Friday, 21 October 2016 09:16

The Grove Colts Rugby vs Ashfold School

With the wind blowing across the pitch and the leaves changing The Grove colts warmed up for their match against Ashford school.  

The Grove again started the match strongly and made some telling runs into the Ashfold 22m line, however drops passes and errors meant no points were scored.

A power 55m from Giannis Rigas and some fantastic passing from Isaac Henshaw changed all of that and the Grove scored three quick tries to take lead of 15-0.

Ashfold came back with a good team try of their own then Alexander Lee scored in the far corner. The halftime score was 20 -0 in favour of The Grove.

The second half started well for both teams with chances and tries scored, however the introduction of ‘Super sub’ Jeremy Matthews who scored two well worked tries meant the final score finished 40-15 to the Grove.

The match not only saw a lot of tries scored, but the teamwork and tackling from The Grove was the best I have seen this season. Well done lads.

A special Thanks to all the parents/grandparents who came out to support the team. Also a special mention to Mr Randall who came over to the fields to take some ‘Action’ photos for us.

Mr Small.

The Grove: 40
Ashfold School: 15
Man of the Match: Giannis Rigas

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:20

Akeley Wood U8 Tag Rugby Festival

The Grove's 4th competitive match(s) of the year took place at a festival hosted by Akeley Wood School. There were 8 other schools competing at the event which made for a fun-filled afternoon for everyone involved.

The festival got underway at 2pm with each of the 9 teams all competing against each other at different allocated time slots. There were 4 pitches set up ready to host the games which each lasted 8 minutes so as to keep the teams fresh and offering equal opportunities for all children to participate.

The Grove arrived full of confidence due to their recent run of victories and were immediately engaged as soon as the whistle blew. The Boys carried on from where they left off by comfortably winning their first 2 matches of the afternoon due to an excellent team effort from everybody. Due to there being an odd amount of teams participating in the event, every team had the chance to have a rest on the side lines at some point. They made the most of this through refreshments and team talking before taking their places back out on the field.

Unfortunately, we were not as successful as they had been previously, although everyone on the team continued to make the school proud through a great effort they were not able to overcome the next few challenges that they were faced with.

After another break the team came back out onto the pitches ready for the final few matches of the afternoon. The Grove performed well and were able to maintain their excellent standards that they have set for themselves so far this year. Out of the 9 schools competing, The Boys came 5th, this is a great achievement for the team, considering they have only been playing together for 7 weeks. It is also a clear indication of the dedication and hard work they have been putting into their training.

Overall, the main aim of the afternoon was for the team to have fun which they thoroughly did whilst socialising and mixing with boys from other schools. There is now a short break before the next fixture in which the team will continue to work hard and improve.

Finally, a big thank you to all the parents who attended the festival to offer their help and support to the team, it is greatly appreciated.

Mr Thompson



The Grove: 3
Bedford Modern School 'B': 2

The Grove: 5
Bedford Modern School 'C': 1

The Grove: 3
Akeley Wood School 'A': 5

The Grove: 3
Akeley Wood School 'B': 3

The Grove: 2
Bedford Modern School 'A': 5

The Grove: 3
Swanbourne House: 2

The Grove: 3
Chandlings 'A': 5

The Grove: 6
Chandlings 'B': 2

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 15:41

The Grove Rugby Festival 2016

Wednesday the 12th of October saw the annual Grove School Colts rugby tournament hosted on our home pitches at tear drop lakes.

Teams form Akeley Wood, BMS, Quinton House and Pitsford joined The Grove in a round robin event culminating in a final on the main pitch.

Each match lasted 15 minutes and some very close scores were recorded.

EVENTS Scorecard

The Grove                  2          Quinton           4

Akeley                        7          Pitsford           0

Pitsford                       0          BMS                8

The Grove                   3          Akeley             4

Akeley                         1          BMS                2

Quinton                       4          Pitsford           1

The Grove                   1          BMS                8

Akeley                         1          Quinton           1

Quinton                       0          BMS                5

The Grove                   4          Pitsford           1

Final Match

BMS                3          Akeley             0

We were delighted to be able to witness a final between the top two teams after the round robin event was completed. Akelely Wood played BMS in a 20 minute final. The game was a very good showpiece for schools’ rugby and BMS eventually came out winners 3 -0.

All teams performed well and some excellent skills were on display. Power house Damilola showed some great form ending the day as our top try scorer showing superb skill and determination. Further mentions to Alex Lee, Jeremy Matthews and Harry Dunning who played some of their best rugby for The Grove.

A massive thank you to all The Grove sports, support and teaching staff who helped organise an excellent event. We would also like thank all the parents who came and cheered us on all afternoon.

Mr Small and Mr Ellemore

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On Friday 30th September,  the Under 8 girls headed off to Bedford Modern School for their first ever away fixture.

We had some very nervous, yet excited girls on the bus. We were hoping this was going to be channelled in a good way when the game started.

