Girls Football- 28th November 2019
Last night, the girls played in their penultimate week in the football league in the Soccerdome. Following last week's first victory, the mood was positive and strong. The girls started the first game against St Barnabas well and worked hard as a team around the pitch. However, a counter attack from the girls in blue led to a goal and St James' going a goal behind. The girls did not let adversity stand in their way and were soon on the positive foot and created lots of chances through direct runs from Lacie and Porcha. This eventually led to an equalising goal scored by Lily W with a clever little chip that sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. Lots of resolute defending from Phoebe and Maddison plus good saves from Beth avoided any more goals and the games finished in a 1-1 draw.
In the second game vs Holy Trinity, the girls worked hard but found themselves up against a good team. Efforts from all of the girls were fantastic and despite the 5-0 scoreline against the girls, it was not what they deserved as this included two unfortunate own goals when blocking shots. Well done to all of the girls for their efforts throughout the games.
Thank you to all of the family and friends who supported the girls throughout the evening. It has been brilliant to see the girls getting better week after week - well done everyone! Massive thank you to coach Joel for leading and supporting the girls throughout.
Girls Football- 21st November 2019
Last night the girls football team played two more games in the Y5/6 football league. In the first game, the girls played against a Turton and Edgeworth team who had won their first game 4-0. They came onto the pitch really confidently but St James' were ready for them! Beth scored with a shot from the edge of the area to take an lead around halfway through the match. However, they equalised quickly after a long shot tricked through Lily-Jo's legs. They had a couple of skilful players and scored more to lead 3-1. St James' didn't let their heads drop and continued to play good football but further goals from Porcha and two from Lacie made the game 4-4! A late goal from Turton and Edgeworth was the difference in the end and the girls were unfortunate to lose 5-4. The attitude and effort was fantastic and the girls were in a positive mindset.
The second game against Lower Darwen saw the girls be positive from the start and an early goal from Lacie let the girls become relaxed and they worked really well together. Some good play in attack and defence against a tough opposition saw the girls get that first, well-deserved win! Well done everyone! An extra special mention for Lily-Jo, Maddie, Keira and Phoebe who didn't score any goals in the games but gave superb performances throughout the evening.
Thank you to coach Joel and to the family and friends who came to support the girls through the evening.
Football Report - EFL Kids Cup- 19th November 2019
On Tuesday 19th November, some of the Y6 children took part in the EFL Kids Cup at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre.
In the group of four teams, the team played against Lammack School first and grew in to the game slowly. The game moved forwards and backwards quickly because of the small pitch that it was being played on. The game looked like to be heading for a draw but a quick bit of play from Bobby saw him flick the ball up for Mason to bravely head the ball into the goal.
In the second game against Ribchester, the boys were shooting at the goal for fun and their goalkeeper became a wall!!! Despite countless attempts, the St James' team managed to win 2-1 with goals from Ace and Jack.
In the final group game against Tockholes, the result decided the top two in the group. Both teams had chances by hitting the frame of the goal but Jack managed to score late on with a tidy finish to win 1-0.
The team were through to play St Francis in the semi-finals, who had come second in their group and were led by Mr Tindall!! St Francis were very positive from the start taking a 2-0 lead. St James' didn't let their heads drop and Jack scored from his own half to make it 2-1. Just before half time, Mason was fouled and Jack stepped up to hit the free kick into the top corner to make it 2-2. In the second half, both teams had good chances to win and it would have been a fantastic final! However, St Francis managed to score just before the end to win 3-2 and progress to the final.
Well done to all of the Y6 boys for their efforts throughout the games, thank you to Mrs Wilton for organising the fixtures and thank you to coach Joel for leading the group.
