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Year 9 Rounders V Sandy & Stratton

On Thursday 24th June the Year 9s had 2 matches after school against Sandy and Stratton. Their game against Stratton was unfortunate as our girls were unlucky in their first batting innings only scoring 2 ½ rounders. The Stratton fielders seemed to be everywhere! Stratton also had a strong batting team scoring 3 rounders with their first 3 batters. Fortunately the Mark Rutherford team raised their game for the remaining 15 balls preventing anymore full rounders being scored, the score after the first inning was 2 ½ - 6. After a half time team talk our girls were out to win the game, some brave batting from Emma Carter and Megan Buxton putting the Stratton 2nd base player under pressure and causing her to make mistakes meant that we score 7 ½ rounders. Stratton had a nervous start to their 2nd innings. Vicki Etheridge and Chante Goodman took advantage of this getting 4 of their players out in quick succession. Unfortunately they had a good lead from the first innings, the final score was 10 – 13 1/2.

The Sandy game was also a close one, the score after the first inning meant that we were only 1 rounder ahead. More confident batting in the 2nd inning gave us a good lead and at the start of their 2nd bat Sandy needed 8 ½ rounders to win. They had some very big hitters and Chloe Mawdsley and Emma Carter worked hard to field the land balls in quickly only allowing them to score 2 full rounders from their 18 balls This meant that the Mark Rutherford girls came out the winners 12 – 8 ½.

The team was: Megan Buxton, Hannah Cocker, Suzie Goulding, Vicki Etheridge, Chante Goodman, Megan Mortimer, Chloe Mawdsley, Caitlin Hannah, Hannah Muirhead, Sanam Bechoo, Hannah Parry Okeden and Emma Carter.



Bedford Borough Partnership and Athletics Kenya - George Gentle

On Saturday 12th June 2010 George Gentle was commended for his excellence in basketball and his contribution to sport & physical education at Mark Rutherford Upper School, not only his personal achievement but also his selfless dedication to ensure that other pupils are motivated and inspired to enjoy sport. Put simply, a role model for others to follow.

Only six children from different schools around Bedfordshire received this acknowledgement to their sporting achievements.

George was invited to a celebration dinner at the Harpur Suite and was presented his certificate by Sammy Wanjiru who is the reigning Olympic Marathon Champion, 2009 London Marathon Winner. The Mayor of Bedford, Mr. Dave Hodgson, was also present.


Golf - 17 June

On 17th June 9 boys went to Stagsden Golf Club. Jack Swain and Omar Khan took part in the County High Handicap Championship whilst the other 7 were taken around the academy course (as their tournament was cancelled as we were the only school to enter!). Unfortunately for Jack he had a bit of a tough day and finished in 21st place. However, things went a little better for Omar and he finished in 3rd place. Out of the rest of the group; Michael Richens, Simran Bahra, Jonny Dove, Dom Mawdlsey, Billy Wheeler, Robert Goates and Ben Woodcock, Jonny Dove finished in 1st place after winning the second of two playoff holes against second placed Dom Mawdsley. All the boys had a great day and are itching to get back out onto the course as soon as possible.

Congratulations to them all for their effort and behaviour, which was perfect, and special congratulations to Omar for his excellent performance.


Athletics - Wednesday 25 May

We saw a fantastic display of effort, attitude and behaviour from over 40 Mark Rutherford athletes. Every single competitor put in 100% effort and enjoyed what was a very successful day all round. There were some outstanding individual efforts, most notably;

Jack Swain – Intermediate Boys Javelin winner.

Ben Alcock – Intermediate Boys 3000m winner.

The Intermediate competition is competed between yr10 and yr11 students so Ben and Jack were both up against boys a whole school year older which makes their efforts even more outstanding!

Jeffson Udemezue – IB Triple Jump runner-up.

Martin Danobrega – IB 100m hurdles runner up.

Martin Danobrega – IB High jump rd place (again against yr11’s, the 1st and 2nd placed were both over 6’ 4”).

Megan Buxton – IG 300m finalist (Megan is yr9 and competed against yr’s 10 and 11, qualifying from her heat to reach the final).

Alex Wright – JB 200m finalist.

Romana Brown – JG 75m hurdles finalist.

Bethany Cowley – IG 100m finalist.

Alex Lionetti, Ashley Buckle, Elliott Line and Alex Wright (replaced by Credo Nsabimana for the final due to injury) – JB 4x100m relay finalists.

Georgia Betts, Bethany Cowley, Hazel Trengrove and Kim Nash – IG 4x100m relay finalists.

Year 9 Cricket v Biddenham

After losing the toss on a very green wicket, Mark Rutherford were put into bat with openers George Darlow and Ben Woodcock getting their heads down making a steady start. On a pitch which was not behaving. When all things looked like they were going along just fine, George Darlow was bowled by Biddenham’s opening bowler. After this Mark Rutherford’s middle order dropped like flies with Jonny Dove and Cam Wilson both failing to score a run against their name both given LBW. Taking our score from 30-0 to 30-3. Dom Mawdsley looked in good form, striking a powerful blow straight down the ground. However just as he looked to be getting in he hit one a bit to clean and picked out the fielder.

However all was not lost when Ben Woodcock and Billy Wheeler came together to put together a vital partnership with some cheeky yet skilled shots to get us close to 100. A misunderstanding lead to B. Wheeler being run out, a massive blow for the team’s chances of 120+. The lower order added extra essential runs towards the death with support of opener Ben Woodcock who must be praised for an outstanding batting performance and batting through the whole innings.  On a wicket doing just about everything but playing in normal fashion Mark Rutherford ending on 108 all out from 16 overs.

From last week’s nail biter we knew that this was a good score, especially when 44 runs came from Biddenham giving away extras. Mark Rutherford bowlers started well keeping it tight and removing the first two wickets cheaply. Harry Setterfield taking one and Dom Mawdsley the other.

However a fight back was lead by Biddenham and at one stage was right on course for knocking the runs off. With Mark Rutherford bowlers losing their concentration and the extras were starting to add up. A devastating spell from Cam Wilson gave Mark Rutherford a chance by removing Biddenham’s skipper. On came the spinners to try and tighten things up when George Darlow picked up the inform batsman. A sigh of relief as this took the pressure off.

Meaning two new players at the crease with 16 to get off the last over. Credit goes to Billy Wheeler who took up the task of only leaking 8 runs in the final over to secure a victory for Mark Rutherford. Special mentions go to Luke Wilson for his energetic and run saving fielding who stopped many runs leaking through 3rd man. Ben Woodcock (25) for an amazing batting performance on such a hard wicket. Well done boys, another good team performance. 
The team was: George Darlow (c), Ben Woodcock, Dom Mawdsley, Jonny Dove, Luke Wilson, Shaquille Shah, Cameron Wilson, Billy Wheeler, Gurkamal Singh, Tony Singh, Harry Setterfield.

Year 10 Rounders

The year 10 rounders team had 2 convincing wins over Samuel Whitbread and Biddenham (Sports College). Their first game was against Biddenham and they had a lead of 8 ½ - 3 after the first innings, our girls didn’t really need their 2nd innnings after some brilliant catches from Hazel Trengrove, who also did an excellent gymnastics display, Georgia Betts and Danielle Greenley. The final score was 15 ½ - 6.

The 2nd game was a little bit closer our girls were only 2 rounders ahead at the end of the 1st innings. Superb batting from Alicia Boon and Carrie Bennett in the 2nd meant that Samuel Whitbread needed 7 ½ rounders to win. Excellent fielding from Kim Nash and Martha Hare meant that the opposition were only scoring ½ rounders. Final score: 11 ½ - 7.

The team was: Danielle Greenley, Hazel Trengrove, Alicia Boon, Georgia Betts, Carrie Bennett, Amy Fuller, Olivia Cork, Alice Graham, Marths Hare and Kim Nash.


U18 County Cup Champions!

