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District Athletics

Two of our students qualified to enter the District athletic finals which were held at Bedford Athletics Track on 30 June.

Leah Groom (year 8) ran a PB in the 75m hurdles, finishing 5th with a time of 15.6 secs

Maddie Dance (year 7) unfortunately drew the outside lane, but managed to finish 6th in the 200m

Both girls have fantastic potential for future athletics event.

They should be congratulated on being the only two from Mark Rutherford to qualify for the finals, and being the 5th and 6th best competitors of their age group in their events in the District.


Girls Cricket Tournament

A mixture of year 7 and 8 girls took part in a cricket tournament hosted by Biddenham Upper School. As we walked across the fields, the dark clouds threatened rain but fortunately held off long enough for us to play our first match, against St Andrews.

We won the toss so sensibly decided to field first. Most of the team had a go at bowling, some strong over arm bowling came from Courtney Coulson and Leah Groom, managing to hit the wickets a number of times. Soniya Nahar made her debut for a school sports team, and produced some very solid fielding. The girls worked well together, managing to stop some of the big hits from the St Andrews girls from reaching our boundary.

It was then our turn to bat. The paired combinations that battered worked very well together, communicating effectively with each other to steal runs from big hits and miss-fields. Unfortunately, St Andrews managed to maintain a tight field, leaving the final score 19-29 to St Andrews.

....and then came the rain!! Our other matches all got cancelled but hopefully can be re-arranged so fingers crossed for victory or two!!

The girls involved were: Amarjoth Kaur, Courtney Coulson, Leah Groom, Cyeanne Eaton, Cheyenne Garner, Romy Mai, Safia Begum, Lauren Thompson, Soniya Nahar, Patrycja Folga and Safia Begum.



Year 9 Cricket v Wootton

The year 9’s welcomed Wootton school to the Bury for a league fixture last night. We bowled first and gave away runs easily as Wootton raced to 30 -0 off 5 overs. Dan Marriot came on to bowl and the runs dried up instantly. Following Dan, Joe Hempstead came on and continued his excellent form with the ball, his first two overs yielding no runs and taking one wicket. Other bowler to get in on the act were Rees Bettell, Zayn Magre and Dan Marriot. After 16 overs Wotton had made 87 runs, meaning we would have to score just over 5 runs per over to win.

Joe Holmes and Ryan Bhatti opened the batting. In doing so these two showed what competent cricketers they are with an array of attacking shots and intelligent running, Joe Holmes even racking up 3 huge sixes! Which at the Bury is no mean feat!

This attacking intent meant that we easily chased down the 87 run target in 9 overs, and did so without losing any wickets, all this with only 9 players! Joe Holmes made his 50 in the process! Please congratulate the team on their efforts! Sharnbrook await us next!

Rees Bettell, Joe Holmes, Ryan Bhatti, Zane Magre, Dan Marriot, Joe Hempstead Jordy Cheema, Sam Butler, Mo Hossain


U14 Rounders V Sharnbrook

The U14 rounders team had their final game last night against Sharnbrook. We knew this would be a very tough match, but by the end of the first innings we were only 5 rounders behind. Unfortunately during the second innings the girls lost some of their focus and Sharnbrook took advantage of this. The final score was 23-8 to Sharnbrook.  We will have to wait until the county tournament to beat them....!

Monique Munro deserves a special mention for her superb batting skills, and also Sarah Leggett who fielded some extremely long hits from the Sharnbrook batters! The girls involved were: Sophie Hurl, Sophie Kelk, Kate Langford, Elisha Thompson, Emma Adams, Sarah Leggett, Monique Munro, Alex Perry and Laura Aspinall.


English Schools National championships at Gateshead

Ben Alcock has been selected to run the 1500m at the English Schools National championships at Gateshead at the end of June. This is quite an achievement as he has had to fit training and a limited number of races around GCSE’s and revision!

Ben beat the required qualifying time of 4:08.00 at the beginning of June at Watford with a time of 4:06.22, and is currently ranked in the top 30 in the UK for his age.

So far this year in cross country and athletics Ben has achieved the following:

  • Won Bedfordshire AAA U17 cross country championship at High Wycombe in January
  • Won Bedfordshire and Luton Schools cross country championship at Ampthill in February
  • Finished 2nd overall in the U17M Chiltern league cross country championships (results counted over 5 races between October and February)
  • Came 37th in the English School cross country championships in Nottingham in March
  • Selected as Bedfordshire’s sole U17 boy representative in the London Mini Marathon in April, and came 39th
  • Won the Eastern AA 1500m U17 championship at Cambridge in May
  • 2nd in the Bedford and Luton Schools intermediate boys 1500m at Bedford in June (During GCSE’s!).

Martin Danobrega has also been selected for the high jump. Martin improved his personal best this season to 1.88m, which is just below the English schools qualifying standard of 1.90m, but this was considered good enough to select him. It is a great achievement for two Mark Rutherford Athletes to be selected for Bedfordshire at the National championships. Congratulations to them both!



The BEAT League Boys

The BEAT league boys had a visit from Mike Mullen, the former world half-pipe BMX Champion. To say they enjoyed themselves would be a massive understatement! The day proved to be a huge success and the boys seemed to enjoy every second of it. They started off with an hours workshop where they discussed the keys to being successful and Mike shared his own story and explained what he had to do in order to reach the top. After lunch the group were split in half with one group playing football and the other learning some BMX skills before they swapped over for the last hour. During the BMX practical session they had a few races and practiced some basic jumps before moving onto BMX sumo! The idea here was that the first player to leave the circle or put a foot down was the loser. After a couple of rounds of this Mike upped the ante by adding a ‘passenger’ by standing them on the stunt peg at the back of the bike. The highlight here was when Josh Saunders and Raz Flynn (both yr10) lost out to two of the smaller yr8’s in Callum Flemons-McKenzie and Carlo Stramaglia! The boys then had a go over a larger ramp before Mike finished the day by showing off a few tricks himself. After about 30 seconds of Mike spinning, hopping and jumping he had achieved hero status amongst the boys. Each of the boys took away at least two signed photos and headed straight home to look Mike up on the internet.
The day was fantastic, with the boys learning some valuable lessons whilst having great fun at the same time. I’m sure they’ll be full of stories for the next few days.





Year 10 Rounders

The year 10 girls travelled away to Dame Alice tonight to play St Thomas More and St Andrews. They arrived at Dame Alice ready to play and in high spirits considering that over half of the girls that were supposed to play were struck down by illness or had other last minutes commitments.

Their first game was against St Thomas More and they selected to field first. We had a strong first innings, tacking risks and putting pressure on the base players causing errors to occur in our favour. At the end of our 1st batting innings we had scored 6 1/2 rounders. Our fielding was just as strong, Chloe Griffin moved onto the ball well and we prevented the opposition from scoring until ball 8. At half time we were leading by 3 rounders. Much of the same happened during the 2nd innings, excellent placement from Chante Goodman meant that she scored with all of her bats and excellent timing from Suzie Goulding meant she stole bases to score much needed 1/2 rounders. St Thomas More had a superb 2nd innings and we were making more mistakes in the field, it looked like they were going to do enough to overtake. Fortunately our lead from the first innings held, final score Mark Rutherford 10 1/2 St Thomas More 8.

The girls were nervous going to their 2nd game against St Andrews,  ; we lost the toss and were batting first again. Our nerves showed and St Andrews were excellent in the field. We found it hard to find spaces, because there weren't any, and struggled to even get to 2nd base to score 1/2 rounders. We managed 2 1/2 rounders from 18 balls (not good). St Andrews' batting was just as strong as their fielding and we were making too many mistakes, safe hands from Caitlin Hanna and quick reactions from Hannah Cocker as backstop towards the end of our fielding innings saw our confidence grow. At the end of the 1st innings were behind by 2 1/2 rounders. I'm not sure what I said during the half time talk, but it seemed to do the job. We looked like a different team, the first 3 batters (Caitlin Hanna, Chante Goodman and Vicki Etheridge) all scored rounders. We clearly meant business, risk taking from Megan Buxton and Emma Carter continued to increase our score, we managed 8 1/2 rounders in this innings. We knew that we had to prevent them from scoring easy rounders. The girls were all amazing and St Andrews managed 1 rounder from all 18 balls. Meaning we won 11 - 6.

Thank you to Miss Smith for umpiring. The team was: Megan Buxton B10, Suzie Goulding W7, Hannah Cocker W7, Caitlin Hanna N10, Emma Carter N5, Chloe Griffin N10, Chante Goodman T8 and Vicki Etheridge N6.



