Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:39

The Grove U8 & U9 Rugby vs Ashfold School

2017 11 28 14.35.50 1Under 9

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. 

Mr Thorne

The Grove: 65
K Adeleye (5), K Nwuga (4), J Imonioro (2), O Surley (2)
Ashfold School: 10

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Monday, 27 November 2017 10:05

The Grove U9 Rugby vs Broughton Manor

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. 

Mr Thorne

The Grove: 55
K. Adeleye (4), K. Nwuga (4), I. Okwuadigbo, R. Cheema, O. Surley
Broughton Manor: 15

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Friday, 24 November 2017 11:18

The Grove U11 Rugby vs Beachborough School

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!

Mr Ellemore

The Grove: 35
E Martey (5), F Hovell (2)
Beachborough School: 5

Man of the Match: E Martey


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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 12:17

The Grove U8 Tag Rugby vs Akeley Wood School

On Friday 17th November The Grove U8 boys faced Akeley Wood School at home for penultimate fixture of the year. The boys have been working so hard in training in order to continuously replicate their great performances this year and once again it paid off.

Right from the start the boys controlled and dictated the tempo of the game by scoring multiple tri’s in quick succession. Each player played a valuable part in the performance and the teamwork and effort on show was wonderful to watch.

One of the team’s strongest aspects of their games this year has been their ability to run and drive forward with the ball whilst successfully managing to evade their opposition. Every single time the boys were in possession they looked lethal on the attack, making it very hard for Akeley Wood to mount much offence.

In the second half Akeley Wood managed to get themselves back into the game a bit more through some great pieces of play which had to be applauded. Fatigue started to kick in towards the last 5/10 minutes of the match but the boys held on and kept strong as a unit in order to see out the game and take home an 8-5 win.

Another factor of the performance that was great to see was the teamwork and work ethic of each of the boys involved. They have learnt to encourage and motivate each other even at the toughest of times when morale has been low.

Tuesday 28th November sees the boys play their final fixture away to Ashfold School, looking to end the year on a high and come out on top.

Thank you to all those involved including friends and family, your support is always greatly appreciated.

Mr Thompson

The Grove: 8
Akeley Wood School: 5
Man of the Match: Toby Coles

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Friday, 10 November 2017 12:02

Akeley Wood School U9 Rugby Festival

The boys have had a fantastic festival and have done really well in their second fixture. "The best team the Grove have ever had" - Akeley Wood Senior coach

The boys had a great start to the festival competing against Rushmoor School. Great enthusiasm and a fantastic line up led to a first early try. The boys then continued to compete backwards and forwards point scoring with the other team. The final result was a win with the boys scoring four to three from Rushmoor School.

The boys then continued with this enthusiasm into their second match winning a resounding victory against Swanbourne House School 'A' team winning with six tries to zero. This was a fantastic result for the boys and it spurred them on to their third match before the deciding rounds at the end.  

Their third match was the toughest yet against Akeley's 'A' team. The boys played fantastically well scoring a narrow defeat with the score being tied for the first half at three tries each. Akeley Wood pulled ahead scoring an extra two tries to win the match. 

The boys were second in their pool of four teams and were feeling super confident for their final against the second place winners in the other pool of four teams. Bedford Modern 'A' team were their opponents. The boys scored an early try with Kayne racing through the lines leaving Bedford for dust. Bedford then scored and the boys continued to trade tries until they were four all. Joesph narrowly missed a try right near the end and Bedford scored the final and winning try. The boys put in a fantastic effort in this match with the coaches commenting that they were a force to watch in the future. 

The boys came fourth out of eight teams overall and have done fantastically well, all the hard work training they have put in is paying of.  

I am so proud of all the boys that took part and look forward to continued wins in the near future.

Mr Thorne

Game 1
The Grove: 20
K. Adeleye (2), J. Imonioro, I. Okwuadigbo
Rushmoor School: 15

Game 2
The Grove: 30
K. Adeleye (2), J. Imonioro, O. Surley, I. Okwuadigbo, R Cheema
Swanbourne House School: 0

Game 3
The Grove: 15
K. Nwuga (2), O. Surley
Akeley Wood School: 25

Game 4
The Grove: 20
K. Nwuga (2), J. Imonioro, O. Surley
Bedford Modern School: 25

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On Tuesday 7th November The Grove U8 boys came up against Beachborough School for their 4th fixture of the year. Following on from their previous performance at the Akeley Wood festival they couldn’t wait to get stuck in again.

Unfortunately, the boys suffered a defeat, but regardless of the result they should all be extremely proud of their performance. The Beachborough team that the boys were up against were a very experienced side and had already participated in a lot of fixtures this year.

The game did not start off quite as planned for the boys, at half time they were 7-1 down. At this point in time frustration started to kick in and heads started to drop. During the half time break the boys sat and reflected on their performance so far and what they needed to do as a team in order to improve.

Instantly the boys came out strong by scoring 3 great tries in quick succession, putting Beachborough on the back foot and confidence started to grow. For the remainder of the match the boys remained strong and did not stop working hard right to the end. Unfortunately, all of their hard work was not quite enough to overcome the half time deficit but it is a learning curve and learning from their mistakes can only make them stronger. It is a big test of character to fall behind and come back, and they showed that greatly.

Every week the boys are getting better and stronger as a unit and will continue to build on that for the remainder of the year. As always, thank you for the support from parents who came to watch, it is always greatly appreciated.

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 at home to Akeley Wood School and are positive that the boys can continue to improve on their fantastic performances.

Thank you

Mr Thompson

The Grove: 8
Beachborough School: 10

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Friday, 10 November 2017 12:01

The Grove U9 Rugby vs Beachborough School

After lots of training the time finally came for the U9’s first contact rugby match, and it came up against an always strong Beachborough team.

Right from the start I was extremely impressed by both sets of players but when you factor in it was The Grove’s first match it was incredible how well the boys were tackling, making hit after hit and not relenting as the match went on. As we went into half time we were three tries to two up, but knew the second half wouldn’t be anything other than difficult.

The match continued in the same vein with both teams looking to score whenever possible and with the score tied at six tries apiece with one play remaining it took some heroic defending on the try line to keep out a possible Grove try.

Drawing 30-30 against a strong opposition was an outstanding result and the boys were very unlucky not to have one, a great start to the season and extremely promising signs!

Mr Ellemore

The Grove: 30
K Nwuga (3), J Imonioro (2), K Adeleye
Beachborough School: 30

Man of the Match: K Nwuga


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Friday, 10 November 2017 11:59

The Grove U11 Rugby vs Ashfold School

With the rugby season well and truly underway we hosted Ashfold for what promised to be an exciting match.

From start to finish The Grove boys attacked relentlessly not letting our opponents rest or get out of their defensive half. Some superb examples of individual running was evident throughout and whilst this was exciting to watch I am hoping to see more examples of ‘team tries’ rather than ‘solo tries’ to improve our all round game.

We did have one minor slip with a few missed tackles to allow Ashfold to score but all in all it was a great show of attacking rugby from The Grove, running in eleven tries.

Well done boys!

Mr Ellemore

The Grove: 55
G Rigas (3), E Martey (3), R Kimani (2), G Asade (2), K Malanda
Ashfold School: 5

Man of the Match: Giannis Rigas

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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


Akeley Wood School: 10
Bedford Modern School: 5

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