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District Cross Country

Yesterday we took 35 students to Sharnbrook Academy to compete in a District Cross Country competition. All of the students had an excellent attitude and effort whilst running the course. Particular highlights came from:

U13 Girls:
Georgie Oliver N3 6th place
Nelly Palmer W1 7th place

U13 Boys:
Bejay Moseray W6 7th place
Will Parker N4 16th place

Junior Girls:
Katie Olive N1 3rd place
Lucy Beddow N1 12th place

They have all qualified for the county competition in two weeks.

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Sixth Form Basketball


The Sixth Form basketball team played their first game of the season last week Thursday and they secured an excellent 103 – 24 victory.

Stand out performances were from Arnold Larking and Pedro Lozano who dominated the game massively.  Their next game is Thursday away to Sharnbrook who will prove to be very tough opponents.  

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U15 District Swimming Championships

On Monday 2nd we had 5 students travel over to BMS for the annual swimming competition. All students put in top performances and gave excellent accounts of themselves in some very competitive races.

The results were as follows:

Nelly Palmer – 25m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke and 25m Butterfly – 5th place.
Fionan McTiernan – 25m Back – 8th, 50m Front – 7th, 50m Breast – 3rd place.
Oliver Girvan – 25m Back – 4th, 25m Butterfly – 3rd, 50m Front – 5th, 50m Back – 3rd.

Harley Allan – 25m Back – 3rd, 50m Back – 3rd.
Oliver Crowther – 25m Front – 1st in heat, 2nd in Final, 25m Breast – 2nd, 25m Butterfly – 1st, 50m Front – 3rd, 50m Breast – 3rd.

A special mention to Oliver Crowther who achieved some exceptional results.

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Sixth Form Football

On Monday 25th November the First XI hosted Sandy in the first round of the County Cup in what was their first competitive fixture since the National Cup loss to NSB.

We were back to full strength following the friendly win over STM and the boys were fully focussed on getting the job done. The game started off at 100mph with neither side able to take control or create any meaningful chances. This was until midway through the first half when Jack Goodwin stroked home on the volley to give Marky the lead, this seemed to kickstart the boys who when on to dominate the rest of the half with a good strike from outside the area from Adam Tilson and a neat finish from Will Biziki putting the boys in control 3-0 up at half time.

The second half continued in the same way, Marky dominated possession but didn't find it easy to break down a Sandy side who worked extremely hard throughout, particularly in the middle of the park. Our pressure eventually told as Adam Tilson powered home a header after a much worked on set piece, before Joel Simpson grabbed himself another goal following his hattrick against STM, with Tilson rounding off the scoring as he completed his own hattrick with a fine free kick which went in off the bar.

Another top performance from the boys. BMS travel here on Wednesday before we host Van Dyke in the next round of the County Cup.

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Sixth Form Football

On Monday the First XI Football team hosted STM in a friendly game. This was the boys' first game since their loss in the National Cup and they were keen to bounce back with a win.

The game started brightly, with both sides looking to keep possession but neither able to carve out any real chances. As the game developed a quick throw down the left saw Joel Simpson roll his man before calmly slotting home. The game continued in the same way, but with a little more quality at either end, eventually, William Biziki doubled the Marky lead. This should have settled the boys but instead it rallied STM who quickly hit back with a goal of their own. Half time, 1-1.

The second half saw more quality in the attacking third, with Marky creating several chances but Joel Simpson, Will and Adam saw their efforts miss the target or be well saved. At the other end, STM struggled to create any real chances but a couple of decent long range efforts were well dealt with by Zach Howell. Half way through the half Marky upped their game, a quick succession of goals saw Joel Simpson add 2 to complete his hattick, couple with Adam Tilson grabbing 2 of his own, one of these was excellently created by Raph Bouju. This gave the boys a comfortable lead and we looked dangerous every time we broke.

Goal of the game was Joel's third as he lobbed he keeper from a tight angle, but man of the match went to Will Biziki for a relentless performance in the middle of the park. Next up should be a County Cup fixture against Sandy.

