Tuesday 16th May saw The Grove Under 8 Boys play their first Cricket fixture of the year at home to Swanbourne House. Leading up to the day, the boys had only had a handful of sessions in order to prepare themselves. However, each and every one of them gave 110% and deservedly came out with a win.
The match started off with the boys fielding. Due to the age of the boys, one of the most difficult aspects of the game is bowling. It can be very hard to get to grips with the correct technique of how to bowl accurately and considering the relatively short amount of practice they had leading up to the fixture they all performed extremely well.
Ethan Ireland and Kanye Nwuga were up first to bowl 1 over each against Swanbourne House’s first batting pair. From the 12 balls bowled, Swanbourne managed to score themselves 18 runs.
Second up was Advik Mishra and Isaac Okwuadigbo. After some excellent bowling Swanbourne house were only able to score a total of 12 runs. However, due to some excellent fielding from the boys as a whole they were able to take one wicket resulting in 5 runs being subtracted from Swanbourne’s current total.
The boys finished off the first innings strongly. Joseph Imonioro and Oliver Surely finished strong by managing to take 3 wickets from Swanbourne and only allowing them to score 4 runs from 12 balls. This resulted in Swanbourne House finishing with a total of 246 runs.
After the changeover the Grove stepped up to bat. They started off slowly but once they got into their stride and got to grips with the game they did not disappoint. Swanbourne had some strong bowlers however this did not phase the boys as they remained in control of the match.
Considering the short amount of time, the boys had had to prepare for the fixture they performed extremely well. Towards the end of the game Gautham Parthiban showed off his ability by hitting several boundaries to see of the game and bring The Grove to an impressive total of 280 runs. This included scoring a 6 with an unstoppable hit right through the heart of Swanbourne’s fielders.
Due to such a positive performance we all look forward to our next fixture and hope that the boy’s success can continue.
The Grove: 280
Swanbourne House: 246
Man of the Match: Gautham Parthiban
On Tuesday 16th May our Under 8 girls aged their first rounders match of the season, at home against Swanbourne House School.
The girls were very excited and were really looking forward to playing. We started the first innings fielding, and even though the girls have not played a match before, they started very positively without nerves. Alexa O'Kane did some beautiful bowling, and Arianna Vicelli-Fitch played an excellent backstop collecting the missed balls and sending them straight to Hannah Siddall on second. They managed to get many players out and stop some good rounders from being scored. We also batted well, albeit against an excellent Swanbourne bowler. Alice Alder and Sophie Hartley-Wiley managed to score some good rounders. We played an excellent first innings scoring 6 and a half rounders.
The second innings, however, was not so positive. The Swanbourne batting was too consistent and aiming for the gaps in the field and we ended up conceding too many rounders, even though our fielding was still good. We also batted well in the second innings, but we took too many risks and we got ourselves out too much.
Altogether, the girls thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon. Well Done Girls!
The Grove: 9
Swanbourne House: 20½
The senior girls captained by Caitlin Hendry started by fielding first.
Tiya Mistry bowled consistently well throughout both innings but unfortunately there were a number of girls on the Quinton House team that were exceptionally strong at batting and the girls struggled a little to field the balls in quickly despite Caitlin Hendry’s excellent throws and Amy Pattinson’s valiant attempts to chase down a number of particularly long bats.
We fumbled a number of balls, which cost us dearly but our catching and decision-making was much improved in the 2nd innings. Our batting also improved in he second innings allowing us to reduce the lead Quinton had made but unfortunately much damage had been done in the first innings.
Darina Vieceli-Fitch worked hard throughout the game and scored consistently well when batting which earned her ‘Player of the Match.’
A great effort girls – keep trying to be more confident taking catches in the field!
The Grove: 7½
Quinton House School: 23
Player of the Match: Darina Vieceli-Fitch
7.5 – 11
This was the first fixture of the summer term and it was a fantastic start by all involved. Akeley Wood won the toss and decided to field first with The Grove team batting. The Grove girls batted well and managed to score 7.5 points. After 30 good balls, the teams swapped over and Akeley wood stepped up to bat. In fielding, Caitlin Henry (captain) bowled some beautiful balls and as a consequence was awarded player of the match by Akeley Wood. As a whole, there were lots of brilliant performances from the Grove players including a fantastic catch made by Mariam late in the game!
Akeley Wood finished up scoring 11 points, however it was a very well matched game and a good start to the Rounders season from the girls.
The Grove: 7½
Akeley Wood School: 11
Player of the Match: Caitlin Hendry
After a long journey to Maidwell Hall we were greeted with a wonderful, picturesque venue for our match and a very friendly opposition. The girls had some time to warm-up and prepare and then the game began with Maidwell unfortunately winning the first centre pass. The first two quarters of the game were very defensive from The Grove and we seemed to struggle to keep possession of the ball, find space to receive a pass or find the hoop when shooting. We found ourselves 5-0 down at the half-way point. After a stern talking to and an attempt to inject some passion and determination into the game, The Grove started to win the ball, driving into space and managing to get the ball into the circle to our shooters. The last two quarters saw 2 goals scored by Amaya Saiz-Arthur but unfortunately it was not enough and the match finished with an 8-2 loss.
The Grove: 2
A. Saiz Arthur (2)
Maidwell Hall: 8
Player of the Match: Amaya Saiz-Arthur
A cold and wintery afternoon greeted The Grove U9’s for their final match of the season against Maidwell Hall. We arrived in good time and this allowed Findlay Hovell to lead a very detailed warm-up giving The Grove some confidence leading into the game.
