Sports Report: 3rd October 2017
Last week our 1st Team played in the Worcestershire County Tournament and played enthusiastically and positively throughout. Anna Hale, Charlotte Harmer and Jess Morris were awarded players of the match. Anna made some fantastic saves throughout all matches and Charlotte dominated the middle with some great stick skills! Jess also continuously provided a passing option and was always moving for the ball. The team demonstrated 100% commitment and determination - even when we were goals down.
We drew 1-1 to RGS, equalising in the second half, dominating the second half and creating some excellent goal scoring opportunities.
We were most effective when: we passed around players efficiently; used the width of the pitch and made some high leads into space for the ball.
This gave us lots of positives to take forward to our next fixtures!
Year 7 were also busy at a tournament at The Chase and played 6 matches against teams from The Chase and Hanley Castle High School.
The girls drew two games and won 4 games and scored a total of 8 goals throughout the tournament, scored by Olivia Key, Myrtle Probert and Rose Taylor. Isabella Michael was awarded player of the tournament for her consistent and strong defending.
The Year 7s finished 1st overall in the festival! Congratulations Year 7!
Year 8 also played incredibly well at the same event. The Chase had entered their boys U13 team as well as their girls which was a shock! However, our girls handled this challenge with nothing but determination and only lost 2-1 to the boys’ team in a close battle, before going on to win and draw the next games with goals from Grace Nolan, Betsy Richards and Fikayo Ajayi. The final was played between MSJ and The Chase boys team. The game ended in a 0-0 draw and had to be decided by penalty shuffles. Our girls excelled at these and won 2-1. Our goalkeeper Nia Grainger was awarded player of the tournament as her performance in these penalties was absolutely exceptional, especially considering she had never done these before!
The girls played fantastically well to win this competition overall.
Well done to all the girls!
Last Tuesday, the Year 8’s played 2 matches against Cheltenham Ladies' College winning 1 and narrowly losing the 2nd game. The team were particularly strong in defense and moved the ball well down the pitch resulting in some great goals. Player of the match was awarded to Nia Grainger for her excellent saves as goalie and Grace Nolan for her great work both in defence and attack. The U15’s then played against Cheltenham Ladies on Thursday and, despite missing a few players due to a Drama Trip, the team showed good teamwork and determination and worked well as a unit, putting CLC under pressure and moving well in the attack despite missing a few scoring opportunities. Player of the match was awarded to Molly McGrath for her great work in goal. Coaches’ player was awarded to Katie Guthrie and Elise Frostman-Clarke for their work in the defence and transition of the ball to attack.
Also during Tuesday afternoon, the Year 7 Lacrosse team travelled to play two matches against Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Both matches were fiercely fought to the final whistle, but unfortunately Cheltenham Ladies were able to get a couple of last minute goals to steal both matches. Players of the match go to Daniella Pomeroy, Romilly Hatcher-Wilkins and Rose Taylor for their fantastic attacking and goal scoring ability.
The 1st Team played Malvern College and unfortunately lost 21-25. After a slow and disappointing first quarter, a new MSJ first team began to work together well creating good links between defence and attack and applying pressure in defence. This caused errors in Malvern College’s game and MSJ convincingly won the final two quarters. Unfortunately, it was too late to recoup the deficit from the first half. Kiera Johnstone was player of the match, for her excellent shooting and turnovers.
Last Tuesday, Year 11 attended the U16 Midlands ISA tournament. They came second overall out of the 14 schools that were involved. They won all their matches very comfortably but unfortunately lost the final 5-7 (to a school they had already beaten earlier that day). The girls played excellently as a team throughout. Chloe Davey and Sophie Flanagan were players of the tournament showing fantastic defensive play turning over lots of possession resulting in goals.
Two days later, the same team participated in the U16 Malvern District tournament at Malvern College. They won their first 2 games comfortably against Hanley Castle and Pershore and then faced Malvern College in a very competitive game. The score was extremely close throughout and culminated in a 7 – 7 draw at the final whistle, meaning both teams were equal on points with one game to go. The final match against The Chase was vital and very frenetic with our girls desperately trying to score as many goals as possible in the 14 minutes available to enhance their chances if the final, overall result came down to goal difference. They won 17 – 0.
After some very careful calculations and recalculations MSJ were eventually given the news that they had won with a one goal, goal difference 36 – 35 and will now go on tp represent Malvern District at the County tournament later on this season. Congratulations to all the girls. Player of the tournament was Kiera Johnstone for her excellent movement and commitment throughout.
MSJ had great success on the exeat weekend on both Saturday and Sunday!
They had Dressage on the Saturday at Kings Equestrian, and qualified for Addington National Schools Championships in half term. The team consisted of Eve, Jess, Vivi, Zara, Hattie, and Tiggy. A special mention must go to Eve, Vivi and Jess who were all placed individually in their qualifying sections.
On the same day the grassroots show jumping took place at Rectory Farm where Natacha Blankenship won her style class.
The following day, Vivi, Jess, Hattie, Tiggy, Harriet, Izzy and Ibble were Show Jumping at Rectory Farm in the bigger classes. Ibble, Jess, and Izzy won their class and so also qualified for Addington National Schools Championships and won a trophy! A special mention for Ibble who was placed individually too!
Words by Karen Bevan
Head of Sport