Tuesday 18 May saw one of the greatest County Cup Finals to be played in Bedfordshire and these were the words of Tudor Lewis—Chairman of Bedfordshire Schools Football Association.  The game was played between 2 school teams who have such a huge reputation it was no surprise they met in the final.

Mark Rutherford started the game very brightly and was buoyed by the fact that they had lost the previous meeting between the 2 teams.  They had a few early chances but failed to convert them, Luke Hulatt coming close and Greg Etheridge first volleying over and then bringing a great save from the opposition’s goalkeeper.  Sharnbrook didn’t create too many chances of their own and struggled to keep possession through Mark Rutherford’s hard work.  The first goal came against the run of play.  Following a Mark Rutherford attack, Sharnbrook hit them on the counter attack and scored by a neat finish over the onrushing keeper Will Mackay.  This didn’t prevent Mark Rutherford from playing the good football they had demonstrated earlier however, found themselves playing too many long balls forward which were well dealt with from the opposition’s defence.

After the break Mark Rutherford’s boys tried to sharpen up the passing and play at a higher tempo, but were caught napping within the first 5 minutes and Sharnbrook scored with a soft goal.  Some heads started to drop as they started to believe that maybe it was yet again not their time.  However, Sean Buxton had other ideas.  Midway through the 2nd half, he found the ball fall to him at the edge of the oppositions box.  He turned and smashed a superb volley into the top right hand corner of the net.  Keeper had no chance.  This spurred the boys on.  Will Mackay was struggling most of the 2nd half as he injured his leg and couldn’t kick properly but he still managed to make some crucial interventions.  Some changes were made which saw Tom Roberts, Stephen Ashford, Ryan Dielhenn and Liam Dixon come on and they didn’t disappoint.  Some very determined displays by them helped ensure Rutherford stayed on top.  With a few minutes to go Adam Tysoe decided to take a dribble into the attacking 3rd.  What was to follow was pure class as he played a give and go with a player and from 25 yards out unleashed a sizzling shot into the corner of the Sharnbrook net to make the scores 2-2 on the afternoon.  Rutherford were the dominant team again and threatened to win the game in full time.  Time ran out though and the game had to go into extra time.

The first half of extra time began pretty even between the 2 teams.  Nothing major was created and tiredness was now showing from both sets of players.  The game sprung to life again though 8 minutes into extra time.  Rutherford were attacking and a cross was safely defended out of the box.  Safely until it was met on the half volley by Max Natola from 20 yards out which saw his shot fly past the Sharnbrook keeper.  The players couldn’t hide their joy.  From being 2-0 down, they found themselves 3-2 up and only the 2nd half of extra time to keep the scores how they were.  Sharnbrook pushed on in the 2nd half but Rutherford kept their nerve and saw out any danger.  This was unfortunately only until midway through the 2nd half of extra time.  Sharnbrook swung in a corner and the equalizer was scored via a close range header.  Rutherford’s shouts for a foul on their defender were waved away from the referee and the goal stood.  As the game approached penalties, a tactical decision was made by bringing on 2 players who would take spot kicks.  Both schools sets of players gave it their all but the scores remained 3-3 and the game went to penalties.

Will Mackay refused to let his injury get the better of him and remained between the sticks although moving now was proving to be difficult for him.  Since both schools had some very good players on show it was no surprise that every player who was stepping up to take a spot kick scored.  The scores were level at 8-8 when Will dived to his left and saved Sharnbrook’s 9th spot kick.  This left it down to Max Natola to step up and score which he did leaving the Sharnbrook players heartbroken and sent Rutherford’s boys into ecstasy.  Both teams made this a thoroughly enjoyable game to watch for the neutral and deserve a lot of credit for getting through to the final.
It would be a shame to single out a particular man of the match as there were so many outstanding performances.  Sean Buxton with his tireless running and creative play and Ben Fearon for being strong and dominant at the back were both excellent but man of the match goes to Adam Tysoe.  He demonstrated a very commanding display at the back and capped it with a goal and spot kick.


Year 9 Cricket v Samuel Whitbread Cup Match

The Year 9 cricket team played host to Samuel Whitbread in the County Cup yesterday afternoon and took part in a very close match.

The game started off well for Rutherford with Cameron Wilson taking a wicket in the 2nd over of the game. Wilson and fellow opener Billy Wheeler kept things tight at the beginning of the Sam Whit innings and Wheeler was rewarded for his efforts when he took two wickets in three balls during the 5th over, reducing the visitors to 12 for 3. More tight bowling from Dom Mawdsley and Gurkamal Singh restricted the scoring rate during the middle overs but some big hitting from Sam Whit’s middle order enabled the visitors to post a respectable score of 74 for 5 from their 16 overs.

Mark Rutherford’s response began well with, captain, George Darlow and Ben Woodcock putting on 36 within the first 6 overs. However, when Woodcock was bowled by a ball that kept low and Mawdsley and Darlow went in quick succession, the task was not as easy as it first seemed. Nobody seemed to want to take the responsibility of finishing the game off and wickets continued to fall. With 9 required from the last 3 overs Cameron Wilson smashed four runs over mid-off and eased the steadily building pressure. Unfortunately he was bowled soon after and the responsibility was passed to Gurkamal Singh to finish the job. 2 runs were scored from the penultimate over by Billy Wheeler leaving the scores level. Gurkamal struggled to get the ball away and missed 4 in a row meaning his side still needed him to score 1 run from the remaining 2 balls. The task was simple...RUN!

The Samuel Whitbread bowler steamed in, Gurkamal braced himself knowing he needed to get bat on ball and run for his life. The ball was bowled, Gurkamal swung his bat, a thick edge flew behind to the keeper who dived and dropped it. “Run Gurkamal RUN!!!” Came the cries from his helpless teammates at the side. Billy was already passed Gurkamal and home safely at the strikers end. Gurkamal ran as fast as he could but was not quick enough, a fielder had collected the ball and thrown it at the non-strikers end where the bowler was waiting to run Gurkamal out. Poor Gurkamal was about to be run out by a distance, until the ball struck him in the middle of the back and knocked him stumbling over the line to score the single and win the game for his team!

Mark Rutherford  managed to  sneak a victory with just one ball to spare! The boys now move into the next round where they will meet Sandy Upper School. The team were: George Darlow (c), Ben Woodcock, Dom Mawdsley, Jonny Dove, Luke Wilson(retired hurt – sore pinky), Shaquille Shah, Cameron Wilson, Billy Wheeler, Gurkamal Singh, Tony Singh, Sam Llewllyn.


Year 9 Football Tournament - B Team

On Tuesday 11th May we took 10 excited Year 9 boys to a 7 a-side tournament in Sharnbrook.  We played 4 games in all – some against ‘A’ teams from other schools. The games went as follows: GAME 1 – We drew 0-0 versus Sharnbrook. GAME 2 – We beat Sandy 1-0 through a Sam Llewellyn strike. GAME 3 – We lost 1-0 to Rushmoor. GAME 4 – We drew 0-0 versus Sharnbrook.

Sadly, we didn’t reach the semi-final on goal difference.  All the boys played well and their attitude was outstanding.

PLAYERS -: Connor Ivins; Jordan Parker; Tom Chinnery; Harry Beddoe; Rowan ‘Cassius’ Clay (MVP); Sam Llewellyn (top scorer – well, only scorer!); Billy ‘Tonic’ Ginn; Roin Naseri; Brett ‘Bread Baker; Ashley ‘Belt’ Buckle.


Yr 9 Athletics - Wednesday 5th May

The Year9 athletics teams had their first fixture last week at Sandy Upper School. Both teams performed well with some very good individual performances. Most worthy of a mention was the boys 4x100m team of Alex Lionetti, Elliott Line, Alex Wright and Ashley Buckle who finshed well ahead of everone else. Their lead was so comfortable that Alex Lionetti was able to practically walk over the finish line.

