Colts B Pairs Cricket v Bilton

On Wednesday (13th May) the Colts B team played Bilton Grange B team on the Astro pitch at Great Glen. In pleasant conditions our boys produced a sound performance and they outplayed the inexperienced Bilton boys. 

Our captain, James B, won the toss and we chose to bowl.  All our players bowled at least an over and the level of accuracy was mixed.  Hugo F was the most consistent and he took four wickets. Tom W, Will McE and George H took two wickets each, and Will M took one.  However, a lot of wides were bowled, which cost us two runs each, so this is on area to work on.

Some good fielding gave us some catches and run outs and with each wicket taking five runs off Bilton’s total, we held them to just 238 runs.

From very early on in our innings we got ahead of the required rate. This meant we were comfortable winners, with a final total of 306 runs. The best batting came from Will M, Will McE, James B, Max W, Matthew W and Kian D.

The ‘Man of the Match’ award went to Hugo for his accurate bowling.  

 

Year 8 make their own paper.

In a lesson on conservation and caring for the Earth, Year 8 recycled some paper with a papermaking kit to make some cool new sheets of paper. We reduced old paper to a pulp using a soup blender and diluted it in a bowl of water. We sieved out a new sheet of paper and set it to dry on a plastic drying sheet. We used banana skin and coffee grains, seeds and flower petals to create a natural look for our paper, and added a skeleton leaf for good measure. We also made a few purple and blue sparkly sheets with coloured tissue and glitter! Guess which was the most popular?

Here we are at work. Honestly, Tej is at work, he’s just at the “standing on the paper for ages” stage.

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and here are some of the finished sheets!

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Colts B Soccer v Maidwell Hall 14/1/15

On Wednesday the Colts B soccer team played their first match of the season, away in the picturesque grounds of Maidwell Hall.
The team consisted of Will M (goalkeeper), Will McE, Karan M, Sidd B (captain), Spike M, Oliver H and Kian D.

This proved to be a hugely entertaining match. It had eight goals, three changes of lead, four comeback goals, three ‘wonder’ goals, three hit goal posts, one own goal, one missed penalty and great spirit and teamwork from both sides.

In the first half the score went 1-0, thanks to a Maidwell own goal, 1-1, 1-2 then 2-2, thanks to a Spike free kick that David Beckham would have been proud to have scored (the first of his two ‘wonder’ goals). Right near the end of the half Maidwell scored again to lead 2-3.

Throughout the second half Stoneygate showed a little more skill in possession than their opponents. Sidd, Oliver, Kian, Karan, Spike and Will McE all looked calm on the ball and we developed our play patiently. Maidwell were more physical in their approach, but it was effective and they deserved their lead.
Will McE was outstanding in defence and I had decided to give him the ‘Man of the Match’ award after just ten minutes of play. Will M looked composed in goal and could do little with each of Maidwell’s goals. Hence, all of the boys contributed to a proper team performance.

Trailing 2-3 it looked like we may miss out, but the best was yet to come.
Firstly, Spike crossed in a super ball from a free kick, Kian headed it goalwards, for what would have been an early contender for ‘goal of the season’, only for it to crash against the post and to bounce away.
Minutes later Kian did hit the target, taking us to 3-3, after some fine build up play.
Then Spike picked up the ball inside his own half and set off on a dribbling run. He beat one, two, three, four players and then smashed the ball past the goalkeeper – a goal that is unlikely to be bettered all season and an event that the ‘Champagne Moment’ award was invented for. Thus the score moved to 4-3 and the lead returned to Stoneygate.
The game looked won, until almost the final play of the match when Maidwell scored their own ‘wonder’ goal. It was a superb volley from well outside the area. As the final whistle sounded the score was left at 4-4.

In the final reckoning it was a fair result, as neither team deserved to lose and ‘football was the true winner’!

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Rugby World Cup 2015

On Friday afternoon the Colts rugby squads had a surprise trip to the Rugby World Cup Try Outs venue at Manor Road in Oadby. Mr Palmer had previously been to the venue when he was interviewed to hopefully be selected to be a volunteer helper in 2015.
Whilst there, he arranged a visit for the boys and it was a big success. They looked at the displays, had their photos taken on the scrum and enjoyed having a go at the ‘Passing Challenge’. It was tremendous fun and a little taste of how exciting it will be when the World Cup comes to England and to Leicester next September.
Many thanks go to Mr Jelly for all his help, to the staff at the Try Outs venue for making us so welcome and to the boys, for being such good ambassadors for the school (they were complimented on their good behaviour and enthusiasm).
Many are looking forward to watching England take on the reigning champions New Zealand at Twickenham this weekend.

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Tigers Matchday Coaching Clinic

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On Friday twenty eight boys from Years 5, 6 and 7 had a real treat when they took part in a Tigers Matchday Coaching Clinic.
First of all they received an hour and a half of rugby coaching from the Tigers academy and community coaches. This was great fun and a chance to play at Oval Park, where the Tigers train.

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Next they met a Tigers player, Terrance Hepetema, who answered their questions and signed lots of autographs.
We then moved to the Tigers Ground where we were able to soak up the atmosphere in our seats close to the pitch and the try line. After a trip to the shop and some food outlets the boys were ready to enjoy the match between Tigers and Harlequins.