County Athletic Championships - 8th June

Last night saw our top young athletes representing North Bedfordshire Schools against Mid and South Beds schools. Athletes had to finish 1st or 2nd at the District Athletics in order to qualify for this competition. We had some excellent results:

Rhiannon McCaffrey – 4th in Junior Girls (yr9) 1500m
Calvin Buckle – 3rd in Junior Boys 100m
Daniel Camfield – 2nd in Junior Boys 200m
Oli Swain – 2nd in Junior boys High Jump (2nd to the top high jumper in the country).
Alex Wright – 5th in Intermediate Boys (yr10 and 11) 3000m (thought he’d finished at the bell so stopped until his mum told him he had one more lap to go! By this point he’d been passed by three runners!)
Ben Alcock – 2nd in Intermediate Boys 1500m

Jack Swain – 1st in Intermediate Boys Javelin
Martin Danobrega – 1st in Intermediate Boys High Jump

This means we now have two County Champions in our midst!

These students should be congratulated for qualifying for the event and for their excellent efforts in competing extremely well against the top athletes in the county.




District and County Cup Winners

Year 9 Boys Football

Click here to read the match report


District Athletics - A record breaking day!

Results from the District Athletics Championships where a number of our students set new school records;

Jack Swain – 1st place in Intermediate Boys Javelin with a throw of 47.90m breaking his own school record by 5m. The second placed competitor had a throw of under 40m meaning Jack was a very comfortable winner.

Calvin Buckle – 1st place in Junior boys 100m. I do not have an exact time yet but it will be a new school record.

Sam Bennett – 1st place in Senior boys 3000m with a new school record (which I do not have the exact time of yet!).

Daniel Camfield – 2nd place in Junior boys 200m with a new school record of 24.94

Alex Wright – 2nd place in Intermediate boys 3000m with a new record of just over 10 minutes (waiting confirmation of exact time).

Oli Swain – 2nd place in Junior boys high jump with a height of 1.60m.

James Hirst – 3rd place in Junior boys 80m hurdles with a time of just over 13 seconds.

Ben Reed – 3rd place in Senior boys Hammer throw with a new school record of 30.21m.

Rhiannan McCaffrey – 3rd place in Junior girls 1500m.

3rd place in the Junior boys relay team of James Hirst, Osman Ashfaq, Daniel Camfield and Calvin Buckle. They were comfortably 2nd place in their heats with Calvin practically jogging the final leg to secure qualification in a school record time of 49.6 seconds. Unfortunately having Calvin and Daniel in the finals of the 100m and 200m, respectively, just minutes before the relay final seemed to take its toll and the boys were unable to keep up with the two teams ahead of them.

Other school records were also broken;
Patricia Folga in year 8 – Junior girls 75m Hurdles in 21.1 seconds.
Monique Munro – Junior girls Discus with a throw of 18.79m beating the old record held by Kim Howard by over 4m.
Daniel Camfield – Junior boys Triple Jump with a distance of 10.62m nearly a whole metre further than the previous holder – D. Footer, held since 2004.
Roin Naseri – Intermediate boys Hammer throw with a distance of 18.05m.


Jacob Bridge - Year 11

Congratulations to Jacob, he only started playing rugby this year and has picked up the Player's player Award at Bedford Blues for U16's team. A great achievement.


Year 7 and 8 Athletics

This week we took a depleted side over to Harrold (eventually after a slight detour!) to compete against Harrold and Daubeney Middle Schools. All students put in maximum effort and battled hard to earn points for the team.
Dylan Hassan did particularly well finishing 1st in the boys 100m (against year 8’s) and 3rd in the javelin.

The team this week consisted of;
Shannon Lilley, Lauren McBride, Sian Williams, Dylan Hassan, Oscar Musharu, Leighton Eagles and Carlo Pascucci.


Year 9 rounders 12th May 2011

TheYear 9 started their rounders season with 3 home games on Thursday against Beford High, Dame Alice and Hastingsbury. Their first game was against Hastingsbury and they lead from the start. After a strong first fielding innings and some strong well placed batting they have a lead of 2 ½ rounders after Hastingsbury’s second innings. The final score was 9 ½ - 5 ½ to us. Their 2nd and 3rd games were tough. No matter what they tried to do the fielding from both Dame Alice and Bedford High was outstanding. The girls put up a good fight and were complimented on their manner when playing, but unfortunately they were unable to win either game.
The team were: Kate Langford, Shireen Obalim, Hayley Alcock, Laura Aspinal, Alex Perry, Naomi Lockwood, Emma Adamo, Sophie Hurl, Sophie Kelk, Katie Jessop, Alanna Talats, Monique Munro and Sarah Leggett.

Some are not pictured as they had to leave early. I look forward to the rest of the season, well played girls!


County Golf Championships

Dom Mawdsley became the Bedfordshire Schools County Golf Champion (High Handicap ) last week.  This years tournament was held at Beadlow Manor (Baroness course) which can prove to be a very tricky course for some golfers. Dom, however, played extremely well and won the overall tournament by 3 points in a Stableford scoring system.
His team mate Billy Wheeler also performed well and finished in 3rd place just 1 point behind second and 4 points behind Dom in 1st place.

In the team competition Mark Rutherford finished 4th in the County. The team consisted of Jess Hubbard, Billy Wheeler and Jonny Dove. In the team competition the best 2 scores are counted. When entering the team I put the 3 best players in the team, unfortunately they were not the 3 best scorers on the day. Had Dom and Billy been in the team together they would have won the team competition too. They should be congratulated for their efforts. To view the result sheet click here.


The Year12 Sports Science group at The Kempston Outdoor Centre 13 May 2011

To complete two sections of the Unit 19 Sports and Exercise Sciences National Diploma the Yr12 students needed to learn:

  • safety and environmental considerations in outdoor and adventurous activities
  • and apply skills in outdoor and adventurous activities

To do this the group visited the local outdoor centre in Kempston and developed skills specifically in bouldering and traditional climbing in the morning and then the two watersports activities of canoeing and kayaking in the afternoon.

They were challenged throughout the day proving to be an excellent group. They not only worked together and with the instructors extremely well, but they developed many skills and amassed a huge amount of knowledge invaluable for their future assignments.


Year 7 and 8 Athletics

The Year 7 and 8 athletics team had their first taste of competition yesterday afternoon against Rushmoor and St. Gregs Middle School. The competition is a Year 8 competition, however, most of our athletes were from Year 7. Each student must be commended for their effort and attitude they showed when competing against some talented Year 8 athletes.
As yet I have not received the official results but performances of note came from; Cyeanne Eaton for achieving 1st place in the girls 100m, Dylan Hassan for finishing 3rd in the boys 100m, Leah Groom should be encouraged by her debut in the shot put (I do not know final standings yet but she looked good!!). Also Lauren McBride and Sian Andrews for finishing the 1500m at their first attempt (this may also be their last attempt as they didn’t seem big fans of it!).
The teams were;

Boys: Dylan Hassan, Penial Kyeibaffour, Jan Yilmaz, Connor Davis, Tom Mead, Oscar Musharu, Carlo Pascucci, Dean Brennan, Leighton Eagles.
Girls: Leah Groom, Cyeanne Eaton, Lauren McBride, Shannon Lilley, Sian Andrews, Charlie Stenzel, Charlie Williams.



Year 9 Boys Football

The Year 9 boys have done extremely well this season so far and have reached both the District cup and County cup finals and also reached the final 64 of the National competition. The boys are to play their District Cup Final at Kempston Rovers (near hill grounds Kempston) tonight against Samuel Whitbread, with kick off planned for 7.00pm. We have a couple of players missing so any support from staff would be much appreciated to cheer the team on.



Year 7 Football v Harrowden

An away trip to Harrowden Middle School saw Mark Rutherford arrive with only 12 players. On such a warm, humid day their fitness would certainly be tested with Harrowden having a number of substitutions.

The Year 7 team started brightly with good possession. Brilliant one touch passes between midfield and the strikers saw early chances on goal. Lewis continued to show his high work effort up front chasing every ball. The two Carlo’s in centre midfield worked well as they began to dominate the midfield. Two goals came early to Mark Rutherford with excellent shots from Dylan and Lewis.

Special mention for a Harrowden forward who scored an excellent lob which levelled the game at 4 – 4

With the final minutes counting down Mark Rutherford broke away. Lewis Fox was on his own and a true moment of brilliance saw him lob the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

Final Result 5 – 4 to Mark Rutherford. Three goals bagged for Dylan Hassan and two for Lewis Fox.

A very proud effort shown by the lads, showing determination and pride for the Mark Rutherford badge.

The boys have grown in maturity and are starting to show their true potential. They have come a long way after only establishing a school team this year.  

