05 Mar 2019
Boys' Weekly Sports Review: Week 9

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Football Review

After the half term break it was good to be back in action with seventeen teams playing on Saturday against Epsom. The U16s had a great afternoon winning at A-C level. The C team had a thumping 6-2 win with the impressive Charley Farley scoring 4 goals. The B team carried on their unbeaten streak winning 3-1, Sachin Maini with a brace of goals. This sees the team well-placed in the league with a game in hand against Radley to come. The A team were involved in a tighter encounter but finally overcame their opponents 4-2. Thomas Davies must be commended for his performance and all four assists! The U14 teams were not so successful with the D-E teams all losing their games. The E team were unlucky not to get anything out of their game losing 4-3 late on in the game. The B team have had a number of draws but were on top form winning the match 7-2. Jack Heginbottom was the stand out performer scoring 4 goals for the team. The A team drew 1-1 and could not quite finish their opponents off with Euan Rigarlsford scoring the solitary goal.

At home the U15s had a mixed day winning two and losing two. The D team lost 4-1 on a compact pitch, the C team won 4-1 and were good value for the result. The B team were involved in a very close game but managed to hold out to win 4-3. Harry Fanning was excellent and scored a deserved hattrick. The A team game was a strange one with Berkhamsted dominating possession and chances on goal. Despite this they found themselves 2-0 down at half time. The team were made to pay for a host of missed chances as Epsom scored another two goals in the second half to stop a fightback from Berkhamsted. The final score 4-2.

The Senior teams had a good afternoon with only the 5th XI losing. The 3rd and 4th XIs carried their form from the first half of term both winning well – 4-1 and 5-2 respectively. Ben Harris was once again on scoring form for the 4ths with a brace of goals, and Eddie Gentle demonstrated his prowess in the box scoring 4 in the 3rd XI win. Over at the astro turf pitch Mr Falder’s 2nd XI drew 1-1 in a closely fought game. Chances were few and far between on the artificial surface and neither team could find a winner. The 1st XI were good value for their win and controlled the game well. Two goals from Ben Adshead in 20 minutes helped the team to settle and despite a couple of tense moments in the second half Epsom did not do a great deal to trouble the goalkeeper.

Team of the Week: U15B

Player of the Week: Jack Heginbottom

Mr D. Vila – Head of Football

Fives Review

Straight back in from the half term break saw the junior squads taking on one of the tougher Prep Schools on the circuit in the form of Summer Fields. The U13s did well with both pairs claiming 2 – 0 wins overall against some solid looking opposition. The 2nd pairing of Kibble & Rennie at first looked like it might be a tight game with neither side taking a point in the first 20 minutes of the first set due to some high-quality cutting from both sides. In the end the Berko boys adapted their tactics allowing them to begin to retrieve cuts and getting them into the rallies to take the match. The U12s had a much tougher battle; 1st pairing of Head & Spooner were the odd ones out never really looking challenged by their Summer Fields opposition with a reasonably convincing 3 – 0 win. The 2nd and 3rd pairs were very tight first sets but both games ended up going the way of Summer Fields 13 – 14. The Berko boys’ heads then dropped slightly ion the second sets allowing both Summer Fields pairs to take the wins 0 – 2. It was a good battle and a good test of character for the boys however as they had to deal with some rather ‘vocal’ opposition and needed themselves to assert their authority.

Saturday saw four pairs (one U13 and three U12s) travel over to the Westway Sports Centre in London near Shepherd’s Bush; players there are from a variety of nearby state schools which makes for a great mix of abilities and coming together of local schools. U13s Cummins & Henry started the fixture well claiming the first game 12 – 2, this then resulted in Westway adjusting their pairs to try and even up the fixture (as they had extra players around on the day) and a great second set ensued which went the way of Westway 13 – 14. 1st U12 pairing of Maheswaran & Bailey also had a great battle; they just lost the first set 11 – 14 before coming back strong in the second taking the win 12 – 2, this resulted in the Westway pair unfortunately conceding the match due to an injury in one of the players. 2nd pairing of Baker & Penaliggon and 3rd pairing of Saeed & Clifford also had some great games with a win at 3rd and loss and 2nd.

This week sees another busy one in the build up to Nationals with juniors playing Highgate, our own Prep and the U12s Qualifiers Nationals not to mention a large block v Ipswich and Mill Hill & Belmont on the Saturday followed by the Ladies Championships o the Sunday.

Team of the Week: U12s

Player of the Week: Kiran Maheswaran & Jack Bailey

Mr A. Theodossi – Fives Professional