Tuesday 1st March 2016: Merchant Taylors’ Junior Boys V Kings School Chester
Our swimming team swept aside the challenge from Kings School Chester to extend our unbeaten run to 121 Swimming matches, a run that began after our last defeat in March 1998 almost 18 years to the day since we last lost.
Particularly pleasing was our year three team making their debut in the pool swimming in a competition for the first time. Between them they swum 7 personal bests winning 4 of the 6 events. Our year 4 swimmers have gone from strength to strength swimming 5 personal best winning all 6 events with the b swimmers finishing second in five events. Year 5 fought hard and it needed 9 personal best swims to win three events but the b swimmers helped them win overall tacking three second and three 3rd places. A depleted year 6 team put up a fine display against Kings Schools’ strongest challenge with a further 5 personal best swims giving them 2 wins and 4 2nd places. Overall 38 boys took part (including) 12 boys making their debut together they notched up 25 personal best times.
Under 8 MTS 53 Kings 35
Under 9 MTS 62 Kings 26
Under 10 MTS 44 Kings 42
Under 11 MTS 39 Kings 49
MTS 198 Kings 152
U11 RUGBY REPORT by Cameron and Harvey
On Monday 24th of January Merchant Taylors A played Newcastle under Lyme at the school playing field, Liverpool Road.
Captain: Harvey Baker
Vice: Cameron McGowan
In the first half we got to kick first to them. At the start we were right on their backs, winning all rucks and amazing team tackles and scoring 3 tries. The try scorers were Harvey, Cameron and Mathew. The rest of the first half was hard-fought but even and we struggled to break through again as their line put us under pressure.
In the second half we came out strongly again hitting an amazing tackle from Cameron and Harvey taking an opponent off the pitch and saving a certain try. Now the subs came on: Harry came on for Archie and Shaun came on for Matteo. Unfortunately we conceded two tries, but then we responded well crossing for two more tries by Archie Whawell and Archie Kennedy. Shaun was very unlucky by getting tackled on the corner of their try line after running 3/4 of the pitch following a great off-load. Cameron’s and Harvey’s man of the match has to be Shaun for coming out his comfort zone and nearly scoring an amazing try.
U11 B vs Newcastle under Lyme
We played on 23/1/17 on the school playing field. Lots of parents came to watch.
It started off pretty much like a normal rugby match. Surprisingly we got a try in the first twenty seconds which was scored by Charlie and gave us great confidence.
We went on to get a few more tries we carried on throughout the match with amazing aggression, great running and some really nice passing. Mohammed, who has pretty much only just joined the school, scored three tries in his first match so well done to him. We carried on attacking and created more than ten more tries and enjoyed the experience of totally dominating the match. Everyone in the team scored at least one try! Unfortunately we did concede a couple of tries in the second half and well done to Newcastle for not giving up. The final score was 22-2 to Merchants.
Top scorers: Charlie- seven, Jules- five and Mohammed- three.
MATCH REPORT: Monday 29th February 2016. Against: BIRKENHEAD SCHOOL
On the cold, windy afternoon after the disappointment at Packwood Rugby Sevens Tournament, MTBS under 11s needed a game to get themselves together and find their feet ready for Stoneyhurst in the coming days. The team was unchanged from Packwood with only the add on Euan T to match the strength of Birkenhead’s props, the team knew that the key to knocking down big players was to tackle low and squeeze to get them on the ground and win the counter rook to burst on a counter attack! The match was kicked off and Merchants received. The drop kick was far and as soon as the ball hit the kicker’s boot Birkenhead were up to press. The game was a well tackled games but Mr Benbow was forced to make an early sub for Jack C to regather his thoughts after having a slight calf pain. But after 5 mins on the touch line the stand in Matthew E was brought off to bring Jack back on. We needed him to win this game! Nothing really happened in the opening 10 mins but MTBS knew that they had to find a moment of class to get them ahead. They found it! A lovely pass from Jack C and Charlie O ran onto the ball and burst open Birkenhead’s defence to score the opening try of the game. MTBS knew it was far from over and they needed to keep the defence tight and score a few more tries. They did exactly that another good pass to Jack C who then passed it across to Charlie O who again ran through the defence to score his second try of the game. The whistle then blew for half time. The team talk was simple. Mr Benbow said that we should keep it up and to make our talks. The second half was underway and a kick from Jack C and a quick press sent Ben S to retrieve the ball and place on the try line! 3-0 to MTBS. They couldn’t let it slip. But that is exactly what they did they went back to the standard of tackling they had at Packwood which I can tell you wasn’t good! Three careless tries put Birkenhead back level. The match ended a draw.
The team played well but my man of the match was Jack C and tackler of the match was Nadim B!
