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Olympic Football Trip

We took a very well deserving group of students to watch the first round of the Women's football competition.

We were lucky enough to get 16 tickets to see Japan v Canada and South Africa v Sweden in the first round of the women's football competition which started last week. We took a minibus full of students recognised as putting in excellent effort in our sports teams, or in core PE lessons.


A brilliant day was had by all. As well as watching 2 very good matches the year nine boys had a great time joining in with the South African supporters dancing and cheering, and all of the boys seemed really keen to get their photos taken with one of the Swedish players at the end of the game, I'm sure it was because they were all very impressed with her football skills.


Rewards Fitness Session

On Thursday the 12th July a rewards fitness session was organised for the pupils of 10z and 10x in their normal PE lesson time. This was a surprise for the pupils who have consistantly brought kit, always been enthusiastic, polite and a pleasure to teach.
All pupils were a credit to the school as always.

Pupils involved were: Amrita Bahra, Leah Groom, Cleo Harcombe, Aman Kundra, Nicole Massud, Hollie Mctaggart, Rhiannon Pemberton, Naomi Raimondo, Rachel Silver, Molly Simpson, Rebecca Smith, Lauren Thompson, Chloe Williams and Emma Wrigley.



NEBLT Athletics Event

The school participated in the NEBLT Athletics event today which involved 27 of our year 7 & 8 (7 into 8 and 8 into 9) students as well as 12 sports leaders from year 9 into 10 and 4 sporting ambassadors from the 6th form.  The event was a huge success and our students were excellent throughout.  The leaders were superb and behaved like mature adults especially when they were officiating the events.  They used their initiative when required to do so and thoroughly enjoyed and welcomed the experience. 

The format of this competition was not as straight forward as schools competing against other schools.  All of the students from the different schools in the trust ranging from year 3 all the way up to year 8 were placed into 1 of 4 teams, Red, Yellow, Green & Blue (colours from the Olympic rings).  The leaders were dressed in their black polo’s to complete the colours from the Olympic rings.  The participants then took part in a variety of athletic events trying to score as many points for their colour (team).  As can be seen from one of the pictures, the blue team won overall in the end resulting in some of our students being even more happier than the others. 

Well done to all of the participants as well as the leaders and 6th form students.  This event would not have been half as successful without them. 



Aviva ESAA English Schools' Track & Field Championships 2012
Gateshead International Stadium
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July 2012

Martin Danobrega went to the National event in Gateshead to compete in the high jump and as you can see below came 4th – making him the 4th best athlete in the country for his age. Only 51cm to get the world record which is held by Javier Sotomayor and stands at 2.45 metres. Well done to Martin, he is one to watch in the future!

Final Results









Ryan Bonifas






Jonathon Heath






Marc Alner






Alex Cox






Martin Danobrega





Fitness Coaching for our PE Students

Twenty eight of our Year 11 students have been given the excellent opportunity to take part in specialist fitness coaching within their PE lessons. The sessions deliver a huge variety of sporting activities in new and innovative ways aiming to give students who don’t enjoy the traditional sports a chance to view physical activity in a new light. This initiative has been fully funded by the school and organised by Miss Jackson-Horner to give the students the best experience at absolutely no cost to themselves. The sessions are run by Tri-line fitness; a local organisation based here in Bedford. Students have currently had two sessions out of their 6 week block and have really enjoyed using equipment they have never experienced before in the fast moving sessions.

Before the end of term a group of year 10 students will be taking part in a session with Tri-line fitness as part of our sports week programme of activities. These pupils are being rewarded for their outstanding behaviour and enthusiasm in PE and extracurricular activities.

Well done to all the students involved - keep up the great work!


Year 9 Rounders Victory against Hastingsbury

The year 9 rounders team played their final group game last night and beat Hastingbury with an impressive score of 13.5 to their 7. All girls played brilliantly again and were a credit to the school as always. We have only lost one match this season and are now waiting to see if we qualify for the finals. Watch this space!

These students should all be congratulated: Annabel Chinn, Molly Belcher, Molly Simpson, Emma wrigley, Jacky Fioravanzo, Beth Masip, Rolanda Boeteng, Anny Li, Melissa Cain, Zara Coull and Abby Hunter.


Year 7 Rounders Tournament

On 13th June I took a lovely group of year 7 girls to the district rounders tournament. We were placed in a very difficult pool (Bedford Girls, St Andrews and Lincroft), but for their first experience of a competitive rounders fixture they played very well and improved greatly through each match. Sadly we did lose against all of these teams but the girls had a great evening and show lots of promise for next year!


The following students should be congratulated: Chloe Carswell, Shannon Bloom, Shannon Fraser Harris, Amina Begum, Cereesa Laidley, Mel Gammons, Zaynah Nasser, Skye Page and Elizabeth Headley.


Tarik Dallas - Discus County Champion

Tarik threw 34.07m on 13th June to become County Champion. He has actually achieved the minimum distance required to be selected for the English Schools Athletics Championships. He should find out whether or not he has been selected in the next few weeks. As you can see he is actually just 4metres away from achieving the National Standard which would put him in contention for Regional and National selection. We may have a future Olympian in our midst!


Year 7 and 8 Tennis

These 8 Year 7 and 8 students took on the middle school might of; Beauchamp, Lincroft, Newnham, St Gregory’s – a little short of practice (due to the summer weather) our students faced their challenges bravely and made every effort to represent themselves, the school and their parents with pride and endeavour. There were some 20 games played and there were 7 wins and some near misses. The students played better as the tournament went on and have taken their results today in their stride; using it as a target to beat next time. Well done to them all.



Safia Begum

Dylan Hassan

chloe carswell

Danny Peters

Amina Begum

Ryan Kelly

Elizabeth Headley

Bradley Wright


U15 Rounders

On Tuesday 29th May the U15'S played their final rounders league matches of the year.

Our first match was against Hasingsbury. We managed to almost equalise their score in the first innings, only losing the first innings by 0.5 of a rounder. Cyrylene Taylor and Sarah Leggett made 2 outstanding catches each - drastically reducing Hastingsburys batting team. Loss of concentration in the second innings of our fielders and some outstanding batting by Hastingsbury saw them leap ahead - finally winning the match 16 - 9.

Next up were Sharnbrook…….they had fielded an excellent team with an amazingly fast bowler - something our girls are not used to! Our total for that match was drastically lower due to this, but the girls carried on regardless and managed to fluster the fielders,slowly raking up half rounders. Despite this, the final score was 5.5 - 17

Finally we played Bedford Girls School. We were the only school to play 3 matches so by this time the girls were showing signs of tiredness! Despite this they managed to score well when batting (top scorers of this match Sarah Leggett, Esther Clay and Shannon Devine) but found defending the field from the BGS batters very tiring! The final score of this match was 7.5 - 21

The girls were all fantastic ambassadors for the school and the whole team should be congratulated on their performance.

Cyrylene Taylor, Esther Clay, Sophie Kelk, Monique Munro, Bryony Jones, Sarah Leggett, Charlie Boyde, Shannon  Devine, Becca Denbow and Shamar MBA.



BPR in the League Cup Final at The Dons

The BPR 'A' team, consisting of Markie students, Brad Harris, Roshan Chaggar, Abdulrahman Omar (Abra) and Sean Carroll, played in the Milton Keynes and Borders League Cup Final which was held at Milton Keynes Dons Stadium on Sunday 27th May.
Although the boys did themselves proud, unfortunately the score was 5-2 to the opposition, MK Athletic, however they are the league leaders of Division 1.  And previously the final has always been between two Division 1 teams, so no mean feat for our Division 2 team to get there!

So again, well done to the Markie students, Brad Harris, Roshan Chaggar, Abdulrahman Omar (Abra) and Sean Carroll.

Rounders v St Thomas More

We took a very keen and over subscribed rounders team to complete their first rounders matches of the season at St Thomas More on Thursday 24th May. We started off against Tommy More with a below par batting innings, only managing to rake up 3 rounders (most of which were from no balls). Some inconsistent fielding enabled Tommy to creep up on us with half rounders, scoring 4 rounders from half rounders. Our second innings was better - Monique, Kiah and Sophie Kelk were our top scorers in that innings and we managed to get up to 7.5 rounders. Sadly Tommy's lead in the first innings had us on the back foot so unfortunately we didn’t make up enough rounders in that innings to beat them. The final score was 7.5 MRS - 10.5 Tommy More.

A second impromptu match against St Andrews flustered our girls and left them with a score of only 3 rounders from both innings. The fielders from St Andrews were very accurate and our girls were concerned about ensuring they stayed in the game, rather than taking risks to score. St Andrews had some very strong batters who managed to find gaps in our field. The final score was MRS 3 - St Andrews 10.

It was a fantastic turn out of really lovely enthusiastic girls who should all be congratulated, despite the scores!

Emily Green, Charlie Boyde, Becca Denbow, Sophie Kelk, Sophie Hurl, Shamar MBA, Becca Miff, Laura Aspinall, Monique Munro, Shannon Devine, Bryony Jones, Sarah Leggett and Kiah Asher.


District Athletics 2012

On Wednesday 23rd May a Junior team from Mark Rutherford went to Bedford International Athletics Track to compete in the District Athletics competition.

