On Tuesday 16th January, our Under 9s played their first Netball Fixture of the season away at Beachborough. We arrived in plenty of time, so we were able to do a very good warm up, it was very cold, with a bitter wind.
The girls started the first quarter with excellent confidence. With some lovely interceptions in the centre third, they managed to pass the ball and get it into their third. We had some excellent goes at at shooting, but we were unlucky. The team just needed to continue what they were doing, we were very dominant, which is what we did in the second quarter, and we were successful…. A goal scored by Hannah Siddall and helped by Arianna Vicielli-Fitch. This gave the team confidence for the second half.
The girls started the second half confidently, with some beautiful passes in the centre third from Sophie Hartley-Wiley and Alexa O’Kane, they were all over Beachborough. However, Beachborough had upped their game, and they were building in confidence by the minute. They had a few shots at goal, but with little success. Our defenders found their feet and managed to intercept and pass the ball well into the centre third. Towards the end of the third quarter, Hannah Siddall scored the second goal, we were winning 2-0. The team were getting tired now, and the cold, bitter wind was biting into their hands, they just had to spend the final quarter in possession and not give in. They worked extremely hard and won the match 2-0. Well Done Girls, our first match of the season a winner!
The Grove: 2
H Siddall (2)
Player of the Match: Alexa O’Kane
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
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
After our success on Friday the girls were very excited and confident for our match against Beachborough School. It was a very nerve-racking game throughout with the play up and down the pitch. With an early lead for Beachborough, The Grove really stepped-up their game with some fantastic play from Regan Hovell in defence and our midfield, once again making positive moves towards goal. It wasn’t long before Oluwadabira Filani managed to score with support from Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi to make the score 1-1. After a real battle between the two teams, The Grove had possession of the ball in the Beachborough circle just before half-time. Unfortunately with lots of frantic defending from Beachborough the ball came off a defenders stick into their own goal which put us in front at half-time. After a positive team talk the girls were ready to face the second half and once again it was a battle up and down the pitch. With a slight lapse of concentration in defence we conceded a goal early into the second half putting the score back to 2-2. The Grove continued to show real determination on the ball and with some great balls through to midfield and some excellent dribbling skills demonstrated our third goal was scored by Oluwadabira.
A super result. Well done girls.
The Grove: 3
O. Filani (2), O.G
Beachborough School: 2
Player of the Match: Ewaoluwa Adekanmbi
On Tuesday 21st November, we played Beachborough School at home. We decided to take a large team with us, with lots of substitutes so most of year 4 could experience the excitement of a home fixture. For some, this was their first ever fixture, so they were very nervous.
We could see from the start that, Beachborough were very strong. Within 2 minutes we conceded a goal, but our spirits were high. We were also very nervous starting and it took us a little time to get into our stride, with some children being in new positions. We gained possession, however, from some excellent defending from Mikayla Martey. A special mention also goes out to Harini Sivivakeesar for brilliant goal keeping. Unfortunately, Beachborough were a very strong team, and in the first half we conceded 4 goals.
At the start of the second half, a stronger team was put out, and we had some excellent passes from Alexa O’Kane, Sophie Hartley-Wiley and Arianna Vieceli-Fitch this eventually led to us scoring a beautiful goal. We managed to get the ball into our half more, but we struggled to keep possession. We conceded 3 other goals in this half, but the girls were not disappointed with this, as we made some excellent progress against a very strong team. Well Done Girls.
The Grove: 1
Player of the Match: Harini Sivavakeesar
This was the U8’s third fixture of the season and after a tough match the previous week the girls were determined to build on the lessons learnt. Akeley arrived and after a good warm-up the match began. The Grove got off to a very good start and there was some excellent play from mid-field showing some positive moves in attack. We really didn’t give Akeley any opportunity to enter into our half of the pitch. It wasn’t long before Oluwadabira Filani was able to find some space through Akeley’s defence and scored a lovely first goal in the first half. After a positive team talk at half-time The Grove continued their attacking play into the second half and with some excellent play on the left from Ewaoluwa Adekanmbi and support from Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi the ball was driven into the attacking circle again for Oluwadabira Filani to score two more goals. This secured an excellent win for the The Grove.
Well done girls. An excellent result.
The Grove: 3
O. Filani (3)
Akeley Wood School: 0
Player of the Match: Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi
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.
The Grove: 8
Akeley Wood School: 5
Man of the Match: Toby Coles