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U14 District Rounders Tournament

Friday afternoon we hosted the Annual District Rounders Tournament here at Mark Rutherford. The weather was not amazing but remained dry and the girls were in good spirits.

We entered 2 teams into the Year 9 category with the large numbers of girls who enjoy and attend Rounders practice. The girls performed well in the games and our A team were overall champions with the B team finishing 4th. Well done to all of the girls!


U14 District Cricket – Finals Day

On Wednesday 13th July the Year 9 cricket team travelled to Bedford Modern School to take part in District Finals. The students were drawn against Samuel Whitbread in the semi-final, with Stratton and Sharnbrook taking part in the second semi-final.

Skipper Dan Clark lost the toss, and Mark Rutherford were put into field first. The boys got off to a strong start, with Dan opening with a maiden, and Tobey Williams limiting runs at the other end. It didn’t take long for a breakthrough to occur, as Dan and Suraj Makadia both got amongst the wickets with some excellent, consistent bowling. There was some excellent bowling on display, in addition to some strong batting from the Samuel Whitbread middle order in particular. Unfortunately, the boys did give away some sloppy runs in the field – particularly after a diving save from Mark Stanyard revented a boundary, only for a couple of overthrows to allow Sam Whit to run the four anyway. Despite this, the bowling was still sharp, a couple of run outs, in addition to another Suraj wicket and one for Rohan Mehmi limited Samuel Whitbread from recording a big score. Due to the weather and arrival of teams, the game was limited to 16 overs a side – Samuel Whitbread managed to reach 94 at the end of their innings.

Dan and Rohan were the openers for Mark Rutherford, and they got off to an excellent start, Dan was scoring runs quickly, with regular boundaries, whilst Rohan chipped away in support at the other end. Both students were batting with excellent technique, against some strong Sam Whit bowling. The first wicket to go was Dan Clark, who was caught attempting to lift the bowler over mid-off for a score of 40. This meant Tobey joined Rohan at the crease, the boys continued to bat well, but the run rate began to drop considerably, meaning that the game was well in the balance going into the final 4 overs. Some fantastic death bowling from Sam Whit restricted Tobey and Rohan, and Rohan was eventually run out as he desperately tried to chip away at the required totals. This saw Adam Tilson join Tobey for the final few balls of the innings. With 2 balls remaining, Mark Rutherford required 5 to win – Adam struck a single from the penultimate ball, leaving Tobey needing a 4 from the last to seal the win, disappointingly for the boys it was a good delivery from the bowler, meaning Tobey could only push it away for one, meaning that Mark Rutherford lost by just 2 runs. A disappointing result for the students, but it was their strongest performance of the season, and gives them plenty to build on next year – well done to all involved.


Year 9 Rounders

On Tuesday 28th in the pouring rain at Mark Rutherford School we were due to play both Bedford Free School and St Thomas More. Bedford Free were unable to field a team and we were declared the winners. After the positive win without playing the girls were looking forward to continuing their winning streak. We won the toss and decided to field first. The wet conditions meant the fielders needed to be set in exactly the right position, which they did and kept the St Thomas More score to just 1.5 rounders from 18 balls. It was our turn to bat and doubled their score, finishing the first inning 3-1.5. The rain persisted but so did the excellent fielding play of the team and again the score was kept very low. The St Thomas More score from 36 balls was just 2 in total. The girls had already won the match without the need to take their second batting innings, the final score being 3-2 to Mark Rutherford.


Year 9 Rounders

Last night was the first night of playable rounders for our year 9 team due to poor weather in previous weeks. The girls were excited to finally put into practice the drills and preparations from their training sessions. The first game was against Bedford Academy and with our 12 strong squad the lost the toss so were batting first. The batting innings were steady with Millie and Hannah scoring off both their bowls which resulted in a first innings score of 4.5. Bedford Academy then took to batting with 3 very strong batters but the girls were not deterred and kept the score to 3. As we entered the second batting innings the girls were aware they need to score as many rounders as they could to prevent the Academy girls from catching them in the second innings, Freya and Alex both scored 1.5 rounders and Jess added another rounder to take the score to 9. The final innings and the girls were aware of what they needed to do. The fielding was strong and the Bedford Academy team were only able to score 1 rounder in total from the 18 balls bowled and 5 of the team were stumped or caught out. An excellent result for the girls first game. The final result being Mark Rutherford 9 – Bedford Academy 4.

Game 2 against Stratton was much closer, both teams were very focussed on fielding positions and preventing the opposition from gaining much ground. The girls won the toss and chose to field first. They were fantastic in working together to back each other up and the Stratton team managed to score just 0.5 a rounder. We batted well against a well set Stratton side and scored 2 rounders from the first 18 balls. The second innings were also well played and the victory was again ours, with a final score of Mark Rutherford 5.5 – Stratton 3.5. All girls were a credit to the school.


Athletics County Championships

The Athletics County Championships took place on Wednesday at Bedford Athletics Stadium and we had 5 students taking part in several events.

Two girls took part, firstly, Shannon Munro who finished 3rd in the Junior Girls shot putt, in a very evenly contested event her best score was just shy of 10m, which was strong enough for third but still slightly short of her best throw from the District competition of over 11m! Tia Wilson continued her fantastic record of results by smashing the field in the Junior Girls 1500m, she won comfortably, with the second place athlete only just coming into the home straight as Tia crossed the line.

In the boys competition, Raphael Bouju had another strong competition, he comfortably won the 100m again, and he then followed this up by winning the Junior Boys long jump as well. The long jump was very close, with Raph in second place going into his final jump, but a jump of 5.93m secured the win, although it came at a cost as he injured his back on landing which meant it was the end of his night. Reon Lewis also had an excellent night, he finished 2nd in the 100m to Raphael, before smashing the field in the Junior Boys 200m in a time of 24.5s, in his final event Reon anchored the Junior Boys 4x100m relay team to victory following an excellent 3rd leg by a Sharnbrook student, this was all done without having Raphael due to his injury! The final Mark Rutherford competitor was Nathan Cox, he was the winner of the Intermediate Boys 200m, and in the night’s final event he ran a fantastic 4th leg for the Intermediate Boys 4x100m relay to secure his 2nd victory.


U15 District Tennis

Friday 18th June saw eight Year 9 and Year 10 boys take part in the District Tennis Competition at Riverside Tennis Club. The eight boys were split into 2 teams of 4; the ‘A’ team was Toby Wilford, Daniel Clark, Matthew Doherty and Oliver Wilson, whilst the ‘B’ team consisted of Sam D’Arcy, Oliver Wilby, Tom Garbould and Harry Stonebridge.

The ‘A’ team were in a 4-team group with Biddenham ‘A’, Sharnbrook ‘B’ and Sharnbrook ‘D’. First up was Biddenham, the boys comfortably beat Biddenham in 5 of the 6 ties in the match to record a 5-1 win and get them off to a flying start. They then faced each of the Sharnbrook teams, again some excellent performances, particularly in the singles rubbers saw Mark Rutherford beat Sharnbrook ‘D’ 5-1 to record their second emphatic victory of the competition. The final game saw Mark Rutherford face Sharnbrook ‘B’, the winner of the tie would be advancing to the final as group winners. The first round of ties got off to an even start, with Mark Rutherford eventually taking a 2-1 lead after 3 rubbers, Toby Wilford and Matthew Doherty performing excellently to win their singles tie and put Mark Rutherford in control of the tie. The second round of ties saw was just as close with Toby and Matt putting in an excellent performance to win their doubles tie, whilst Dan’s singles win was enough to secure the win for the ‘A’ team and put them in the final.