Thank you to Matthew Walsh for referring the game and Miss Redman for providing the taxi. Well done to Danny Peters, Callum Flemons-Mckenzie, Milad Quraishi, Oscar Musharu, Jack McGrath,          
Carlo Pascucci,    Carlo Stramaglia, Morgan Smith, Dylan Hassan, Lewis Fox, Pretam Gill and Nathan Robinson.


Year 7 and 8 Girls Football

On Friday 18th March the Year 7 and 8 girls played in a 6-a-side football tournament at Bedford Hockey Centre. We were placed in pool 3, along with Lincroft A, Maggie B and Westfield middle....some pretty tough competition!

The girls started slowly against Maggie B, and didn’t make the most of the large pitch they had to play on (usually used to playing on indoor courts) with most of the balls being passed into the middle of the field which looked like a bit of a free-for-all!! Safia Begum had a good stint in goal but unfortunately let in a goal towards the end of the match making the final score 1-0 to Maggie B.

The loss did nothing to dampen spirits and the girls went straight on to play their second match, Lincroft A. They started much stronger this game and started to use the wings, with some strong balls being played into the corners by Courtney Coulson and Leah Groom, for Patrycja Folga and Cheyenne Garner to cross back into the box. This resulted in a lovely goal, scored by Leah Groom. Lincroft A went quickly on the attack and after a fumble in the penalty box scored a very scrappy goal, the final score ended at 1-1...not a bad score considering they were a very strong team.

Our final game was against Westfield Middle, probably the most frustrating match of the whole tournament! Our girls again started very strong but could not get their shots on target. Most of the match was spent in our attacking  half as Romy Mai stayed in defence and saw off any attackers approaching goal. We really deserved to win the last match but unfortunately could not seem to get the ball in the back of the net!! The final score was 0-0.

The girls that played were:Leah Groom B6, Courtney Coulson B10, Romy Mai B3, Safia Begum W6, Cheyenne Garner N10 and Patrycja Folga W5. Well done to all.



Year 11 Rounders v Biddenham

After an extremely successful season last year it seemed a shame to leave without having a few more rounders matches in Year 11. Due to other commitments, mainly coursework catch up, we only had 6 players (2 of which were Year 10). Biddenham arrived with a full team of year 11s, this didn’t dampen the spirits of our girls who were confident that they could win. We fielded first and got off to a good start; bowler Danielle Greenley was strong and bowled consistently well. Fielders were just as strong preventing whole rounders being scored on most occasions. When it was our turn to bat we were picking out the gaps in the field and taking risks that worked in our favor. Big hits (as usual) from Georgia Betts and Carrie Bennett were making their fielders work. After the first innings we were winning 5 ½ - 7.

We went into the 2nd innings knowing that we still had lots to do to take victory. Biddenham looked ready for business, but our fielding had stepped up a gear and they were rarely able to get past first base. Hazel Trengrove and her safe hands made some important catches, after their 2nd inning we only need to score 1 rounder from 18 balls to win. Biddenham battled well, but nothing was stopping our girls once they were in the flow of batting. We scored 10 ½ rounders in our 2nd innings. Final score 17 ½ - 8. Well done to everyone.



Year 11 Football v Sharnbrook

On a blustery day MRUS seemed to be fired up during the warm up with lots of talk of confidence and goal scoring ability. The arrival of Sharnbrook seemed to put a dampener on this spirit for some reason. As the game kicked off MRUS put together some neat passing, unfortunately, just like last week, the final ball was lacking. It was turning into a very even game with no clear cut chances for either side. Tommy McGirl was his usual self in midfield and was winning a lot of ball which allowed Omar D’agostino the space to make some telling through balls. One of these through balls found Ashley Beddoe on the right wing, he cut the ball back to Danobrega, who laid it off for Chimobi, who pushed it into the path of George Pinney, and just when it looked like no one was actually going to take a shot, George pushed the ball past the on rushing keeper. Unusually for the Year 11’s they were very quiet in their celebrations, a sign of things to come perhaps?

The game was a bit of a non-affair until the last ten minutes when aA Sharnbrook attack resulted in them somehow poking the ball home from close range for an equalising goal. Instead of being fired up and trying to find a winner, the lads seemed to let their heads hang. A ball over the top flat footed Chris Marshall and left Ben Alcock rushing out of his goal to try and stop the threat. Showing great compsure the Sharnbrook attack lifted the ball over the top of Ben and safely saw the ball into the back of the net. 2-1 Sharnbrook. The formation was changed to 4-3-3 in the hope of finding some consolation from the game. Another Sharnbrook attack was foiled as Ben rushed of his line to clear the ball, agonisingly it landed at the feet of a Sharnbrook player who took one step and then lashed the ball home from 40 yards. 3-1 Sharnbrook.

The final whistle came and the team left the field for the second week in a row knowing that they should of got something more from the game. Some serious soul searching needs to happen now and a win next week at Wootton will hopefully put the team back on the right track!


Year 9 House Netball

A collection of Year 9 girls played in the inter-house netball competition last night. 8 girls from Blake, 6 from Woolf, 2 from Turner and 1 from Novello finally turned up.

It was decided that each team would get one point per player that turned up, with an additional 5 points for the winning team (Novello and Turner players were recruited as honorary Woolf players), which placed Blake in the lead by 2 points before the match had even begun.

Both teams played very well, although somehow Blake seemed to have the majority of the school netball team playing for them, giving them an advantage over Woolf.....

The final score was:

Blake 13 – Woolf 1

A special thank you to Georgia Betts and Hazel Trengrove who umpired the match superbly.

Final points for the houses:

Blake 13
Woolf 6
Turner 2
Novello 1

Year 11 Football v the Academy

The Year 11 team turned up for the 3:30pm kick off at a very windy Bedford Academy. Marky kicked off and made their way into the Academy half, a few neat passes found Martin Danobrega on the wing who put a cross into the box, Chimobi jumped high but missed the ball, luckily George Pinney was at the back post to make the score 1-0 with 40 seconds on the clock. Marky dominate the next 10 minutes of play but couldn’t quite find the break through.

The lads suddenly found themselves 2-1 down after a shot squirmed its way under Tommys body.  2 minutes later it was 3-1 as a smart move down the left resulted in a cross into the box and the ball being tapped home at the far post. A few choice words of encouragement from the sidelines saw the team wake up, they won a corner and possibly the longest goal mouth scramble I have ever seen resulted in Chris Marshall smashing the ball home from12 yards out. 3-2. The lads pushed forward in search of an equalizer, Pinney and Ashley Beddoe turning their defenders inside out but struggling with the wind to get a cross into the box. A ball along the ground proved to be successful as Billy Roberts (year 10) send Ashley Beddoe through and his shot beat the on rushing keeper. 3-3.

A disappointing result and one which will hurt the lads, but with 2 games next week they have a chance to quickly turn the competition around! Please congratulate the team especially Billy Roberts, Robert Aspinall, George Cammarano and Credo Nsabimana for standing in at the last minute after some of the Y11 dropped out without informing me.

Tommy McGirl
Kieron Souter
Chris Marshall
Rhys Pemberton
Thomas Kelk
George Pinney
Ashley Beddoe
Billy Roberts
Omar D’angostino
Chimobi Udemezue
Martin Danobrega
Robert Aspinall
Jack Payne
George Cammarano
Credo Nsabimana


Year 7 County Football v Goldington

After a disappointing 2-1 defeat last week to Westfield Middle School the Year 7's were high in belief that they could match the other rival Middle Schools. Mark Rutherford travelled to Goldington Middle School singing along to Katy Perry which seemed to help with morale prior to the game.

Mark Rutherford started strong with good passing between the midfield and the strikers. Carlo S and Peniel Balfour worked extremely hard in midfield showing high levels of skill in defence and attack. Oscar Musharu showed good strength in his tackles and clearances. Aaron Dembicki proved his ability with brilliant dribbling skills. Carlo Pascucci had the task of man marking a rumored Tottenham youth player and did so in a brilliant manor by stopping him from dominating the midfield.

Mark Rutherford took the lead with continued pressure from the attackers. A superb shot from Carlo S in which the ball was driven into the top left hand corner gave the Goldington goalkeeper no chance.

Mark Rutherford's 2nd goal was a special moment when Danny Peters (GOALKEEPER) scored from his long kick downfield. The surge of power saw the ball travel downfield and bounce over the Goldington goalkeeper. The players were overwhelmed with the moment of magic and ran over to congratulate Danny.

The boys went 3 nil up with a great pass through to Aaron Dembecki who slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.

Mark Rutherford began to relax and this saw Goldington Middle score two quick goals. After re-shuffling the defence stood firm and the boys held on to win 3-2.

A fantastic effort and result for the Year 7 football team who beat a very strong Goldington Middle School.

