Mr P. Harris, Curriculum Leader: PE, writes:
Year 8 County Cup – Birchwood 1 – 4 Stanborough
Stanborough Year 8’s marched through to the last 16 of the County Cup after a comprehensive victory over Birchwood school. Travelling away for an early kick off, Stanborough started brightly and dominated early possession. Latrell Paul put Stanborough ahead, finishing well in a one-on-one with the opposition keeper. Stanborough then had to withstand some pressure from Birchwood but Thomas Smith was up to it, making a number of fine saves in the Stanborough goal. Moments before half time, Paul ran through again and doubled Stanborough’s lead. The second half started in similar fashion to the first as Stanborough increased their lead to three goals when Ollie Harvey finished well. Latrell Paul then finished the game off and also completed his hat trick to make the score 4-0 to the away team. With time running out, Birchwood did manage a late consolation but it was too little too late as Stanborough held on and completed a deserved victory. Man of the match was given to hat trick hero, Latrell Paul.
Year 10 District Cup – Hertswood 5 – 2 Stanborough
Stanborough’s Year 10’s now have to beat Sir Frederic Osborn and Mount Grace to qualify from their group in this year’s District Cup after they were beaten by Hertswood. ,Josh Wiseman stepped up as goalkeeper to go between the sticks and made a number of fine saves early on. Hertswood eventually took the lead and soon doubled their advantage. Stanborough could have completely folded under the pressure from Hertswood but held firm and then got back into the game when Corey Rodriguez scored, after some great work by Spencer Ekwebelem. Hertswood regained their two goal advantage soon after Rodriguez’s strike, only for Jack Dickinson to unleash an unstoppable half volley, moments before half time. After regrouping during the interval, Stanborough got off to the worst possible start, conceding within two minutes of the restart, making the second half an uphill challenge. With time running, out Mr Harris made a tactical switch and pushed more players forward, unfortunately this left Stanborough exposed at the back and Hertswood sealed the victory late on. Man of the match was given to Teddy Connelly.
Stanborough vs Monks Walk
There was varied success for Stanborough’s netball team in their local derby fixture against Monks Walk.
Stanborough’s Year 7’s put their opposition to the sword as they ran out winners by 14 points; this was the girls second game and they were in impressive form, after a narrow defeat to Bishop’s Hatfield. Playing a quick passing game and some clinical finishing, Stanborough ran out 16-2 winners. Girl of the game was given to Freya Dobson.
The Year 8 team were also in dominant form as they completed a comprehensive victory by 14-6. Stanborough took the lead early on and never looked back. The team spirit and excellent movement off the ball allowed Stanborough to dominate the game from start to finish. Girl of the game was handed to Holly Clayton.
There was heartbreak for the Year 9 team as they went down to a last second point, losing 17-16. In a game which saw Stanborough lead on many occasions, the girls were gutted to lose by the just one point. The girls attacked extremely well and their shooting was of a very high standard, unfortunately they couldn’t hold out for the draw and had to settle for the loss. The girl of the game was given to Chloe Fisher.
The Year 10 girls were also beaten in an extremely tight game. The girls lost 15-13 and paid for a slow start. The home team were constantly playing catch up and eventually ran out of time to get back into the game. After the poor start, the girls soon upped the tempo and their slick passing pulled them back into the contest. Unfortunately time ran out for the girls and they will need to ensure they start quicker in the next match. The girl of the game was given to Grace Flynn.
Mr Moore and Miss Bowen took four Stanborough teams to the district badminton competition and came back with a second place, two thirds and a fourth place in a successful competition. The girls under 14’s collected second place from Queenswood by the tightest of margins. After dominating in every game and drawing against Queenswood, it came down to points won in each game and Stanborough lost by 1 point! Holly Clayton was in fine form for the girls under 14 team, winning all of her matches. The under 16 girls team also performed really well and managed to pick up third position with some hard fought victories over Sir Frederic Osborn and Monks Walk.
The under 14 boys looked to be cruising to victory in their competition until Ben Hahn in Year 7 had to leave. Fortunately there was a reserve for Stanborough but they were never able to rediscover the great start they made and had to settle for fourth place. The under 16 boys team cruised through their group unbeaten and looked like potential tournament winners until they came up against Monks Walk in the semi final. The game was tied and went to number of points won in each match. Unfortunately Stanborough went down by 9 points, meaning they had settle for a third and fourth place play off, which they won easily and were pleased with the third place position. Temi Fagbemi was in great form for the boys and played superbly.