Two Year 8 pupils recently entered the Suffolk U13 Chess Championship held at Woodbridge School. After six very competitive tournament games, Cavan Fawcett and Max Ross finished as joint winners. Congratulations to both of them.
Approximately 800 primary school aged runners visited the Royal Hospital School today for the Peninsular Primary Schools and Ipswich Primary Schools’ Sports Association Cross Country Competitions. Children from more than 40 schools in the region came to take part in the event held in the School’s 200 acre grounds overlooking the River Stour.
On Friday 7 March the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, welcomed U11 players from throughout Suffolk and Norfolk for a Festival of Netball.
It all came down to the very last round of matches with four teams vying for the winning title in a wonderfully exciting tournament. After six rounds of excellent and competitive netball in the Spring sunshine, Moreton Hall A team’s seventh and final match was against Ipswich High A, while Finborough played Old Buckenham Hall. Old Buckenham eventually lost a very tight and thrilling match 3-4 and were awarded 4th place.
For the neutral spectators Court Two was the place to be, as Ipswich High A took the early advantage scoring two goals before Moreton Hall mounted a brave rescue act as this tense game finally finished in a brilliant 4-4 draw. The draw was enough for Moreton Hall A to be declared champions on points scored. Ipswich High A finished on level points with Finborough, but they scored two more goals over the seven matches putting them in 2nd place and Finborough a creditable 3rd.
Notre Dame from Norwich and Stoke College finished on the same 13 points but Notre Dame scored one more goal more than Stoke to claim 6th place. Their exciting 3-3 draw in the morning was another highlight of the day.
Moreton Hall A 31
Ipswich High A 29
Old Buckenham Hall 27
Ipswich High B 19
Notre Dame 13
Stoke College 13
Moreton Hall B 7
Organiser of the event and Sports Development Manager at the Royal Hospital School, Don Topley, said “The top four sides could have easily beaten each other on any given day but many congratulations must go to the winners of the Festival, Moreton Hall, who played with great determination, skill and commitment to have a wholly undefeated tournament”.
2VII v St Felix W 23-8
The seconds had an excellent team performance against St Felix on Tuesday and were able to secure a good win. They started well in the first quarter with all players linking together down court. Anna Wynn dominated in the shooting circle which allowed RHS to take an early lead 7-2. It was the second quarter where RHS really pushed forward. Annabelle Sweeney found her timing in attack making it easy for Beth Richardson and Hattie Botwright to feed the ball in to the circle. RHS defence had a great quarter, restraining St Felix to only scoring 1 goal. At half time Kathy Brown stepped on court into the GK position, despite a nervous start she settled in well by the end of the game. Working with defenders Abi Sweeney and Charlotte Heley; they all managed to take lots of interceptions in the defending third. Simone Rossouw and Izzy Dixon also had good performances at C and WD and playing a pivotal role in linking the play together. Player of the match went to Anna Wynn.
3rd v St Felix W 18-5
The thirds also had a good game against St Felix which started at 3-3 in the first quarter with all to play for! In the second quarter Lauren Guy played well with Flo Hales in the D and the latter found her shooting streak! From then on RHS ran away with it to finish 18-5. Player of the match was Flo Hales.
1st V11–v King’s Ely W 26- 24
The 1st team made an excellent start to the match against King’s Ely, dominating both in attack and defence, and drawing ahead to a 7-3 lead at quarter time. In defence, Emily Davidson Brett and Hannah Garlick worked well together to make several interceptions and some good play in attack saw successful feeds into the circle giving RHS opportunities to score. King’s Ely rallied during the break and this, together with several changes in the RHS line up, meant that they started the second quarter strongly. RHS continued to play well and extended their lead so that the score was 16-10 at half time. King’s Ely continued to improve their play, whilst RHS struggled to maintain momentum during the second half with their error rate increasing. This led to an exciting final quarter with Ely closing the gap to within one goal. RHS dug in the final minutes to stop the Ely comeback, holding on to the lead and ending the game victorious. Player of the match was Josie Falk.
2VII v Kings Ely L 9-35
The second team had a slow start against Kings Ely and the girls struggled to settle into the game. Kings Ely dominated RHS from the outset and defenders Abi Sweeney and Kathy Brown had a hard job in restricting their shooting opportunities. Despite this, RHS took every opportunity to rebound under the post and give their team a chance to work the ball down in to their attacking end. Some quick passing between Beth Richardson, Hattie Botwright and Simone Rossouw saw RHS bring the ball through the court smoothly on occasions, but moving the ball round the circle edge to feed the shooters was more of a challenge. When given the chance, shooters Anna Wynn and Annabelle Sweeney did convert some goals under the post but it was not enough to keep RHS in the game. With their error rate too high, RHS could not catch a strong Kings Ely side. Final score 9-35. Player of the match went to Simone Rossouw.
