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Sports News 2008-2009

Young Sports Ambassador

Sean Buxton and Lewis Kerr went along to the selection process for the young ambassadors yesterday at the Town Hall in Bedford and Sean has been selected as one of the 2 Young Ambassadors for the School Sports Partnership alongside a boy from John Bunyan. Fantastic, well done Sean.

 

Yr 9 Athletics League

Individual winners on Wednesday 24th June were: Jack Swain – Javelin (again!) Martin Danobrega - High Jump (again!) Bethany Cowley - 100m. See table below for current league positions.

Martin Danobrega – High Jump (again!)

Bethany Cowley – 100m

Michael Richens and Jack Swain 200m

 

Final BOYS

 Match 1

Match 2 

 Match 3

Total 

Mark Rutherford

74

47

70

191

Sharnbrook

63

62

36

161

Hastingsbury

44

68

49

161

Sandy Upper

41

49

63

153

Samuel Whitbread

68

31

51

150

B Final

 

 

 

 

Redbourne

46

31

41

118

Wootton

57

26

18

101

Biddenham

38

46

3

87

Stratton

28

49

0

77

Harlington

38

0

38

76

 

SCHOOL GIRLS

Match 1

Match 2

Match 3

 Total

A Final

 

 

 

 

Sharnbrook

70

66

82

218

Redbourne

53

36

74

163

Wootton

72

29

18

119

Samuel Whitbread

33

32

50

115

Mark Rutherford

29

46

39

114

B Final

 

 

 

 

Hastingsbury

42

31

38

111

Sandy

28

6

74

108

Harlington

28

39

24

91

Stratton

58

31

0

89

Biddenham

34

3

13

50

 

Table Tennis After School Club

2009 Mark Rutherford Ladder Competition Gold Silver and Bronze Medallists


 

Under 14 District Cup Champions!

The year 9 football team were crowned as Champions of the Bedford and District under 14 Football Cup after the final against Sandy Upper School on Thursday 7 May. Harun Zilboud had the best opportunity of a goalless first half after racing onto a through ball from George Pinney, only to fire at the keepers feet. Rutherford started the second half much the stronger of the two sides and the deadlock was broken ten minutes in when the Sandy defence failed to deal with a deep corner from George Pinney and Chimobi Udemezue was on hand to tuck the ball into the net. A penalty to Rutherford which Michael Richens calmly slotted into the bottom corner having sent the keeper the wrong way made it 2-0 and surely no way back for Sandy. The third goal was scored by a thumping header from the ‘giant’ Tommy McGirl following an excellent corner from Omar D’Agostino. An extremely good performance from the boys was witnessed by numerous parents and a handful of staff. The boys were a credit to the school, in their performance and their attitude and effort.

Team ( back L to R): Mr Snowdon(coach), Kieran Souter, Michael Richens, Chimobi Udemezue, Chris Marshall, Harun Zilboud, Omar D’Agostino, Tom Dickson, Tommy McGirl.

(front) Ryan Hurl, Rhys Pemberton, Alex Skeel, Jack Swain, Ben Alcock, George Pinney, Martin Danobrega (c), Tom Kelk

 

Yr 9 U14 County Cup Winners

The yr9 boys football team won the Bedfordshire under 14’s County Cup Final yesterday, beating Hastingsbury 1-0 in a tense affair. Both teams battled hard and cancelled out each other throughout large parts of the game. Neither keeper had much to do in the way of making saves as few chances were created by either side. Harun Zilboud  looked to have broken the deadlock deep into the 1st half but his strike partner Chimobi Udemezue was adjudged offside as they played a neat one-two on the edge of the box. Rutherford started the second half with much more commitment than they had the first and began to pile some pressure onto the Hastingsbury defence. Omar D’Agostino and Tommy McGirl began to knock the ball around nicely in the middle of the pitch and Martin Danobrega and George Pinney constantly caused problems for their opposing fullbacks. A driving run by Danobrega down the right ended when he was brought down by the fullback. The subsequent free kick was headed out to the edge of the box where Michael Richens swivelled and hit a firm volley towards goal, the ball was looking to nestle in the far corner but hit a defender and, having sent the keeper the wrong way, deflected in. 1-0 to Rutherford and another excuse for the travelling support to bang their drum!

The game continued to be very tight with neither team able to create any clear cut chances. Rutherford’s defence, consisting of Tom Kelk, Tom Dixon, Jack Swain and Man of the Match Michael Richens, were able to deal with any advances from the Hastingsbury side. Excellent defending and pressure on the opposing players by Chimobi Udemezue and substitutes Ryan Hurl and Rhys Pemberton kept Hastingsbury at bay until the final whistle.

Mark Rutherfords year 9 boys football team have now finished their 1st season together and achieved the following honours:

County Cup Champions, District Cup Champions, Reached the last 32 in the National Cup.

A fantastic season played by a fantastic group of students who have been a credit to themselves and their school. They have played each game with a great attitude and combined spells of sheer brilliance with spells of sheer determination to succeed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff that have helped during the season and, in particular, the parents that have come out and supported their boys in all manner of weather!

Things are looking promising for next season where will be aiming to retain both titles and make a serious attempt at the National Cup!

 

Athletics at Sandy Upper 6 May

Wednesday 6 May was the opening fixture of the athletics season at Sandy Upper School. We took 9 boys and 5 girls over to compete in a number of different events. As the girls team were let down by a number of their ‘teammates’ we had to field just 5 competitors. They were Hayley Knights, Bethany Cowley, Lucy Maddix, Amy Fuller and Leah Relton. All 5 deserve credit for taking a full part and earning their side some valuable points, particularly Bethany Cowley – 1st in 100m and Leah Relton – 1st in 800m.

The boys team had a very successful evening and ran out overall winners, putting themselves top of the league. Performances of note came from Martin Danobrega – 1st in 100m and High Jump, Ben Alcock – 1st in 800m, Jack Swain – 1st in Javelin and 2nd in his 200m race, Michael Richens – 2nd in Javelin and 2nd in his 200m race, Harun Zilboud – 2nd in 100m. Tom Langford – 2nd in his 400m race. The relay team of Martin, Michael, Jack and Rhys Pemberton also came in 2nd. Robert Aspinall earned valuable points in the 400m and long jump. As did Jamie Douglas in the 800m and Discus. A very promising start from a very promising team.

SCHOOL GIRLS

Match 1

Wott

72

Sh

70

Str

58

Red

53

Has

42

Bidd

34

Sam Whit

33

MR

29

San

28

Har

28

 

BOYS

Match 1

MR

74

Sam Whit

68

Sh

63

Wott

57

Red

46

Has

44

San

41

Bidd

38

Har

38

Str

28

 

Yr 9 Basketball County Cup Finals

On Friday the 1st May 9 boys from year 9 having jointly won the Bedford district basketball league went off to play in the county cup finals against teams from Luton, South Beds and Bedford.