We started very nervously, but soon gained some control of the game. Even though Bedford Modern offered some excellent defending, we managed to push and soon scored our first goal.

After a little chat at half time about maintaining positions and moving into a space, it was time for the second half. The Grove played so well together, even though we could see they were getting tired. The Grove pushed through the defence and scored 3 more goals.

Goals were scored by Alexa O’Kane (2) , and Hannah Siddall (2).

Bedford Modern kept pushing and pushing in the second half though, especially as The Grove got tired, but thanks to Arianna Vicelli-Fitch and Sophie Hartley-Wiley, the goals were kept at bay.

The girls then went and enjoyed a lovely match tea thriving on their 4-0 win.

Well Done Girls!!

Mrs Paris

The Grove: 4
A. O'Kane (2), H. Siddall (2)

Bedford Modern School: 0
Player of the Match: Sophie Hartley-Wiley

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Monday, 03 October 2016 12:06

The Grove U8 Rugby vs Bedford Modern School

The Grove's third fixture of the academic year was a visit to Bedford Modern School. Following on from their previous win against Swanbourne House the morale in the team was high.

For this fixture a 40-minute match was played, broken up into 4 quarters. After a short warm up the team took to the field to begin the match. The Grove started by picking up exactly where they had left off by scoring the first try of the game almost immediately after kick of and taking an early lead. This instantly showed signs of the potential ability the team possesses and how they are constantly improving.

BMS responded well with some good passing and tactical awareness resulting in putting points on the scoreboard for themselves also. At the end of the first quarter The Grove were leading 4-1 and although they had the lead there were still areas for improvement.

BMS had a slightly larger squad size than The Grove so as fatigue slowly started to creep in the second quarter was slightly more challenging for The Grove as they were not able to rotate their players quite as often. This however did not prevent them from maintaining their brilliant run of form as at the half time whistle they had a 6-3 lead over their opponents.

After a 5-minute interval in which the team were able to reflect amongst themselves and have some refreshments they headed back to the field for the second half. Instantly there was a difference in their play as they looked to spread the play and pass the ball wide so as to penetrate their opponent’s defence down the side-lines. They played 2 final quarters of rugby and having clearly learnt from their mistakes and figured out their opponent’s style of play, were able to dominate the match and achieve a final match score of 13-6.

After leaving the field full of confidence and their heads held high the team sat down with their opponents and had tea before departing back to school.

Once again, a massive thank you to all of the parents that made the journey and came along to support the team. The team’s next competitive fixtures will be held at Akeley Wood School as the they participate in a festival playing against a number of different opponents. I have no doubt that they will continue to improve and working together to achieve their goals.

Mr Thompson

The Grove: 13
Bedford Modern School: 6
Man of the Match: Oliver Surley

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Monday, 03 October 2016 09:56

The Grove U9 Hockey vs Thornton College

The girls started off in a positive manner with excellent runs up the pitch from Amaya Saiz-Arthur scoring early into the first half.  Alexa Berkin-Evans was particularly strong as a centre mid-fielder supporting her team-mates with excellent positioning and spatial awareness. Hana Iguchi stayed in position beautifully throughout and good efforts were made by the rest of the team.

Amaya continued to play strongly throughout the first half of the game, scoring two further goals. Thornton rallied in the second half to score their first goal of the match.  Our fourth goal of the game was scored shortly afterwards leaving the goal difference to large for Thornton to close in the remaining minutes of the second half - leaving the final score 4-1 to the Grove.

Some very good play by the girls but unfortunately poor sportsmanship by some let the team down at times which was a shame given the excellent result. 

Miss Webb

The Grove: 4
A. Saiz-Arthur (4)

Thornton College: 1
Player of the Match: Hana Iguchi

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 13:58

The Grove U8 Rugby vs Swanbourne House

The second fixture of the academic year saw The Grove face Swanbourne House. After more training sessions and team building the team had progressed remarkably well and their journey to fulfilling their full potential.

On arrival the team represented the school well by conducting themselves in a professional manor as they were greeted by the opposition. Swanbourne house had 36 players to choose from compared The Grove’s 11, therefore there were four 10 minute matches played so as every player present was involved.

As stated above the match scores directly reflect the team’s brilliant performance on the day, all of them working together as a single cohesive unit resulting in the overall team spirit that is starting to gradually build.

The first 2 matches the team showed character and despite conceding they kept going and came away with a result. There was a short break before the final 2 matches in which the team sat down together and all reflected on their own performance and what to do in their next matches. Newly appointed team captain Oliver Surely was at the centre of this as he tried to compose the team and mentally prepare them for the rest of their fixture.

In the final 2 matches the team completely outplayed Swanbourne. Constant piercing runs through the defensive lines by Keith Adeleye and Tigho O'Yerifor and solid defensive performances consistently from the whole team. Throughout the matches the team constantly learnt and reflected on their mistakes and worked together to improve.

