For the U15A Netball team, it was a season that started off with promise and developed into a season that saw expectations and grow. They maintained an unbeaten run in the season topping their pool games with 4 successive wins. However, this streak ended in crushing disappointment in the semi-final versus Aga Khan.
Dominant starters to the game, BGE played an exceptionally controlled game of Netball, ensuring they had a lead throughout. With Aga Khan trailing by 5 goals going into the 4th quarter, BGE looked the likely winners. However, Aga Khan had different ideas. A change in tactical play paired with a distinct increase in tempo meant the our girls were on the back foot for the first time in the game. Conceding 6 goals to 1 in the final quarter BGE finished with a deficit of 1 goal. A well fought semi-final from the girls and a few creases were identified which will be ironed out before playing their final tournament of the season this weekend in Turi.
In the final league fixture of the term the U15 were let down by a couple of factors. The rather unreliable KRFU official never materialised leaving the fixture under threat of becoming void. Fortunately both teams agreed that a staff member could referee and so the match went ahead. Unfortunately some members of the BGE team decided not to turn up and thus the faithful were facing a one man deficit on the pitch as the whistle blew.
Hillcrest were eyeing up a second place in the league and set about looking to achieve this. Passing the ball from touch line to touchline, looking to find a space to exploit. Eventually one was found and the first try was dotted down after 6 minutes. Another followed after 10 minutes and it was looking bleak for the team in yellow.
A sustained period of open play straddled half time and there were opportunities for both sides to score but the stuttering nature of the BGE side stifled any threats to the Hillcrest line. Hillcrest changed tack and began a more structured approach and found a couple of gaps to extend their lead and with 3 minutes to go a clean sheet was avoided as Gekara Mogeni kicked over the only points for the home team from a penalty.
With the Turi 7s fast approaching structure and tenacity are going to be key words at training.
In the Early Years Unit, we joined in with schools all around the world in taking part in ‘Outdoor Classroom Day.’ The children got the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to new, exciting activities.
FS2 started the day by working out the best way to light a fire, exploring ideas such as rubbing two sticks together to create a spark, placing stones in the fire to burn and using paper to get the fire started. The children also used their problem solving skills to build a den as a base for the day and then moved on to lots of other fun outdoor activities.
In FS1 the children rode their bikes or scooters to the KS3 block, collecting sticks and fallen figs, throwing the figs into the ponds, preparing a pretend campfire, roasting marshmallows (figs), pretending to fish and making clay faces on the trees, amongst a multitude of different activities sparked by their imaginations.
Crèche Class had a blast! They enjoyed going for a nature walk and having a picnic by the boarding house. They were also quite excited about walking on the bridge by the Lily Pad and watching marshmallows being roasted in the sandpit area.
It was very inspiring to see the children so happy and enjoying the experience of their natural environment. The levels of engagement were extremely high and it was interesting to watch how the children’s activities evolved throughout the day. The children loved this special day (and the teachers did too!)
We created our own collages in 3B art - whales in the water. First, we painted water background, then we tore it and stuck it to another page for a special effect. To finish off, we glued a few black whale shapes in the water and put tin foil grass on the bottom.
Playing in their last match of the pool stages, the U15A team were determined to remain unbeaten and stay perched at the top of their group. They demonstrated excellent collaboration against an unrelenting BGR side. We maintained possession and high scoring accuracy throughout all quarters. A fantastic team performance from all of the girls secured the first semi-final slot in this years league. Well done girls.
The U15B team had their best performance this year against a strong BGR outfit. Our passing and movement has significantly improved throughout the season. Lou Lopez (WA) was faultless, getting into space and making sure the shooters were supplied with high quality scoring opportunities. BGE dominated the first three quarters, but steam ran out as we allowed BGR to close the game out in the final minutes. A sore loss, however the potential for this team was evident by this display.
Final score: BGE 14 - 16 Braeburn Gitanga