Sport (149)

Friday, 20 October 2017 12:31

Akeley Wood School U8 Tag Rugby Festival

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On Wednesday 18th October The Grove U8 boys participated in an annual Tag Rugby festival held at Akeley Wood School. Every year it is always great fun and a great experience for the kids. This was only the second time the boys had played a fixture/fixtures together. Following on from their previous win over Quinton House their confidence was high and they couldn’t wait to get involved once more.

The festival consisted of 5 teams including The Grove, all playing each other once and the overall results based on tries scored and matches won, lost or drawn. Out of the 4 matches played, The Grove won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. Unfortunately, the loss and the draw were incredibly close matches and even though the result did not quite go exactly as the boys would want, it meant that overall they finished the afternoon in 2nd place!!

To achieve such a feat with such a small amount of experience is absolutely fantastic and each and every one of them should be so proud of themselves. The parents who came to watch and support the boys were just as an important factor to the day as they provided constant encouragement when the boys needed it most, and for this I thank you all.

Every single one of the Year 3 boys participated in each of the matches and every single one of them played a vital part in the team’s success on the day. This is a big step in their overall development and character which is priceless and can only get better. Although more tries were scored by different people, not 1 child stood out amongst the rest, the boys worked together as a team, showed encouragement to each other and helped each other out with every aspect of the afternoon.

We look forward to the next fixture and are positive that the boys can continue to improve on their fantastic performances.

Thank you

Mr Thompson

Game 1:

Akeley Wood School 'A': 8
The Grove: 6
O. Whittam (2), M. Malanda, G. Alvarez-Custodio, S. Okesola, T. Coles
Man of the Match: Toby Coles

Game 2:

The Grove: 6
T. Coles (3), O. Whittam (2), S. Okesola
Swanbourne House 'B': 2
Man of the Match: Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio

Game 3:

The Grove: 2
T. Coles, G. Alvarez-Custodio
Swanbourne House 'A': 2
Man of the Match: Kyle Dissanayake

Game 4:

The Grove: 7
O. Whittam (4), T. Coles, S. Okesola, G Alvarez-Custodio
Akeley Wood School 'B': 2
Man of the Match: Oliver Whittam

Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:51

The Grove U11 Rugby Festival

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With excitement and anticipation from players, staff and parents alike our annual rugby festival was upon us again. We welcomed Akeley Wood, Bedford Modern and Quinton House to our pitches for what was to be a fantastic afternoon of rugby.

With each team playing each other once there were plenty of opportunities for everyone to show off their skills. The top two teams would then play again in a final, that was everyone’s aim.

The Grove started against Quinton House and went behind early, but fought back with tries from Giannis Rigas and Elijah Martey. The game was end to end with the points there for the taking but unfortunately The Grove came up two tries short and fell to defeat, although it was a promising start.

Next up were last year’s victors, Bedford Modern who put on a defensive masterclass, hardly missing a tackle. The Grove’s defence improved in this game but eventually was broken down from a determined opposition. We couldn’t find a way through at the other end and failed to score, not trough lack of trying though!

Finally, we met Akeley Wood, who had won their previous two matches with ease, making the matches look very easy whilst doing so. Akeley started the match well and full of attacking intent and ran in many tries, rucking quickly and shipping the ball wide at good pace. Elijah Martey had a moment of magic, jinking his way through the defence to score the only try Akeley Wood conceded in the whole group stage but that wasn’t enough to force a comeback.

Akeley Wood and Bedford Modern met in the final and treated the spectators to a very entertaining match. In a very tense affair with the scores at a try apiece Akeley Wood crossed the line with moments to spare to secure victory. Congratulations to them and all the boys who took part, a good afternoon was had by all.

Mr Ellemore

Game 1:

The Grove: 20
Quinton House School: 30

Akeley Wood School: 25
Bedford Modern School: 0

Game 2:

Quinton House School: 0
Akeley Wood School: 40

Bedford Modern School: 25
The Grove: 0

Game 3:

The Grove: 5
Akeley Wood School :70

Quinton House School: 0
Bedford Modern School :35


Akeley Wood School: 10
Bedford Modern School: 5

Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:50

The Grove U8 Hockey vs Quinton House School

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Quinton House arrived with 2 teams to play which was unexpected but gave The Grove lots of game play which was welcomed at this time of the year. Our first match was against their 'A' team and although it was the first ever fixture for our U8 girls playing, the game was very competitive throughout with some excellent attacking play from Oluwadabira Filani as centre midfield and Alexa O’Kane as centre forward. Unfortunately the team found it hard to switch from attack to defence and haven’t yet established the skill of tackling, so Quinton managed to score 2 goals pushing easily past our midfield and defence. After a team talk at the end of the match the girls were then ready for their second match against Quinton 'B' team. The Grove took control of the game fantastically well and in no time at all Alexa O’Kane scored with a super run through to goal. Soon after Oluwadabira Filani demonstrated some good individual skill on the ball and with sheer determination scored the second goal for The Grove. The second half was much the same with The Grove dominating the game and we soon secured 2 more goals from Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi and another from Alexa O’Kane.