When all of the matches had been played the team had tea with their opponents before heading back to school.

A big thank you to all the parents that came along to show their support on the day, having the support on the side lines at an away match goes a long way in inspiring the team to do well. Next the team faces a visit to Bedford Modern School with the goal of maintaining their form and working even harder to improve their performance.

Mr Thompson


Match 1
The Grove: 2
Swanbourne House: 2 

Match 2
The Grove: 2
Swanbourne House: 2 

Match 3
The Grove: 5
Swanbourne House: 1 

Match 4
The Grove: 2
Swanbourne House: 1

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 13:43

The Grove U8 Hockey vs Swanbourne House

On the 28th September 2016 we headed over to Woughton on Green for our first fixture of the season. Lucky for us, the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous afternoon. The girls were all very excited as they didn’t know quite what to expect!

Swanbourne had brought two teams which meant that the Grove would have to play 2 games, albeit shorter games. After some alterations to the pitch to ensure that it was a suitable size, the first game began.

The Grove lost the toss, therefore Swanbourne had the first push back. They used this to their advantage and in the first few minutes the Grove struggled to get the ball out of their defensive area which resulted in an early goal scored by Swanbourne. However, the hard work from Hannah Siddall and Alexa O’Kane in defence paid off when we managed to gain possession and cause a threat within the later stages of the game.

The result from the first match was Swanbourne 1 – Grove 0.

After a short break, the girls began their second game of 2 x 8 minutes and despite being tired, the Grove manged to win 1-0. This was the result of a fantastic pass by Thea-Donya to Schechinah who subsequently controlled the ball excellently and dribbled through Swanbournes defence to score the winning goal!

The afternoon was finished off with some lovely match teas in the pavilion and it was great to hear that the girls enjoyed their first fixture. Well done to everyone in the team.

Miss. Rawle

Match 1

The Grove: 0
Swanbourne House: 1
Player of the Match: Alexa O'Kane

Match 2

The Grove: 1
S. Fundira

Swanbourne House: 0
Player of the Match: Schechinah Fundira

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:07

The Grove Colts Rugby v Bedford Modern School

Colts Rugby vs Bedford Modern

Wet and windy conditions greeted The Grove Colts for their fixture against Bedford Modern on Monday. The Grove started the stronger of the two sides and were out to a 10-0 lead with ties to Oluwadamilola Omotosho and Harry Dunning. Bedford Modern then saw a period of sustained pressure on the Grove try-line before a fantastic tackle from Zayd Khan saw the ball turned over and a third try scored by Ayomide Adewumi. The Grove scored another really good team try to Jeremy Matthews, just on the stroke of half time.

Bedford Modern started the second half extremely well and scored a well worked team try to bring the scoreline back to 20-5. The Grove then went on to score four more tries, including a length of the field try to Elijah Martey. Overall a really good team performance that saw TGIS win 40-5.

A special thanks to all the parents/grandparents who came out to support the team in the wet and the cold!

Mr Small

The Grove: 40
Tries: O. Omotosho, H Dunning, A Adewumi, J Matthews, E Martey

Bedford Modern: 5
Man of the Match: Harry Dunning

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The first hockey match of the season for the U10/11 'A' team and the girls were an absolute credit to The Grove. A confident and disciplined start against Bedford Modern School with chances on both sides in the first half. Bedford Modern managed to drive past our defence and scored 2 goals in the first half. The second half saw some great play and The Grove really worked hard in defence, with some excellent saves from the goalkeeper and some good passes through midfield. Unfortunately we just lacked a little in fitness and strength to score and BMS then scored a further 2 goals in the second half. Lots to work on but a promising start. Well done girls.

Mrs Hoppe

The Grove 'A': 0
Bedford Modern School 'A': 4
Player of the Match: Chloe Cave
Players Player: Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana

This was the first hockey match of the season for some of the Under 10 and 11 girls and they approached the match with real enthusiasm. 

The team took some time to get used to the larger pitch and did try to make use of the width on occasion to pass the ball out wide to Emily Ying-Clifton and Mariam Elakama.  When the ball was passed out to the wing they made good progress up the pitch.  One particularly strong run by Mariam resulted in the first goal of the game.

When Maya Shah and Emily Garwood positioned themselves correctly they were able to make some excellent runs up the pitch, the former scoring a strong goal shortly after Mariams opening goal.

BMS matched us goal for goal until half time but despite some excellent defending from Luluwah Alsallal and Darina Vieceli Fitch the team ran out of steam a little towards the end allowing BMS to take a strong lead with 3 further goals.

The girls should be pleased with their play in this early game and now need to keep working on staying in position and moving into space to support their team members in order to keep building on this positive start.

Miss Webb

The Grove 'B': 2
M. Elakama, M. Shah

Bedford Modern School 'B': 5
Player of the Match: Mariam Elakama

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