The Year 7/8 girls started their football campaign against Grey Court School with an inspired 2-1 victory for the A-team, whilst the B-team, comprising of some very promising Year 7s, were beaten soundly 5-0.
The Year 7 boys had a baptism of fire in their first ever fixture, being drawn away to George Abbott School in Guildford. They showed a great deal of potential but were outclassed, going down 7-2. They will play their National Cup match in the next two weeks as they had a bye in the first round.
The Year 9 boys advanced safely to the second round of the Surrey Cup on Monday 3 October with a commanding 8-0 demolition of Southborough High School. Despite missing some key players, RPA produced an excellent all-round performance, with Ronni starring with four excellent goals. They will play Winston Churchill School in the National Cup next week, which will be a much more testing fixture.
Year 11 also had a tough week in terms of results. They lost a heartbreaker 5-4 on penalties after finishing 0-0 at the end of regulation versus a strong Gordon's team in the National Cup. Both teams created some excellent chances in a game high on quality. Having said that, the standout performer was Shafeeq in goal, who made a handful of absolutely world class saves. In my (too) many years of coaching/refereeing school matches, I've never seen a goalkeeping performance as good as his. It was unfortunate that he didn't stand a chance with any of the penalties, and it came down to a miss by Kyle, who had an excellent match, that sent the hosts out.
Their second match was a league game at Christ's School. RPA started up the slope and into the sun, which was a huge handicap. They were exposed by Christ's pacy striker committing the cardinal footballing sin of letting the ball bounce. RPA responded brilliantly and created a host of excellent chances which somehow failed to find the net. They were undone by an excellent headed goal from a corner to go into the break trailing 2-0. The second half saw the possession and chances swing around and RPA pressed and pressed, getting the breakthrough from Mohamed. They looked certain to go on and win it when they left the back door unlocked again to concede a soft goal which looked to have them dead and buried until Dillon popped up to make it 3-2 and breathe new life into the final minutes. Kyle hit the bar with the goal gaping and RPA saw three other chances go agonisingly close but the final attack of the game saw Christ's punt the ball downfield and seal their victory with their fourth goal. There were many good performances but man of the match was Jay. They look to get their campaign back on track when they play Southborough High School on Friday in the Surrey Cup.
quash lessons! As a supplement to their usual PE lessons, eight students have travelled to Sheen Tennis and Squash club to receive free coaching.
The students started on Tuesday 17 June and have shown lots of progress already - all producing some excellent forehands and backhands. The students will have five sessions in total which will take them to the end of the school year.
It was Nightingale’s Fox, Solly Pinner and St George’s Dragon, Matthew Ternouth who fought it out for 3rd and 4th spot in a very tight affair. Matthew took the first game but Solly was not to be denied eventually winning 11-9 in the 3rd game. A very exciting match!
There were some fantastic performances across the tournament and a lot of players determined to do better next time! Well done to all those who participated and to our 2016 champion, Joseph!
Richmond School Sports Partnership
Year 9 Football Championship Play Off Final
Richmond Park Academy 2 (Levi, Carlos) Hampton Academy 1
The first half was beautiful. Chris, Syd and Levi set the tone by popping triangles around the opposition with composure and precision that set the tone and instilled confidence for the whole team. Possession was rarely wasted, and the link up play led to some incisive passing which created three gilt-edged chances in the early stages. Emils and Jake were both profligate with their finishing when the lead-up play deserved more. The breakthrough came shortly thereafter when a slick move ended with Levi continuing his rich vain of scoring form as he whipped a devilish strike from a full 20 yards into the far corner making it 1-0. RPA pushed on and bossed the game with the back four of Jake, Hassan, Carlos and Abdul keeping a good line (if a little too deep at times), commanding possession and creating a couple of further chances. The opposition spurned their one excellent chance as Ehtsham was called into action as a long ball caught Carlos off guard and left the striker with a one on one. Ehtsham was brave and turned the strike away for a corner and preserved the lead going into half time.