Well done girls. A super start to the season from the U8 girls.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 0
Quinton House 'A': 2

The Grove: 4
A. O'Kane (2), O. Filani, I. Adekanmbi
Quinton House 'B': 0

Player of the Fixture: Alexa O’Kane

Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:49

Akeley Wood School U10/11 Hockey Tournament

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Arriving at the senior school and seeing some of the older girls practising their hockey skills was quite a treat for the girls to start their afternoon of hockey. Unfortunately, the tournament wasn’t quite as expected and we ended-up playing Akeley Wood A and B team with no other schools attending which was a shame. Nonetheless, the girls had a full afternoon of play and we started off the tournament against Akeley Wood B team. The team began really positively with some excellent passing between the mid-field and some good movement forward from Amaya Saiz-Arthur as Centre Forward. In the first half Maya Shah had scored our first goal demonstrating very good control of the ball and a good strike. The second half was a little more challenging with some counter-attack play from Akeley Wood which put our defence under pressure. Chloe Cave made some excellent tackles and distributed the ball wonderfully throughout which prevented any score against us. Amaya Saiz-Arthur made an excellent run forward in the second half and after a couple of shots at goal, sheer determination saw the ball go past the goalkeeper to bring the game to an end at 2-0 to The Grove.

After a brief rest the girls then faced Akeley Wood A team and this was a more challenging game with Chloe Cave having to work exceptionally hard in defence and Jana Alsallal making some excellent saves as goalkeeper throughout the game. The score remained 0-0 until the final short corner of the game when Akeley managed to sneak the ball past our defence to end the game 1-0 to Akeley Wood.

The girls played exceptionally well throughout the afternoon and were a credit to The Grove. Well done girls.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 2
M. Shah, A. Saiz-Arthur
Akeley Wood 'B': 0

The Grove: 0
Akeley Wood School: 1

Player of the tournament – Chloe Cave

Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:47

The Grove Cross Country

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In our annual cross country run anticipation was high and the determination was evident from all to complete the course with maximum effort. With junior prep racing first around the 1 mile course it was crucial that the children didn’t sprint off then end up walking. For most this was achieved.

In the boys race Keith Adeleye lead from the first corner and never looked like being overtaken, storming home impressively ahead of the rest. He was followed by Gautham Parthiban and Oliver Whittam to complete the top three.

In the girls race it was again an Adeleye that dominated, this time Morenike finished fastest to take the win, ahead of Sophie Hartley-Wiley and Regan Hovell. What impressed in both races was that a Yew and Aspen child made the top three so well done to Oliver Whittam and Regan Hovell.

In the seniors race they had to run the course twice, meaning pacing themselves would be even more important. A good battle took place in the girls race between Sophy Pearce and Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana but as the second lap went on Sophy managed to ease away and create a gap which never closed, particular well done to Sophy as she has won as a year 5, against children up to three years older than her! Chloe Cave completed the top three.

In the boys race Dean Quinton wasn’t holding back and ran superbly to win, looking comfortable the whole way round. Chasing Dean was never going to be easy but Elijah Martey and Wilfred Clark gave it a good go and finished second and third respectively.

A good effort was put in by all and a big thanks to the parents who came out to support and staff who helped make the afternoon run smoothly.

Mr Ellemore

Individual Results

Junior Girls  Junior Boys  Senior Girls  Senior Boys 
 1st Morenike Adeleye -    Keith Adeleye -  Sophy Pearce -   Dean Quinton -  
 2nd Sophie Hartley-Wiley -   Gautham Parthiban -  Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana -   Elijah Martey -
 3rd Regan Hovell -  Oliver Whittam -   Chloe Cave -   Wilfred Clark -  


House Results

Junior Girls Junior Boys  Senior Girls  Senior Boys  Overall 
1st  Rockingham (66 pts)  Arden (33 pts)  Dean (8 pts)  Wyre (3 pts)  Arden - 134pts 
2nd Arden (71 pts)  Dean (58 pts)  Arden (13 pts)  Dean (4 pts)  Dean - 164 pts 
3rd  Wyre (72 pts)  Wyre (59 pts)  Rockingham (32 pts)  Rockingham (14 pts)  Rockingham - 173 pts 
4th  Dean (94 pts)  Rockingham (61 pts)  Wyre (51 pts)  Arden (17 pts)  Wyre - 185 pts 
Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:39

The Grove U8 Rugby vs Quinton House School

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Friday 29th September saw The Grove Under 8 Boys play their first Tag Rugby fixture of the academic year at home to Quinton House. This was the first time all of the boys had ever competed in tag rugby and had only had 4 training sessions to prepare for it. Due to the anticipation and the excitement of it all, the boys did not show any signs of nervousness and turned up raring to go!

The match started well for The Grove as they took a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, due to a lapse in concentration Quinton House were able to pull the match back level. The match consisted of four 7 minute quarters and throughout the entire game the scores stayed extremely close with only 1 or 2 points difference at any time. Finally, as fatigue started to kick in it was The Grove showed their second wind and managed to pull away in the dying few minutes of the match to record their first victory with a score of 10-8.

