Tuesday, 20 March 2018 08:09

Akeley Wood U8 Football Triangular

The Grove U8's first match was against Akeley where the boys started well moving the ball up the pitch fluidly and with pace. The match continued at this pace with Toby Coles, Keith Adeleye and Oliver Whittam working well up front to dominate the game. Everytime the ball entered their half the excellent defense of Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Kyle Dissanayake and Barnaby Davison cleared the ball back up to the midfield players. The boys scored an excellent five goals win 5-0 in their first match of the fixture. 

The second match against Bedford Modern started in the same manner with the boys pressing their advantage early on and again dominating the match. They scored a further four goals with Oliver scoring his second hatrick of the day. The boys worked well in a team and this shows in their amazing results.

Mr Thorne

The Grove: 5
O Whittam (3), K Adeleye (2)
Akeley Wood School: 0

The Grove: 4
O Whittam (3), K Adeleye
Bedford Modern School: 0

Man of hte Match: Toby Coles

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Continuing our yearly tradition, we hosted Birkenhead School from the Wirral as part of their annual football tour.

Looking to bounce back from midweek defeat we started well, putting pressure on our opponents. We were however coming up against a very confident team who weren’t fazed by this pressure and were moving the ball around with great skill.

When we did eventually win the ball back we were unable to keep it for long passages, although the introduction of Keith Adeleye and Kanye Nwuga gave the team more attacking pace and we threatened on the counter attack at times.

We weren’t able to keep out our opposition and they found joy in front of goal, partly through skill and partly through our lack of marking, with us gifting them far too much space in our penalty area.

The boys can be more pleased with their efforts in this game compared to Wednesday, as they did threaten going forward, and did continue to work to try and stop Birkenhead.

Mr Ellemore

The Grove: 0
Birkenhead 8
Man of the Match: Kanye Nwuga

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A senior fixture for netball and with the sun shining for a change it made for a lovely afternoon. The girls led their own warm-up and already were working well as a team with a lovely atmosphere amongst them. The game started very competitively and it was clear that the game was going to be evenly matched throughout. Passing from both sides was quick and a little frantic in the first quarter with both sides losing possession with rushed passes. After the first quarter the score was 2-1 so there was lots to play for going forwards. After a few changes with positions the second quarter was equally competitive. Maya Shah made some super movements into space taking the ball with ease and helped to move the ball into our attacking third with support from Oluchi Nwuga and Caitlin Hendry. The score at half-time was 6-3 with 2 further goals from both Caitlin Hendry and Iman Komane. With some position changes again into the third quarter The Grove demonstrated some really tight marking in defence and made it really difficult for Beachborough shooters to get into the circle. Mariam Elakama played very well in Goal Defence in this quarter staying close and intercepting a number of passes to a very competent Goal Attack. Although The Grove didn’t score in this quarter despite chances, they also managed to stop any score from Beachborough. The final quarter of the game was very tight and although the girls all worked hard, tiredness became the main factor for the final loss of 7-4. What a super game though and all girls were an absolute credit to the school.

Well done!

Mrs Hoppe

The Grove: 4
C Hendry (3), I Komane
Beachborough School: 7

Player of the Match: Mariam Elakama

 

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Our colts made the short trip across Milton Keynes to Broughton Manor for their penultimate match of the season.

Unfortunately, the boys just couldn’t retain any possession of the ball and were merely clearing it to our opposition who came straight back on the attack and eventually broke down our defensive door.

Daniel Jemeljanenko pulled off some superb saves to keep the score line as low as he could and both Gbolahan Asade and Giannis Rigas put their bodies on the line to block attempts at goal.

This wasn’t enough to stop Broughton though, as they enjoyed themselves relentlessly attacking our goal. We host touring team Birkenhead on Friday and will have to be better.

Mr Ellemore

The Grove: 0
Broughton Manor: 8
Man of the Match: Daniel Jemejanenko

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:46

The Grove U9 A&B Netball vs Quinton House School

After arriving at Quinton House the girls were very excited to be playing their first ever netball match in a sports hall. There was some initial struggle with the number of different coloured lines on the court but they managed to cope once in the game. The 'A' team were playing first and they started well but soon found themselves unable to get the ball out of their defending third. Quinton had a number of chances to score and eventually finished the first half 1-0 in the lead. The second half saw Quinton grow in confidence and The Grove struggle to maintain any possession of the ball. When they did get the ball into their attacking third with some excellent passing and moving from Alexa O’Kane and Schechinah Filani they rushed the opportunities they had to score. The final score was a 6-0 loss.

The 'B' team played next and although it was a much more competitive game the girls found themselves defending for most of both halves with very little possession past the middle third of the court. They did have a few chances to score but failed to capitalise which was a shame as that would have put Quinton under more pressure and could have secured a possible win or draw. Darasimi Lawal as goal keeper played very well in the second half after a talk at half-time and she really used her height advantage, intercepting a number of passes into the circle. The final score ended as a 2-0 loss but both goals were scored in the first half so there was a massive improvement thereafter with Harini Sivavakeesar creating more space and receiving a number of passes in the defending and centre third.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove 'A': 0
Quinton House School 'A': 6

The Grove 'B': 0
Quinton House School 'B': 2

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The boys started the game well, they had great enthusiasm, which held the score tied for the first fifteen minutes. Unfortunately the boys let their defense down and Quinton managed their first goal. The boys battled for the rest of the first half with a few good attempts on goal. 