The first half started strongly for Maidwell, with George Skillings and Alexander Chan having to defend strongly and with two great saves from Thomas Huggins the score was only 1-0 to Maidwell at halftime.
The second half saw Maidwell score two quick goals before The Grove staged a remarkable comeback with both Wilfred Clark and Findlay Hovell scoring in quick succession.
With the game poised at 3-2 Grove pressed hard for the winner with both Stellan Chinnappa and Kwaku Malanda pushed up-field and retained possession for one final attack. Unfortunately, the ball bounced of the crossbar directly to a Maidwell player who broke up-field and scored to finish 4-2 to Maidwell.
The boys were clearly disappointed, however the application and effort was superb and but for some luck a draw would have been a fair result. The boys have tried hard all season and deserve credit for the way they have represented the school.
A special Thanks to all the parents who came over to support the team in our last match of the football season.
The Grove: 2
W. Clark, F. Hovell
Maidwell Hall 4
Man of the Match: Wilfred Clarke
Our third fixture in a week came against Maidwell Hall, back on the field and back to a more familiar surface we were hoping to end a busy seven days with a win. A very disappointing first two goals killed the game before half time as sloppy defending was capitalised on by our opposition. Two further goals in the second half put the game to bed and once again I find myself saying The Grove were unlucky to lose by a four goal margin. A bit more ruthlessness in both penalty boxes when both defending and attacking is needed, as the game as a whole was fairly even. We face Quinton House away in the last game of the season on the 22nd March and are looking to go out with a bang.
Once again our B team were left with a good chance to better the A team’s result and once again did exactly that, sadly again losing but by a narrow 1-0 margin. Good defending meant our goalkeeper was rarely tested and the resilience shown was impressive. Going forwards it was again a familiar story of going close but not quite finding an equaliser.
The Grove 'A': 0
Maidwell Hall 'A': 4
Man of the Match: Elijah Martey
The Grove 'B': 0
Maidwell Hall 'B': 1
Man of the Match: Dean Quinton
On the 8th March the 'A' team played their home fixture against Maidwell Hall. As we had two fixtures, the 'B' team played first enabling the 'A' team to observe the opposition and prepare themselves for their pending game.
At 3pm, the first game was over and Tiya Mistry (Captain) won the first centre pass. The game started positively with the Grove stringing together a number of passes and they looked a little more confident on court. However, despite this, Maidwell Hall defence were very eager to win the ball back, therefore making lots of interceptions and gaining possession. This coinciding with a very strong Maidwell Hall attacking side resulted in the final score ending 12 – 0 to Maidwell Hall.
In future lessons, we will be working on is trying to improve our eagerness for the ball and competitiveness on court.
The Grove 'A': 0
Maidwell Hall 'A': 12
The third match of the season for the U10/11 side and with a couple of players missing it was always going to be a tough fixture. The first half of the game started well with an early goal scored for The Grove and it looked like the game was going to be closely fought between the two teams but Maidwell took control and we found ourselves 7-1 down at half-time. The second half was disappointing and The Grove just couldn’t keep possession of the ball in mid-court and we very rarely got the ball to our shooters. Maidwell were very competitive and determined throughout the game, something The Grove must strive to achieve going forwards. The final score – Lost 12-1
The Grove 'B': 1
Maidwell Hall 'B': 12
Player of the Match – Emily Garwood
Only two days after our last fixture we came up against Birkenhead School, who visit us annually as part of their football tour. Playing on astroturf due to poor weather making the pitches unplayable, we faced a different challenge on a quicker and smoother surface. The game would also be made harder by the fact four of our opposition play in the Liverpool FC junior sides. Baring all of that in mind I was impressed by the performance The Grove put in. A 6-0 score line was harsh on us as we often defended well in numbers, but our oppositions quality shone through. We came close to getting a goal back but it wasn’t to be.
Our B team were excited to face our touring opposition and were keen to force a better result than our A’s did. They did exactly that as The Grove defended valiantly and put together good phases of play going forward. We were unlucky to lose 2-0 and goalkeeper Isaac Henshaw played very well to ensure it was only two.
The Grove 'A': 0
Birkenhead School 'A': 6
Man of the Match: Damilola Omotosho
The Grove 'B':
Birkenhead School 'B': 2
Man of the Match: Isaac Henshaw
The A team faced a particularly tough game this Wednesday when up against Swanbourne House School.
The girls fought valiantly throughout, against a very strong Year 6 team and showed great improvement in their movement on the court – something we have worked hard on this term. There was some excellent defending from Mariam and Iman with great support from the rest of the team members but despite this Swanbourne lead throughout. Caitlin and Oluchi fought hard to try and get out cleanly to receive our centre passes from Tiya but unfortunately we were unable to capitalize on this on a consistent basis. Despite the increasing lead the girls remained positive throughout and continued to fight hard to keep the ball out of our defending end and should be proud of their efforts.
The Grove 'A': 0
Swanbourne House 'A': 17
Player of the Match: Mariam Elakama
The game started promptly with The Grove winning the first center pass. Throughout the four quarters The Grove girls’ managed to pass the ball up the court and there were some glimpses of excellent movement and some great individual performances.
However, on the day, it was a very tough game against a tight team. Swanbourne were much stronger at holding their position and driving in front of their players, resulting in the final score ending Swanbourne 10 – Grove 0. In future lessons, we will continue to work on the girls’ hunger for the ball and movement on court.
The Grove 'B': 0
Swanbourne House 'B': 10