The team perform really well with a number of good results against strong opposition. We had a number  of 4th places which included Jacklyn Fiorvanzo who got 14.10 seconds in the 100m sprint. Molly Belcher achieved a great distance in the shot put with 7.44m. Chloe Williams achieved 14.08m with the Javelin. The final 4th position came from Jacklyn in the High Jump with a height of 1.34m.

For the boys, Tarik Dallas is now the District Champion with a 29.34m throw with the Discus. He has now been selected to compete in the county finals. 3rd poisition came in the 800m race which involved Josh Griggs with a time of 2 minutes 24 seconds.

A special mention to Martin Danobrega who achieved a personal best in the high jump with a height of 1.98m (the size of me!!) 2nd place in the senior boys high jump achieved a height of 1.75m. This  shows you the standard of Martin who has now been selected to compete in the England Schools Athletics competition.

The Mark Rutherford team showed exceptional attitude and behaviour throughout the day and these students should be congratulated: Jacklyn Fioravanzo, Chloe Williams, Lois Cox, Emma Wrigley, Makeeda Austin, Molly Simpson, Leanne Mills, Molly Belcher, Adam Sage, Kai Smith, Cyeanne Eaton, Josh Griggs, Matt Marsom, Nick Mulliner, George Maddams, Tarik Dallas, Robbie Taylor and Dontae Brown.



Year 7 and 8 Athletics League

On Tuesday 22nd May the year 7 and 8's travelled all the way to Newnham for their first athletics fixture of the season. There were some great performances last night and lots of enthusiasm and encouragement which was fantastic - some of them have even set new school records for junior level.

100m - Maddie Dance (2nd) 15.45
100m - Chloe Carswell (5th) 16.08
100m - Ryan Kelly 14.26

200m - Shannon Lilley
200m - Shannon Bloom

800m - Romy Mai Longmuir
800m - Zaynah Nasser 4.13

1500m - Elizabeth Headley (3rd) 6min52
1500m - Shauna Baker

4x 100m A team - Shauna Baker, Chloe Carswell, Maddie Dance, Shannon Bloom (3rd) 65.20
4x 100m B team - Zaynah Nasser, Amina Begum, Safia Begum, Elizabeth Headley (4th)

Shot - Sian Andrews
Shot - Shannon Fraser Harris

Javelin - Safia Begum 10m14
Javelin - Amina Begum 7m10

Long Jump - Romy Mai
Long Jump - Leah Atkinson Griffiths

All these students should be congratulated, for some it was the first time they have represented the school!


National Youth Swimming Championships

Twoof our students have qualified for the National Youth swimming championships. Hayley Alcock and Rhiannon McCaffray, both Year 10 pupils, have qualified for the elite level competition in July. Both athletes are committed to their sport and train 14 hours per week after school, in the mornings and at the weekends. They have both won numerous County titles this year already and have won medals at regional level as well. Hayley has qualified to swim the 100m breaststroke and Rhiannon has qualified for one of the toughest events, the 200m butterfly. Both girls compete for the Modernian swimming club based in Bedford.


Year 10 Athletics

Wednesday 16th May saw the Year10 boys athletics team finally start their league campaign. Having already had two meetings cancelled the boys were raring to go and had a reasonably succesfull afternoon. On the track Calvin Buckle (100m), Dan Camfield (200m) and Rees Bettell (400m) all finished in 2nd place. Calvin set a new 100m school record in 11.82 seconds in the process. Oli Swain came 2nd in the high jump and Mohammed Hossain finshed 3rd in the discus with a new school record of 23.35m. The boys rounded off a good afternoon by winning the 4x100m realy in yet another school record of 52.68 seconds.

The team should be congratulated for their efforts: Calvin Buckle, Finn Mohasri, Dan Camfield, Dontae Brown (yr9), Mel Valencia, Rees Bettell, Stephen Headley, Andrew Headley, Mohammed Hossain and Oli Swain.


Year 9 Rounders v Sharnbrook and Bedford Girls School

On Thursday 17th May the year 9 rounders team had their first fixtures of the season. Their first match was against Sharnbrook - renound for their skills in rounders. We fielded first, and managed to keep them to only 1.5 rounders in an 18 ball innings. Some great fielding from Emma Wrigley and Chloe Williams stopped their big hitters from scoring no more than half a rounder off their shots. We were next up to bat and with some secure half rounders and a full roudner off Emma Wrigley we had an early lead with 3 rounders. Unfortunately the second innings didn’t go in our favour. Sharnbrook kept a tight field and none of our girls were able to score! Sharnbrook got into their game in their second bat and managed to score a respectable 5 rounders, making the final score 3-6.5.

Their second match was against Bedford Girls - with an amalgamation of the the two girls schools they have an exceptional rounders team, but this did not deter our girls. We batted first and with some exceptional batting managed to score 3.5 rounders, with Abi Hunter scoring 2 half rounders and Jackie along with Molly Simpson scoring a rounder each off a couple of big hits. Our girls kept the fielding tight and again stopped their big hitters from scoring full rounders. The score at the start of the second innings was 3.5 rounders all. In the second innings Bedford Girls sharpened up their fielding and managed to get 4 of our girls out in quick succession. This flustered the rest of the team and we left that innings with only 2 rounders. This had affected the girls and you could tell by their panic when fielding, despite 2 fantastic catches from Rolanda. Unfotunately we lost the second match against Bedford Girls 5.5 - 7.

The girls involved were: Abi Hunter, Anny Li, Annabel Chinn, Emma Wrigley, Molly Simpson, Molly Belcher, Chloe Williams, Jackie Firanza,
Becca Smith, Rolanda Boateng, Laura Carver and Beth Masih.

They were a fantastic squad with lots of energy and enthusiam - brilliant representatives of the school.



Josh Griggs

Josh Griggs competed in the Bedfordshire AAA Athletic Championships on Sunday and finished 3rd in the 800m. He is a talented yet inexperienced runner who had been indentified during lessons and invited to compete in the competition. Josh achieved a time of 2:27 behind two very talented runners (one of which runs in national competitions). He is now targetting the school record of 2:14 currently held by Ben Alcock. Watch this space!

Rugby Seven's - Years 9, 10 and 11

We recently took the yr9, 10 and 11 Rugby 7's teams across to Biddenham for their annual tournament.
The year 11's did particularly well finishing runners up to a strong Sharnbrook side.

Their first game was against recently crowned County champions, Samuel Whitbread. Rutherford got off to a great start to the tournament securing a 26-10 victory with the help of a Charlie Reed hat-trick, including a fantastic solo effort from inside his own half where he caught the opposition kick off and beat four players before placing the ball between the posts. A very dubious try from Roin Naseri wrapped up the scoring.

This gave the boys great confidence going into the rest of the matches and a 22-7 drubbing of Biddenham followed. Charlie Reed grabbed himself another two tries and great individual efforts from Rowan Clay and Jamie Johnson ensured the points were safe.
Next up were Wootton but they were no match for the pace of Jamie Johnson and Rowan Clay as they scored three tries between them, Jamie with two. The powerhouse that is Roin Naseri scored his second of the tournament and only a late brace from Wootton after Rutherford had eased off kept the score remotely close.

This meant both Rutherford are Sharnbrook would go into the final game each with a 100% record. Rutherford got off to a flier with another excellent try from Charlie Reed, his 6th in 4 games. Unfortunately this spurred Sharnbrook on and they quickly responded with two tries of their own. A huge turning point came just before half time when Rutherford came agonisingly close to scoring themselves only to see the ball turned over and within seconds were conceding another to make the scores 17-7 at half time. The boys continued to battle in the second half but did not quite have enough to overturn the tournament favourites, eventually going down 34-17, Jamie Johnson grabbed himself another two tries both as a result of his pace and power.

The boys were absolutely outstanding on the day with every single member of the squad contributing. Players that haven't been mentioned include; Jonny Dove - excellent performances at scrum half and worked tirelessly in defence. Responsible for his side not conceding on numerous occassions. George Darlow - a late but valuable arrival to the tournament, he added some much needed strength to the forward line and dominated high balls all day. Dom Mawdsley - hassled opponents all day at the breakdown and won ball after ball for his teammates. Danny Harper - his first time in a competitive rugby match, he provided excellent cover for the speedsters, Rowan Clay and Jamie Johnson. Royce Goodwin - an absolute machine in defence! Made tackle after tackle in keeping the opposition at bay, including a superb last-ditch full length diving effort to launch the flying winger into touch and prevent a certain try.
All the boys should be congratulated for their efforts, each one was a credit to themselves and the school.


ASA East Regional championships - 5th to 6th May 2012 at Basildon

Hayley Alcock competed in 5 events in the 15/16 age group. She reached the final in all five events gaining medals in four and personal bests in three. She came 2nd in the 50m breast stroke breaking the Bedfordshire County long course record in 35.25 seconds, she was 3rd in the 100m Breast stroke (in a national qualifying time), 3rd with personal bests in both 50m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley, and 4th in the 200m Breast stroke. She has qualified for the 100m breast stroke at the National championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield at the end of July.