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We still had more fun to come though, as we were allowed onto the pitch at halftime to have our photo taken and to wave at the crowd.

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Finally, when we returned to the stand we were met by Charlie Walker. He attended Stoneygate and he is now a professional rugby player. He has made nineteen appearances for the Harlequins first team and has also played for England at U18 and U20 Level and in the Sevens World Series.

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Charlie remembers with affection his years at Stoneygate and he paid particular tribute to Mr Stocks for all the encouragement that he gave him in his early years. We in turn remember Charlie as one of the best sportsmen ever to have passed through Stoneygate. He has been recovering from an injury for several months now, but he is hoping to make a start for Harlequins next weekend. We look forward to following the rest of his rugby career.

An enjoyable afternoon and evening was finished off in style when the final whistle signalled a win to the Tigers 22-16 (Sorry, Charlie!!).

Many thanks go to all the children that attended, to the excellent Tigers coaches and staff, to Mr Stocks, Mr Hackney and Mr Jelly for their help with the organization and to the parents for their support.
Mr Palmer

Colts Rugby Tournament at Stamford

COLTS A TEAM RUGBY
STAMFORD 9’S TOURNAMENT

WEDNESDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2014

POOL MATCH SCORES
Stoneygate 10 Copthill 10
Stoneygate 15 St Hughes 15
Stoneygate 30 Wellow House 0

POOL POSITION – SECOND

PLAYOFF FOR 3rd / 4th Place
Stoneygate 0 Stamford 25

FINAL POSITION – FOURTH

Try Scorers: Ed B 3, Olly H 2, Spike M 2, Will M, George H, Kian D, Tom M.

The Colts A Squad consisting of Ed B (captain), Jack U, Hugo F, Kai W, Spike M, Olly H, Karan M, Will McE, Will M, Tom M, George H and Kian D played in the Stamford 9’s Rugby Tournament on the main rugby pitches at Stamford School, on a glorious day for sport.

Each match was 7.5 minutes each way. Once pool positions were decided, after 3 matches, teams then played across to the equivalent positioned team in the other pool – the top ones playing for first place. Stoneygate finished second in their group and thus competed for third and fourth place out of eight schools.

The first match was against a very strong and physical Copthill team. We did not touch the ball for the first three minutes but stout defence kept the opposition to one try. Stoneygate scored twice in the second half only to end up drawing the match by conceding a try with the last play of the match!

The fire was now in their bellies and up next was St Hughs School. Stoneygate lead three tries to one at half time only to let in two in the second half for a three try draw.

The final match saw us play Wellow House who, despite a spirited effort, came up against a Stoneygate team determined to win. We did this with some splendid controlled rugby and we scored six tries to their nil.

Undefeated, we awaited our fate and soon found we were in second place in the pool. Had we not have let Copthill score the try with the last play in the first match we would have played in the final – Copthill had that honour. A lesson learnt the hard way.

Bruised and battered Stoneygate faced up to a very strong home team in Stamford, for the third place. Despite a valiant effort the strength of the opposition was too much and Stoneygate lost five tries to nil and with it finished fourth out of eight schools.

What a truly great afternoon of rugby. Stoneygate played with spirit, learned very quickly from the experience and for a while were undefeated. There were some outstanding performances and not one boy let the side down. George H was given ‘Player of the Day’ award and true sport was played.

A special thanks must go to Mr Palmer, who came along and coached the side with me. Many thanks also go to the parents and supporters who encouraged the boys throughout and to the organisers of the tournament.

Mr Jelly

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Soccer Colts v Wellingborough

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On Wednesday the entire Colts squad travelled away to Wellingborough and they ended up playing their 7-a-side matches in some fairly extreme conditions. It was great credit to our boys that, despite the rain, the mud, the strong wind, the cold and the hail, we did not hear any moaning. They just got on with it and tried to win their matches.

The A VII (featured in the photographs above) produced the performance of the day. They took the lead at the height of the storm, with a goal scored by Dom. Then there were chances to both teams and some stout defending was required by Dom, Arjun, Henry and Archie Gi. In the second half Wellingborough hit the post twice, equalised and then missed a series of chances to take the lead. However, the drama of the day was not over. Having weathered this second ‘storm’ we broke upfield and Fin scored in spectacular fashion to record a 2-1 win. It was a victory for determination and tenacity as the work ethic of the whole team, in trying conditions, was superb and Wellingborough were the better side for large parts of the match.

The B VII produced a fine performance to record a 1-1 draw. Mr J reported that they outplayed their opponents in all aspects of the game, apart from on the scoreboard. Despite the mud, they still put together some fine passing play, led by Matthew, Alfie and Ed. Hugo and Oliver were the key members of our defence. Matthew scored our only goal of the game.

Our C VII, D VII and E VII encountered strong opposition, as Wellingborough’s larger year groups took effect. The boys worked hard and showed some fine footballing skill, but we suffered three defeats. Our defences struggled to clear the ball in the poor conditions.

The C VII lost 1-6, with a goal from Will H. Harry took the ‘Man of the Match’ award and Kian, Tom and Will H all played particularly well.
The D VII lost 0-6, with key performances coming from Karan (‘M of M’), Sidd, Alex and Monty.
The E VII lost 0-9, with Josh taking the ‘Man of the Match’ award and Jake and George making strong contributions.