Match Report by: Charlie O
Packwood 7s Tournament
On the 26th February 2016 Merchant Taylors U11 team traveled to Packwood. As we eventually got there we had a quick sandwich and then warmed up for our first game. Unfortunately we had a poor start to the first match and lost 6-0 against strong opposition. After that match Mr Benbow gave the team some tips for the second match. We improved in our second game by defending much better but still lost 3-1 to a strong side, Abberley.
Our third game in the group stages was against Terra Nova. The team really came together in this match and put on a good performance. We were unfortunate to concede a sloppy try and so yet again lost.
This meant we went into the plate competition. Our first game was against Magdalene House where we unleased our best performance winning 6-0. We finally were able to put some phases together and produced some great attacking play. We then entered the semi finals and unfortunately we lost 4-2 to Altrincham Grammar, a team that capitalized on our mistakes.
Overall my man of the match was Charlie B.
Match Report by: Jack C
U10 Rugby match v Birkenhead
On the 29th of February, the under 10s first team played Birkenhead School at MTS. This was the second time we had faced them this school year after beating them away in September 4-7. It was a tough match throughout, with Birkenhead dominating the rucks. They scored first, giving us a hard time in the first five minutes, but we fought back instantly levelling the score. We went on to score some good individual tries as well as some solid team efforts. We won the game 6-3, with one particularly good try coming from Harvey Baker. We are closely matched sides but overall we put in a strong performance which justified our win. Our main strength was our tackling, including a great effort from Archie Whawell. We’ve had a good season and hopefully we can keep building on our strengths and become even more successful going forward.
Well done to all the team who contributed to this win and a successful season.
Match Report by: Archie K
Up first was the year 6 boys running events we started strong with Rhys achieving third in the three lap race with Jacob competing in the one lap race who ended up with an unlucky 6th place. After a solid start the year 5 field boys were up and once again achieving a medal but a silver this time. When the lunch break was over it was the year 6 boys competing in the field events but this time coming out with 2 medals with Harry G coming 3rd and Rhys achieving silver. With only one more individual event left the year 5 had to prove themselves but unfortunately missing out on the medals. This left only the relays to go we ran hard and competed at the highest level but we didn’t quite manage to achieve any medals. We had finished with 4 medals and we were happy as everyone had tried their hardest.
Match Report by: Rhys D
13 Junior Boys took part in the AJIS Football Festival at Cheadle Hulme on Saturday 18th March. Fantastic results, winning 4 and drawing 2 out of 6 matches. The boys all had lots of fun. Thanks to parents and family for supporting in the rain!
MTS in defeat to St Ambrose in AJIS Cup
The U11 squad lost in the AJIS Cup 1st round against St Ambrose on Monday 31st October. Despite their hard efforts we exit the cup at the first stage against a strong St Ambrose team. Clarke, Wareing and Raw got the goals for MTS to mount a come back and take the game to 5-3 in the second half. St Ambrose then finished the game off in the final stages to win 8-3. Well done to St Ambrose and to MTS for their efforts.
Squad: Stafford, Cousins, Whawell, Kennedy, Whitehurst, McGowan, Flanagan, Clarke, Raw and Wareing. Thank you to the parents and family for their support.
U9 Football vs Birkenhead. MTS U9 lost heavily against a very good Birkenhead side in their first match of the season on Monday 29th February. MTS managed to get a goal back thanks to Ali with an assist from James. Well done to all the boys for taking part and to the parents for their support. Team: Blagbrough, J Green, Nolan, Scott, Yasser, Barr, Syms & Sinker.
AJIS U10 Football Tournament
The U10 football team went to St Bede’s to take part in the annual AJIS U10 tournament. We started with a 1-1 draw against Cheadle Hulme with a goal from Flanagan. In the second game we lost to Kings Macclesfield but created good chances throughout the game.We then progressed to the plate semi final against Bolton and with a few tactical tweaks Wareing won us the game with two goals. We started to play some good stuff and looks solid in defence and lively up front.
We then played Oldham Hulme in the plate final and took an early lead through Flanagan. Despite some late pressure from the other team we snatched a second goal through a delighted Kennedy.
Thank you to the boys for their attitude and effort throughout the morning. A team effort from everybody. Thank you also to the parents for their support.
Team: Whawell, Whitehurst, McGowan, Wareing, Fell, Flanagan, Kennedy and Cousins
Merchant Taylors’ Year 4 Football Festival
Merchant Taylors’ hosted a Year festival against Trinity St Peters and Forefield. Each team played each other twice in 6 minute matches. The home team won their first three matches before a close draw against Trinity St Peters to close the festival. Skill and ability were on show during the competitive matches. Merchants were much improved and are looking forward to their AJIS U9 Festival on Saturday 19th March. Blagbrough was solid in goal and made some excellent saves. Sinker was composed and made some match saving tackles. Cooper enjoyed his debut and contributed to the team. Nolan scored two including the equaliser in the final match. Scott had good energy and played well in defence and midfield. Ali scored many and showed great skill in every match and Green had great trickery and showed his passing ability throughout.
Thank you to the other teams and all parents for their support.