Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

IAPS Hockey and Loretto Rugby 7s Tournaments

IAPS and Loretto 7s Tournaments

Belhaven Hill' U13 and U11 Teams compete in the IAPS and Loretto 7s Hockey and Rugby Tournaments

Loretto  Boys' Rugby 7s

U13

Despite the extreme rain over the previous 36 hours, these were fairly ideal conditions at Loretto for their annual sevens tournament. Belhaven travelled with relative confidence aware that this format of the game suited their style and playing strengths. As a result, Belhaven got off to a flying start against Musselburgh. Against a much bigger team Belhaven tackled like demons and attacked in the right spaces coming out 7-4 winners.

The next fixture was against an old rival in St Marys. In a great, end-to-end game, which could have gone either way Belhaven powered home to win with a last-minute score to win 8-3. All 12 players in the squad had played so far and in our final group game we continued the rotation. Cargilfield were our next opponents and despite scoring three good scores, Cargilfield used the ball well and attacked the outside effectively to win 15-10.

Despite this loss, Belhaven topped their group and went into the semi-final against the hosts Loretto. Belhaven gave it their all and in a fairly even game they could just not get over the line. They eventually lost the game 11-0 but can be incredibly proud of their efforts.

Players of the tournament: Hector

Coach’s thoughts: We were clear about how we wanted to perform in this tournament. Move the ball out of the tackle and tackle low and effectively. From this point of view this was a great performance success. Belhaven performed excellently in this tournament and probably understood how to play the game better than any Belhaven side I have coached. This speaks volumes about the attitude and adaptability of this group of players.

In the end, Loretto were too strong in the semi-finals but the wins against Musselburgh and St Marys were welcome and deserved. I can only see this team continuing to improve together and I am very much looking forward to the rest of the season after half -term.

U11

Waking up early, and jumping onto the minibus with the windscreen wipers on full speed, we set off to Loretto to join eight other teams for a morning of rugby 7s. Despite challenging weather conditions the day before, which left the field wet and slippery, the team showed determination and resilience throughout the tournament, even when results went against them.

The tournament started with an exciting match against Musselburgh. Despite the challenging conditions underfoot, the Belhaven team demonstrated impressive teamwork. The final score ended in a hard-fought 4 - 4 draw, with both teams giving their all.

There was sadly no rest between the first and second games, and Belhaven headed from one pitch to the other to face Haddington in a closely contested battle. The team fought valiantly but narrowly lost to Haddington by a single try. Wilbur had scored a brace of tries in each of the first two match, but ultimately missed tackles cost us dearly.

After a 20-minute break to catch our breath and fuel the bodies, the boys were up against a formidable opponent in St. Mary's, who ultimately went on to win the entire competition. Despite the heavy defeat, the Belhaven players displayed sportsmanship and perseverance, learning valuable lessons from the experience.

In their final match of the tournament, Belhaven faced Cargilfield. The team showed great improvement, particularly in the second half, and delivered an encouraging performance. Although the match ended in a loss, the players left the field with their heads held high, scoring two tries towards the end of the match. Considering we had been heavily beaten by Cargilfield a few weeks before, this was an encouraging performance.

Despite the varying results, the Belhaven team demonstrated teamwork, and sportsmanship throughout the day. It is difficult to pick a single player of the tournament, but special mentions must go to Geordie, Tristan and Juan who worked tirelessly in defense and to Wilbur and Xander who provided a constant attacking threat. The challenging weather conditions and formidable opponents only served to strengthen their resolve.

Tries: Patrick, Geordie, Tristan (2), Xander (2), Wilbur (5)

 

IAPS Girls' Hockey

U13

The 1st team were involved in their 5th hockey fixture in 7 days today as we headed north to Glenalmond to play in the annual IAPS Qualifying Tournament – with the top two teams from this tournament qualifying for the National Finals later in the year.

There were 9 teams in total split into two groups for the round robin stages after which there were a series of cross-over matches.