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SY9&10 Girls Football

The U15 Girls Football Team played their last fixture against Etonbury, both teams were evenly matched therefore, it looked to be a good game. A great one two between Anne and Esme (scoring the goal) opened up the score to make it 1-0 to MRS. Unfortunately, 30 seconds later Etonbury equalised with a through ball to make the score 1-1. The girls continued to create chances and defended well until Etonbury scored from a corner, making it 2-1 at half time. The girls remained positive at the start of the second half although, Etonbury crossed the ball across goal, Stacey was unlucky not to make the save making the score 3-1. MRS pressed well and a throw in from Rhiannon to Anne, she controlled the ball and with a one two between Anne and Phoebe. Anne strikes the ball at goal, making it 3-2. Abi and Nicole made some vital tackles to prevent Etonbury scoring any more goals.  Later on in the game, Anne planted corner into the box, it was cleared out by Etonbury’s defence, although Danielle strikes the ball at goal equalising for MRS 3-3. Unfortunately, with two minutes remaining of the game Etonbury pressed, scoring to win the game 4-3. The girls have improved significantly throughout all of their fixtures.

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Sixth Form Rugby

Saffron Walden County High School were a very good side. Well drilled, well organised and very determined,  they proved just too strong for Mark Rutherford. Without completely dominating any particular area of the game, Saffron Walden were just that little bit better at all aspects. Rutherford battled hard and made a good account of themselves but they just lacked the necessary experience to cause the hosts sufficient problems defensively. The final score was 50 points to 0 but our boys can hold their heads high in the knowledge that they gave it their all right up until the final whistle.

The team is making progress and with their continued efforts at training they are moving in the right direction.

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Y9 Rugby

The under 14s travelled to Lincroft for their 1st round of the county cup. The conditions were horrendous but both teams were fully committed to the cause. Rutherford drew first blood thanks to an excellent try from Kacper Stryjewski. He was released down the right wing and showed a fantastic burst of speed to outrun the opposition and dot down in under the posts. The wind and rain prevented Riley Clifford from adding the two extra points as his conversion cannoned back off the cross bar.
Lincroft hit back and led at half time by 7 points to 5. Rutherford pressed hard in the second half and Lincroft struggled to break out of their 22. Chances went begging for Rutherford as both sides struggled in the conditions. Eventually the break through came with Riley Clifford crossing the line to make the score 10 - 7 to Rutherford. The credit for, what turned out to be, the winning try went to the forwards who turned the ball over inside the Lincroft defensive third. Scrum half Riley collected the ball and spotted enough of a gap to sneak through for the points. The wind took hold of his second conversion attempt and the ball curled away from the posts from a difficult kick in the corner.
Special mention needs to go to Jamie Bunker who's hugely important intervention in the last minute sealed the victory for the visitors. He collected a loose ball in his own 22, burst forward into space and executed an excellent kick down the line and followed it up with a brilliant chase. All the pressure was relieved and Lincroft, who were now in their own 22, were unable to hit back within the final minute of the game.

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Y7&8 Girls Football

Most recently MRS were against KCA A and B team. The first game against KCA A saw plenty of opportunities to score, with both teams having plenty of shots on goal. Half time ended 0-0. The second half KCA scored from a throw in, making it 1-0, the girls kept their heads up and continued to play well. Unfortunately, KCA scored another goal from a pass across goal making it 2-0. MRS managed to equalise with Georgie Oliver intercepting a goal kick smashing the ball into the top right corner. The game ended 2-1 to KCA. Their second game against KCA B was another  close game, both teams had plenty of scoring opportunities but failed to hit the target. MRS defended well, marking their players and working well as a team. Phoebe, Mia and Primrose tackled the ball and passed the ball onwards to Deeya and Georgie creating scoring opportunities. It wasn't until the second half that Primrose intercepted the ball in the box and scored making the end result 1-0 to MRS.

