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Y10 District Badminton

Last Thursday Year 10 travelled to Goldington, where they participated in a District Badminton Tournament.

Their first match was against Goldington A, who they beat 3 -2. The girls were able to utilise the space on the court and communicate effectively to ensure the win . Caragh performed exceptionally well during both her singles and doubles games.

The girls then faced Biddenham B, they comfortably won their match 5-0. Georgie and Miruna were key players during their doubles game, sealing the win. This put us through to the final, to compete for 1st and 2nd place in the pool.

Unfortunately the girls lost 3-2 to Sharnbrook. Before the final game of the match, the score was 2-2. Sharnbrook's team were year 11 , as the tournament was Year 10/11, and they fought hard to achieve 2nd place; only losing the last game by 2 points. Sophie gained most of the points in her doubles game, as well as keeping the morale high for everyone.


Y9 Basketball v Biddenham

Mark Rutherford year 9 boys played their first basketball match of the season this afternoon and unfortunately just fell short. They started the game brightly and led after the first quarter thanks to some good play between Buai Luak and Joseph Knight. After the first quarter Biddenham boys started to find some more space and one player in particular starting scoring some crucial baskets for them. At halftime Biddenham led by 8 points.

After the interval and an honest team talk the boys came out with a point to prove and started to claw the points back; Buai and Joseph again dominating and scoring the majority of points for the team. By the end of the 3rd quarter they brought the game to within 2 points. The final quarter was end to end action with many missed opportunities due to a lack of composure in the attacking half. Unfortunately Biddenham’s one man made the difference who scored 21 of their 28 points and helped them secure the win 24 points to 28.

Marky man of the match was Joseph Knight.


Y9 Girls District Badminton

On Thursday the Y9 Girls Badminton team travelled to Bedford Academy and played in an Inter-Schools Competition.

In their pool, they had BFS A, Biddenham B and St Andrews. The girls were seeded into four rankings, where a combination of singles and doubles matches was played. The girl’s first match was against Biddenham B. Anwen gave the team a great start; with a win in her game against Biddenham’s seed one player. Chloe and Aimee continued the winning streak during their doubles game. The score was a lot closer during the other three games, so the girls had to work hard to ensure a win. The girls then went on to win 5/5 games, sealing a win for the match.

The girl’s second match was against St Andrews. Anwen was able to win her first game however; throughout the other games the scores were close. Both teams played well in the other four games, with Mark Rutherford winning 5/5 games to remain unbeaten after their second match. Imogen especially was able to improve her performance to win both her doubles and single game within the match.

BFS was the final opponent of the tournament; the winning streak came to an end when during one of the five matches the girls drew a game. Drawing did not make an impact as Mark Rutherford was able to win the match. Mark Rutherford came out the winners of their pool, sending us through to the semi-final against runners up of the other pool, Castle Newnham. Castle Newnham was able to challenge Mark Rutherford during five games where either school could have won. Aimee, Anwen, Chloe and Imogen were all able to remain focused and positive throughout their games and responded well, to win the semi-final and gain a place in the final.  

The final was played against Bedford Academy, only 4 games in the match needed to be played as all of the girls fought hard, utilised the space on the court and was able to win the match as well as the overall tournament. They now face Sharnbrook, who were the winners at the other venue.


Y8 Rugby v BMS

On Tuesday the Y8 Rugby team travelled to Bedford Modern School in their first fixture of the year.

The game didn’t have the best of starts for Mark Rutherford with BMS scoring within the first minute, however, this seemed to wake our boys up as Ben Howe responded by squeezing over after bursting through a ruck. The lead didn’t last long as BMS quickly restored their lead, with their more experienced players taking control of the game early on. Again, Marky responded well, and the game was end-to-end but a little scrappy with lots of dropped passes and knock ons. It was the game’s first bit of magic that saw Mark Rutherford equalise, Riley Clifford chipping over the BMS defence, before running onto it and kicking into the try area before diving on top of it to put the Y8s level. Before half time BMS restored their lead as the game continued to be fiercely contested. Shortly before half time Ben Howe powered over for his second of the day to even the scores going into the break.

The challenge for the boys in the second half was to focus on their set up at breakdowns, and it was clear to see them considering this from the off, as enjoyed a good spell of possession which saw us retain the ball through several rucks before being stopped just short of the line by an excellent tackle from a BMS player; this tackle led to a turnover of possession which saw BMS break and score at the other end, and then, almost immediately from kick off BMS scored again as they threatened to run away with game. However, this wasn’t the case and the boys responded superbly as Ben Howe crashed through 4 tackles to grab his 4th try of the game! This sparked Marky back into life, and it was Jivarni Antoine who levelled the scores again after an excellent jinking run from him, before exchanging passes with his brother and scoring in the corner – this capped a great performance from Jivarni who had made some huge tackles throughout the game. We were now on the front foot and took the game to BMS with Ben Howe giving us the lead for the first time in the game as he scored his 5th try of the game, this was created by some great footwork from Riley Clifford who drew in the last defenders before putting Ben in in the corner. As BMS went looking for the equalising try, we caught them on the break as Riley Clifford capped off a great performance with his 2nd try of the game! The final score saw a 35 - 25 win for Mark Rutherford.

