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Thursday, 05 March 2020 14:35

U8/9 Football vs Ashfold School

A short walk up to the MK Sport Central facility gave us a suitable pitch for this fixture after all the rain we have been experiencing. Although Ashfold fielded just the 2 teams for 7 aside U9, we made use of the home setting to give all the boys from U8 & U9 an opportunity to have a game – we tried to keep all the U9 boys together as one team and also allow the U8’s a chance to play together as an A team. The Grove where met with some overcast conditions at the start of this fixture and before the match a lot was spoken around utilising space and not crowding around the ball!
IMG 6898The Grove U8
This was always going to be a difficult fixture, playing against the year above, but that never phased any of the boys and they set to the task busily. Ashfold had a clear understanding of space and they strung many passes together which helped them to weave their way around our players and into good attacking positions. Their first goal was an absolute corker that swung across the goal from the left and bounced in perfectly from the upright; the young lad who struck it went on to score most of Ashfold’s goals and for the most part was a constant threat in attack.
Although we managed to improve our general play and passing as the game progressed, we still tended to flock around the ball and hang back too much in defence; which did mean Oliver and William found themselves in the line of fire as goalkeepers. By halftime we were 5 nil down and had only been into their goal area twice with breakaway runs– for one of those chances Jacob got off a great shot with his left foot and was unfortunate to not get us on the scoreboard. Matthew miss queued the second one in front of the goal which was also a great opportunity. The second half went a lot better and we visited their half many times. Sadly, our passes didn’t have enough power behind them and Ashfold easily read and intercepted them. Moving Koseunti into defence significantly improved the game because he was strong on his feet and able to clear the ball away adequately, meaning we only gave away a single goal.
As I said, we did improve and start to see where we should be getting the ball to, but in all honesty it didn’t seem like we were able to compete as a “football team” – more like a group of enthusiastic and talented individuals eager to kick a ball around.

The Grove 'A': 0
Ashfold School 'A': 6
Man of the Match: Jacob Okwuadigbo
IMG 7024The Grove U8/9
For the majority of the first half the boys where doing their fair share of defending, some fantastic saves Aaron Sonander keeping the scoreline at 0-0. The Grove did manage to counter-attack a number of times off the back of Arjan and Freddie Lancaster finding some space with some key passes to allow Dimitri to make a break. The game swung back and forth with both sides unable to break the deadlock. A brief discussion at half time to remember their positions and to look for the pass set the tone for a good second half. It looked as if the second half was going to be a mirror image of the first, however, as time went on it was fitness levels that started to be the difference. The introduction of … linking up well with Dimitri, Freddie and Arjun was starting to wear Ashfold down. A high press in the opposition half allowed The Grove to break away twice with Arjun finishing well both times.
Overall the fixture went very well with the boys winning in the correct manner and being humble hosts. There was clear progression through the match with all who took part trying to implement what was spoken around.
Man of the Match - Arjun
The Grove 'B': 2
A. Chawla (2)
Ashfold School 'B': 0

Man of the Match: Arjun Chawla
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Thursday, 05 March 2020 14:34

U12/13 Football vs Swanbourne House

After a very heavy rain storm the sun come out just in time for the start of the match. We agreed two 20 min halves with eight a side and no off sides, so was going to be an open flowing game. Swanbourne House got off to a cracking start with three goals in the first 5 mins. We managed to stem the flow for a bit with Kanye making some good saves in goal. Although we were three down our heads didn’t drop, we held our positions and kept trying to pass the ball, however by the end of the first half the score was unfortunately 6-0. With a good encouraging team talk at half time we held our own in the second half with Elijah scoring a cracking goal from outside the box. The final score was 7-1 so a great second half performance with great team spirit and effort from every player. Very well done despite the result as its not always about winning.

The Grove: 1
E. Martey
Swanbourne House: 7
Man of the Match: Elijah Martey

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Monday, 17 February 2020 15:38

The Grove U8 Boys Hockey vs Swanbourne House

DSC 0016Without a game strategy the boys had to rely on the few skills they had picked up and their general ability to play invasive sport. We were able to pass the ball a lot better and spread out, but it took a while before the game started to flow and yield signs of connecting passes and attack. We had good control of territory and were looking more likely to score but a draw was a fair result.

