U11 COLTS 'C' FOOTBALL v ABBERLEY HALL
WEDNESDAY 22 MARCH 2017
Abberley Hall ‘C’ 5 HCJS ‘C’ 4 (Cyrus C 3, Otis J)
The rain poured down amid chilly temperatures, but this did not deter either side from giving their all in a pulsating match. We gifted Abberley an early goal, but Cyrus replied with a tremendous blast from outside the area. Again the visitors took the lead, but another rocket from Cyrus wide on the right equalised. A moment of indecision cost us a soft goal, but after the half Otis scored with a shot to the top corner from way out. In the end, Abberley held sway with a tremendous volley straight from a corner, but it was a testament to the boys’ fortitude that they played with skill and spirit in the horrendous conditions. We chopped and changed players throughout the match to keep our substitutes warm, but we never lost our shape even with some players taking two or three different positions. Rupert was immense wherever he played.
U11 COLTS C & D FOOTBALL v THE ELMS
WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH 2017
The Elms 1 HCJS U11 ‘B’ 0
This was a very entertaining encounter which featured good passing, end-to-end action and a fine display of goalkeeping at each end. The first half ended in stalemate with HCJS finding it hard to get a shot on target; while The Elms broke well and often found themselves with extra players forward, only to be denied by some excellent cover tackling from Gareth G and good keeping by Alex G. The general standard of play was excellent and Monty W was super in the centre of the park.
We changed things around in the second half, Gareth coming in to midfield and Cyrus C playing on the left who made an instant impact. Cyrus made a great run the length of the pitch, only to be denied by the Elms’ keeper, who made a string of fine saves throughout the half. We battered their goal, but could not find a way into the net. The Elms’ extra numbers on the counter finally paid off when they put a man through to score. To quote one of the Elms' staff, 'It was one of the finest games of Colts football I have ever seen.'
U11 FOOTBALL v KING'S HAWFORD
WEDNESDAY 1 MARCH 2017
King's Hawford Colts B 1 HCJS Colts B 2 (Harry C 2)
An away game against good Worcester opposition is always challenging, with a few minutes to warm up and get the bus journey out of the system, before launching into the game. The boys coped with this well, having decided to play up a significant slope in the first half. The challenge had been laid down to have as many shots in the first half as possible and the boys warmed to their task with shots raining in on the Hawford goal from the start. Having dominated possession and territory in the first half, we were good value for our 2 goal lead through the marauding Harry C, who ran at the opposition defence with skill and power. Having expected it to be easier in the second half with the slope, this didn't prove to be the case. We visibly tired in the second half (note to coach - pick some substitutes next time!) as our first half exertions caught up with us. Samuel had an impressive game in midfield, harrying and hassling the opposition, and Gareth was excellent at the back, calmly repelling the opposition attacks. We managed to hold on for an excellent win, despite conceding a goal midway through the second half. A really impressive result on the road again.
U11 FOOTBALL V MOOR PARK
WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2017
Moor Park Colts 'A' 1 HCJS Colts 'B' 1
The Colts B team took on the best Moor Park U11s and acquitted themselves extremely well. They played some attractive passing football on a heavy surface and were unlucky to have gone into the break at 0-0. As has been the case so often this season, our timidity in front of goal has meant that our possession dominance hasn't always been reflected in the score line. Having eventually settled the jitters with a clean strike from Harry Corner early in the second half, Moor Park struck back soon after, as we appeared to tire towards the end of the game. The game became much more open and chances were squandered at either end. The game ended at 1-1 with both keepers being called into action in the last 5 minutes to keep the game at 1-1.
Moor Park ‘B’ 1 HCJS ‘C’ 0
Coming straight back from half term and straight off the mini-bus was evident at the start of the match, where we took a while to get into gear. Moor Park had a very good striker up front who got away several powerful shots off target and Oliver F did some very timely cover tackling. There were plenty of good runs off the ball by Otis J, Ben G and Dylan S, but we tended to dwell too long on the ball when in possession, neither using their efforts effectively nor getting a meaningful shot on target all match. We defended more stoutly as the game progressed, with some great battles in midfield. Unfortunately, in the last minutes we failed to deal with a loose ball bouncing in our area and Moor Park tucked in the winner.
U11 A & B FOOTBALL V RGS THE GRANGE
WEDNESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2017
HCJS Colts A 3 - 2 RGS the Grange (Danny x2, Gus)
No this is not a misprint - we really did defeat RGS for the first time in over five years with a battling display against the recent Winterfold tournament winners RGS.
