Year 11 Girls Basketball V Saint Augustine’s
The South girls’ basketball team came into their first game of the year with high confidence and a strong determination to win. From the opening 10 minutes South dominated the first two quarters.
Towards the end of the 3rd and 4th quarter both teams were tired and Saints began to add points to the board in the last two quarters. However, both teams were very strong minded and were determined to win, leading to an exciting second half.
The Most Valuable Players of the game were Sophie Forester and Hannah Formaston for their extraordinary performance, enthusiasm, aggressiveness and for scoring the most baskets in the game overall. However, each player on the team made a significant contribution towards the game and the success that South experienced in these early stages of the league, an impressive start by a highly-skilled team.
By: Callum Jones
Result: South Win 38 – 22
Player of the match: Sophie Forrester
Girls County Cup Round 1 v Waseley
This was the team’s first match of the year and the girls were eager to perform to the best of their ability. An unfortunate injury during the initial warm up meant that the team was already one player down.
The first half started and we made plenty of promising attacks, but struggled to get the ball in the back of the net. This was made harder by the height of the Waseley goal keeper. Several corners were given to us but unfortunately didn’t manage to make them worthwhile. As time went on Waseley’s strong attacking team made plenty of goal worthy attacks, but our resilient line of defence prevented any goals being scored by our opposition. As a result, by the end of the first half it remained 0-0.
Fortunately, as a team we had 2 additional subs, allowing us to mix the team up and put on some fresh legs for the second half. With changes made we felt optimistic about the next 30 minutes. However this optimism soon turned to doubt as Waseley bagged their first goal. We only had 12 minutes to change the result of the match, and the pressure started to build. Soon enough the poor weather let us down, with a deep puddle right in the middle of the goal mouth it was bound to happen. The ball was shot accurately along the floor, destined to go in the goal (passing the goal keeper and defenders), but to the annoyance of the team, was stopped by the puddle. Consequently we still had to get 2 goals in order to win, with only 8 minutes remaining. To the relief of the team, soon after this intial disappointment, Hannah Formaston scored the equalising goal leading us into 10 minutes of extra time.
Half way through the first half of extra time, the puddle became our friend. Waseley made a surprising attack, almost ending our chances of reaching the next round, however the puddle saved us. It stopped the ball and Ellie Baker (our goal keeper) dived on top of the ball, while being drenched with muddy water by the opposition’s desperate attempt of winning the match, and removed it from the danger area.
Half of the extra time had gone and still the score hadn’t changed. We started to mentally prepare for penalties. However, 2 and a half minutes in to the second half of extra time and Ellie Baker’s goal kick was the start of the creation of a fantastic goal. It landed a metre away from Hannah Collett who was able to control it and power forward towards the goal. Due to the lack of defenders she had plenty of time and managed to slot it into the bottom right hand corner of the goal without the goal keeper getting close. Now the most important thing was to defend and with that Waseley barely managed to get in to our half. Player of the match was awarded to Ellie Baker because she showed excellent goal keeping skills throughout the match.
By: Hannah Collett
Result: South Win 2-1
Player of the match: Ellie Baker
County Cup Round 1 versus Kingsley
South have previous in this competition having reached the final last year before falling at the final hurdle. As in previous weeks the build up to the game was positive with all the players hoping to get their first win after a run of 3 losses.
It was the perfect start for South as a huge kick from Workman bounced over the defence and Clayton was in on goal to calmly slot away the first and get the cup run started. Clayton then popped up again soon later, Spooner played the ball and Clayton doubled the tally. Throughout the game, South dominated and passed the ball fluidly round the middle and down the wings, yet a number of players were becoming guilty of not moving the ball quick enough and trying to take on a number of players. However it was soon 3, Dixon whipped in a free kick which bounced in the Kingsley 6 yard box before Spooner poked it through the legs of the keeper, showing why he is a key part of the attacking force.
Not content with lying back South pressed the attack and Hewitt almost made it 4 but unfortunately couldn’t steer the ball goalwards from the corner of the 6 yard box. A smile was on his face but he knew it would have made a great blooper video for 6 yard misses. He later redeemed himself by scoring the fifth after Anderson selflessly laid the ball back to him to power a shot home. The fourth goal came about when Kay’s shot-come-cross took a deflection and went in after bouncing off the post (one for the dubious goals panel!).
At half time, South knew they could score far more goals and also scored early in the second half. Douglas, who was brilliant all afternoon, shot from the edge of the box was clipped by the keeper’s fingertips, yet still looked goal bound, before Boyden poked the ball in. The 7th followed soon after, Garrington got past 2 players on the right before his low cross was met by Spooner whose shot just about squeezed under the bar. Although South were on top, Kingsley looked like they may be able to snatch a goal, however slim the chances of that seemed. However they did just that, a ball played in-between defence and goalkeeper was met by a Kingsley attacker who poked home much to the shock of all the South players.