The boys should be congratulated on their performance: Danny Peters, Craig Johnson, Callum Flemons Mckenzie, Oscar Musharu, Milad Quraishi, Carlo Pascucci, Peniel Kyei Balfour, Carlo Stramaglia, Aaron Dembicki, Dylan Hassan, Luis Fox, Pretam Gill, Liam Lawerance and Richard Lilley.


6th Form Football v Samuel Whitbread

The 6th form team (including 3 year 11’s) set off from Marky after school in anticipation of the comedy to come from Mr Dunbar en route to Samuel Whitbread. Mr Dunbar was unusually quiet on the journey out there, so quiet in fact that Mr Moore fell asleep in the front set. The team arrived to a somewhat overgrown pitch and started warming up. From the kick off it was obvious that Sam Whitt hadn’t exactly got a team of 11 ‘footballers’. There were some tasty tackles flying in on our boys and the referees whistle was a regular occurrence. Marky were dominating the play though and were constantly pushing forward, a lovely ball through from Ryan Dielhenn set up Charlie Tomic and a goal mouth scramble ended with the ball in the net. The lads celebrated, only to be cut short by the linesmans flag being raised. After some deliberation the referee allowed the goal to stand and the boys were 1-0nil up. This seemed to rile Sam Whit even more and the tackles got stronger and later.  On 20 minutes the referee had to substitute one of his players before he got himself sent off after a high and late tackle on Jack Wiggs, resulting in Jack leaving the field of play. The second half started as the first did with a period of Marky dominance. Col McGirl (on for Ryan used his weight well in midfield and was making a nusience of himself. Georege Pinney had his defender in his back pocket and constantly beat him on the left wing with the final ball letting him down. Danobrega on the right wing got in on the act and was involved in a lovely one two with Omar which sent Omar through on goal, unfortunately Omar’s shot was weak and trickled straight to the goalkeeper. The lads turned to await the goalkeepers clearing kick, only to hear groans and turn round to see that the keep had somehow let the ball past him. A very scrappy ten minutes saw another Sam Whit player being asked to leave the field for 2 swearing and abusing the linesman (Me). Sam Whit rallied and pulled a goal back with some slick passing. Almost immediately though Marky replied to seal the game, Jack Wiggs was re-introduced and was but through from the midfield by Colm Mcgirl, he kept his composure and slotted past the keeper to make it 3-1 at the final whistle.

The boys should also be congratulated on their composure, time after time the opposition tackled high and late, but our lads kept quiet and didn’t complain. Even when the opposition tried pushing and shoving, looking for a reaction, they got none from our players. The teacher from Sam Whit said he was very impressed with the way our team composed themselves and they were a credit to the school. The team were: Will Mackay, Ben Souter, Tom Filipzack, Max Woolston, Max Natola, Ryan Dielhenn, George Pinney, Martin Danobrega, Charlie Tomic, Anderson Mandinga, Jack Wiggs, Colm McGirl and Omar D’angostino.


English Schools Basketball Association
National Conference U16’s 2nd Round Basketball Match
Mark Rutherford School (Bedford) V’s Coplestone High School (Ipswich)

Coplestone Turned up early and were raring to go from the off. Our boys took to the stage with hope and desire in their hearts. After some failed attacks from both teams, the first points were scored were for Mark Rutherford by Shaquille Stewart. 6 minutes into the game we were leading 12 – 8 with George Gentle scoring the other 10 points, but also picking up 3 fouls (remember 5 fouls and you are sent off) The score at the end of the first quarter (The games are played in 10 minute quarters) was 20 -25 to Copelstone. One player for Coplestone scored all 25 points.
The second quarter saw Coplestone extend their lead by the end of the quarter, but at times there was only a 3 points difference in the scoreline. Some of the Mark Rutherford players failed to gell as a team and the third quarter saw Coplestone, extend their lead over us by 13 points to leave the score at 64 – 47. Marky rallied and actually outscored Copelstone in the final quarter by 6 points. Worth noting was Steven Reid, who had been left on the subsitutes bench for most of the game, due to lack of game experience as a result of illness, screened for a team mate and with his first touch scored with a delightful jump shot, but this was not enough we lost 64-75.  (five and a half baskets away from winning).
It is worth noting that one player in the Coplestone team scored 54 of their 75 points; he was a very good player and our team’s early fouls allowed him to dominate the game a little too much. Scoring 72% of their points he was their man of the match and whilst some of our players were as good as him they did not have the same impact.
The team would like to thank Mr. Harwood and Mr. Clarke for doing the complicated scoring and the two local qualified referees for officiating the game well. Mr Peacey and the dinner ladies for providing some healthy food for both teams after their hard work
It is the end of the season for the year 11’s – They are Bedford and District Champions, Bedford County Champions and they reached the final 30 in the country! Whilst they may be somewhat disheartened by losing, they have done themselves, their parents and Mark Rutherford proud and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve as a 6th form team.
Please take the opportunity to congratulate the following on a good season, despite this loss. Darius LaBand, Johny Dove, George Gentle, Shaquille Stewart, Phil Valencia, Arnold Leung, Guerchom MM, Dominic Mawdsley, Joshua Campbell, Mel Valencia, Rajit Bahra.

Any students who wish to be a part of the basketball collective - just turn up, watch or join in, during the advertised practises. Many of the players in our successful teams started out without a great deal of confidence and understanding and can now claim to be one of the top players in the country, disrtict or county champions, throughout the year groups - Turn up and give it a go, what have you got to lose?


Year 10 District Football v Redbourne

The year 10 boys played their first game of the district league last week on Thursday against Redborne Upper (away).  As Redborne are new to our usual pool of schools, we didn’t know what to expect.  The boys were upbeat and confident however, and especially with some new faces in the team who are always welcome.

The game started brightly for MRUS, showing early dominance of possession and having a few shots on at goal.  Redborne had little to show apart from 9 players behind and the ball and then the long ball tactics we are used to seeing from the old Wimbledon the mid 90’s.  This tactic however nearly paid off big time.  A long kick up field saw a Redborne striker get onto the end of it and lob the ball neatly over the on rushing George Darlow.  The ball looked to be going in and the striker turned away in celebration only to then turn back around and notice that his shot had not gone in and had actually rebounded off the post and cleared away.

Although they missed this chance, they were not to miss another one which came their way midway through the first half.  A ball from the left hand side was tapped in by a Redborne player to make the score 1-0.  This was against the run of play. 

Spurred on by this, MRUS boys went up the field and scored within a few minutes.  A good free kick swung in by Billy Roberts was headed home by Luke Wilson.  The half finished 1-1. 

The 2nd half started brightly again for the away team.  The passing was precise and the movement was excellent.  Redborne were struggling to pick up Billy and Luke who were running the game.  The dominance paid off and Luke Wilson helped himself to 2 further goals in quick succession.  Gurkamal Singh, Harry Setterfield, and Nathan Saunders all made their debuts and they did very well.  Harry settled in very well in the middle of midfield and got himself onto the score sheet with a finely taken goal. 

Final score was 1-4 to MRUS. Team: George Darlow, Kane Horn, Ben Wallace, Matt Kumar, Luke Woodward, Sam Crouch, Georgio Camerano, Dominic Stonebridge, Luke Wilson, Billy Roberts, Alex Lionetti, Harry Setterfield, Jack Scott, Gurkamal Singh and Nathan Saunders.


Badminton County Championships

Please congratulate the Yearr 9 and Yearr 10/11 boys badminton teams for winning silver medals at the recent County championships, the yearr 9’s were beaten into second place by a very strong Biddenham team and the year 10/11 were beaten by Putteridge(Luton).

The boys played extremely well and deserved their medals!
The following students competed; William Pinney, Mel Valencia, Stan Marginson, Ollie Swain, Alex Sims, Sam Mortimer,George Pinney and Lewis English.

Also congratulate the  following boys who put up a good fight against Bedford School’s 6th form team, they lost but there were some very close matches, not bad considering the Bedford School team included a German national player and a County player! Students competing were: Alex Sims, Sam Mortimer, Ben Chandler, Dominic Bryan, Jonathan James, Steven Hare, Max Mc Ginnis and Imran Shah.


Year 7/8 friendly VS Abbey Middle School

The Year 7 & 8 football season kicked off on Thursday 10th February with a trip to Abbey Middle School. They were faced with a team that had played together since year 5, which showed in their game. The journey to Abbey was interesting with the boys suggesting where they wanted to play. If they had their way the formation would have been two defenders, three midfielders and five strikers. In the first half we conceded three goals with minimal chances to Marky. Abbey had two individuals that run the show and the boys lack of match practice showed.
3-0 down at HT.


