The 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.
The Grove: 1
Quinton House School: 5
Man of the Match: Kanye Nwuga
The 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.
The Grove: 2
O Whittam (2)
Quinton House School: 2
Man of the Match: Oliver Whittam
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.
The Grove: 1
Beachborough School: 4
Man of the Match: Joseph Imonioro
The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 3
Man of the Match: Isaac Okwuadigbo
The girls started off well, passing cleanly and staying on their players. However, they soon discovered the high speed and excellent tactics of the Ashfold girls, forcing them to try much harder to match their opponents. They did a great job doing this and it was evident in their play that they were hungry to succeed. There was some excellent defending on the part of Mikayla Martey as goal keeper and great moving in the goal circle from Arianna Vicielli-Fitch and Hannah Siddall in goal attack and goal shooter. Unfortunately, the girls couldn't match up to Ashfold's skill level, going down in the end, but they still played an excellent game making it a great match to watch.
The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 12
Player of the Match: Mikayla Martey
In their first fixture of the season the U9’s had to adjust to a different surface to play on in the shape of the quicker, harder astroturf. We were looking forward to starting the season well.
The Grove began positively, attacking whenever possible and defending so well that Joseph Imonioro didn’t have to work too hard in goal. We then broke the deadlock with a fantastic goal, Keith Adeleye picked the ball up on the left hand side, cut in onto his strong right foot and finished with good composure to put us 1-0 up.
The score line stayed the same for a long period with both teams having chances but failing to score. Unfortunately, in the last ten minutes The Grove twice gave the ball away in defensive areas and twice paid the ultimate price for it, conceding soft goals.
The full time whistle went and the boys were gutted to be on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline but in truth nine times out of ten they would win that match, and they will be more determined to cut out any sloppy errors to ensure they come away with victory next time.
The Grove: 1
Ashfold School: 2
Man of the Match: Keith Adeleye
Beachborough arrived on a bitterly cold afternoon for our first netball fixture of the term. After a thorough warm-up the B team were playing first. It was a slow start for The Grove and the girls seemed lost on the court during the first half of the game. Beachborough made some quick passes and used their tall players to effect scoring 4 easy goals. After the half time talk and a few positional changes The Grove seemed to settle into the game and started to put together some good passes and we had a number of chances to score in the second half. After some perseverance Eve Bailey managed to score leaving the final score at 5-1 to Beachborough. Lots to work on but a good effort from all. Well done.
The A team were playing next and much like the B team it took them some time to focus in the game and put together accurate and quick passes. After The Grove settled the game did become more competitive but we had already found ourselves 3 goals down at this point. We did have a number of chances and certainly worked hard in defence to get the ball past mid-court but unfortunately we couldn’t score. As with the B team after some perseverance Amaya Saiz-Arthur managed to score but the final score ended as a 6-1 loss.
The Grove 'B': 1
Beachborough School 'A': 5
Player of the Match: Sophy Pearce
The Grove 'A': 1
Beachborough School 'B': 6
Player of the Match: Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana
The boys started their season determined to make it as successful as their rugby season, and we hosted Beachborough at Newton Longville astroturf full of hope.
Unfortunately, despite good preparations before the game the boys weren’t awake in the first half and found themselves 4-0 down at half time. Lacklustre and static defending all over the pitch made it far too easy for our opponent, improvements were needed.
Thankfully the second half was hugely better and we got ourselves on the scoresheet when a Henry Lorenz effort was deflected in. We went on to concede one more but to draw the second half 1-1 was considerably better than the first half showing.
The Grove: 1
Beachborough School: 5
Man of the Match: Wilfred Clark
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