After arriving at Quinton House the girls were very excited to be playing their first ever netball match in a sports hall. There was some initial struggle with the number of different coloured lines on the court but they managed to cope once in the game. The 'A' team were playing first and they started well but soon found themselves unable to get the ball out of their defending third. Quinton had a number of chances to score and eventually finished the first half 1-0 in the lead. The second half saw Quinton grow in confidence and The Grove struggle to maintain any possession of the ball. When they did get the ball into their attacking third with some excellent passing and moving from Alexa O’Kane and Schechinah Filani they rushed the opportunities they had to score. The final score was a 6-0 loss.
The 'B' team played next and although it was a much more competitive game the girls found themselves defending for most of both halves with very little possession past the middle third of the court. They did have a few chances to score but failed to capitalise which was a shame as that would have put Quinton under more pressure and could have secured a possible win or draw. Darasimi Lawal as goal keeper played very well in the second half after a talk at half-time and she really used her height advantage, intercepting a number of passes into the circle. The final score ended as a 2-0 loss but both goals were scored in the first half so there was a massive improvement thereafter with Harini Sivavakeesar creating more space and receiving a number of passes in the defending and centre third.
The Grove 'A': 0
Quinton House School 'A': 6
The Grove 'B': 0
Quinton House School 'B': 2
The boys started the game well, they had great enthusiasm, which held the score tied for the first fifteen minutes. Unfortunately the boys let their defense down and Quinton managed their first goal. The boys battled for the rest of the first half with a few good attempts on goal.
At half time the boys came in for a team talk and listened by spreading out and passing effectively in the beginning of the second half. Toby Coles, Mukutwa Malander and Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio had some great chances to get the score to one all but were stopped by Quinton's excellent keeper. The boys conceeded a second goal when Quinton managed a superb pass through our defense.
The boys finished in good spirits but lost the game 2-0. They hope to spend some time training and have a winning result in the next fixture.
The Grove: 0
Quinton House School: 2
Our colts travelled to Akeley Wood to play a local triangular against both our hosts and Broughton Manor. The boys were fired up for it and determined to come away with good results.
We started against Broughton Manor and dominated the game, pressing high up the pitch not allowing Broughton to clear their lines or progress up the pitch. Elijah Martey seemed on a mission to score and after a few near misses he found the bottom corner from the edge of the box with a lovely strike.
We comfortably saw the game out for a solid and impressive 1-0 win.
We were keen to leave with two wins but knew it wouldn’t be easy against a strong Akeley Wood team. We were in a battle from the off and neither team could get their foot on the ball and control the game. A few half chances for both teams came and went and it wasn’t until Akeley Wood were awarded a penalty that a clear cut chance was presented. Daniel Jemeljanenko did superbly to save the resulting penalty but unfortunately got no help from his teammates clearing the ball and Akeley Wood tapped in the rebound. Sadly a minute of madness and poor play cost us the match in what was otherwise another strong performance.
The Grove: 1
Man of the Match: Elijah Martey
The Grove: 0
Akeley Wood School: 1
Man of the Match: Daniel Jemeljanenko
The long trek over to Ashfold on a bitterly cold afternoon but the U8 girls were all very excited for their first netball fixture of the season. We had time for a good warm-up which settled the girls and then we began the first quarter. It was all a bit frantic to begin with and it took at least until half-time before the girls developed a better understanding of their positions and, particularly who they were marking. Ashfold had some very competent shooters and although the game was very competitive between the two teams mid-court, when GA and GS had opportunities to score they did. Unfortunately, the times that we managed to get the ball to our shooters, the girls rushed and didn’t capitalise on the chances. At half-time we were 2 goals down and after a good team talk the third quarter saw a real improvement in how girls found space and they were trying really hard to stay with their player when marking. It was only in the last quarter that the girls lost a little focus again and conceded a goal in the last few minutes. A good start to the season. Well done.
The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 3
Player of the Match: Ewa Adekanmbi
The Grove U9
With the football season well underway the U9’s faced Quinton House on the quicker, harder astroturf surface.
The game ebbed and flowed with both teams trying to attack quickly but it was our opponents who took the lead early on. Unfortunately we never quite played the right pass or got good enough shots off to get back into the game, with Quinton House being far more clinical in front of goal. We did manage to score through Kanye Nwuga but it wasn’t enough as we conceded far too many at the other end.
The Grove: 1
Quinton House School: 5
Man of the Match: Kanye Nwuga
The Grove U8
The boys were in high spirits before the match working well to warm up through the drills. The match started well with Oliver Whittam, Toby coles, Kyle Dissanayake and Muku Malanda working well to push the line up, pushing Quinton back. This led to an early goal by Oliver making the score 1-0 to The Grove. The boys continued to work well with Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Barnaby Davison, Patrick Kingsman and Daniel Nunez Montanola mounting a great defense. Seth Okesola did a superb job keeping out any balls that came his way in goal in the first half.
We went into the second half hoping for another goal and unfortunately two goals made it past the team with Quinton putting in a great performance. With the bit between his teeth Oliver was not going to lose the fixture and put in a superb effort to score in the last three minutes. The overall score was 2-2 and the boys should be proud of the effort they put in to achieve this result and are thirsty for more success next week.