2nd Half
At half time the boys received a motivational speech and certain positions changed. The boys fought extremely hard and they grew in confidence. Danny Peters and Connor Cutts were fantastic in defence, keeping the Abbey attackers out of the penalty area. Brodie Longmuir and Conor Davis began to be creative with their passing around the pitch. A special mention to Shane Kelly who was a brilliant goalkeeper and made some fabulous saves. We received a penalty for an Abbey handball. Connor Cutts stepped forward. His penalty showed tremendous power but it hit the crossbar. With the crossbar still shaking Abbey scored with a counter attack. With the power of Connor Cutts, a tactical decision was made by Mr Snowdon to move Connor up the pitch. In the 2nd half Marky had many more chances than the 1st half. A brilliant ball through from Robert Lamb provided a chance for Connor Cutts to smash the ball into the back of the Abbey net. Botton left hand corner saw Marky go 4-1 down with 10 minutes to play.
Confidence improved and created many more chances but could not finish. The second half finished 1-1 with a final score of 4-1
The 2nd half score proved to the boys that they could compete against a very good team.
The boys involved were: Craig Johnson, Richard Lily, Liam Lawerance, Jack McGrath, Morgan Smith, Shane Kelly, Conor Davis, Connor Cutts, Danny Peters, Dylan Hasan, Brodie Longmuir, Ryan Innes, Robert Lamb.


U16 County Basketball Champions

This is the group of young men who took on the challenge of playing three of the best teams in the county for the right to be called county champions. (Thank you staff for letting them out of their lessons). Having been declared Bedford and District Basketball Champions for this year and despite losing Yaya Khan and a few year tens who missed the bus, confidence was good.
We arrived a little early and as the other teams arrived the boys were carrying out a very professional looking warm up. During the warm up George Gentle, during a layup practice, dunked the ball to cheers from the team.  The resulting ripple of Chinese whispers amongst the teams we were due to play spread fear amongst the players (George was the only player able to dunk amongst both the under 16’s and under 19’s teams).

The first game was against Luton’s top team Stopsley Sports College – a school with massive facilities and a good history of success in basketball. The game saw the Mark Rutherford boys starting nervously missing chance after chance within the first minute. The frustrated coach began to blow out steam from his ears, but soon the boys got ‘into the groove’ and started to play as well as the coach expected. At half time it was clear which team was going to win and all the players were able to get on and contribute to the win. The final score was a 32 – 4 win for your team ‘Marky’.  Arnold Leung and Shaquille Stewart were top scorers with an excellent contribution from George and the rest of the team, especially Guerchome, Josh Campbell and Imran Shah.

The winners of the South Bedfordshire League Queensbury , ‘on the back of the heels’ of an excellent win over Barnfield West , were the next opposition. The game started with baskets being exchanged pretty evenly throughout the first half. Refreshed and determined the boys came out – to a basketball shout of dominate – and they started to do just that, the eventual score was 23 – 12 to Marky. George Gentle and Shaquille Stewart were top scorers with Guerchome, Josh and others contributing.

Barnfield West remained as the only obstacle to overall success. Having watched ‘Marky’ play they were a little reluctant at first. You boys were in ‘top gear’ and scored freely from the off. Once again the boys dominated and for the majority of the first half. Barnfield West (used to be called Halyard High School and was where Mr Fortune went to school when he was your age) started to get on the score sheet. However, after competitive banter broke out from Barnfield West both Shaquille Stewart and George Gentle showed the high level of their skill hitting a three point shot one after the other to break the back of any resistence from Barnfield  West. All the boys contributed well to the win 27 – 5. Although the person recording the scores failed to attribute the people scoring baskets to the correct person so it is impossible to say who the top scorers were.

It was an excellent team performance and the school team go forward into a knockout competition with the top 44 teams in the country. It was an excellent achievement that they, their parents should be rightly proud of.

Year 9 v Year 10

Thursday the third of February was the date - when pride was on the line. Shortly after winning their first match the Year 9 challenged the Year 10 basketball (last years Year 9 District winners) team to a match.

With nerves jangling and the Year 11 coaches encouraging their teams to do their best the tip off was won by Year 9 and immedietely they went on the attack. Missing their opportunity the Year 10 scored first which was immedietely followed by two baskets from Year 9. It looked like it was going to be a 'battle royale' and indeed it was. At the end of the first quater the Year were 9 leading by one point and at the end of half time the Year 10 were leading by one point.

Guerchome coaching the Year 10 and Shaquille coaching the Year 9 shared their wisdom at half time and the result at the end of the third quater (you guessed it) the Year 9 were leading by one point. This was a real see-saw match. The last quarter was intense points were exchanged evenly, then Guerchome called a time out (a break when coaches talk strategy to their team) with one minute left in the game the scores are even and then................

One team broke away with only 15 seconds remaining - they scored and the other team had 7 seconds to respond. They tried and failed and the winning team............... with their pride intacked was..............................................

Year 10 with a score of 36 - 34

What made an old PE teacher proud and should make us all proud was the support and exchange of expertise between Year 11 and Year 9 and 10. Also the excellent way that both teams went about trying to win the game - there are many schools where this type of game would be frought with many  problems. It is further to both teams credit that at the end of this game in a sporting manner and without encouragement both teams shook each others hands and accepted the result well (Although I think their might be a re-match shortly - I will keep you informed).



Year 9 - First Basketball fixture v St Thomas More

Friday afternoon, most of the students and much of the staff have gone home, and the Year 9 basketball team are getting ready for their first basketball match. Changing into the Basketball kit, phoning worried parents and the chatter turns to what might happen during the game - will we win, lose, embarrass ourselves or what.

The team get onto the bus, nerves are jangling, heart rates rising (and that just because Mr Fortune is driving) - The team arrives just as St Thomas More students are leaving - comments and banter from the students are handled well by our students - whose comments back were resolute in their determination to win.

We enter a cold and dark sportshall (and Mr Fortune immediately remembers last weeks U16's mistake in going to the wrong school) but soon the opposition turn up. (Having had to cancel staff football) The warm up was - well err interesting - two girls were playing for St Thomas More and our boys started 'dropping some dance moves' to impress the girls. Phil Valencia (assistant coach) had to work hard to get the team to focus back on the preparation for the game.

The game started Alex Hollond was on fire - he scored, and scored and scored. The first quarter saw Mark Rutherford leading comfortably with Mel Valencia and Alex leading the scoring. The team was changed up - and despite the changes the points kept being pilled on by Marky (Mel was rested - and the team kept scoring) Anthony Philips kept rebounding and distributing the ball well. Will Pinney added to the score and showed his fitness with a excellent display of getting up and down the court effectively in attack and defence.

Manu took his opportunity on court to influence the game in a positive way by being calm with the ball in open play and scoring effectively when the opportunity arose. Kane James had some difficulty in adapting his excellent 'Street Ball ' skills to the more strict EBBA rules game. He nonetheless influenced the game well with a great many assissts wich allowed many of his team mates to score.

You probably want to know what the score was - well it was a game in which we had a lot of opportunities, all the players contributed (Except Abra) The girls in St Thomas More's team were very good and the result was...................
A lot - to a little!

A Win for Mark Rutherford
41 -14

NB: Abra rode his bike to St Thomas More but was too late to play - The team look forward to his contributions next week against Sharnbrook

NNB: The year 9 buoyant from their win send out a challenge to the year 10 team basketball team for a match - winners win bragging rights. The team were: Mel Valencia, James Hirst,
Anthony Phillips, Abra Omar, Alex Holland, Kane James and Will Pinney.




U16's Basketball v Wootton

Despite a 'longer than expected journey' (We arrived at 4.55pm) despite a reduce playing time allocation (The staff & students wanted to get home and begin the weekend) and despite only having 3 minutes to warm up Mark Rutherford gave a good account of themselves immediately scoring 5 baskets with no reply. Arnold Leung started the scoring hitting an excellent outside shot, followed by two excellently executed lay ups from shaquille Stewart. George Gentle and Guerchome soon joined the scoring fest. A couple of lapses let Wootton in for a couple of baskets, but Shaquille Stewart scored three baskets on the bounce to re-store the natural order of dominence over the opposition. Joshua 'the spring' Campbell dominated the rebounding. Mel Valencia and George Gentle added more before half time at which point the 'scores on the doors' was 22 - 4.

With total dominence established it was time to sit out some players (To save them from injury having played 2 games in a row) and give others an opportunity to shine. Phil Valencia immediately added to the score along with Darius Le Band. Imran Shah and Rajit Bahra were influential with Imran being gifted opportunities to score which he spurned allowing others to shine instead. Then along came his moment, the ball was past to him in the low post position (Near the basket, just outside the zone) - a young man, who is soon to leave us, was given an opporunity perhaps to score for Marky School.  There was a lot on his mind, he had missed simular shots due to the pressure of a real game, he is leaving soon and might not have this opportunity again, everyone was watching. He looked up raised the ball up to shoot - shot and .................................................................................................................
there was an eruption of noise, from the Mark Rutherford substitution benches, when the ball fell into the ring and Yayha Khan had scored his first basket for the school. It is a measure of the team spirit within this team that this was the highlight of the match for all the players.

