing strong. A goal from Charlotte Mair gave hope to the team, which was quickly followed by Izzy Pope scoring an equalising goal from a penalty corner, which proved to be the final action of the match.

This was a 'get out of jail' performance in which the team really struggled to find their rhythm. Fortunately, it was not a loss, so there were some positives.

Mr Jarvis

 
11:45 Sat 04 Nov 17
Girls-U12A
Away
Kimbolton School
Lost: 0-4

 

Today the under 12A’s played away against Kimbolton; their first fixture back from half term.

The game started and within the first two minutes, Wisbech was unfortunately 2-0 down. The girls looked to keep hold of the ball to help settle their nerves and to try to steady the situation. Wisbech began to grow into the game and was having more possession, however, the other 2 goals from the game came from well struck short corners towards the post during the first half.

During our team talk, we agreed that as a team we needed to throw our nerves aside and get more stuck in and put up more of a challenge for the ball. The girls introduced more strength to their game second half: passing harder and tackling firmer. This half was more of an even contest that remained goalless but sadly the damage had already been done.

The 4-0 scoreline, unfortunately, doesn’t suggest how even this match could have been, but still is a learning opportunity for the girls to witness clinical finishing and also to experience the efforts required in order to compete like they know they can.


 

 
11:45 Sat 04 Nov 17
Girls-U11A
Away
Kimbolton School Girls-U12C
Won: 9-2

 

Having trained well during the week the WGS team were well prepared for the match. They started extremely well taking the game to the opposition, pressing their players well from all angles, limiting their options. Gabriella Aistrup Mancera opened the scoring, in a match that saw her score a hattrick. This was followed by a goal from Jemima Mitchell, who also scored a hattrick. Lilian Ley chipped in with two goals, with Emma Markillie capping a fine performance with a well-deserved goal.

An excellent performance from the whole team. Thanks to all the parental support this term.

Mr Jarvis

 

Netball

 

12:45 Wed 18 Oct 17
1st VII
Neutral
County Tournament

 

U19 County Tournament

This was the first outing for the Wisbech Grammar School 1st team squad this season, following only 3 weeks of training. It was a completely new combination of players and we were excited to put our skills and teamwork to the test in what we knew would be an enjoyable but difficult afternoon of netball. Not only this but the weather forecast was not promising and we prepared ourselves to play in the wet conditions. After training outside on our new courts, this had helped us get used to playing outside and in the wind and rain.

We had 5 games in our pool and we faced last years winners, Hills Road in the fourth game.

Up first was Kings Ely, who we made a very good start against. We played some free-flowing netball and made good connections across the court, especially in attack. We were up by 3 goals in the first half but a few errors crept in and at half time the score was 5-5. We, unfortunately, didn’t settle into the second half and some indecisiveness meant we lost this match. The second game was against The Leys School. We again started well and some very good feeds and space holding in our D meant we could get the ball in and score quite easily. We also defended extremely effectively, contesting for the ball and winning interceptions and rebounds. We won this game 6-3, a very pleasing result against a good side. It was then that the weather worsened and normal netball became almost impossible! Play was abandoned for a while but with the rain not abating, we played on regardless. We beat Netherhall convincingly, which gave us confidence going into our hardest 2 matches against Hills Road and Long Road. However, we let the reputation of the opposition get the psychological edge over us and we found it difficult to play a positive attacking game. Too many mistakes and turnovers of possession saw us lose both these matches.

Despite the pouring rain, the team had an enjoyable and positive afternoon. We played some promising netball and it highlighted the areas we need to work on for the upcoming season. We would like to thank Mrs Walton for her support and enthusiasm as always.


 

 

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