Try Scorers: Ben Howe x5, Riley Clifford x2
Man of the Match: Ben Howe

This was a fantastic performance from all of the boys in their first game of the season in what was a very tough contest, thank you to BMS for hosting and the hospitality. The boys take on STM on Wednesday at home in their next fixture.


Y9 Rugby v Etonbury

On Tuesday the Y9 Rugby took on Etonbury in the County Cup first round. The boys were raring to go with 20 players out and ready, which was excellent to see as there are only 2 boys who were playing rugby prior to being at Mark Rutherford.

The boys started brightly, and Billy Hornibrook gave us the lead after a goo little break off the back of a ruck. This sparked Etonbury to life, and they had some exceptionally strong ball carriers who battled away and eventually got themselves a try. The game was then end to end, as both sides looked for the next try, lots of handling errors from both sides preventing either side from crossing! Shortly before half time, Etonbury scored an excellent try of their own, some strong rucking and good hands allowed them to score in the corner.

The second half saw an increase in the quality from both sides, and Dave Boateng lit the game up with a fantastic try, he received a pass on the right wing, beat 6 defenders before crossing by the touch line! Shortly after, Ben Moseray scooped up a loose ball and broke through the defence to equalise for Marky!

Both sides looked for a winner before the end of normal time, but neither side managed to get the break through meaning the game ended 15-15. Due to County Cup rules, Etonbury advance to the next round courtesy of being the away team.


Y10 Netball v St Andrews

Well done to the year 10 netball team who were successful in beating St Andrews by 11 points to 5 in their 3rd league game of the season.

Wearing a new kit the girls took to the court with confidence. The team started steadily and both schools were matching each other in scoring from their own centres. Once the girls settled into the game they began making some interceptions as St Andrews moved the ball towards the shooting circle by Georgie, Sophie and Rachel. The girls worked well as a team moving the ball down the court and into their attacking third. The attackers were able to feed into the shooting circle and Amber was clinical in converting her shots to goals.

Well done to the whole team: Georgie Munday, Sophie Gormley, Rachel Massey, Becca Dowson, Madison Lester, Abi Ojo, Caragh Welsh, Nicole Bielis, Amber Hobby, Erin Bell, Keisha Austin.


Y11 Football v STM

This week saw the Y11 Football team take on STM following wins against KCA and Wootton. This was a repeat of last year's District Final where STM ran out comfortable winners so the Marky boys were up for revenge!

The game started brightly, with both sides trying to play, and it was Marky who broke the deadlock. A sharp turn and finish from Mark Boateng giving the boys the lead. The game was end to end, with both sides breaking well, and it was STM who responded with an equaliser. The teams weren't level for long, as Muhammad Zilboud followed up as the keeper parried to restore Marky's lead. The second half saw much of the same, end to end football, with both keepers making some good stops. Eventually STM grabbed another equaliser to make it 2-2. This was how the game ended, with both sides working hard for their point.

As STM have beaten Samuel Whitbread, it now means that the final group game against Sam Whit will decide who goes through to the final.


Y9 Netball v Sandy and Stratton

Well done to the year 9 netball team in their first games of the season.

The girls had a great team spirit and were really positive in communicating with each other on court. The girls were able to ensure all centres were scored and that any opportunity to turn over the ball. With some excellent defending from Chelsea and Rhiannon the ball was quickly moved out of the defending third. Chloe remained focussed throughout both games and supported by Anwen and Imogen the ball was moved into the attacking third. Ebony remained calm under pressure and scored some excellent goals with Holly and Kady providing some support from the backline.

The final scores saw Marky beat Stratton 11-1, but lost 11-6 to Sandy. Well done girls.

Team players: Kady Field, Holly Gumpo, Ebony Wallace-Luke, Anwen Shore, Imogen Llewellyn, Morgan Hilton, Hannah Hill, Chelsea Gherman, Rhiannon Murphy, Chloe Howe, Amelia Kermez.


Y10 Netball v Sandy and Goldington

Well done to the year 10 netball team in their first games of the season.
The team started steadily but nerves played a part in the first few centre passes, once the girls settled into the game they began making some interceptions and ensuring the ball flowed down the court. The game against Sandy was very close, with Sandy eventually securing a 7-6 win, the girls were unlucky in not having time to take a final centre pass.

The girls remained upbeat and were ready to take on Goldington. The communication and passing was much more effective in the centre court so the pressure on the opposition was increased. Leah, Tasharna, Rachel and Becca worked particularly well down the court. This saw the girls secure a 12-12 draw against Goldington.

Well done to the whole team: Tasharna Antoine, Leah Anin, Rachel Massey, Becca Dowson, Madison Lester, Abi Ojo, Caragh Welsh, Nicole Bielis, Amber Hobby, Keisha Austin.


Y9 Rugby v STM

On Wednesday the Y9 Rugby team took on STM in their final warm up game before the first round of the County Cup.