Congratulations to both Yayha and the team for their excellent 30 - 9 Win

There are only two matches left and if the boys are successful they wil be crowned champions - Biddenham and Sandy are left

NB: My sincere apoplogies to the Mark Rutherford Basketball Team for getting the wrong team and going the wrong way. My apologies and thanks to the Wootton team for considerable sportmanship in awaiting our late arrival and playing nonethless.


U16 Basketball V Sharnbrook

The under 16 team took on the mighty Sharnbrook team knowing that Sharnbrook had won all their games to-date and were leading the league competition. After a slightly nervous start with both teams missing opportunities Shaquelle Stewart took control and scored two excellent baskets. The team defended well and George Gentle joined in the scoring shooting from distance and scoring with a swish. A fouls allowed Sharnbrook to score 1 point which was followed by two great baskets by Geurchom. Sharnbrook scored during the last minutes of the quarter to leave the score 10 -3 and the team confident.

Arnold Leung then contributed with two excellent long range shots, Mel Valencia got off the bench to replace Josh Campbell who had not contributed much (Because his shorts kept falling down). Mel scored an excellent 3 point shot and when Josh (the Spring)  came back he managed to score 8 points from excellent rebounding. Shaquille and George kept the score ticking over with significant contributions in both attack and defence. In defence George stole the ball headed down court un-opposed and stuffed the ball into the basket with a huge dunk shot, that had the small crowd off their feet and cheering.  Phil Valencia helped maintain the momentum and Yaya Khan almost scored. Well done to all.

The score was................................... 52 - 29



U14 Girls Football v Lealands High - Thursday 20 January 2011

The U14 girls football team played their first match of the season against Lealands High in Luton. They were faced with a team that had played together since year 7, which showed in their game. Our girls were not put off by this, despite the difference in height between Cheyenne Garner and her defender being almost 2ft!! From the start the girls struggled to maintain possession against a physically stronger side, with their forwards dominating our defensive half. By half time we were down by 9 goals. This did nothing to dampen the girls spirits, after a quick half time ‘happy birthday’ sung by both teams to Shamar MBA the girls went back on pitch. The second half went much the same way as the first, although we did see a few more balls played into our attacking half resulting in 2 corners. Becca Kiff played some excellent long balls into our attack but unfortunately nothing was made from them. Leah Groom, Courtney Coulson and Nicole Ludford played some nice balls to each other through the pitch, and Cheyenne Garner worked hard trying to get in the way of their attackers. Lily Toyne and Gemma Thorogood made some solid tackles to prevent Lealands attackers crossing the ball in. Despite the final score being 0-15 (ouch!) the girls really enjoyed themselves and didn’t stop grinning! Hopefully some friendly matches and a bit more practice will see the girls go further in the County Cup next year.

The girls involved were: Courtney Coulson B10, Leah Groom B6, Lauren Thompson W6, Cheyenne Garner N10, Shamar MBA N10, Charlotte Clarke N4, Nicole Ludford N5, Chloe Flemming B3, Lily Toyne B6, Gemma Thorogood T2, Becca Kiff B8, Elisha Thompson B3 and Amarjoth Kaur N3.


Athletics Competition

Twelve Year 7 students took part in the sports hall athletics competition at the Bunyan Centre.  The students were all selected based on how well they have done in PE so far and all of the year 7’s have now been told that if they wish to represent the school in such activities then they will have to show a good attitude in PE as well as around school. 

The students were very lively and excited about representing the school for the vast majority of them, it was their first time they have had the chance to do this.  They were very well behaved apart from the odd moan but that was just down to them wanting to do more. 

Although they did not win the competition, I think they learnt a lot from the experience and they thoroughly enjoyed the event.  Key performances where from Tamara Bajic and Nathan Robinson.  Nathan won his heat in the 6 lap single event.

Congratulations to: Romy-Mae Longmuir, Safia Begum, Peniel Baffour, Nathan Robinson, Tamara Bajic, Can Yilmaz, Daniel Boakye, Shaun White, Jack McGrath, Shannon Lilley, Gintare Martinkute and Charlie Williams.


County Table Tennis

On 29th November we took 4 year 9 girls to Biddenham for the county finals of the table tennis competition. They had already out played teams from Hastingsbury and Biddenham to win the district competition and faced Biddenham again in the county finals. The competition consisted of 5 games; 3 doubles and 2 singles. Both teams were equal in their ability which meant we had some exciting games.

It was all down to the final game of doubles to decide who the county champions would be and unfortunately Biddenham upped their game and won 11 – 9. The girls should be congratulated for their competitive spirit and their talent; all 4 of them have never played table tennis in a competitive situation before. The year 9 County Table Tennis Runners up are: Naomi Lockwood – N6, Njeri Njoroge – T5, Devon Hinds – T5 and Becca Kiff - B8


Year 7/8 Football v Beauchamp

After some last minute changes to the team, the MRUS 7&8 football team finally arrived at Beauchamp for their first match.Beauchamp started brightly and put the MRUS defense under pressure. However MRUS stood strong, keeping a clean sheet until midway into the half. Beauchamp seized the ball and took advantage of some nervous defensive work to make it 1-0 to the home side. Shortly after Aaron Dembecki was on hand to finish a quick MRUS breakaway to make it 1-1, and the score remained even as the teams went in to half time. MRUS started the half with great confidence and soon took the lead through Aaron Dembecki again, 2-1 to Mark Rutherford. However, the joy was short lived as the home side soon brought the scores level at 2-2. Some fine saves from the home goal keeper, and a denied MRUS penalty appeal for hand ball kept the score level for much of the second half. Unfortunately, Beauchamp took the spoils with a late goal, which surely would have been disallowed for offside if the match was played with linesmen.  The 7&8s made the journey home feeling slightly hard done by, but very proud of their performance. Although the result was not what the lads were looking for, this was a good performance to start their Mark Rutherford football career. Special mentions go to Aaron Dembecki for his clinical finishing and dazzling runs through the opposition defence, and also to Conor Davis for a solid display at his new found position of centre back. Better luck next time lads.



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Year 10 Netball v Bedford Academy

The Year 10 netball team had their last match of the season against Bedford Academy. The conditions were slippery in places and the first couple of minutes were like watching Bambi on ice. However, our girls coped with the conditions well and took an early lead scoring 3 goals in quick succession. The Academy put up a good fight, but our strong attacking plays and even stronger defending by Hannah Parry Okeden and Megan Buxton meant that when they did get an opportunity to attack we reacted and regained possession before they had an opportunity to shoot. The game was very one sided, final score 13 – 1 to Mark Rutherford. The team should be congratulated: Megan Buxton (c), Hannah Cocker, Chloe Griffin, Suzie Goulding, Charlie Hunter, Emma Carter and Hannah Parry Okeden.


Yr 11 Rugby v Biddenham 18 November

Biddenham arrived this afternoon as the latest team trying to beat the stranglehold that MRUS rugby has around the county at the moment. (only one game lost all season throughout the school). They seemed nervous as our Year 11’s warmed up, they looked nervier still as the realized they only had 13 players with them. At the toss Biddenham decided to receive the  kick off. This proved to be a costly mistake as the ever present Ben Reed soon won turn over ball and after 3 excellent phases of play, Ross Barton snuck over the line to register the first points on the board, Ben Reed narrowly missing the conversion. There then followed a very sloppy 10 minute period of play, with both sides spilling the ball when in good positions. It was going to take something special to open the game up, and it came in the shape of Ben Reed, he pick the ball up on the opponents 22 yard line and brushed off tackle after tackle before falling over the try line, with 3 Biddenham defenders wrapped around him, he couldn’t unfortunately back this up by making the conversion. This looked like it would open the floodgates, especially after Daniel Hicks snuck his way over in the corner, Rhys Pemberton this time making the conversion. From the kick off the ball fell straight into the arms of the opposition wing, who seemed to carve through our defence like butter, leaving player after player trailing in his wake, not even an attempted trip by Tommy McGirl (who was sin binned for the offence) could stop him and he went over in the corner, making the half time score 17 – 5. At the start of the second half MRUS came out all guns blazing, almost immediately crossing the whitewash, with Ross picking up his second try. Ben Reed then tried an audacious kick over the top, only to be held back off the ball, leading to a sin binning for the Biddenham player. Not to stop there, Ben took a kick penalty and barrelled his way over the line for his second try of the game. Biddenham had no answer to the onslaught and lost turn over ball again, this time Jacob Bridge scrambling over to register on the scoreboard.  Not content with a try, Jacob then left his mark on the game in another way. With the Biddenham winger, ball in hand, steaming down the touchline, Jacob ran to intercept him and put in one of the hardest, and most technically perfect tackles I have ever seen, not only did he take the man out, he also managed a few spectators as well! With the game dying down Ben Reed snuck over at the death to complete his hat-trick, with Rhys adding the extras, final score MRUS 39 – Biddenham 12. The boys should be congratulated on a fantastic game of rugby.

