Soccer Colts v Wellingborough


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.

Colts Soccer v Great Houghton

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The Colts Soccer squad continued their run of good form, with two impressive performances against Great Houghton.  Despite the threat of wind and rain, the matches were played in good conditions.  The grass pitch was muddy, but it did not stop both the A and B teams playing their passing game and dominating the opposition.

In the first game the A IX (seen above after the final whistle) won 8-2. The goals came from : Patrick 3, Archie Go 2, Kian 2 and Fin.

Man of the Match was Archie Gi and the Champagne Moment came from Archie Go, scoring his second goal with a super long range shot.  The Great Houghton coach commented on how well Dom and Fin played, but it was also a fine team effort and everyone contributed to the result.

In the second game our B team consisted of : Alfie (captain), Matthew, Ed, Will H, Bertie, Hugo, Jamie, Jack and Oli, with substitutes Will R and Caspian.

We dominated this match even more and scored ten goals, without reply.  Ed scored four, Matthew three, Bertie two and Jack one.  Man of the match went to Ed for his superb second half performance.  He used all his turning and dribbling skills to great effect, scoring four goals in a row.  Champagne Moment went to Jack for his composure when under pressure as the last man in the defence.  Once again this was a true team performance.  

We are very lucky to have such strength in depth in the squad this year.  However, we will face a strong challenge next week, when all thirty five Colts travel away to Wellingborough to play five matches.

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Colts Soccer Tournament v Twycross School

On Monday Stoneygate hosted a Colts Soccer 5-a-side tournament, on the Astro pitches at Glen.  We formed seven teams and Twycross brought along four teams to face us.  The event proved to be a ‘feast of football’, with every single Colt representing the school (as will happen again on Wednesday against Warwick).

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Our boys should be commended on their super spirit and the high level of skill that they showed.  It was very satisfying to watch every one of our teams, from the A to the G, trying to pass the ball and using their skill, rather than their power, to try to beat their opponents.

The results of the games were:

Stoneygate A 8 Twycross A 0    Fin 4, Archie Gi 2, Patrick, og

Stoneygate B 1 Twycross B 0    Hugo

Stoneygate B  0  Twycross A 0

Stoneygate C  4  Twycross C 0   Archie Go 3, Tom B

Stoneygate C  0  Twycross B 0

Stoneygate D  2  Twycross D 0   Ed 2

Stoneygate E  3   Twycross D 0  Caspian 2, Alex

Stoneygate F  0   Twycross D 0

Stoneygate G  0   Twycross D 1

Stoneygate Mixed 1 Twycross C 0   Will H

This means that over the course of over one hour of football, on two pitches, we conceded just one goal, despite fielding seven teams and Twycross playing some equally good football on occasions. This achievement will take some beating over the course of the term.  Well done to every one of the boys that took part.

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Colts A Soccer v Maidwell Hall

On Wednesday the Colts A VII squad travelled to Lutterworth Soccer Centre to take on a traditionally strong and physical Maidwell team.
As our Glen pitches are waterlogged we chose to play on the rubber crumb Astro pitches at Lutterworth to encourage skilful play. We used a smaller, less bouncy ‘Futsal’ ball, with the same aim.
The A squad consisted of Fin, the newly appointed captain, Archie Gi, Patrick, Dom, Arjun (GK) and Henry B. Sadly, Archie Go missed the game due to illness.
From the opening minutes onwards it was clear that our boys had much more composure on the ball. We passed the ball with great confidence and it was a delight to watch. We raced to a 5-0 lead through goals from Fin (2), Archie (2) and Patrick.
Fin was a constant threat, showing superb dribbling skills, Patrick and Archie controlled and passed beautifully, Dom and Henry were solid and dependable at the back and Arjun was very reliable and showed developing confidence, in goal.

From this point onwards we altered the balance of the teams to make it a more even contest. The first match ended 7-2 (with two more goals to Fin).

The second match was closer from the start and went to 3-2, then 5-4 then 7-5, before we won 8-5. The most pleasing aspect of this match was that we continued to try to play a confident passing game, even when Fin was off the pitch and when we allowed Maidwell to have extra players on the pitch. Second match scorers were : Fin 5, Patrick 2 and Archie. This was a very pleasing start to the season, but we face a tough challenge next week versus Brooke Priory. Please note that this fixture is now AWAY.

Other Colts results on the day were:
B squad lost 6-9 (Man of the Match : Jack)
C squad won 4-1(Man of the Match : Kian)
D squad won 2-1 (Man of the Match : Henry V)
E squad won 5-0 ( Man of the Match : Karan)

Cross Country

With water bottles at the ready, the senior school joined together on Friday to run the cross country course. It may have been chilly, but everyone soon warmed up!

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The atmosphere was tense as everyone lined up at the starting line, itching to get going!

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…And we’re off!!

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Two laps of the course may have been hard work, but some made it look easy!

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Phillip W was the first to cross the finish line for the Minnows.

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Ella came in first for the senior girls in a fantastic time.

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Overall, everyone did brilliantly well! It was a great occasion to see all of the senior school joining together and doing their best. Results were as follows:

Boys Top 5:

  1. Phillip W 
  2. George W
  3. Harry M
  4. Spencer N
  5. Sam N

Girls Top 5:

  1. Ella Rose I
  2. Joni H
  3. Annie R
  4. Jemima P
  5. Francesca J

Tae Kwon Do News

Well done to Elizabeth C (5SH) and Megan G (5SH) who both achieved their next belts, passing their grades highly with A passes. They also both entered the British Championships before Christmas, along with more than one thousand other competitors.

Elizabeth narrowly missed out on a bronze medal for sparring. Both did really well as this was their first competition! Well done both of you.

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Senior Sports Awards

On Tuesday the senior school games staff held the Sports Awards, which give recognition to the ‘unsung heroes’ in Stoneygate’s sports teams. These are the children who try hard and give their all in every games session.

This has been another outstanding term of sport at the school and the games staff are very grateful for the contributions of all the children in training sessions and matches.

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