The ‘B’ team’s group consisted of Biddenham ‘B’, Sharnbrook ‘A’ and Sharnbrook ‘C’. Like the ‘A’ team, the boys got off to an excellent start against Biddenham as they battled their way to a 4-2 win with some impressive performances, particularly in the singles rubbers. They then faced Sharnbrook ‘C’ team, and in one of the tightest matches of the day, it ended in a 3-3 draw; Oliver Wilby turned in some excellent performances to win both his singles and doubles ties. The final game was against Sharnbrook ‘A’, and it was a match that needed a win for Mark Rutherford for them to advance to the final. Unfortunately, Sharnbrook proved too strong, and eventually came out as 4-2 winners in the match, Oliver Wilby and Harry Stonebridge managed to pick up the wins for Mark Rutherford.

This saw Mark Rutherford ‘A’ face Sharnbrook ‘A’ in the final of the competition. The first 3 games saw Toby and Matthew take part in singles rubbers, with Dan and Oli playing doubles, unfortunately for Mark Rutherford, Toby was the only student who won his tie, meaning Sharnbrook took a 2-1 lead. The second round of fixtures saw Dan win his singles match, with Toby and Matt winning the doubles, however, Oliver lost the final point to lose his game 7-6 – meaning that the game was tied 3-3. Due to this the winner was settled on the total number of points from the match, thankfully, Toby and Matt had both won the singles matches comfortably, while all of the lost rubbers were only by a single point, meaning that Mark Rutherford ‘A’ won the competition due to their points total. The boys will now be taking part in the County Competition on the 8th July!


Year 7/8 District Tennis

We took 2 teams to the district B team tennis tournament. Team A, consisting of Kayden Campbell, Sonny Kealy, Niall Quigley and William Biziki unfortunately lost their two group games so were knocked out at the first hurdle.

Team B, consisting of Tom D'Arcy, Piers Bloomfield, Rohan Mehmi and Luke Wheatley topped their group with victories against Westfield and Newnham. They played Lincroft B in the quarter final and won comfortably. Up next was Lincroft A in the semis. These boys proved just too much and Tom, Piers, Rohan and Luke were resigned to a 3rd place play off against Goldington.

Tom and Piers won their singles games to make the score 2-2 with the doubles to come. First up were Rohan and Tom. They went down 5-4 in a hotly contested game. The pressure then was on Piers and Luke to salvage the match. With the scores tied at 5-5 at the end of the time Luke forced an error to seal the game and level the match 3-3. Total points scored in the match were 38 to mark Rutherford and 31 to Goldington.
This meant the boys finished in a more than respectable 3rd place.


U14 District Cricket

On Thursday we took the Year 9 cricket team to Colworth to take part in their second fixture of the season after a dominant performance against STM. With a strong side available, despite the absence of Rohan Mehmi, the boys were confident of securing a positive result.

Captain Dan Clark won the toss, and elected to bowl, with himself delivering the opening over. It was a shaky start with the first 2 deliveries being wide balls, this was a common theme for the innings as the Mark Rutherford boys bowled inconsistently, giving away far too many extras throughout. Dan, Tobey Williams, Suraj Makadia and Adnan Choudhury bowled 4 overs each, the pick of the attack was Tobey Williams, although he didn’t take a wicket he conceded just 14 runs from his overs. Although his bowling was the most erratic, Suraj did take 3 wickets for his side, including breaking Sharnbrook’s opening partnership, these wickets did come at a cost of 34 runs. Adnan also got amongst the wickets, he took 2 wickets towards the end of the Sharnbrook innings, these were either side of a run out from Dan Clark. After their 16 overs, Sharnbrook had hit a score of 103/6, which was a competitive total.

In response, Dan Clark opened the batting with Suraj Makadia. Suraj never quite settled, and he was dismissed for 0 in the opening over, as he attempted a pull shot the ball just looped into the air and was comfortably caught. Tobey was in at 3, and him and Dan looked to settle into the innings as they chipped away at Sharnbrook’s total. Tobey was eventually bowled for just 4, although he had supported Dan excellently throughout. Tom Howes then joined Dan, and again they looked to establish a strong partnership, Dan hitting most of the runs, but Tom supporting well with some fantastic running between the wicket. A crazy decision then saw Tom run out, and hopes of Mark Rutherford achieving the required total began to decrease. Sam, Aimar, Adnan and Chris all came in but failed to have an impact on the score, and when Dan was bowled for 23, with Mark Rutherford on just 62 a win looked unlikely. James Mabberley came in, and although it was slightly unorthodox he managed to knock off a few more runs, but as Mark was caught it left with him without a partner. Mark Rutherford eventually finished on 72 all out.

A disappointing result for the boys, especially after the cracking performance in the previous game, however, if they can tighten up the bowling, particularly the number of extras they gave away then the team should bounce back.


Year 10 District Athletics

The year 10 athletics team had their 2nd meeting of the season yesterday afternoon and overall performed well.  Lyndon Senior and Joey Russo made their debuts for the team and didn’t disappoint.  They worked hard and performed well.  Lyndon ran the 200m and came a respectable 4th with Dylan Weeks coming 2nd.  Joey ran an impressive 400m and came second.  He was leading at the halfway stage but used too much energy at the start and eventually got pipped to the line by another runner.  

George Harlow ran a strong 800m and finished the last 100m well to take second place.  Ben Tilson and Kamran Khalifa finished 2nd and 4th respectively in the 100m (in separate heats).  Jack Murphy against strong competition finished 2nd in the shotput event throwing over 11m.  With some practice he will probably be able to get a few more metres as he is just naturally strong at this event.  

Emily Dickerson jumped 4m 68cm and won the long jump event.  She also came second in the 100m clocking a time of 12.08 seconds.  Jemma Moore also came 2nd in the Javelin which capped off an impressive display in track and field before the relays.

The boys relay team consisting of Lyndon, Dylan, Kamran and Ben finished 2nd and we even fielded a mixed relay team who although finished 4th were actually leading after the first leg (Emily gave them a lead).


U14 District Cricket

On Thursday 26th May the Year 9 cricket team took part in their first fixture of the season at St Thomas More. There was a strong squad available to Mark Rutherford, with several of the students having played County cricket in the past or playing currently.

Skipper Daniel Clark won the toss and elected to bowl first. Dan opened the bowling himself, and immediately put the STM batsmen under pressure, this pressure paid off as he took the first wicket with the third ball of the over to give Mark Rutherford an excellent start. Dan was excellently supported from the other end by Tobey Williams; Tobey took 2 wickets in his first over, and he followed this up with a third wicket in his second over. This left STM on just 8 runs for the loss off 4 wickets from just 4 overs, which instantly put the boys in a commanding position.
Rohan Mehmi, Adnan Choudhury and Suarj Makadia then joined the bowling attack, and all three boys continued the early pressure applied by Dan and Tobey. Adnan took one wicket in each of his three overs – this left him with bowling figures of 3wickets for just 7 runs from 3 overs (an identical record to Tobey Williams). This left a determined STM batsmen who had survived for most of the innings up to this point after coming in at 4, however, Suraj quickly found his rhythm, removing the bastman with the first ball of his 2nd over. Into the 15th over, and Suraj returned following a well bowled over from Mark Stanyard, Suraj cleaned up the STM batting line up with the final two deliveries of the over to restrict STM to a score of 38 all out.

The excellent bowling on display gave Mark Rutherford confidence of chasing down the total, and it was left to Dan Clark and Rohan Mehmi, the two opening batsmen to do the job. On an unpredictable wicket, and with some solid bowling from STM, Dan and Rohan both enjoyed a let off on their way to hitting the winning runs. Skipper Dan demonstrated some excellent shots, particularly some cuts, which quickly saw his score rise to 27 not out – there would have been more boundaries had it not have been for the long grass in the outfield. Rohan (10 not out) supported well, with some excellent running ensuring the winning total was achieved off just 6 overs. Mark Rutherford posting 39 without loss, meaning we won the game with 10 wickets to spare.


Year 7&8 District Rounders

The year 7 and 8 Rounders team played their final league fixture of the season yesterday afternoon. Bedford Academy were our visitors and both teams were nervous having suffered heavy defeats in previous matches.

