We had a fantastic Speed Stacking competition in Y3 and Y4. Our fastest 8 children were
Y3 - Jenson, Emily and Jessie
Y4 - Finley Bryce, George, Ruby, Katie and Richie.
They will make the A team for Shephalbury and completed their 8 person relay in 94.63 seconds!
The B team - who completed the relay in 118.96 seconds is:
Y3 - Alessia, Summer, Hannah, Dylan, Max, Jayden
Y4 - Raynie, Noah Stone
The C team, who completed the relay in 125.06 seconds is:
Y3 - Maya, Ruby, Ella, Lewis
Y4 - Amelia Q, Teddy, Owen, Liam G
These will be measured against other teams in Stevenage with the top teams representing the schools in the Stevenage Championships. We will keep you updated.
Year 5/6 Football Team
Shephalbury Vs Codicote - School’s Cup Second Round
An early kick off of 3pm was agreed upon as Codicote visited for this second round match. It was a cold day, but all the children were ready to play and as the game kicked off there was a good energy from both sides. Unfortunately for Shephalbury, it was a difficult game as Codicote broke away well leaving the boys 4-0 down at half time. Billy had limped off injured and only seven remained. They fought hard and did pull a goal back by Jack. That was the closest Shephalbury came to a comeback. Codicote scored two more to compound a difficult day and progress to round three. We wish them the best of luck for the rest of the tournament!
Shephalbury 1 Codicote 6
Shephalbury Vs Broom Barns
Shephalbury began this game fast. An early goal was scored as a throw in was flicked on for Archie to score. It did not take long for the opponents to equalise with a thumping shot from outside the box from a scuffed clearance. Not one to be outdone, Johnny took a long free kick and squeaked it in at the far post before Archie scored his second after an exquisite through ball from Johnny. The second half saw another shot from Johnny going wide, until Harley E deflected it into the net for his first goal for the club. A late free kick reduced the deficit, but the result was a home win and a vital three points.
Shephalbury 4-2 Broom Barns
Year 5 Netball Team
Ashtree Vs Shephalbury
Decidedly dodgy weather caused a shortened match to take place as Shephalbury took on Ashtree. The first quarter was where Shephalbury caused all the damage. Angelika had dropped 3 great goals in the early going, which was complemented by a goal from Holly. After one quarter the score was 0 - 4. The remaining two quarters were relatively quiet, with Shephalbury dominating most of the remaining 14 minutes. Holly and Angelika added another goal apiece and the final quarter was an even affair, with neither side able to add to the scoreline in the diminishing light.It was another excellent performance and another set of points for Shephalbur Park.
Final Score: Ashtree 0 Shephalbury 6
Year 5/6 Football Team
St Columba's Vs Shephalbury - Junior Wix 2nd Round.
Shephalbury Park found themselves in an ultra competitive game played on the outskirts of St Albans and Hatfield. The team performed admirably in the first half, showing real grit and determination against a very well organised and well trained side. The deadlock was broken after 13 minutes when a shot was unleashed from outside the box and beat Cole. This signalled a flurry of long shots, none of which really troubled the goalkeeper. However, Shephalbury kept their resolve and saw the half out with just a one goal deficit.
Shephalbury came out swinging in the second half and nearly equalised through Jack after a brilliant attack. Unfortunately, he could not quite squeeze the ball home between goalkeeper and post. Shephalbury were really unfortunate to concede seconds later when the ball squeaked across the goalmouth and was turned in.
Shephalbury refused to give up and so went again. Harley E came close but Shephabury could not get close enough. The opposition continued with their long shots with a degree of success that led to the scoreline jumping to six.
There was no way back for Shephalbury who can be incredibly proud of themselves for doing so well in the competition.
St Columba’s 6 Shephalbury 0
Year 5/6 Football Team
Fairlands VS Shephalbury Park
Our first fixture in the league took place away from the hallowed turf of Shephalbury as the team travelled to Fairlands Primary School. After a fantastic start, the hosts got back into the match and began playing some lovely football. This caused Shephalbury some issues when with their first break and attack Fairlands took the lead. They controlled the rest of the first half and peppered the goal with Cole making some important saves to keep Shephalbury in the game.
The second half was much more even and the team came out with a positive attitude. However as darkness descended, they were unable to find the finishing touches required to level the game. As the game drew to a close, Fairlands took a shot from outside the box which Cole saved. However, the ball rebounded from the bar and over the line to give the hosts a narrow victory.
Fairlands 2-0 Shephalbury Park
Year 3/4 Football Team
Giles VS Shephalbury Park
This game had everything you could want in a football match as the Year 3/4 team took part in their first away game of the season. Within seconds of the kick off Tommy sent Archie through with a brilliant pass which Archie finished with aplomb. Both sides fought hard and Archie could have had a second. Unfortunately, Tommy had a sore foot and was unable to continue. He stayed for the whole match to cheer on his team mates! Well done Tommy. A change in personnel preceded a change in scoreline as the ball was not cleared and Giles equalised. This became the story of the rest of the half and two more missed chances to clear led to two more goals from a corner and a throw in. Archie nearly scored again between the two goals, but he shot narrowly wide.