Rhiannon McCaffray competed in 7 events in 15/16 age group. She reached the final in 4 events and gained a medal in one. Her best swim was in the 400m individual medley when she came 2nd overall smashing her previous personal best and was only 1 second outside a national qualifying time. She was 4th in the 50m breast stroke with a new personal best,  5th in the 100m breast stroke, 6th in the 200m Butterfly, 7th in the 200m individual medley and 9th in the 100m Butterfly. She also swam in the 50m butterfly.

Tom Langford competed in 2 events in the age 17 and over age group in the 50m and 100m backstroke events finishing in 13th and 16th places respectively, achieving a personal best in the 50m event.


Year 9 Athletics

The school's Athletics season started yesterday at Sandy Upper School. The year 9 team made a very good start with no fewer than 8 wins. Most notable performances came from:

Kai Smith - 1st in 200m
Roshun Kumar - 1st in 400m
Kane Osborne-Walker - 1st in 200m
Tarik Dallas - 1st in Discus
Isaac Osborne-Walker - 1st in 100m
4 x 100m relay(Kai, Isaac, Kane and Adam Sage) 3rd place


Jacklyn Fioravanzo - 1st in 100m
Chloe Williams - 1st in Javelin
4 x 100m relay (Jacqueline, Chloe, Mekeeda, Molly) 1st place
Molly Simpson - 2nd in 200m
Mekeeda Austin - 2nd in 100m
Mekeeda Austin - 2nd in Javelin


Marathon Club - Run with the Kenyans

Mark Rutherford School had been running a marathon club at for students over a period of 6 weeks.  During this time, the students were to attend an after school session on Tuesdays to run around our field clocking up as many miles as possible.  They were also encouraged to run outside of school during weekends and in the holidays which the parents supported by going out with them and signing off the number of miles for them. 
Most students achieved over 20 miles and some even more than the full marathon distance over the 6 weeks and as a reward, these students were selected to attend the ‘Run with the Kenyan’s’ event on Monday 23 May. 
This day was a high profile event which many schools from the Bedford area participated in.  As well as 2 Kenyan athletes in attendance, there were also players from Bedford Blues first team (Josh Bassett, Darryl Veenendaal, Mark Kohler, Dan Seal, Ali Price and Sam Pailor), Ed Munno (GB Rower), Iva Barr (Olympic Torchbearer) and Julie Rogers (GB seated volleyball team and Olympic Torchbearer).  There were also many up and coming youth GB representatives.

Unfortunately due to last minute changes, the Kenyan runners had to leave Bedford at 3pm to catch their flight and so, were unable to run with our students.  Nevertheless, the other sports personalities and athletes joined the students in running a mile around Bedford park to complete their participation in this years marathon club.  The students were then given the opportunity to learn a little roller blading as a treat which they all thoroughly enjoyed. The students are now looking forward to marathon club next year.


Year 7 and 8 Girls Football Competition

On Friday 23rd March a Year 7 & 8 girls team took part in a football 6-a-side competition held at Westfield Middle School. 
This was the girls first taste of competitive football and for most of them, a first for any kind of football apart from a handful of sessions they have had during PE lessons.  This lack of experience and practice showed straight away unfortunately and the girls lost their opening fixture to Westfield 2-0.  They then went on to get a footballing lesson from Beauchamp in the 2nd game.  They lost the next game to a very good Robert Bruce team but only to a last minute goal.  They defended and played a lot better.  The next 2 games were played against Harrowden and Margaret Beaufort and again in both games the girls showed great character and determination to keep 2 clean sheets and draw the games 0-0. 

They left the competition in as good mood as they arrived because they all enjoyed the experience.  They all took away information on getting involved with a girls team outside of school.

The team: Gintare Martinkute, Nazma Begum, Romy Mae Longmuir, Safia Begum, Chloe Carswell, Bia Fonseca, Melanie Gammons, Elizabeth Headley, Angelina Lee-Embers




Year 9 Basketball v Wootton

Back Row: Huseyn Ceren, Wesley Henry, Roshun Kumar, Tarik Dallas, Zack Burnage, Dean Brennan
Front Row: Jan Yilmaz, Miguel Baker, Petar Jelicic, Joe Kuillums, Chay Kealy, Penial Kyel Baffour


This happy group of students put aside their nervousness to board the minibus to Wootton Upper School to play the Bedford and District Basketball finals on Friday the 23rd of March. The first quarter saw both teams playing at a hundred miles an hour; it was end to end stuff with Mark Rutherford ending the quarter 8 -2 up. The second quarter was more even with Wootton scoring 4 points to Marky’s 6 points leaving the half time score line 14 – 6.

In the third quarter it all went to pot, Wootton scored 10 points to our 3. This meant we started to fourth quarter only one point ahead and the momentum clearly with Wootton. Wootton continued their offensive scoring another 6 points – but this just awoke the ‘Griffin Spirit’ within the Rutherford team who nearly doubled their earlier score to win 30 points to 22 points.

They are now Bedford and District Champions 2011-12

NB: End of Season Report:

  • Year 9 Basketball Team Bedford and District Champions 2011-12
  • Year 10 & 11 Basketball Team Bedford and District Finalists 2011-12
  • Sixth Form Basketball Team Bedford and District Champions 2011-12
  • Year 8 Basketball team played well and lost only one game ending on the same points as the eventual league winners on goal difference.



Milton Keynes and Border Counties Youth Football League

Brad Harris, Roshan Chagger, Sean Carroll and Abra Omar who all attend Mark Rutherford School are members of Bedford Park Rangers U15A football team who have successfully won a place in the Milton Keynes and Border Counties League Cup Final, following an extremely hard fought 3-2 victory in the semi final against First Division opponents Brookfield Rangers (a great achievement for the boys). 

The final will be held at Milton Keynes Dons Stadium on the weekend of 19th/20th May, where Bedford Park Rangers will meet MK Athletic, the current First Division leaders.  Well done!



U14 Bedford Blues Rugby

The U14 Junior Bedford Blues won a convincing 22-0 win on Sunday 11th March 2012 to win the Bedfordshire County Cup.
The team included six pupils from Mark Rutherford from year 9.They were: Robbie and Nathan Taylor, Dontae Brown, Harvey Pegler, Liam Sutton and Angus Dunbar. Well done to them!


Year 11 Basketball V's Cardinal Newman RC School Luton

The year 11’s (a few 10’s and two year 9’s) went to play two games against the Luton school with coaches Arnold Leung and George Gentle getting them prepared mentally for the battle to commence. Whilst Mr Fortune admired his paintings and displays that he had put up whilst teaching at the school the boys warmed up for the first of two games being played. The first game was hotly contested with the boys (Mel Valencia, Anthony Philips, Johnny Dove, Dominic Mawdsley and Alex Holland) going down by 10 points in the first half. After some coaching the boys ‘flew out of the blocks’ with more determination and eventually won 36 -  27. The game was played in a good spirit and sportsmanship won out.

The second game started similarly to the first the boys (Sam Adeniji, Phil Valencia, Petar Jelicic, zac Burnage and Anthony Philips/Johnny Dove) were down by half time. They again rallied to be 16 all in the last few seconds. One of our players was fouled in the act of shooting a three point shot as the buzzer went for full time. This meant he had three free throws to win the game. It was tense, the young man stepped up to the mark and missed the first shot. Comments from both groups of players added to the pressure of the second shot which was also missed. A last chance to win also was missed and it all ended up even.

Both teams played well and should be congratulated on their efforts and the sportsmanlike way in which they played and performed on and off the court.


Sixth Form District Cup Quarter Final v Sharnbrook

The 1st XI football team defeated Sharnbrook 3-1 in the District Cup Quarter Final yesterday afternoon. Having gone a goal down early the boys battled back superbly and drew level from a fortunate goal by Ben Souter. Rutherford dominated the second half and deservedly took the lead through an excellent finish from Omar D'Agostino. Ben Walsh, Charlie Tomic and George Pinney were superb in midfield and it was from Pinney's left wing cross that victory was sealed with a bullet header from striker Martin Danobrega. The defence consisting of Tom Kelk, Max Woolston, Tom Dickson and Stephen Hare stood firm and provided excellent cover for keeper George Darlow who put in a solid performance when called upon.
The team should be congratulated for their efforts:
George Darlow, Jack Swain, Tom Kelk, Max Woolston, Tom Dickson, Stephen Hare, George Pinney, Charlie Tomic, Ben Walsh, Omar D'Agostino, Ben Souter, Martin Danobrega and Simon Mayes.


County Badminton Finals

Congratulations to both the yr 9 boys and girls teams who competed in the County badminton finals on Thursday 1st March. The girls won bronze medals  and the boys came 4th despite losing a player to injury. The whole event was staged like a mini Olympics with  an opening ceremony , music and some of the team were interviewed by Beds On Sunday. We were the only representatives for Bedford and Bedford North to qualify through to the finals, the students were a real credit to the school and they should be congratulated.

Players: Tarik Dallas, Michael Goulding, Daniel Hare, Rebecca Smith, Adam Sage, Olivia Foord, Anny Li and Nasreen D’Agostino.