Our first game was against Lea Manor from Luton who in years gone past had a formidable reputation in basketball. The team started well scoring two quick baskets and then nerves got the better of the team to allow Lea Manor back into the game with then scoring two baskets. A quick time out followed and normal service was resumed we ran out 15 – 5 winners. This was a good start, but next we played St Thomas More with whom we had drawn our Bedford district final with 26 all. Once again we started well, but honours we even at half time 6-6. After some encouraging words the boys went on to win 16-9 and with only 4 teams in the finals this meant the worst we could finish was second. The last game was the final Vandyke Sports College had won all their games on the back of one extremely good player (Plays for South East England etc etc) who was scoring all their points. We sorted out our team strategy and went toe-to-toe with Vandyke all the way through the game. The last minute came and we were down by one basket, which we scored, the game scores were 11-11 and only seconds remained. The Vandyke’s top scorer got hold of the ball in his half the table started the 10 second countdown, the team were defending well, when he looked up and saw a thin, small boy who had not managed to get back in defence from our last attack. He lobbed a hopeful ball up to him, he turned and like a scene out of a movie threw an unrecognisable shot towards our basket which went in. We did not have enough time for another good shot and the game was won by Vandyke.

The boys were upset but graciously accepted defeat (and soon cheered up at McDonalds). They were the better team, beaten on the day but with much hope for the Nationals next year. Please congratulate the following for an excellent effort. They end the season as Bedford and district Champions and County runners up. Not a bad start to their basketball here at Mark Rutherford

  1. Fabio Tests
  2. Shaquille Stuart
  3. Mphatso Chipungu
  4. Darius Laband
  5. Stephen Reid
  6. Arnold Leung
  7. James Boland
  8. Michael Richens
  9. George Gentle

 

Year 10 7-a-side Rugby Tournament 25 April

TheYear 10 took on the organised and ‘up for it’ Biddenham Sports College and without a team kit we looked dishevelled and not ready. Nonetheless after Ryan had his shirt ripped off we went up 14 – 0 in the first half. However Biddenham came back to level the score 14-14. Time ran out before we could score again. With our new kit (Sponsored by ‘No Limitz’ – the Elphic brothers business, who are ex students) we took on the pre-tournament favourites Wooton. Our boys were really not up for the game and went down 30-0 in the first half. After some strong words, they rallied scored 1 try and stopped Wooton from scoring to leave the score 40-5. With a win and a draw under our belts we were in the mood to make an impact and we next faced Sharnbrook (a school with an excellent rugby reputation) In the early exchanges the game looked close with each team scoring a try. But by the end we were clear winners 22-10. Heartened by that win we played Biddenham again and this time dominated and won 31-21. Our new determination was not sustained in the first half against Wooton, but we rallied to lose 36-10 (An improvement on the first game. The last game was against Sharnbrook and would decide who would be runners up. With a few injuries and a tired team we thought it would be a close encounter. We ran out 56 – 0 winners and were placed second – The boys deserve much congratulations for their efforts

Team – Ryan Taylor, Tremayne Noel, Charlie Tomic, Stephen Hare, Dominic Bryan, Ben Reed, Simon Mayes, Toby Mynet and Sam Behan

NB: Excellent Tries scored by Tremayne and Simon Mayes, Excellent tackling by Charlie Tomic and we scored 199 point for and only allowed 95 against

 

Yr 9 Boys Football v Stratton 23 April

The year9 boys football team won through into the final of the District Cup yesterday following a nervy penalty shootout. A very tight, physical game should have been won by Mark Rutherford in normal time, via a Michael Richens header, but a last minute equaliser from Stratton took the game into extra time. Extra time started well for Rutherford as, man of the match, Chimobi Udemezue brilliantly controlled a fantastic pass from George Pinney and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner to regain the lead. More excellent work down the left from Pinney created a wonderful opportunity for substitute Ryan Hurl to finish the game off, but from just a yard away from goal he managed to somehow hit the crossbar! The excellent Udemezue followed up and only had to make slight contact with the rebound to make the score 3-1 but he too had a rush of blood and completely missed the ball! Rutherford eventually won a corner from this goal mouth scramble and with just 4 minutes of injury time left to play and leading 2-1, bizarrely over committed to the corner and were caught on the break to allow Stratton to score another late equaliser. Stratton should have then scored what would have been the winning goal but they too managed to miss an open goal from just a yard out with seconds left on the clock. Full time 2-2.

The match would be decided by a penalty shoot out. To say not many of our boys were keen to take a penalty would be an understatement. Those brave enough to volunteer were; Ryan Hurl, Tommy McGirl, Michael Richens, Tom Kelk and Martin Danobrega. Stratton won the toss and decided to take the first spot kick. Ben Alcock, who had been outstanding all game, dived low to his left and pulled off a fantastic save immediately handing an advantage to his side. The first volunteer for Rutherford was Ryan Hurl, desperate to make up for his earlier mistake. That he did with some style as he firmly placed the ball beyond the keepers outstretched left hand. 1-0 to the home side. With the pressure now on Stratton their captain stepped up, only to blaze the ball wide of the right post and ease the pressure on Rutherford’s next taker, Michael Richens. I’m not sure Michael really gets nervous, he certainly didn’t look it as he calmly strolled up to the spot and, rather like Berbatov on Sunday (only with more success!), casually stroked the ball towards goal. The keeper had guessed wrong and the ball rolled over the line to give Richens’ side a huge 2-0 advantage. Stratton scored their next kick and Tommy McGirl was also successful with his making the score 3-1. Stratton now needed to score just to make Rutherford take another penalty. Alcock again guessed correctly and saved Stratton’s 4th spot kick sending his side through into the final of the Bedford and District Cup Final where they will meet Sandy Upper School.

Congratulations to the boys for their efforts; Ben Alcock, Jack Swain, Michael Richens, Tom Dixon, Rhys Pemberton, Tom Kelk, Omar D’Agostino, Tommy McGirl, George Pinney, Martin Danobrega (c), Chimobi Udemezue, Ryan Hurl and Kieran Souter.

Also a big thank you to Adam Drakulic for running the line expertly throughout the whole match.

 

Yr 9 Basketball v Thomas Moore 22/04/09

An exhilarating end to end year 9 basketball match took place last night between the mighty Mark Rutherford and Tommy Moore which ended all square, 26 – 26!