The Grove: 2
O Whittam (2)
Quinton House School: 2
Man of the Match: Oliver Whittam
Our U9’s travelled to Beachborough to face both our hosts and Ashfold in what was to be a cracking afternoon of football. We started against Beachborough and whilst the game was end to end we sadly weren’t clinical enough in both penalty areas, allowing Beachborough to have too many shots on our goal whilst not finding the right pass or shot when attacking. A good finish from Keith Adeleye was our one high point in a frustrating defeat.
Keen to bounce back we faced Ashfold in the seconf match and sadly we weren’t to improve on our result. At times our defence in particular showed great resolve in blocking and clearing a number of attacks from our opposition but sadly we couldn’t hold on and suffered defeat bravely.
The Grove: 1
Beachborough School: 4
Man of the Match: Joseph Imonioro
The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 3
Man of the Match: Isaac Okwuadigbo
On Tuesday the 30th January, Acacia and Pine went with Mr Pendry and Mr Thorne to Tring Natural History Museum. When we arrived we were treated to a 45 minute interactive lesson on advanced classification where the children really impressed the staff with their knowledge and understanding of the topic. They looked at sorting living organisms into different categories and were given specimens of invertebrates to classify and organise based on their physical features. The children quickly got used to hearing the scientific names for groups such as lepidoptera (as opposed to butterflies).
After their lesson the children went on a tour of the many galleries, seeing and finding many new species that they had not seen or heard of before. Sadly we even found several stuffed examples of now extinct animals such as the quagga from South Africa and the thylacine from Tasmania. After a much needed lunch break the children revisited the galleries with clipboards and paper and sketched some lovely examples of animals that they had not heard of before that day. The children impressed staff with their scientific knowledge and despite the excitement that they obviously felt upon seeing so many wonderful animals on display, they managed to represent the school well.
Each year the children in Prep are asked to produce a science project on a specific topic. This work is done in addition to their normal classwork and homework. Each time the projects are handed in I am amazed at the wonderful pieces of work that are presented to me and the effort and time that most of the children spend on their work is immediately obvious.
Between October half term and Christmas it was the turn of Pine & Acacia to do their project and the topic was famous scientists and inventors. The children had to have a main focus for their work but would also look at someone from more than 2000 years ago, as well as two other people linked to their chosen person. Whilst some focussed on the more famous scientists or inventors, such as Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Leonardo da Vinci, others chose less celebrated people such as Maurice Hilleman (worked with vaccines after WWII), Carlo Rovelli (theoretical physicist) and Hedy Lamarr (Hollywood actress who invented remote guidance mechanisms for torpedoes in WWII and who’s work led to Bluetooth technology)!
Their wonderful written projects were accompanied by amazing models and pieces of art work. There were examples of da Vinci’s helical screw (helicopter), hands covered in pox blisters for Edward Jenner’s work against small pox, movie posters for Hedy Lamarr’s films and mobile radiation scanning trucks, used by Marie Curie.
Deciding on winners is always very difficult and I often seek other teacher’s opinions. In the end I was so impressed that I had to have three special mention prizes to recognise the effort that so many children made.
Scientists and inventors chosen: John Dalton, Nikola Tesla, Dian Fossey, Rosalind Franklin, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Edward Jenner, Maurice Hilleman, Hedy Lamarr, Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Carlo Rovelli, Stephen Hawking.
Best Written project: Shiv Das
Best model: Emily Garwood
Special mentions: Chloe Cave, Maya Shah, Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana
The girls started off well, passing cleanly and staying on their players. However, they soon discovered the high speed and excellent tactics of the Ashfold girls, forcing them to try much harder to match their opponents. They did a great job doing this and it was evident in their play that they were hungry to succeed. There was some excellent defending on the part of Mikayla Martey as goal keeper and great moving in the goal circle from Arianna Vicielli-Fitch and Hannah Siddall in goal attack and goal shooter. Unfortunately, the girls couldn't match up to Ashfold's skill level, going down in the end, but they still played an excellent game making it a great match to watch.
The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 12
Player of the Match: Mikayla Martey
In their first fixture of the season the U9’s had to adjust to a different surface to play on in the shape of the quicker, harder astroturf. We were looking forward to starting the season well.
The Grove began positively, attacking whenever possible and defending so well that Joseph Imonioro didn’t have to work too hard in goal. We then broke the deadlock with a fantastic goal, Keith Adeleye picked the ball up on the left hand side, cut in onto his strong right foot and finished with good composure to put us 1-0 up.
The score line stayed the same for a long period with both teams having chances but failing to score. Unfortunately, in the last ten minutes The Grove twice gave the ball away in defensive areas and twice paid the ultimate price for it, conceding soft goals.
The full time whistle went and the boys were gutted to be on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline but in truth nine times out of ten they would win that match, and they will be more determined to cut out any sloppy errors to ensure they come away with victory next time.
The Grove: 1
Ashfold School: 2
Man of the Match: Keith Adeleye