Week Ending Friday 24 February
U12 Girls Hockey v Broadoak School, Wednesday 22 February: Sidcot 1 – 0 Broadoak
This was a good, evenly matched, game played in quite difficult and windy conditions.
Sidcot started well and certainly had the upper hand in terms of attacking play in the first few minutes. A number of good attempts were repelled by the Broadoak defence, but our defence were called upon very little.
The game began to ebb and flow and Broadoak worked their way into the game and began to put our defence under more pressure.
All was equal in terms of score at the half time break.
Broadoak came out with greater determination in the second half and our girls were forced to up their game. They demonstrated better shape and passing and there was far more use of the flanks in attack.
Some good chances were created and the Broadoak ‘keeper did very well to save several good, on target attempts. She was eventually beaten in the right hand corner by a very well struck shot from Sophie Lee.
Broadoak again replied with increased pressure and Vicki Lawrence, in the Sidcot goal, had to make two crucial saves which she did with calm and effective clearing kicks.
Good performances from all – well done indeed!
Player of the match: Elsa Cardale
U13 Hockey v Broadoak School, Wednesday 22 February: Sidcot 5 – 0 Broadoak
On a very windswept evening the U13 Girls were excited to have a game after several had been cancelled due to poor weather. A squad of nine players played so that no one was left getting cold as a substitute. The girls were well organised and kept spaced out most of the time so did not interfere with each other's play even though there were extra bodies on the pitch. The left players of Erin and Lottie linked together really well in the first half and kept feeding the ball across to Lily and Ana at the top of the D. Sidcot dominated play but took a little while to score their first goal as Broadoak Goalie made some great saves. Eventually Lily and Erin scored with great strikes from the right of the goal across to the back corner.
In the second half the girls continued to press the Broadoak defence. They were more creative with their use of the pitch and played several good balls down the right to Mia initially and later Sofia. Both did a good job of collecting these balls and crossing them in strongly to the D. Lily then Erin slotted away two more goals. Ruby and Esme both made some positive drives forward when they were playing in attack. Ana picked up a great pass from Lottie and tapped it to her right setting up a lovely goal for Mia to put away. Izzy was not troubled in defence but was alert when Broadoak tried to press in the D.
It was nice to see the girls looking for space and making nice passes to keep possession.
Player of the match: Lottie Gunter
U15 Netball v Broadoak School, Wednesday 22 February: Broadoak 16 – 12 Sidcot
This was a much more assured and competitive performance from when Sidcot last met Broadoak, resulting in a very closely contested match which was played in good spirit.
Sidcot settled the quicker of the two teams, with Gretel Havercroft finding the net with superb accuracy in her shooting. Her agility in and around the attacking circle enabled her to find plenty of space near to the goal and with Maddy Northcott and Gracie Fletcher providing her with good ball, she put Sidcot into an early lead.
However, playing without a recognised GK made it difficult for Sidcot to stem the flow of goals coming from the Broadaok shooters, but all those who willingly stepped into the unfamiliar position worked hard to disrupt the Broadoak rhythm and did their part to help out the team.
Unfortunately, Braodoak managed to maintain better consistency in both their passing and shooting and with their speed of movement, together with their tenacious approach, they never looked like relinquishing their lead, once they got their noses in front. Sidcot pushed them all the way to the final whistle and despite losing narrowly, they should feel suitably proud of their efforts, teamwork and improvements in their general play.
Player of the match: Gretel Havercroft
U16 Netball v Broadoak School, Wednesday 22 February: Broadoak 2 – 14 Sidcot
The gusty, coastal winds had the better of both teams in the first quarter. Handling skills were tested as the ball took on a life of its own. As a consequence only three goals in total managed to find their way through the elusive hoop.
Going into the second quarter Sidcot adapted their play, the conditions commanded a shorter, sharper game. Immy Moroney controlled from the centre and effortlessly linked play between the attack and defence. Sidcot edged into the lead 6 – 1.
In the third quarter Vivian Chan and Mati Grove displayed some excellent, springy, ‘cat like’ defence which enabled Millie Ashdown and Anouska Long to reap the goals at the opposite end, taking their total to 11.
For Sidcot, the space on court appeared as if by magic in the final quarter, but those in the know knew it was down to some spot on timing down the court. Sidcot allowed Broadoak one more consolation goal but in the end the 14 – 2 final score was the result of some well executed netball skills by the Sidcot seven.
Well done to both teams for playing a match in conditions that were difficult.
Player of the match: Mati Grove
Science Technician / PE Faculty
U12 Rugby 7s Tournament v QEH, Wednesday 8 February
The QEH 7s tournament welcomed a host of Third Form and Lower Fourth students from independent schools in the North Somerset and surrounding areas. Sidcot brought nine Third Form students who have been training all term for this fixture. Sidcot found themselves in a group with strong rugby schools, St Beedes, Bristol Cathedral School, Colstons and KLB. Despite the boys narrowly losing all group games coaches of Sidcot and neighbouring schools agreed that Sidcot played the better rugby in almost all group games. The passing and running rugby on show from, James Wroath, Theo Parker-Mills and Henry Blair in particular were stunning to watch at times. Coupled with strong defence from Tom-Tom Lloyd and Mac Jones this Third Form team were going toe to toe with some of the best rugby players of their age in the area. Sidcot did record a 5 – 1 tries victory in their final play-off game to finish 9th out of 11th schools to finish the day. All in all this group of promising young rugby players has a bright and exciting rugby future ahead of them.