Independent Co-Educational Day School
Leehurst started brightly and played a good possession game, keeping the ball and passing it quickly. In the first ten minutes we conceded early on, which was more about not being switched on. After that we dominated possession - some good shots from Jacob saw their keeper tested consistently. Against the run of play we conceded after a long ball got deflected which put an opposition player through on goal who finished clinically.
Again, some good wing play by Oliver, Sam and Sonny saw us as a threat against Rookwood’s defence, testing out the keeper with some good shots.
Some lovely runs off the ball by Archie saw us make a break through. His excellent run saw Jacob’s through-ball latched on to by Archie who finished with a good powerful shot followed up by a celebration.
In the second half the boys again dominated possession. We were solid at the back with some excellent defensive work my Jake, James and Mack. We pressed well and put the opposition on the back foot. We moved the ball quickly and Jacob again peppered the opposition goal without much luck. Going forward and attacking in search of an equalizer saw us concede late on to finish the game 3-1 to Rookwood.
An excellent display of football by the boys in which the parents commented on how well they played. Their work ethic was of a high standard. The score line was more flattering then it suggested. The boys represented the school well and are looking forward to the next game.
By Mr Digby
A tremendously pleasing start to the netball season for the re-energised squad! Stacks of potential to develop as the season progresses. Lovely team work and enthusiasm from start to finish, even against well drilled & experienced opposition. Let’s keep it up!
By Mrs Woodman
On a lovely warm, bordering on hot, afternoon at Leehurst Swan, the U11s again showed why they are a force to be reckoned with at football.
The opposition, who themselves are a good team, came across a well drilled team loaded with skills and wanting a win.
From the start, Captain Ben decided to attack and put the opposition goalkeeper under pressure. Shots from Neve, Daniel, and Harry had the opposition’s defence and keeper working hard to stop us from scoring.
In the Leehurst Swan defence, a hard-working partnership of Ben, and the outstanding Thomas, stopped everything getting through. Andrew, in his first match as goalkeeper for Leehurst Swan, had a good first half and kept a clean sheet,
After 10 minutes, a long ball through the middle from Harry, to Daniel, who then passed to Neve, who took a touch to control the ball, then shot hard and low to open the scoring.
A quick substitution brought Freddie on for Neve and he immediately caused panic in the defence of the opposition by being everywhere. The opposition had a few chances but Thomas cleared the Leehurst Swan lines.
Second half started with some fresh-legged substitutes. Euan came into defence and Zach went in goal.
The match was played at a high tempo with both sides looking for the next goal. After 5 minutes a darting run from Ben, who beat two opposition players, passed to Daniel who quickly laid the ball back to Harry. He slipped the ball to Neve, who again calmly took her time and scored her and the team’s second goal.
Unfortunately, Leehurst Swan took their foot off the gas and allowed the opposition to attack many times. Euan, Ben, Harry and Daniel worked hard to keep the opposition away from the goal. With 5 minutes to go the opposition got hold of the ball and their forward shot and scored past Zach, who had no chance.
With time running out, Leehurst Swan 'battened down the hatches' and deployed their secret weapon - team work. They stopped everything the opposition threw at them as they tried to find the equalizer, but to no avail.
A massive thank you to all the parents, family and friends who came to watch and support a great game of football, full of teamwork. Well done.
By Bru Baker
This was the third race of four from the Salisbury and District Schools race series, and the racing had become fast and tough. Leehurst Swan runners continue to improve the results were really impressive.
Immy won the intermediate girls (Year 10 & 11), her second win to go with her second place from the first race of the series.
Eva, Connie, Sophie, Harriet and Elena continued to be in contention for a team medal in the minor girls category when the final round of races takes place after half term. All of them ran really well. All improving on their places from the last race.
In the minor boys Oli and Archie had particularly good runs and finished well up the field. Massive placement improvement on the last race.
In the junior boys and girls races there were really impressive runs from Ben, Jacob, and Ruaraidh who also have a serious chance of a team medal. The last race of the series will be good to watch.
Lucy improved by 8 places in her race.
A massive thank you to all the parents, family and friends for watching and supporting the runners.
Next and final Salisbury and School District X/Country race series is on 15 November.
By Bru Baker
An encouraging start to the netball season! The girls made progress throughout both matches, working to slow down their passing and dodge into better spaces on court. Positive team work and encouragement from all players will undoubtedly see continued success – well done!
Leehurst welcomed Rookwood on Wednesday afternoon for a very good competitive match. Leehurst started brightly, passing the ball dynamically and with good intensity. We had several chances to take the lead, a lovely ball by Wilf saw Chloe’s run in to the box and she very nearly tucked it away.
Rookwood started to build momentum and they drew some fantastic saves out of Ethan, who was outstanding all match. Rookwood took the lead on the stroke of half time.
After half time, Rookwood was switched on and managed to grab a goal within the first few minutes. Leehurst momentarily switched off, but Wilf rallied round the troops and managed to bag a goal himself and start to lead a fight back. Leehurst built pressure and Oliver could have scored on several occasions but drew some good saves out of the Rookwood keeper. Some solid defensive play by Vincent kept Rookwood at bay mostly, but, they managed to score another two goals to add to their score line.
Leehurst played well overall but weren’t as clinical during the match. A good performance by all and a fantastic display of goalkeeping by Ethan saw him as player of the match.
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