Ben Reed, Max McGrelis, Grant Williams, Jacob Bridge, Jamie Flemming, Jaime Brown, Alex Simms, Rhys Pemberton, Ben Alcock, Ross Barton, Jack Swain, Daniel Hicks, Tommy McGirl, Kieron Souter, Martin Danobrega, Harrison Emerton & Daniel Porter-White.


U16’S Basketball v St Thomas More

The Under 16’s Basketball Team took on our closest rivals in a titanic battle of the local basketball enthusiasts.

A friendly atmosphere for combative students who knew each other well was immediately punctuated by the jump ball that started the match – It was game on and everyone in both teams had their game face on. (Mean moody and determined)

St Thomas more started well scoring the first points followed by a classy three points by Shaquille Stewart – points were exchanged and at the end of the first quarter the score was 14 – 7 to Mark Rutherford.

St Thomas More’s players did not come to lose and rallied to end the first half only 1 point behind 28-29.

After a quiet and calm half time chat with the coaches (no shoes were thrown) Arnold Leung started to play like the excellent player he is and was joined by Joshua Campbell who stepped up to ensure that the score moved on to 51-30 before the last quarter.

In the last quarter Dominic Mawdsley and Johnny Dove contributed well to leave the scores 45 – 63 to Marky by the end of the match.

A special mention for the excellent contributions from Shaquille Stewart and George Gentle (Coming back from injury) who were the gel in the team ensuring the score board ticked over in the correct direction.

These boys should be congratulated as they battled well to overcome a good local team and beat them comprehensively.

Team: Darius LaBand, George Gentle, Jonny Dove, Shaquille Stewart, Phil Valencia, Arnold Leung, Guerchom MM, Dominic Mawdsley, Joshua Campbell and Mel Valencia.


County Cricketers

These boys have been selected to represent their county at cricket for another season. Joe Holmes is in the U14 squad and Jonny, George and Ben are in the U15 squad. Well done to them on this great achievement!

Joe Holmes
Jonny Dove
George Darlow
Ben Woodcock


U15 County Footballers

The following boys have been selected to represent Bedfordshire as part of the under 15 County Football team; Well done to both of them on this great achievement!

George Darlow W3
Billy Roberts W3


Year 9 Rugby v Hastingsbury

The Year 9 team played their final game of the league against Hastingbury on a very wet and windy MRUS pitch! Things looked to go bad from the moment Hastingbury decided to show up at 2.30! The boys got changed quickly and were soon out on the field and raring to go, only then was I told that the opposition only had 11 players! So after some quick adjustments to positions the first 11 V 11 rugby game kicked off! Unfortunately for Hastingbury, they went much the same way as the Sandy game, with MRUS being 5 tries to the good within 15 minutes. This very much set the tone for the game, and once again, the game was finished early as MRUS ran in 13 tries, the final score, MRUS 76 – Hastingbury 0.

The boys have only lost one game and now await the results of other games to see if they have won the league!!They should be congratulated on another fantastic performance. Theo Demetriou, James Dexter, Mohammed Hossain – 2 Tries, Ryan Bhatti - 2 Tries, Charlie Mason, Stan Marginson, James Hirst – 1 Try, Joe Holmes – 3 Tries, Tom Myers, Dan Cranfield – 3 Tries, Finn Moahshi, Carmine Silvestre – 1 Try and George Clayton – 1 Try.


Year 11 Football v Lea Manor - 11th November

The Year 11 boys beat Lea Manor 2-1 to advance into the Quarter Finals of the County Cup.
Two tidy finishes from Ashley Beddoe, following good build up play from firstly George Pinney and Martin Danobrega and secondly by Credo Nsabimana and Chimobi Udemezue, put the boys into a comfortable two goal lead. Lea Manor hit back late on but were unable to find the equaliser due to some excellent defending from Kieren Souter, man of the match Tom Dickson, goalkeeper Ben Alcock and finally new skipper Tommy ‘Tubbs’ McGirl who finally made use of his ample mid section when he used it to block a shot on the goal line! They should all be congratulated for their efforts: Ben Alcock, Tom Kelk, Rhys Pemberton, Kieren Souter, Tom Dickson, Ashley Beddoe, George Pinney, Omar D’Agostino, Tommy McGirl, Chimobi Udemezue, Martin Danobrega and Credo Nsabimana.


Year 9 Rugby v Sandy Sports College

The Year 9 team played against Sandy looking to continue their impressive run of results. MRUS kicked off high into the air, the players from Sandy didn’t want to know, allowing Joe Holmes to catch the ball, and run through un-challenged to score under the posts, 5 seconds were on the clock. Unfortunately for Sandy this set the tone for the rest of the game. MRUS were too strong, breaking free of tackles and winning turnover ball at pretty much every breakdown. RFU rules state that once a team gets 12 tries ahead of an opposition at this level then the game must be finished. So, with 28 minutes of the game played, the final whistle was blown, the score; MRUS 66 – Sandy 0

The boys should be congratulated on a very impressive win; Theo Demetriu – 1 Try, James Dexter, Mohammed Hossain, Ryan Bhatti – 3 Tries, Carmine Silvestre – 2 Tries, Charlie Mason, Josh Saunders, Rees Bettal – 4 tries, Stan Marginson, James Hirst, Sam Adeniyi, Joe Holmes – 1 Try, Tom Myers, Finn Mohrasri – 1 Try, Daniel Cranfield – 1 Try, George Clayton – 1 Try and Oli Swaine.


Year 9 Netball v St Thomas More

The year nine girls played in their second night of netball matches on Tuesday 9th November. The girls only had a team of 6 for their match against St Thomas More, and played without a WD position. With an extra opponent on the court the girls had to work hard to turn the ball over, which they did on a number of occasions with some excellent interceptions from Kate Langford and Hayley Alcock. Sophie Kelk also worked hard to cover both the WA and C in our defensive third.

After some brilliant feeds into the circle from both Kate Langford and Sophie Kelk, and some very accurate shooting from Laura Aspinall the girls managed to draw the match 6-6, a good final result considering they were playing a girl down.

Well done to all the girls: Hayley Alcock, Laura Aspinall, Kate Langford, Sophie Kelk, Sophie Hurl and Rachael Taylor.


Swimming News

Hayley Alcock Year 9 W8 took part in the ASA East Region Winter championships over the weekend at Norwich, which are a level above County standard and include the best Junior and Senior swimmers from the East Region. She qualified for 6 events including 50m and 100m freestyle, 200m  Individual Medley and 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke.
At the Gala she exceeded expectations, she achieved PB’s in all event and posted times in the heats to qualify for each of the breaststroke finals. Competing against both junior and senior swimmers she won the Gold medal in the 50m event as the fastest junior finishing 4th overall, with a time less than 0.3 seconds outside the all time Bedfordshire junior county record. She also achieved the junior Silver medal in the 100m event and a junior Bronze in the 200m.

Regional Championships

Jamie Douglas, Tom Langford, Nathan Beddall and Imran Shah competed in the Division 10 (Regional) Championships on Friday 5th November. This region includes Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and 5 NE London Boroughs. Examples of the schools Mark Rutherford competed against were the likes of Harrow, Stowe and Berkhamsted (the majority of schools competing were private with their own pool). This just emphasises the achievement of our boys and the huge commitment they give to their swimming training (2hours for up to six times a week).

Freestyle relay: 7th place overall
Medley Relay: 6th place overall

The standard of this region is very high and at the National Finals last year the team with the same time as our boys in the Medley Relay (2:05:00mins) would have achieved 14th place in the Country!!


County Selection

The following boys have been selected to represent Bedfordshire as part of the under 14 County Football team;

Joe Holmes
Louis Porcelli
Calvin Buckle
Ryan Bhatti

Congratulations to them on this fantastic achievement!


U16 Girls Football v Samuel Whitbread 21 October

The U16 girls started their County Cup football campaign last night against Samuel Whitbread, due to illness and injury we were playing with 10. They dominated from the start, but were unlucky not to score until 5 minutes before the end of the first half when Carrie Bennett dodged her away through the defence. Unfortunately Samuel Whitbread didn’t let this affect them and scored almost straight away. The score at half time was 1-1.

