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League victory for the year 8 Netball team

The side captained by Chloe S, put on a professional and mature show against Myton. The girls started the match playing outside in a cool calm manner. Amelia and Abby shooting well throughout the first 10mins gaining an 7-0 advantage. Chloe H and Alice in the defensive circle kept a clean sheet, intercepting the call at every chance. 
The third quarter saw Sophie and Scarlett team up in centre court to deliver the ball to the shooters and the ball flowed nicely down the court. Evie and Alice worked nicely with Chloe S work as a unit to limit Myton to a single goal.
Final quarter saw the combination of Holly and Abby in the shooting circle playing the ball nicely around using Chloe S and Ella well to reposition themselves. The defensive press remained down the court from Sophie, Chloe H and Evie who intercepted the ball regularly.
Final score 12-2 to Southam.
Oppositions player of the match: Holly
Coaches player of the match: Chloe S
Another fantastic performance ladies, you played really well and conducted yourselves brilliantly. Well done,
Mrs Turton
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Year 8 Rugby

Lloyd licks his lips with fab 5 as Coulter keeps clean sheet
Southam 30 Ashlawn 0
 
An odd one to call this – a win yes – a convincing win – again in score line, yes. However the lads know that they may have been reading their own press a little too much in a performance that left much to be desired. In fairness there were offsides that made the game scrappy, (by both teams), but this exceptional side can and will improve on this performance.
Poor rucking and sloppy tackling grabbing big lads and hugging rather than swiping their legs away was an issue. With 5 minutes gone it looked business as usual Charlie S strode over the line after a wide move. He had a groin twinge and as a precaution was taken off. The team had however more than enough fire power to sort out the situation. Silly long  passes that were flung without thought led to hand over ball and the Ashlawn big runners made ground as players slid off tackles. If it were not for 2 champagne moment tackles by Joe C we could have gone level. He shows all how to tackle and deserves his joint man of the match award.
 The second try was a great run by Ally M and then a ruck that showed signs of improvement by the team. Harry picked and went sprinting for the line. 10 – 0 at half time and a bit of a talking to was required. The second half showed gradual but improved performances with good tackling by James E, Josh E, and Harry L. Finally the backs put the ball through the hands and Harry L went  through for his next. Lewis S started to get back to his predictable self hitting rucks and stealing ball and this resulted in Harry getting a free pass, going over for his 3rd. Tommy B looked pleasing in the rucks and the forwards drove the ball forward. Harry picked again and drove over the line for his 4th. The last try was far more like Southam of old in the build up. A scrum – good backs play, some solid rucks… but then too many pick and drive when the ball should have been recycled to the backs. Never-the-less Harry went over for his 5th and showed a cutting edge that gave him the deserved man of the match alongside Joe.
Boys – plenty to do to reach the heights we know we can.
Alcester next game and we played exceptionally well last year to beat a good team.  Training Thursday – a great bunch of lads will get back to performing the wa

Year 8 Netball

Southam v Myton
One of the Southam squads this evening narrowly missed out on a win against Myton.
The first quarter saw the girls playing really well, shooting consistently and supporting each other.
Some great shooting from Freya in the first 3mins saw Southam take an early 2-0 win.  Freya and Flo continued to work the ball in the circle in the first half having lots of shots. Abby and Minnie worked well in defence turning the ball over regularly but the Myton team continued to challenge. At half time the score was 4-4.
Second half saw the game get a little scrappy and play breakdown a little. However some strong work in the centre court from Ioney, Grace, Liberti, Toula and Izzy saw lots of turn overs and excellent feeds into the circle.
The final score was 8-5 to Myton.
Oppositions player of the match: Freya
Coaches player of the match: Izzy
Well played tonight, a short sweet but enjoyable match.
Mrs Turton
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Year 8 Rugby

Get out of jail turns into a winning tale as Southam beat Finham Park 40 -0
A large Finham team came over to Southam and played down hill on the Southam pitch. This gave an advantage to them as the bulky, strong side came at the u13’s with aggression and determination. The first 5 minutes Southam had to tackle and tackle to stop an aggressive team. .Joe C was outstanding in his tackling and rucking. It was only a pick up from the 22 by Charlie S. followed swiftly by a more secured ruck 2 minutes later that broke the stranglehold of Finham as Charlie ran in 2 tries with pace and power. An inexperienced scrummaging pack saw the weight of Finham dominate the scrum on several occasions. Never -the-less Callum M battled with Aly M in the scrums to try and gain parity, holding out against the hill and the Finham weight.
 Southam and Finham both lost their bindings a couple of times resulting in no pushing in the scrum. With that in mind, the number 8 of Finham mis-controlled the ball for Josh E to rip it from the scrum half and Austin O. to spring forward and dive on the ball. A great opportunists try. Joe C made several great runs playing fullback and as the squad was rotated the go to man George P came into his own with great ruck positioning. Tom W. coming on part way through showed a ball handling forward that is determined to produce  100% effort. Charlie F was far more decisive and made some great runs on the wing. Thomas H tackled well and produced pace to cover in the backs. Oli G ripped and secured ball like the star he is. James E went to wing later and gained the plaudits finishing off a great run by Harry L who correctly gave the ball to James for an easy finish, ( simple but one of the champagne moments of the game). James’ other try 5 minutes after was less easy as he magnificently caught a wide ball off his toes to complete his brace. Lewis S showed his worth as tries started to flow with a great run from the pacey prop, popping the ball to Josh E at 9 who weaved his way through. This was stopped 5 meters out. Will  H rucked well and Charlie S strode over for an easy finish. The best team try of the game came from a scrum where a centre move was put into play by Sam R at fly half. A dummy run and a pass out of the back showed Harry L to the line, like a knife through butter. A great moment.
The last try came from man of the match Charlie S who gathered his own kick and chase with skill and finesse to score a corker. All of the lads deserve credit for grafting hard and tackling well. Most notably new cap Charlie P who showed grit and determination. Caius T also got his first full debue and rucked well. Scrummaging needs to be worked on. Don’t let someone scare you before you do the basics well, (which in the end you did). The next game against Ashlawn will hopefully indicate improvements in key areas.  credit also should go to a Finham team that tackled well with a number of great players, notably the captain. Keep it up lads.
Training will take place on the Thursday.
Tries Charlie S (4) Harry L (1) James E (2) Austin O (1). Man of the match – Charlie S.

Another league win for the Year 8 Netball Team

This evening the year 8 netball team travelled across to Arnold Lodge for their second league game of the season.
The girls had a ropey first quarter, with spells of excellent play but it was littered with silly mistakes. Finishing 1-0 after 8mins.
The second quarter the girls came alive, with some fantastic work in the centre court by Flo and Ioney allowing the ball to move nicely into the circle where Freya and Libby were able to convert the goals. At half time the score was 6-1.
The third quarter saw some great defensive play from Toula and Minnie in the circle stopping the ball being able to go through the net.
The final quarter the girls really came together well, with Scarlet, Zoe and Ioney bringing the ball down the court together. The game ended with a 9-1 victory to Southam.
Oppositions players of the match: Freya and Libby
Coaches player of the match: Flo (Captain).
Well done this evening ladies, Remember some of you will be playing again tomorrow evening at Myton.
Mrs Turton
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