Other excellent performances came from:

Chante Goodman – 1st in 800m

Alex Wright and Elliott Line – 1st and 2nd in 200m

Alex Wright – 2nd in long jump

Ben Wallace and Danny McGowan – 2nd in 400m (team A & team B)


Year 10 Cricket v St Thomas More - Thursday 6th May

 The Year10 cricket team began their season with a 9 wicket demolition of St. Thomas More.

Opening bowlers Ashley Beddoe and Simran Bahra proved too hot to handle and returned figures of 4 for 9 and 3 for 9, respectively. Tom Barker supported the openers by taking 2 wickets for 7 runs and James Watt finished the STM innings by bowling the opposition number 11 first ball.

Simran had to leave early to get to a club match so opened the batting with the intention of slogging a few quick runs before he had to go. He ended up batting just the 5 overs it took to overcome the target and finished 25 not out and thus earning himself the man of the match award. Tom Kelk provided good support for the big hitting Simran, whose inning s included 2 fours and 2 sixes, with a well crafted 12 not out. The team were: Simran Bahra, Rhys Pemberton,  Tom Kelk, Ashley Beddoe (c), Daniel Porter-White, Tom Barker, James Watt, George Pinney, Jack Swain, Max McGrellis, George Darlow and Cameron Wilson.


Year 9 Cricket v St Thomas More - Thursday 6th May

The Year 9 game was gifted to us as St Thomas More failed to raise a side.


Well Done George!

The England Basketball League Junior Final Fours 2010 took place on the 1st and 2nd May at the EIS Sheffield. Blood was drawn, tears were shed and champions crowned in what was a great two days of basketball showcasing some of the future basketball stars of Britain.  George Gentle, whilst playing for the Milton Keynes Lions U16’s Basketball Team was part of the team that won The Final Fours 2010 U16’s Boys Play offs beating some pretty good teams on the way. The final results for were: 1st 1st Milton Keynes Lions, 2nd Manchester Magic, 3rd London Pioneers and 4th Sheffield Junior Sharks.


Year 9 Basketball Final Six - 4 May

The Year 9 were pitted against the counties best including Barnfield West, Cardinal Newman RC School, Sharnbrook Queensbury and Van Dyke Upper School.

There were two leagues and firstly we played Samuel Whitbred, you will notice they were not mentioned in the teams to play list – That is because they replaced Van Dyke in the last minute – the game ebbed and flowed with the final ebbing going our way. We won 14 -12.

The second game was a close encounter against Cardinal Newman School from Luton. At first it looked as if we would dominate but we made it difficult by ending the game in a draw. In order to progress to the final we had to look at points difference between ourselves and Cardinal Newman – they were the same, next they looked at points scored and we had more points and were in the final against the skillful giants of Queensbury.

The game started well and we scored first after two possessions. Then the green Queensbury hackles were raised and we did not score in the first half again losing 21 – 2 in the first half. It was a difficult task and our pride was at stake. Queensbury did not let up, but we started to play a little better. The final score 42 – 14, a beating but at least  the boys can say that they are Bedfordshire County finalists. They should all be congratulated.


Futsal Tournament - 28 April

On 28th April 6 girls went to a Futsal tournament. Their first game against Redbourne was very messy and the opposition made the most of this and beat our girls 2 – 0. They woke up for the second game and went out strong from the start against St Thomas More who never really got into the game, final score was 5 – 0. The final game of the heats was against Manshead, both teams were confident and it was a very close game, they just beat us with a goal in the last second 4 – 3 final score. We met Manshead again in the semi-final.

Our girls went out to win and took an early 2 – 0 lead, unfortunately Manshead answered and the score at the final whistle was 2 – 2. The game went to penalties, Carrie Bennett stepped up to be our goal keeper and made 2 excellent saves meaning we won 6 – 4. We faced Rebourne again in the final and held them off for most of the game, however, they were very strong in defence and we weren’t able to get any shots on target they beat us 2 – 0 meaning that overall we came second.

The team was: Vicky Boyde (c), Carrie Bennett, Alice Graham, Hazel Trengrove, Kim Nash and Charlie Lancaster.


GCSE Students Learn to Climb

A group of 10 GCSE PE students have spent the past few weeks learning to climb at Kempston Outdoor Centre in an attempt to improve their practical grades for their PE coursework. Out of the 10 students that have attended these sessions 5 achieved 9/10 and the other 5 achieved 10/10! They should be congratulated on their achievement, these grades will go a long way to improving their overall grade for GCSE PE.

The students were: 9/10 - Vicky Boyde, Emma Gazeley, , Mariette Norman, Cheryl Shamaun, Tim Rowland.10/10 -  Kim Howard, Marcus Rutter, Stephen Hare, Joe Brown, Tristan Brown.


Mixed Netball Tournament

The final matches were played on Wednesday 24th March planned round robin tournament with Wootton and Hastingsbury.However Hastingsbury failed to turn up so it ended up Marky playing Wootton. The first half was a very close game with huge improvements in the Mark Rutherford defence and court play and the half time score was 1 – 1. Some substitution and position changes took place which may have unsettled the team and final score was 7 – 3 to Wootton. Goals from Chloe Hall (2) and Daniel Willoughby (1)

However, all players should be commended for their interest and commitment. The team was: Steven Ashford, Joshua Munns, James Wade, Daniel Willoughby, Chloe Hall, Amy Lewis, Sabrina Donnelly, Emily Wade, Kelly Hiney.

After the official game, some shirt/bib changing took place and the boys challenged the girls to a game. The first half saw the girls win 3 -2 but the boys won the 2nd half 3 -1 – therefore the boys won 5 -4 overall.


Year 10 Football v Sharnbrook - 24 March

The Year 10 football team earned a valuable point away at Sharnbrook. Having made a slow start to the game and finding themselves a goal down at half-time, the boys battled hard in the second half and were eventually rewarded when Omar D’Agostino coolly finished to level the scores. This win keeps the team in second place in their group with two games remaining. One of those is against group leaders Wootton next week. Please congratulate the team for their efforts, particularly man of the match George Pinney who worked tirelessly down the left wing all game.

Back, left to right: Omar D’Agostino, Alex Goulding, Nathan Beddall, Ben Alcock, Tom Dixon, Rhys Pemberton, George Pinney.Front: Chris Marshall, Fabio Testa, jack Swain, martin Danobrega, Tom Kelk, Tommy McGirl, Credo Nsabimana, Ashley Beddoe


Year 9 Bedford and District Basketball Finalists

The nervous and excited Year 9 basketball team went on a road trip to John Bunyan Sports Centre last night to play in a semi final against Biddenham Sports College, having played several games previously to be placed second in their group only losing once narrowly to Sharnbrook. The team was severely depleted having four players taken out of the team; one through injury and three on the Blue Peris Trip. The game was a tight event with both teams missing many baskets through nervousness. Going into the dying minutes Mark Rutherford were leading but saw their lead cut to two points by the end of the game. We won and were in the finals.

The other semi-final was played between Sharnbrook and Sandy with Sharnbrook winning by a significant score. The final between Sharnbrook and Mark Rutherford was an intriguing affair, Sharnbrook’s team was taller and many of them play basketball for the MK Lions and Sharnbrook basketball team outside of school. There were many opportunities within the game but it was finally lost by Mark Rutherford. Please take the opportunity to congratulate the following students for an excellent season, which is not quite over as they have to play in the county finals against two Luton teams in May. The team were: Phil Valencia, Cameron Wilson, Johny Dove, Dominic Mawdsley, Kieran Moore, Mauricio Pinedo, Billy Wheeler, Ben Woodcock and Mohid Khan.


Mixed Netball v Hastingsbury

Having drafted in a new recruit by the name of Chloe Hall, Mark Rutherford mixed netball team set off for their 2nd game on 3rd March against Hastingbury who were unable to abide by the rules and fielded 5 boys and 2 girls – one of the boys being replaced by a girl during the first quarter to even the sides up.

