30 Jan 2019
Boys' Weekly Sports Review: Week 4

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Football Review

Despite snow covering the pitches early in the week, all matches went ahead on Saturday against St. John’s Leatherhead. This was their first league fixture on the season and Berkhamsted’s second with a number of sides still remaining unbeaten. There was not a great to work on in terms of stats from previous encounters due to cancellations going back three years!

At home Berkhamsted hosted the senior teams 1st - 5th and the U15s. With pressure mounting on Mr Baldwin, his young charges produced an excellent performance to win 6-2, and keep the coach in the job for another week... Dr. Cutler’s unbeaten B team were slightly off the pace by all accounts - perhaps due to playing on the unfamiliar slopes pitch and missing a couple of key players - but still managed to grind out a point in a 1-1 draw. The U15A produced perhaps the performance of the week winning 4-2 against a strong St. John’s team. It was a well contested game but the home team managed to hold on and move to the top of the table joint with Harrow and Tonbridge with the game vs the latter and already shaping up to be a vital one. The senior teams did not achieve so highly with 3 draws and 2 loses between them. Mr Kirwan’s 3rd XI remain unbeaten in the league after their thrilling 4-4 draw. Despite conceding Joe Sutton was excellent good in goal and saved the team on numerous occasions. The 4th XI and 5th XI games were both attritional encounters and were neck and neck all the way. The 5ths finally came undone losing the game 2-1 but the 4ths held on for a draw. The 2nd team game was reasonably tight but three penalties against the home side (all converted) was a step too far for a comeback. Chris Lianos and Harvey Graham scored either side of half time but it was not to with the final score reading 4-2. The 1st XI were looking to bounce back from back to back Saturday defeats and despite drawing the game 0-0, they certainly put in a far more competitive performance and can take heart from the way they played. The back four were once again superb and dealt admirably with the St John’s strikers. A special mention to year 11 pupil Harry McHugh making his first team debut in midfield. It has been a long road to recovery for Harry after sustaining a knee injury in year 9. It was wonderful to see him playing again.

Away from home the U14s has a good day with two wins, one draw and a loss. The A team were unlucky in their 3-2 defeat, Toby Head was once again in the goals scoring both. The B team once again drew and by the same 2-2 margin as the previous week. The C team won 2-0 whilst the mighty D team had an incredible 9-0 win!

The U16s has a good day and didn’t lose a game. The C team won 3-0 with Max B and Aubtin (2) scoring the goals. Mr Fung’s B team conceded late on in controversial circumstances but will take the important point in the league standings. The U16A drew 1-1 with Luke Wilson equalising in the second half. Rob Worthington was man of the match for his towering performance at centre half.

Overall it was a very successful day with 5 wins, 7 draws and 3 loses. We look forward to playing Radley next weekend in what I am sure will be a competitive block.

Team of the Week: U15A

Player of the Week: Harry McHugh (1st XI debut and back from long term injury)

Mr D. Vila – Head of Football

Rugby Review

This was a tough set of fixtures for the U12s against Richard Hale School. Having swept all before them so far this season all three teams came up against much a bigger, more physical opposition than they had experienced before. All were brave and hung in there, special congratulations to the U12Bs for fighting back to draw 10-10. Areas to work on through the week will be ball retention at the breakdown and phase play in attack. Unfortunately the U13s fixtures versus Haberdasher’s were cancelled, these boys will get the opportunity for a match against UCS on Wednesday.

Team of the Week: U12B

Player of the Week: Thomas Nagele

Mr. B. R. Mahoney – Head of Rugby

Hockey Review

A busy week saw our first block weekend against John Lyon School. They are in the process of developing their hockey programme having just re-developed and built a nice new astro.

There programme has been running with the younger year groups for two years now and this is why the U14’s found the going quite tough, loosing 5-0. It wasn’t through lack of organisation but more so through Ben Broadway in our goal not actually making a save in the game! They had 5 shots on target and all five were goals! Oli Benton and Charlie Goodwyn ran well in midfield and George Rowlands, as a striker had chances. MOM was Sam Rowlands however for covering every blade of astro! There is more to come from this side.

The U15’s faired much better winning comfortably 6-1. Glen Turney and Oli Webb creating numerous chances for the front three and Charlie Montero capitalised with two goals. Other scorers were Charlie Mace, Charlie Doe, Oli Webb and Glen Turney who had a good match.

At least Charlie Dow and Will Digby are listening to our Director of Sport!

The 1st ran out 8-0 winners in their match. Eddy Goldstein scoring 4 goals but it was a good team performance with all the Year 11’s back from their mocks including Joe Turpin, Alex Willox, Patrick Atkinson and Charlie Newton (who scored).

