21 Jan 2019
Boys' Weekly Sports Review: Week 3

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Football Review

After a highly successful block against Abingdon last year the head of football was quietly confident that it would be another good weekend, and a chance to build confidence after a tough fixture against Harrow the week before.

Away from home and seniors and U16 teams played at three different locations which made for a strange Saturday! The 1st XI played at Tilsley Park, a new sports complex with a brand new 4g surface. Unfortunately, Berkhamsted could no carry the momentum from the Ashlyns game (5-0 victors) and eventually lost 3-0. Berkhamsted did have a number of chances but failed to convert, Abingdon on the other hand had three chances throughout the game and scored them all. Berkhamsted will have to regroup and work hard in training this week to have a chance against St. John’s. Down the road the 2nd XI were fairing much better and despite being a goal down, ran out 3-1 winners courtesy of another Harry N goal. The U16 teams played in the same place with the A team lucky enough to play on the first team pitch. Mr Cooper & Mr Pritchard’s team did the surface justice and were impressive in their 4-0 win. The B and C teams both drew (2-2 & 1-1) with both matches extremely close. Further down the road the 3rds drew for the second week running but Mr Kirwan reported that his team should have won! Mr Pengelly was fielding a very different side to the week before due to availability but fought valiantly in his 2-1 defeat.

Back in Berkhamsted the U15A were looking forward to their first run-out on the new first team pitch and they made the most of the space, controlling the game and moving the ball well. They eventually won the match 2-1 with Joe H and Toby D scoring the goals. Dr Cutler’s B team played on the Ashlyns 3G and managed to grind out a 1-0 win whilst the C team lost narrowly, and the D team won 2-0. The U14A suffered a huge loss last week but they build red the demons of Harrow and managed to win their game 8-2! Captain Toby H helped steer his side to victory with a hat-trick earning him the player of the week accolade. Mr Foster’s B team drew 2-2, whilst the C and D teams both won comfortable (5-0 & 6-2).

Overall it was a great day for Berkhamsted winning 8, drawing 4 and losing 3. Next week there is a full block against St. John’s with all league teams in action. Hopefully the cold weather will not mean cancellations.

Team of the Week: U14A

Player of the Week: Theo Schulten

Mr D. Vila – Head of Football

Rugby Review

Saturday saw the first full block of the year at Kitcheners and it was great to see five teams playing tough fixtures against QE Barnet. The U13s experienced very different games with the As winning 60-5, while the Bs went down 20-55. Special mention to Adam Y, 4 tries and Jack S and Henry L-T 3 each. There is a lot to work on for both teams as we move further into the season however it was great to get playing.

The U12As had a hard fought 25-25 draw, and this is the report of their game from Mr Mackay ‘This was a very good performance against a robust and sizeable opposition. We improved our line speed and breakdown work but we were probably guilty of being too lateral with the ball in hand and not penetrating the QE defensive line early enough. Special mentions must go to Will L who scored three sparkling tries and Daniel C who topped the tackle count.’ The 12B and C won 25-15 and 50-10 respectively, continuing their promising start to the season.

Next Saturday sees the U12A-C take on Richard Hale at Kitcheners while the U13As are away at Haberdashers before both A&B squads take on UCS during games next Wednesday.

Team of the Week: 12A

Player of the Week: Will Letts

Mr. B. R. Mahoney – Head of Rugby

Hockey Review

1st v Haileybury (L 4-1. E.Goldstein)

I can make no excuses for the result, but the game was closer than the score line suggests. We had plenty of chances to get more out of the game but their keeper made some good saves and the goal needed to be 30 cm wider!

Haileybury were well organised with their ¾ pitch press and until we worked out how to beat this, we played into their hands. Oli Brown and Freddie Ormerod ran hard, and Eddy Goldstein and Sam Lewis gave the pitch some depth and options up front.

Thank you to Josh Hoad, Sam Lewis and Ben Gill for stepping in and all contributing to the team's performance.

Mr B. EversMiC Hockey

Fives Review

Another busy but great week of Fives with representation from U12 – U15 level girls and boys.

The U12s kicked off the week with a home fixture against Highgate; the five boys pairs had a fantastic fixture which saw lots of the Berko pairs being down in the first few sets of all their matches but then managing to pull it back in each. Overall, we ended in an hourable draw with a win, a loss and three drawn matches. The girls pairing of Soulsby & Kennedy dominated their match from start to finish walking away worthy winners with a 3- 0 win.

Wednesday then saw our first block of the season against Shrewsbury who had travelled down from up north to play us on the Eton courts. 12 pairs took part from the U14 & U15 squads; there were lots of close matches which could have gone either way but overall we walked away with a 7-5 win. Particular mention should again go to the girls pairing of Miles & Hannah who won a tight match against a top U18 pair 2 – 1, and to the U14 squad who also walked away with wins under all their belts despite some very close matches throughout.

The week was rounded off with a home match against RGS High Wycombe; again there were lots of good matches, but the body language of the Berko side was a bit off whereas it was clear the RGS boys had a real drive to achieve high and win their fixtures, which they did leading to an overall loss of 2 – 4 to Berkhamsted. Although the U13 Nationals are only a few weeks away there is still time for many of the U13 squad players to commit more to time and court where they could easily reverse many of those results should they come up against the same opposition again.

Next week sees fixtures against Highgate, Westminster, a Girls Festival at Eton, Emanuel, QEB, Ludgrove and the inaugural U13 Team Competition which is being hosted by Berkhamsted.

Pair of the Week: Matthew James & James Boylan

Mr A. Theodossi – Fives Professional