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 11:50

The Grove U8 Hockey vs Quinton House School

Quinton House arrived with 2 teams to play which was unexpected but gave The Grove lots of game play which was welcomed at this time of the year. Our first match was against their 'A' team and although it was the first ever fixture for our U8 girls playing, the game was very competitive throughout with some excellent attacking play from Oluwadabira Filani as centre midfield and Alexa O’Kane as centre forward. Unfortunately the team found it hard to switch from attack to defence and haven’t yet established the skill of tackling, so Quinton managed to score 2 goals pushing easily past our midfield and defence. After a team talk at the end of the match the girls were then ready for their second match against Quinton 'B' team. The Grove took control of the game fantastically well and in no time at all Alexa O’Kane scored with a super run through to goal. Soon after Oluwadabira Filani demonstrated some good individual skill on the ball and with sheer determination scored the second goal for The Grove. The second half was much the same with The Grove dominating the game and we soon secured 2 more goals from Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi and another from Alexa O’Kane.

Well done girls. A super start to the season from the U8 girls.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 0
Quinton House 'A': 2

The Grove: 4
A. O'Kane (2), O. Filani, I. Adekanmbi
Quinton House 'B': 0

Player of the Fixture: Alexa O’Kane

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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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Friday, 29 September 2017 08:48

The Grove U10/11 Hockey vs Beachborough School

On the 28th September, The Grove girls faced their second game of the season against Beachborough School.

After a 40 minute drive, we arrived in time for a warm-up and a thorough team talk before commencing play. The whole team approached the game very positive due to their fantastic win the week before and they were all very excited to begin.

The game begun with the Grove taking the first push back. The girls started well and managed to get stuck in. However, the Beachborough team had exceptionally strong players and they managed to make some fantastic breaks in order to find the goal.

The second half was slightly shorter than the first due to Beachborough having another game straight after against Quinton House. However, the Grove girls still battled away with Chloe Cave in defence having an outstanding game. She consistently made strong tackles to break down the opposite teams attacking play and cleared the ball away from danger.

The final score ended up Beachborough 5 – Grove – 0. However, considering that Sophy Pearce helped out in goal last minute to replace Jana Alsallal who was away and the fact that it was only the Grove girls second fixture, there were lots of positives to take away from the afternoon.

Well done.

The Grove: 0
Beachborough School: 5

Miss. Rawle

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:15

The Grove U10/11 Hockey vs Quinton House School

This was the U10/11’s first fixture of the season against Quinton House and what a great fixture it was!

The game started promptly with The Grove winning the first push back. Throughout the first half, we were very much dominating play, demonstrating some fantastic attacking play which continued throughout the whole game.

Jana Alsallal managed to keep a clean sheet, making some very important clearances. This was helped by a fantastic defence, with Chloe Cave, Sophy Pearce and Eve Bailey strong in all of their tackles.

In midfield and on the wing, Maya Shah, Gabriella English, Iman Komane and Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana demonstrated superb vision distributing the ball beautifully down both of the channels. And in attack, Amaya Saiz-Arthur showed great commitment and hunger for the ball, scoring a total of three goals!

Overall, it was a fantastic game with both excellent individual and team performances all around. Well done!

Miss. Rawle

The Grove: 6
A. Saiz-Arthur (3), G. English, C. Diniz Fernandez-Lomana
Quinton House School: 0

Player of the Match: Maya Shah

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:12

The Grove Colts Rugby vs Quinton House School

With the rugby season well and truly underway we travelled to Quinton House full of anticipation after last week’s win against Asfhold. We knew we still had areas to improve on though and the game was never going to be easy.

We started sloppily with some missed tackles and went behind early. Sadly, we never recovered and poor mistakes in important areas and at crucial times meant we couldn’t stop conceding tries. When we were on the attack we showed promise but couldn’t quite string that final pass together or break through the defensive line. We did get on the score sheet when Findlay Hovell reacted quickest to a loose ball and pounced to score but our attacks were far too infrequent.

More missed tackles meant the score was mounting higher but one highlight did come when Elijah Martey picked up and ball and used his pace to break through Quinton House’s defences to score. Soon after Kwaku Malanda picked up his first try of the season, running home into the corner. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to mount a comeback and we ended a tough game with a 50-15 defeat.

Our next fixtures come on October 11th as we host our annual rugby festival, plenty of practise will be taking place between now and then to ensure our ‘A game’ is present then.

Mr Ellemore

The Grove: 15
F. Hovell, E. Martey, K. Malanda
Quinton House School: 50

Man of the Match: Findlay Hovell

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:12

Ashfold School U9 Hockey Tournament

On Tuesday 18th September the Under 9 Girls travelled to Ashfold School for their first fixture of the season. It was a tournament against 5 other schools. The girls were very excited about this.

Our first match was against Beachborough School, and with the games being only seven minutes long, they were fast and furious. We defended brilliantly, and Mikayla Martey showed excellent defending skills, stopping the ball dead and clearing out to the side. The match finished 0-0, we were very close however, to scoring in the last 30 seconds of the match.

This got us ready for the match against Manor Prep School. Again it was fast and furious, but after 5 minutes, we gained good possession and managed to score an amazing opening goal, Well Done Schechinah Fundira, the first goal of the season. We kept possession well, and in the final minutes of the game we scored again! Alexa O’Kane! 2-0 the final Score.

