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Sports News 2007/08

Year 9 Athletics

The yr9’s competed in the final league fixture of the season at Sandy yesterday. The boys needed to put in a decent performance in order to earn a place in next weeks final. Every member of the team put in a great effort and earned themselves some valuable points. Particular performances worth mentioning were;

Tom Roberts, 2nd in 100m and 3rd in long jump.

Duane Oliver, 1st in 200m

Anderson Mandinga, 3rd in 400m

Josh Walsh, 3rd in Javelin

Ryan Taylor, 1st in shotputt

Mark-Lee Grimsey, 1st in 1500mMark Lee Grimsey

This means they have qualified (along with the yr10 girls) for the finals next week.

Kim Howard came second in the girls’ discus.

Congratulations to all, particularly Josh Walsh, Sugar-Ray Ross and Tristan Brown.


Owen Cowley

Owen (yr11) competes Nationally in Mens’ Sports Acrobatics. Here is a picture of him in action (he’s the one up in the air!).

Owen Cowley


Chidi Udimezue - star for the future!!!

chidi Udemezue

Chidi has qualified to represent Bedfordshire at the National Schools Athletics Championships in Gateshead. She will be running in the Intermediate Girls 100m and 4 x 100m relay.

This event is to be broadcast on Sky Sports so watch out for one of our superstars!

If she does well in this competition she will then race for England schools against Scotland, Wales and Ireland schools.

This is a fantastic achievement for a very talented young athlete. Please congratulate her for her success so far and wish her luck for Gateshead

6th form football - District Champions 2008

6th form football champions

Top: Matt Barnes, Reece Bell, Jamie Lally, Sanjay Ram, Dean Leydon, Tom Price, Libero Battezzato, Mr Snowdon (coach)
Bottom: Danny Rogers, Cristian Maxfield, David Cole, Anthony Richens, Carl Warner

The 6th form football team travelled to Redborne Tuesday 20 May to meet Sharnbrook in the District Cup Final. After a confident start to the game the deadlock was broken mid-way through the first half by a neat finish through the keeper’s legs from Carl Warner. Carl continued to terrorise the opposition full back throughout the rest of the half and was comfortably the best player on the pitch before the break. Sharnbrook pushed hard for the equaliser and could, and perhaps should, have scored but for the efforts of David Cole between the posts.

The second half continued in much the same way as the first with both teams cancelling each other out in the centre of the park. Solid defending from Sanjay Ram and captain Anthony Richens kept Rutherford’s lead intact. As the half continued Reece Bell and Danny Rogers slowly took control of the midfield and a through ball from Bell opened up the defence to allow Jamie Lally to race through and score. The second goal created some ‘breathing space’ between the teams which allowed the manager to bring on super sub Libero Battezzato for some ‘showboating’. After conceding the second goal and seeing the formidable Battezzato coming on, Sharnbrook heads dropped and two quick goals from Lally and Matt Barnes made the game safe. Barnes’ goal was created by Battezzato following a beautiful step over and pin point through ball straight into the wingers path.

A slight lapse in concentration allowed Sharnbrook to sneak in for a consolation goal late on. This was to be the last time they moved close to Cole’s goal as dogged defending from Tom Price and Dean Leydon kept further attacks at bay.

Rutherford continued to dominate and a great team display was finished off by Man of the Match Cristian Maxfield with a neat chip over the on-rushing Sharnbrook keeper.

The team battled hard throughout and ran out deserved winners in a 5-1 drubbing of a disheartened Sharnbrook team.

Yr 9 Athletics

The yr9 Athletics team competed in their first fixture of the season on Wednesday, with a mixture of results. The boys team did very well coming 5th overall and the girls finished 2nd from last. Considering the girls only had 4 athletes in their side they did well just to compete. Click on this link to view Daniel O'Sullivan run the 100m sprint!

Anderson 1st place

Anderson Mandinga, 1st place overall in high jump.

Performances to note from yesterday were;

Kim Howard – 1st place in her 400m fixture.

Daniel O’sullivan – 2nd in his 100m fixture.

Tremayne Noel – 2nd in his 400m fixture.

Emily Wade – 3rd place overall in Javelin.

Ryan Taylor – 2nd overall in shot put.

Duane Oliver – 2nd in his 200m fixture

Mark Lee GrimseyMark- Lee Grimsey

Other performers; Sophie Ben-Taieb, Sharice Banton, Joe Brown, Tristan Brown, Mark Lee-Grimsey, Stephen Hare

Yr 11 Football - District Cup Runners Up 2008

yr 11 Football District

(Left to right) Top: Peter Lawson, Ashlee Banton, Gavin Coates, Will MacKay, Daley Hibbert, Simon Gatward, Aaron Chaplin, Josh Bland.

Bottom: Francesco Moliterno (captain), George Cox, Adeem Clifford, James Dawe, James Wade, Lucas Banton.