Girls Football- 14th November 2019
Last night, Thursday 14th November, the girls took part in the 2nd of their five week tournament at the Soccerdome. The girls had three games to play against St Edwards, St Josephs and Belmont School. The evening started well for the girls with Lacie K scoring against St Edwards early in the game and the girls then came to life! They created lots of chances but were unable to convert anymore! Despite all of their efforts, they could not get the ball in the net. Unfortunately, St Edwards did manage too though - three times. The girls lost the first game 3-1.
Game 2 was against St Josephs, and again, lots of chances and effort across the pitch could not translate to goals. St Josephs had one star player who created the only threats for them and she scored three unstoppable goals. St James lost 3-0.
The resilience of the team had improved from the week before and they started the third game with Phoebe in goal who made some important saves early on. Belmont were a lot more physical to what the girls had expected before. This caused a different issue but the girls continued to play the game properly but didn't get the rewards they deserved. Unfortunately, they finished the game losing 4-0.
The team performance was much improved on last week and we're hoping that it will do again next week where the girls will hopefully achieve a deserved first win. Thank you for all of the positive support from family and friends. Well done girls - remember that hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
Football Report - 31.10.19
Last night, 31.10.19 - the Y5/6 boys played in the final week of the Darwen Schools Football League at the Soccerdome. This was the 11th, and final game in the league against Belmont School. The game was a little scrappy in the first half with Belmont trying to stop and block every St James attack. This left the team a little frustrated and unable to play their regular good football. The first half ended with St James leading 3-2. After another good team talk from coach Joel, the children were focused and started the second half in a positive manner. The good football started to flow then and some really good team play saw the score finish at 6-2 to St James.
Following the final whistle, there was a presentation to recognise the great efforts from all 12 schools represented over the last six weeks. Despite missing last week with the Y6 visit away, the team managed to score 19 points out of 30 and finished fifth in the league! Well done to all of the children who have represented the team in Y5-6 this time. The effort and enthusiasm has been great and the team have improved week on week.
Thank you to coach Joel for organising the training and for leading the children during the games and a massive thank you to all of the family and friends who have supported the group.
Next week - it is the start of the girls football season!
Boccia Festival Round 1:
On Thursday 17th October the Boccia Team attended the festival at St. Bedes High School.
Our first game was against Avondale Allstars, it looked like it was going to end in a one all draw. Until Mia’s next shot, which altered the position of the white ball giving us a 6:1 win. Go Mia!!
Our second game was against Intack Allstars. We hadn’t had the opportunity to observe this team to develop our tactics. Every ball we sent into a qualifying position they responded to with the winner. This game ended in 0:5 score to them.
Our third game was a close one against Lower Darwen Dashers. The team used some great tactics and were winning 3:1 after the third end. The final end at the closing stages, had us in a winning position. Unfortunately the white ball position was moved leaving the game at a 3 all draw, resulting in a tie-break situation. Sadly on this occasion Lower Darwen Dashers won the tie-break giving them a 4:3 win.
Our fourth and final game was against Cedars Team A. This was a very close game with both teams showing some amazing tactics. But we remained focused and finished with a 3:2 win.
Well Done St. James’ Jetts!!
Football Year 5/6 - week 4
Yesterday, on the 10th October, the Y5-6 football team went to play the next round of games in the local schools cup vs Turton and Edgeworth and St Edwards. In the first game, although the group started well, the play was quite slow and despite getting better and better the team were leading 2-1 at half time. After some wise words from coach Joel, the team came out lively and scored four unanswered goals really quickly and dominated the game. The team finished off the game by winning 8-3 with some good individual performances.
In the second game against St Edwards, the positive mood created by the first game showed and confidence oozed through the team and the team work started to show. An amazing first half performance led to an 8-0 half time lead. The children played some great football leaving the St Edwards team chasing shadows! The second half was as dominant and apart from some brave defending and superb saves from their keeper, the St James' team scored three more goals and finished victorious by 11 goals to 0!
Well done everyone - there was great support shown for each other throughout the games - well done!