Yet the next goal went the way of the South team again, Douglas found space on the edge of the box and the ball ended up under the keeper and in. The final goal of the one sided 10 goal thriller was another one from Hewitt whose blockbuster of a shot found the roof of the net to finish off a game that never really had two sides in it.
It was a performance that really could have yielded over double the amount of goals for South yet it’s not the best they’ve put on this season but at the end of the day the result that counts and it’s the next round of the county cup for South.
by Henry Spooner
Result- South Win- 9-1.
Man of The Match: Henry Spooner
Yr 9 Girls Basketball V. Trinity 13/11/13
South’s year 9 and 10 girls had their first basketball game on Wednesday against Trinity. The girls played really well with a finishing score of 36-12 to South.
South started the game excellently and took an early lead with Emily Taylor scoring twice in the first 4 minutes. South’s defence was great, not letting trinity score in this quarter. Ellie Baker, Ezeth Salamanca and Jemima Stanhope also managing to score and at the end of the first quarter the score being 10-0 to South.
The Second quarter began with Emily Taylor scoring again in the first minute. South’s defence was strong again especially from Sammy Smith, Freya Whiteley and Josie Hillier, also feeding into Emily Taylor and Ellie Baker who managed to score more. Again it was a great quarter for South only letting Trinity score once and at the end of the first half the score was 18-2 to South.
It was the third quarter and the South girls where consistent, but with one of our most experienced players Emily Taylor on the bench injured, but the girls kept on strong. Rhiannon Simpson came on and surprised everyone and herself scoring four times in three minutes. Ezeth Salamanca played very well in the quarter coming back from an injury in the first quarter and scored once. It was another great quarter for South only letting Trinity score once again. The Score being 28-4.
The last quarter came around and South didn’t stop. We played great offence in this half although our defence wasn’t as good as it had been we let Trinity score 5 times, but that didn’t affect the score too much for South. With a final score of 36-14 the team had demonstrated their high ability and teamwork, representing the school very well and doing Miss Gee proud. Top Scorers: Emily Taylor- 14 points and Rhiannon Simpson-12 points.
By: Josie Hillier & Freya Whiteley
Most Valuable Player: Emily Taylor
Score: South Win 36 – 14
SBHS Year 11 Boys Football v Saint Augustine’s
Year 11 Boys Football League Fixture
Opponent: Saint Augustine’s
South came into this game after being beaten in the previous two. However saying that, the scorelines of 3-0 and 3-2 were very unjust and don’t reflect on the level of football that South played during both games. If they were able to put in a performance similar to last game’s, South were hopeful about getting one 3 points against arguably the strongest side in the league (Saints having won the title last season and coming a close second the year before). There were rumours flying round that Saints wouldn’t show and at 4 o’clock it looked like that would come true. However they turned up and Mr.Law used a classic P.E teacher tactic of not letting the other team have a lot of time to warm up whilst South were fresh and raring to go.
From the opening 10 minutes though, you would have thought It was the other way round as Saints dominated the early exchanges putting the home defence under a lot of pressure, who, when clearing the ball to James Clayton, who was up front on his own, support was lacking leading to the ball coming back time and time again. A change was made with Spencer Dixon coming on to put two up top and from there South came into the game more. Yet still, as has been regularly happening over the past few weeks, South didn’t try and test the goalkeeper and as the saying goes, ‘you don’t shoot you don’t score’. Saints, in patches, played the kind of football which shows why they are such a strong footballing side. There was lots of link up play and calm precise passing in the final two thirds which eventually led to the first goal of the game. South were overrun on their left and with a man over he was played through and the player slotted it into the corner of the net.
In all fairness to the South lads, the heads didn’t drop and they kept on playing and trying to find an opening against a tight defensive unit. Just as the whistle was about to go for half time, James Clayton picked the ball up in between two defenders, took it on and struck it over the onrushing goalkeeper to level up the scores at the break. This seemed to be the catalyst which led to wave after wave of South pressure in the second half. Yet try as they might South really struggled to play it round the opposition and any ball that was played through was picked up by the ever present goalkeeper. The formation was reverted back to one up front with 10 minutes to go indicating that Mr.Law would rather the game be one point gained instead of one point due to a counter attack that appeared consistently threatening. Ultimately this is how the game was decided; a quick break down South’s right led to a great shot that flew into the top corner leaving Workman left standing still.
The comeback wasn’t on and the dejected South heads trooped back for a final talk. Again the performance wasn’t bad but the lack of attempts on goal is the main worry. It seems that South are out of the running to win the league with 2 losses out of two games and only a major slip up from any potential champion could see us winning the title for a second time.
By H Spooner