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Sports round-up 25-9-17

Sports round-up 25-9-17

Hockey Matches

Wisbech Grammar School 1st XI vs  Oundle School
On: Saturday, 23 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

This was always going to be a challenging fixture, made even more so by player unavailability due to illness. In the first half, WGS struggled to get hold of the game, with Oundle well on top, taking a deserved 2-0 lead into half time. This could have been worse, but for a string of excellent saves by GK Ella Beckett.

The second half was much more even and it was pleasing to see Molly Sears and Ophelia Griffiths making good debuts for the First Team. Annie Bennett played a great game, despite having a painful back. All the players worked tirelessly, with Captain Eden Cooper marshalling the troops well. Senior player, Hetty Beckett was in outstanding form, defending well, coupled with excellent vision and distribution.

Despite a couple of good chances, WGS were unable to score and Oundle scored with the final play of the match to finish 4-0 victors. 'Player of the match' were the Beckett Girls, Hetty and Ella.

Thanks to all the supporters and to Oundle for hosting the match. Next up is the County Championships on Thursday at Cambridge.


Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U15A vs  Oundle School
On: Saturday, 23 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

In developing a fixture list that offers both challenging and competitive games, this fixture against an Oundle U16B fell into the challenging column. Whilst there are match reports which comment 'it was a game of two halves', this match was effectively a game of 'never say never' for the WGS side.

Playing a four quarters match, WGS started well, scoring a goal within the first minute. Oundle equalised soon after, then took the lead after a series of missed tackles allowed the centre-half to set up their centre-forward to score. First quarter done. Despite their efforts, the WGS struggled throughout the 2nd & 3rd quarters to gain a foothold in the game, with Oundle scoring a further two goals. WGS did manage to score a second goal in the last minute of the quarter, leaving the game at 4-2 in favour of Oundle as the teams entered the last quarter.

The theme continued with WGS chasing the game. Into the last 3 minutes and with the game getting stretched, WGS managed to score their third goal, closely followed by a fourth. A final attack with 15 seconds to go, saw WGS awarded a penalty corner, the result of which was Lily Amps sneaking the ball in at the far post, leaving the game 5-4 in favour of WGS.

Not a pretty game, but one that hopefully the squad will have learnt from in terms of having to work hard when they don't have the ball, soaking up the pressure. Credit to them though for never giving up.


Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U9A vs  Stamford Junior School Festival
On: Saturday, 23 Sep 2017
Venue: Away


Seventeen excited U9s travelled to Stamford and St Hugh’s last week. The A team beat Stamford Junior School 2-0 and the B team beat St Hugh’s 9-3. In their four matches, fifteen goals were scored by Wisbech Grammar School pupils, with Lucy Brett being the top goal scorer for the A team (3 goals). Libby Hoyles (Cpt), Francesca Pittman, Mia Lesniak, Maryam Ali, Molly Jamieson and Jessica Tucker, also found the backboard. For ­­­seven ­of the girls, it was the first time that they had played for the school. It really has been a fantastic start to the new hockey season with huge progress being made in just a few weeks. Huge congratulations to all of the girls involved.

Stamford - A team

An exceptional performance with every member of the team putting in maximum effort. Rebekah Clough was outstanding in defence with a clean sheet for the first game of the season. Erin Brook and Francesca Pittman worked tirelessly in defence, running towards the attackers to make clean tackles, clearing the ball out wide and working together effectively. Libby Hoyles captained the side with exemplary work rate and created numerous goal-scoring opportunities, converting one of these to secure the win. Lucy Brett and Maryam Ali had lots of shots, ensuring the Stamford keeper was kept very busy. Anna Fairbrother, Molly Jamieson and Mia Lesniak all played their first game for the A team and should be very proud of their efforts and contribution, they showed a huge amount of potential and with more confidence, will be strong A team players. Well done everyone.

Stamford - B Team

The U9b team were excited to play their second fixture of the hockey season. Their understanding of the rules and positioning is starting to show, with excellent defending preventing Stamford from scoring until late in the first quarter. In the second half of the game, we had a great goal scored by Mia bringing the score to 1-3. The team were much tighter in defence preventing Stamford from scoring at all until near the final whistle. The whole team made great tackles and show a lot of promise when attacking. Final score 1-4 to Stamford. Well done girls.


Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U9B vs  St Hugh's School
On: Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

The U9 B team started their season with a fantastic 9-3 win against St. Hughes. The team was full of enthusiasm and made great tackles, clearing the ball out wide and attacking the D with determination and great success. Maryam, Mia, Molly and Jessica all scored on their debut for the U9's. A brilliant performance by all nine of the girls.


Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U11A vs  St Hugh's School
On: Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

After the team’s exploits over at the Laxton tournament, where they managed to gain a place in the semi-finals, the team welcomed St Hugh's to WGS, full of confidence, after working hard in training to hone their skills and game understanding. The team, ably led by Emma Markillie took the game to St High's from the start, producing a number of early chances, with Jemima Mitchell and Gabriella Aistrup Mancera both hitting to the post. Despite the team creating more opportunities the St Hugh's goal stayed intact.

'More of the same' was the call from Mr Jarvis at half-time and so confident that they could create more chances the team continued to work the ball around the pitch, from which a quick pass off a free hit, enabled Jemima to score the first goal - well deserved for all the hard work. A second goal was hard to come by, as the team started to tire, but a last concerted effort in the last five minutes saw Emma pounce on a rebound from the keeper to score the team's second goal.

Credit must go to the whole team for their performance today, both individual and team play.


Wisbech Grammar School Girls-U11A vs  Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall
On: Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

Having just finished their fixture against St Hugh's, the U11A team were presented with the opportunity to play another game, as Langley Prep School had turned up for a fixture. Despite this unplanned visit, the team rose to the challenge of an extra game, with only a five-minute break between them.

