On Tuesday 20 February, Year 3 and 4 were involved in nine fixtures on one very busy afternoon away at Rydal versus Rydal and The Firs!
First: U9 ISA Cup Match, 2nd Round v The Firs
5 - 4 win!
Wow, what a start we made to this important fixture. Within minutes of the kick-off we had deflected the ball into our own goal giving Firs an early lead and a boost of confidence! The conditions were far from perfect playing on a very soft pitch with long grass - a passing game was going to be tough.
We managed to settle after the interesting start and passed the ball as quickly as we could so as to gain an advantage. They had their chances and could have been ahead but for some amazing saves from Toby, playing only his second game in goal! Ahead of him we defended resolutely too, breaking away quickly to take us to 3 - 1 at the break.
Firs would not have enjoyed this and we knew that they would fight in the second half. They did. But a slight change in formation and solid defending kept the score the same for the next ten minutes. Another breakaway goal saw us 4 - 1 up with five minutes to go. A lucky break saw Firs gain a goal back which lifted their spirits and they scored another, soon after: 4 - 3!
In the last two minutes of the game, two goals were scored... first us, then a cracker from distance from them, but it was too late for the comeback and we saw out the game as worthy winners in a very close, too close, game!
5 - 4 win! Onward to the quarter finals...
Second: U8/9 Tag Rugby v Rydal v Firs at Rydal
A lot of rugby played on the muddiest of pitches and to the great delight of all those involved, except the referees, perhaps!
The A team were well organised by Max C and put in an excellent shift, passing the ball with increasing confidence and moving forward positively, creating chances. It was obviously great to win a game but even the other games ended very closely indeed.
The B team faired slightly better. By the time they were up to play, conditions were pretty awful and it took all their effort to stay on their feet!
We began a little timid, afraid of the mud, it seemed. So they were instructed to put their hands into the mud which, of course, they loved. No longer wary of the mud-threat, we began to play some lovely passing rugby. The score see-sawed the advantage from one team to the other but we were eventual winners on the final whistle, twice!
Well done boys!
Third: U9 Netball v Rydal and The Firs at Rydal
v Rydal A 4 - 2 loss
v Rydal B 0 - 3 win!
v The Firs 0 - 4 win!
Well, as the scores suggest, our next generation of players proved worthy opponents, today. Nine goals scored across the three games, only conceding four, and they were in the same game!
The girls listened well to their instruction from Mrs Muir and played so well as a team, working hard for each other and passing the ball with confidence, creating space to make the pass easier.
Hannah and Erin are showing some real skills when shooting for goal and Pavie is growing in confidence in defence. All ably assisted through some solid centre and wing play.
The future is bright! Well done girls!
Published: Wednesday, 21st February 2018