Year 10 Football

Monday afternoon saw the year 10’s hoping to bounce back from their defeat on Thursday with another cup game, this time against Stratford. Southam started brightly and were passing the ball round in good areas, looking to exploit gaps in the Stratford defence. Southam took the lead after good possession allowed Ben to play into Ruben who utilised Tom’s pace to outrun the defender before squaring the ball to Eric who turned and finished into the corner. Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long as Stratford played a long ball which caught Southam out, the Stratford striker controlled the ball and smashed the ball into the top corner from 20 yards. 1-1. The game was mainly played in the midfield area with rare attacks being created. Southam created a golden chance after a good through ball found Tom who had his effort saved before he shot over from the rebound. Half time 1-1.
Southam tried to stretch the game in the second half and use the width of the pitch to their advantage. Once again, the ball found its way out to Tom who cut in and saw his shot saved. Kasey took the resulting corner and swung in a great cross allowing Ruben to rise highest and head home to give Southam the lead 2-1. Southam continued to press and created a few more chances, including the move of the match. A period of 10 passes allowed Ruben to hang a cross to the back post for Tom to narrowly miss a volley whilst sliding in. Stratford capitalised on the missed chances and equalised with a strike from the edge of the box that crossed the line via the inside of the post. In truth, Stratford should have gone ahead but the striker missed a free header with 5 minutes to go. The year 10’s continued to press and forced the defence into playing the ball out, from the resulting throw in, the ball found its way to Tristan who crossed to Eric who volleyed into the bottom corner to give Southam a 3-2 lead with 3 minutes to play. Southam saw out the game to progress into the next round of the cup.
All of the defence deserve credit for some very good organisation and vital clearances throughout the game. Man of the match is awarded to Ruben for a dominant centre midfield performance capped with a goal.
Overall, a much better performance than last week! Well done lads.
Mr Turton

Year 10 Netball – Condover Report

The Year 10s knew the weekend was going to be a lot harder than previous tours as Condover has a reputation for playing a high standard of netball.   However this did not deter the girls and on Saturday they woke feeling motivated and determined.

The girls would be playing a round robin style league playing each other twice.

Their first game was Carlton 5.  The girls took a while to get themselves sorted with Carlton taking a good lead.  However with a change in the defences play GK Issy Bergendorff and GD Megan Free made some great interceptions and in the second half saw the girls start to pull back although losing 13-8.

With the first game out the way Year 10s knew they had to up their game for the second game against Lady Hawks. They did just this.  The game was a very physical game but the centre court made some good moves down the court and with the help of C Abi Bourton and WA Mary Stewart the girls were getting some great passes into the shooters.  They won this game 9-5.

The girls third game again was another closely fought battle and again very competitive.  The girls fought well and in the first half saw the score go goal for goal with GS Jess Carro and GA Rosie Dillon having to work exceptional hard in the circle for centre court to get the ball in, they did this well and in the first half did not miss a shot.  The second half again saw both teams having to work really hard but unfortunately in the last minute saw the opposition Futureprint turn a Southam centre resulting in a one goal loss 7-6.

Fourth game Southam took to the court with great attitude and the whole team played some fantastic netball with WD Charis Drain marking the ball well forcing her player to make errors.  This helped us turn the ball over on several occasions helping C Abbie Bourton and WA Holly Yates comfortably control the game.  The girls won this game 8-1.

The girls last game of the first round and they made play seem effortless from defence to attack. C Ruby Irving made some great runs down the court for the defence to be able to play to her and feed some great passes into the shooter resulting in a superb 12-1 win.

Our last game of the day would be our second game against Carlton.  With a slow start in their first game the girls knew they had to stay focused.  A shuffle around in the team saw Abbie Bourton moved into GD and a great game she had keeping the GA out of the play.  GA Rosie Dillon was flawless with some great movement in the attacking third being able to feed the ball well into GS Jess Carro who again was on fire with her shooting.  The girls played fantastically as a team and managed to beat Carlton on the turnaround 9-7.

With a goods nights sleep and an early start the girls again seemed motivated and determined for Day Two.

Their first game against Lady Hawks the girls had a slow start and at times made it difficult for themselves going into the second half 2 goals down.  The girls managed to change their play and started to make some great interceptions especially GD Megan Free and WD Charis Drain. Although a little scrappy at times the girls managed to claw back at the two goal deficit and win the game 6-5

Our second game was against Futureprint who we lost to by one goal on Saturday.  The girls started off really well and again the game was going goal to goal and at half time the score was even.  The girls continued to play some great netball but Futureprint stepped up a gear forcing us to make some silly errors and them turning the ball over.  The whole team continued to fight hard but unfortunately wasn’t to be our game losing 10-7.

The third game the girls dusted  themselves off from their previous loss and saw them take the court and play some good netball.  With the score being even at half time the girls took on board the advice given to them and with GA Rosie Dillon coming down court further  she helped the attack get the ball moving more freely into GS Jess Carro who was moving around the circle and losing her GK easily.  This resulted in the girls winning 6-3.

The final game and the girls knew if they won the game they would finish 3rd. The pressure they put on themselves could be seen in the first couple of minutes with them making some unforced errors and at half time it was a very low 1-1 draw. The girls were told to relax and enjoy themselves and this they did and in the second half they played some great team netball and moved the ball freely down the court seeing them win 4-1.

Player of the tournament – Rosie Dillon

As a coach I am not only proud of the girls for finishing 3rdbut I am extremely proud of how well they played.  As expected the standard was a lot higher than previous tours and the girls stepped up to the challenge and played very competitively.  They also listened and put into play the advice given to them not only by myself but the older girls who were very supportive.


Year 10 Football

Thursday evening saw the year 10 football team travel to Northampton to play Caroline Chisholm in the ESFA Cup.

Unfortunately Southam started slowly and found themselves a goal down after 3 minutes after a slight defensive mix up. The year 10s struggled to get a foothold in the game and couldn’t quite find the final ball to release the strikers. Will, Jack, Archie and Jack recovered from the early set back and defended well. Henry kept the score to 1-0 with 2 smart saves. Tom threatened down the left wing but Southam didn’t trouble the keeper in the first half.

Southam knew they had to improve in the second half and they did just that! In the same fashion as the first half Southam conceded an early goal in the form of a long range strike. However, the midfield pairing of Kasey and Ruben started to dominate and build attacks through Fin, Tom and Jacob. Tristan started to get on the ball more and linked well with the midfielders. Ben started to play neat interchanges down the left and Southam were unfortunate not to get back into the game after some fine defensive tackles in the box. Southam created their best chance of the afternoon when Ben and Ruben interchanged passes before Tristan beat the defender 3 times before shooting wide.

A 2-0 loss on the night but lots of positives to take from the game, in particular the second half performance. Southam played some very good football which was pleasing to see. Luckily, Southam have chance to bounce back on Monday night when they host Stratford.

Mr Turton

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National Poetry Day

We are celebrating National Poetry Day with a new display in the library.
The nation’s biggest one-day poetry festival is held on Thursday October 3rd, join in by creating your own poetry, reading poetry aloud or borowing a book of poetry from the library.

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