Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Sports Report: Outstanding Success for RGS in Last Terms School Sport

We have been incredibly impressed with the performance of our extra-curricular sports teams so far this year. We took 6 teams to the Bristol State Schools Cross Country Championships and won 5 of the age groups. We qualified for the netball finals with all 5 year groups, winning 4 finals. Year 7, Year 8, Year 10 and Year 11 qualified for the Bristol Schools’ Rugby finals and all 4 teams became champions. This is an incredible success for the school and is a fitting reward for the time students and staff put into training and the fixtures leading up to the finals.

Cross Country

The event was held at Brislington Enterprise College (BEC) on a typical November afternoon - blowing a gale! With constant drizzle, the motivation to leave the comfort of the bus was initially hard to muster! The Minor girls and boys set off first and set the standard for the afternoon. For the girls, Anna finished in 3rd place followed by Ellie (7th), Megan (8th) and Saffy (9th). The boys: Josh (2nd), Oscar (3rd), Sam (18th) and Jack (19th). Both teams had the lowest scores for the first 4 finishers and won the competition.

The junior girls and boys did equally well. The Year 8s and Year 9s are meant to combine as a team but some poor marshalling sent the runners on different courses. Fortunately this did not impact the result and Michael (2nd), Andrew (4th), Alistai (5th) and Ben (18th) were the first 4 home. George and Matthew finished strongly completing the longer route. For the girls, Steph was 1st followed by Louise (4th), Ellie (5th) and Emma (7th).

The Inter girls had an incredible race, especially as some of the runners were drafted in last minute: Evie (1st), Ruth (2nd), Tiegan (3rd) and Helena (5th). The Inter boys finished in 3rd place with Archie (13th) and Dan (14th) getting the best results.

Congratulations to all runners.

Netball

Year 7 Netball: Cotham Win 9-3

The Year 7 Bristol Schools Netball final was between RGS and Cotham. Both teams played extremely well, but Cotham won 9-3. This was an excellent achievement as we had previously played Cotham in the league rounds and knew they were a strong team. Well done to Clara for being Player of the Match. Also, special thanks to Tilly, Amber and Saffy for scoring our goals; Emma, Jess and Clara for excellent defending; and the centre and wings, Natalie, Millie and Anna. But we could not have come this far without our fantastic coaches Miss Diment, Miss Cox, Miss Winter and the sixth formers, Kate and Millie, for coaching us! 

By Emma and Natalie

Year 8 Netball v St Bedes

We played St Bedes on Wednesday, 5 December in the final of the Bristol Schools' League. It was an exciting day as we had all 5 Year groups through to the finals. It was a very close match throughout. We were leading by one goal at the end of the first quarter but St Bedes played well and were ahead at half time. We entered the final quarter one goal up and after a tense ten minutes we won the game by 2 goals. The whole team played extremely well together with Hattie getting Player of the Match.

By Maya (Captain)

Netball Match Report Year 9 vs Ashton Park

A very well matched competition in which concentration and determination played a great part. The girls made a slow start due to overconfidence and found themselves down at the end of the first quarter. Some fantastic shooting from Charlotte brought RGS back into the game by half time despite Anna being well marked out of the game. Some strong defending from Emily, Marta and Maddie kept the deficit to only 1 goal at half time. A very balanced third quarter saw RGS take a narrow lead however in the final quarter, Anna had found her shooting hat and with some fantastic circle play, utilising Matha and Emily's clever tactical play, the shooters took Redland ahead. With a strong defending, the game was closed out to see the girls become Bristol Schools' Champions. A very well deserved victory after a phenomenal league performance and hard work at training.

Year 9 Netball RGS vs Ashton Park
(Student match report)

On Wednesday, 5 December 2012, the Year 9 netball team took part in the Bristol Schools’ Netball finals along with other years. The Year 9 team was made up of:

Emily (GK)

Maddie (GD)

Marta (WD)

Emily (WA) (2 goals)

Martha (C)

Charlotte (GA) (11 goals)

Anna  (GS) (4 goals)

Grace

Lauren
We had a great match against Ashton Park School, our rivals. Emily and Maddie played incredibly well in defence, intercepting the majority of balls entering the end third, saving many goals and increasing the chances of our victory massively. In the first quarter we played strongly, however not to our usual standard. Unfortunately by the end of the quarter the score was 4-2 to Ashton Park.

In the second quarter we upped our game a bit and Martha played well in the center, setting up many chances for the shooters also Marta did some astonishing long passes through the air. The score after the second half was 7-6 to Ashton.
The third half was better. We started to move the ball quickly through Ashton’s tall players using 1-2’s and small bounce passes, using their height as an advantage to us. Emily made some great passes to Anna and Charlotte in the D and she marked her player very tightly, as Charlotte scored many great goals and Anna did some great movement in the D. We were now increasing the number of goals and the score was 12-11 to Ashton Park.
After an inspirational talk from our coaches Miss Winter and Miss Cox, as well as some time desperately trying to warm up our frozen fingers, we fought till the end and came out of a long match with the score 17- 14 to us, making us the Bristol Schools’ Champions.