A slow start from Rutherford prompted an early Tommy Moore lead as the home team found it hard to stop Tommy’s top scorer of the evening but gradually Rutherford fought back and tightened up the defence. With some superb shooting by George Gentle with his 3 pointer in the first half and Shaquille Stuart also chipping in took the two teams in at the break, Mark Rutherford 10 – 14 Tommy Moore.

The half time team talk from Mr. Fortune proved to be successful as Rutherford got out of the blocks quickly to level the scores and eventually taking the lead, 22 – 18. This was to be short lived as Tommy Moore came back with excellent individual displays crawling the lead back to 24 – 26, it all looked doom and gloom for Mark Rutherford boys but some superb team play ended with the star man of the evening for Rutherford, George Gentle popping up to level the scores.

A very close contested game from two good sides, all the Rutherford boys Shaquille Stuart, Arnold Leung, George Gentle, Mphatso Chipungu, Fabio Testa, Darius Laband and Yahya Khan worked their socks off, a fair result at the end of the day! Well Done Boys!

 

Yr 9 Basketball v Biddenham

The Year 9 basketball team continued their excellent run of form by comfortably defeating Biddenham 48 – 21. This was a particularly satisfying result as they had previously lost to Biddenham in a pre-season friendly.

Biddenham could not cope with the fast breaks from Rutherford and our boys quickly stamped their authority on the game. Excellent long passing from George Gentle created numerous scoring opportunities for Michael Richens, Fabio Testa and Arnold Leung. When Biddenham did manage to retreat quickly enough to prevent the fast break, Rutherford had too much quality for them to handle, particularly from George Gentle and Shaquille Stuart. Excellent all round performances from Mphatso Chipungu, Darius LaBand and captain James Bolland provided great support for the big point scorers. A very good display was capped off when a delighted Darius LaBand scored his first points for the school team.

This secures the boys a place in the semi-final stages and a win against St. Thomas More in their next game will see them finish top of their group.

 

U18 County Semi Final v Redbourne

The 6th form boys played a crucial semi final football match against Redborne on Friday 27 March.   It was crucial because it was the last chance for some of them to claim some silverware at school and the fact that in the previous 2 meetings with Redborne this year, the boys have come short.  The likes of Matt Barnes, Karl Warner, Tom Price are all getting on a bit and too be honest I am sure some of you would like to see Matt Barnes finally leave school.  Anyway, it didn’t start off well for the boys going 0-1 down to some sloppy play in defence within the 1st 2 minutes of the game.  Redborne played some good football and were on top.  It took some good play from Karl Warner on the left hand side of the opposition penalty box.  He whipped in a great cross which Peter Lawson met with a powering header.  1 – 1.  From then on Marky took control.  Redborne were shaky at defending corners and paid the price when the ball bounced free and Peter hit a left foot shot into the back of the net.  Soon after following another corner, Karl Warner headed the ball towards the far corner of the net only to see it come off the arm of a Redborne player on the line.  Penalty given much to the delight of the Redborne players (it hit my shoulder ref etc etc etc).  Peter Lawson on a hat trick stepped up and calmly placed the ball to the keeper’s left hand side.  3 – 1 and cruising.  Redborne put some heavy pressure on in the 2nd half and were given a life line by a header to make the score 3 -2.  Placers were getting injured, substitutions were being made and even the subs started feeling the pain.  At one point I was tempted to put Stephen Ashford on who was running the line for the last 20 minutes of the 2nd half.  Anyway Marky held on and booked their place in the final against Wootton we are led to believe. 

There were some sterling performances from the likes of Gavin Coates and Adam Tysoe but man of the match went to the skipper Peter Lawson.  A perfect hat trick, header, left foot, right foot.  Please congratulate the boys on their achievements.  I will let you know in due time where the final will be played so you can come along and support.  Please also thank Tommy McGirl and Shane Wiseman in Year 9 for both running the line and acted professionally at all times. 

 

Table Tennis at Mark Rutherford

Earlier this term 6 boys took part in the Bedfordshire Schools individual championships (U16 & U19 categories) held at Bedford Modern School in conditions which would quite literally be acceptable for international table tennis.  Numbers might have been higher but we had quite short notice which coincided with half term so we were restricted effectively to those whose home phone numbers I have.  There is also a 'fear' factor as the county is traditionally dominated by the horde of elite players at Bedford Modern (one of the country's top table tennis schools for 2 or 3 decades now).

At U16 we had Stephen Hare (year 10) and Alex Goulding and Carl Stephens from year 9.  The entrants for U19 were Daniel Beddoe and David Exton from year 13 and Liam Gillard (year12).  All of them acquitted themselves very well, the highlight being the game that Daniel Beddoe took from an experienced National Junior League player who is one of Bedford Modern's team which is currently in the top four of the national schools competition!  The other factor which emerged from the County U13 competition is that 4 of the top 5 were from schools in the Mark Rutherford group (two of the boys being Alex Goulding's young brothers).

Also this season we have had an increased number of boys taking part in the Bedford & District Adult league.  Daniel Beddoe, David Exton, Stephen Hare, Graham Green (year 12) and Liam Gillard have all played regularly for the Civil Service club (the one to which Jeff Perkins and I belong) in Division 5.  Additionally Chris Marshall (year 9) plays for the Salvation Army in the same division (following in the footsteps of 4 recent former pupils who helped establish the club only a few years ago).  Additionally Alex Goulding stood in at short notice once for Bedford Modern against one of the Civil Service teams (unfortunately beating Liam Gillard in the process!)  As well as maintaining a high standard of play and commitment the boys have all attracted considerable favourable comment in respect of their behaviour and sportsmanship ("markedly better than the boys from Modern" is a not uncommon quote!)

Finally could I say that once again this year Jeff and I have thoroughly enjoyed the after school club thanks to the excellent behaviour and interest of all those who have attended.

 

Yr 9 Basketball

The Yr9 basketball team continued their excellent start to the season with a convincing 44-10 demolition of Sandy. This is the boys’ third win in as many games and places them in a strong position in their group with two matches remaining.

It was a real team performance with every player contributing well, in particular Shaquille Stuart with 16 points, Michael Richens with 11 and George Gentle with 8. The boys managed to prevent Sandy from scoring a single point during two of the four quarters (at this point I am reminded of Shaquile’s comment at half time; “how many quarters have we played sir?” Mr Fortune: “two”. Shaquile: “how many left?” !!!!!!! I think the maths department need to have a word!

Strong defensive work was displayed by Mphatso , Darius LaBand, Fabio Testa, Arnold Leung and captain James Boland. Please congratulate the boys for their efforts.