Fantastic Badminton Victory over Bedford School

The students below should be congratulated on a really fantastic victory over Bedford School on Tuesday 21st February, they won 11 games to 5. The team played superbly beating Bedford School’s finest players. We are the only team to have beaten them this season, ( Bedford School have beaten the likes of Rugby, Oundle , Stamford). They also get expert outside coaching and play all afternoon on Tuesday and Thursday, so a very well done to our team!

Team: Dominic Bryan, Stephen Hare, Alex Sims, Ben Chandler, Hazel Trengrove, Sam Mortimer(yr 11), George Pinney and
Robert Aspinall.


District Dodgeball Tournament

On Tuesday 21st February 3 teams went to Bedford Athletic Stadium to take part in the district dodgeball tournament.

The 2 U19 teams played extremely well against a very strong Biddenham team. Our boys sent some fantastic balls at the opposition but the Biddenham team were quick to move and send those ball back over, equally as hard! The balls were moving at such a pace it was difficult to keep a track of them!! Technically we came second and third in the district so not a bad effort boys!


The U16 team had a slow and frustrating start to the tournament, just missing out on a win against Biddenham A having had to play into extra time. A number of other matches unfortunately went the same way, but finally a breakthough against Biddenham B and Bedford Academy! The boys played very well against tough competition, most of which we also year 11 students.


Year 9 Girls Badminton

Olivia Foord, Nasreen D’Agostino, Anny Li and Rebecca Smith played in a tournament on 6th February and played superbly. They  beat Sharnbrook, Bedford Girls school and Biddenham A team  to reach the semi- final where they beat Biddenham B team. They then played Stratton in the final, winning 2 games, losing 2 games and drawing 1 game, unfortunately  this came down to points so the girls lost by 1 point. However, the girls will go on to the next round and will represent the Borough!  They were a credit to the school and should be congratulated.




Rhiannon McCaffray: Selection to Scottish National Youth Squad

In September 2011 I was selected as one of 25 girls to join the Scottish National Youth Swimming Squad an international selection and one which could hopefully and ultimately lead to me representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games. I attended the Scottish National Swimming Academy at Stirling University  to meet the Squad and National Coaches , linking up with athletes from as far away as Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and the Highlands.

Once there they filmed my swimming technique above and below water and adapted my training programme accordingly. We also had meetings and presentations regarding Health & Nutrition, personal responsibility and sports psychology in swimming. Also meeting previous Commonwealth /Olympic Squad members the programme lasts for 12 months and it’s very demanding on top of the 14 hours per week I currently spend training in the pool with Modernian Swimming Club in Bedford.

The programme entails 10 competitions and training camps over the year, developed to assist us in achieving our potential in swimming for the country.  I’ve attended sessions and competitions in Stirling, Inverness and Glasgow .Looking ahead into 2012 its Stirling again, Edinburgh and a Competition in Sunderland later this year. Fitting all of this in around a tight training schedule and my GCSE Studies is a real challenge but one that’s rewarding in training provision and expertise. I’m enjoying the life experiences this is bringing and have met friends for life, we have loads in common despite coming from different parts of the UK .I’ve been invited to spend a week this summer with one of the Squad my friend Ruth at her place on the Isle of Skye in the Highlands and am looking forward to this The below picture is the Squad after a long training session at Stirling University in December 2011.


Year 7 Athletics

Mark Rutherford successfully hosted the year 7 sports hall athletics with the school’s sports leaders taking charge of the officiating side of the competition. 

The competition ran very smoothly and all parties involved had a truly enjoyable experience.  Most notably Robert Bruce Middle School who came out overall winners. 

Mark Rutherfords sports leaders were very good and were a credit to the school.  They all represented the school well and even when there were enough leaders for the running events, the others sat down patiently waiting their chance to officiate in the next race.  Geogia Betts one of the schools Olympic Sports Council members gave a confident welcome speech at the start and Sean Buxton, Alice Graham, Emily Wade, Hazel Trengrove and Tom Kelk all gave a good account of themselves by assisting in the schools finding their way to the sports hall safely as well as helping with the set up and taking charge of the scoring for the competition.  Out of the leaders who ran and officiated the events, it wouldn’t be fair to pick anyone out in particular as they were all good, especially considering it was the first competition they have assisted in. 

We are hosting the same competition again next week Wednesday after school for year 8’s.  Hopefully it will be as successful as the year 7 event.


Mark Rutherford U16’s v Samuel Whitbred School
Bedford and District Semi-final

The team of Anthony Philips, Alex Holland, Jonathon Dove, Mel Valencia, Kane James, Phil Valencia, Kieran More, Dominique Mawdsley and Petar Jellic  worked hard to get to the semi-final and when the tall athletic looking and confident Samuel Whitbred team showed up they thought that was as far as they were going to get.

The game started with a high octane exchange of points. One of their lads even took, what can only be described as a belly shot from close to the half way line and it went in, it was not looking good for the first quarter. The second half score a resurgent ‘Marky’ team put some space between the teams, with Alex Holland playing magnificently scoring the majority of the points to leave  the half time score was 31 – 19. With the lead building the boys took their ‘foot off the pedal’ and were made to pay. The Whitbred team put together a run of points to leave them leading going into the last minutes of the game. ‘Marky’ responded and the game was drawn at 51 all. 3 minutes of extra time was played and Whitbred were rightly full of confidence. The game hung on a knife edge, but better defending and rebounding meant that Mark Rutherford’s U16’s Basketball Team won 61 – 51 (and Mr Fortune made it to his first parents evening appointment just in time.)

Mark Rutherford are in the Bedford and District Basketball Finals!


Year 9 Basketball (1st game of the season) V’s St Thomas More

These fine young men approached this local derby with excitement and confidence in their training and ability. This was also tinged with a little fear that they could lose this encounter through inadvertent mistakes that each of them could possibly contribute during the game. This fear of failure was soon swept aside at the start of the game as they started the game positively outscoring St Thomas More 24 – 8 in the first half.

The second half was a much closer affair as St Thomas More rallied. The second half scoring was ‘Even Stevens’ 8 points all to leave the result a win for Mark Rutherford by 32 point to 16.
Please feel free to congratulate any of the boys who all contributed well as a team. A special mention should go to the joint coaching staff of Imran Shah and Phil Valencia whose words of wisdom and substitution decisions made this an exciting and confident win.

It is also worth mentioning the exceptional good behaviour of the travelling fans that supported the team well. They were also joined by our local basketball sporting legend and England player Connor Washington who admired their performance and wished them well in the rest of the competition. despite being a former St Thomas More basketball team player.


U16 Basketball Team News

The year 10 and 11 Basketball Team is through to the Bedfordshire District semi-finals – where they will play Samuel Whitbread (as soon as the game can be arranged). With a full team there is much optimism of going all the way to the final and then anything is possible, but the first significant hurdle is the semi-finals.


6th Form Basketball News

The Sixth form Basketball Team having won all their league games and played one of the top two teams of the other league in the semi-final and won have been crowned Bedford and District league Champions (the second year in a row for this team) – I know the boys would have loved to have played the final, but circumstances have taken that away from them. However they have the County finals and as a result possible entry into the English Schools National Basketball Cup to look forward to. Well done to all of them.



Year 10 Rugby v Sharnbrook

The score was 5 - 33 to Sharnbrook. A fantastic effort against a very strong unbeaten Sharnbrook team. Overall position of 3rd in the North Bedfordshire Premier League. Played 4, won 2, lost 2.

Well done to the boys, we wish them luck for the next game which is the Semi Final of the county cup due to be played next week.


Year 10 Rugby v Manshead

The year 10 rugby team marched into the semi-finals of the County Cup yesterday following a 43-31 victory over Manshead. Manshead had some extremely fast, strong runners who posed a threat every time they had possession of the ball and a less competent defence would have been overrun by their power and pace. The Rutherford pack dominated up front and fought hard to limit the number of chances the Manshead scrum half had to release his backs.

Rutherford ran in a total of 7 tries. Captain Rees Bettell led the way again with a hat-trick (that's 7 tries in his last 2 school matches!), James Hirst opened his account for the school by scoring 2 excellent individual efforts. Ryan Bhatti poached one on the try line after pressurising the Manshead defender into making a fatal mistake. Robbie Taylor Rumbled his way over the line taking four Manshead defenders with him in an awesome display of strength.

Joe Holmes kicked 4 out of 7 conversions to seal the victory.
They should be congratulated for achievement, they now face Harlington in the Semi-final.
Mohammed Hossain, James Dexter, George Clayton, Robbie Taylor, Josh Saunders, Ryan Bhatti, Theo Demetriou, Charlie Reed, Tom Myers, Rees bettell, Stan Marginson, Joe Holmes, Oli Swain, Josh Petty, Carmine Silvestri, James Hirst and Finn Mohasri.


Year 8 Basketball

Unfortunately despite having the same amount of points as the two other teams in their league  and playing all their matches – they will not be going through to the finals because of the points scored difference.







Lincroft B







Maggie B A














R.Bruce B







They should all be congratulated for their effort: Dylan Hassan, Penial Balffour, Milad Quraishi, Carlo Stramaglia, Jan Yilmaz and Danny Peters.


U14 Netball Team are the champions!