The game was closely contested with the scores at the end of the quarters 1 – 1, 5 – 4 (to Marky) and going into the final quarter 6 – 6.  Some rushed passing and obstruction by Marky enabled Hastingsbury to capitalise on the errors and the final score was 6 – 7 and Hastinsgbury won by one goal. (Chloe Hall 2 goals, Guiseppe Lamberti 4 goals)

The final games will be on Wednesday 24th March where  Mark Rutherford, Hastingsbury and Wootton will play each other in a mini tournament  starting at 3.30pm at the Bunyan Centre.

Well done to all those that played, especially the boys who find the highly physical and skilled game difficult to get to grips with.

Team as per picture: James Wade, Emily Wade, Kim Howard, Chloe Hall, Josh Munns, Guiseppe Lamberti, Amy Lewis, Stephen Ashford.


Year 10 Netball v Sandy

The Year 10 netball team finished off their season with a convincing win over Sandy last night. Our girls went out strong and took the lead from the starting whistle. The opposition defensive were strong, but shooters Rachael Sharwood and Danielle Greenley were brave and scored some excellent long goals. The Mark Rutherford girls dominated in all areas of the court throughout the game and the Sandy team never pressured us. The final score was 10 – 1.

The team: Bethany Cowley, Danielle Greenley, Rachael Sharwood, Georgia Betts, Hazel Trengrove, Rachel Kane, Emily Law and Alanya Piggott. They’ve played 6 matches; won 5 and lost 1.


Year 10 District Cup v John Bunyan - 25th February

The Year10 football team started their District Cup defence with a home victory against a useful John Bunyan side. With the pitch on the verge of being waterlogged and gradually bearing more resemblance to a swamp, rather than a surface on which to play sport, Bunyan’s direct ‘hustle and bustle’ approach became more effective than Rutherfords passing game. Bunyan took a deserved lead midway through the first half following a lack of communication from the Rutherford defence and midfield. This provided the kick up the backside that Rutherford required and they soon drew level thanks to a well taken goal from winger Ashley Beddoe having raced onto an excellent through ball from man of the match Omar D’Agostino.

Rutherford began to flex their muscles and were able to create another couple of chances before falling behind once again following a goal on the counter attack by Bunyan. Bunyan were 2-1 ahead and half time was drawing in when Omar D’Agostino drove at the heart of the opposition defence and was brought down to earn his side a penalty. Up stepped big centre half Chris Marshall who coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner from the spot.

2-2 at half time.

Bunyan again took the lead at the start of the second half following a corner which took an unfortunate deflection in the box only to fall at the feet of their striker who gratefully restored his sides lead from 6 yards out. From this point on Rutherford dominated the game, a lofted in-swinging free kick from the excellent George Pinney was headed in by centre back Tom Dickson to level the scores. Dickson was on target again to send his side into the lead for the first time in the match, having made an excellent run to the front post from an in-swinging corner from D’Agostino and heading the ball into the far corner. Two more goals, from the new strike partnership of Credo Nsabimana and Chimobi Udemezue, sealed the victory for Rutherford and earned them a valuable three points from their first group game.

Final score 6-3.

Mark Rutherford: Ben Alcock, Tom Kelk, Alex Goulding, Tom Dickson, Chris Marshall, Ashley Beddoe, George Pinney,Tommy McGirl, Omar D’Agostino, martin Danobrega (c), Rhys Pemberton, Credo Nsabimana, Chimobi Udemezue, Dom Bloomer.


Year 9 District Cup v John Bunyan - 25th February

To cut a long story short, the year 9 boys destroyed John Bunyan Upper School in their first match of the district league.  Goals from Billy Roberts (5), Charlie Reed (2), Luke Wilson (1), Dominic Stonebridge (1) and Ben Wallace (1) helped the team to a 10-1 victory.  Pitch conditions were not great and if the Marky boys took most of their chances, the score could have been a lot more.   Man of the Match was Billy Roberts.The team: Luke Moore, Luke Woodward, Matty Kumar, Ben Wallace, Tom Chinnery, Charlie Reed, Georgio Camarano, Dominic Stonebridge, Ben Woodcock, Billy Roberts, Luke Wilson and George Darlow.


U18 5 a-side Football Competition 9th February

Six teams had entered the competition with Wootton as favourites.  Eventually  they proved to be the overall winners winning all of their games and drawing against Marky girls who won 4 but drew 2.  The last game against Sam Whit was an onslaught by our girls but their keeper made some wonder saves (even though she didn’t know much about some of them),  this game eventually ended in 1-1 and handed the competition over to Wootton. 

It is worth a note that many of the 6th form girls dropped out from the team for various reasons and so we fielded 2 year 12, 2 year 11 and even 2 year 10 girls and still came 2nd.  Charlotte Lancaster (year 10) was the top player.  In 2 of the games she helped herself to a hatrick and she even turned out for a Hastingsbury team who were short on a player and scored 2 for them.  they all performed very well. The team were: Chloe Hall, Brogan Kowal, Vicky Boyd, Yvette Bramwell, Chloe Lancaster and Kim Nash.


Sixth Form County Cup Quarter Final 4th February

The 6th form boys are safely through to the semi finals of the county cup beating Queensbury 4-2 on penalties.  The game tie was in the bag with 5 minutes to go and Rutherford were winning 2-1 following goals form Jack Wiggs and Sam Filipczak.  Unfortunately, they didn’t hold out and allowed Queensbury to equalize.  It would have been a lot worse when a Queensbury player went through later on 1 on 1 only for James Dawe to make a great last ditch challenge.  The game went through to penalties and Marky boys put every spot kick into the back of the net.  Will Macay saved 2 from the opposition which sent the boys through to the semis to play either Cardinal Newman or Manshead.


Bedfordshire & Luton Schools Cross Country Championships 3rd February

The Bedfordshire and Luton Schools Cross Country Championships took place on Wednesday 3rd February at Ampthill Park. The school had to rely upon some very supportive parents to get the students to this event. We had some very good results with Ben Alcock winning the Intermediate Boys group and Emily Relton winning the Senior Girls group respectively. Please see the pictures below, courtesy of Mr Alcock.

Ben has been selected to run for Bedfordshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championship on 20th March at Heaton Park in Greater Manchester. We wish him well for this. Further results were: Intermediate girls-Leah Relton 7th and Senior Boys-Sam Bennett 9th.

Mixed Netball Post 16 - Wednesday 3rd February

On Wednesday 3rd February, in the middle of OFSTED we took a team of mixed 6th form boys and girls and Year 11 girls to the first mixed netball match arranged by the Bedford branch of England Netball to play Wootton Upper School.
Having had no prior training or coaching, the 6th form boys were unaware of the rules of the game and so the first third was dominated by the slick passing of the opposition and the unstoppable shooting of the 7 foot male goal shooter and Marky finished the 1st third 9 – 2 down.

With some team changes and subs, the 2nd third saw Stephen Ashford score two outstanding goals from the edge of the D and with some tremendous defending by James Wade to stop the still 7ft goal shooter receiving the ball,  score line was 16 – 7.

With the basket ball players waiting to take the court, the play time for the final third was reduced and final score was 18 – 8 to Wootton. Well done to all the players: James Wade, Josh Munns, Guiseppe Lamberti, Daniel Willoughby, Steven Ashford, Amy Lewis
Emily Wade, Kim Howard, Emma Gazely and Sam Crowie. Next fixture: 3rd March 2010


Year 10 Netball v Samuel Whitbread - 2nd February

The year 10s had their penultimate game of the season on 2nd February. In wet and windy conditions they played with their usual determination and sportsmanship. They took the lead early on and the opposition struggled to keep up with their pace. Excellent shooting from captain Danielle Greenley ensured that the girls had a convincing win of 12 - 4 against Samuel Whitbread.

Please congratulate the girls if you see them around school, the full team were: Danielle Greenley (C), Alanya Piggott, Bethany Cowley, Rachel Sharwood, Rachael Kain, Georgia Betts, Emily Law and Hazel Trengrove.