The Grove: 0
Swanbourne House: 0
Man of the Match: Frederick Lancaster

After a half time chat about positioning and how to effectively move the ball in attack we were able to string together some actual play that gave them something to have concern about. Zayne secured our only goal, which gave us the confidence we needed to keep pushing forward. Oliver was also unlucky when his goal didn’t count because it was hit from outside the area, however it never really looked like they had enough to break through and we continued to be a threat in attack. I felt we stayed mostly in their half, although it was still quite messy in front of the goals and the game ended after Matthew had a goal disallowed after a scramble on the goal line ricocheted off his hand when he dived for it.

The Grove: 1
Z. Quinton
Swanbourne House: 0

Man of the Match: Zayne Quinton

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Monday, 17 February 2020 15:35

The Grove U8/9 Boys Hockey vs Winchester House

2020 02 04 14.42.09The boys started their first Hockey fixture, this term, well; showing excitement for the match. Early on the boys were caught out with an early goal from Winchester House. The boys fought on with some superb tackles being made. In the first half the boys were down by two goals and realised that it was their passing that was causing them to struggle. They tried even harder in the second half but were unsuccessful against Winchester's strong defence. The boys lost 0-3 but remain enthusiastic for the next match. Throughout the entire game the boys were helped by man of the match Jacob Milburn, who pulled of some superb saves, at one point diving head first to stop the ball. The boys had a great game and look forward to the next.

The Grove 'A': 0
Winchester House 'A': 3
Man of the Match: Jacob Milburn

Everything that we had learnt in practice was used by the boys and considering that they were not as skilful as their opponents, I felt that they represented themselves admirably. Unfortunately, we had not done enough on hitting or spreading wide which meant that we hardly got out of our half. We also tended to cluster around the ball and not complete passes, so Winchester Hse didn’t really have difficulty keeping us in check. They managed to break free a couple of times and get some passes in as they attacked the goal, which at the start of the match was something Koseunti wasn’t able to block as goalkeeper.

The Grove 'B/C': 0
Winchester House 'B': 3
Man of the Match: Bhavish Rao

Although Winchester Hse put on a different team for this match we continued to shuffle players and make substitutions to give all those playing as much game time as possible. Koseunti stayed in goal throughout and once we had helped him be comfortable in the padding, he was able to manoeuvre himself more freely and became increasingly effective saving a load of shots and proving himself to be quite a presence in goal. Dimitri probably had the most open runs in space and we did get down into their D at least 3 times; although we didn’t have enough time on the ball to make any use of it. It would be wrong to say that we were organised and match ready, but I was pleased with the way the boys made use of the opportunity to play and it clearly enhanced our experience as well as interest.

The Grove 'B/C': 0
Winchetser House 'C': 2
Man of the Match: Frederick Lancaster

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Monday, 17 February 2020 15:32

The Grove U9 Football vs Akeley Wood

DSC 0072The boys were against Akeley Wood school. The boys started the first match well, attacking the other teams' goal and having some great attempts to score. In the first half the boys went down by two goals despite their determination to win. In the second half the ball was moved repeatedly up field to the opposition but due to an unfortunate own goal the boys lost the match three nil.
The Grove 'A': 0
Akeley Wood 'A': 3
Man of the Match: Jacob Millburn
In the second match of the day the boys were, if possible, even more determined to win and took a very early goal as soon as the wistle had blown. This trend continued with some superb work by Tomas and Oliver who worked together up front to score a further three goals. The whistle blew and the boys celebrated winning the match!
The Grove 'B': 4
T. Garcia (3), O. Payton
Akeley Wood 'B': 0
Man of the Match: Jacob Millburn
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Monday, 17 February 2020 15:28

