Team of the Week
The Mighty U12A’s with a superb tournament victory at Somerhill. Monday morning breaktime dodgeball in recognition for their efforts last week.
SENIOR SCHOOL SPORTS
Within PE for the Year 7 & Year 8, korfball and netball have come to an end, and they will be starting some Short Tennis after half term.
On Saturday, 3 February, Somerhill hosted their yearly 7’s tournament for the U12s & U13’s with a superb location and pitches looking pristine it was going to be a very exciting afternoon:
The U13 Sevens squad made its first appearance of the season at the Hudson Cup, held at Somerhill on Saturday, 3 February. Playing five matches, we were a little slow to awaken following the trip down the A21, and couldn’t make up the deficit against Windlesham, losing 15-25. However, this loss had a galvanising effect, and the boys played four more intense games, winning them all, sometimes more easily than others, but nevertheless winning them:
vs Sevenoaks (20-10)
vs Somerhill (25-15)
vs The Hawthorns (15-5)
vs Hazelwood (30-10)
Ultimately we finished joint top of the group on points, however were pipped at the post by Windlesham on try difference, but second is a very creditable place for our first outing as a sevens side. The boys showed great resilience and determination to learn how to play better sevens rugby throughout the afternoon, and were also a credit to the school in the way they carried themselves on and off the field. Many thanks to Mr Herbert for his expert coaching, and Mr Knipe for his sterling support, along with all the parents who acted variously as chauffeurs and cheerleaders – your support is always very much appreciated!
Free-flowing rugby was the order of the day, with the Under 12s playing four matches and winning three. Starting off strong against Windlesham House, the boys scored four well-worked tries, conceding two in a fast-paced game. Sevenoaks School was next, and the boys were dominant, scoring five unanswered tries, all of which came about through a combination of pressure, quick hands, speed, and physical dominance at the breakdown. Yardley Court proved a little more challenging, as they put two tries past us, but some well-worked moves resulted in us scoring four tries to finish the match strongly. The Hazelwood match was our fourth back-to-back game and by this time the boys were starting to tire. They will be disappointed that they lost three tries to one against a team that they would otherwise have beaten quite comfortably another time. They cannot be faulted for lack of effort, but sevens is such a physically tiring game, and the Under 12s can rightly hold their heads high. Well done, boys! A superb win at a very tough 7’s tournament.
Enjoy a well-deserved rest over half term but stay active and get some exercise in.
On Wednesday, 7 February, Hilden Grange & King’s Rochester made there way to The New Beacon and we visited them:
U13 mixed team , Being 20-0 down at halftime would dishearten any team, and many teams would sink without a trace in the second half. That the boys were able to win the second half and finish with a respectable losing scoreline of 35-20 is testament to their resilience and fighting spirit. A hat-trick of tries for Tofarati G and one for Ethan S were fully deserved and the comeback very nearly ended in a win. It is a credit to the whole team that even though many of them were making their first team debut, they did not look inexperienced in the match, by any means. Well done for such a battling display, and a particular mention to our débutants: Harry and Josh G, Damien H, Theo H, Muge L, Ethan S and Hugh S. Congratulations to you all, and specifically to Muge L who was awarded the Player of the Match award!
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS
Within PE this half term, the Y5 & Y6 boys have showcased some brilliant Lacrosse skills, they will now move onto Badminton after half term.
Enjoy a well-deserved rest over half term but stay active and get some exercise in.
It was great to see New Beacon field both an A and B team on Saturday in the Solefield sevens.
The A team played some excellent rugby and finished second in their pool winning 3 out 4 games.
The B team yet again showed some amazing courage and tenacity to finish 3rd in their pool winning 2 out of 4 games despite losing 3 players from their team with injuries early on. Yet again all the opposition were A teams and so the boys should be extremely proud of their efforts.
It was fantastic to see that the 2 players nominated for player of the tournament were both New Beacon boys. The referees had to choose between Seb M and Michael P and they decided to give the award to Michael.
Many thanks to Solefield for a well organised event.