Year 9 Boys - County Cup Quarter Final v Stopsley High Sports College
Tuesday 26 January

The Year 9 boys progressed into the semi finals of the county cup yesterday afternoon by beating Stopsley High Sports College on penalties.

The boys fielded a under strength team as they only had 12 players available.  Others were missing through injuries or other circumstances.  Nevertheless, they went in high spirits that they were only 3 wins away from lifting the trophy. 

They started a little cagey and sluggish in the first 10 minutes.  Stopsley were a decent outfit and they showed that through some good passing and movement.  They had the best of the chances in the 1st half but most were straight at the keeper.  After that period of play, Marky started to get back into the game and realized that with the formation they were playing, they had more room than they thought.  Just the final pass lacked otherwise they could have found themselves with a few 1 on 1’s with their keeper.  Half time came and the game was still a stalemate. 

Marky started the second half brightly and realised the game was there for the taking.  Luke Wilson was switched to left wingback and he instantly made an impact.  He latched onto a good delivery by Ben Wallace and smashed in a left footed shot into the back of the net.  This spurred on the opposition and they started pushing even harder which started to leave gaps but Marky failed to make them pay.  Unfortunately, Marky got complacent.  The ball was lost in their half and players failed to track back.  One of their players run past 3 or 4 players and scored with a neat finish to make it 1-1.  The game finished a draw and it went into extra time.  No real chance in extra time so the game went to penalties.  The 2nd time for this group of boys.  George Darlow proved to be the hero.  After they scored their 1st spot kick, George managed to save the next 2.  He then went on to score one of his own to put them 3-1 up but injured himself in the process which led to Luke Moore taking over in goal.  They scored to make it 4-2 and Alex Lionetti stepped up to win the tie by scoring his spot kick.  All the boys rushed over to George who was lying on the floor in pain to thank him for saving the 2 penalties. 

The boys had to dig deep to get this result and some players played very well.  Most notably, Ben Wallace, Matty Kumar, Luke Woodward but man of the match went to Georgio Camarano who put in a sterling performance in the holding midfield role.  Special mention also goes to Luke Moore who played most of the game as a striker when his main position is actually in goal. 

Congratulations to the players on their achievements and thank you to all staff for allowing them out of your lessons in order to play this fixture. George Darlow, Luke Woodward, Matt Kumar, Ben Woodcock, Dominic Stonebridge, Tom Chinnery, Alex Lionetti, Luke Moore, Georgio Camaranno, Ben Wallace and Kane Horn.




Last year’s U14’s Bedford and District Basketball winners and County runners up have been selected to go forward to represent Bedfordshire in the Regional rounds of the England Basketball School U15’s Competition.

Congratulations to the boys and we wish them well on their journey, let’s hope they go far.

NB: We wish George Gentle a speedy recovery – it’s an opportunity I know he will not want to miss.

U16's Basketball Results Wednesday 20 January

Due to the absence of their coach form lunchtime practice (due to a meeting) the assistant coaches Lewis Kerr and Jake Newman took over the running of the practice in preparation for the two games facing the students.

The depleted team (No Trenayne Noel or Antnio Mitri) took on an even more depleted Wooton team and instead of dominated the game played poorly enough to be 6 all at half time. A few words from Lewis the team played better in the second half to win 16-10.

One of the tournament favourites was next in the shape of Thomas More. (Their u19’s team beat us in the final last week) Having analysed the problems of he first game the boys cam out on fire. Shaquille Stewart led the scoring and dominating their top player into submission. By the end of the game we had scored 29 to their 9.

So far the boys have played 4 and won 4. Looking around the venue there are some difficult challenges including a Samuel Whitbread team that boast 4 players over 6 foot. We will need the likes of Tremayne and Antonio back in the fold if we are to have a chance of beating them.

Please feel free to congratulate the boys on the results so far: Stephen Hare, Guerchome, Max Wallstone, Jefferson Udemezue,     Antonio Mitri, Toby Minnette, Shaqielle Stewart, Arnold Leung, Darius LeBand, Mphatso Chipungu and Steven Reid.


U16’s Basketball Competition - 12th January

The year 10 & 11 basketball team combines for this league and good things were expected of the team. Last night’s U19’s Final injury of George Gentle put all of that in jeopardy. The boys still approached the fixture with a good deal of enthusiasm and I think were keen to win for their fallen colleague.

Due to ‘the heavy snowfall’ some teams withdrew from yesterday’s fixture. In the rescheduled league we were pitted against Stratton Upper School and Sandy Upper School. Stratton’s giants turned up and looked impressive in the warm up. Undaunted the much smaller Rutherford boys took on the mid Beds representatives with an enthusiastic zeal.  After a few attacks and defensive sequences Rutherford boys started to score and score and score; the half time score was 12-2 and we felt bad about letting them score 2. All the boys got to play and the final score was 28 – 8.

The next game we knew would be much harder. Buoyant from beating Biddenham Upper School Sandy took to the floor with some confidence. Within, 5 minutes they had not scored and our boys, led by shaquelle Stewart were up by 12 points again. This team contained some good basketball players and once they had worked out that they had to work for a win, they stated to come back at us. We held a convincing lead until the final moments of the game. We were ahead by two points – they scored, it was level – we scored, we were ahead – they scored, it was level – we scored, we were ahead– they scored, it was level – we scored, we were ahead and so on and so on. Then we came to the last moments of the game. One of their better players went on a drive towards the basket and was fouled. Time ran out in the match – we were two points in the lead, and he had two free throws to draw the game. He took his first shot and ‘swished’ the basket with some ease. All the pressure was on him, a score would make it easier for his team to compete for the title; a miss would mean our team would have to lose to give them an opportunity for the title. He picked the ball up, bounced it three times, held it in his hands and shot the ball towards the basket .....and .....the shot missed! Mark Rutherford won by 1 single point 24 – 23 (a win is a win) This was against the team that was tipped to win.

There are more fixtures and we have made a very good start. Please take the opportunity to congratulate the following players in the team, and encourage them to practice hard to achieve their team goals (We can use this later, in talking about practicing hard to achieve in their exams).

The team: Tremayne Noel, Stephen Hare, Antonio Mitri, Max Wallstone, Jefferson Udemezue, Toby Minnette, Shaquielle Stewart, Arnold Leung, Darius Le Band, Mphatso Chipungu and Steven Reid. Assistant Coach is Jake Newman.

NB: Wednesday 20th January there are more fixtures. Anyone who wants to watch is welcome, parents, peers, friends and teachers. (it is inside, in the warm).

U19's Basketball Bedford and District Finals

On 12th January the U19’s basketball Team took on the form team St Thomas More in the Bedford and District Basketball Finals 2009.

The team entered the intimidating arena at Lincroft Middle School in a positive mood, to be faced with; Many St Thomas student and parent supporters, the whole of the St Thomas More PE Department, Many staff members 4 Assistant Heateacher’s and the headteacher – we brought Phil Valencia. The team seemed to be still buoyant despite losing three of their most prominent players prior to the game; Jordan wright, Joe Good and Luke Masih.

The first quarter of the game started with the team looking like a rabbit in the headlights, they attacked poorly, defended poorly and towards the end of the quarter were down 12-0, but for a late 3 point score form Lewis Kerr they would not have scored at all. Some intense coaching at the break resulted in the boys pulling the score back to 15-13 by half time. Another poor start after the break meant that they had to work hard towards the end of the third quarter to leave the scores 23-20 going into the last quarter. With our team looking the more likely to win George Gentle sustained a serious calf muscle tear (That will see him in a plaster cast for 6 weeks) this unsettled the team a little and in the closing seconds St Thomas More were able to establish a 5 point lead to win 29 – 24.

It is a sad end to a successful season, but we should still be going to the county finals, where we will have another chance to beat ST Thomas More in order to become County champions. Dates and times will follow – any support welcome

The team: George Crawley, Jake Newman, Jamal Vassell, Shaquille Stuart, Lewis Kerr, Arnold Leung and George Gentle.