 

Table Tennis v Biddenham

We took a group of 12 boys to Biddenham Upper School for a Table Tennis fixture on Tuesday 24 March. Each boy played 3 or 4 singles games each and 2 doubles games. Every single game was won apart from poor old Andrew Chase who lost 1 of his 5 games. Not a bad success rate for their first fixture!

Please congratulate the boys for their efforts, they were; Daniel Beddoe, David Exton, Gavin Coates, Ben Fearon, Matthew Howell-Daley, Andrew Chase, Jacob Cordell, Will Stuart, Tremayne Noel, Jack Willis, Alex Goulding and Ashley Beddoe.

 

Yr 10 Football

The year 10 football team, with a record of played two, won one lost one, took on the might of the Wooton football team at their school. After an unusual journey we started well quickly gaining possession after their kick off and stroking he ball around like a team possessed of premiership players. After much pressure Romayne Smithson broke down the right wing and crossed the ball in for Ben Walsh to record the first goal of the game. The boys did not allow the goal to go to their heads and had the majority of the possession after the goal forcing a corner. Thomas Filipzak rose like Peter Crouch above the crowd and scored a magnificent headed goal. Ben Souter, who was dominant in the centre of the park during the whole of the game, looked up to feed the feet of the advancing strikers, but with no pressure from the defenders decided to shoot from 10 yards outside the box to score an excellent goal that left their keeper stranded. Jared Pierre then made an opportunity for himself to curl a superb goal in the left hand side. Tom Roberts was next to score with a well hit shot that deflected off a defender to leave the goalkeeper once again stranded and fixed to the spot. Ben Walsh who had been quiet for a while took the ball passed two players to slip the ball into the back of the net to bag his brace for the game. Not to be outdone Jared completed a darting run passed several players to net his second. We were up 7-0 and cruzing to a crushing victory, when a rare brake out saw a Wooton player 10 yards behind the defence. ‘Sugs’ made up the 10 yards with a display of determined pace to take the ball off the attacker. He then hit the ball with the aim of getting it off the park and preventing a consolation goal. However, as we stood transfixed it looped up towards our goal and went in at the top left hand corner. The final score was 7-1 and we scored all the goals

 

Yr 9 Netball

The year 9 girls played extremely well at the Bunyan Centre on Tuesday 17 March. They had 2 games to play against Biddenham and John Bunyan and they won both. They played Biddenham first, it was a very close game which was goal for goal in the first half. We managed to increase the pressure in defence and with some excellent shooting from Danielle Greenley we won 5 – 3. Our second game was much more convincing and the girls went out to win, they have come away with a few bumps and bruises, but they managed to stay focused and the final score was 14 – 2. Special mentions should go to Georga Betts who played strong in the centre, to Emily Law and Stacie Cain in defence and Danielle Greenley and Racheal Sharwood shooting. I feel I should mention the rest of the team as they all show up every week without fail and have been complemented many times from the other school teachers, they are; Bethany Cowelley, Alanya Piggott, Hayley Knights and Zorah Mannall.

 

Yr 9 Boys Football

Yr 9 Football - District Cup

The year 9 boys football team beat St. Thomas More 7-3 in their latest District Cup match. STM gave the boys a bit of a scare early on by taking a two goal lead but Rutherford fought their way back into the game and went in at half-time level at three goals each. Some changes at half-time meant Rutherford dominated the second half and ran out comfortable 7-3 winners. Goals came from man of the match Harun Zilboud (4), Michael Richens, Tommy Mcgirl and a gratefully received own goal.

Yr 9 Football - placed booked for County Cup Final

The year 9 boys football team booked themselves a place in this years County Cup Final with a comfortable 7-1 victory over Icknield. The game started very well for Rutherford as the Icknield keeper ‘gifted’ 3 goals within the first 15 minutes to Martin Danobrega, Chimobi Udemezue and Michael Richens. Rutherford began to dominate the play and their efforts were rewarded when a well worked move was finished off by Omar D’Agostino.

Icknield scored, what turned out to be a consolation, mid-way through the second but it only managed to stir Rutherford back  into life and goals from Tom Dixon, Harun Zilboud and a fantastic left-footed half-volley into the top-corner from captain Danobrega sealed another impressive victory.

 

Yr 9 Football - Into District Cup Semi Final

The year nine boys football team booked themselves a place in the District Cup Semi-Finals by defeating Wootton by 6 goals to 2.

A comfortable performance was sealed with goals from George Pinney, Ryan Hurl, Tommy McGirl, Martin Danobrega and a brace from Harun Zilboud. Man of the Match was Omar D’Agostino.

The boys host Sharnbrook on Thursday in the last of their group games and need to avoid defeat in order to finish top of the group and earn a home tie in the semi-final.

 

Yr 10 Football v St Thomas Moore

The year 10 football team took on the eager St Thomas More football team on Thursday 5 March in a much delayed league match. With some training under their belts (from before the snow) there were a few changes to the line up and in the early exchanges the teams looked fairly competitive. The boys played a little like Arsenal; they had most of the possession but tried to be a bit too elaborate in front of the goal and squandered chance after chance. St Thomas More played on the break and at one point broke away and hit the post. This helped to ‘girder the loins’ of the boys and within moments of the St Thomas More chance we scored. A well worked move resulted in Ben Walsh scoring a good goal to put us into the lead. With the coach calling from the sideline ‘don’t relax’, ‘keep the ball’, ‘be alert to the counter’ The boys worked an early opportunity for Erickson to score a second goal for the team. A little more relaxed the boys played the ball about with ease resulting in a third goal by Thomas Roberts

At half time a few changes were made, but both teams could not make a difference to the score sheet. Then Pasquale came on to add a little spice to the mix and within 5 minutes of coming he scored in the bottom hand right corner to leave Mark Rutherford in an unassailable lead of 4-0. This, despite the hard pressing of St Thomas More was the final score.

 

House Badminton

This w as an excellent event where all the students were keen to be competitive and play well for their House, but they were extremely supportive to each other; each game was played with great sportsmanship. The quality of play was extremely mixed from a county player (Dominic) to a beginner (Georgia - having recently moved from South Africa – but she performed well and loved it), but this didn’t detract from the amount of effort put in.

Each House were required to play four matches and this was shared amongst the players that turned up. The missing students made the pairings and organising of the games difficult but the students didn’t mind. Some played singles against pairs. Interesting viewing! The students even continued playing well after the competition was over.

The three houses that took part really played well and scored many points of each other. All seemed to enjoy the refreshments (some more than most) and had really deserved them by the end of play!! The deciding factor was certainly that Blake House had a full complement of players this time. Again congratulations to all that played.

