It started quite dark as I got ready this morning to prepare for the Southam College Angling competition at Dog Lane In Napton. The air was warm with some light drops of rain until 9:30am. The wind was blustery but calming and the Widgeon Lake was a fine view.
Students started early and all caught fine catches with a wide variation of carps.
A special thank you to all the supporters who kindly brought along their sons today and giving up their time for such a fantastic hobby. The next match will be in 2015 now as the winter is near and I have arranged matches before and it is far too cold.
So look out in the bulletin and on the blog for the next match around March time. A very special thank you to Mr. Taylor for acting as a marshal and to Dog Lane Fishery for their continued support in allowing us to use their fantastic facilities and fish with concession rates.
Cash prizes were won by Sam Clasper and Max Taylor today. All students will receive HAPs and a certificate of their achievement. Over all bag-weights were highly commendable, with several single catches at a good weight.
Thank you all again for your support – a great day!
Dean Jordan stood out as the best player in this three way tournament. He scored two superb tries and made several superb tackles. However, with several backs unavailable through injury, the defence looked weak.
A 15-5 defeat to tournament winners North Leam was quite respectable with Harridas Williams, James Cowley and debutant Jacob Jordan particularly strong in the scrum. Andrew Boag was superb at scrum half until he became another injured back.
The 25-5 loss to Myton was disappointing with the back line out of position. Dom Abbott was the exception with several fine tackles. Oliver Westland and Chay Bennett made some excellent drives up the pitch, before the latter was harshly sin binned. Skipper Brennan Lumby led by example throughout. Lucas Mann played well at stand in Scrum Half showing rugged determination against an aggressive opposite number.
King Edward’s VI Camp Hill 50 – Southam College 10
It was a tough morning for the Year 9 Rugby team. With a team already hit by injuries to a number of key players, the absence of 3 more regular team players with questionable excuses didn’t help. However, with the aid of a couple of Year 8 boys, the team showed great spirit and resolve to put up a brave battle throughout the entire game, and left the field with their heads held high.
The King Edwards Team contained a handful of strong players who, with the strength to break tackles and speed to exploit spaces, made the difference between the teams. In the end the score line seemed harsh on our boys, but a brace of opportunistic tries from a snipping Scrum-half, Andrew Boag, meant that we had something to show for our endeavours. Man of the Match, again, went to our talisman Dean Jordan, who’s physicality and guile kept our defence competitive and provided a constant threat in attack.
The experience should set the team up well for the games ahead and, if we can get a stronger team out, will provide a stern test for any opposition.
Year 9 students became highly competitive as they took part in a Business activity, which involved them setting up their own business. Students worked as a team to prepare a business plan, covering various elements such as preparing a promotional campaign and promotional literature, working out the finances for the business and preparing an overall presentation. Students were then judged on their presentation and business idea to declare an overall winner.
Year 9 students had a combined Art and Geography Enrichment Day experience as they attempted to create volcano cross-sections out of cardboard, newspaper and lashings of masking tape! The level of creative and conceptual thinking was fantastic, and it was great to see students incorporate the main volcano features, such as the vent, magma chamber and secondary cones, in to their designs. Students then made their volcanoes ‘erupt’ spectacularly, as can be seen in the photos and videos! Well done, Year 9!
The Year 9 Rugby team pulled off a spirited and hard-fought win against a physical and speedy Myton team. Trailing by 15-0 at half time, our Year 9 team, depleted by a string of injuries to key players, showed what strong-stuff they are made of by overhauling the deficit with a try in the last move of the match to win 29-25. Their spirit was fantastic and they never let their heads go down, even when after they had managed to peg the opposition back with a try, Myton had managed to restore their 3 try cushion with a try of their own.
There were great individual tries from Chay Bennett, Oliver Westland and Andrew Boag, and 2 from Man of the Match Dean Jordan who scored the try in the dying seconds and got the all important conversions to give us a victory.
However, this was certainly a team win, as all players contributed to the victory, none more so than Dom Abbott, who was awarded Tackle of the Match, when their main threat was through and looked certain to score what would have been a ‘death-nail’ try.
Congratulations to you all and I am looking forward to seeing you all out again for a game against Bilton on Saturday morning!
The Year 9 football team made it 3 County Cup wins in as many days with a 2-1 win over Nuneaton Academy. Despite arriving late, Southam made the brighter start and a through ball was put in his own net by a Nuneaton defender. Southam again had the majority of possession, with Jack Ramsden in goal dealing mainly in goal kicks.
Mike O’Rourke made it 2-0 finishing off a fine team move and cross from Leighton Tonge.
The second half was more one way traffic but Southam could not find the net, after the Nuneaton ‘keeper made a string of good saves. Ramsden was beaten following a breakaway late on but Southam held out 2-1 winners.
Science group 9A4 had a great time carrying out eye dissections on Tuesday. Mr Etheridge gave a lesson on the different features and functions of the eye before the students tried to locate and dissect the features with real eyes.
The Year 9 Rugby team had a difficult start against a powerful and well organised Alcester Grammar School team in their first pool game and were caught a little cold, allowing the game to get away from them before their had got themselves up to speed. However, they made amends in their second game against Trinity High School winning a well contested game 20-10.
Unfortunatley, due to time constraints, the proposed semi-final – final format was changed and we then went into a straight final. This was unfortunate as we were confident of winning our Semi-final against Myton, allowing us to have another shot at Alcester. Instead we went through to the Runners-up final against a well built KESH Academy team. Our superior athleticism and skill quickly gave us a secure hold on the game and, having increased our intensity and drive for our first game, we ran away comfortable winners 30-0.
As this was the first experience of 7’s Rugby for many of the team, it was good to see the improvements as we adapted to the pace of the game, and it was great to see Chay Bennett prove what an effective and powerful player he can be when he applies himself. Well done to all the team and lets hope we can continue this form into our next game against Myton next Tuesday!