The Mark Rutherford U14 netball team not only won the Bedfordshire Division 1 League this season but were undefeated in doing so. The girls who have only been playing together since joining the school in September beat 8 other local schools to gain the title before Christmas. They have now been promoted to the premiership league for next season in which I am sure they will do just as well. All the girls have their own strengths but collectively they are clearly a fantastic team, they are a lovely set of girls to take to fixtures and should be really proud of their achievement.
Well done to all of them: Kim Cox, Lois Cox, Becky Smith, Jacky Fioravanzo, Abbey Hunter, Mekeeda Austin, Chloe Williams, Molly Simpson, Molly Belcher, Jess Cain, Emma Wrigley and last but no way least Annabel Chinn!!! :)


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Year 9 Rugby v Stratton

The year 9 rugby team played their last game of the season against Stratton on 1st December. In a very close and competitive game Mark Rutherford came out of top, 29-27. In the first half Adam Sage and Liam Sutton both scored a try each to make the score 10-5. Rhion Massa scored a conversion to make the scores 12-5 at HT. In the second half Adam and Tarik Dallas scored but Mark Rutherford conceded a number of tries late on into the match, taking the score to 24-27 with only 3 minutes left. From the kick off MRS gathered the ball and rumbled down field. Joe Kvilums score the winning try making the score 29-27. The whole team played with 100% commitment and got the well deserved win. Can’t wait for next season and the push for promotion.

By Harvey Pegler (Captain)

Team: Harvey Pegler ©, Brodie Longmuir, Liam Sutton, Joe Kvilums, Adam Sage, Kane Osborne – Walker, George Maddams, Sam Cole, Dale Moore, Daniel Hare, Rees Dembecki, Kai Smith, Dontae Brown, Rhion Massa, Tyreece Lawerance and Tarik Dallas.


Year 9, 10 and 11 Rugby v Wootton - 29th November

The year 9, 10 and 11 rugby teams all travelled to Wootton to take on 3 well organised and confident teams. The conditions were horrendous with strong winds and driving rain. Despite this some excellent rugby was played.

The year 9 team, weakened by injuries and showing some effects from playing 2 games in 2 days, battled bravely against strong opposition but came away on the receiving end of a 50-7 defeat. The boys showed great pride and determination to keep fighting and were eventually rewarded when the excellent Robbie Taylor crashed over under the posts.

Year 9 Team: Joe Kvilums, Tarik Dallas, Robbie Taylor, Daniel Hare, Myles Herdman, Kane Osborne Walker, Aaron Brown, Ryan Harris, Zak Burnage, George Maddams, Brodie Longmuir, Dale Moore, Dontae Brown, Harvey Pegler and Rhion Massa.

The year 10's played in an excellent match against the league leaders (won 4 in 4) and came out on top by 25-14. The team were inspired by captain Reese Bettell as he scored 4 of the sides 5 tries (although then missed 4 conversions from in front of the posts!). Charlie Mason joined in the scoring when he picked up, the ball following some excellent work from Reese, and simply smashed through and over the unfortunate defender stood on the line.

The game was a really tight affair with Wootton leading 7-5 at half time and then scoring again early in the second half to extend their lead to 14-5. Reese Bettell got a try back to close the gap to 14-10 with 15 mintues to play following another strong run. Chalrie Mason's try gave Rutherford the lead but only by a single point and Wootton looked more than capable of scoring again. The game was then end-to-end with a very strong cross wind and driving rain making life extremely difficult. With less than 5 minutes remaining Reese crashed through a number of tackles again and dived under the posts to give his side some breathing space, 14-20. A conversion here would have meant Wootton would have needed to score twice in the last few minutes but Reese hit the post. Game still very much on. Wootton came back looking for that all important try but the Rutherford defence stood firm and were able to break away once more to seal the victory with a fourth try from Reese Bettell.

An excellent performance and a deserved win by the year 10 team:
Mo Hossain, James Dexter, George Clayton, Ryan Bhatti, Tom Myers, Charlie Mason, Reese Bettell, Josh Saunders, Stan Marginson, Joe Holmes, Oli Swain, Carmine Silvestri, Finn Mohasri, Will Pinney, James Hirst, Josh Petty.

Year 11 match report

My first game back into management after a long absence proved fruitful. Rousing speeches, excellent tactics and that little bit extra rugby knowledge resulted in a 33-5 drubbing of a revered rugby school (coincidence?). Or could it have been that the players were excellent and put together an intelligent and ferocious display in horrendous conditions? I say a bit of both but I will let history decide (!).

The boys were dominant from the off with excellent forward play and Charlie Reed controlling everything from scrum half. Barnstorming runs from Cameron Wilson, Jacob Mortimer and George Darlow set up lightning quick moves from the backs considering the conditions. Charlie's runs were mercurial, wrong footing the opposition and sometimes his own team mates but there was always somebody in support. The boys were tireless in defence; Jonny Dove a snapping terrier at any would be attacker. I could mention a less than impressive, dare I say persnickety, display by the referee that led to ridiculous decisions and a yellow card. I will not even taint the player by naming him; it was a fine tackle. Attenborough would be proud to have witnessed a similar attack from a noble lion methodically taking down a fleeting, leaping Impala on the plains of the Serengeti. Majestic.

I counted on one hand the amount of mistakes and in the wet and windy conditions that is something to behold; a miserable England performance against France in the World Cup had no fewer that 26 unforced errors in a pleasant, wind free 16 degrees (and they all wore those stupid little gloves).

I am about done; 5 great tries and 4 equally amazing conversions (the one missed was in the second half and to give you an idea of the wind it landed 2 feet behind where Charlie had kicked it ffrom!)

The boys shoudl be congratulated; they were superb and played as a team; rare at this age group!

Mr Morgan


Also an excellent performance by our Year 11's : Jamie Johnson, Royce Goodwin, Cam Wilson, Jonny Dove, George Darlow, Dom Mawdsley, Antony Asplin, Rowan Clay, Adam Khan, Sam Crouch, Mitz Pinedo, Luke Woodward, Jacob Mortimer, Sam Mortimer, Roin Naseri and Charlie Reed.


Yr 9 Rugby v Sandy

The  rugby team lost 40-17 to Sandy on Monday 28th November. The opening 15 minutes were very tight with neither team managing to score. Once Sandy eventually crossed the line they managed 3 more before the half time whistle and the game was effectively over. Our boys battled back in the second half and 3 tries (one converted) pulled the score back to 26-17.

Unfortunately Sandy scored another two tries late on to seal the game.There were some very good individual performances for Rutherford, particularly from Rhion Massa, Robbie Taylor and the excellent Liam Sutton but the boys struggled to work as a team. They travel to Wootton tomorrow and host Stratton on Thursday. Hopefully by which point they will have shaken off the cobwebs and be firing on all cylinders!


Year 9 Football in National Cup

The year 9 football team were knocked out of the National Cup last week by a very strong side from Kibworth Grammar School, Leceister. The score was 5-0. Our boys battled bravely, particularly Adam Sage, James Barron and Joe Ackroyd but it was not enough against one of the best teams they are likely to meet.


Year 11 Netball

The year 11 girls played their last ever netball matches for the school last night. First up were Cedars Upper, who had already played a match so were warm and ready to go. It took a moment for our girls to get up to speed but they were soon firing ahead with a 6-3 lead at half time. After an inspiring team talk ;-) the girls went back on court and continued their campaign. The girls were focused and motivated and thoroughly deserved their 11-6 win.

Their second game of the night was against Hastingsbury. This was a tighter game, with a very strong GA, but Megan Buxton proved unstoppable and made numerous interceptions and turnovers. The final score in this match was 9-4.

The girls should be congratulated, they have been a credit to the school throughout the netball league.

Megan Buxton, Hannah Cocker, Hannah Parry-Okden, Charlie Hunter, Suze Goulding, Chloe Griffin and Emma Carter.


Year 8 Basketball v Robert Bruce

A full complement of year 8 basketball players boarded the minibus with excitement and the desire to do well. After a short journey we arrived at a small gym with low level basketball rings. This meant that the team had to learn quickly how to shoot into basketball rings a good 2 foot lower than they were used to. The first half was an intense affair. The teams were reasonably well match and exchanged scores at a fairly even rate. However, the miss rate of the ‘Marky’ team was higher.

Some good shots from Dylan Hassan and Peniel left the half time score at 10 – 8 in favour of Robert Bruce.
The Robert Bruce team left the gym to talk tactics at half time. The ‘Marky’ team stayed and were also advised on tactics; Dylan and Carlo learnt to do a ‘screen pick and roll’ (If you do not know what it is ask your PE teacher the next time you are doing basketball) and the rest of the team were encouraged to relax and they got an opportunity to get used to the rings.

The second half was an exciting affair with both teams trying their best to outscore the other. Robert Bruce extended their lead and ‘Marky’ nearly lost their heads, but they held their nerves and rallied to leave the score 21-14.

Another great win and 8 points gained by your schools representatives – they should be congratulated, they really did themselves, the school and their parents proud.