Results were: BLAKE 22 pts - 1st Place

WOOLF 19 pts - 2nd Place

TURNER 15 pts - 3rd Place

NOVELLO 0 pts - 4th Place

 

District Cross Country Finals

We had 4 representatives in this years District Cross Country Finals which took place on Thursday 26 February.  They all ran very well on a freezing cold afternoon.  We were asked to register the runners by 1pm and then had to wait around* till 2.15pm for our first race.  Ben Alcock and Emily Relton were stars of the afternoon who both came 1st and 3rd in their respective races.  Leah Relton and an unfit Sam Bennet came 11th and 14th respectably.  Ben, Emily & Leah have all qualified for the National Schools Championships which take place later this year. 

 

 

Yr 9 Football - District Cup

The Year 9 Boys football team started their District Cup campaign with a 15-0 demolition of Biddenham on Thursday 29 January. Goals came from; Chimobi Udemezue  Rhys Pemberton, Ryan Hurl, Tom Dixon, Harun Zilboud, Alex Goulding, Michael Richens, and George Pinney.

They journey over to St. Thomas More on Tuesday in a bid to continue their impressive season. I’ve promised them a McDonalds each if they can manage 20 goals!

 

Hat-trick hero Chimobi Udemezue

 

North Beds Cross Country Championships

We took 13 students to represent the school at the North Beds Cross Country Championships on Wednesday 28 January 2009 and they didn’t disappoint.  Everyone ran strong races and should be congratulated for their efforts.  Kim Nash started her race about 2 minutes after everyone else had as she had left her trainers on the mini bus which delayed her start.  She still managed to run well and over take over 20 runners other runners.  Eamon Quin from St Thomas More commended her on her determination and enthusiasm.  Most would have quit.  Leah & Emily Relton came 4th and 3rd in their respectable races.  Ben Alcock, Sam Bennet & Stephen Ashford came 1st, 4th & 5th in their races also. 

----------------Ben Alcock --------------- -------------- Emily Relton ------------- ---------- Martin Danobrega ------------------

Junior Boys

Ben Alcock 1st (qualifies for district), Martin Danobrega, Tom Langford, Ashley Beddoe, George Pinney, Daniel Henson

Junior Girls

Leah Relton 4th (qualifies for district), Kim Nash

Intermediate Boys

Sam Bennett 4th (qualifies for district), Marcus Rutter 13th (qualifies for district), Jo Brown

Intermediate Girls

Emily Relton 3rd (qualifies for district)

Senior Boys

Stephen Ashford 5th (qualifies for district)

The District Competition is Wednesday 4 February at 1pm

 

Yr 9 Netball Tournament - Bunyan Centre

The Year 9s had a very successful evening at the Bunyan centre on Tuesday 27 January 2009. They won all of their 3 matches against Biddenham, Sandy (both sports colleges) and Stratton. The match again Stratton was the most competitive and they were 3 – 0 down at half time, but some superb defending by Emily Law and Bethany Cowley kept them from scoring in the second half and with Danielle Greenly and Hayley Knights shooting on target the final score was 6 – 3. The matches against Biddenham and Sandy were just as competitive, but our girls took an early lead in both which the competition could not catch, the final score in these games was 6 – 3 (Biddenham), 6 – 4 (Sandy). The girls were complemented on their competitive sprit and their determination as well as their politeness during the games by the opposition coaches. The team was: Alanya Piggott, Danielle Greenley, Bethany Cowley, Hayley Knights, Stacie Cain, Emily Law, Georga Betts, Alicia Boon.

 

U15 National Cup v Cardinal Newman (last years champions!) - 21 Jan '09

After a very brave battle the girls eventually lost out on penalties!!

We were playing the National Champions from last year and gave them a very big scare. Marky dominated the first half, maintaining the majority of possession. After a number of shots, the break came when a throw in fell straight to Danni who turned in the box and dinked it over the keeper. 1-0.

The girls couldn’t finish off any of the shots so the score was still 1-0 at half time. Cardinal Newman then dominated the second half, but eventually it evened out. However, the game was stretched as chances came at both ends – our girls were then struggling to keep up on the soggy pitch. Finally Newman broke clear and slid the ball wide past our keeper to make it even at 1-1.

Extra –time: Newman score within 3mins which gave us a scare, but pushed the girls on – no choice but to drive forward. Into the last 15 of extra time, still 2-1 down more players were pushed up and Danni again scored with a deft touch to make it 2-2. In the last 3 minutes of extra time Newman had three of their best chances in the whole game – one shot just lofted over the ball and the other two were saved bravely at close range by Emma Gazeley.

That sent the teams into penalties. Both teams really struggled to cope with the pressure and a number were missed! Very scary, very emotional! We lost 3-2 on penalties in the end.

Overall it was an excellent run in the National Cup! The girls were exemplary in their efforts throughout all the rounds – a great credit to the school and they should be extremely proud of themselves. Roll on next year!

Congratulations to the girls below – (they were obviously quite devastated, although proud)

Vicky Boyde (C), Yvette Bramwell, Kim Howard, Salonge Ishimwe, Kirstie Dawe, Emma Gazeley, Danielle Borrelli, Charlotte Lancaster, Carrie Bennett, Hazel Trengrove, Kim Nash, Emily Wade, Zorah Mannall, Sam Crowie

 

English School National Basketball Competition - Yr 11

Final 32 in the Country

This interesting bunch had a road trip to Ipswich to endure before playing this match to be in the final 16. Their spirits were high as was their confidence in their ability having won the Bedford and District Basketball Competition and won all their games in the National Competition to be playing as representatives of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Immediately the game started St Albans RC School scored 7 unanswered points, the signs were not good.

In the first quarter the two most competitive players quickly got four fouls each and had to sit out. Joe Goode in our team and their ball handler and 3 point shooter were being kept for the more vital parts of the match. The boys were 13-6 down in the first quarter and 31-18 at half time. However St Albans were racking up the fouls and we knew that if we kept competing we would come back into the game which we did. In the third quarter we rallied and were within 4 points (Two baskets). We knew the game would be ours if we could keep up the pressure (St Albans team & coach were in a panic) However in the third quarter two of our most influential players were sent off (Jake Norman and Joe Goode) and whilst we maintained our drive for a while they put back on their better players who had been sitting out because of them having four fouls and they established a 25 point lead which we never really recovered from and lost 76-55. The score did not really reflect the competitive nature of most of match. It is worth noting that the Mark Rutherford missed a total of 20 free throws in the game and both teams had 20+ fouls during the game. Top scorer and Captain was Lewis Kerr with 15 points.

The boys played really well and were competitive. Their manager congratulated them on both their skill level and the sportsmanship – They remain Beds, Herts and Cambs champs.