Elliot Edwards got Marky off to a flyer with a powerful break from his own half, with Aaron Woodham adding the extras. Almost instantly, STM struck back to make it 7-5. This set the tone for the first half with it being an end to end game, with both sides trying to play good, attacking rugby. As half time approached Ben Moseray and Aaron added two fantastic tries to open up the lead for Marky, but right on the whistle STM struck back with an excellent try of their own to make it 17-10 at half time.

The second half saw Marky start slowly, with STM scoring twice without reply to take the lead for the first time in the game. At this point, Skipper Harley Allan, along with our more experienced players, Jonathan Baker and Jack Slater, stepped up and led the rest of the squad superbly, with both their leadership and play in both attack and defence. This saw Marky respond, and a great piece of play, started with an excellent counter-ruck on the left, before we moved the ball across the pitch for Dave Boateng to finish on the wing, Aaron added the extras once again to give the boys a 24-20 lead. The remainder of the game saw both sides continue to look for more tries, but there were no more points scored and the game ended with Marky securing a narrow victory. This was an excellent result and performance from the boys, particularly with 4 or 5 of the usual squad missing for various reasons.

Please congratulate the boys when you see them – they face Etonbury in the County Cup on the 16th October at home if anyone is keen to come and support the boys.

Squad: Harley Allan, Jack Slater, Ryan Chandhar, Elliot Edwards, Buai Luak, Ben Moseray, Samith Hussain, Joseph Knight, Jonathan Baker, Aaron Woodham, Dave Boateng, Billy Hornibrook, Arif Hussain, Reece Dowse and Saeed.
Man of the Match: Jack Slater.


Y9 Rugby v Lincroft and Rushmoor

Last week the Year 9s played their first games of the season against Lincroft and Rushmoor. Both matches were very close and very competitive.

We had a range of experiences in the team and the boys worked well together, especially in defence. Some of the stand out performances across both games came from Jacob Appleyard,  Jonny Baker, Rumiel Pereira,  Buai Luak, Harley Allan and Dave Boateng. Dave was the star player on the day making some superb tackles in defence and positive forward runs in attack. He scored one of the two tries from the day. The other try went to Aaron Woodham but it was a real team effort as they forced Lincroft back over their line and Aaron pounced on the loose ball.

There is some excellent raw talent in this group that can really progress if they put in the practice.

Final results were a 5-5 draw against Lincroft, and a 5-10 defeat to Rushmoor.


Sixth Form Rugby v Bedford College

The final score was 40 odd to 20 odd to Bedford College.
The score was not important. The fact the boys got together and went out to play a competitive game, and enjoyed it, was the key aim for the game.

At times the game was rather disjointed and full of errors. At others, there was some superb running rugby played by both teams.

The scores were very close at half time but Rutherford failed to register a single point in the second half. A flurry of 3 or 4 tries, from the college,  at the start of the second half knocked the stuffing out of our boys.

There were some excellent performances, particularly from Gregory Murray, Jack Murphy and Luke Reynolds.


Triumph for Jaden! Mark Rutherford Student represents Great Britain in ISKA Kickboxing World Championships

Jaden Thompson, a Year 11 student at Mark Rutherford School, has been crowned the ISKA -51kg World Champion in both Light Continuous and K1 Light categories.

Jaden is a tactical and dominant fighter who remained focused throughout the competition that took place recently in Jamaica, coming away with 2 gold medals.  He listened to his coaches and read his fights well. His performance was exceptional, even when he was harbouring a groin strain at one point in the event.  Taking the fight to his opponents through every round, he came out victorious in both categories. Jaden implemented his coaches’ tactics superbly throughout each of his fights as he went all the way to final and then on to secure his first gold medal of the championships. Jaden quickly followed this up with further dominant displays in the K1 category, where he picked up his second gold medal. This is success on a global scale, and we look forward to hearing more about Jaden’s victories in the work of kickboxing.

Mr Thompson, Jaden’s father said, “All his hard work and commitment has paid off. A very well deserved victory.”

Headteacher, Mr Millard said “We are immensely proud of Jaden’s achievement. Kickboxing is as much about mental strength as it is about physical ability. When you acquire a new skill and become competent at it, you learn to apply it to real-life situations and it increases your confidence and self-esteem. Well done to Jaden”.


Y10 Rugby v Lincoft

The first game of the rugby season saw Lincroft as our visitors. The game was incredibly tight throughout with our boys doing most of the defending. Everything that Lincroft threw at them they were able to repel. Huge defensive contributions came from Henry Peters, Jacob Hall and Brandon Malcolm-Smith. The biggest threat to Rutherford was their own passing! In possession the boys struggled to cope with the wet conditions and numerous passes went wayward.
In terms of rugby skills, the boys did very well considering it was their first game of the season and the conditions were poor. Unfortunately a lack of concentration and discipline cost them for both tries. The game ended in a 0-10 defeat for the Mark Rutherford boys.

There were lots of positives to build on and the boys only have to wait until Thursday when they welcome Bedford Free School for an u15 and u16 combined match.


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