Hampton came out with a lot of energy after the break and did a good job closing down RPA's space and made the second half a much tighter affair. Both teams created several chances and a phenomenal battle raged between Hampton's Chelsea midfielder and Chris, who was absolutely superb. He created several chances for himself and others, including a 30-yard volley which the keeper saved smartly. As is football's want, the game was turned on its head with 15 minutes remaining when Hampton broke with a counter attack down the left-hand side following a slip from Isaac. Abdul did a great job of holding the man up, but then let him wriggle out of the corner, grabbing a fistful of his jersey but advantage was played as he delivered a pinpoint cross as Carlos' man ducked in to finish from close range. 1-1.
The game looked to be going into a dreaded penalty shootout (which Emils desperately wanted in my discussion with him yesterday) when Carlos made amends. Chris clipped a beautiful ball in behind the fullback and Carlos brought it down, cut inside and fired inside the near post to retake the lead with less than five minutes remaining. There was still time for Ryan to come on and give away a free-kick in a dangerous area but the resulting chance was poked just wide as the final whistle sounded.
Team: Ehtsham, Carlos, Jake, Hassan, Abdul, Ryan, Hugo, Isaac, Leon, Emils, Chris, Syd, Levi, Torri
Richmond School Sports Partnership
Year 9 Football Championship
Twickenham Academy 2 Richmond Park Academy 7 (Stokes 3, Mason, Hersi, Djanogly 2)
RPA found themselves on the front foot early, creating problems for the Twickenham back four with some neat interchanges in midfield and the pace of Torri as the lone striker. RPA created four gilt-edged chances, including a one v one situation where Torri dinked past the advancing keeper but somehow managed to hit the post and fail to bundle in the rebound. It was looking like "one of those days" until Levi mishit a cross which left the opposing keeper stranded and sailed into the far corner to make it 1-0 (Levi will not claim that it was a shot, I hope).
RPA then began to pass the ball quickly and picked holes in the defence whilst standing resolute at the back, although Ehtsham made two good saves of note. The second half saw RPA's superior fitness (largely thanks to Mr Costello's fitness unit) start to show and they scored three goals of the absolute highest quality. Chris laid a ball backwards perfectly into Syd's path and he arrowed the ball into the far corner without breaking stride. Levi cracked a right footed drive in off the underside of the bar and Chris followed this up with a bullet into the top corner from a full 25 yards. The poor goalie looked forlorn; he didn't have a chance with any of these strikes. Twickenham scored a couple of deserved consolation goals in the closing stages but Ahmed and Chris had the final words in sealing a memorable 7-2 victory!
Team- Ehtsham, Hassan, Jake, Carlos, Hugo, Ryan, Abdul, Syd, Levi, Ahmed, Chris, Torri, Emils, Leon
Joel was introduced to Rugby for the very first time at Richmond Park Academy in Year 7. In just a few years, Joel has developed from a beginner in our school Rugby League team, to standout player for the local community team, Richmond Titans, and is now taking the field in the Broncos colours against Leeds Rhinos, Bradford Bulls and Wigan Scholarships.
Everyone at Richmond Park Academy wish Joel all the very best of luck in his continued success.
The girls, all from the schools netball teams, were eager and enthusiastic to see such high quality netball. The seats were close to the action and lots of them focused on the player that played their position, picking up hints and tips to implement into their own game.
Surrey Storm were playing at home and the crowd was fantastic, showing real support and building the atmosphere before the game. It was a close game with high pressure as Surrey Storm fought to overtake the Mavericks in the league and move up to 3rd position. The game started well with some excellent shooting and defending by both teams. At half time the Mavericks had started to pull away and all the students were immersed in the action! Unfortunately Surrey Storm lost 50-55 but put up an excellent fight.
The students behaved beautifully throughout the day and showed real maturity and interest in the game, I even got asked if I would run the same trip next year! As the students continue throughout their netball season I hope they take on board the hard work, effort and determination that it takes to play netball at a high level, as well as some of the tactics!
Florence in Y9 said," The netball match that a group of us went too on Saturday was really good! We went to see Storm v Mavericks. It was really interesting to see two professionals play against each other. I'm sure that everyone who went would agree that we learnt a lot of new moves and positions that we can now use when playing our next netball matches. A really good experience! Will definitely go again!"
They had a great coaching session with the LTA team and played with and against Jamie and World Junior no. 3 Katie Swan.