The Grove U8 Football vs Swanbourne House

DSC 0044This was clearly Swanbourne’s A team as they had a good game plan and strung together a lot of passes as well as using the space out wide. Having said that I was very impressed with how well we adapted and learnt how to cope with their attack. It did help that we have a lot of very active and speedy players in that group who easily dropped back to defend the goal anytime Swanbourne broke through. Whilst the goals scored against us were undeniably well constructed, we planted an amazing one off a corner from Jacob that Zayne struck on the volley with his powerful left boot … even an adult would have been proud to have scored it. Arjun treated everyone to a demo of his great control of the ball under pressure and Jacob was a constant threat as well as tirelessly working hard in defence and attack. Dimitri linked up well with William in the midfield to string some passes together and form an attack, he also made a couple of great saves when he went in goal to keep the score down. Shreyan developed his effectiveness in defense by shutting down attackers early before they could make a shot; Freddy and Henry also helped out making it hard for them to have time to take accurate shots.
The Grove 'Yew': 2
Z. Quinton, J. Okwuadigbo
Swanbourne House 'A': 3
Man of the Match: Jacob Okwuadigbo
DSC 0021Much of this game was spent in attack and although Oliver started off in goals and then as a defender; Mr Harrison saw the value of pushing him up front which paid off with 2 goals; one of which came from a clever little pass by Bhavish; who has now started to enjoy his involvement in football. Matthew and Kosuenti proved to be good at dribbling the ball and getting it forward, while Advaith and Aron held a strong defensive line at the back. Alex was the captain on the day and even though he had a quiet game he took his responsibility seriously and made good effort to follow the game plan Mr Harrison had set out ……. “get the ball into the D then shoot”.
The Grove 'Aspen': 4
O. Payton (2), M. Coomber, K. Asande
Swanbourne House 'B': 0
Man of the Match: Oliver Payton
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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 09:48

U9 Football vs Swanbourne House

DSC 0021The boys started well, passing the ball and having some great attempts at goals. Despite this they went down by three goals in the first half of the match. The boys then showed fantastic spirit and keenness to win, upping their level ready for the opposition. Pushing the ball to the Swanbourne end of the pitch repeatedly enabling Tomas to score two fantastic goals. Man of the match was Jacob Milburn with some superb saves including the use of his face. which didn't sway him from continuing to motivate and push many attempted goals away. The boys lost 4:2 but remain positive and keen for their next match.
Mr Thorne
The Grove: 2
T. Garcia (2)
Swanbourne House: 4
Man of the Match: Jacob Millburn
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Friday, 10 January 2020 14:53

ISA U11 Table Tennis Tournament

2020 01 09 14.22.20On Thursday 9th January students from the Grove competed in their first table tennis fixture, a competition held at King’s School, Harpenden. The students who participated were: Alexa O’Kane, Alice Alder, Summer O’Kane, Oluwadabira Filani, Gautham Parthiban, Keith Adeleye, Rodrigo Mota, Oliver Surley. With several of the students only just starting to play table tennis at the school it was always going to be a tough start, with one school bringing an England youth player along! Everyone played very well and we managed to win several games over the course of the day. In the end Alexa O’Kane only narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing 4th overall for the girls. This was a great experience for the students and I hope it is the start of a thriving table tennis culture at the school.

Mr Pendry2020 01 09 15.59.06

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Friday, 13 December 2019 09:10

U8 Tag Rugby vs Broughton Manor

DSC 0025"On a cold rainy Friday in December the Grove U8’s rugby team played a game against Broughton Manor.

The Grove were great at forming a defensive line when Broughton had the ball and especially good at running towards the ball when Broughton were passing. When we were attacking, we were very good at passing and running to get around the opposition players. It was a tough game, but The Grove won by a single point, thanks to a last second try from Arjun Sohal.