Year 9 Netball team are currently un-beaten in the league the current results are:

Samuel Whitbread 8:9 MR
Hastingsbury 6:17 MR
Bedford Academy 1:9 MR
Biddenham 1:5 MR

The dream team:
Mekeeda Austin - Excellent all rounder
Jackie Fioravanzo - Brilliant in defence all game
Abbey Hunter - Excellent shooting worked really well
Chloe Williams - Always in the right space and always asking for the ball - Fantastic!
Molly Belcher - A shooting super-star!!
Annabel Chinn - Great goal keeper!!
Molly Simpson - She never stops running, great play!
Becca Smith - Played well across the court
Lois Cox - Excellent all game.
Kim Cox - Super shooting, worked really hard!!

A huge well done from Miss Jackson and keep it up so we can win the league!!! :)


VIth Form Basketball Result

Mark Rutherford
(Last year’s U16’s County & District Champions)


(Last year’s U19’s County & District Champions)

After a short journey the team arrived at Wootton Upper School to play in what was either the final or semi-final of the Bedford and District League. (Pending results from the other half of the league) The opposition looked keen, muscular and athletic Marky looked ………….well like their picture. This was the clash of the champions.

The first quarter was an intense affair and ended with score 2 – 5 in Mark Rutherford’s favour. A spell of baskets, mainly from Rutherford saw the half time score reach 26 – 7 in Marky’s favour.  In the third quarter it remained intense with only Mark Rutherford adding 8 points to the scoreboard and one of Wooton’s 5 players reaching 5 fouls. (He should have been sent off, but the team showing a good deal of sportsmanship agreed that he could remain on) The last quarter was a more even contest with Wotton scoring 5 and Marky scoring 8.
The final score is on the picture and was 42 – 12. Here are some of the more memorable moments in the game

  • Two awesome dunks from George Gentle, as well as some awe inspiring checks on several players during the game.
  •  A superb ‘fade away’ shot from Guerchom in the face of a much taller player
  • A wonderful improvised underneath the basket shot from Mel Valencia
  • A great ‘put back’ rebound from ‘the spring’ Josh Campbell (Catching the rebound in the air and shooting and scoring before landing)
  • Several huge buckets by Darius Le-band
  • Some eye wateringly good ball handling (dribbling) and shooting from Shaquille Stewart




Year 11 Basketball v Hastingsbury


Anthony Philips, Kailn Mihaylov, (Colin) Mel Valencia, Dominic Mawdsley, Alex Holland,
Wesley Henry, Samuel Adeniyi, (Deji) Kane James, Jonathon Dove and Phil Valencia


This Group of enthusiastic ‘BBallers’ turned up keen to uphold this year’s record of all wins for all Mark Rutherford basketball teams. But as soon as the Hastingsbury team turned up the ‘swagger’ went from their walks and they knew they might be in for some trouble; many of the Hastingsbury players were 6 foot plus and looked ready to put on a performance.

The game started with a flurry of baskets from ‘Marky’ who were eventually able to see out the quarter 21 – 8 in the lead. At half time the score was only advanced 8 points for Marky and 7 for Hastingsbury. (Maths question; what was the half time score? – A P.A. Point each person for the first five correct answers given to Mr Fortune).  The second half saw nearly everyone get onto the score sheet and cheers of delight when certain players scored their first competitive baskets.
The eventual score was 65 – 35 to Mark Rutherford. They should all be congratulated on this very positive result.



Year 8 Basketball Heroes

Dylan Hassan

Peniel Kyei Baffour

Carlo Stramaglia
Jan Yilmaz

Due to communication difficulties a severely depleted year 8 basketball team went to Lincroft School to play their first match in their league competition. As many of you are aware there should be at least 5 players on court and another 5 players as substitutes. Lincroft had their full compliment so the task looked daunting. It required all four boys to play their match on court all the time whilst Lincroft were able to substitute when players got tired.

Lincroft got off to a good start, but we were soon level. At half time the scores were 6 – 4 to Lincroft. After the break and with a feeling of ‘we can do this’. The four heroes took to the task well outscoring Lincroft 11 – 8 to win and get 4 vital points – Next week they will be playing Robert Bruce and  with a full complement of players there is much optimism.

The boys should be congratulated, they represented the school, their parents and themselves very well, and were a little bit tired, but elated by the end of the match.



Rutherford back from the brink to win in cup thriller!

The year 9 football team took on Hastingsbury in the 1st round of the County Cup on Thursday 10th November.After needing penalties to squeeze past Hastingsbury in the national cup the boys knew this was going to be a tight game. At half-time, however, Rutherford were trailing by 4 goals to nil and staring defeat in the face. Time for the manager to have words! A few tactical changes and the boys were out and raring to have a go at what would be an incredible come back.

Rutherford flew out of the blocks in the second half and immediately put the visitors under pressure. Joe Ackroyd was fantastic in the centre of midfield and with Tarik Dallas alongside they began to dominate. The first goal of the come back came from Adam Sage following a fantastic through ball from the excellent James Barron. 4-1 and the there was suddenly belief surging throughout the team. The next 15 minutes became the Tarik Dallas show as he completed a hat trick and levelled the scores at 4-4. The pick of the bunch came from the edge of the box as he turned and twisted looking for space to shoot. Eventually Tarik managed to beat the defender and shift the ball onto his right foot before drilling it into the bottom corner. The crowd went wild and shouts of Heskey! Heskey! rang out.

Hastingsbury's players looked dejected, Rutherford were on fire and could almost taste victory. Good work from Shane Kelly in goal and support from his defence of Max Dickson, Matt Chinnery, Lance Jeffers and Tom Pigram kept the scores level as Hastingsbury tried to fight back. Josh Griggs then gave Rutherford the lead with a fantastic finish from the edge of the box after good work down the left from Kai Smith. The game was finally settled by James Barron as he eventually scored a well-deserved goal after he had been excellent throughout the match.
This remarkable turnaround left Rutherford as 6-4 winners and kept their 100% record intact. They have now won 5 from 5 scoring 20 goals in the process.

The boys should be congratulated for showing great character and determination in fighting back from 4-0 down at half time!


Year 11 Football v Icknield High - 3rd November

The under 16 boys played their second round match v Iknield High.

The Mark Rutherford boys showed great professionalism and attitude from start to finish.  They didn’t moan, they didn’t let heads drop if they missed chances and they didn’t argue with the referee.  This new found attitude saw them play some superb football and especially in the first half.  The passing and moving was like watching a Barcelona youth team.  Luke Wilson was terrorizing the oppositions back 4 with his mazy runs and the back 4 consisting of Luke Woodward, Ben Wallace, Matt Kumar and Sam Crouch kept things tight in defence.  Iknield were resorted to one lucky shot which fortunately bounced off the top of the bar and out for a goal kick. 

The only thing missing from Mark Rutherford was a goal and unfortunately that never came.  Into extra time and same thing.  Marky played the good football but didn’t manage to score.  The game went to penalties and with the light disappearing fast, the keepers were going to struggle keeping the ball out.  Nevertheless, George Darlow managed to save a penalty and put Marky in the driving seat.  Unfortunately, Mark Rutherford went on and missed 2 of their own leaving Iknield winning a game they simply shouldn’t have had a chance to. 

We wish them luck for the new year where they will start their district cup campaign.  Man of the match was Luke Wilson. The team consisted of: George Darlow, Billy Roberts, Nathan Saunders, Georgio Camerano, Luke Woodward, Sam Crouch, Alex Lionetti, Jack Scott, Calum Perkins, Luke Wilson, Matt Kumar and Ben Wallace.


Sixth Form Football v Manshead

Mark Rutherford 6th form boy’s football team ensured that they remained on course for glory yesterday after a devastating 1-0 win over fierce rivals Manshead as Ben Walsh’s world class strike gave them a much deserved victory.
The big man came on as a half time substitute and sent a thunderous shot into the bottom corner after beautifully rounding the goalkeeper. This change once again proved that Mark Rutherford are blessed with two managerial masterminds in Mr Uddin and Carlo Mirto.

The home team oozed quality throughout the side, with Lord of the Wings Simon Mayes once again terrorising the opposition full backs. The hapless defenders had no answer to Mayes’s pace and trickery and he went close on many occasions. Other standout performers included centre backs Ben Souter and Max Woolston, whose combination of frightening pace and awareness expertly eradicated the threat of the opposition strike force. 

Manager Mr Uddin also gave special mention to Sean Buxton, who was awarded the man of the match award.  He’s overall contribution to the game was excellent and he dominated the midfield with Charlie Tomic.  Assistant manager Carlo Mirto also paid special tribute to Sean, “He did not allow his penalty miss to distract him. He woz sick, blud.”
After such a good performance, it is clear that Mark Rutherford are the team to avoid in this year’s competition as they go marching on in what is turning out to be a very convincing cup run. 

Reported by Carlo Mirto (Assistant Manager 6th form football team)

The boys should be congratulated on their performance and we wish them luck in the ¼ final stage.

Team: Olli Boyde, Rhys Pemberton, Tom Filipczak, Tom Kelk, Charlie Tomic, Omar D’Agostino, George Pinney, Anderson Mandinga, Martin Danobrega, Ben Souter, Ben Walsh, Jack Swain, Max Woolston, Stephen Hare, Simon Mayes and Sean Buxton.


Year 9 Football v Sandy - 3rd November

Rutherford are Spot on Again!

The year 9 football team hosted Sandy Upper School yesterday evening in the fourth round of the National Cup. A large crowd had gathered to witness both sides compete for a place amongst the last 64 schools remaining in the country.

