Friday, 20 October 2017 12:31

Akeley Wood School U8 Tag Rugby Festival

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

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:51

The Grove U11 Rugby Festival

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

Final:

Akeley Wood School: 10
Bedford Modern School: 5

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:47

The Grove Cross Country

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 
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:39

The Grove U8 Rugby vs Quinton House School

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

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