Thank you to our team manager Mr Gough for a brilliant first season and I’m looking forward to going on tour to Grimsby in the Summer!”
Freddie Lancaster
Since we had to cancel a fixture against Akeleywood due to the poor weather the week before, I felt that it was important to ensure that all the boys had managed to get a sufficient amount of game time before the end of the rugby term. So, when we were able to get a last minute match v Broughton Manor I was very happy to accept. We arranged to take 10 of the boys so that we could give them all at least 3 games and the majority of year 3 had 4 or 5 opportunities to represent the school over the term; with the promise of a tour weekend next year.
On arrival they were very excited and eager to play, but in the warm up we didn’t look particularly organised or skilful at passing and catching. Once we started playing, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the boys connected. Jacob showed good skills as captain and we were able to get the ball passing around quite well. Our first try, although a good one, was more from Broughton’s weak play; however, it is worth noting that nearly every time we had the ball in hand we clearly were looking to go forward and attack their try-line. Mushaf was making loads of tags in defence, but equally impressing everyone with his runs that gained a large amount of ground for us, as well as 2 tries. Alex and Arjun also gained momentum in attack in the second half, both scoring a brace for their efforts. Jacob snatched up a ball that was rolling around on the floor being watched by everyone else and he caught everyone off guard as he raced the full length of the pitch then gave a great off-load to get us a try. Having 10 boys did make substituting for 1 game quite hard to keep ticking over, but the boys all got a good portion of a game and it was definitely worth doing because it helped to complete the term of rugby with a positive top up to their experience as well as win on the score card. When the boys asked who won my question to them was, "Did you have fun, did you play some good rugby, did everyone improve or benefit from the match, did they enjoy competing with another school?...” if the answer is “Yes!” then my report back is that it was successful, and everyone was a winner.
Well Done Boys.
Mr Gough
The Grove: 7
A. Pearce (2), M. Khan (2), A. Chawla (2), J. Okwuadigbo, A. Sonander
Broughton Manor: 8
Player of the Match: The Grove U8 Rugby Team
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Friday, 29 November 2019 15:20

Bedford Modern School U8 Tag Rugby Festival

IMG 5650We have spent this whole term seeing so much great progress by all the boys in all the areas or Tag Rugby. This final fixture was a great opportunity to try and draw all the pieces together and demonstrate our values as well as attack, defence and good ball handling.
We hit the ground running and Aron was unlucky not to get the first try as he misjudges where the try line was. BMS had some amazing players with great passing and width in attack, but we were dominant in attack and managed to pick up quite a lot of turn over ball. After the last 2 practices focusing on tagging it was pleasing for myself and Mr Harrison to see that the boys had taken on board what we said and twice in one match we snuffed out their attack by getting a full compliment of 7 tags to force a turn over. BMS did however score a superb try off a pass out to a runner from depth who was always going to cross the line.
The Grove: 7
D. Korontzis (2), O. Whittam, K. akande, F. Lancaster, M. Coomber, A. Sonander
Bedford Modern School: 6
After our last encounter, this match promised to be competitive and I had to remind the boys that it isn’t about what the other team do, BUT about us doing what we know how to do. William and Koseunti were really accurate with their tagging in this game and once again our defence held strong to gain us the advantage. Matthew showed his worth as a support player, being on the shoulder of the ball carriers several times to receive a pass and either keep the attack alive or get the actual try.
IMG 5666The Grove: 6
Z. Quinton (2), M. Coomber (2), W. Lam, J. Okwuadigbo
MK Prep: 5
By this game we were in full flight and it was a pleasure to watch as they showed equal ability in attack and defence. Oliver got his eye in for tagging and Zayne started to make so many tags that he forgot to shout “Tag”. Quinton Hse had a couple of good runners but couldn’t hang on to the ball and Jacob and Koseunti made good use of their eagerness to take possession and turn it in to attack. In this game William realised that getting tagged wasn’t something to worry about, but rather to run straight with the ball and then find a pass. One particular bit of play saw Freddie step through and get the first pass off to Matt at speed, who then made more yards and offloaded to Jacob who stepped through 3 or 4 players and got the try, in the second half there was an equally great passage of play when Zayne burst forward and after getting tagged he found Dimitri keeping up in support with a clear run into the corner.
The Grove: 6
J. Okwuadigbo (2), W. Lam, Z. Quinton, D Korontzis, O Whittam
Quinton House: 0
We had a break before the next game and it was great to see all the boys just passing the ball around and continuing to have fun and function as a team. Once again, the tagging, attacking and support play was outstanding, but clearly we were beginning to flag and BM were still very alert, which helped them to grab a couple of tries from loose ball that we were not quick enough to respond to. Although they snuck in a try from something the referee missed, William got us one back to put us equal Running a huge distance right on the touch line. Then the final try Broughton got was a bit fortunate for them as they pounced on a ball that bounced off one of their offside players after a tag and they ran it straight in to close the match.
IMG 5679The Grove: 6
W. Lam (2), O. Whittam, A Sonander, M. Coomber, Z. Quinton
Broughton Manor: 7
Mr Gough
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