Disrupting the opposition's play was a key factor in our success and we hassled and harried our opponents throughout. HCJS took the lead when a lovely cross field ball by Gus sent Oliver S away and his trickery down the left and subsequent cross left Danny with a simple tap in. The lead was short lived though as RGS took advantage of some naivety on our behalf and broke away to score. An outstanding save by Oliver T and some frantic blocking by our defenders kept RGS at bay and these heroics were repaid when some more good work by Oliver S saw Danny score from close range. The second half saw RGS throw everything at us and as we became more tired, our play became more erratic. From a rare break, Jonathan's long shot and Sam's follow up were brilliantly saved by the RGS keeper but from the resulting corner, Gus powered a header in to make it 3 - 1. Yet again RGS came back and a mistake saw them get a goal back. It was all RGS for the last ten minutes but we held on for a fantastic victory.
HCJS Colts B 2 (Thomas, Samuel G) RGS The Grange Colts B 1
The Colts B team continued to impress with neat passing and good movement off the ball. We started strongly and quickly established midfield dominance and Thomas was on hand to finish a good passing move to take the lead. Samuel J worked tirelessly in the centre of midfield and we looked solid at the back with Gareth to the fore. A sweeping move involving a family connection led to Samuel G doubling our lead just before half time. The second half was much less comfortable as RGS exerted a more physical presence and our midfield began to tire, despite rotating our substitutes throughout. RGS scored midway through the second half and there were a few nervy moments late on, as well as an excellent save from Harry, before the final whistle blew to confirm an excellent victory over tough opposition. Well done boys!
U9 A Football v Abberley Hall
TUESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2017
HCJS U9A 3 - 4 Abberley Hall U9A (Marley 2, Max)
The U9s continued their learning and development with an entertaining game against Abberley Hall. After going a goal up through Marley, Abberley came fighting back to take a 2 - 1 lead, with our defence going somewhat AWOL. A big difference between the sides was the strength of Abberley's ball striking compared to our own. We often passed the ball well but lacked that killer instinct to finish.
The second half was a lot better and we began to regain some positional shape as well as passing the ball. Abberley increased their lead though but we did well to claw two goals back through Marley and Max. Finley made some brave saves in goal and Dylan was our man of the match with his ferocious tackling and composure on the ball when it was required. The boys are coming along well but the more football experience they can get, the better they will become.
U11 SWIMMING V THE DOWNS & THE ELMS
MONDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2017
On Monday, a squad of four boys and four girls from Year 6 travelled to The Elms to take on the host school and The Downs. After our success at Abberley Hall, this Gala was a little different as we were to take on pupils in Years 7 & 8. With a small squad as well, we were to swim a large amount of individual races and relays.
Everybody swam brilliantly, with the squad reassured that anything above a third place in a race was a pure bonus! Although we came third in 14 of the 25 races, we were never disgraced and in fact we were often close to winning. There were many highlights as well with Sam G winning the Y8 breast stroke and Y7 backstroke, Maddy C the Y8 freestyle, Oliver S the Y8 butterfly and Izzy M the Y7 backstroke. The girls team of Georgia L, Matilda, Maddy and Izzy also won the Y7 Medley relay with the boys team of Oliver S, Danny, Sam and Ben Y coming so close to winning the Y8 medley relay.
The final points tally saw us finish on 41 points, 6 behind the joint winners The Elms and Downs. This was a great event though with a brilliant atmosphere.
Download:>Swimming Gala Results
Abberley Hall U11 Cross Country Relays
Sunday 5 February 2017
On Sunday, 7 boys and 8 girls travelled to Abberley Hall to take part in their annual cross country relays. The format is simply a four person relay race with each runner doing one lap of the course (1.2km) Although a relatively short course, it is very testing with a small road section at the start followed by very wet conditions in the middle and a long uphill section to finish.
HCJS suffered a blow before the race had even began with both Stanley and Sam P pulling out of the event through illness. Undeterred, the boys (split into an A and B team) did very well. The A squad of Jonathan, Josh, Charlie G and Oliver S finished in 7th place out of 16 after being in third place at one stage, with the B team of Thomas K (who ran twice!), Harry C and Oscar (who came in at short notice) finishing 9th.
The girls, running at the same time as the boys, also ran well with the A team of Maddy, Ava, Matilda and Amelia finishing 5th out of 13 with the B team of Molly, Maddie T and the two year 4 pupils, Evie and Isabel finishing 8th. Such was Isabel's pace, she was our fastest female runner!
The results sheet is attached for your viewing.
Download:>U11 Boys Abberley Hall Cross Country Results