First up for the merry band of Belhaven girls was Fettes – a team we hadn’t yet faced this season. Unfortunately we got off to a slow start, not marking, not clearing our lines and generally looking a bit dopey and, not surprisingly, they punished us for it, scoring two goals in the first half. A quick chat and we turned things around keeping a clean sheet for the second half which was a good indication of what we could do.

Loretto were next up and having narrowly lost to them earlier in the week, the girls were keen to make amends. Unfortunately, this was our worst game of the day and though we only conceded one goal, it really felt like we’d let ourselves down a bit.

Fortunately, the girls bounced back from that performance for our match against a very strong Stoneyhurst (school from England). Though we lost the match 0 – 3, the girls were outstanding, playing with impressive heart and determination. We harried them, pressed hard, defended as though our very lives depended on it and introduced a bit more power play to our game. I came away from that game very proud of the girls – for me that 12 minutes of play had made the entire day worthwhile. Good girls.

Our final group game was Cargilfield and again, though we lost the match, the girls were excellent and made Cargi work hard for every minute of play and even managed to get inside their heads and rattle them a bit.

Group stages done, we moved into the cross-over matches, starting with Ardvreck who’d ended bottom of their group. Disappointingly, we had a poor first half and conceded a couple of soft goals. On the plus side, we made amends in the second half.

And so we came to our final match – Loretto again. The girls got off to a great start, piling pressure on the opposition and we had chance after chance with at least six or seven good scoring opportunities but, alas, we just couldn’t quite convert any of them to goals.

So, overall, it was long, tiring, fun day. Six matches played. Some absolutely brilliant hockey played. A huge amount of heart shown and effort made. Continual learning. Lots of laughs. Lucozade. And Mr. Curry’s singing on the trip back. What more could one possibly want?

Girls' Hockey: U13 IAPS Tournament 2023

 

Player of the Day: Wendles. Always busy, always thinking, always working hard, always playing positive, entertaining hockey.

Mr. Townshend

U11

The sun cast its golden glow over Glenalmond College as the Under 11 Girls A Hockey team embarked on their journey to the picturesque hills of Perthshire for the IAPS tournament. The girls, embracing the warmth of the day, entered the competition without the weight of unrealistic expectations, ready to face whatever challenges awaited them.

In their opening match against Fettes, an opponent they had never encountered before, the team showcased remarkable resilience and determination. Isabella and Bella, a defensive force to be reckoned with, displayed exceptional passing skills that kept the ball consistently out of our D throughout the match. Clemmie and Emily, the dynamic duo on the wings, skilfully drove the ball forward, creating opportunities for their teammates. The offensive efforts culminated in Maggie scoring two outstanding goals, while Holly's relentless pressure on the goalkeeper resulted in a third, securing a triumphant victory.

The second match posed a formidable challenge against St Mary's, a team known for their strength. Despite numerous chances on goal, the team couldn't find the back board, and St Mary's managed to sneak in two goals in the first half. After a halftime discussion, the girls, determined and resilient, focused on defence and successfully prevented any further goals, ending the match with a 0 - 2 scoreline.

In the third encounter against Ardvreck, a team they had previously lost to, the girls approached the match with a vengeance. Maggie's exceptional performance saw her scoring three goals, one from a well-executed short corner set up by Bee. The team's passing game improved significantly, utilizing power and precision to manoeuvre the ball effectively.

The final showdown against Cargi was a close affair, with goalkeeper Bea making crucial saves, and Bella delivering an incredible deflection away from our goal during a short corner. Maggie continued her scoring streak with another goal, securing the team's third win of the day.

The tournament concluded with three wins and one loss, a commendable performance that earned the team a well-deserved second place. Belhaven's resilience and teamwork shone through, and each player contributed to the team's success. The girls, adorned with medals, returned home with heads held high, proud of their achievements on a brilliant day of hockey. A BIG thank you to Glenalmond College for hosting the tournament!

Fettes: Win 3 – 0 (Goals: Maggie 2, Holly 1)
St. Mary’s: Lost 0-2
Ardvreck: Win 3 – 0 (Goals: Maggie 3)
Cargilfield: Win 1 – 0 (Goals: Maggie 1)