BA scored 10 1/2 rounders in their first innings, largely due to inexperience and panicking when in possession of the ball from the Marky Girls. Tiana Jeremic Played very well at backstop and took two excellent, sharp catches from thin edges. Trinity Bonding fielded in the deep and created 3 run outs with her cannon-like throwing arm, fizzing the ball into Tianna and Susie Baker at 4th Base.

The girls knew they had fielded better than in previous matches and took this confidence into their first innings. Trinity shone again scoring three rounders from her four balls faced. Emma Saywer also impressed with two and a half from her four balls. The innings total score came to 9 which, although behind BA, was their highest all season.

The girls were buzzing and looking to keep BA to a low score in the second innings. Unfortunately some lapses of concentration from the fielders and some good hitting from the batters saw BA score ten more rounders.

This proved to be slightly too many for the Rutherford girls to chase down and a final score of 16 - 20 1/2 to Bedford Academy was the outcome of a hugely entertaining and enjoyable game. Trinity Bonding was player of the match. She scored five rounders from her seven balls faced in the game and ran out four or five opponents in the field.

This was a huge improvement by the girls from recent games and they really enjoyed themselves. They were chuffed to have scored so many points.


District Athletics Championships

We had a very successful day yesterday at Bedford Athletic Stadium.
The students performed very well with everyone contributing to the teams' score.

Key performances from the day came from:

Raphael Bouju - 1st Junior Boys Long Jump.
Shannon Munro - 2nd Junior Girls Shot Putt.
Tom Howes - 3rd Junior Boys Discus.
Hannah Folley - 3rd Junior Girls Hammer.


Tia Wilson - 1st Junior Girls 1500m.
Reon Lewis - 1st Junior Boys 200m.
Raphael Bouju - 1st Junior Boys 100m.
Nathan Cox - 1st Intermediate Boys 200m.
4x100m Relay team also finished 1st to become District Champions - Raphael Bouju, William Biziki, Zavier Corion and Reon Lewis.

We therefore had 5 district champions plus the relay team.

Star performance came from Raph Bouju with 3 1st place finishes. There was a real buzz about the stadium with everyone wanting to watch him run. He did not disappoint and completely blew away the rest of the field in his 100m heat and final. Additionally, Reon Lewis (Junior Boys 200m) and Nathan Cox (Intermediate Boys 200m) both ran new school records as they secured their 1st places!

Those that finished in 1st or 2nd have qualified to represent North Beds in the County Championships on 15th June. Please congratulate the students and wish these 5 well for their next competition.


U15 District Cricket

On Thursday 19th May the Year 10 cricket team took on Bedford Free School in their first district match of the season. There were 12 students involved in the fixture, all with varying levels of cricketing experience.
Bedford Free elected to bat first, allowing Mark Rutherford the chance to bowl. James Romans opened the attack; he instantly put the batsman on the back foot, and delivered a maiden over to start the game. Captain, Izan Ayub, then supported well from the other end, with the batting side only getting off the mark in the opening 4 overs due to extras. Despite the early pressure from the bowlers it took until the 7th over to see a breakthrough, Tim Hare collecting the first of his 3 wickets with the final ball of his over. The next 3 overs saw Bedford Free lose 3 more wickets; one caught off the bowling of Ben Grindley and 2 for James Romans. Tim returned to the attack in the 14th over, and he delivered a 2 wicket maiden over, one of which was excellently taken by Tom Howes at wicketkeeper, Tim then narrowly missed out on a hat-trick with his final ball! Khizer Ghafoor then completed the innings as he bowled the final over, and he collected 2 wickets of his own after some excellent bowling throughout. This saw Bedford Free end on 45 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.

Skipper Izan opened the batting along with Tim, but they didn’t get off to the start they’d hoped for as Izan was bowled from a fantastic delivery from Bedford Free’s opening bowler. Ben Grindley then joined Tim at the crease and the two batsmen look as though they had settled well and began to chip away at Bedford Free’s total. However, after playing some excellent shots, Ben was caught for just 2, largely down to some good fielding from the Bedford students. James Romans then joined Tim at the crease, and he immediately looked as though he was going to control the game as he struck his first delivery for a 4, with Tim continuing to keep the score moving at the other end it looked as though these two might see the game out. However, Bedford’s opener soon returned and he quickly dismissed both batsmen to leave the game hanging in the balance. Joseph Browning came in at 5, and he guarded his wicket well as he survived the 5 overs that were remaining. Luke Reynolds, playing in his first cricket match was in at 6, he faced just 3 balls but sent the third straight to the boundary to secure a win for Mark Rutherford off just 11 overs, with the boys ending on 49/4, meaning they won by 4 runs.


Year 7&8 Athletics Meeting

On the 17th May we took the year 7 & 8 Athletics teams over to Lincroft to compete in the final league fixture of the season. Our opponents were Lincroft and Robert Bruce this time, having faced a selection of other schools in previous rounds. There were 16 boys and girls from Years 7 and 8 who were taken to Lincroft, some of whom had already taken part in previous meetings, whilst others were appearing for the first time.

There were some excellent performances from several students, the most notable including:
William Biziki – 1st in triple jump (8.91m)
Plamedi Bomolo – 1st in long jump (3.83m)
William Biziki - 1st in 100m
Willow Tucker - 2nd in 1500m (6.18s)
Zahi Kasem - 2nd  in 800m


Year 9 B-Team Football

The year 9 B team took part in a tournament on Thursday 5th May. It was a 7 a-side competition in which we entered two teams.

Both teams beat Bedford Free School but lost to Samuel Whitbread. They both then had deciding matches against Sharnbrook and Hastingsbury. Team 2 won theirs to finish 2nd in their group and Team 1 drew to also finish 2nd. This meant both teams then met in the 3rd place play off. Team 2 came out on top to win 2-1. Nathan Haley scored one of the goals of the tournament with a sublime back heel past Tom Howes. This meant we finished 3rd and 4th in the tournament. The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves, which was the whole point of attending.


Year 9 District Athletics

The 2016 athletics league got underway yesterday afternoon and there were some very impressive performances.

Raphael Bouju arrived with a big reputation and did not disappoint as he destroyed the rest of the field in the 100m. His time was recorded as 10.85 seconds! This smashed the school record which had previously stood at 11.7 (Justin Arthur).

Reon Lewis followed up Raph's performance with an impressive victory in the 200m. The 4x100m saw Chris Buttice and Zavier Corion join Reon and Raph but they were unable to overcome a strong Sharnbrook team and had to settle for 2nd. In the field events Reon and Raph secured 1st and 2nd in the long jump, with Raph winning by just 5cm with his last jump. His distance of 5.85m is also a new school record.

In the girls events, Shannon Munro threw a massive 11.15m in the shot putt absolutely smashing the previous record by over 3m! While Tia Wilson achieved a comfortable 1st place in the 800m and she also set a school record with an outstanding time of 2.25 mins, this followed up her outstanding achievements in cross country. Alex Blewinska also broke the school record for the 300m in a time of 56.1 seconds.


Year 10 District Football

The Year 10 team played Sandy on Tuesday evening at Mark Rutherford in what was only their second game of the year due to various reasons. The commitment of the Year 10 side has been good throughout the year, with a good number of students regularly attending training and being available for matches.

The game started positively for Mark Rutherford as the boys were keeping possession well and making the opposition work hard to regain the ball. Despite the early possession, neither side managed to create a clear goalscoring opportunity, mainly down to some excellent defending from both sides, Marco Zarella in particular was very vocal in organising the back four for Mark Rutherford. Eventually, Mark Rutherford’s work rate paid off, as Brennan Johnson chased down the Sandy goalkeeper following a back pass, the ball rebounded off him leaving Brennan to tap the ball into an empty net to give Mark Rutherford a 1-0 lead. From this the boys looked as though they were going to dominate the game, Marco continued to organise defensively, with Dylan Weeks (who captained the team) and Jack Kermez looking comfortable in the full back positions. Despite this, Sandy managed an equaliser, which was fully deserved as they were dominating the game with a higher work rate than Mark Rutherford.

