Match Reports: Thursday 7 December 2017 - Amesbury School
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U8B’s rugby vs Cranleigh and Edgeborough

Score: Amesbury 2 v 7 Cranleigh and Amesbury 5 v 3 Edgeborough

On a grey, dingy day the prospect of a match of rugby wasn’t too high on many’s agenda but the weather cleared and the sun cracked a smile. The first game was against a strong Cranleigh side. The opening half we showed glimmers of attacking brilliance but out defence was a little porous and we conceded too many. The second half the boys started to tighten the defensive line and forced Cranleigh to produce something special. In attack Amesbury scored two superb tries playing quick ball and silky footwork. The second game was against Edgeborough and the boys went out with a bang. Quickly taking the lead and showed little signs of letting Edgeborough have a hope. Credit to Edgeborough, just before the end they picked up two tries. The quality of attack was excellent by us and the defence much improved. Great afternoon for all involved.

Report by: Mr O’Reilly


Girls 1st Team Netball v West Hill Park

Won 13 – 8

Players Player: Gracie

Lady of the Match: Gracie

This was our first fixture against West Hill Park which is near Fareham. The weather was cold and blustery so substitutions were made after every quarter.

The play from the outset was very even with the girls sizing up the opposition and getting to grips with the weather and wind which blew long or high balls off course. The score after the first quarter was 2 – 2. Both Gracie and Emily had several attempts at goal but they were not going in initially. West Hill also had the tallest GK of any school we have encountered which meant that any ball thrown to Emily was intercepted.

A change of tactic in the second quarter saw more balls thrown to Gracie who did remarkably well to dodge her equally versatile GD. Goals started to go in which meant we were leading 4 – 2. Fantastic support around the circle from Libby, Dora and Georgie.

The third quarter saw Betty come in as shooter where she scored another two goals. Gracie was working very hard in mid field getting the ball to the attack and then dashing into the circle before her partner could mark her. Great support again with this time Bo replacing Georgie in mid field.
There was much more evidence of wanting possession although they still tended to bunch up and stick to one side of the court, so the girls need to work on passing it out wide on occasion.

We were 9 – 7 going into the fourth quarter where changes were critical so Betty went in defence with Bo and Dora in attack. After a shaky start when nothing was going in, the girls picked up the tempo, grabbed any loose balls and managed to score another 4 goals consolidating their lead. A great display of teamwork and energy against feisty opponents.

Report by Mrs Crathern


Amesbury U8A VI Rugby vs Aldro and Edgeborough

Score: 4-5 and 5-4.

The Amesbury U8As had two matches in a mini tournament style fixture. The first was against a tough Aldro team who were very well drilled. This did not deter the Amesbury boys and despite starting a little loose in defence, the boys soon got their shape sorted and put in some superb defensive plays. Amesbury built the pressure up and forced Aldro into making some handling errors that allowed the Amesbury attack to score. Going into half time, the scores were level. Both teams scored twice in the second half and scores remained level until seconds before the final whistle when Aldro broke away to score in the corner. Final score 4-5.

The second game was against Edgeborough and again they proved to be tough opposition. Amesbury however had learnt from their first game and began with far better shape in both attack and defence. Amesbury went into half time 2-1 up. Edgebrough came back fighting in the second half with 3 trys and at points looked like they could get the better of Amesbury. However, the boys kept their spirits up and managed to score 3 superb trys taking the final score to 5-4.

Two superb games of rugby to watch if slightly nerve racking at times!

Report by: Mr Balcombe


U9A Netball vs St Hillary’s
Lost 5-4
Players player – Isobel
Lady of the match – Emily

In just bearable weather the U9A’s were ready for their final match of the season. The whistle went, time started and the first quarter commenced. Even though the game started off slowly – because the girls were still warming up and getting used to the conditions – they still used every ounce of energy they had to do the best that they could. It was tight from the get go and both teams had their opportunities. Nevertheless Amesbury pushed through the icy cold conditions and never once gave up. The U9’s were making fantastic interception, strong and accurate passes, they were communicating well, signaling clearly, jumping for rebounds and sticking to their players marking exceptionally well – everything they have been learning in their games lessons. It was a tough match and very close. Well done girl!! You all should be very proud of your performance.

By: Miss Bussey

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