Over 35 girls participated in an U16’s rugby fixture last Tuesday. This was a great experience for the girls playing on a full size pitch and putting the techniques learnt at rugby club into a competitive situation. Issy and Sadie captained the side well and communicated the tactics well both during the game and at half time. Martha goose stepped her way up the pitch numerous times and we were able to capitalise with a couple of tries through her. Lizzie’s blistering pace and good ball handling saw us add a further three tries. Heather made several fearless runs forward for us to gain territory. Lexie was also very successful with her kicking. Susie, Elsie, Chloe, Keely and Charlie were all successful in the scrums and rucks to restrict De Ferrers attacks. Hannah was great with her position in both attack and defence and was rewarded with a well worked team try.
Thank you to Mark Tolley refereeing and coaching both teams and to the parents who assisted with transport.
Team – Sadie, Issy, Lizzie, Susie, Lexie, Martha, Hannah, Elsie, Chloe, Keeley, Heather, Charlie
The door is open for more players to join girls rugby, the club runs every Friday 3:15-4:30, all years welcome.
The sporting fixture last week took place last weekend at Phoenix College, Wednesbury.
For the second season running Thomas Alleyne’s had qualified for the regional netball finals in the Under 16 age group. The aim was to win more games than the previous year and as always the team did not disappoint. Victories came against the Arthur Terry School, Wembley and Wolverhampton Grammar School so half our games were won. There was a one goal difference in favour of Worcester Grammar and defeats against Solihull and Wrekin College.
The vast majority of the squad play and train regularly at Tean and they have improved greatly since last year’s tournament. Their passion for netball, strong work ethic and determination should see the team develop further.
Sophie and Jess combined brilliantly in the defensive D to restrict the opposition’s shooting chances. Lexie and Aimee both did a great job as WD reading the game well to win the ball before it reached the shooters. Martha was the engine of the team, covering most of the court but she was not rushed with her passing to ensure we remained in possession. Poppy’s work rate was high and she linked the play effectively between midcourt and our offensive D. Bella and Louie were both solid with their shooting and as the tournament progressed they were able to create easier shooting opportunities for themselves through intelligent movement.
With the tournament being held on a Sunday many spectators were able to come and support. The girls and Miss Jones really appreciated all of the family and friends who came to cheer the team on. It was also great to see ex- premier league footballer Ben Foster in the crowd.
There will be a cake sale on Tuesday 14th February for Valentines Day organised by the 6th form prefects. All proceeds in aid of the 6th form prom. 6th form students will be coming to form rooms during morning reg and will also be selling cakes in the quad at break. Please bring plenty of change – cash only!
Girls Football is back on. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in preparation for the up and coming fixtures. Any questions see Miss Arrowsmith
U15 County Cup Rugby
On Tuesday Thomas Alleyne’s were hosted by Uttoxeter Rugby Club to take on the mighty St Josephs College from Trent Vale. St Josephs are a selective grammar school in Stoke-on-Trent who specialise in rugby.
We made a strong start to the game with some big tackles and dynamic runs. St Jo’s scored first but our heads remained up and we grew in confidence with Adam R scoring just before half time, a lightning break down the wing from Tyler nearly gave us the lead. In the 2nd half the experience, organisation and fitness of the away team began to take its toll and we struggled to gain possession. We continued to battle hard and the final score of 35-5 did not tell the tale of of effort and endeavour.
Player of the Match was Callum H as voted for by the opposition for his strong ball carrying and commitment in defence.
In the front row Adam F and Tom R gave there usual all action performances and were up with the highest metre makers in the game. Toby captained the side well and led by example at the breakdown. Our back row of Jonty, Adam R and Jack W is probably a match for any school team in the land and St Jo’s will certainly have gone home with some sore bodies. Oliver played his first game at scrum half and had a very good game providing service for Cory who used his full range of skills to try and create us opportunities. In the centres both Charlie and Spencer had their best games in a school shirt. At the back Sam pulled of some great try saving tackles, Tyler was threat with his pace and Ben read the play well.
U18 County Cup Football
On Wednesday we travelled to Fenton Manor to play Stoke City 6th Form College in the quarter finals of the county cup.
A couple of mistakes by our team let the college have a early 2 goal lead but with excellent play by Archer and Dawson in midfield we worked our way back into the game equalising through a Minshall header from a pinpoint corner from Dawson and a Ward header from a bullet cross from White. In the second half the game could have gone either way with us creating a number of very good chances. In the end it was the college that took their chances to progress to the next round 4-2. Man of the match Minshall for a fantastic display at centre back. Closely run by Chatfield at left back who at 15 was playing against 18 year olds.
After all the bad weather it was great to finally get some football played. Our U14’s hosted Madeley on Monday afternoon. With 2 evenly matched teams the game was of high quality, with Alleyne’s having the bulk of the chances. The Madeley goal keeper pulled off a number of good saves and that coupled with an effective offside trap kept us scoreless. Against the run of play Madeley scored after a rare defensive lapse, we equalised rather fortuitously when Alfie’s cross looped over the keeper into the far corner. Madeley then took the lead just before half time with a quick counter attack from a corner.
In the 2nd half we dominated from the kick off and Alfie scored a hatrick including an amazing goal that saw him cut inside from the right touchline and curl a shot left footed from 25 yards into the top corner. Filip then got a deserved goal to make it 4-2. A late Madeley header meant a nervy last few minutes but we held to to a deserved win.
Captain Freddie was instrumental throughout with a terrific range of passing. Theo at centre back was man of the match with a great display. Full backs Kieran and Jayden were composed and disciplined. Jack had a very good game after being out injured for much of last term. Will and Ben protected the back 4 superbly and allowed Adam to attack their full back.
Congratulations to our U15 boys rugby team who won the East Staffordshire district tournament at Burton Rugby Club under floodlights. With some fantastic defending and commitment to each other throughout the boys won both play off games by one try against strong Deferrer’s and John Taylor sides. Player of the tournament was Adam F who ran with power and aggression throughout and was unstoppable at times. Sam’s excellent goal kicking proved to be the difference in the final. Great scrummaging from Tom, Henry and Ben also laid a brilliant platform.
The team next have a county cup tie against St Josephs from Trent Vale.
Lasr week we welcomed back our ex-Year 13 students for a netball fixture against our U16 netball team. The game was great preparation for the regional netball tournament which is fast approaching. The game was even at half time at 7 goals a piece but the final two quarters our ex students were able to take control of the game and gain a comfortable lead.
It was fantastic to see everyone back and enjoying netball, also to see how the former students had settled into life at University or work.