The second half saw Mark Rutherford’s performance level continue to drop, complacency had kicked in and the boys were no longer working for one and other, as well as failing to keep possession of the ball. As a result of this Sandy took the lead, some scrappy play in midfield was capitalised on by Sandy’s midfielder who delivered a dangerous cross, following a melee in the Mark Rutherford box Sandy poked the ball home to lead 2-1. This again failed to spark a response from Mark Rutherford, and Luke Reynolds was called upon to make several excellent saves just to keep his side in the game. With 10 minutes to go Sandy grabbed a third, as Mark Rutherford switched off at the back and made it all too easy for Sandy. Finally, this sparked a response from the boys, who began moving the ball as well as they had all game, this saw them create four or five excellent chances, unfortunately these were all saved superbly by the Sandy goalkeeper. Despite the pressure Mark Rutherford put Sandy under they failed to affect the scoreline; the game finished Mark Rutherford 1, Sandy 3.

A disappointing defeat for the boys, but plenty to build on for future games. Man of the Match was Marco Zarella, who won every header and tackle he competed for, whilst also leading and organising the side.


Year 9 District Football

The Year 9 team played in another fixture last night, this time against Sandy. Due to a few players being injured or unavailable there were only 11 students available for the game, which meant several players were playing out of position and a new formation was adopted. Despite these issues the boys put in a very spirited performance, they didn’t display the best football when in possession, partly down to the high work rate of the Sandy players, but they did battle for every ball, this is what ultimately gave the students the win.

The game started brightly for Mark Rutherford as a long clearance from Martell Brome was latched onto by Adam Tilson, Adam then accelerated away from his man and finished excellently into the bottom corner to give Mark Rutherford an early lead. After the goal it looked as though it was going to be a very one-sided game, but to their credit Sandy battled back into the game and after some sloppy defending from Mark Rutherford Sandy were awarded a penalty after a rash tackle. Tobey Williams was in goal for it and although he went the right way and got close, he could not keep the ball out and the scores were levelled. This appeared to rattle Mark Rutherford, and soon after they were 2-1 down, we failed to deal with a corner which bobbled around the box and was swung at, and missed, by several players and eventually a Sandy player tapped it in. This goal could have seen the boys collapse, but thankfully it had the opposite effect and it seemed to stun them into action, Joel Simpson began to dominate the midfield, whilst Martell Brome and Bartek W took control for Mark Rutherford defensively. Following a spell of dominance for Mark Rutherford, in which the students tried to play football in what was turning into a very scrappy tie, Adam Tilson grabbed his second goal of the game, again he finished very well after being put through on goal.

The second half continued in the same way, a very competitive match with neither side fully able to dictate play. However, it was Mark Rutherford who looked the more likely to score, a couple of half chances came for Adam Tilson and Ross Waywell, both of which were well defended by Sandy. A very well organised Sandy defensive made it difficult for the boys to break through with Adam Tilson being caught offside a couple of times as he tried to give his side the lead. However, some good work down the left hand side saw Mark Rutherford awarded a free kick, Joel Simpson delivered, and Adam Tilson rose highest to head the boys into a 3-2 lead. This led to Mark Rutherford relaxing slightly, and they started to get the ball on the floor and began to control the game, Adam Tilson grabbed his and the team’s 4th of the game with the last kick to give Mark Rutherford a 4-2 victory.

Another good performance from the Year 9s, especially when you take into account the 5 players that were missing from the side. Man of the Match was Martell Brome, who continued his fine run of performances this year.


Sports Relief at Mark Rutherford

Friday 18th March was Sport Relief and the occasion wasn’t missed by Mark Rutherford; with a sports based non-school uniform in place for all students and staff, alternative activities in PE lessons and a Sport Relief mile completed at lunch time!

Students responded excellently to the day, with self-promoted sponsorship forms completed by a good number of students for completing their mile over both lunch times. Despite the cold weather students still attended well, with some students completing extra laps meaning they actually ran more than a mile! PE lessons saw students competing in a range of sports, including football, netball, dodgeball and table tennis. The students were excellent in all sports, with some becoming extremely competitive with houses competing against eachother!


Year 9 District Football

On the 15th March the Year 9 football team took on Redborne in a District game, this was their third league game of the season following two narrow defeats to Wootton and Samuel Whitbread. The boys started brightly, especially when you considered that several players were unavailable due to injury and illness, despite this they dominated the game early on and dictated play, noticeably from Andy Koncius and Zavier Corion in the middle of the park. To their credit, Redborne also tried to play good football when they had the ball, but due to some excellent defending from the Mark Rutherford back four, which was marshalled well by Martell Brome once again, they found it tough to create any real chances.

Midway through the first half we saw the first goal of the game, some excellent work down the right wing from captain Joel Simpson saw his cross parried by the keeper leaving Ajax Codrington to stroke home into an empty net. This gave the boys some added confidence and they continued to boss the game, Andy Koncius was exceptional, regularly winning the ball back with some big tackles and then starting off attacks for Mark Rutherford. Joel Simpson was constantly a threat upfront, and he had two excellent opportunities, one of which was supplied by Andy and the other after some excellent work from Aaron Lyttle, on each occasion Joel did very well to muscle clear from chasing defenders but he was denied but two very smart saves from the Redborne goalkeeper.

The second half continued in the same way, Mark Rutherford having more of the ball, although the game did become scrappy in comparison with the neat and tidy football displayed in the first half. Mark Rutherford looked strong, with Adam Tilson in goal and a back four of Corey Williams, Martell, Bartek W and James Mabberley all sticking to their tasks well. With both sides looking to take control by being physical across the park, this led to a very competitive, but untidy second half. With roughly 10 minutes to go Redborne snatched an equaliser, some good work from the striker led to their midfielder cutting in from the left and finishing excellently into the bottom corner. Initially, this threatened to cause a collapse to Mark Rutherford, but a fantastic tackle from Joel Simpson appeared to spark the boys once again and they quickly regained control. They began to move the ball once again, which meant they looked the more likely to score, Ajax and Aaron both had good opportunities to seal all three points but they were once again denied from some good stops from the Redborne keeper. Unfortunately, we could not find the second goal and the game finished in a 1-1 draw.

Another good performance from the students, they displayed not only their ability to move the ball but excellent character in what was a physical and competitive match. Man of the Match was Andrius Koncius, although excellent performances also from Martell Brome and Joel Simpson. The game was officiated by Year 11 students Stephen Mabberley, Joe Seward-Clark and Kamran Bagol.


Year 7 District Football

The year 7 team have played 3 games so far this season:
After a disappointing start away at Newnham (11-1 defeat) they have since won two on the bounce away to St Thomas More and Biddenham.
The boys comfortably beat STM 5-3. This score line flattered the opposition as MRS missed numerous chances and then conceded 2 very late goals. Man of the match in this game was Plamedi Bomolo who was outstanding in central midfield. His passing opened up the defence time and again, creating chances for the attacking players; Niall Quigley (2), Asif Mzee and Marcus Luke and Jared Hung-Chong-Sow.

They then defeated Biddenham Sports College 8-6. Having gone 3-0 behind the boys were arguing amongst themselves and their heads dropped. However, an excellent goal from Niall Quigley rejuvenated their spirits and they went in at half time 4-3 up! Niall scored all 4 goals! The second half was dominated by Mark Rutherford and Niall added another 2 to take his personal tally to 6! Asif Mzee and Aidan Lyttle scored one each to take the score to 8-3. The subs bench was emptied and following the 4 changes and a reshuffle in positions Biddenham had a bit of a comeback to make the score 8-6 at the final whistle. Man of the match, unsurprisingly, was Niall Quigley. Closely followed by Jared Hung-Chong-Sow who was excellent in defence dealing with a very good player who towered above him (this lad wouldn’t have looked out of place in a year 10 game!).

The boys travelled to Lincroft last week for what was expected to be a very tough match. This turned out to be correct as the boys suffered a heavy 7-1 defeat. The solitary goal coming from an outstanding strike from Aidan Lyttle. The team has a further two fixtures to play, both arranged for next week against Bedford Free School and Westfield.


