The last hockey fixture for the year and what a super way to finish an excellent season for the U.10/11 team. Although the final result was a 1-0 loss this was not a reflection of the game and I was impressed with the absolute commitment of every player on the pitch throughout. Both sides had opportunities to score and the goalkeepers were kept busy at both ends. It was unfortunate that Northampton High School scored as a result of a slight lapse in concentration from The Grove but the girls remained upbeat and kept working hard showing some excellent skill on the ball and some super passes through to each other.
Well done girls. A fantastic end to the season.
The Grove: 0
Northampton High School: 1
Player of the Match: Chloe Cave
Twelve of our Prep students were invited to attend a lunchtime concert given by the Open University choir on Thursday this week.
The programme included a specially commissioned piece to commemorate Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday – A New Kind of Urban. The composer, Liz Lane, and the lyricist, Judi Moore were at the concert along with Mayor of Milton Keynes.
There were also some much older pieces in the programme, including a piece by Monteverdi who would be celebrating his 450th birthday this year.
The children enjoyed the concert and wanted to share their thoughts:
‘It was a privilege to go to the Open University because the music was inspiring.’ (Maya)
‘The brass was very good and had loud and soft parts.’ (Rohit)
‘The Open University made a brass ensemble and a choir to celebrate 50 years of Milton Keynes, it was very good.’ (Henry)
‘I found it really interesting to listen to a piece about where I live.’ (Damilola)
‘I really enjoyed the older piece by Monteverdi.’ (Alexander)
‘The brass instruments were awesome’ (Emily)
‘I liked the world premiere of ‘A New Kind of Urban’ because the music took you on a journey through MK.’ (Emily)
‘I loved the brass section and the choir, don’t forget the organ!’ (Carolina)
‘My favourite parts were the trombones and the drums.’ (Ryan)
The Grove have had another fantastic win for the U9 boys today and have closed out the rugby season in style.
The boys warmed up well with Kayne Nwuga working well as the captain directing his team and making clear choices from the outset. The Grove took an early lead with Joseph Imonioro, Keith Adeleye and Kayne getting in the first early tries. The Grove continued to work well with the entire team being rotated through plays and everyone getting the opportunity to represent the school. By half time the score stood at 5-1 to the The Grove. Kayne gathered in his team to discuss tactics for the second half and showed some great leadership.
The team continued to work well together scoring a further eight tries with Keith sprinting through the opposition to score five of the tries on his own.
The final score was 13-2 and was a fantastic way to finish their last Rugby match of the season. They've done fantastically well and should all be proud of their achievements this term.
The Grove: 65
K Adeleye (5), K Nwuga (4), J Imonioro (2), O Surley (2)
Ashfold School: 10
The match against Broughton was a great success for The Grove. We won a resounding victory to close out the week.
After a strong start with the boys working well as a team, passing along the line and making some great tackles we reached half time with the score at 30-5 to The Grove.
In the second half Broughton came back and started making use of their team driving the ball forward, but with our boys stopping the opposing team scoring through their superb defending. The boys were tackling well with particular mention to Oliver Surley, Kayne Nwuga and Keith Adeleye who were unstoppable on the pitch.
The overall score was 55-15 to The Grove and a superb winning result. The boys played fantastically and should be really proud of their achievement this afternoon.
The Grove: 55
K. Adeleye (4), K. Nwuga (4), I. Okwuadigbo, R. Cheema, O. Surley
Broughton Manor: 15
Our final match of the season against Thornton and we arrived in good spirits with two wins under our belts. After a hesitant start to the game the girls soon relaxed and were once again confident on the ball and driving forward in attacking play. The girls generally had possession throughout and with a solid defence the ball didn’t stay in our half for too long. Positional play from The Grove was much improved and I was particularly impressed with Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi and her movement off and on the ball as our Centre Forward. Oluwadabira Filani was first to score for The Grove, again with her sheer determination and perseverance in the circle. Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi was well deserving of a second goal into the second half followed closely by sister Ewaoluwa Adekanmbi securing the win for The Grove. What a fantastic end to the hockey season. Well done girls.
The Grove: 3
O. Filani, I. Adekanmbi, E. Adekanmbi
Thornton College: 0
Player of the Match: Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi
Our Under 9 Girls were very excited about their final fixture of the season away at Thornton. We arrived in plenty of time to allow for a good warm up, and also to allow our goalkeeper to kit up in good time.
It was the first match Thea-Donya Kassaei had been goalkeeper, and she stepped up to the mark straight away. We had a few shuffling around of positions, which meant we had a very nervous start. Once we settled down, and our defense stepped up, well done Thea-Donya and Mikayla Martey, we were beginning to get the ball into our half a lot more. We were, however, still panicking when we moved the ball into midfield. The first half finished 0-0, so we were defending well.
We had a little talk at half time, and we also shuffled around a little, we had a very strong team. We kept pushing and pushing, but we always missed the goal by centimetres. The girls didn't give up though, and thanks to good midfield from Hannah Siddall and Arianna Vieceli Fitch, we passed beautifully to Alexa O'Kane and then Sophie Hartley-Wiley finished with a strong goal!! It was long awaited but worth it, the last match of the season ended with a win.
The girls have progressed so much this season, they should be very proud of themselves. Well Done Girls!
The Grove: 1
Thornton College: 0
Player of the Match: Alexa O'Kane
We rounded off our rugby season with a visit to Beachborough, hoping to end the season on a high. I’m delighted to report all the hard work the boys have put in over the season really was evident in this match.
From start to finish we attacked, really testing our opposition’s tackling and rucking skills. The Grove used the ball quickly and looked for their strong runners. One person who has always been a strong, quick runner is Elijah Martey, but in this game, he developed his defensive skills; Elijah wasn’t necessarily tackling the opposition but even more dangerously just ripping the ball from them and turning defence into attack in the blink of an eye. Elijah ended the game with five tries.
Our other two tries were scored by Findlay Hovell, showing his skills on the ball to power through the defence. We did concede one try but to win our last match of the season 35-5 is a great result.
Well done boys for signing off the season in style!
The Grove: 35
E Martey (5), F Hovell (2)
Beachborough School: 5
Man of the Match: E Martey
A very breezy afternoon for our fixture against Ashfold and after a quick warm-up the match was underway. There was some brilliant play from both sides and the game was closely contested throughout. Very quickly into the first half The Grove took possession and with some excellent drives forward from our mid-field Amaya Saiz-Arthur scored with an excellent strike. We generally had most of the possession for the remainder of the first half and had a number of attempts at goal but the Ashfold defence was strong and the goalkeeper made some very good saves. The last 5 minutes of the first half was tense and we found ourselves under a lot of pressure from Ashfold and thanks to Chloe Cave and Jana Alsallal in goal we managed to keep the score with a 1-0 lead at half-time.
The second half remained tough and The Grove worked extremely hard under a great deal of pressure from Ashfold. Eventually the hard work paid-off and with some extreme determination in the oppositions circle Emily Garwood managed to get a final touch on the ball to score. After a tense few minutes the final whistle blew leaving the final score with a 2-1 win for The Grove.
An excellent result girls. Well done.
The Grove: 2
A Saiz-Arthur, E Garwood
Ashfold School: 1
Player of the Match: Chloe Cave