The second half saw some great saves by Jenson and a renewed vigor from the team. Their eagerness to clear nearly led to an own goal, but a superb through ball from Lewis to Archie led to another goal and a nail-biting end to the match. A brilliant cross from Lewis at the death was saved by the goalkeeper and time ran out. It was a much improved performance from the first game and one that the team should be very proud of.
Giles 3-2 Shephalbury Park
Year 6 Netball.
Shephalbury Park VS Roebuck
Roebuck were next in line for the Shephalbury Netball Team. It was an excellent start for the girls, who were two up in the first quarter thanks to goals from Evie. Excellent defence and team work kept the score to zero for Roebuck and Chloe added to the scoreline for a three goal lead. Half time gave the opportunity for both teams to discuss tactics and Roebuck came out with a purpose. Two quick attacks and two quick goals brought the lead to just one goal. The team needed to restore confidence and from a creative back line pass, Evie did just that. A discussion during the break led to the goal being disallowed at the end of the game as it would not affect the points given out, however this was a legal move so it will be visible on the Shephalbury Leaderboards! It was the tensest final quarter ever seen on the grounds of Shephalbury. With a one goal lead to defend, Shephalbury did just that, with Evie settling the score with one minute to go. A tough game that finished with great sportsmanship, and another win for the girls.
Shephalbury 4-2 Roebuck
St Margaret's VS Shephalbury Park
After the euphoria of the previous game, this match brought everybody back down to earth quickly. It was always going to be a difficult game. Last year - this team won the "A" league of 5/6 players and the tournament for the "a" league as well! Their Year 5s were now making up their Year 6 team and the quality showed. With a girl shooting for both school and local club, it was no surprise when they took a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Shephalbury may not have been at their best, but the whirlwind that was St Margaret's would have been difficult for any team. The second quarter saw two more goals from the home side, but Shephalbury began to play their own game and Chloe returned to her scoring form by netting two goals. The home side saw this resurgence though, and responded with four more goals and a ten goal lead at half time.
They continued their dominance in the third quarter by scoring four more without reply. It was tough, and when Brooke was replaced by Grace - who doesn't usually play up front - there was only a few minutes remaining. As she received the ball the girls urged her to shoot. Grace obliged and sent the ball straight through the middle of the net for her first goal for the team. St Margaret's went on to score two more, but the result had been assured for a while. Naturally dejected, the girls took solace from words that were not dished out lightly. "You are the best team we have played so far! This was our hardest match." The team are fantastic and have worked very hard. We know we are a good side, but now, we know there is also room for improvement. They will have to come to Shephalbury in 2020. The girls will need to train hard to ensure the result is much closer by then. I have every belief that it will be!
St Margaret's 18 - 3 Shephalbury Park
Year 5 Netball
Shephalbury Vs Longmeadow
The Year 5 netball team came out for their second ever competitive game against our next door school on Friday afternoon. The weather had held out and the darkness that enveloped the Year 6 game earlier in the week was nowhere to be seen.
The first quarter began with Angelika and Holly trading efforts at goal before finally trading goals. They politely took it turns to score against a Longmeadow side in their first match as a team in the league. Both teams worked hard for the ball, but after three goals apiece the score was 6-0 after 7 minutes. The second quarter followed the pattern of the first with Longmeadow trying hard to stop the Shephalbury attacks and to mount an offence of their own. Despite this, Holly scored four consecutive goals before Angelika scored her fourth to give Shephalbury a strong lead by half time.
During the break Shephalbury switched things around and tried players in different positions. Ava and Scarlett moved into the attack and had plenty of good efforts on goal which wouldn’t quite fall for them. With a few seconds left on the third quarter, Ava got the goal she had earned through sheer persistence. This heralded another change as Ava swapped with Annabell. The final quarter lacked goals for either side, although both teams tried to attack as often as they could. Scarlett was voted Player of the Match and Shephalbury were pleased to notch up a second win for the Year 5 girls.
Shephalbury 13 – Longmeadow 0
Shephalbury Park V Trotts Hill Year 5 Netball
Trotts Hill came out of the blocks early and pressured our defensive third. Despite this Shephalbury settled down and Angelika and Holly scored two goals each to give Shephalbury a 4-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. As the teams swapped ends the second quarter started with more attempts from the Shephalbury attack. Trotts Hill rallied and following a counter attack, Holly scored to make the score 5-0 at half time.
A relatively quiet third quarter ticked by with just the one goal scored by Angelika with two minutes of the quarter remaining. The 6-0 lead was increased after some more pressure by Trotts Hill. Holly netted another goal, before Angelika scored her fourth of the match. With minutes remaining Holly took advantage of a defensive error to score again before scoring a sixth goal with thirty seconds of the game remaining.
