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!
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