Our new formation of 2,3,2,3 is bedding in across all the teams and I look forward to some harder opposition for the 1st's in the forthcoming weeks.

Team of the Week: 1st team

Player of the Week: Sam Rowlands (U14)

Mr B. Evers – MiC Hockey

Fives Review

Seven fixtures must be a new record for the amount of Fives played in a single week, but somehow, we managed to cram them all in. This is almost certainly the way the Fives programme will develop over the next few years what with huge numbers of players now taking up the sport that we always try to accommodate and find fixtures for anyone who wishes to play and represent the school.

The week kicked off with an away fixture against Highgate at U14 level as well as representation from our top U13 girls pairing. Our top U13 boys pair (Kaynama & Baines) are required to play up in the U14 this year in Nationals as they must skip a year having won the U12s event in 2018; this fixture seemed like a good time to push them against one of the top schools in the country to see how they would fair. They were split between two of our top U14 players with James & Kaynama leading the charge at 1st pair while Boylan & Baines took on the 2nd pair role. After losing a tight first set, James & Kaynama came back strong and won the second (also a close game) before going on to win the third rather convincingly. Boylan & Baines had little trouble at 2nd pair winning reasonably comfortably in three straight sets. 3rd and 6th pairings of Heginbottom & Fleming and Khare & Filer followed in a similar vein winning in three straight sets also while 5th pair of Head & Gorton copied their 1st pair team mates losing the first before coming back strong to clinch the game 2 – 1. The final 4th pairing of Crane & Grham had a humdinger of a game; they won the first 12 – 7, before losing the second with a reverse score-line 7 – 12. It all came down to the third and final set which was nip-and-tuck all the way but the Highgate boys just managed to pip them to the finish line winning 11 – 14. It was great to see the determination and grit of the boys, never lowering their heads and instead rising to the challenge pushing themselves as hard as they could throughout. The U13 girls pairing of Wingfield & Day had the toughest fixture of the day, playing against last years’ U13 Nationals winners who they had lost to in the final (a year down I might add). Although the score line suggests a reasonably convincing win for Highgate, the rallies were fiercely competitive but the Berko girls just couldn’t get points on the scoreboard. In a similar demonstration to the Berko boys 4th pair, they never once dropped their heads and played as well as they could throughout never giving in and making Highgate work for every point to secure the win.

Tuesday then saw a mixed age group fixture with representation from U14, U15, and the U18 squads. It was a great fixture with lots of close matches with Berko just being edged out in a 2 – 3 overall defeat. The highlights came from the U18 squad; 2nd pairing of Aidan Spencer & Radoslaw Rochowiak stepped onto court for their first Fives (and possibly first school representation for Rochowiak) fixture and despite losing out 0 – 3 played some great competitive Fives against their more experienced opposition. The 3rd pairing of Moon-Costello & Hornsey, relative new players to the game having really only taken it up last year, managed to walk away with their first competitive win in a tight game 2 – 1 to the good guys.

Wednesday saw 13 Y7 & 8 girls head over to Eton College for the 6th annual Girls Festival (see separate report on website).

On Thursday the entire U15 squad was represented with a split fixture; three pairs headed over to Emanuel (a trip down memory lane for the Fives coach!) near Clapham Junction while four pairs remained at Berko to do battle against QEB. Over at Emanuel we were slightly too strong for our opposition, but it was then great to see our boys all mix in and play a friendly final match pairing up with their opposition while helping them with some on court coaching as well. Back at fortress Berko a last minute replacement U14 pair were called upon to play against QEB U15s so many thanks to Kare & Faraday for not only stepping in at the last minute but then also winning their fixture in a tight game 2-1. Three of the four remaining U15 pairs walked away with wins leaving it as a solid 4 – 1 overall Berko victory.

Saturday saw us take a block fixture against Ludgrove over at Eton College using their courts with 10 pairs taking part. Ludgove put out their strongest side while the joint U12 & U13 squad was missing its top 13 players; despite this the matches were all very competitive and Berko walked away with 3 wins. This was a very pleasing result highlighting the strength and depth we are now able to produce.

The week was then rounded off with the inaugural U13 National Team Competition aptly named the ‘Martin Pett Plate’ in honour of our longstanding MiC. A full report can be found on our news section.

This week sees fixtures against Emanuel, Cranleigh, RGS High Wycombe and Westway.

Team of the Week: U13s

Pair of the Week: Jasper Ronan & James Prendergast

Mr A. Theodossi – Fives Professional