U10B v Hilden Grange Lost 40-20
Despite the loss, the team played really well; there was some terrific tackling and a ‘never-say-die’ attitude right until the end. Great performances all round but joint PoM go to Matthew and Aiden for some brilliant tackling.
The Under 11 B/C team met the Under 11 A team from Hilden grange
It soon became clear that Hilden Grange had more fire power, however I was impressed by how the team continued to strive against the onslaught, attacking when there was an opportunity and defending bravely. Hilden grange achieved their success by moving the ball wide and outflanking our defence. A great season by all involved a one very proud coach.
U11 D team.
The U11 D’s showed great heart against a very strong Hilden Grange this Wednesday. Tries from Fraser, David, and Alfie (In his first ever contact match) could not save them however, as they fell 13-4 in the end.
On Wednesday, 31 January Tonbridge School hosted a fantastically well organised rugby tournament for 10 U11 teams from Kent and London. The New Beacon sent an A and B team and all the boys did themselves and the school proud.
The U11B were in a pool full of other A teams and were extremely competitive all day and showed tremendous courage and effort in every match. This can be highlighted by their narrow 2-0 loss to eventual finalists Yardley Court
The U11A put in an exceptional performance winning all 4 pool matches without conceding a try and topping their pool.
The first match v Bickley Park saw the boys run in 8 unanswered tries.
They won the second match 2-0 against a very strong Hawthorns side. A much closer affair with several uncharacteristic handling errors.
The boys found their form again in their third match and coasted to a 35-0 win over Hornsby House.
Their final pool game saw them run out 20-0 victory against a spirited Broomwood side.
In the final their played previously unbeaten Yardley Court and the boys made a tremendous start jumping out to a 20-0 lead. Yardley showed lots of fight and courage to score twice in the last few minutes, but in the end it was a comfortable victory for New Beacon who took home the coveted trophy.
Jack W had his best game of the season against Bickley and continued in this vein throughout the day. Getting quick ball for the backs, cover tackling and supporting players constantly.
Michael was the general who ran the backs. He read the game superbly, and his decision making was fantastic. In addition, his high hanging restarts were continually on point, and we managed to score direct from several of them.
Josh had a fantastic tournament. His hard running in the backs made him a threat all day as was his tackling. He was also our best player at jackaling and turning over opposition ball at the breakdown. The scissor move he did with Michael was perfectly executed and resulted in a great try.
Joe on the wing, was our top try scorer. He was the quickest player in the tournament and time and time again scorched past the helpless defenders. His tackling was on par with his speed as he ensured no one was able to get past him all day.
Oli had a great tournament. He showed lots of energy in both attack and defence and his illusive running made him a threat all day. He was a danger from every restart catching the ball direct on several occasions.
Seb got better and better as the competition went on and his performance in the final was outstanding. His energy and speed in defence prevented Yardley moving the ball wide, and in attack he was constant threat, either side stepping defenders or offloading superbly to enable teammates to score out wide.
Arthur played the key position of full back and whenever he got ball in space, he always managed to beat the first defender and make ground. His cover defence was fantastic too and his speed and determination prevented several tries from being scored.
Archer’s physicality and desire was a huge asset to the team. His powerful surging runs were matched only by his strong tackles. In the final, one play summed up Archer’s desire when he managed to rip the ball off a Yardley player and pass it to Joe who ran 50 metres to score, whilst Archer sprinted behind him all the way in case he needed support.
Jacob never stopped running all tournament and is a fantastic team player. The unsung hero, who works tirelessly to give others scoring opportunities. No one is more tenacious in defence than Jacob and this tenacity was demonstrated in the final when he tackled a Yardley player, got to his feet, tackled a second, got to his feet, then tackled a third all in the space of few seconds.
Finally, the captain and leader Myles. He leads the team by example both on and off the field. His powerful, surging runs were something to behold as he left defenders in his wake and his powerful tackling stopped the opposition in their tracks. Myles also has a touch of finesse and has one of the best passes in the side which he showed twice in the final, throwing long balls to Joe on the wing who scored on both occasions.
A fantastic team effort and one the boys should be extremely proud of.