Week Ending Friday 10 February
U15 Netball v Priory School, Tuesday 7 February: Sidcot 4 – 19 Priory
Sidcot hit the court running and made a fantastic start with dynamic movement from Gretel Havercroft (GA) and Bethan Rees (GS) in the circle. This was backed up by Ellie Petrie (WA) and Gracie Fletcher (c) showing solid ball skills and efficient distribution in the centre court. By the end of the first quarter the score of 4-3 promised a close match.
Priory seemed to find another two gears during the second and third quarter, managing to put another 12 goals through the hoop whilst our goal tally remained unchanged. During the final quarter the Sidcot defensive circle pair of Valentina Tsaroullas (GD) and Sofia Noval (GK) tightened up their marking, causing errors in Priory’s shooting attempts, and reducing their gain to three goals.
The final score of 19-4 did not reflect the contest of the first and final quarters. There was some impressive netball skills displayed by Priory in a game that was played in good spirit by both teams.
Player of the match: Gracie Fletcher
U16 Netball v Priory School: Tuesday 7 February: Sidcot 6 – 21 Priory
Priory played at a furious pace from the outset putting Sidcot initially very much on the back foot. As the game unfolded the calibre of high quality netball was very evident with both teams displaying great vision and competency in their execution of skills. However, the speed, movement and precision of passing from the Priory players resulted in Sidcot having to fight hard for possession and unfortunately it took them a little while to adjust their game to match the terrific agility of their opponents.
Trailing by five goals to one after the first quarter did little to boost the confidence of the Sidcot team, but they mustered enough determination to enjoy two good quarters where they more than showed their ability to play attractive, free flowing netball. Using their height advantage to excellent effect, the girls began to pass the ball much more efficiently into the attacking circle, where both Kitty Yeung and Anouska Long worked the space well, resulting in many successful shots on goal.
Despite the disparity in the final result, Sidcot can feel proud of their overall efforts, playing against a team of such obvious strength and quality. Well done girls for displaying great tenacity.
Player of the match: Vivian Chan
Weston & District Netball v Weston Trinity, Wednesday 8 February: Sidcot 20 – 36 Trinity
Playing a team who inflicted a very hefty defeat on Sidcot in their last encounter, this result does reflect the progress that the team have made during the season in restricting these same opponents to just sixteen goals. In fact after the first quarter, Sidcot were only trailing by one goal and looked very much in contention through some sublime shooting off the hands of both Maddy Hann and Charlotte Dolman.
Unfortunately Sidcot could not sustain this consistency in the second quarter, as Weston applied more and more pressure within the attacking circle, not only disrupting Sidcot’s rhythm, resulting in many unforced errors, but also denying them very few opportunities to shoot. With their own shooters enjoying plenty of quality ball, Weston were able to extend their lead, one in which they sadly never relinquished.
If it had not been for the efforts and quick reactions of Zoe Mercer and Vivian Chan in defence, Weston could have perhaps ran away with the game, but aided by Jasmine Moroney and Fatou Tounkara in the centre court, Sidcot continued to work hard for the ball and managed to keep a good flow of passes moving through the court.
This was perhaps not one of Sidcot’s tidiest of games, with too many unforced errors and a lack of control in their passing costing them dear. However, all the girls involved showed terrific willingness to work hard for possession and demonstrated their usual team work and comradery on court. They now have a month’s break before their next game against Yatton, which will enable the girls to work hard on improving their speed, movement, strength and accuracy of passing in training.
Player of the match: Charlotte Dolman
U15 Football v Churchill Academy, Thursday 2 February: Sidcot 1 – 2 Churchill
Sidcot arrived at Churchill in great spirits and feeling confident following a good training session earlier that day. What we didn't expect was the gale force winds that caused havoc for both teams. The Churchill team had one dominant player who controlled the game for them and caused as much havoc within our defence as the wind however we remained steadfast and strong in defence with handwork from Tom Hawkins. Sidcot had a strong surge in attack after Churchill scored which led to an own goal and the match being level at 1-1. This continued into the second half with more constant barrage of Churchill attacks resulting in a late goal. Down but not dejected we left knowing we played well and looking forward to our next game.
Player of the match: Tom Hawkins
U14 Football v King's College Taunton, Tuesday 7 February: Sidcot 3 – 6 King's
Sidcot managed to play some excellent football on a lovely pitch, which suited their passing style. The score very much flattered Taunton. Two goals form Rufus Long and Alberto Prada tied the scores with five minutes to play. Taunton then scored a well taken goal which lead Sidcot to go on all out attack leaving themselves exposed to the counter attack. The game was played in a lovely spirit which was well emphasised by the referee.
1st XI Football v Wellington School, Wednesday 8 February: Sidcot 3 – 5 Wellington
After conceding an early goal, Will Coderoy equalled straight from the centre spot with an audacious shot into the top corner to leave the opposition stunned. The first half was a very equal and physical affair with both teams playing some lovely football; the only difference being the Wellington centre forward who scored and outstanding first half hat-trick for his side to lead 3-1 at half time. Sidcot changed to a more direct approach putting target man Will Macarthur up front for his physical presence. It proved an inspired decision as Macarthur gabbed two goals – Sidcot got as close as 4-3 with Wellington scoring a fifth in the last minute of the match.
Man of the match: Will Corderoy
Important information from the PE Faculty
In September 2017 we will be reorganising the PE Faculty, and adding more resource to the team by appointing a Director of Sports. This will be a hands on role, delivering curriculum PE and Games, running our sports teams and overseeing the day to day running of the PE and Sports Facility. It will be my responsibility to continue working on the strategic direction and development of sport and physical activity over the next 12 months.
In order for this reorganisation to have the greatest impact on sports provision at Sidcot we need parental support in building students’ commitment to be available for training (practice) and fixtures. The importance of commitment and personal responsibility are the type of life skills we are keen to develop in our students alongside their sporting competence. They are skills that will set them in good stead in sport and in their personal and professional lives.
We appreciate that in order for us to improve commitment and cooperation we need to improve how we communicate fixture dates with parents. To give you as much advance warning as possible we will be distributing fixture cards for both the boys’ and the girls’ programmes detailing our confirmed fixtures to date. These will be distributed to students during the first few weeks of each term. Any variations to these dates will be updated via, via InTouch email or SMS text message and the online calendar.
If I can take this opportunity to remind you of points of note that we would be so grateful to have your support on:
As always, if you have any comments or concerns please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Sports Development