Girls' U12 VII Hockey v Broadoak School, Wednesday 24 February: Sidcot 2-0 Broadoak
This was an exciting evening – our first home game on our new astro. Fabulous!
The girls proved thorough in their preparation and warm up and after a quick photo were good to go.
There was a determined start from the team who were really keen to do well on home turf. Sidcot certainly dominated in the first section of the game and Broadoak were not allowed to settle. There were several early opportunities and Broadoak were overwhelmed in defence a number of times. Despite some good saves from the ‘keeper, Sidcot scored from a fairly scappy near goal shot. There followed a further flurry of attacks and a second ball hit the backboard. Two up at half time.
The second half began brightly and, in fact, proved a much more evenly contested affair. It also had a better ‘flow and shape’, with Sidcot trying to get the ball out wide to the flanks to create more space. Both teams had chances – but neither converted and at full time the score remained 2-0.
The goals were scored by Erin Crofts and Lottie Gunter.
Well done to all.
Player of the match: Lily Arnold
Physical Education Faculty
Girls' U13 Hockey v Broadoak School, Wednesday 24 February: Sidcot 5-0 Broadoak
The Sidcot girls were excited to have their first fixture on the new all-weather pitch at home on Wednesday evening. They certainly made good use of the new surface and demonstrated their skills effectively.
The game was definitely one of two halves. In the first half Sidcot dominated possession and worked well together as a team making some great links with lots of shots on goal. Unfortunately, the Broadoak goalie was exceptional and saved all the shots strongly so Sidcot failed to gain an advantage. After a few exchanges of ideas at half time the girls went out determined to get a result. Broadoak similarly came out stronger so quite a battle for possession began. Sidcot then executed one of the plans they had discussed at half time. A great cross from Maisy from the right was controlled by Sarah who then slotted a strong shot in behind the goalie. This seemed to open up the floodgates and Sidcot then started moving the ball around quickly in the D and Katie scored a hat-trick. Maisy managed also to add one from the right near the end. Freya had worked tirelessly in the mid area to keep pressure in attack and distributed the ball strongly to the forwards. Meghan and Ciara were strong in defence and managed to keep the ball out of the D successfully. Frankie in goal had little to do but placed a ball away from goal effectively on the few occasions that were required.
It was a fantastic way to christen the new pitch.
Player of the match: Freya King
Girls’ U15 Netball v Broadoak School, Wednesday 24 February: Sidcot 26-3 Broadoak
The late afternoon sunshine, down on the outside courts made this game an enjoyable experience for both teams. As the final score suggests, Sidcot managed to dominate much of the possession and with Millie Ashdown in sublime form, the team accrued a commanding lead that they never looked like relinquishing.
Frida Cardale, Immy Moroney, Ellie Aizlewood and Lizzie Dolley were able to rotate positions within the mid court, offering them the opportunity to experience different playing formations. This proved very effective in terms of moving the ball swiftly down to the attacking end, with their speed, agility and vision also allowing them to provide quality feeds into the circle for the two Sidcot shooters. All four girls saw plenty of the ball and made some great decisions in their passing.
By no means were Broadaok totally outclassed. In fact, they also managed to see a good deal of the ball, but the defensive duo of Savina Mu and Hema Shah outmanoeuvred them to intercept the many feeds in from their centre and attacking thirds. This was a comprehensive victory for the Sidcot girls, but they will have to be a lot sharper when they face Hans Price Academy and Kings of Wessex in a weeks’ time, if they are to remain unbeaten.
Player of the match: Anouska Long
Girls' Weston & District Netball v Weston ‘3’, Wednesday 24 February: Sidcot 17-31 Weston
This was a very different side to the one that Sidcot beat convincingly back in November, 42-10! On this occasion Weston fielded a team of far more experienced players, who moved the ball at great speed and used their agility to out manoeuvre the normally tight, defensive Sidcot unit.
After the first quarter, it was fairly square with both teams enjoying plenty of possession and with Weston only leading by two goals, it was evident that it was going to be a tight fought encounter. Sidcot more than matched Weston in most areas of the game, but as the match progressed their intensity eventually wore the Sidcot girls down and as they tired, mistakes began to creep into their game. Pressure also told in the shooting circle, where despite Sidcot’s attacking trio working well to elude their defenders, the quality ball being fed in by Mati Grove and Emma Patch, was uncharacteristically being squandered.
Weston were quicker to the rebounds and with their own shooters finding good range, the gap between the two teams widened.
In this league, Sidcot have not met such quality opposition and although they were on the losing end, they can be very pleased with their standard of play and commitment to the cause. On court they looked a solid unit and showed great parity in their play. An impressive performance from all involved and an experience which they will surely benefit from in future games.
Player of the match: Beth Evans
North Somerset Schools swimming gala, Thursday 25 February at Hutton Moor
A group of pupils from 3rd From to Lower fifth had very enjoyable and successful afternoon in Weston on Thursday at the North Somerset schools swimming gala. It is always a very competitive event where most of the local swim club members meet and compete against their friends from different schools. The atmosphere was therefore friendly even though tough battles were being waged in the water.
All our swimmers showed great resilience and competitive spirit. The afternoon began well with our Individual medley swimmers James King, Freya King and Imogen Moroney winning their races and Ben Bradley Wilson as runner up. Later Sarah Carr won the butterfly race, Amber Spillane and Imogen Moroney won their backstroke races. Lilly Arnold was second in her breast stroke race and there were two seconds in relays for the 9/10 girls and the squad relay at the end.
Overall this meant that Sidcot was placed second in the nine school competition, which was a fitting result for all the hard effort from all the swimmers.
Professional rugby in their sights
For the first time in Sidcot history we're lucky to have five representative rugby players.
Oscar Browne (L5) and John Alvis (U5) have achieved full Bristol caps and Billy Lindsay (U4) and Adam Garner-Greene (L5) have both been selected to be part of Brtistol's Player Development Programme (PDP). Also, William McArthur in the (L6) has been selected to play for Somerset Under 17s.
Well done to all the lads – we wish them all the best for the future.
Boys’ 1st XI Football v Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School, Wednesday 24 February: QEH 5-2 Sidcot
Having waited several weeks for their second game of the season, Sidcot were eager to make up for lost time. A dominate start was soon rewarded with Sidcot taking a well-deserved lead, with the ever troublesome Alex Crofts racing clear of the QEH defence to slot the ball past the helpless keeper.
Despite having several other opportunities to extend their lead, Sidcot were unable to capitalise on their superiority. Having survived this intense pressure, QEH took advantage and were soon level midway through the first half after Sidcot failed to deal with a long hopeful ball forward. With QEH growing in confidence, it was now their turn to take control, finishing the half stronger, Sidcot finding themselves 3-1 down at the break.
Despite the score, Sidcot began the second half on the front foot and were soon on top again. Unlike the first half however, Sidoct were unable to find that all important early breakthrough as QEH held firm. Sidcot finally made their pressure tell 10 minutes from time, with Alex Crofts adding to his first half goal, this time from the penalty spot. With Sidcot sensing a chance of an equalise they threw men forward. Unfortunately, it was QEH who took advantage of the spaces left in defence with two late goals.
Man of the match: Sascha Schlatter