Year 10 District Football

On the 8th March the Year 10 football team faced Sharnbrook in what was their first league game of the season due to postponements earlier in the term, this rustiness was evident early in the game as the boys struggled to hold their shape and maintain possession. Despite this, it was clear that both teams were very keen to get the ball on the floor and play good, attacking football, and after 10-15 minutes both teams began to do this well. The game was very open and end-to-end with both sides having dangerous attacks well stopped by the opposing defences. The Mark Rutherford defence was excellently led by Ben Tilson and Stevan Pandurevic.

After half of the first half had passed neither side had really taken control of the game, although both had had some decent goal scoring opportunities; Brennan Johnson had a good chance for Mark Rutherford after some good work from Jake Davis and Cameron Whiting, at the other end Luke Reynolds was called upon to make a good save following a good move from Sharnbrook. Towards the end of the first half the deadlock was broken, some excellent play down the left from Jake Davis; he beat two players and then cut the ball back to Cameron Whiting, who then finished excellently into the bottom corner. This saw the beginning of a dominant spell for Mark Rutherford where they should have extended their lead, unfortunately they didn’t and as half time came they led 1-0.

The second half saw a drop in Mark Rutherford’s performance, they became careless in possession and allowed Sharnbrook to dictate the tempo of the match. Despite some excellent defending from the back four, eventually the pressure told and Sharnbrook got themselves level. This saw the heads go down amongst the Mark Rutherford boys, two poorly defended goals quickly followed, both free headers from corners, which were finished excellently by the same Sharnbrook player.

A below par second half led to a 3-1 win for Sharnbrook, if the boys can return to their first half performance in upcoming matches then they should have some positive results. Man of the match for Mark Rutherford was Stevan Pandurevic who played excellently at centre back.


Tia qualifies to represent England in Cross Country

Tia Wilson battled against hundreds of other junior girls in the English School's Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham and finished in an amazing 4th place. The course was very hilly and meant it was tough challenge to all runners. There was a terrific battle all the way round the course with each of the five leaders trying to break away. Tia tried to establish a lead on several occasions and was only forced to give ground in the final few hundred metres and lost the fight for first place by only six seconds. Tia used both her previous race experience and determination to run a superb race and qualify to represent England in the Home Countries' International Schools Cross Country. Well done Tia, we wish you every success in Scotland on the 19th March.


Year 9 District Football

The beginning of March saw the Year 9 team face Samuel Whitbread in their second District match of the season. The game took place despite some wet conditions which meant that the pitch was difficult to play on, despite this, both sides looked to get the ball down and play, this meant it was an even game early on, with both sides having good spells of possession but neither side able to create a good goal scoring opportunity.

Midway through the first half the deadlock was broken, an excellently struck free kick from Samuel Whitbread which flew into the top corner leaving Josh Standen in goal with no chance. The goal seemed to settle Samuel Whitbread, whilst it clearly panicked Mark Rutherford, who went through a difficult spell where they failed to look after the ball as they had done so well previously. This allowed Samuel Whitbread to dictate play, and they soon doubled their lead, before quickly adding a third just before half time. The second and third goals were again excellent strikes, although Mark Rutherford were disappointed with how they’d allowed midfield runners to pick the ball up in dangerous areas for both goals.

The second half saw a couple of changes for Mark Rutherford which appeared to give them some renewed energy and purpose, they started brightly and created a couple of good chances through Joel Simpson and Aaron Lyttle, unfortunately, they faced an excellent Samuel Whitbread goalkeeper who ensured the score remained 3-0 despite this Mark Rutherford pressure. Eventually, Mark Rutherford were forced to pay for trying desperately to get back into the match, a quick counter attack from Samuel Whitbread, resulted in an unfortunate rebound off the shin of a defender which rolled straight into the path of the striker who finished well to make it 4-0. Despite the score line Mark Rutherford continued to try and play their way back into the game, and there were some further stops from the Samuel Whitbread keeper from Andy Koncius and Adam Tilson who had good efforts from range. Eventually Mark Rutherford did get their goal, Andy Koncius noticed the keeper well off his line and managed to score from inside his own half to make the score 4-1.

Despite some continued pressure the boys could not find a way back into the game, and the match finished with a 4-1 win for Samuel Whitbread. It was another good performance from the Mark Rutherford students, but unfortunately it was not enough to beat a very strong Samuel Whitbread team.


National Cross Country Championships

On Saturday 5th March Tia Wilson (Year 9), Erin McCaffray (Year 11) and Maisie Relton (Year 10) competed for Bedfordshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships. Running against the top Cross Country Runners in the Country, it was a fantastic achievement from the girls to have qualified to compete in the event.

All of the girls ran well, with Erin finishing in 113rd position and Maisie in 173rd position. Tia Wilson particularly impressed and she managed a 4th place finish in the race! Tia has now qualified to race for England in the Home Countries’ International Schools’ Cross Country match  in Falkirk in a couples of weeks time.


Sixth Form Cricket Tournament

Last week saw the Mark Rutherford Sixth Form cricket team travel to the Bunyan Centre to compete against 5 other schools from around Bedfordshire. The sixth form seven consisted of skipper Ally Darlow in year 12; Ryan Bambury in year 12; Jack McGrath in year  12;  Yaseen Malik in year 11; Dan Clarke in year 9; Rohan Mehmi in year 7 and Ben Grindley in year 10 (only 3 of which were actually sixth formers).

In the first game Darlow won the toss and chose to put Sharnbrook in to bat. A very good bowling attack and some extremely sharp fielding left Sharnbrook with a score of just 24-4. Then it was time for Rutherford to show what they could do with the bat as openers Dan Clarke and Ryan Bambury put on a strong show with some textbooks cuts and drives, before Clarke ended his superb innings with a 6 to let Yaseen Malik finish up. At the end of Markys innings they found themselves comfortable winners with an impressive 50-1.

The second game for Rutherford provided a more challenging opponent in the form of Redbourne A, however the team were unfazed as Darlow again won the toss and elected to bowl. Opening bowler Ben Grindley shone for Rutherford with a superb over of 2-0, giving the team an amazing start before he switched with 7th man Jack McGrath to field. At the end of the Redbourne innings they found themselves restricted to a score of 23 all out. So once again it was time to hand over to Clarke and Bambury with the bat as they smashed their way to an impressive 51-0.

Next up were Cedars, who were put into bat first and registered a respectable score of 34, another fantastic bowling and fielding display kept Cedars to this total, with Clarke standing out taking a blinding one-handed catch and picking up a wicket of his own. It seemed a closer affair and the pressure was on for the top batsmen to perform against the best bowling force they’d faced all day. Again though it was Mark Rutherford who took the victory with what was a slightly below average score of 43-3, Clarke, Bambury and Darlow contributing to the runs.

The 4th game was against Redbourne B, it appeared that complacency was the biggest threat to an extremely inform Marky that was playing with confidence. Some very strong running between the stumps gave Mark Rutherford a score of 43, Clarke and Bambury again showing their quality with the bat. For the majority of the team it was the bowling aspect that really shone as 2 amazing overs from Mehmi and Malik picked up a combined 5 wickets to seal the game as Rutherford cleaned up Redbourne’s 2nd team for just 10 runs.

The situation for Mark Rutherford stood that since they had won all their games they were at the top of the table with Sandy close on their heels after playing 4 and winning 3. Meaning it left a winner-takes-all situation as if the teams were to have equal points it would fall to the head-to-head result of the teams. Darlow won the toss and put Sandy in to face the strongest bowling attack of the tournament. The game started extremely well for Rutherford and it looked like a walk over as the 1st over from Bambury picked up a wicket and left Sandy struggling on 1-1. Sandy did however hit back and rescued what was turning out to be a horror innings, eventually putting on a score of 33. The Rutherford team had so much to do despite the below average score from Sandy but again sent in Clarke and Bambury to bat, however, the batting side failed to hit the heights of earlier in the day and ended on just 27.