Man of the match: Marta 
Teacher’s player: Charlotte

By Anna

Year 10 Netball: RGS vs Cotham

The Year 10 netball team played Cotham in the final of the Bristol Schools’ Netball. The team had not won the league in previous years and after beating Cotham in the earlier rounds expectations were high. Being the final, the two teams were evenly matched. The first half was very close with RGS winning the first quarter and Cotham the second. However, the whole team played excellent netball in the second half, which allowed the ball to enter the attacking third consistently. Our shooters Erin and Izzie were on fire and we pulled away to win the game comfortably (RGS 23 – Cotham 17).  Player of the match: Emma, Players player: Erin.

Year 11 Netball:  RGS V St Mary Redcliffe and Temple (SMRT)

After a very successful winning streak this season, we faced our biggest rivals SMRT in the final. We always knew it was going to be a tense match, seeing as we lost to them in the Year 8 final and all of our matches since have been really close. In the first quarter our netball was slightly shaky, we had just come out of an exam and had to play the first few minutes with only 6 players. We were down by 3 goals.

Then we started to play more consistent netball, levelling the amount of goals that they scored in that quarter but we were still down 3. The 3rd quarter followed in the same manner. After an encouraging team talk from our netball coach, Miss Winter, we decided to go into the final quarter with our heads held high - it was our last ever competitive fixture as a team whatever way it went.

It was very tense, but we equalled their goals within the last few minutes. With one final push and a sneaky goal just as the whistle blew we managed to pull away and win the game 18-15. It was close but without a doubt the best netball we had played all season. It was the end of a 5 year era and it ended on the best note we could have wanted - including a few tears from some of the team and Miss Winter!

By Polly and Sophie 

Rugby

Year 7 Rugby v St Bede’s - Win 47-0

A dominant display from the Year 7 boys brought the first victory of the day over St Bedes. In the pool games, both teams could not be separated with a draw after extra time. However, the final proved very different. Early tries from Josh and Nathan settled the early nerves and throughout the second half the boys stepped up the tempo and went over the line on four more occasions through Finlay, Henry, Toby and a 60-yard try from Dom. The Year 7 boys have trained very hard this year and deserve the recognition of being Bristol Schools' Champions. Well done.

Year 8 Rugby v St Bede’s - Win 30-0

The Year 8 boys progressed into their second rugby final in as many years, having finished top of their group. This final was against St Bede’s, the team that beat RGS last year in the final, and the team Redland had already beaten in the group stages this year.

RGS dominated the game from start to finish. It took five minutes to open the scoring with Rhys sprinting down the wing to score our first try.  More pressure from RGS led to our second try. Some fine work from the forwards gave us a quick ball out to Rhys, who again showed his pace and left the St Bede’s team trailing behind him.  Just before half time we put ourselves 15-0 up.  Elliott showed his smart thinking at the back of a ruck, throwing a dummy pass before powering his way through three players to score our third try.

The second half was much of the same. Jordan, who had been outstanding all game, got the fourth try when he ran from his own 22m line to show great pace and strength, holding off a number of players to finally touchdown. Any pressure from St Bede’s was dealt with by some excellent tackling from Sammy, Isaac and Barnaby. Another great run from Jordan took us into their half and with excellent support from our backs, we worked the ball out to Will who finished off the move between the posts.  There was still time to add a 6th try. RGS turned the ball over and Elliott reacted quickly to release Rhys down the wing to score his hat trick.

This was an outstanding performance from the whole team.  The boys thoroughly deserved to be crowned champions after their commitment and effort throughout the season.

Year 10 Rugby v Cotham - Win 22-10

At last!! After three years of near misses, the Year 10 boys finally got the trophy they had been longing for. The final against Cotham was always going to be tough having already lost out to them in the earlier pool rounds. The game started slowly with both teams guilty of early turnovers. Bodies were being put on the line with Max and Jake both taking nasty blows. In the second half, the game started to open up and chances started to appear. On two occasions Zach broke free from tackles and went over for the try. With five minutes to go, Redland were two scores clear but knew the threat of Cotham could still cost them. Incredible tackling and discipline in the final minutes delivered the result they had been desperate for. Congratulations. 

Year 11 Rugby v St Mary Redcliffe and Temple  (SMRT) – Win 41-5

An outstanding performance, in a game where the Year 11’s dominated possession and territory... As a team you have games where everything seems to go right and this certainly was such an occasion. Great ball retention from the forwards and slick handling by the backs, lead to a number of top tries being scored. Man of the Match went to Joel who led the team through dynamic running and impressive tackling.

Mr S Bailey

Head of PE Learning