 

Mark Rutherford Girls Football Team Make it to the

Final 32 in the National Schools Cup

"CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE GIRLS - A MAGNIFIENT DISPLAY AGAINST A TOUGH OPPOSITION" said Miss Bradley, Team Coach

The Mark Rutherford Girls Football Team have made it through to the last 32 teams in the National Schools Cup by beating a Wrenn School 4-2.

The girls have now equalled the success of the Yr9 boys Football and U16 Basketball teams by getting through to the last 32 of the National Schools Cup!

Rutherford were given an early lead through an own goal - achieved with the persistance of our attack, but the game was evened out just two minutes later after a difficult shot was saved by Kim Howard but the rebound fell to one of the Wrenn School players.

The girls gained the lead half way through the first half through a very well struck penalty by Danni Borrelli. The game was very tight the rest of the game with both defences cancelling out many attacks (Yvette Bramwell managed our defence supremely) it certainly became very tense affair, especially when Wrenn evened the score just after half time.

It wasn't until about ten minutes to go that Danni finally broke free again and this time managed to free herself from their strong defence, sidestepped the keeper and shot from a very tight angle with her left foot. Although leading it was clear that they could break at any time with their speedy attack and cause the game to go into extra time - this half Emma Gazely in goal stifled many of their shots easily.

Finally with a couple of mintes to go we could relax a little as our midfield created a strong attack and the ball fell lose to Danni with an open goal gaping - goal! (Hatrick) - and the result 4-2!!!

The team have a tough match ahead of them as they take on the current champions Cardinal Newman in Luton next Wednesday. Good Luck!

 

Yr 9 Boys Football were knocked out of the National Schools Cup on Wednesday 14th January after a tough cup tie

The yr9 football team narrowly lost their National Cup game 2-1 following a last minute winner which came completely against the run of play. Having dominated the early exchanges Rutherford found themselves a goal down at half time following a break away goal from Bushloe. The start of the second half saw an excellent save from keeper Ben Alcock keep the score at 1-0. Chimobi Udemezue’s persistent work up front forced an error from the Bushloe centre back which resulted in a penalty being awarded to the home side. Michael Richens stepped up to coolly level the scores with a good penalty into the bottom corner. This spurred Rutherford on and only good work from the Bushloe keeper kept the game at 1-1. Rutherford continued to press forward but could not find that finishing touch in front of goal to earn themselves victory. Another break away from Bushloe with a couple of minutes remaining saw their big centre forward finish neatly sealing victory for the away side. As expected, the boys were bitterly disappointed with the result especially as on another day they may well have won this game comfortably if they could have taken their chances.

A big thank you to the handful of staff that made the effort to come out and support, it does make a difference to the boys to have people there watching and encouraging them.

Also, the students that came out to cheer on were praised by the Bushloe teachers for their encouragement and enthusiasm which was always positive and at no time offensive. The main ‘ring leader’ was Carlo Mirto whom was responsible for starting most of the chants!

The boys are still in the semi-finals of the County Cup and start their District Cup campaign in the next couple of weeks.

English Schools Basketball Regional Competitions 2008/09

Yr 11 Final League Basketball Fixture

Last years Bedford and District basketball Winners have stepped up a level of competition and have this year entered into the English Schools Under 16’s Open Basketball Regional Competition. They have been playing to represent Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the final rounds of the National Competition. They had already beaten Biddenham Sports College and Neale Wade in the early stages of the competition. With this being one of the smallest regional competitions the team only had Hemel Hempsted School to beat to make it through to the final 32 in the country. Hemel had convincingly beaten Biddenham Sports College and Mark Rutherford went away to take them on with a severely depleted team. (George Crawley was ill, Ben Martin, Adam Draculic and Robert Ginn despite many reminders dropped out) With only two subs we entered their gym to the sight of some much taller players warming up and eagerly awaiting the competition. The start of the game was tense and strongly contested with Jake Newman scoring the majority of points and also picking up 4 fouls in the first quarter. With the, until this point, top scorer Jake only being allowed one more foul before being sent off he had to be substituted in the first quarter being replaced with the relative newcomer Andy Lawson. This resulted in Hemel taking the initiative and the lead  15-11 in the first quarter. The boys rallied but remained behind 24-19 at half time. In the third quarter Mark Rutherford fought an intense battle but Hemel maintained their lead 26-34. After some tactical changes to stem Hemel’s ability to score, three students (Jordan, Joe and Lewis) raised their game to leave Mark Rutherford leading 49-42 in the last 90 seconds of the match. A time-out resulted in a resurgent Hemel team intensely battling the final moments of the game and out scoring Mark Rutherford 9 – 5. It was not enough to take away the lead we had built up and we won.The Yr 11 team now go forward into the final 32 in the country and are crowned the Beds, Herts and Cambs champions. All the following contributed to the win:

Lewis Kerr / Jordan Wright / Andy Lawson / Joe Goode / Jamal Vassal / Luke Masih / Jake Newman

 

Yr 9 Rugby v Biddenham

The Yr 9 rugby team beat Biddenham 36-5 on Wednesday 25 November. An excellent all-round performance resulted in a very comfortable win for our boys. With a couple of players missing, scrum-half Rhys Pemberton moved to fly-half and Lil’ Jack Bettle started at scrum half. Rhys did a great job of supplying ball to the powerful centres Michael Richens and Harun Zilboud and Jack was pulling the strings behind the tireless forwards.The tries came from Richens (2), Zilboud (2), Ross Barton and Dom Bloomer with Richens kicking 3 out of the 6 conversions.The try of the game was scored by Harun ‘Brian Habana’ Zilboud with a frighteningly powerful run which started inside his own 22 and finished under the opposition posts, having smashed his way through a number of tackles.Man of the match was Jack Hemming for producing some outstanding runs, leaving a number of Biddenham players battered and bruised on the floor behind him. Congratulations to the boys for their efforts.

 

Yr 9 Basketball v Biddenham

TheYr9 Basketball team played a friendly against Biddenham on Tuesday 25 November in their first fixture of the season. After a promising start by Rutherford, Biddenham gradually clawed back the deficit and got themselves in front. A strong 3rd period from Biddenham gave the away side a clear lead going into the final quarter. Rutherford responded well and battled hard to try and get themselves back in the game. Good work from captain George Gentle and Shaquille Stuart gave the hosts an outside chance of salvaging the game. However, once Shaquille was fouled out of the game the contest was effectively over and a late flurry of baskets from Biddenham meant the final score was 31-41 in favour of the visitors. Man of the match was George Gentle for scoring 11 points out of the 31.

basketball picture
Left to Right: (top) Carl Stephens, Mphatso Chipungu, Shaquille Stuart, Stephen Reid, Lamar Downer. (bottom) Fabio Testa, Rhys Pemberton, George Gentle, Darius LaBand, Arnold Leung.