Despite the crushing loss in what may as well of been a final for the boys, Mark Rutherford came off well with all of the boys receiving runners up medals and Beds Cricket gifting the school £100 worth of cricket equipment.

A special mention to wicketkeeper Ryan Bambury, who contributed to a huge total of 18 wickets with his stumpings, catches and bowling. Also, Jack McGrath who was the pick of the fielders after saving a number of overthrows and making some crucial game-saving stops. Overall it was a very good performance from Rutherford who will hope to go a step further in next year’s competition.

(Match report from Sixth Form student Ally Darlow).


Swimming County Championships

One Year 10 student has recently competed in the Swimming  County Championship and had great success! Jamie McCaffray won six events at the competition: 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 1500m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley.

His times have ensured Regional qualification in all, the above events and he has also now qualified for the 2016 British Open Water Championships , which means in July he will be competing in the 3km  Open Water National Swimming Championship  at Sheffield.He is also currently ranked 6th in Great Britain for 1500 Freestyle within his age group and will be attending the Scottish National Championship to compete for the Scottish Title on 1st April 2016.


Year 9 District Football

On Wednesday 24th February the Year 9 football team took part in their first district fixture of the season against Wootton. The team started brightly and created several chances early in the game but unfortunately none of these opportunities were taken – mainly down to some excellent goalkeeping from the Wootton keeper. Mark Rutherford continued their early pressure, with Zavier dominating the midfield and Martell marshalling the defence well it was only a matter time before the opening goal came. Eventually, Adam Tilson opened the scoring, finishing well when through on goal. Following the goal, the game began to even out, with both sides keeping the ball well but neither able to create any more clear goal scoring opportunities, at half time Mark Rutherford were leading 1-0.

Into the second half and it was again Mark Rutherford who were dictating play, some excellent work down the left by Aaron Lyttle  and then the right from Tobey Williams created great opportunities, but unfortunately these weren’t converted, which meant Wootton remained in the game. As the half developed Wootton were coming into the game more and more, and halfway through the second half they were rewarded when they broke well on the counter attack after Mark Rutherford has overcommitted to an attack of their own. At 1-1 the game looked like it could swing either way, Mark Rutherford created several chances to win the game but some inspired saves from the opposition keeper kept the scores level. It was in fact Wootton who grabbed the all-important third goal, eventually scoring following a scramble in the box from a Wootton corner. The students then gave everything in search of an equaliser but were unable to take any of the chances they created, an excellent save from Josh Standen kept the score at 2-1 late in the game.

A disappointing result for the team, but there were plenty of positives to take from the game. Man of the Match was Zavier Corion who was excellent in middle of the park, there were also very good performances from Martell Brome and Sam Kalendar in particular.


County Cross Country

On Wednesday 10th February afternoon we took 6 students who all qualified for the county cross country final to Ampthill Park to compete against other runners from Bedfordshire.  They all ran performed very well and most notable performers were: Tia Wilson (1st in the Junior Girls and qualifies for National Schools), Erin McCaffray (2nd in the Intermediate Girls and qualifies for National Schools) and Maisie Relton (5th in the Intermediate Girls and qualifies for the National Schools) .  Others who will be considered for selection are: Lizzie Headley and Lois Cox


Sixth Form Basketball

The Sixth Form boys basketball team played Sharnbrook (their toughest rivals in the group) on Tuesday 9th February in the final group game to determine who finishes 1st and 2nd and the match lived up to expectations.  

They were told that this was going to be their hardest game this season and the scores will be pretty close by the end of the game.  The game panned out exactly like that; with the scores being literally level or 1 point in it here or there after the first 3 quarters.  Petar was struggling with a virus but soldiered along scoring some vital points for the team.  Wesley who has been ill all last week played an excellent game especially as he was still feeling a little under the weather.  

There was a moment in the game when Tarik lost control of his temper and needed a time out.  He was caught in the mouth following a challenge and unfortunately it got to him a bit.  After he had calmed down and came back on for the 3rd quarter, he settled down and won some key battles.  

The 4th quarter saw Marky build up a small lead of 8 points but in the final four minutes allowed that lead to slip to only 4 points.  With 30 seconds to go Sharnbrook went up and scored a 3 pointer leaving it for a very nervy finish.  Thankfully the boys held on and kept possession well and won the game 44 – 43.

Well done to the team.  Please congratulate them for making it through the group as winners and play Stratton in the semi-finals after half term.  Man of the match was Wesley Henry for a much needed controlled performance.


U16 County Badminton

Yesterday we took two Year 10 and two Year 11 students to the Bunyan Centre to compete in the U16 County Badminton Finals where they competed against Stratton, Cedars and Challney Boys, who like us, had all won their respective district competitions.

The format saw the boys play against each of the teams in 2 singles ties and 3 doubles ties, with each tie played to 15 points. First up for Mark Rutherford were Stratton, and Jack M got off to a flying start, beating Stratton’s top ranked player 15-6. This was quickly followed by a 15-1 doubles victory for Jack F & Corey and 15-4 singles win for Nicholas, the boys were confident throughout this game, with all students moving their opponent around the court well allowing them to dominate each tie; the previous results were bettered by Jack M & Jack F who went on to win their doubles tie 15-0. The final tie was closer, but Nicholas and Corey proved too strong for their opponents and went on to win 15-8, this completed a whitewash in the opening game as Mark Rutherford beat Stratton 5-0.

The second game saw Mark Rutherford take on Cedars, Jack M was again up first and he cruised to a 15-3 victory, he demonstrated his quality by identifying his opponents weaker backhand and exploiting it excellently. After this it was a much tighter contest, Cedars fought back instantly, as Corey and Jack F lost 13-15 to even the scores at 1 game each. Nicholas then took part in his singles game, against a very good opponent from Cedars, this was one of the tightest games of the competition with the lead regularly changing between the two players, eventually, Nicholas took control and went to record a 15-11 victory to set the team up nicely going into the last two ties. The two Jacks were the first pairing, and they again dominated their tie, some excellent doubles play saw them go onto a win 15-6, both players set themselves up well and had an excellent understanding on court making it extremely difficult for the Cedars players to find any space on court. Nicholas and Corey were the final pairing for the fixture, and in what proved to be another tight tie, with Cedars again matching Mark Rutherford throughout the game, however, Nicholas and Corey kept calm towards the end and went on to win 15-12. This meant that Mark Rutherford won this game 4-1, and were moving into the final game knowing a win would lead to them to winning the competition.

The final game was against Challney Boys, in what again proved to be a tight game. Jack Murphy again got off to an excellent start, as he again won his singles tie comfortably, as the game finished 15-5, Corey and Jack F knew they could put the team in pole position to be champions with a victory and they didn’t disappoint, winning 15-8, at one point this game was tied at 7-7. Nicholas then took part in his singles tie, against another very strong opponent, eventually Nicholas again came through with some excellent smash shots seeing him to a 15-13 win, Nicholas doing well to see the tie out knowing that the win would secure victory for Mark Rutherford in the game. Jack M & Jack F were next up, and like their previous games they quickly took an early lead, with some fantastic game management from both boys leading them to a 15-4 win. In the final tie of the game, Corey & Nicholas were defeated 11-15 to see the final score Mark Rutherford 4, Challney Boys 1.

Overall, the students won all 3 of their matches, meaning that they topped the group and will go onto compete in the regional competition!


District Cross Country

On the 4th February, 33 students travelled to take part in the District Cross Country competition, some of these students competing in a cross country event for the first time. The conditions were rather unpleasant, with a strong wind blowing into the faces of the runners as they made their way up a long incline of over 1500m.

There were individual and team results on offer; team results were calculated from the finish position of the first 4 runners within each time, meaning the team with the lowest points score were the winners. Mark Rutherford had some excellent results, with Maisie Relton winning the Intermediate Girls race and Tia Wilson finishing 1st in the Junior Girls race. Other notable performances were Lois Cox finishing 5th in the Senior Girls race, while Lizzy Headley and Molly Relton finished 6th and 9th respectively in the Intermediate Girls race.