At half time the boys came in for a team talk and listened by spreading out and passing effectively in the beginning of the second half. Toby Coles, Mukutwa Malander and Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio had some great chances to get the score to one all but were stopped by Quinton's excellent keeper. The boys conceeded a second goal when Quinton managed a superb pass through our defense. 

The boys finished in good spirits but lost the game 2-0. They hope to spend some time training and have a winning result in the next fixture.

Mr Thorne

The Grove: 0
Quinton House School: 2

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Monday, 12 February 2018 14:33

Akeley Wood School U11 Football Triangular

Our colts travelled to Akeley Wood to play a local triangular against both our hosts and Broughton Manor. The boys were fired up for it and determined to come away with good results.

We started against Broughton Manor and dominated the game, pressing high up the pitch not allowing Broughton to clear their lines or progress up the pitch. Elijah Martey seemed on a mission to score and after a few near misses he found the bottom corner from the edge of the box with a lovely strike.

We comfortably saw the game out for a solid and impressive 1-0 win.

We were keen to leave with two wins but knew it wouldn’t be easy against a strong Akeley Wood team. We were in a battle from the off and neither team could get their foot on the ball and control the game. A few half chances for both teams came and went and it wasn’t until Akeley Wood were awarded a penalty that a clear cut chance was presented. Daniel Jemeljanenko did superbly to save the resulting penalty but unfortunately got no help from his teammates clearing the ball and Akeley Wood tapped in the rebound. Sadly a minute of madness and poor play cost us the match in what was otherwise another strong performance.

 

Mr Ellemore

The Grove: 1
E Martey
Man of the Match: Elijah Martey

The Grove: 0
Akeley Wood School: 1
Man of the Match: Daniel Jemeljanenko

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Monday, 12 February 2018 14:32

The Grove U8 Netball vs Ashfold School

The long trek over to Ashfold on a bitterly cold afternoon but the U8 girls were all very excited for their first netball fixture of the season. We had time for a good warm-up which settled the girls and then we began the first quarter. It was all a bit frantic to begin with and it took at least until half-time before the girls developed a better understanding of their positions and, particularly who they were marking. Ashfold had some very competent shooters and although the game was very competitive between the two teams mid-court, when GA and GS had opportunities to score they did. Unfortunately, the times that we managed to get the ball to our shooters, the girls rushed and didn’t capitalise on the chances. At half-time we were 2 goals down and after a good team talk the third quarter saw a real improvement in how girls found space and they were trying really hard to stay with their player when marking. It was only in the last quarter that the girls lost a little focus again and conceded a goal in the last few minutes. A good start to the season. Well done.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 3
Player of the Match: Ewa Adekanmbi

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IMG 9732The Grove U9

With the football season well underway the U9’s faced Quinton House on the quicker, harder astroturf surface.

The game ebbed and flowed with both teams trying to attack quickly but it was our opponents who took the lead early on. Unfortunately we never quite played the right pass or got good enough shots off to get back into the game, with Quinton House being far more clinical in front of goal. We did manage to score through Kanye Nwuga but it wasn’t enough as we conceded far too many at the other end.

Mr Ellemore

The Grove: 1
K Nwuga
Quinton House School: 5

Man of the Match: Kanye Nwuga

IMG 9684The Grove U8

The boys were in high spirits before the match working well to warm up through the drills.  The match started well with Oliver Whittam, Toby coles, Kyle Dissanayake and Muku Malanda working well to push the line up, pushing Quinton back. This led to an early goal by Oliver making the score 1-0 to The Grove. The boys continued to work well with Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Barnaby Davison, Patrick Kingsman and Daniel Nunez Montanola mounting a great defense. Seth Okesola did a superb job keeping out any balls that came his way in goal in the first half. 

We went into the second half hoping for another goal and unfortunately two goals made it past the team with Quinton putting in a great performance. With the bit between his teeth Oliver was not going to lose the fixture and put in a superb effort to score in the last three minutes. The overall score was 2-2 and the boys should be proud of the effort they put in to achieve this result and are thirsty for more success next week. 

Mr Thorne

The Grove: 2
O Whittam (2)
Quinton House School: 2
Man of the Match: Oliver Whittam

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:44

Beachborough School U9 Football Triangular

Our U9’s travelled to Beachborough to face both our hosts and Ashfold in what was to be a cracking afternoon of football. We started against Beachborough and whilst the game was end to end we sadly weren’t clinical enough in both penalty areas, allowing Beachborough to have too many shots on our goal whilst not finding the right pass or shot when attacking. A good finish from Keith Adeleye was our one high point in a frustrating defeat.

Keen to bounce back we faced Ashfold in the seconf match and sadly we weren’t to improve on our result. At times our defence in particular showed great resolve in blocking and clearing a number of attacks from our opposition but sadly we couldn’t hold on and suffered defeat bravely.

Mr Ellemore

 

The Grove: 1
K Adeleye
Beachborough School: 4

Man of the Match: Joseph Imonioro

The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 3
Man of the Match: Isaac Okwuadigbo

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