 

Yr 9 Netball Tournament

All of the girls played brilliantly with special mentions going to Danielle Greenley for outstanding shooting throughout all of the games and Georga Betts, Zorah Mannall and Bethany Cowley for excellent defence. They played 6 matches throughout the day against Cedars, Sharnbrook, Harlington, St Andrews, Dame Alice and Cardinal Newman they won 2, drew 2 and lost 2.

Yr 9 Boys Badminton Tournament

Congratulations to the following on their excellent performance on Friday 7 November; Alex Sims, Robert Aspinall, Paul Mahon & George Pinney. They beat Sharnbrook 4 games to 1, Biddenham 5 games to 0, unfortunately they lost to Bedford Modern 4-1.

 

Football

Girls

U16 Girls County Cup

The yr10/11 team combined played their 3rd round fixture of the County Cup week commencing 3 November, against Vandyke in Leighton Buzzard. Although we had the majority of the play and were far more creative, the girls came away losing 2-0. Special mentions must go out to Yr 11 girls: Brogan Kowal and Chloe Hall in for their outstanding work and perseverance and to Faith Crichlow for stepping in to play in goal last minute. Yr10’s:Yvette Bramwell for great defence and Salonge for stepping into goal for the second half.

U15 Girls National Cup

The yr9/10 team combined had an opportunity to gain revenge on Vandyke Upper as we had been drawn in the National Cup against them too. The team were back on their heels straight away and went down 2-0 after ten minutes! Fortunately the girls were determined to win and with driving runs from Vicky Boyde in midfield, excellent delivery by Carrie Bennett (with a punishing 25 yd shot into the top left corner of the goal) and precise finishing from Danny Borrelli the girls pulled it back to 2-2 at half time.

The girls were totally in control from then on and with the strong defence of the back four (Yvette, Salonge, Kim Nash, Emily Wade) the opposition rarely had a chance. Any that did get through were neatly dealt with (although dramatically) by Kim Howard. Kirstie Dawe persevered gallantly through the waterlogged wing on the left and continued to provide through balls to the Vicky and Charlotte in midfield and on to Danni and Hazel up front.

Danni’s exquisite first touch often gave herself a few yards ahead of the defence and only outstanding last ditch tackling by their centre half and great movement and saves from their goalie stopped the score from going into double figures. As it was, a penetrating shot from Charlotte and two more goals from Danni made the score a convincing 5-2 win.

Now on to Round 4 against either and Warwickshire or Leicestershire school.

The U15 National Cup (Y9 and Y10)

Mark Rutherford beat The Royal Latin School in Buckingham 5-3 in the U15 National Cup. Dani Borrelli scored a hatrick and Carrie Bennett scored 2.

The U16 County Cup

The U16 girls have made it through to the 3rd round of the County Cup, having beaten Sandy Upper and Northfields.

Well done to all of the players!

The U14 Girls Football

The girls start their campaign in their county cup tournament on Thursday against Wootten Upper. Good luck!

Boys

Tuesday

The year 9 football team defeated Manshead 3-0 in the 1st round of the County Cup on Tuesday. After an early scare, requiring Alex Goulding to clear a ball off the line, the boys began to dominate and a neat finish from Chimobi Udemezue gave them a 1-0 lead at half time. A second goal from Chimobi and one from Omar D’Agostino sealed a comfortable victory which could and perhaps should have seen more goals from Mark Rutherford.

This makes it four wins out of four, scoring 18 goals and conceding just 3!

Wednesday

Final score.  Northfields 2 Mark Rutherford 3 (after extra time).

We travelled down to Northfields in Dunstable on Wednesday, 15 October.  The lads were buoyant mood after winning our last match.

The game had to be 10 a-side as the opposition only had 10 players. We won the toss and kicked down the considerable slope.  We had them on the rack immediately. Their players looked as confused as a colour blind snooker player as we took the game to them. In the middle section of the half it became a war of attrition.  The game was like a piece of chewing gum – it had lost it’s early flavour.  Despite constant pressure near to half-time and an offside ‘goal’, the score at half-time was 0-0.

In the 2nd half we conceded a bad goal but within seconds equalised through Nathan Toner with an ice cool finish.  They regained the lead but Jordan Mounsey cracked in a great strike to level it up at 2-2.  It went to extra-time and in the first period Colt ‘Sievers’ Pearce popped up to bundle the ball in after Toner had hit the bar.  He certainly wasn’t the Fall Guy this time!!  The final whistle was a great relief as we were defending for our lives.

Man of the match was Nathan Toner.

Team -: Kyle Murphy; Ryan Hurl; Matty Walsh; George Gentle; Cameron Langford; Nathan Toner; Jack Swain; Kristian Robertson; Kieran Souter; Colt Sievers; Joe Walsh; Eifion Griffiths; Tommy McGirl; Jordan Mounsey; Chris Marshall.

Manager -: Iain ‘Jose Mourinho’ Dunbar.  (Played 2, won 2, drew 0, lost 0).

 

Golf

On Monday Gavin Coates, Aaron Roberts, James Brown and Sam Filipczak took part in the Bedfordshire School’s County Golf Championship at Colmworth golf club. The whole of the field found the course tricky in the wet in the morning and the scores reflected this. Our boys performed well and ‘stuck to it’ earning themselves 8th place out of 14 overall.

Below are the individual results with their final position highlighted (cb = count back)

                  Aaron ROBERTS

Mark Rutherford

 

54

7

84

 

138

18cb

                   Sam FILIPCZAK

Mark Rutherford

 

57

7

86

 

143

25cb

                   Gavin COATES

Mark Rutherford

 

55

8

88

 

143

26cb

                    James BROWN

Mark Rutherford

 

55

3

78

 

133

9cb

This was a particularly strong field with some players with handicaps as low as 2.

 

Yr 10 Rugby v St Thomas More

On Wednesday 1 October, whilst Eid was being celebrated and the sun was shining, the Mark Rutherford Yr 10 Boys went to play rugby at our closest rival school St Thomas More. There was much friendly banter between the teams before the game and because they were short of players and in the spirit of sportsmanship we lent them some of our players (Well done Steven Hare, Sanjay Nahar and Charlie Tomic – who played well for both teams).

