Wednesday 22nd January 2020
This year, Alexandra took two teams consisting of 6 players each to the Football Borough Festival held at the Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub. The competition was huge and a total of 33 teams entered across the Borough. We knew we had to be confident and at our very best to be in a chance of qualifying.
As both teams were split into different groups, Mr Hollins and Miss Smith, our coaches of our football team, took a team each, Mr Hollins (Alexandra A ) and Miss Smith (Alexandra B) and headed off to their designated pitches to start their tournament. Both teams played the 3-1-1 formation for our 6 a-side matches and worked tirelessly throughout.
The first matches for both teams were tough with Alexandra A battling out in a goal-less draw against Hounslow Heath, whilst Alexandra B taking a heavy loss against Springwell. After this, both teams took it up a gear and played with more confidence with Alexandra A hammering Springwell 3-0 with Herdi, Octavian and David scoring some fantastic goals. Alexandra B in turn put in a lot of effort to gain a good result against Smallberry.
On to the next two matches and Alexandra B were up against Marlborough in another tricky match. Despite some near chances and some good skills, they couldn’t come up with the win which resulted in a 1-0 loss. However in their final match, Alexandra B finally got the win that they deserved and came back from being 1-0 down, to winning 2-1 in an impressive turnaround which they can be proud about.
The final two group games for Alexandra A continued to be tricky. Their next game was against Southville, who would eventually win the group and were very strong and organised. Despite some great attacking from Alexandra, we ended up being caught on the break and let in a goal. After working really hard to try and get back into the match, we ended up suffering our first defeat for Alexandra A. Our last match in the group was against Isleworth Town which was a very frustrating game. Alexandra A quickly scored with powerful hit shot by Octavian and seemed to be coasting the game. However, right at the death, a lapse of concentration and Alexandra A let them in on goal and they scored an undeserved equaliser to draw the game 1-1.
Anxiously waiting for the results, we found out Alexandra A had been given a place in quarter finals which all the children were thrilled about and let out a big cheer. Our quarter final match was to be played against Fairholme.
The quarter final was a very tense but exciting match to watch. Both teams were constantly pressing high up the pitch and working extremely hard to win the ball. There were few chances for both teams, the best falling to Octavian whose shot looked destined to hit the back of the net, only for their goalkeeper to produce a fantastic save to push it aside for a corner. After 6 minutes, neither team could score so it went to sudden death….the dreaded penalty shootout!
Our first penalty was an absolute pile driver and was hit hard and low down the middle. Unfortunately for us, their goalkeeper stayed in his position and somehow managed to save it. Up stepped Fairholme and they scored with a well-placed penalty in the bottom corner to send Fairholme through to the semi-finals.
Both teams did Alexandra proud and worked endlessly together throughout the tournament. More importantly, everyone had fun and it was a great experience for all of them. Hopefully we will see some of them playing in the Premier League in the near future!
Tuesday 21st January 2020
10 children from Year Two were selected to represent APS at the Year 2 Sports’ Day. We travelled by coach to Cranford College to compete against other Hounslow schools, in a variety of relay races. We started our day on Carousel 1, competing in activities such as the football shootout and rugby pass. We encouraged the APS team by cheering and clapping. Moving onto Carousel 2, we took part in beanbag target throwing and a ball rolling relay. After Carousel 2 we had a much needed rest break, munching into our yummy pack lunches. Onto the last Carousel we had fun running in sprints, over hurdles and even weaving through cones. The Year 2 children represented APS well, demonstrating our school values with all teachers, peers and other members attending the sports day! Overall, we had a fantastic day and had so much fun taking part in all the relay races. Well done, Year two!
Friday 17th January 2020
On a cold but sunny Friday afternoon, Mr Hollins and Miss Smith took a team, that was made up of year 5 and year 6 children, to compete in a Tag Rugby Tournament at Heston School. The tournament was made up of 4 groups with 4 teams (schools) each. Alexandra was drawn in group A against Beavers, Berkeley and Cranford.
Our first match was against a very strong Beavers team that eventually went on to win the group. After a shaky start, you could tell there was a bit of nerves in some of the players of our team, which quickly led to Beavers taking advantage and scoring two quick tries. Our team settled soon after and was able to pull back 1 try through a great solo run from Herdi. After giving it a real go in the final few minutes, we eventually ran out of time to even the tie.
On to the second match and we were up against Cranford. Our team was much more confident and played brilliantly. We were quickly able to turn over their attack from the kick off with some brilliant defensive play, particularly from our girls Mahi, Yashita and Yasmin. Straight from attack, were able to get the ball up into their territory and scored 2 tries through David and Herdi. Cranford did pull a try back but our defence remained solid and we won the game 2-1.
Our last game of the group was against a very tricky Berkeley team. Both teams defences were on fine form as neither team could break down each-others defence. Alexandra came the closest to scoring a try, but it was deemed however that our player had his feet off the pitch when placing the ball down. It ended 0-0 in a really tight and tough game.
After completing our group games, we found out that we were now runners up in our group. Alexandra had landed a place in the semi-finals and were up against the team that had won Group B.
This was a very exciting match that had to go into overtime. After another piece of excellent defending straight from the start and turning the ball over, we were on the attack again but struggled to get through a well organised defence. When we did get through, after a some neat play and brilliant run from Said, he ended being caught out by a last ditch tackle which resulted in the ball being turned over. The opposition were on the attack again and they finally did manage to break down our defence this time and scored a good try. This only seemed to spur Alexandra on and straight after the restart, David went on a magical run and equalised bringing the scores level at 1-1. After many attempts from each team to score that winning try, the game went into overtime and unfortunately for us, the opposition managed to score that winning try to win 2-1.
Overall, our team were amazing. Their effort, communication and teamwork were brilliant and they were all leaders on and off the pitch. This was even recognised by other school leaders who praised Alexandra for their performances. This gives us great confidence for next year’s tournament where hopefully we will be winners!
Wednesday 20th November 2019
Alexandra took part in this year’s Boccia tournament on Wednesday 20th November. This cluster tournament was introduced to primary schools to encourage and involve children with special educational needs.
We decided to enter both an A and B team, which consisted of a mixture of 6 boys and girls across the years 3, 5 and 6. Both teams performed extremely well, with our A team reaching through to the semi-finals against Springwell Primary. It was an exciting semi-final, with both schools battling for that final position. Although, at the last stage, it looked like our opponents were going to beat us, Alexandra, with their last ball, was able to succeed and get us through to the finals.
During the final game, it was a very tense but an enjoyable game to watch with Alexandra and Reach academy playing a thrilling first round. However, Reach Academy won that round by 1 point.
Into the second round, Alexandra was in the lead and it looked like it was going to have to go to a deciding round. Unfortunately, Reach Academy, with their last ball, managed to make a superb throw which won them the game and the trophy.
It was an amazing event and well done to all the children that took part and made all at Alexandra extremely proud.
Thursday 17th October 2019
This cluster tournament took place on Thursday 17th October 2019 and was held at Cranford Community School and included 10 Hounslow Primary Schools, in and around our cluster. This year we took along two teams of 7 girls per side. Our girls were ably coached by Mr Hollins who holds a football and referee qualification. Both teams played exceptionally well and were able to win a few of their matches. The matches they lost, the girls were able to hold off the opposing teams so that the scores were only a few goals between them. Our girl’s football team will continue to practise throughout the rest of the academic year with Mr Hollins and Miss Smith running the girls football club before school every Monday morning. This year, we are extremely pleased at the girl’s dedication and because of this; more girls throughout the school have started to take an interest in the sport.