Yr 10 Rugby 7's

yr 10 7s Rugby

The lads took part in the tournament on Saturday in excellent conditions and played very well indeed. Basic errors, fitness/injuries and some appalling decisions against us at crucial times let two of the games slip from our grasp but the boy’s excelled themselves overall and should be proud of their effort.

The scores were:

  • ·         Beat Hastingbury 14-7
  • ·         Lost to Sharnbrook 33-0
  • ·         Lost to Wooton 15-12
  • ·         Lost to Biddenham 10-7
  • ·         Beat Sandy 33-7

Overall a bit like your average Bond film; good start and end but the middle is forgettable!

Yr 9 Basketball v Biddenham & Sandy

yr 9 Basketball

The year 9 basketball team played in the Bedford and district semi-finals on Wednesday against Biddenham Upper School and Sports College. The boys were in high spirits and started the game with a good deal of confidence. They led from the start by quite a margin. Slowly though, Biddenham clawed back at the lead with the result still being a win for Mark Rutherford 29 – 21

This meant that they immediately afterwards had to play Sandy whose opposition had chosen not to turn up. Sandy had also beaten all of their rivals by huge margins, and their team consisted of several 6 foot players (at year 9) We new the game would be tough (They beat Biddenham 88-30) This meant that they were fresh and hadn’t played a game beforehand and they sat and watched our game, able to see tactics and strengths. Despite this we took an early lead and kept it for a quarter of the game. Losing it just before halftime where they led 7-4. During the later stages of the game, the first game took its toll on the players who were physically tiring and we lost the final 36-19

Please take the opportunity to congratulate the boys who did extremely well and should be very proud of their efforts in demanding circumstances.

The team would also like to thank Lewis Kerr and Dean Leydon who were able assistant coaches throughout their training and games. They would also like to thank Mr Adrian for his kind offer to referee both the semi-final and final.


Yr 9 Rugby v Biddenham

yr 9 Rugby

In the first game the points ebbed and flowed exposing the boys’ naivety to the ways of rugby 7’s. They lost 21-17. In the second game after reflecting on their first game and putting into place more effective strategies and tactics they won easily 38 – 5. They played well but were very tired afterwards, and they won overall 59 - 22.


Year 10 Rugby v Biddenham

yr 10 Rugby

The 10’s initially found the transition to the shortened game difficult and narrowly lost the first game 10-5. However, after a short break and some tactical changes they emerged a different side and thrashed the same team 26-5 in the second game, with some lovely runs from Kieran Murrow and Shaun Munday. Joe Goode was also immense in defence.


Yr 9 Basketball Team Beat Redbourn

yr 9 basketball

The year 9 basketball team left school a little worried. Their first three outings had been a great success, beating  John Bunyan, Sharnbrook and Stratton easily. But the top scorer was unavailable due to his East Midlands Rugby commitments.

The team played the first half very panicky, shooting shots that were lucky to hit the backboard let alone go in. They managed to go in at half-time with a 1 point lead 11 - 10. After a ‘little chat’ from the two coaches the second half was much more polished and the team won 41 - 22

With the missed game against Samuel Whitbread being awarded to the school. The season stats are played 5 won 5. The team are in the semi-finals and possibly the finals which are played on the same day next week Wednesday 4.00pm – 5.20pm at the Bunyan Centre.

U15 Girls Football Team are Through to the County Finals

u15 Girls Football

Team:  Hayley Leung ( 2 goals), Vicky Boyde, Bianca La-Band, Aimee Mills, Lydia Maddix (3 goals) & Michelle Ferry (2 goals)

The under 15 girls Football team took part in the Bedfordshire FA Schools District Football Festival (6 aside) on Tuesday 15 April at AFC Kempston.  The festival was league format and the top 2 teams would go through to the county finals.  The afternoon didn’t start too brightly as 2 key players had to pull out last minute which left the squad down to only 6 players.  This meant that the girls would have to play in every game and work extra hard as they didn’t have any substitutes.  Nevertheless they didn’t let this phase them at the start of the festival and gained 7 points from their first 3 games and it all seemed pretty plain sailing.  However, tiredness kicked in and they only managed 2 draws from their final 2 games (games which they would have won on another day) and got pipped by Hastingsbury to top spot (1 point being the difference).  Nevertheless the girls came a proud 2nd place and have made it through to the County Finals which will be held in May. The final results were: won 2 drew 3.  The girls can also take pride in the fact that they actually beat Hastingsbury 2-0 so will go into the next competition with great confidence.

U16 Girls Football Team

U16 Girls Football











The under 15 girls 5 a-side futsal league continued against Biddenham.  Mark Rutherford’s girls needed at least 1 win out of 2 to progress through to the semi finals in 2 weeks time. 

First up were Hastingsbury.  Last time the game finished 3-1 to Rutherford but this time it was like watching lambs to the slaughter.  Marky stormed into a 5-0 lead at half time with 4 goals scored by Vicky Boyd and 1 from
Bianca La Band. 