The first half was a resolute destruction of the opposition with Toby smith and Tremayne Noel scoring two tries each. Stephen Hare added another and with Tremayne Noel kicking in excellent form (except for the first one which was in front of the posts) the score was 33 - 0 at half time. In the second half, St Thomas More came out of the blocks with fierce ambition and for a while stopped us scoring and looked like they were going to score themselves. The pressure soon told when with a weak tackle close to the line they went over to score under the posts. Two more tries were then added by Mark Rutherford after the break, Ben Walsh scored one and the other came from an unknown source under a pile of bodies. The boys worked hard to maintain the lead competing well in the lineouts and tackling effectively when needed. The final score was a 47 – 10 win for Marky.

Yr 10 Rugby v St Thomas More

Yr 9 Rugby - What a start!

The yr9 rugby team played their first game on 1 October 2008 against local rivals St. Thomas More. The game got off to rather a ‘good’ start when captain Michael Richens caught the ball from the kick off and ran through the STM defence to score under the posts with around 10 seconds on the clock! Hard work by the forwards created opportunities for fly half Ben Alcock to unleash the pace of the backs, in particular Richens, Harun Zilboud and Chimobi Udemezue. Further tries from Richens, completing a brilliant hat-trick, and the impressive Ross Barton gave the boys a comfortable lead at the break.

STM could, and perhaps should, have scored in the second half but for an excellent last-ditch tackle by scrum-half Rhys Pemberton just yards from the try line. The loose ball fell to Zilboud whose explosive running enabled him to run the length of the pitch through the entire opposition defence to score the try of the match.

The forwards continued to dominate and their efforts were rewarded by tries from Dom Bloomer, Jamie Bell and Jamie Brown. Conversions from Pemberton and, man of the match, Richens made the final score 50-0 to Mark Rutherford.

Congratulations to the boys for their efforts, they are developing into a very, very good side. This was the first game for some of them which makes the performance even more of an achievement particularly for players like Sam Green, Shaquille Stewart and Jordan Muckle.

Football Results - Y9A

Y9

The yr9’s continued their impressive start to the season with a 5-1 demolition of Kingsthorpe College, Northampton, in the 2nd round of the National Cup. Our boys were never in trouble during a victory which could have been far more convincing if more chances had been taken. Two excellent goals from George Pinney and one from Chimobi Udemezue put Marky 3-0 up in the first half. A late goal just before half time by the visitors gave them a slight glimmer of hope of getting back into the game. Fantastic defensive work from Michael Richens and, man of the match, Tom Dixon plus two very good saves from keeper Ben Alcock kept Kingsthorpe at bay and when Omar D’Agostino, who impressed after replacing the hard-working Tom Kelk, put captain Martin Danobrega through to score, the game was effectively over. Chimobi put the ‘icing on the cake’ with a great header from a Tommy McGirl corner to seal the victory.

The yr9’s will meet Queensbury from Dunstable at home in the next round of the cup. All support would be greatly appreciated (the details of the match will be on the website).

Year 9 House Cross Country Results

Last week, the year 9’s participated in the house cross country.  Below are the final results.

Position

House

Average Time (Min)

1

Blake

14:11

2

Novello

15:27

3

Turner

15:41

4

Woolf

17:13

Congratulations Blake House!

Top 3 Boys & Girls

 

 

Boys

Name

House

1

Ben Alcock

Woolf

2

Alex Goulding

Blake

3

Thomas Dickson

Novello

Girls

 

 

1

Leah Relton

Turner

2

Danielle Borrelli

Blake

3

Kimberley Nash &

Charlotte Lancaster

Novello

Blake

Yr 9B Football

The YR9 B team played their first game on Thursday 25 September, beating Beauchamp’s yr8 team 3-2. We have been able to create two teams this year due to the numbers that have been attending training and Iain Dunbar has been kind enough to take on the role of manager. The boys started off slowly and found themselves a goal down from an early corner. Following a good challenge from Kieran Souter, the ball broke kindly for captain Eifion Griffiths and he was able to level the scores with a neat finish. Beauchamp managed to take the lead again before coach Dunbar showed a glimpse of his managerial flair just before half time by bringing on Colt Pearce to replace Jordan Mounsey up front. Colt went on to score twice to give Mark Rutherford a 3-2 lead. Good defensive work from Dom Bloomer and Tom Kelk, along with some solid goalkeeping by Kyle Murphy, kept Beauchamp at bay for the rest of the game. Man of the match was Matty Walsh, closely followed by Nathan Toner.

Cricket

Monty Panesar Presenting Tremayne Noel with an award for Cricket

Bedford Cricket Club recently gave out awards for outstanding achievement throughout the various age-groups.  Even though Tremayne is an U14’s player for the club he won an award for the U16’s as he also plays above his own age group.  The award was “Most Promising U16’s Player” – this was presented by England Spinner Monty Panesar.

It was a pleasant surprise for Tremayne and a nice end to the cricket season.

 

Under 16County Netball Trials

On Saturday 20 September, the U16 Bedfordshire County netball trials took place. Jessica Lewis and Emily Wade (both in year 10) took part in the trials against girls mostly in year 11.They endured the surprisingly warm weather and played in at least 7 matches each. Both performed very well and were selected to return in the afternoon. Emily really excelled; her persistence and grit really paid off and she has been selected to join the Bedfordshire squad. Congratulations to both girls.

Mark Rutherford have a crop of budding football stars in the making

We now have 11 boys in the three district teams this year which is more than any other school in the district. Charlie Tomic, Tom Roberts and Tom Filipczak are the latest to join the district teams. Congratulations boys! Congratulations also to Ben Walsh, Ben Souter and Jefferson Udemezue for being selected to attend the trials.

Year 9 Football

The Year 9 football team played their first game of the season at Northfields Upper School on Thursday 17 September. Our boys dominated from the start and found themselves 5-1 up at half time. The coach was able to make a number of changes and try boys in a variety of positions during a comfortable second half which finished 8-2 to Mark Rutherford. A hat-trick from man of the match George Pinney was added to by Martin Danobrega (2), Harun Zilboud, Tommy McGirl and Omar D’Agostino. This was an excellent start to a very promising season.

The team has their first match in the National Cup on Monday 22 September, away to Stantonbury, Milton Keynes.

Year 11 Football

The Year 11 boys took on Biddenham in the 1st round of the Football County Cup on Wednesday 17 September.  After a poor performance from the boys in training only a day before, they upped their game and attitude and won 3 – 6.  Goals from Sean Buxton (3) Luke Hulatt (2) and Rhys Williams (1) helped put on a great performance against a good Biddenham team which included a player recently been selected for England School Boys.  All the boys deserve a lot of praise as they played well.  Particularly Sean Buxton for scoring a hatrick, Lewis Kerr for making some great saves and Antonio Girardi for single handily containing the England player. 

 

 


 



 

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