Shephalbury 10 – Trotts Hill 0
School’s Cup Round 1. Year 5/6 Football Team
Bedwell V Shephalbury Park
The match began well with Shephalbury the better side. The advantage was secured when the goalkeeper rushed out to clear the ball and Johnny sent the ball high over his head and bouncing into an empty net. Bedwell fought back and should have equalised. This would have been achieved if it was not for two magnificent saves from Cole in the Shephalbury goal.
The second half began and within three minutes of the restart, Bedwell were level. For all their hard work, the shot was taken from outside the box and deflected past Cole and into the net. The game was there for the taking and both sides pushed to get the all-important third goal. Shephalbury attacked with gusto and were unlucky not to retake the lead after a wonderful cross from Billy down the right hand side was narrowly missed by Archie. Moments later, Johnny repeated this feat from a cross from Jack on the left and Shephalbury were wondering if they would be left to rue these near misses.
It was clear a moment of brilliance was required and with five minutes left the match entered its final twist. Johnny dribbled the ball up the middle of the pitch before being brought down in the centre circle. The referee was about to blow for a foul when Jack unleashed a shot from the halfway line that lobbed the stranded goalkeeper and following advantage gave Shephalbury a 2-1 lead.
Seconds after the restart, Shephalbury swarmed forwards again and the Bedwell goalkeeper made a smart save down to his left before being beaten to the rebound by Billy for a 3-1 scoreline. With less than ten seconds remaining and victory assured Archie received the ball down the left hand side to complete the hat trick of lobbed goals. He lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net with the final whistle blowing as the team celebrated a great goal, and the best performance in a Shephalbury shirt so far this season.
Bedwell 1 Shephalbury 4
Junior Wix 9-a-side tournament. Year 5/6 Football Team
Longmeadow vs Shephalbury
The new half term began with another cup game. Last year, the boys attended an away fixture in this round where they were comprehensively defeated by a side that was quite literally in a different league. The team were ready to put their disappointment behind them and try again this year.
With both teams being allowed two extra players than normal, the game was much more expansive and this suited Shephalbury. The first half was dominated by Shephalbury and their tenacious play was rewarded with a goal from Johnny. Longmeadow found some openings in the defence before half time, but could not find the equaliser thanks to more fabulous saves from Cole.
After half time, the opponents were anxious to level the game and in that eagerness were caught on the break where a simply fabulous long range effort was scored by Johnny. A few minutes later he had completed his hat trick and Shephalbury appeared out of sight. Mr Rust told the players from the sideline to stay attentive at the back and this was embellished further when one pass sent Longmeadow free to score a fabulous solo goal that Cole could not keep out.
However, Shephalbury were not to be denied and another goal from Johnny sealed the tie and an away game against St Columbas College in December for round 2.
Longmeadow 1 Shephalbury 4
Year 6 Netball
Shephalbury V St Nicholas’ Primary
The first game for the Year 6 team took place on Tuesday as St Nicholas – the team who shared third place with our team in the tournament last year – came to Shephalbury. It was a tight first quarter in cold and dark surroundings and despite some great efforts, neither team could find the net in the first quarter.
The game remained tight through the second quarter. Shephalbury began by showing some dominance in the centre and before long, Chloe had scored two. However towards the end of the half, St Nick’s rallied and two quick goals meant the scores were still tied at half time.
Shephalbury were given a scare when St Nick’s took the lead, but they settled down and began to move the ball quicker and three more goals from Chloe meant that Shephalbury led 5-3 going into the final quarter. Chloe completed her rampage in front of the hoops as she scored two more goals before St Nick’s scored a deserved consolation towards the end of the match. Seven great shots from Chloe, but player of the match was awarded to Evie by the opposition after showing great tenacity to win the ball and set Chloe up. A great team performance and another fabulous win for Shephalbury Park.
Shephalbury 7 – St Nick’s 4
Table Tennis Review
Johnny, Adrian, Cole and Harley E represented the school in the School Games Table Tennis competition for Under 11s. The winning foursome would go on to represent Stevenage in the county games later in the school year. There were 8 boys teams and each player would play a match against the opposing team until all four players had competed. If three or four boys had won their games then the team received 5 points and 2 points for a 2-2 draw. After winning three and drawing two of their seven matched the boys received 19 points. They had equipped themselves brilliantly and worked exceptionally hard to rescue a 2-0 match score against Bedwell and won the last two matches. As fate would have it – a victory against Bedwell would have secured third place, but Bedwell took the bronze medals. Every player contributed to the team and performed brilliantly.
Abigail, Brooke, Jessica and Grace represented the girls against 6 other teams. As with the boys the first game was a defeat but they rallied and got into the games and began winning their individual battles to end up with a score of 17 points with every player winning their last match to ensure the five points. These turned out to be vital as they catapulted Shephalbury into third place to earn the first medals in a Table Tennis competition for Shephalbury Park. Well done girls!