They have played five games winning three and losing two.On Wednesday 16th December they played Biddenham Sports College for the right to play in the final and won convincingly.
































































The Final between Mark Rutherford and St Thomas More will be played at Lincroft Middle School Sports Hall on Tuesday 12th January between 6-8pm.
For Mark Rutherford the represents the third time of playing them this year. The first match was a draw, the second they won and now we hope to take the win. The team were Jordan Wright, George Crawley, Jake Newman, Lewis Kerr, Joe Goode, Jamal Vassell, George Gentle, Shaqualle Stewart, Arnold Leung and Luke Masih. They should all be congratulated.


County Cricketers for Bedfordshire U14

Congratulations to three students in Year 9 who have been selected to play cricket for their county again this season. They are pictured below. Well done to George Darlow, Jonny Dove and Ben Woodcock.

Year 9 Footballers Lose out in National Cup 9 December 2009

The under 14 boys football team travelled to East London on Wednesday to compete for a place into the last 32 of the National Cup.  They came up against a strong opposition who were both physically and tactically better than Mark Rutherford Boys.  Nevertheless the boys gave a good account of themselves and actually played some of the best football they have played this season.  Unfortunately, they found themselves 2 goals down in the first half after letting in 2 soft goals.  A looping pass came off the bar and fell to the feet at an opposition striker who could not miss from 2 yards out.  They then got a penalty which was scored with some luck as well since it hit the bar and just went in.  Luke Wilson scored a screamer with his left foot volleying in the top left hand corner to pull one back.  After the break both teams played some good football.  Georgio and Alex were controlling things well in the midfield with Billy offering some good support work for both Conner and the midfielders.  Unfortunately though the opposition had some good possession and scored a very good goal to make it 3-1.  With time running out, Marky had to push forward and take risks and with this they left gaps at the back from which the opposition scored a 4th.  The scoreline didn’t reflect the game really because both teams played very well.  The opposition was just a little too experienced for our lads, some of them were on Arsenal and West Hams books and it showed.  They even had their own personal names and numbers on the back of their football shirts.

Our boys conducted themselves very well all the way to and from the venue and also on the pitch. 


Year 9 Football National Cup 17 November

The year 9 boys played Hinchingbrooke School in the 4th round of the National Cup on Tuesday 17th November and after a battling display, came through winners and progressed to the 5th round. 

The game was played in great surroundings and a fantastic pitch. It started well, as both teams tried to show each other what they were made of.  Mark Rutherford boys found themselves testing the opposition defence early on which unfortunately stood firm.  The opposition started to grow more in confidence and started to show their experience of playing together as a team for the past 2 years.  They played some very good football and everyone was very confident on the ball.  It was not a surprise when they took the lead.  A corner came over and the ball was powerfully headed in to make the score 1-0.  Heads dropped unfortunately and for the first time, the year 9 boys began to feel that they had come up against a challenge which was beyond them.  Half time came and changes were made.  They went out with a different belief.  They started to play the football we are now accustomed to expect from them.  The chances were limited for the hosts and Marky began to create some of their own.  Some excellent play from Credo in the final 3rd saw his pass get smashed into the net by Dominic Stonebridge to equalize.  The game then opened up and both teams were playing well.  The opposition were still finding space and passing the ball around well, but the chances were diminished by the excellent Matt Kumar at the back.  The game finished 1-1 and had to be decided on penalties.  5 brave souls stepped up.  All of the players (opposition included) were excellent.  However, Luke Moore decided that it was to be Mark Rutherford’s day and produced an excellent stop.  All it needed was for Alex Lionetti to keep his cool and put them through and he didn’t disappoint.  He sent the keeper the wrong way and everyone ran after Alex to dive onto him in joy. 

The game was played in excellent spirit and Marky boys showed great commitment and desire to win in the 2nd half.  Please congratulate the boys.  They have got to the 5th round in this cup which is a very good achievement. 


U18 County Cup v All Saints Academy 12 November

The under 18 boys have made it safely through to the county cup quarter finals by a convincing win over All Saints Academy.The game didn’t start according to plan with regular keeper Will Mackay and Defender James Dawe absent.  Adam Tysoe had to go in goal and the team had to reshuffle accordingly.  The game was deadlocked at 1-1 at half time with Marky playing the better football and clearly the better team.  The 2nd half started and things looked up as Marky continued to dominate.  Unfortunately James Wade found himself getting sent off for 2 yellow cards and the boys had to up their game as they knew it would now be hard work.  Anderson decided to take it upon himself then to win the game as he scored a brilliant 2nd half hat trick.  Jack Wiggs added a 5th goal.  All Saints got a consolation goal towards the end but the game was over as a contest by then and finished 2-5 to Marky.  This result shows how good the team can be as they played most of the 2nd half with 10 men and still came out worthy winners.  Sam Filipzack had an awesome game and scored the 1st Marky goal in the 1st half and Ben Fearon was excellent at the back.  Man of the match was Anderson Mandinga however for his 3 goal haul and match winning performance. 


U19 Basketball v Redbourne - 11 November

The boys waited patiently until Redbourne arrived only to start the game like we were the away team having just travelled to the match. In the first quarter we were losing 7-5. After some excellent coaching tips and advice the boys did not let Redbourne score at all in the second quarter bringing the scores to 26-7.

The second half was a busy affair with many of the players getting time on the court to show their ability. Jordan Wright, Jake Newman and Lewis Kerr in particular began to spring to life and despite their early jitters the boys won 50 - 22. Sharnbrook (Away) is the next match on 18th November.


Year 9 Boys through to Quarter Finals of County Cup

The Year 9 boys played Sandy Upper School (away) in the County Cup on Friday 6th November and they comfortably sailed through to the last 8.  They didn’t play to their usual standards and they will be the first to admit that.  Nevertheless, there were some very good performances most notably from man of the match Conner Mason who scored a hat trick.  The other goal was a well finished move scored by Luke Wilson.  Please congratulate the boys on their achievements.  They are still in the National and County Cup.  The District Cup is still to come. Team: George Darlow, Luke Woodward, Matt Kumar, Ben Wallace, Tom Chinnery, Alex Wright, Billy Roberts, Alex Lionetti, Luke Wilson, Credo Nsabimana, Connor Mason, Charlie Reed, Ben Woodcock, Kane Horn, Luke Moore, Dominic Stonebridge.


U18 National Cup 3rd Round Victory

The under 18 boys played Ashlawn School in the 3rd round of the National Cup on Wednesday 4 November and progressed through to the 4th round by winning 7-5!  Yes that’s correct.  You score 2, we’ll score 3 but in this case, you score 5 and we’ll score 7! 

Marky boys were never losing at any stage but were in danger of shooting themselves in the foot by giving away sloppy goals.  A Hat trick from Jack Wiggs, a brace from Gavin Coates and further goals from Anderson Mandinga and Peter Lawson gave them enough of a cushion to win.  Man of the match was Jack Wiggs who had an excellent game.  Pass of the game was from Giuseppe Lamberti who’s 50 yard pass set up Andersons goal. 

Team: Will Macay, Antonio Girardi, Adam Tysoe, James Dawe, James Wade, Gavin Coates, Ben Fearon, Peter Lawson (C), Sean Buxton, Jack Wiggs, Anderson Mandinga, Sam Flipzcak, Giuseppe Lamberti, Liam Dixon, Ryan Dhielhenn


The U16 Girls (Year 10 and 11) are now into the semi-finals of the County Cup!


We beat Samuel Whitbread 2-0. Scorers: Hazel Trengrove – a great free-kick over the top of the defence and Hazel ran through to place it firmly into the corner. Carrie Bennett – excellent display of continuous ‘one-two’ passing between Hazel and Carrie which confused the defence allowing Carrie to run through and score.