3rd VII v King’s Ely 2ndVII L 36-6
The 3rds drew the short straw; playing inside on the nicest afternoon of the season so far and were then beaten by an overall better side. The awful score line does not reflect the determination and effort the RHS team put into their match. Stirling play in particular from Emma Stuart-Thompson who held the attack score line in the beginning however, as mistakes crept in from all sources, the ball was all too often lost allowing Ely to regain possession.
U15A v King’s Ely L 21-5
On Thursday the U15A team faced Kings Ely. There were slight changes to the team due to the injury of GS Anna Khan but Ruth Brown stepped up to fill the role. The game got off to a quick start and RHS scored the opening goal of the game. However, a few turnovers by Ely, as a result of RHS inaccurate passing, meant they scored a few unanswered goals and the score at quarter time was 7-1. The second quarter followed a similar pattern for RHS, despite some excellent passages of play whilst bringing the ball through court. The tall Ely defence intercepted the ball as it came into the attacking circle. The third quarter was better for RHS; there was some excellent work between Sophie Rennison, Cass Peacock and Millie Orr, meaning RHS were able to score 3 goals. Going into the last quarter RHS knew they would have to work really hard in order to reduce Ely’s lead. Charlene Tait at GK made it hard for the Ely shooters by intercepting the ball with what seemed like ease! Sophie Atkinson and Millie Ainsworth also worked hard in defence but unfortunately it was a case of ‘too little too late’. The final score was 21-5 to Ely and Charlene Tait was awarded player of the match for her outstanding defending.
U15B v Kings Ely L 7-26
RHS took time to adjust to the Kings Ely style of play and found themselves chasing from the outset. RHS were not, however, going to let them win easily and fought throughout the whole game to work the ball down court to the shooters. Excellent attacking play from Sammi Chui around the circle edge opened up the play for RHS allowing them to get some goals onto the scoreboard. RHS worked hard with the right attitude which was really pleasing to see against such tough opposition. Player of the match went to Britney Shrestha for her hard work in defence.
U14A v King’s Ely L 32-9
After a disappointing first quarter, the U14As upped their level, playing a much more competitive game. During the remaining quarters RHS worked hard to maximise scoring opportunities, resulting in two drawn quarters. Although they lost the match, they should be pleased with their comeback. Jorgyella Thorpe was player of the match for both her defensive and attacking play.
U14B v King’s Ely W 11-10
Captained by Auriol Symons, the U14Bs played an exciting game of netball against Kings Ely. Having gone down in the first quarter, the girls fought hard and displayed some great defensive play, winning 11-10. Players of the match were Beth Dwerryhouse for some great defensive play and Holly Parsons Atkinson for her determined attacking efforts.
U14C v King’s Ely L 14-11
The game against Kings Ely got off to a very tense start; RHS had intercepted their centre pass and thanks to a great shot by Carla Mini, they were one goal up. It took RHS a while to settle to King Ely’s fast play but the girls defended well down court. At quarter time RHS were 3 down. Ely came out fighting in the second half and both teams displayed some excellent netball. However, despite some fantastic through court work by Saffy Henley, Sara Benavent Marti and Georgia Alabone, RHS were 6 goals down. Changes were made ; Helena Miralles to WA and the second half was a different story for RHS, Georgia Folkard-Smith made numerous interceptions at GK and there was some very creative attacking play between Carla Mini and Molly Freeman meaning that going into the last quarter RHS were back to 3 goals behind. Unfortunately, RHS made too many unforced errors and the last quarter was a draw meaning the final score was 14-11. Player of the match was awarded to Carla Mini for her excellent attacking play and positivity and also to Holly Folkard-Smith for making so many interceptions at GK.
U13A v New Hall L 10-30
RHS had a slow start against New Hall and were behind from the outset. Unfortunately the attack could not link together the timing of their moves with the delivery of the pass and this lead to a very disrupted start for the team. However, a better second quarter saw RHS find their rhythm. Defenders Annie Tavainavesi and Libby Parker worked hard to restrict New Hall’s space in the circle and take the interceptions where they could. This allowed the team more possession of the ball and more opportunities on goal. Tilly Arulampalam and Holly Folkard-Smith delivered some quick shooter to shooter balls under the post allowing RHS to convert some more goals. RHS lost the second quarter but only by two. Despite a better performance in the second quarter RHS could not maintain the pace against a very skilful New Hall side and this lead to the final score being 10-30. Libby Parker had her best performance to date and was awarded player of the match.
U13B v New Hall L 21-13
The U13B team fought hard throughout their match against New Hall and the score line does not reflect the match played. The girls drew the third quarter and won the final quarter and did not give up at all. Nuria Ramo Pascaul made her debut for the team and showed skill in her position as goal keeper. Emily Fretwell was versatile, playing as goal defence and wing defence. Player of the match was Annie Paddon who had a superb game as goal attack.