Unfortunately the game was a nervy affair with neither side wanting to get their foot on the ball and pass it around. Instead the ball was pumped aimlessly backwards and forwards between the opposing sets of defenders. Rutherford did finally manage to play their style of passing football which has got them to this stage of the competition so far. A neat interchange on the right hand side between Joe Ackroyd, Adam Sage and Lance Jeffers created space for Adam Sage to float a delightful cross over to the back post where the commanding figure of Tarik 'Heskey' Dallas had made a great run off his left wing to head the ball home and give Rutherford the lead.

The home side grew in confidence and look good for their lead until right on the stroke of half time skipper Joe Kvilums handled in the box and a penalty was awarded. The kick was duely converted and the sides went in at half time all square.

The second half began as a very tight affair with both sides almost creating a number of chances only to be thwarted by some excellent last ditch defending. The half was just 12 minutes old when the game had to be ended due to a lack of light which had become a health and safety concern (Sandy had arrived late so kick off was delayed by about 30 minutes). This meant the dreaded penalty shoot out was looming and a  chance for someone to make themselves a hero.

Rutherford won the toss and decided to go first. Josh Griggs stepped up and confidently converted. Keeper Shane Kelly then stood on the line and faced Oliver Lee from Sandy who had already scored one penalty past him earlier on. This time Shane's mind control must have worked as Oli put the ball wide of the upright. 1-0 to Rutherford. James Barron was up next and he too was succesfull. Shane's mind control was now working over time as the next Sandy penalty was blazed over the bar. 2-0. Max Dickson had a chane to make it 3-0 but, having scored in the previous shoot-out against Hastingsbury, his shot lacked power and it was saved. Sandy converted their 3rd to make it 2-1 and the pressure was back on. Tariq then marched confidently up the spot and buried the ball powerfully into the corner of the net. Sandy responded to make the score 3-2 with one kick to go. The 5th penalty taker for Rutherford was Joe 'Acky' Ackroyd. He walked to the spot with the crowd chanting his name. They fell silent as he placed the ball and stepped back. Acky drew a deep breath and stepped up to strike the ball. The keeper guessed the right way but could not reach the ball before it nestled into the corner to end the game and send Rutherford through into the 5th round! The players chased Acky round the pitch, there was an invasion by the delighted supporters and a contented manager shook the hand of his counterpart.

They should be congratulated on their achievement, they are now just one win away from equalling the best run any team has had in this competition from Mark Rutherford.
Shane Kelly, Ross Slapp, Joe Kvilums, Matt Chinnery, Lucas Cain, Lance Jeffers, Tom Pigram, Joe Ackroyd, Tarik Dallas, Adam Sage, Max Dickson, Kai Smith and Josh Griggs.


U16 Basketball v St Thomas More

The U16’s team took on our closest rivals in their first match of the season. Alex Holland, Wesley Henry, Abra, Jonathon Dove, Mel & Phil Valencia, Colin Mihaylov, Dominic Mawdsley and Anthony Philips were in upbeat mood and were toe to toe with St Thomas More all the way through the first half. In the second half Rutherford sped away to a 46 – 30 lead. In the last quarter it all fell apart with Rutherford only scoring 1 basket and St Thomas More scoring 18. For those good at math’s this meant that the score was 49 – 48 to Marky with 30 seconds to go.
Mark Rutherford held out to win this close encounter 49 - 48.


U16 Girls Football v Manshead

On Wednesday 19th October the U16 girls played their first match in the County Cup competition. The girls started off well, covering every player and going in for every ball. This pressure enabled Becca Kiff to get an early goal, making the score 1-0. Rutherford started to relax, whilst Manshead, fired up came back strong and managed to score. Lydia ‘stretch armstong’ Stephenson deflected shot after shot but unfortunately Manshead scored a further 3 goals, making the final score 4-1 to Manshead.

We had a few new faces to the U16 team which was fantastic. Well done to Ann Jarjadian and Jasmine Saunders on their debut performance.

All the girls should be congratulated:Lydia Stephenson T10, Vicki Ethridge W6, Chante Goodman T8, Juliet Williamson W2, Chloe Williams n4, Annabel Chinn W6, Michelle Moore B9, Becca Kiff B8, Jasmine Saunders T10, Ann Jarjadian T2 and Emma Adams B8.


6th Form Rugby v STM

The MRUS 6th form played against our local rivals tonight, looking to earn the latest set of bragging rights. The STM team turned up with 4 games already under their belt. This was MRS’s first! Things looked good for us from the start though as we began to overpower STM at the break down and cause havoc in their defensive lines. With merely 5  minutes gone Rhys Pemberton crossed the line and that, unfortunately for STM opened the flood gates. Ryan Taylor went over twice and Ben Walsh added another before half time. The second half was better from STM as they found their stride and began to put pressure on the MRUS line. The defence held firm though, Cam Wilson putting in some huge hits, despite being in year 11. In one passage of play the ball found its way to Martin Danobrega on the half way line, within 15 seconds he had danced through the STM team and scored under the posts.

STM responded in kind and went straight back up the field to score for themselves, and add a very difficult conversion. This angered the MRS boys and led by Man of the Match Ryan Taylor, they began to batter holes in the STM line. Ryan picked the ball up 40m out and ran through 3 defenders to touch down in the corner. MRS weren’t done yet though. Stephen Hare made a break and looked to be scoring in the corner, but was pulled down just short. As every good winger should, Arnold Munyati was in support to pick up the ball and crash over from close range. The final score:- MRUS 37 STM 7

The team shoudl be c ongratulated on a brilliant performance. Daniel Porter White, Cam Wilson (y11), Jake Mortimer (y11), Kieron Souter, Jack Swain, Tristan Brown, Ryan Taylor, Stephen Hare, Jack Bettel, Ben Walsh, Rhys Pemberton, Charlie Tomic, Arnold Munyati, Martin Danobrega, Dominic Bryan.


Year 9 Rugby v St Thomas More 22-12

Captain's Report

The year 9 rugby team played exceptionally well in the first and second half of the game. The great defence of the whole team meant only 2 tries were given to Tommy Moore. It was a fast paced game and the team showed great teamwork and co-ordination in passing and tackling. The first 2 great tries were scored by our scrum half Joe Kvilums and a further 2 points were gained by Kane Osborne-Walker in a conversion.
This was followed by 2 more great tries by Robbie Taylor and Dontae Brown, which helped to secure a well deserved win for the year 9 team.
Well done to everyone in the team who played.

By Harvey Pegler

Squad involved were: Robbie Taylor, Angus Dunbar, Dontae Brown, Harvey Pegler ©, Brodie Longmuir, Tarik Dallas, Liam Sutton, Myles Herdman, Joe Kvilums, Kane Osborne – Walker, George Maddams, Adam Cox, Matt Gurney, Roshun Kumar, Dale Moore, Tyreece Lawrence, Aaron Brown, Daniel Hare, Zac  Burnage and Sam Cole.



Year 11 Netball

The year 11 netball team played 2 games on Tuesday 18th October, the first match was against St Thomas More. The girls played admirably against this team, fighting for every loose ball and keeping their passes short and sharp against the windy conditions. Charlie Hunter and Hannah Cocker worker well with each other around the circle shooting circle, playing the ball around to allow Emma or Charlie to receive the ball close to the post. The final score against St Thomas More was 7-2.

Their second match of the night was against Biddenham Upper. The girls were visibly tired after their storming performance against STM. It took them longer to get into the game and their passes became weaker which the Biddenham defense took advantage of. The score at half time was Biddenham 6 MRS 0. After half time the girls went onto court with a new found energy and worked together as a team to penetrate the Biddenham defence. Megan Buxton and Hannah PO made some superb interceptions, and Chloe Griffin came up to support our attacking players in the third line, also making some superb tips. Suzanna and Hannah worked patiently to get the ball into the shooting circle. We won the final half 4-2, if only we had played like that in the first half! Unfortunately the final score was 8-4, but all the girls played exceptionally well and should be congratulated :Hannah Cocker, Hannah PO, Emma Carter, Charlie Hunter, Chloe Griffin, Megan Buxton and Suzanne Goulding.


U19 Basketball v Sharnbrook

The 6th Basketball team took on the mighty Sharnbrook to see who would top group A and move onto the Bedford and District semi-finals on Wednesday last week. In a low scoring game in which their England player was being restricted from scoring freely Mark Rutherford ended the first half up 20 points to 15.

The second half saw Mark Rutherford move into another gear to outscore Sharnbrook 44 to 26 by the end of the game – the 6th form should be congratulated as they progress to play the other half of the pools runners up.


The year 9 football team cruise into the fourth round despite nervy finish

Our year 9 footballers beat Impington Village College (Cambridge) 5-3 on 13th October in the 3rd round of the National Cup. The scoreline was rather flattering to IVC as Rutherford held a comfortable 5-0 lead going into the last 5 minutes. A quickfire hat-trick from the IVC striker at the end of the game contained the only real chances of the game for the home side.