Rafa Benitez changed things at half time knowing the more important game was yet to come against John Bunyan so top scorer Vicky was rested.  She was then put on in the last few minutes to add another to her tally with final score being 6-0.  Bunyan showed no sign of turning up and the win was almost offered to Marky, however, Bunyan arrived at the last minute and they showed their intent straight away with a 6-1 win against Hastingsbury.  Final game was Marky v Bunyan to decide who goes through as group winners.  Marky girls started nervously and allowed Bunyan to play their football and consequently went a goal down.  This sprung the girls into life and they started attacking the opposition better and closing them down in their half.  Yvette Bramwell controlled the defense and marked Bunyan’s best player out of the game.  Vicky Boyd took control and fired in another 3 goals.  Michelle Ferry then grabbed one with her left foot and then Bunyan scored an own goal from her corner to make the final score 5-1 to Mark Rutherford! 

Kim Clark                        Vicky Boyd
Yvette Bramwell               Lydia Maddix
Bianca La Band                 Michelle Ferry
7 girls took part in the indoor futsal league at Biddenham Upper School, the girls played very well.  Defensively they could do slightly better but that will come with more training.  We played 2 games and won both, first against Bunyan (3-2) and then Hastingsbury (3-1).

U16 Girls Smiling









Year 9 Football – February 2008

Y9 Football

In a game where a league win would mean an automatic semi-final place the students started brilliantly against Wootton Upper School, keeping the opposition pinned in their own half for most of the first quarter of the half. Ben Souter eventually scored to settle the nerves. The first half over Danny Platt scored early in the second half closely followed by Jefferson. The game ticked on and Wooton pulled back a goal – Eventual Score 3-1to MRUS.

Romayne Smithson (A natural Leader of his peers) was made captain and led his team well. Saying all the right things and leading by example.

Year 10 Football - Summary

This year has seen the current year 10 football team come on a country mile from last year.  In year 9 they struggled to put a single win together and lost many games in the process.  This year has been different and with a few key players playing this time round, the team have managed to play some good football and are in a healthy position in the district league.  They drew 2-2 early on to Sharnbrook Upper School this year, a game which they really should have won.  This spurred the team on and gave them confidence that they can play amongst the best and do well.  Since then they have beaten St Thomas More 7-1 and Wootton Upper 1-0 to leave needing just a draw against Biddenham Upper School to progress through to the semi- finals.

When they took on table toppers Biddenham, who had won every game so Marky would ensure they gave them a run for their money.  Last years result was 4-0 to Biddenham and that must have been at the back of Marky boys mind.  They didn’t show it though and stormed into a 4-1 lead at half time.  Marky eased off the pressure in the 2nd half but still managed to get another goal.  Complacency then nearly got the better of them as in the last 10 minutes they conceded 3 goals but hung on to a 5-4 win.  All the players played well with special mention to Corey Birdsall and man of the match Sean Buxton.
Individual performances have also been very good, most notably Ryan Dielhenn and Luke Hulatt against St Thomas More, Jack Wiggs and Sean Buxton against Northfields, Lewis Kerr, Antonio Girardi and David Donaldson against Sharnbrook and Colm McGirl against Wootton.

The future looks bright for this cohort of young talent and hopefully starts to realise their potential.

Y10 Football











Year 11 Football

Y11 Football








The year 11 football team comfortably beat Biddenham 6-1 on Friday afternoon. This was a very comfortable win, mainly due to the fact that the ”Sports College” only brought 8 players with them! Our full compliment of 11 plus 4 subs were far too strong, leaving the team requiring a victory against Wootton to progress to the Semis.


2007-8 Under 19’s Basketball Finalists

U19 Basketball












The Mark Rutherford Upper School under 19’s basketball team played in the Bedford and District Basketball Finals on the 8 of January against St Thomas More Upper School. The Mark Rutherford team had beaten St Thomas More in the league 41 – 34 and were looking forward to the challenge of playing them again with their star player playing this time. Despite being the better ‘team’ Mark Rutherford lost 46 – 21.

Bedford & District Year 10
Basketball Team

U16 Basketball

Jake Newman, Joe Goode, Ben Martin, Lewis Kerr, Jamal Vassell, Robert Ginn, George Crawley, Luke Masih, Jordan Wright, Adam Drakulic, Stephen Hare, Ashley Prigmore (Asst Coach), Mr Fortune (Coach).

Having made it through to the semi-finals against Sandy the boys put on their kit and were in buoyant mood. A slow start meant that they were 6-7 down at half time, however after a focussed half time chat they started to pile on the pressure and won the game 25-16 with the whole team contributing to the performance.

Wooton and Sharnbrook played the other semi-final with Sharnbrook winning a close encounter. This meant that the boys were playing the only team to beat them in an otherwise unblemished season, the tension was mounting. A few tactical changes since the first encounter meant that by half time we were 16-5 in the lead. In a second half that frustrated a Sharnbrook team that expected to win, the boys piled on the points and denied Sharnbrook their scoring opportunities to win 31-10.

The team would like to thank Ashley Prigmore for all his help as assistant coach.



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