The U12A v Newhall L 12-3.
The score line does not reflect the effort and determination the U12 team put into their play against New Hall. The defensive trio of Freya Guckian, Charlotte Stenning, and Ruby Parker worked really hard to keep the New Hall shooters out of the D; indeed keeping the opposition’s score down to 5 until the last quarter. Their back line pass routine worked extremely well. Molly Entwistle, who earned the accolade of ‘player of the match’, linked extremely well in the centre, making sure her centre passes were effective every time. The attacking end with Rebecca Sweeney, Yasmin Gradwick-Light and Eliza Tribe had the most difficult task against a very strong New Hall defence. RHS struggled feeding the ball into the circle to gain any advantage. Unfortunately New Hall brought on their best shooters to finish the last quarter, resulting in a win 12 goals to 3. Each RHS player showed determination throughout and were complimented on their play by the New Hall coach.
U12B v New Hall L 10-0
The U12B team took on New Hall in their second game of the season. Both teams got off to a shaky start with errors made throughout court. The first goal was scored by New Hall just 4 minutes into the game! The second quarter was much better for RHS. Izzy Butler at C was taking plenty of interceptions but RHS struggled to convert any goals against a physical New Hall side. The score at half time was 6-0 to New Hall. The second half was very much a defensive one for both teams. Katie Bagnall, Alice Clayton and Lily Mason pressurised their opposition and forced plenty of balls to go off the backline. However, RHS struggled to feed the ball into shooters Morgan Thomas and Amelia Anderson and this meant RHS were still yet to score. In the last quarter Esme Peters came back on for Lucia Soler who played exceptionally well considering it was her first ever netball game. Although RHS defended well, the attacking play was regularly broken down by New Hall and the final score was 10-0. Player of the match was awarded to Izzy Butler for her fantastic work rate at C.
U12 Netball Tournament
The U12’s travelled to Northgate High School to play in the district U12 tournament. This event was run as a ‘Round Robin’ with 6 other schools involved. With a squad of 9 players the team worked hard to try and establish a hold at the start of each game. Unfortunately in the first game against Ipswich High School they were slow on the uptake and Ipswich scored 4 goals in the first half. RHS tightened up their play and pulled back 2 goals but lost overall 5-2. The 2nd game against Ipswich School A was much better, ending in a draw 2-2. Against Ipswich School B they won 4-0 but then lost 7-0 to the eventual winners, Woodbridge, before a final win of 6-0 against Copleston School.
The defence of Katie Bagnall, Freya Guckian, Charlotte Stenning (Cpt) and Ruby Parker (WD) grew in confidence as the games proceeded. Their strength was in starting a back line throw–in and bringing the ball down court. Mollie Entwistle was player of the tournament. Her timing of moves in attack was excellent as were some of her interceptions. Isabella Butler and Rebecca Sweeney interchanged as wing attack and were particularly effective in linking with the shooters. Eliza Tribe and Yasmin Gradwick-Light were both instrumental in the attacking circle. They had the hardest time against some tough opponents which will have given them food for thought! Eliza enjoyed the last game as GA instead of GS!
U13 South Suffolk Schools Netball Tournament
The U13s took part in the South Suffolk Schools Netball Tournament on Thursday where they played six competitive matches. RHS played Ipswich School B team first and had a convincing win of 12-0. Some excellent shooting from Beth Carnell secured the final score. RHS played St Albans in the second round and again had a strong win of 10-0. Excellent play by George Nicholls and Emily Fretwell bringing the ball through court assisted RHS in the score line. RHS played a very good defensive game against Farlingaye, with Annie Tavainavesi and Libby Parker keeping their shooters from scoring any more than two goals. Annie Paddon linked in well with shooters Holly Folkard-Smith and Tilly Arulampalam to make the final score 12-2.
The final three rounds of the tournament were going to be the toughest. RHS had to play against a well-drilled Woodbridge side but the team did not collapse under the pressure. Consistent play from Millie Salter and Tor Williams allowed the team to stay in control of the game and finish with a final score of 8-2. RHS then faced Ipswich School A team who had played well in the tournament so far. Annie Tavainavesi worked hard at GK to put pressure on the shooters, restricting them to only scoring 3 goals. Tilly Arulampalam shot well from all ranges and RHS secured a win of 8-3. The final game was against Ipswich High School. Having lost to them in a match the previous week the team knew it would be a tough game. RHS started strong and Libby Parker took an interception which was converted and put RHS in the lead. Beth Carnell and George Nicholls played in the second half of the game and delivered a solid performance playing quick netball that Ipswich High could not keep up with. Solid shooting from Beth saw the final score end 8-4.