Both sides were playing some very open hockey, with WGS continuing to play some excellent expansive hockey, creating some early changes. The defensive partnership of Annabel Gee & Delany Jeyakumar managed to repel any Langley attacks, with Olexandra Klibanecz clearing up any remaining shots on goal. Over the past week, we have been working hard to improve our marking, for which it was pleasing to see that put into practice during the match. The midfield trio of Lillian Ley, Gabriella Aistrup Mancera & Lydia Dawson were working hard to both support the attack, whilst running back to assist the defence in clearing the ball.

The first half ended 0-0, though as with the first game against St Hugh's the team knew the chances would come. And they did in the last 6mins of the game, with Jemima Mitchell, linking well with Emma Markillie off a penalty corner to score the first goal. A second quickly followed, again from Jemima, leaving the team gaining another well-deserved 2-0 win.

Thanks to all the parents for their support and well done to the team for two fantastic wins.


Rugby Matches

Wisbech Grammar School Boys-U15A vs  King's Ely
On: Saturday, 23 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

Following two difficult matches, we knew we had to improve going into the match against King's Ely. The forwards showed their early dominance which lead to an opening try for Jack Reed in the corner. King's Ely replied quickly with a try of their own, resulting from our own mistakes in defence. After an even first half, the match was in the balance going into half time. King's Ely started the second half strong, taking their chances and going into a three-try lead. The boys showed determination to fight back, with some strong carries from Jack Robb, Harry Fox and Neo. After two well-taken tries, we were unlucky not to draw level with the last play of the game. The score finished 29-22 in favour of King's Ely, but the boys should be proud of their much-improved performance.


Wisbech Grammar School 1st XV vs  King's Ely
On: Saturday, 23 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

The 1st XV produced an outstanding performance against local rivals King's Ely, recording a 59-10 win away from home.

An early score from Jack Trundley, collecting his own kick through to score under the posts, set the tone for a dominant attacking performance. With a high-tempo attack and plenty of accurate support play, Wisbech Grammar stretched the hosts regularly. Scores from Oliver Mann and George Lemon helped increase the lead to 19-0 before arguably the try of the season so far was scored. Harry Dyne and Bradley Hutler secured a turnover on their own try line and thirty seconds later, after the ball moved between no less than ten WGS players, Will Gowler opened his 1st XV try-scoring account under the posts. An outstanding team try from 100m out.

The second half saw a raft of changes, with younger players making their debuts. Morgan Smith particularly impressing in the second row with his offloading game. Captain Oliver Mann scored three more tries to finish with a 34 point haul in the game, with Arran Shipley also getting on the score sheet. With twenty minutes to go the 1st XV brought on a number of younger players, and despite conceding two tries they had the final saw as Henry Mair put Jack Trundley into space on his own 22 and he ran 80 meters to finish the game as he started, with another try.

The final score was 59-10 and the 1st XV now prepare for a tough away trip to Cardinal Vaughan in two weeks time, before two flood-lit games before half term.

Tries: Mann (4), Trundley (2), Shipley, Lemon, Gowler

Conversions: Mann (7)


Wisbech Grammar School Boys-U10A vs  St Hugh's School
On: Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

The U10s started slowly and conceded three quick tries. Edward Newman pulled a try back just before full-time. We started the second half very positively and our tackling became more efficient. We managed to score a further two tries through Harry Gee and Louis Stephens-Foster. The team finished with a late flurry of great attacking play and were unlucky not to have scored a further try.

Wisbech Grammar School Boys-U9A vs  St Hugh's School
On: Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

The U9's campaign got off to a terrific start against St. Hugh's. Jacob Philpot scored an early try, followed quickly by a strong run from Kai Peggs resulting in a second try within two minutes.

St. Hugh's replied but WGS then scored 2 quick tries by Michael Scott and Oliver Beck. St. Hugh's made it 4-2 before Henry Peukert scored an excellent try in the corner to make the score 5-2 at half time. Six more tries were scored in the second half by Henry Peukert, Kai Peggy (3), Oliver Beck and Jacob Philpot. St. Hugh's also scored 3 good tries to make the score 12-6 to WGS at the final whistle.

The WGS U9's played the game at pace with every player making good tackles. Jacques Porter and Sohan Ugni worked tirelessly in the centre of the park. The boys demonstrated some good handling skills and well-timed offloads.

This was an exciting performance which bodes well for the future. Well done boys. Thank you to the many supporters and to St. Hugh's who played the match in good spirit.


Wisbech Grammar School Boys-U15A vs  Wellingborough School
On: Saturday, 16 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

In team discussions this week we asked the boys for three things that they wanted to improve in today's match, they chose tackling, spreading out effectively in defence and starting the game better. In terms of that criteria, we saw some definite improvement against a skilful and well-organised Wellingborough.

The boys spent the first five minutes in enemy territory and looked like they might break through, unfortunately, Wellingborough made the most of some crucial penalties that they were awarded and caught WGS napping. This was further exacerbated by a couple of tactical decisions going against us, that ultimately returned the ball to the opposition.

Much like last week there was a resurgence, this week in the shape of Jack Robb and a quick tap and go from a penalty that led to him scything through the defence and in for the score. This did lead to a lift in the boys moral and some excellent breaks from the likes of Maciej Wisniewski, Jack and Joe Reed and Will Gilbert. Jamie Salas Brown impressed in his stint at Full back whilst Josh Porter and Jacob Mann showed huge potential at scrum-half and fly-half respectively.

Next week the boys need to work on their concentration and decision making and look to put together some longer stints of possession. This will ultimately lead to the turning of the tide on the score sheet. This week the boys were, as ever, excellent ambassadors for the School.


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