A very confident display today. They dominated the game and really could have scored many more goals but for the keeper being one of the stronger players for the opposition. Again Vicky, Carrie and Charlie controlled the midfield and delivered telling balls to Kirstie, Emma and Hazel. The defence were very reliable and when called upon stopped any attacks becoming dangerous. Emily’s slliding challenge was the most spectacular and she now has a grazed leg to prove it!. Yvette, Solange and Kim Nash were solid in defence as usual. Kim Howard played well in goal and then in defence second half; she certainly outwitted the opposition with her humour.

Thank you to William Mackay for refereeing with confidence and Shane Wiseman / Rhys Pemberton for being very competent linesmen. The semi-final will be played before November 27th.


Year 9 Football National Cup

Year 9 boys made it through safely to the 4th round of the national cup by defeating Boswell School 4-0.  Goals through Alex Lionetti (pen), Charlie Reed & Credo Nsabimana (2) saw them cruise past the boys from Essex. 

Man of the match was Credo for an excellent display upfront and scoring 2 goals.  Please congratulate them on their achievements and wish them all the best for their next game. 

The team was: George Darlow, Luke Woodward, Matt Kumar, Ben Wallace, Dominic Stonebridge, Alex Wright, Billy Roberts, Alex Lionetti, Luke Wilson, Credo Nsabimana, Charlie Reed, Ben Woodcock, Tom Chinnery, Kane Horn and Luke Moore.


Yr 11 Football v John Bunyan

The Year 11 boys made a great start to their season with an emphatic 12-0 win against John Bunyan in their 1st competitive game. The game was all but over after the first 15 minutes when two goals from Danny Platt, one from Ben Walsh and one from Charlie Tomic giving Rutherford a 4-0 lead. One more goal from Jeffrson Udemezue gave Rutherford a 5-0 lead at half time.

The second half brought more goals and could have been seen as the Ben Walsh show, here he scored a further 4 goals, to take his goal tally to 5 for the match. It also saw Rutherfords keeper Damian Mulmar get his first bit of action of the game, to where Bunyan attempted to score from a kick off. Thankfully for Markie Damian was not daydreaming from boredom and on guard to save the goal attempt. With the win now all but guaranteed the boys become more selfish in front of goal, where they were almost tackling each other in attempts to score. A further 2 goals from Nathan Mead, (one a great top corner finish) and a further goal from Jared Pierre saw the match finish 12-0. Although if some of the boys had their shooting boots on, the score line could have been even greater (those boys know who you are!!!) The win was a good team result for the boys considering in was their first match of the season although a much tougher gaming was just around the corner, away to Putteridge in the County Cup in just 2 days time.


1st 15 Rugby v Hastingsbury 15 October 2009

Mark Rutherford’s 1st 15 rugby team played their opening game of the season on Thursday afternoon, hosting Hastingsbury upper school. Hastingsbury started the match stronger and threatened Rutherford’s try line within the opening minutes. Strong, committed defending kept the scores level until the pressure finally became too much and Hastingsbury broke through to score. The try was converted and Hastingsbury lead 7-0. Rutherford were soon on the offensive and their efforts were finally rewarded when debutant Giuseppe Lamberti kicked a penalty to drag his side closer to the visitors.

Both sides continued to battle hard throughout the first half but it was Rutherford’s determination which created an opportunity to take the lead. Defensive pressure created a fumble in the Hastingsbury backs and, outside centre, Ciaran Morrow was quickest to the loose ball punting out of his side’s 22. He chased onto the loose ball and kicked twice more before collecting 5 metres from the opposing try line. A fantastic last ditch tackle from the Hastingsbury full back prevented Ciaran from scoring what would have been a great solo effort. The opportunity was kept alive, however, by winger Stephen Ashford who had chased the ball along with Ciaran and provided excellent support to enable him to receive the pass and crash over the line to give his side a one point advantage at 8-7. Giuseppe converted the try to make the score 10-7 to the home side. The rest of the half continued to be a very tight affair with both teams exchanging penalty kicks to make the score 13-10 in Rutherfords favour at the break. The home side suffered a big blow just before half time when second row ‘unit’ Adam Tysoe bravely put his body (and head) on the line for his team. When stopping a charge from the opposing prop he took the impact in the mouth and put his tooth through his lip.

The second half got under way with Hastingsbury by far the stronger team, they scored 29 points without reply and led 39-13 with 5 minutes to play. Rutherford must take great credit for the spirit they showed as they continued to fight what was surely a lost cause. Great determination from captain Josh Munns led his team on, ably supported by Nick Jones, Ryan Taylor, Will Mackay and Ashley Cook, to name a few who battled to the end. Their effort did not go unrewarded as first Giuseppe Ciccarello crashed over and then, with the last play of the game, Stephen Ashford scored his second of the game. Both were converted by the impeccable Lamberti to make the final score 27-39 to Hastingsbury.

Both teams must be congratulated for their efforts and spirit in which the game was played. There were some very encouraging signs for Rutherford who travel to St. Thomas More and All Saints Academy next week. Man of the match goes to Nick Jones for his sheer effort and determination throughout the match.



Yr 9 Football Reserve Team v John Bunyan School 13 October 2009

The Year 9 boys reserve team played John Bunyan’s year 9 first team on Tuesday in Greg Etheridge’s debut game as team manager. 

Mark Rutherford didn’t hold back and any first match nerves were quickly gone as they stormed into a 2 goal lead within the first 15 minutes.  Alex Wright (who had a storming game on the right flank) paced past the back line and coolly slotted home the first and within a few minutes they were  2-0 up thanks to a Kieran Moore corner which was fumbled into his own net by the Bunyan goalkeeper.  Just before the break the unfortunate Bunyan Keeper let another cross into his net via a deflection.  After the interval it was more of the same.  Mitz got himself on the score sheet with a shot from just inside the box and Billy Wheeler turned in an excellent cross by Arthur Manser.  The best was saved to almost the end when the smallest player on the pitch Ashley Buckle headed the ball into the Bunyan goal to give Rutherford a 6 goal lead.  Unfortunately the team fell asleep for a few seconds and Bunyan got themselves a consolation goal in the last minute.  Final score 6-1

Some very good performances around including, Luke Woodward, Nathan Saunders, Kieran Moore & Rowan Clay who held the defence firm.  Man of the match however, was Alex Wright who after 15 minutes had 4 Bunyan players marking him. 

This result shows how Mark Rutherford has moved forward in recent years and how talented the students are.  Being in the position to select a 2nd team strong enough to beat another upper schools first team. 

Big thank you to Alex Lionetti & George Darlow who volunteered to be the referees assistants (linesman).

Back Row (left to right) Greg Etheridge (Manager), Kieran Moore, Mauricio Pinedo, Ben Woodcock, Alex Wright, Gurkamal Singh, Royce Goodwin, Nathan Saunders. Front (left to right) Billy Wheeler, Sam Mortimer, Luke Moore, Luke Woodward (captain), Ashley Buckle, Rowan Clay, Arthur Manser.


Year 9 Netball - 13 October

The Year 9 girls had their first matches on Tuesday at the Bunyan Centre. They had 3 matches to play against Biddenham, Sandy and Stratton. Their first game was against Biddenham and the Mark Rutherford team had a very nervous start. Biddenham took an early 2 goal lead by the 3rd minute. Our girls didn’t give up and increased the pace and scored some much needed goals, but were unable to catch up in the 1st half, the score at half time was  5 – 3. Mark Rutherford came out in the second half meaning business and within 2 minutes the score was level, some excellent defending from Megan Buxton made it hard for them to get close enough to shoot and Charlie Hunter found her shooting form. The 2nd half was evenly balanced throughout and Biddenham just beat us with the final score being 10 – 9.

The second game was against Stratton and the girls looked much more confident. Unfortunately some bad passes from us and some good interceptions from the Stratton girls meant that again at half time the score was 6 – 4 to Stratton. After a quick half time refreshment (and an excellent team talk J) we took a 3 goal lead, centre Hannah Cocker and wing defence Chloe Griffin worked hard in the centre 3rd creating space and maintaining possession so that we were able to shoot. Stratton made a late final attack, but the final score was Stratton 8 Mark Rutherford 9.  Both of these matches could have gone either way the girls showed excellent commitment.