The combined finishes of Maisie, Lizzy, Molly and Chloe Pigram meant that Mark Rutherford finished in 3rd place in the team results of the Intermediate Girls race – just 2 points behind Sharnbrook in first place! There was also some success in the Intermediate Boys race, as they also finished in 3rd place overall.


Sixth Form Basketball

The sixth form basketball team played their third game of the season on Thursday 28th against Bedford School and came out eventual winners 59 – 38.  

The boys started off slowly and this was possibly down to being overwhelmed by the venue which had historic looking buildings separated by lovely well-kept lawns and an atmosphere which mimicked that of a top university.  The boys were used to the type of game you would expect being played down at the local park, physical, arrogant and lots of noise.  This approach didn’t work and they soon found themselves losing the first quarter.  The boys knew they were not playing their best and unfortunately started blaming the officiating rather than looking at themselves.  Fortunately they quickly realised what was going wrong, what they needed to do and took the game on from the second quarter onwards.  They were told to get on with the game and accept decisions which were made.  They simply needed to do what they were best at and there wouldn’t be a problem.  Petar Jelicic took the game by the scruff of the neck and dominated the play.  He played some of his best basketball to date and this form was much needed.  Wesley Henry got himself more and more involved in the game and scored some crucial points for the team as did Kofi Linggood who scores lay-ups for fun.  Joe Kvilums did very well as he usually would let decisions get to him which would affect his game.  Luckily for Marky it didn’t and he won some crucial battles and worked hard for the team.  

Next up is a tricky away trip to Sharnbrook this Thursday.  They have also won all three of their games so far and the result of that fixture will determine who finishes 1st and 2nd in the group.  


Year 7 Basketball

On January 27th the year 7’s played their last set of games of the season against Biddenham and Lincroft.  With a depleted squad due to illness as well as other factors the boys had to step up and really work hard in order to get results.  As it happens they played some excellent ball especially through Kayden Campbell who controlled the games for Marky and scored the majority of the points.  

The highlight of the day (apart from beating Lincroft in the last game) was when Kayden struggled to get past a player only for Plamedi to come in and perform the perfect screen to allow Kayden to dribble past and score an excellent lay-up.  This kind of play is something the sixth formers do on a regular basis so the future is looking bright for this young team.  Results are below; please congratulate the boys for all of their hard work.  

MR 6 – 6 Biddenham (motm Kayden Campbell)
MR 4 – 8 Lincroft (motm Tom D’Arcy)
MR 6 – 6 Biddenham (motm Plamedi Bomolo)
MR 12 – 6 Lincroft (motm Kayden Campbell)


Year 7 Basketball

The year 7 boys played their 3rd round of fixtures in the district league on the 20th January.  They played Lincroft and Newnham both of which proved to be tough games.  Nevertheless they managed to draw the game against Newnham 5  - 5 with Kayden Campbell managing to pull the scores level with the last throw of the game.  The game against Lincroft was very cagey and none of the teams seemed to get into good enough positions to score.  However, Jamie Proctor managed to find himself in some space towards the end of the game and looped a shot straight into the basket to win them the game 2 -0.    


Sixth Form Basketball

The Sixth Form boys played their second match of the season last week against Biddenham International School and Sports College and came out as massive 89 - 18 winners. This game was a lesson in how to play basketball from our lads and some of the notable performances came from Petar Jelicic and Wesley Henry who both dominated the game from start to finish. Petar scored a total of 37 points and won the man of the match award. Wesley was superb throughout and was described as a ‘genuinely nice guy and an excellent player’ by the staff and players of Biddenham. We had a nice crowd of spectators watching who were all well behaved and represented the school well.

Their next game is against Bedford School this Thursday.


Year 7 Basketball

The year 7’s started their first round of fixtures yesterday afternoon in the boys district basketball competition and had to face Biddenham and St Gregs.

The boys have been training well since September but it was the ones who have been attending on a consistent basis that stood out.  The first game was against Biddenham and the boys had a slow start.  They made the right passes but didn’t have the composure in front of the hoop to make it count.  Soon enough however, they made the break through after some excellent approach play from Kayden Campbell setting up Plamedi to score.  A few minutes later they found themselves well on top and scored a further 6 points to go into half time 8-0 up with Plamedi scoring another two and Kayden scoring with a lay up.  After half time Marky only added a further 4 points (Plamedi and Jamie Proctor) and but conceded 4 so finished the game winning 12-4.  Man of the match was Plamedi Bomolo.

The second game was St Gregs and they were a lot tougher opposition.  They had also beaten  Biddenham and by and even more convincing scoreline.  Marky went into the lead scoring two baskets in quick succession through Kayden.  They were playing well but were leaving gaps unfortunately at the back allowing some the opposition a little too much space.  This worked against them in the end and St Gregs managed to pull the game level with two baskets of their own.  After this St Gregs took control; Marky boys allowed far too much space and time in their half and conceded a few easy baskets.  They pulled some back themselves but ended up losing 12-8 with Kayden scoring 6 and Niall Quigley scoring 2 points.  Man of the match was Kayden Campbell.  



The Sixth Form basketball team travelled to St Thomas More on the 6th January for their first basketball fixture of the season, due to injuries the team was short on numbers, taking just 6 players for the game. Despite this Mark Rutherford started brightly, and were soon into an early lead as Miguel stole possession on halfway and raced away to score a lay-up, lay-ups from Wesley and Petar quickly followed. Mark Rutherford continued to dominate the first quarter, but three fantastic 3-pointers from the same STM player meant Rutherford led 12-9 at the end of the first. The second quarter saw Mark Rutherford up their game even further, some excellent defensive work from Joe and Tarik restricted STM to only 2 points in the entire second quarter, at the other end Miguel, Wesley and Petar continued to add points which allowed Mark Rutherford to build on their lead – half time came and the students were leading 28-11.

The third quarter saw Mark Rutherford relax a little bit which allowed Thomas More back into the game as they scored several early baskets without reply, however, the boys responded well to this towards the end of the quarter and came up with 8 baskets of their own, scored mostly by Wes and Petar who were dangerous throughout. In the fourth quarter Thomas More attacked as they fought to get back into the game, but this left them open defensively which was well exploited by Mark Rutherford as Miguel (12 points in the match), Petar (18 points in the match) and Wes (21 points in the match) added a further 13 points between them; including an excellent 3-pointer from Wes.

Most Valuable Player – Wes Henry.


Year 9 District Basketball

The year 9’s played their last league game of the season this afternoon against Hastingsbury and came out with their best win of the campaign with a 31-12 victory.

This was the best basketball they have played all season and they exploded out in the first quarter and by the end of it lead by fifteen points to zero; Pedro scoring 6 and Rian with 5 respectively.  They slowed down somewhat in the second quarter adding only a further 6 points all coming from Pedro and allowing Hastingsbury to score 2 points for themselves.  In the third quarter some changes were made to give the others a rest and it also allowed Faris to make his competitive debut.  Tom Howes took on some added responsibility playing point guard with a widely inexperienced team around him and didn’t disappoint as he scored some excellent lay-ups one which included dribbling from his own half and around the outside of the defence before cutting in and scoring.  Some more changes were made in the final quarter and with fresh legs again, Marky took a lot of the chances they had created.  Pedro was picking out his team mates well who didn’t disappoint when presented with the chance to score.  Tom Howes continued to score more shots as did Rian who both managed a personal best in one game.  

Tom Howes was man of the match for his excellent all round performance.


U15 Girls Football - District League

On Wednesday 9th December the U15 girls played their third league match of the season against Samuel Whitbread Academy.

Samuel Whitbread Academy hadn’t managed to field a full 11 – a –side squad so we had to reduce our numbers to 10. We had kick off and started at a steady pace, passing the ball around with our defence dealing with early attacks from the Samuel Whitbread’s strikers. Though, three quarters through the first half we were 2 – 0 down due to a good counter attack and good free-kick. Finishing off the first half we got into our stride and had a few chances but they were saved well by the opposition keeper.