Every single one of the boys played extremely well and should be proud of their performance and efforts. Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio captained the team well, he showed great leadership skills and great sportsmanship to Quinton House. Toby Coles stood out also with his penetrating runs and excellent pace through the heart of the Quinton House defence, causing them all kinds of trouble!

Thank you for all of the support from parents who turned up to watch, it is greatly appreciated by everyone.

The Grove now look forward to their next matches at the Akeley Wood festival in a few weeks’ time, hoping to build on their current success.

Mr Thompson

The Grove: 10
Quinton House: 8
Man of the Match: Toby Coles

Friday, 29 September 2017 08:48

The Grove U10/11 Hockey vs Beachborough School

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On the 28th September, The Grove girls faced their second game of the season against Beachborough School.

After a 40 minute drive, we arrived in time for a warm-up and a thorough team talk before commencing play. The whole team approached the game very positive due to their fantastic win the week before and they were all very excited to begin.

The game begun with the Grove taking the first push back. The girls started well and managed to get stuck in. However, the Beachborough team had exceptionally strong players and they managed to make some fantastic breaks in order to find the goal.

The second half was slightly shorter than the first due to Beachborough having another game straight after against Quinton House. However, the Grove girls still battled away with Chloe Cave in defence having an outstanding game. She consistently made strong tackles to break down the opposite teams attacking play and cleared the ball away from danger.

The final score ended up Beachborough 5 – Grove – 0. However, considering that Sophy Pearce helped out in goal last minute to replace Jana Alsallal who was away and the fact that it was only the Grove girls second fixture, there were lots of positives to take away from the afternoon.

Well done.

The Grove: 0
Beachborough School: 5

Miss. Rawle

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:01

BISS Racing Championships 2017

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On the 25th September, 7 students attended the British Independent Schools Ski Racing at Hemel Hempstead. After a long drive, we arrived, registered and got kitted up for the slopes.

The first to compete was Henry Lorenz, followed closely by Sophy Pearce, Sophie Hartley-Wiley, Alice Alder, Daniel Jemeljanenko, Zayd Kahn and Kyle Dissanayake.

Everyone had two runs to try and improve their score and there were lots of great individual performances.

Overall, it was a great day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere within the snow centre.

A Team - 6th Place

Sophy Pearce U10 Girls  17.31s  5th 
Sophie Hartley-Wiley  U10 Girls  18.82s  10th 
Henry Otto Lorenz  U12 Boys  15.72s  12th 

B Team - 15th Place

Alice Alder U10 Girls 19.65s  12th 
Kyle Dissanayake  U10 Boys  21.30s  21st 
Daniel Jemeljanenko  U12 Boys  17.98s  31st 
Zayd Khan  U12 Boys  21.79s  35th 

Miss Rawle

Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:15

The Grove U10/11 Hockey vs Quinton House School

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This was the U10/11’s first fixture of the season against Quinton House and what a great fixture it was!

The game started promptly with The Grove winning the first push back. Throughout the first half, we were very much dominating play, demonstrating some fantastic attacking play which continued throughout the whole game.

Jana Alsallal managed to keep a clean sheet, making some very important clearances. This was helped by a fantastic defence, with Chloe Cave, Sophy Pearce and Eve Bailey strong in all of their tackles.

In midfield and on the wing, Maya Shah, Gabriella English, Iman Komane and Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana demonstrated superb vision distributing the ball beautifully down both of the channels. And in attack, Amaya Saiz-Arthur showed great commitment and hunger for the ball, scoring a total of three goals!

Overall, it was a fantastic game with both excellent individual and team performances all around. Well done!

Miss. Rawle

The Grove: 6
A. Saiz-Arthur (3), G. English, C. Diniz Fernandez-Lomana
Quinton House School: 0

Player of the Match: Maya Shah

Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:12

The Grove Colts Rugby vs Quinton House School

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With the rugby season well and truly underway we travelled to Quinton House full of anticipation after last week’s win against Asfhold. We knew we still had areas to improve on though and the game was never going to be easy.

We started sloppily with some missed tackles and went behind early. Sadly, we never recovered and poor mistakes in important areas and at crucial times meant we couldn’t stop conceding tries. When we were on the attack we showed promise but couldn’t quite string that final pass together or break through the defensive line. We did get on the score sheet when Findlay Hovell reacted quickest to a loose ball and pounced to score but our attacks were far too infrequent.

More missed tackles meant the score was mounting higher but one highlight did come when Elijah Martey picked up and ball and used his pace to break through Quinton House’s defences to score. Soon after Kwaku Malanda picked up his first try of the season, running home into the corner. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to mount a comeback and we ended a tough game with a 50-15 defeat.

Our next fixtures come on October 11th as we host our annual rugby festival, plenty of practise will be taking place between now and then to ensure our ‘A game’ is present then.

Mr Ellemore

The Grove: 15
F. Hovell, E. Martey, K. Malanda
Quinton House School: 50

Man of the Match: Findlay Hovell

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