By the 3rd and final game against Sandy the team have found their feet. Michelle Moore came on as wing attack which helped our speed in attack. We took the lead early on and the Sandy team didn’t really get into the game. We would intercept there centre passes and either Karis Tomic or Charlie Hunter would score. The score at Half time was 9 – 2 in our favour. The 2nd half was as one sided as the first, on the rare occasion that Sandy got the ball in their goal third their goal attack was kept out of the semi circle (much to her frustration) by our captain Megan Buxton, goal keeper Emma Carter would pick up their rebound and we would attack and score. Our team played brilliantly until the final whistle, Sandy 2 – Mark Rutherford 14.

The full team was Megan Buxton (c), Hannah Cocker, Michelle Moore, Emma Carter, Karis Tomic, Danielle Stuart, Hannah Parry Okeden, Juliet Williamson, Charlotte Hunter, Chloe Griffin.



Year 10 Netball v St Andrews

The Year 10 netball team started this season with an outstanding win against St Andrews on 13th September at the Bunyan Centre. It looked as though it was going to be a close fought match with both the first goals going with centre pass making it 1-1 after 2 minutes. However, the Mark Rutherford girls increased the pace of the game and completely dominated from then on, with the ball rarely entering the opponent’s semi circle.

When it did defenders Stacie Cain and Rachel Kane marked strongly making it difficult for St Andrews to shoot, we would quickly regain possession and with the speed of centre Georgia Betts and wing attack Bethany Cowley the ball was soon in our goal 3rd for us to shoot and score.

The score at the end of the 1st third was 5 – 1. There was a quick change around and goal keeper Emily Law and wing defence Alanya Piggot came on, the 2nd and final thirds were similar to the 1st with the Mark Rutherford team dominating. Although it was windy shooters Danielle Greenley and Rachel Sharwood were superb working around the circle to get as close as possible. The final score was 27 – 1, I look forward to another successful season. The team was:

Daniell Greenley (C), Emiy Law, Alanya Piggot, Stacie Cain, Bethany Cowley, Rachel Kane, Georgia Betts, Rachel Sharwood, Alicia Boon.


Victory in County Cup for U16 Girls Football vs Redborne Upper School

Congratulations to all the girls and thank you to Sam Brown: Refereeing, Rosie Knight and James Wade: linesman and Carlo, Tommy and Keiran for their crazy support!

Marky won 9-0! Carrie Bennett 1, Danni Borrelli 5, Vicky Boyde (C), Yvette Bramwel, Kirsty Dawe, Emma Gazeley,               Kim Howard, Charlie Lancaster 2, Kim Nash, Lydia Snowball, Hazel Trengrove 1, Emily Wade.

Mark Rutherford applied constant pressure from the start of the game. Within two minutes Emma Gazeley shot at long range and the ball just missed the left post. Redborne struggled to create and clear the ball out of their half due to the strong pressing from the midfield – Carrie Bennett, Vicky Boyde and Charlie Lancaster. However, even with all this pressure, the girls could not get the ball past the opponents’ keeper, who made a string of good saves.

After twenty five minutes Danni Borrelli was ready to join the action and her inclusion changed the game in two touches. She ran onto the pitch, turned as she received a throw-in; her first touch controlled the ball past the marking defender and her second stroked the ball across the goalie at a tight angle and into the right side of the goal. Danni scored another two minutes later gliding past the defence at ease. Soon after Danni collected the ball on the left wing, looked up and crossed a 40 yard diagonal pass over the defence for Hazel Trengrove to run onto and volley beautifully over the keeper to make it 3-0 at half time.

Confidence was obviously high after the break and the girls continued to push forwards and create havoc. The central midfielders completely dominated the play and steamed forward creating lovely through balls for the forwards. Not happy to miss their chance to score both Charlie Lancaster and Carrie Bennett added to the goals; Charlie scoring two from within the box and Carrie a long range stunner. The wide players (Emma Gazeley/Kim Howard and Kirsty Dawe) supported this forward play throughout.

The ball did not often go into Rutherford’s defensive half, but when it did the threat was tidily snuffed by the defence line of Yvette Bramwell, Kim Nash and Emily Wade. Lydia Snowball had a very quiet game in goal too, but did sweep up a few long balls effectively. She was really pushed into action when a penalty was given to the opposition following an awkward tackle. Lydia held her nerve and waited for the striker to shoot, rather than guess and dive early. This tactic worked as she saved the shot with her right knee.

Although the game seemed out of reach for Redborne, the Rutherford girls were keen to push on and with the strong leadership and hardworking ethic of the team captain, Vicky Boyde, they ensured that pressure continued and a further three goals were scored by Danni Borrelli (to make it 5 for her).

The team is now into the second round and will play Biddenham Upper (Away) before Friday 15th October.



Year 9 Boys Football v Gosford School on 22 September - National Cup Competition

As you may have heard during whole school assembly the year 9’s kicked off their season yesterday with a National Cup fixture against Gosford Hill School from Oxford.  At the start the captains armband was handed over to a young man who definitely deserves the responsibility and was certainly up to the task.  That player is Alex Lionetti.  Please congratulate him on that and also Billy Roberts for vice captain. 

The whole team seemed to play well right from the off and this is the first time they have played together as a team.  Gosford Hill will have the experience of playing since year 7, but Mark Rutherford did not let this show.  The ball was constantly in the oppositions half and they were under constant pressure.  Nerves were settled after 20 minutes of domination when Billy Roberts scored with great individual effort and then Marky found themselves 2-0 up after Credo bundled the ball in just before the break. 

After the break nothing had changed apart from Marky getting more confident and playing some good football.  They found themselves scoring more or less at will.  Charlie Reed, Brett Baker and Ben Wallace helped themselves to some good goals and Billy Roberts smashed in an excellent volley from outside the box to cap a wonderful display and claim the man of the match award.  Please congratulate all students involved and a special thank you to John Paul (JP) in year 9 for the support he showed and taking some pictures, Paul Mahon and Shane Wiseman for being the referee’s assistants and finally Martin Darlow for refereeing the game.


Year 9 Rugby on 17 September

The Year 9 rugby team travelled to John Henry Newman School in Stevenage on Thursday to play their first match together. Having only played together in a trial game the week before it was expected to be a disjointed performance. JHN school had a couple of very good players in their backs and these individuals proceeded to consistently break through our defence to score tries from all over the pitch. Rutherford were put under a lot of pressure throughout the first half and barely got into the opposing half of the pitch. The second half saw a much improved perfmormance and a 10 minute spell towards the end of the game saw Rutherford camped inside the opposition 22 (that’s near the other end of the pitch). Some strong play in the forwards allowed the backs space to work and some good passing almost saw John-Paul Mutabazi score in the corner. More pressure from the forwards was finally rewarded when Cameron Wilson showed great determination and picked the ball up from the base of a ruck 5 metres out and drove through the opposing defence to score a well deserved try.

It wasn’t until after the game that we discovered that JHN School, which is a secondary school so have had their students since yr7, have not lost a game in 2 years!

There were plenty of areas for improvement highlighted from the game along with plenty of areas of encouragement, particularly the performance of winger and man of the match, John-Paul Mutabazi who tackled like an absolute demon throughout the whole game and with a little bit more experience, could have scored a well deserved try.

Please congratulate the team for their efforts against a very strong side and encourage them to continue to practice on a Tuesday after school. They are looking like a very promising team.

Team: Jacob Mortimer, Luke Woodward, Cameron Wilson, Josh Panter, Roin Naseri, Royce Goodwin, Ben Wallace, Dominic Mawdsley, James Stokes, Charlie Reed, Jonny Dove, Sam Mortimer, JP Mutabazi, Ben Woodcock and Elliott Line.




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