The team went out determined in the second half, but continued to be very unlucky not to score. Hazel Trengrove made some excellent plays with Carrie Bennett around the defence, but they could not get their shots on target. We had 4 very strong defenders in Kim Nash, Vicki Etheridge, Juliet Williamson and Martha Hare which meant goal keeper Lydia Stephenson had very little to do. We then scored 2 goals in quick succession, one from Carrie Bennett the other Charlie Lancaster from a penalty won by Hazel Trengrove. Samuel Whitbread put up a good fight, but couldn’t make any runs through our defence. In the last minutes Hazel managed to find the goal twice. Final score 5 – 1.

Congratuations to the team: Kim Nash (N3), Carrie Bennett (W8), Charlie Lancaster (B10), Hazel Trengrove (N10), Alice Graham (W6), Martha Hare (B3), Michelle Moore (B9), Juliet Williamson (W3), Lydia Stephenson (T10) and Vicki Etheridge(W6).


Charlie Mason from Year 9, N5, has been selected for the Bedfordshire County Rugby side. He should be congratulated on this fantastic achievement.

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Year 9 Football v Sponne School, click here for the match report

Year 9 Football v Northampton Academy - click here for the match report

Year 9 Football v Stratton - click here for the match report

Year 9 Football v Queensbury - click here for the match report


U19 Basketball v Biddenham

Mark Rutherford ‘Under 19’s Basketball team’ took on the might of the local Sports College in a match that decided a place in the Bedford and District semi-finals.

The game started well with Shaquille Stewart scoring two un-answered baskets followed by one for Lewis Kerr, Arnold Leung and Joe Goode. Despite frequent exchanges of possession some less than successful shooting the first quarter ended 10-0 up to Mark Rutherford. Biddenham surged back into life in the second quarter outscoring the Mark Rutherford Team 10-6 to leave the half time score a much closer affair at 16-10 with Jake Newman, Arnold Leung and Mel Valencia adding to the score.

A few gentle words of encouragement from the coach at half time led to a ‘virtual shut out’ for the Biddenham team who could only score one basket whilst Stephen Hare, Joe Goode, Arnold Leung and Shaquille Stewart added to the score line leaving it 24-12 going into the last quarter of the game. The last quarter saw Biddenham score three more points to leave their final score 15 points whilst Guerchom added two points, Josh Campbell added two points and finally Stephen Reid added the final two points – leaving Mark Rutherford’s total double that of the Sports College Team 30-15. Phil Valencia also contributed to this excellent score line that sees the team safely through to the semi-finals, (without an injured George Gentle) having won all three league games.


Year 9 Rugby v Stratton

The Yearr 9 team continued their impressive start to the season with a 41-12 demolition of Stratton Upper School. The boys got off to an excellent start when prop Mohammed Hossain crashed through two tacklers on the half way line and showed an impressive burst of speed to sprint away and finish under the posts.

The boys played very well and moved the ball wide at every opportunity, utilising the pace of their backs. Rutherford continued to score at regular intervals with Reese Bettell (twice), Finn Mohrasri, Josh Saunders, Daniel Camfield and Oli Swain all crossing the line. Stanley Marginson and Joe Holmes both converted one try each to complete the scoring.

Man of the match was awarded to Mo Hossain for his excellent work rate across the whole pitch.
The boys should be congratulated for their efforts, the team was: Mo Hossain, James Dexter, George Quinn, Josh Saunders, Ryan Batti, Charlie Mason, Tom Myers, Reese Bettell (c), Stan Marginson, Tom Ireland, Oli Swain, James Hurst, Daniel Camfield, Finn Mohrasri and Joe Holmes.


Year 9 Rugby - 6th October

The Year 9 boys made their way to Biddenham school for their first rugby fixture of the year. Things looked ominous for us when Oli Swaine left his boots on the minibus and had to hope Mr Snowdon returned in time so that he could start the game.

MRUS kicked off with the wind against their back and straight away began tackling hard, leading the way were Rees Bettal and Charlie Mason. The forwards won turn over ball time and time again and began pressurising the Biddenham try line. MRUS made the break through but the referee ruled that the ball had been ‘held up’.

From the resulting scrum the back whipped the ball out wide to debutant speedster Calvin Buckle, who hit the gas and went in for his first try in his first game of rugby. Dylan Johnston soon followed suit, picking the ball up 20m out, gritting his teeth and shaking off 3 defenders before putting the ball down.

After half time MRUS fell asleep and Biddenham responded with a try. This seemed to wake up the boys and the next 15 minutes of the game was spent camped in Biddenhams 22. Josh Saunders having an effort ruled out before Oli Swaine crossed the white  wash. Biddenham hit back once more to make it a tense finish, before Joe Holmes scored to make it 20 -12 at the final whistle.


U15 Girls Football - 6th October

The 6th October saw the second set of the U15 girls football matches held at Stratton Upper. Due to a number of last minute drop outs the girls had to play their 7-a-side matches with only 6 players. Despite this, they worked very hard on the pitch but were outplayed by a very strong Samuel Whitbread side, losing their first match of the evening.

The second match against Sandy saw the girls show some excellent defensive play, going in strong to take on their opposition, but unfortunately the extra player on pitch really made the difference to Sandy’s attack and consequently we conceded 2 goals.

The score in this game really didn’t reflect the effort our girls put into the match. They worked very hard and always kept a smile on their faces! They should be congratulated: Chante Goodman (T8), Vicki Etheridge (w6), Amiee Cowley (W5), Chloe Fleming (B3), Michelle Moore (B9) and Juliet Williamson (W2).


Year 9 Netball - Tuesday 5th October

On 5th October afterschool the Year nine netball team played in their first fixtures of the season at the Bunyan centre. The girls started apprehensively against a strong Biddenham side, and after a well fought match unfortunately lost 17 – 2.

The girls started their second match more confidently and produced some excellent play down the court, feeding into the circle. Laura Aspinall’s shooting was spot on and we were unfortunate to lose the game by just 3 goals with the final score ending at 13 – 10 to Stratton.

By the final game against Sandy the team were working really well together, making some excellent interceptions and fighting for every loose ball. This reflected the final score of 15 – 3 to Mark Rutherford!

As a new team the girls produced some promising results. There were: Sophie Hurl, Kate Langford, Sophie Kelk, Laura Aspinall, Njeri Njoroji, Jyothi Misiri, Lily Hicks and Hayley Alcock.


Year 11 Boys Football v Van Dyke - County Cup - 30 September

The yr11 football team played their first game of the season away at Van Dyke in the first round of the county cup. The boys got off to a slow start and found themselves 2-0 down within the first ten minutes. Any other team could have dropped their heads and given up but Rutherford showed some good spirit throughout the match and stood up to some rather robust tackles from the opposition.

Chimobi Udemezue pulled one back for the visitors just before half time and Rutherford went into the break with renewed confidence. Early into the second half the home side’s goalkeeper spilled a free kick from winger George Pinney and man of the match Tom Dickson followed up to bravely poke the ball home and draw the sides level. Rutherfords back four of Tom Kelk, Jack Swain, Tom Dickson and Kieren Souter provided excellent cover for keeper Ben Alcock and they kept the home side at bay for the rest of the match. Chimobi, battling hard up front on his own, scored a deserved winner with just ten minutes remaining following some excellent closing down from the midfield.
They have a National Cup fixture away at Harlington on Monday 4th October.

The Team was: Ben Alcock, Tom Kelk, Jack Swain, Tom Dickson, Kieren Souter, George Pinney, Ashley Beddoe, Tommy McGirl, Martin Danibrega, Omar D’Agostino, Chimobi Udemezue, Robert Myers, Fabio Testa and Chris Marshall.


U17 Girls Football v Biddenham 15 September

The U17 girls had their first league matches last night at Biddenham. Their first game against Wootton was evenly matched, with both teams defending well and very few shots being made in the first half. In the final seconds of the 2nd half there was some confusion in our defense and Wootton scored. Our girls battled for the remaining seconds, but unfortunately the final score was 1 – 0 to Wootton.

Team coach Mr Dunbar made some formation changes and a substitution for the 2nd game again Biddenham and we quickly took a 1 – 0 lead. Some excellent defense from Kim Nash and Emily Wade meant that Biddenham rarely got close enough to have an accurate shot. Some confident shooting from Charlie Lancaster meant that we extending our lead to 2 – 0 before half time. More of the same in the 2nd half meant that the final score was 3 – 0.

The team was: Charlie Lancaster, Kim Nash, Vicky Boyde, Emily Wade, Emma Gazeley, Alice Graham, Alicia Boon and
Georgia Betts.


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