Rutherford went into half time with a two goal lead thanks to goals from Adam Sage and man of the match Tarik Dallas. The second half began much the same as the first as Rutherford controlled the game and created numerous chances. Goals from Tarik Dallas and James Barron (2) gave the visitors a comfortable 5 goal lead. James Barron came an inch away from bagging a deserved hat trick when an excellent passing move culminated with an explosive shot from 25 yards cannoning back off the upright.

IVC then grabbed 3 late goals to finish the game at 5-3.
The boys should be congratulated for their efforts as they move into the fourth round - Shane Kelly, Josh Griggs, Joe Kvilums, Ross Slapp, Lucas Cain, Lucas Jeffers, Joe Ackroyd, Tom Pigrim, Kai Smith, James Barron, Adam Sage, Will Manser, Bradley Goulding, Max Dickson, Roshun Kumar, Tarik Dallas.


Badminton v Bedford School

Congratulations to the Badminton team who beat Bedford School 13 games to 3 last night- a stunning victory, when their usual opponents are Oundle, Rugby and Stamford!
Everyone should be congratulated:

Dominic Bryan and Alex Sims - Won all 4 of their games.

Hazel Trengrove and Sam Mortimer (yr11) - Won all 4 of their games

Robert Aspinall and George Pinney - Won 3 out of 4 games

Steven Hare and Max Mc Grellis - Won 2 out of 4

A special thanks to Max who filled in at the very last minute!




Mark Rutherford's year 9 football team advanced into the 3rd round of the National Cup following a dramatic victory over Hastingsbury. Hastingsbury took an early lead but a brace from man of the match James Barron put Rutherford in the driving seat heading towards half time. Hastingsbury hit back and levelled the game just before the break.
The second half ebbed and flowed with neither side able to make the break through. Rutherford made regular changes as the temperature sored and one of these had an immediate impact as Tariq Dallas moved out to the left wing. A lovely bit of skill from Tariq created the space for Tom Pigrim to strike the ball over the keeper from outside the box and give a  3-2 lead to Rutherford.

Hastingsbury piled on the pressure and were rewarded for their efforts 5 minutes from time with an equaliser. This set up a very tense finish to the game and when Hastingsbury took the lead with less than a minute left it looked all over. However, rather than hang their heads, Rutherford picked themselves up and pushed on desperately looking for a last gasp equaliser. With seconds remaing the ball was cleared to the Rutherford left back Max Dickson. With his coach Mr Snowdon screaming in his ear 'Stick it in the mixer!' he took a touch, composed himself and volleyed the ball deep into the Hastingsbury penalty area. Tariq Dallas threw himself at the ball but was fortunately unable to make contact as the ball bounced through and Adam Sage raced onto it, poking past the onrushing keeper with the last kick of the game. 4-4 and a penalty shoot out looming.

The England football team could have learned a thing or two by watching the Rutherford players taking their penalties. Every single one was struck with such coolness and confidence it was as though it was a kick about down Mowsbury park rather than a National Cup 2nd round match. Hastingsbury missed their first and never had a chance to come back as Adam Sage, Max Dickson, Josh Griggs, Joe Ackroyd and Tariq Dallas scored all 5 of Rutherford's kicks.
Massive congratulations to the team for making it through to the 3rd round:
Shane Kelly, Josh Griggs, Bradley Goulding, Joe Kvilums (c), Ross Slapp, Lance Jeffers, Kai Smith, Tom Pigrim, Joe Ackroyd, Adam Sage, James Barron, Tariq Dallas, Will Manser and Roshun Kumar.




Lance Jeffers, Tom Pigrim, Adam Sage and Kai Smith have been selected to play for the U14 District football team - congratulations to all of them!


2011 County and District Champions winning start to 2012 Campaign

After a rousing pre-match talk by assistant coach Jake Newman  - the team ‘burst out of the starting gates’ to be leading 14-2 in the first quarter against the well drilled and eager St Thomas More Basketball Team. Shaquille, Darious ,Josh and George were ‘on fire’ and St Thomas More did not have the skills to douse the fire of their passion, endevour and will to win and score. Mark Rutherford went on to win 60 - 46. Well done to everyone.



Year 11 Rugby v Sandy

With 2 pre-season friendlies out of the way, the real business of the league begin at MRUS as the year 11 team faced off against Sandy Sports College. The year 11’s were short on players so gaps were filled with the promotion winning y10’s. The game got off to a lively start as MRUS scored within a minute. Any thoughts of a walk over were soon forgotten as Sandy hit back with some hard and fast rugby which took our boys by surprise. Sandy eventually scored and converted meaning they were leading 7-5. A rousing talk by some of the players shook MRUS into life and once again the team begin to push forward and threaten the Sandy try line, only desperate defending and some silly penalties prevented us scoring.

Following a ruck there was a bit of fisticuffs between Callum Probert and a Sandy player, resulting in Callum spending 10 minutes in the sin bin. This only seemed to spur MRUS on as they lay siege to the Sandy line, crossing twice despite being a man down. At half time a few changes were made due to players suffering in the unusually hot September weather.  In the face of some fierce provocation from the Sandy players, Callum Probert managed to keep his cool and put in a superb performance of attacking running and defensive strength. The second half was very much 1 way traffic with Marky always on the front foot. Only silly mistakes prevented us from racking up a huge score. Tries from Charlie Reed, Cam Wilson, James Dexter, Rees Bettell, George Darlow & Elliot Line made the final score 47-7. It was a great start to the season and will hopefully lead to more success this year.

Well done to everyone: Jacob Mortimer, Cam Wilson, James Dexter (y10), Josh Panter, Mo Hossain (y10 & Man of the match), Charlie Mason (y10), Callum Probert, Rees Bettell (y10), Charlie Reed, Jonny Dove, George Darlow, Joe Holmes (y10), Sam Mortimer, Elliot Line, Tom Benney, Antony Asplin, Finn Mosahri (y10) James Hirst (y10) & Carmine Silvestre(y10)


Year 8 Boys Football Friendly v Harrowden

Mark Rutherford 7 - 2 Harrowden

An excellent effort by the boys in the 1st game of the season. Only a friendly but a great result against a strong Harrowden team. Well done to everyone.



Year 9 Boys Football v Milton Keynes Academy

The year 9 boys football team travelled to The Milton Keynes Academy in the first round of the National Cup. This was their first fixture together following a trial and just one training session.

The boys started the game very well considering they had not played together before. The midfield pairing of Tom Pigrim and Joe Ackroyd were linking up well and supplying the front pairing of Adam Sage and James Barron with ample opportunities to test the opposition defence. Kai Smith and Lance Jeffers were causing the full backs all sorts of problems and it was a matter of time before the pressure told and Rutherford took the lead through a cool chip from James Barron. This first goal clearly boosted the sides confidence and they had a 10 minute spell which resulted in another two goals. The first came when Adam Sage used his electric pace to get in behind the defence and smash a rocket into the top corner.

The 3rd goal of the game was the best of the lot as a flowing passing move, worthy of any football field, began in Rutherfords own half with right back Ross Slapp and was finished by Tom Pigrim scoring a cracking header at the back post. The move had involved no fewer than 6 of Rutherfords players. MK Academy were able to pull a goal back through a rare breach of the solid back four of Lucas Cain, Joe Kvilums, Matt Chinnery and Ross Slapp. Keeper Shane Kelly was given no chance with the finish. The 3 goal lead was quickly restored when Kai Smith zigged and zagged through the centre of the pitch before his tame shot took a fortunate bobble and beat the poor keeper. 4-1 at half time to Mark Rutherford. The scorline stayed the same throughout the second half despite Rutherford creating a number of chances. The substitutes, Bradley Goulding, Max Dickson, Tariq Dallas, Josh Griggs and Roshun Kumar, played their part and kept the lead intact. There was an unfortunateincident towards the end of the game when Roshun tried to clear the ball and drilled it straight into poor Matt Chinnery's wrist. This resulted in a fractured wrist for Matt and although Roshun and Matt are competing for the same position I'm sure it was unintended by Roshun!
The boys should be congratulated for their efforts, they now meet Hastingsbury in the second round.



U16 Girls Football v Biddenham - 15 September


The U16 Girls football team played Biddenham in the first round of the National Cup.

Biddenham started off well, scoring very quickly. It took Mark Rutherford time to settle but it was clear by  the end of the 1st half they were beginning to work together. The score at half time was 6-0 to Biddenham. Mark Rutherford came out from half time like a different team, they had found their ‘ooomph’ and were chasing every ball, going in for every tackle and sticking to their players. Biddenham were now under pressure and this showed in the amount of shots they missed.

After a dodgy tackle in the penalty box Biddenham were awarded a penalty. The penalty hit the post and after a momentary scramble in the box Lydia Stephenson made a superb save. Biddenham only managed to score 1 goal in the second half, which show how hard our girls were working. Please congratulate them on their efforts.

Emma Adams W9, Shamar MBA N10, Chloe Lancaster B1, Juliet Williamson W2, Vicki Etheridge (C) W6, Lydia Stephenson T10, Chante Goodman T8, Michaela White-Kinsella N2, Hannah Cocker W7, Hannah Parry – Okeden B6 and Chloe Fleming B3.

A special thanks also goes to Hazel Trengrove and Alice Graham who helped coach the girls, and also to Tom Kelk and Rhys Pemberton for officiating the game.


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