The third match of the game was against Chandlings. The girls passed well out on to the wings, making loads of space. We managed to score our first goal within 30 seconds. This was looking positive for us, and we were bringing in some great tackles. However, in the last 30 seconds of the match, we conceded a goal. The final score 1-1.

For our fourth match of the tournament, we managed to defend well against Swanbourne House, however, we conceded a goal within the first two minutes of the game. The final Score 1-0 to Swanbourne.

Our final game against Ashfold School was the most fast and furious match of the tournament, we were against a very skilled and well practiced team, plus we were tired after some amazing game play. We fought, but ended up losing 2-0.

Altogether, our defence was strong, and the tournament set us up well for future matches in the season.

Well Done Girls!

Mrs Paris

Game 1

The Grove: 0
Beachborough School: 0

Game 2

The Grove: 2
S Fundira, A. O'Kane
Manor Prep School: 0

Game 3

The Grove: 1
H. Siddall
Chandlings: 1

Game 4

The Grove: 0
Swanbourne House: 1

Game 5

The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 2

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:12

The Grove vs Akeley Wood School & Ashfold School

The Grove vs Akeley Wood SchoolIMG 4822

After only two practise sessions our Colts Boys travelled to Akeley Wood for two matches against our hosts and then Ashfold.

We started well with Elijah Martey running in a superb solo try, showing his blistering pace. The game then ebbed and flowed with the action quickly moving from one end to another. The Grove were unable to convert their chances on a regular enough basis and weren’t as clinical as our opponents. Another try for Elijah made it close but we sadly lost, 10-20.

The Grove: 10
E. Martey (2)
Akeley Wood School: 20
Man of the Match: Elijah Martey

IMG 4871The Grove vs Ashfold School

Going into our second match we knew the areas to improve on; keeping our defence wide, ensuring we were quick to ruck and secure the ball and finally get the ball to the wide areas of the pitch as quickly as possible.

An incredible try from Henry Lorenz opened the scoring, as he danced his way through the Ashfold defence. Soon after Ryan Kimani added to the scoreline, ploughing his way through the defence with great power. Our opposition hit back with tries of their own and it became a tense affair with both teams fighting for the win. A great piece of play from Giannis Rigas inspired his teammates; whilst rucking Giannis ripped the ball from his opponent and had sights only for the try line, dodging many tackles on his way to scoring. Elijah and Henry both showed their pace and trickery again scoring, but with Ashfold also scoring again it was a close finish with The Grove just holding on for a thrilling 35-25 victory.

All in all the boys can be delighted with their afternoons efforts, there are still areas to work on but it was extremely pleasing to see such a high standard of performance so early in the season.

The Grove: 35
H. Lorenz (2), R. Kimani (2), E Martey (2),  G Rigas
Ashfold School: 25
Man of the Match: Ryan Kimani

Mr Ellemore

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This was a key match to see if the team had learnt lessons from the previous week and certainly the focus was there in the warm-up with consistency and accuracy in throwing and catching.

Amaya Saiz-Arthur was Captain for the game and after losing the toss, led the team into bat. Unfortunately, our batting was a little disappointing with the girls seeming to fall apart, making unnecessary runs and finding themselves stumped out very early on in the innings. Amaya was particularly unlucky with a great hit that was caught just beyond first post.  

Our first innings in the field favoured a little better with Amaya leading by example with some confident decisions and accurate throwing. Hana Iguchi bowled really well with very few ‘no balls’ delivered and Eve Bailey threw accurately to both bowler and second post as our backstop. Quinton had a great 1st innings in bat and scored some well deserved rounders.

The 2nd innings seemed to continue with a lack of concentration from The Grove and last minute decision making meant that key players found themselves stumped out very early on. Quinton grew in confidence in their 2nd batting innings as more players were making contact with the ball and putting The Grove under pressure. Hana continued to bowl extremely well and there were some moments of very good fielding by the rest of the team. Unfortunately, the little mistakes and errors of judgement resulted in a lead that The Grove just couldn’t chase.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 6
Quinton House School: 10
Player of the Match: Amaya Saiz-Arthur

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The final match of the season started well for The Grove as Stellan Chinnappa won the toss and elected to bowl first. It was an overcast afternoon and he clearly wanted to take advantage of the excellent bowling conditions.

The bowlers did do well early on and restricted Quinton House to a modest total off the first 6 overs. However, with a change of pair Quinton House began to score freely, but with wickets to Wilfred Clark and Findlay Hovell the scoring rate was dragged back.

The Grove continued to press hard for wickets, however a high number of wides and no-balls were all adding up to a good total for Quinton House. Leon Gunesekara and Kwaku Malanda did bowl tightly, but the final total for Quinton House of 91/5 was a good one.

In reply The Grove did not start well. We lost wickets at regular intervals and simply could not find the boundary due to some tight bowling from Quinton House. Alexander Chan and Gbolahan Asade did a good job rebuilding the innings without the loss of any further wickets, however the final pair simply ran out of balls to score from and could not move closer to the required total.

Unfortunately, The Grove could not chase down a very competitive score and finished on 61/4. Although the score line does favour Quinton House, the boys did improve from the previous matches and hopefully will be better for the experiences next summer.

A special thanks to all the parents who came out to support the team in the final match of the cricket season.

Mr Small

The Grove: 61/4
Quinton House School: 91/5
Man of the Match: Stellan Chinnappa

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