The second half from kick off was all Mark Rutherford. Great link up play and driving runs by the likes of Tia Wilson, Stella Napoli, Julia Bangala and Eloise Gilbert as well as some great space making runs from Stacey Witney and Aleks Czuba eventually got us a well-deserved goal. Julia Bangala with her second of the season coolly finishing to make the score 2 – 1. Continuing on from the great efforts the team were showing to get back into the game, some excellent defending from our back 4 (Gabby U, Jemma Moore, Lauryn Dacres-Kamm, Evie Goodman) kept Samuel Whitbread at bay and allowed us to create more chances, nearly equalising on several occasions. Despite these efforts, Samuel Whitbread scored 4 goals in quick succession to put the game beyond doubt; the final score was 6 – 1 to Samuel Whitbread Academy.

On the brighter side of the score there were some great performances from the girls. This now leaves us a respectable 3rd place in the league with the aim to climb or maintain this position with future performances. I am proud of the individual and team developments shown since the beginning of the season and hope to get some well-deserved victories under our belt to accompany our others.


Year 9 District Basketball

The year 9 basketball team played their 4th league game of the season on Wednesday afternoon and beat Biddenham 39 points to 23.

The game started off pretty slowly for Marky and they seemed to have left all knowledge of how to play the game back in the changing rooms as they found themselves 8-9 down in the first quarter. Some lazy marking allowed the Biddenham players into key positions to score some simple baskets. A couple of changes were required in the second quarter and Mark and Tym came on and this made a difference in terms of mentality.  The boys got their heads on the game and concentrated on the basics; marking and lay-ups. By the end of the quarter Marky were now in the lead by one point.  

Marky progressively got better and better and carried on where they left off in the third quarter with Maddie Dimino making her senior debut. Maddie has been training with the boys this season and been doing very well.  It took her time to get used to the speed of the game but she did very well in the closing stages of the third quarter when she dribbled the ball into the opposition half and then set up Rian who went on to score a nice lay-up.  The final quarter saw the best from the year 9 team.  They started to find the gaps in the defence and exploited them well.  Chris, Rian and Pedro were scoring some great lay-ups and Tym got in on the act by working his way into the key and scoring a nice two points.


Year 11 Rugby

On Wednesday 9th December the Year 11 team travelled to Biddenham for a district fixture. The boys dominated large chunks of the game and were rewarded for some excellent play. Hooker, James Hymers opened the scoring inside the first 5 minutes. He ripped the ball from his opponent 30 metres out and sped away to put down in the corner.

Biddenham kicked off. Vasyl Melek collected the ball on the edge of his own 22 and showed incredible speed and agility to race the length of the pitch to score an amazing individual try in the same corner as James.
Rutherford had a new look back line due to some players being unavailable. However, they passed the ball around as though they'd played together for years. Eugene Holmes, on the right wing, and Josh Lambert, on the left, capitalised on this passing by scoring their first tries for the school. Biddenham were unable to cope with the pace and width of Rutherford.

This proved to be Biddenhams undoing again as skipper Leo Mortimer jinked his way through  a couple of tackles, drawing defenders in before off loading beautifully to his inside centre, Toby Belcher, who showed the defence a clean pair of heels and skipped away for his sides 5th try of the half.

The 6th came just before half time with Bradley Edwards this time crossing the line. Credit for the assist goes to Michael Frimpong. Michael is unconventional at the best of times but he took things to another level with a crazy, jinking, mazy run. I don't think he even knew where he was going so the poor defence had no chance! Eventually he'd spun around so much he had to offload. In doing so he released Bradley for the score.
32-0 at half time. Just one conversion to Leo in very difficult conditions.
A few changes at half time left the boys a bit disjointed. A silly penalty conceded 5 metres from their own line allowed Biddenham to sneak in for their one and only score.

Normal business was resumed, however, when Taylor Lodge did brilliantly well to turn the ball over and go on the counter attack. Lewis Hall provided excellent support when Taylor was eventually tackled which allowed Michael Frimpong to collect the ball at the back of the ruck. This time he played 'proper' rugby with a powerful pick and drive. A defender was sent flying with a massive hand off and he then bustled his way through three tackles before burrowing his way over for an excellent try.

If any of these try's sound impressive you should have seen the last one! Vas had already scored an incredible try in the first half but went one better late into the match. He gathered the ball in front of his own posts and raced the full length of the pitch to score under the opposition uprights. It was a ridiculous try. Probably the best individual try I have seen at school boy level. Leo was able to convert this time to leave the final score; Biddenham Sports College 5 - 44 Mark Rutherford.


U15 District Netball League

Mark Rutherford School 8 - St Andrews School 0
The girls started a little hesitantly and crowding the ball as they were so keen to score the first goal. However after a few minutes the team settled down and began to create the space need to move the ball through the court effectively. Chloe began to slow the ball down the centre court allowing the attacking players to move into a scoring position. The goals then started being scored by Evie. The team talk at half time focused the girls on slowing the pace of the ball and effectively moving into space. With a change of position for Stacey and Evie at half time Stacey gain confidence and also started scoring from a variety of places within circle. As the goals were going in the defence were able to step up the pressure and Kay particularly was able to clear the ball from the opposition circle. The defence worked tirelessly and turned over each centre pass and kept the opposition from scoring a single goal. Well played ladies.

Mark Rutherford School 8 – Stratton 9
With a good level of confidence a number of wins over the season the girls were looking forward to the challenge of the Stratton team. The Stratton team went out hard and put pressure on our shooters. They scored the first few goals. Our defence responded positively and turned a few balls over from the edge of the circle. By half time the girls had caught up to draw 5-5. Swapping Dominika and Emily into the team meant we had some fresh legs and the drive to move the ball into our attacking third. Chloe made some great interceptions and linked together really well with Lucy to take the score to 8-7. With a more determined focus Stratton stepped up the attack and score from the next 2 centres to leaving a 1 goal lead with only seconds remaining. An well fought game with a last minute goal in Stratton’s favour.


U16 District Badminton Champions (and Runners-Up)!

On the 2nd December we took 3 teams to Bedford Academy to take part in the U16 District Badminton Competition. All 3 teams competed well, with 2 topping their pools and advancing to the semi-finals: the 'A' team consisting of Jack Francis, Max Wilson, Ollie Saunders and Corey Rennie dropped just one game as they won their pool, while the 'B' team, made up of Jack Murphy, Nicholas Yu, Joe Harrison and James Romans also won their group following some dominant performances in the singles game particularly.

Mark Rutherford 'A' team then faced Biddenham in the semi-finals, from which they advanced thanks to a 4-1 victory; losing just one game during the match. Mark Rutherford 'B' team then dominated their tie against Bedford School and also won 4-1, Jack Murphy starting the match with an impressive 11-1 victory against Bedford School's top seed.

This meant that the 'A' team now faced the 'B' team in the final, which also meant it was a Year 11 vs Year 10 battle! The 'B' team got off to a flyer as Jack Murphy showed his quality to beat Jack Francis in the opening singles tie, Ollie Saunders and Corey Rennie beat Joe Harrison and James Romans to even things up for a short while, but further wins for Mark Rutherford 'B' in the singles from Nicholas Yu, and in the remaining two doubles games meant Mark Rutherford 'B' won by 4 games to 1.


Jamie McCaffray Swimming Achievements Summer 2015

Jamie McCaffray has had further successes with his swimming over the summer. Here are his latest, incredible, achievements:

1. British Open Water National Championships 1500m (Sheffield)  finished 12th

2. Bedfordshire 1500m Open Water Champion 2015

3. Scottish Home Nations 1500m Freestyle Champion ( Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh)

4. Scottish Home Nations 400IM Silver Medallist ( Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh)

Congratulations to Jamie on these great achievements and good luck with all of your future competitions.


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