Year 8 hockey match
Thursday 13th October.
The year 8 hockey match on Thursday was against Hollyrood. All of the team players played really well, we started off a bit rough at the start, but got a lot better towards the 2nd half using our wings and looking ahead for who to pass to. We did loose 4-0 but played well! defence were very good at getting the ball back up to the top, and our mid fielders passing was good, we did almost score a few goals but unfortunately missed our opportunities only so slightly.
Year 9 Girls Hockey vs Bucklers Mead
The year 9 girls played a good game against Bucklers Mead winning 3-0. The first half of the game saw no goals scored but the gryphon had the majority of the possession. The second half was much like the first, except Gryphon scored three goals. Emily Eavis Scored 2 and Rachel Aderson-Deas the other.
All of the team worked well together, with defence and midfield keeping the ball away from our goal and attacking players maade sure the ball was always near the opposition's goal. Clara Tate did well despite and injury early on.
Player of the Match was Jodie Dennett, Well Done to Jodie and all those involved.
By Emily Eavis and April Yeatman (Vice).
Year 8 Girls Hockey
Gryphon vs Maiden Beech
21st of September the year 8’s played their first match against Maiden Beach at home. It was 11 players each side, playing on a full pitch. For us a full pitch was very tiring because we only used to play on a half pitch!! But it was good fun too because we had more space to run in and pass into more spaces! Our defence was Georgie O’Neil, Emily Turner,SarahYeo and Kim Barfoot, goalie was Chloe Hart. Midfields and forwards were Sophie Maunsell, Mia Vines-Booth, Annie Brignal,Holly Hale, Becca and Alice Combes.
We played 15 minutes each way.
The beginning of the first half the opposition had the ball a lot giving them the upper hand, but they didn’t manage to score. Thankfully we stared to gain the ball more, letting us settle more into the game, this gave us more opportunity to score, sadly we didn’t!
Second half we progressed more, dribbling the ball to the other end and keeping it in the opposition’s half giving us more shots at the goal. Our short corners were successful because we managed to clear the ball out of the semicircle away from the other team. Our midfields were so close to getting some goals but just hitting the corners of the goals not quite getting them in. Leaving us with a score of 0-0. But at least we didn’t lose!!!!!! We thought that was a great first match, considering we hadn’t played on a full pitch before!!
By Sophie Maunsell.
Year 11 Girls Hockey
Gryphon Vs Wadham
Our first game of the season was against wadham. We were uncertain as to how we woul dplay as we had only trained once before the match.
We got off to a good start and by half time we were 5-0 up. The team continued to play great hockey throughout the second half gbarely letting the ball back in to our own half.
The game ended with a 9-0 victory goal scorers were; Ellie Hall, Vea Cox, Linzi Read, Kathryn Saywell, Ellie Holder and Jess Hunt.
Year 9 Rugby
Gryphon VS Claysmore
On Thursday the 15th Gryphon Year 9 boys played their second match of the County Cup against Claysmore at home. After last week’s huge win in the opening match, against Poole 73-12, Gryphon were on a high going into this match.
The game started hard but it wasn’t long until Silas Tilt powered through their defence and scored in the corner relieving our tension, unfortunately though because of the wide position of the kick Chandler Stevens missed the conversion leaving the score 5-0 to us. But then ,almost straight after Silas’s try, Claysmore also ran one in at the corner and failed to kick the conversion leaving the score 5-5. After that the hard physical game started taking its effect even in the first half with Gryphon having to make many substitutions because of injuries and at half time both teams were feeling run down.
And at the start of the second half no-one could have called the game, it was neck and neck. The forwards game was also exceptionally hard with a huge amount of scrums happening with both teams seeming equally balanced and scrum results going at around fifty/fifty, but of course the amount of scrums had its toll on the pack and many players were injured because of the intensity of the game. The second half ,like the first, seemed equally balanced but both teams knew they needed points, it looked like Gryphon was going to score after repeated scrums and mauls on their try line but all we came away with was two hold ups in the try zone.
Our second try finally came from Silas when a bad pass after a scrum led to Silas diving on it and getting his second, but then the tension rose as the boys realised the following conversion was most important and was no easy task. Full-back Chandler struck it beautifully and it sailed over. At this point it appeared Gryphon finally were going to win it but Claysmore struck back with their own try which was, unfortunately for them, in the corner. Yet another hard kick was attempted by the opposition, they failed to convert leaving it 12-10 to Gryphon. After that despite Claymore’s best efforts no more points were scored and Gryphon qualified, exhausted but delighted, to the next round of the County Cup.
Sixth Form Rugby vs Yeovil College
A highly anticipated first game of the season for the 1st XV, against local rivals Yeovil College. The boys knew that this was going to be a tough game due to loosing key players like Will Matthews and Alex Dolman. But the commitment and passion given by the players the Gryphon dominated in the first half, with outstanding performances from Will James, Tom King and new player Charlie Rex added to our strengths with his pace and excellent hands.
Yeovil College went up 5 tries to 0 in the second half. But with the courage and leadership of Will James and Sam Johnson we crossed the line for our first try of the game with James Wilson converting this try. Tom Hodges played exceptionally well putting in huge runs and destroying Will Matthews in the scrum. Other exceptional performances came from: Sam Johnson, Will James, Joe Yarndell, Max Lawday, Joe Slack, Charlie Rex, Tom King.
Marcus Healey, Year 13.