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Y10 Rugby

After a fantastic National Cup result last week the boys were excited going into the first round of the County Cup against Lincroft. Unfortunately there were 5 lads out injured for this one, including the starting scrum half, fly half and inside centre from last week, and a blistering start from Lincroft didn't help the Marky boys settle. The boys battled well for the large majority of the game but couldn't break down a very well organised Lincroft side who took their chances well to secure a comfortable victory. A big training session next week for the boys in preparation for the next round of the National Cup!

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Y7&8 Girls Football

Last Thursday was the second week of fixtures. Their first game was against Castle Newham B, Deeya was a new edition to the team scoring  6 goals in two matches. The girls were able to utilise the space and work as a team, passing the ball and taking advantage of scoring opportunities. Amar Johal, who is the goalkeeper stepped up performed well. She was able to make crucial saves to keep the girls in the game; the end result was 3-1 to MRS. Their second game was against Bedford Free School, Deeya excelled in this game scoring 4 out of the 5 goals, with Georgie Oliver gaining the assists for the goals. Jasmine, Charlotte and Primrose were a strong unit in defence making it impossible for BFS to even get a shot on goal.

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Y10 Rugby

First game of the season, National Cup first round. The boys were fantastic throughout, they scored an early try through Joseph Knight which was quickly followed by a try from Sam Hudson-Lett following some great rugby. St Ivo responded with a converted try of their own, before Mark Rutherford hit back almost immediately as Joseph Knight broke the line to cross for his second with Jacob Appleyard kicking the extras. This saw the boys go into half time with a 17-7 lead.

The second half saw 6 changes but the same intensity from our boys. One of the half time replacements Buai Luak scored almost immediately, which put us firmly in control. Excellent leadership and organisation from Harley Allan at prop and Jacob Appleyard at fly half saw the boys continue to dictate play, with the pace of Dave Boateng on the left wing causing St Ivo an issue time and again. Eventually, Mark Rutherford added their 5th try as Buai crossed again, and he then added a third for his hatrick shortly after with Jacob converting both successfully. The boys securing an excellent 36-7 victory.

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Y11 Basketball

This was a tight affair which could have gone either way. Marky as the underdogs started off really well and lead at half time by 6 points. Some excellent play by Kayden and Buai allowed them to score some crucial baskets. However, after half time they began to fatigue and the opposition were able to call upon more players which ultimately made the difference. They started to claw back and eventually won the game by 11 points. Final score Sam Whit 63 Mark Rutherford 52.

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Y7&8 Boys Dodgeball

In the first pool the boys played BFS, CNB and Bedford Academy.
Max was able to use his long arm to ensure players were out and secured a win against BFS 3-1. The boys excelled during their match against CNB, winning 5 games to 0. Ossay showed great tactical awareness and encouraged the team in all situations. Bedford Academy was the closest game of the pool. With both teams being strong, MRS were able to secure the win 3-2.

In the second pool the boys played Goldington, Rushmore and CNA. In the game against CNA saw photo-finish draws, with some great catches from Kieran, Rohit and Cassius. Eventually winning the match in the final game. They performed exceptionally well against Rushmore, winning 4 games to 1. They held themselves well and showed good sportsmanship when winning. Goldington was a closer game after three games, ending in a draw. There was a nail biting finish where MRS just won it at the very end getting a last minute out. The boys qualified for the county finals being undefeated in all of their matches.

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Y7&8 Girls Football

During the girls first week of fixtures, it was the first time they had played together. Unfortunately they lost their first game 5-1. Georgie Oliver however, scored a screamer of a free kick at the edge of the box. The girls didn’t give up and persistently attempted to gain possession of the ball and stayed positive throughout. The girls learnt a lot from the game, going into the second game with a new mind set and understanding of what they needed to do.

Their second match was against Goldington. They were able to defend well and keep the score 0-0 at half term. Goldington remained persistent scoring 3 goals making the final result 3-0.

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Y8 Rugby

In their opening fixtures of the season the boys gave an excellent account of themselves overall. In the first game they narrowly lost to STM, a very strong team, 5-0 but played some excellent rugby, with a very strong defence throughout.

They put a lot of the good form from that game into practice against Wixams, running out 15-10 winners, with stand-out performances from Cameron Duffy, Thomas Murphy and Kieran Smith throughout.

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