After an excellent afternoon of netball the girls were announced winners of the South Suffolk Schools Netball Tournament. Well done to all players involved.
Congratulations to all TWELVE pupils who have been invited into the County Hockey Junior Academy Centre for 2014.
- Millie Salter U13
- Tor Williams U13
- Libby Parker U13
- Yasmin Gradwick-Light U13
- Beth Dwerryhouse U14
- Isabel Pearson U14
- Charles Kilham U14
- Xavier Bull U14
- Isabella Durrant U15 (Goal Keeper)
- Toby Allday U16
- Ruth Mallet U17
- Tilly Arulampalam U13
The 2nd round of Suffolk Area trials took place on Saturday at the Royal Hospital School. RHS had runners competing in every category and over twenty pupils made it through to the final round next term at Culford School.
Top RHS performers were:
Sean Cuddihy – 8th
Rob Cowper-Coles – 7th
Charlie Steptoe – 8th
Sam Hindley – 12th
Gwen Ludlow – 9th
Laetitia Corbett – 13th
Tor Williams – 12th
The 1st XI had a frustrating game against Kings Ely last week. The team started brightly and created several opportunities but were unable to convert their chances. This gave Kings Ely confidence and RHS began to feel the pressure. Despite further attempts to score, the game finished 0-3 leaving the 1st’s to contemplate what could have been in a fixture they should have got something from.
The 2nd XI bounced back from a tough defeat to Gresham’s with a 4-0 victory over Norwich High. Despite never hitting top gear, RHS always looked comfortable due to another solid display from TJ Sunuwar at the back. Some great attacking moves down both sides of the pitch created numerous opportunities from which the four goals were scored.
The U15 A team played a truly well-matched game of hockey against Norwich High on Thursday. A lot of the elements of possession and team formation which they had been working on showed great improvement in this match which provided nail-biting, end-to-end hockey. Millie Orr and Charlene Tait worked well as they adjusted to positional changes, and Millie Ainsworth rounded out the midfield’s performance with some good transitional play. Despite their strengths in the middle 50 meters, the team had a few lapses of judgement in their defensive end which resulted in two Norwich goals. Several RHS attempts to level the score went just wide of the post and the only attacking penalty corner was saved by the Norwich goalie. Wo(man) of the match: Millie Orr.
The U15Bs played against St Felix A team on Thursday away on a rather tricky grass pitch, not helped by the rain storm that came down towards the end of the game. Although RHS had chances they were outplayed in the middle of the park and this meant our defence were under ever increasing pressure. In the end, the opposition scored three goals despite a noble attempt by Goal Keeper Gracie Tindale to keep the score down.
The U12A team had a very competitive game against Norwich High School on Wednesday. With both teams having missed converting chances in the first half, it was Yasmin Gradwick–Light who broke the stalemate with a well-taken strike after receiving a superb pass down the line from Ruby Parker. RHS held on with excellent saves from Katie Bennett until the last 30 secs of the game when Norwich finally slotted home an equaliser. Player of the match was defender Charlotte Stenning, who had a great game.
The U12s continued their determined play against Ipswich School on Saturday. A squad of 12 players rotated around over three 15 minute sessions. With both sides showing real competitive hockey, the final score was Ipswich 2 RHS 1 with Eliza Tribe finishing off a good run of play to slot the ball in past the Goal Keeper. In our goal Katie Bagnall played superbly, even stopping one shot off her chest-pad! Yasmin Gradwick-Light was very unlucky not to score towards the final minute when her strong strike from the right hand corner just went wide of the post.
On Wednesday the U12Bs also played Norwich High. The girls really showed how much they have improved over the last few weeks and, with the help of a particularly supportive parental contingent, the girls ended the tense game 3-3 thanks to a last minute penalty corner.
On Sunday 29 September the Royal Hospital School hosted the annual Suffolk Sevens Rugby Tournament.
Around 700 youth players from clubs throughout Suffolk enjoyed a full day of rugby in the stunning school grounds overlooking the River Stour, supported by more than 1500 spectators.
Ross Cowie, Chairman of Youth Rugby for Suffolk comments:
Once again, thanks to the generosity of our friends at The Royal Hospital School, we were able to allow 700 youngsters to take part in this splendid event. It is great to be able to see our developing clubs, Southwold, Woodbridge, Stowmarket and Hadleigh fielding sides at all 4 age groups, joining the larger clubs who can field multiple entries at all ages, together with our smaller clubs, Brightlingsea, Harwich, Clacton and Haverhill entering wherever they could. Another great day for rugby in Suffolk!
Parents and staff ran a tuck shop and BBQ throughout the day providing well-earned bacon rolls, burgers and hotdogs and raising a fantastic £2,500 for the Junior Boys’ Rugby Development Tour to Portugal at Half Term. Thank you to everyone who helped.