Badminton Festival Report
Four children from year 6 went to a badminton festival at QEGS. They were very nervous and anxious at first (two of them had never played badminton before). They all pilled through and were quite successful. All 4 children were very confident and cheerful towards the end of the festival. They tried their best and enjoyed it very much. All of them had lots of courage and were brilliant. Well done to the 4 children who participated.
Netball League Report
On Tuesday 1st October, 8 girls from year 5/6 and Maisie from Year 4 went to compete in the final 2 netball league matches at Darwen Vale. After losing last week’s matches, we were all prepared and ready to win!
The first match was against St Paul's, we tried our best but unfortunately lost 5:0. We were a little bit afraid for our next game now against Holy Trinity but we were going to do our best to try and win!
The last match against Holy Trinity was a close match! It was end to end netball and the match finished as a 0:0 draw. It was a brilliant team effort girls, well done!
Football 03.10.19 Y5-6 @ Soccerdome
The Y5-6 team rolled up to the Soccerdome for the 3rd week of fixtures in the Blackburn with Darwen Primary Schools Cup. The team were full of confidence following last week's battles & results that rescued four points out of six from losing positions. The team faced a St Peters Primary School team who were also full of confidence following an unbeaten start to the game. From the first whistle the St James' team had to work together from front to back to keep the opponents away from the goal. The skilful and persistent St Peters team were relentless though & after lots of good tackles and last second blocks a deflected shot gave them the lead. The St James' heads did not drop & they continued to work hard but St Peters put in a magnificent & ruthless effort & were winning 4-0 by the half time break. Two minutes with Coach Joel & one or two changes at half time & the St James' team came out fired up to try & get back into the game. The team worked more efficiently & the game remained scoreless in the second half for most of it. Then four minutes from time, St Peters scored a fifth. Then, after a mistake by their goalkeeper leading to a St James' free kick, Jack fired the ball into the top left corner passed a stranded goalkeeper!!! St Peters scored one more before the end to finish with a 6-1 defeat. It was tough for the children but lots of lessons were learned through the experience.
Unfortunately, our second opponents, St Pauls, were unable to take part in the games this week so we were awarded a 1-0 win as they were unable to fulfil the fixture. The team used this as an opportunity for a game between themselves which was a good, fun run around & a chance to show how they can play.
Well done everyone - it was a challenging game today against a very good opposition. This is something to learn from and use as a tool to help get better.
Netball Match Report – 24.9.19
On Tuesday evening, we played our third netball league match at Darwen Vale against St Peters. It was all a bit of a rush as the weather was awful so we had to play inside.
It was a massive improvement on the previous week’s performance. We made sure we were finding space and realised how much better this made the game flow.
Whilst the whole team showed real grit and determination against a team containing 4 boys!! Sude and Evie put in an outstanding performance and are beginning to show a real natural flare for the game.
We returned and practiced hard at school on Thursday and are really looking forward to our final games next week.
Year 5/6 Football Report
On Thursday 26th September, the Y5-6 football team returned to the Soccerdome for the 2nd week of the inter schools competition. On the back of last weeks games, the team had a greater understanding of the expectations.
In the first game against St Cuthbert's, the team were a little slow getting started and by half time found themselves trailing by three goals to one. Although our goal was a cracking long distance strike from Joshua. In the second half, and after some inspiring words from coach Joel, the team were much more alert and positive on the ball. The team dominated and goals from Jack and Mason made the score 3-3. Despite all of the pressure and attempts, the team could not manage a winning goal before the full time whistle so the game finished in a respectable draw. A superb effort despite a slow start.
In the second game against St Barnabas, deja vu struck again and the team found themselves 1-0 and then 2-1 behind. However, a more collective approach and some great perseverance meant that with a hat-trick by Jack, the team won 3-2!
Well done everyone - the games showed some determination and hard work to come back from challenging situations and from this aspect a lot was learned. Well done!!
Netball League Match Report
On Tuesday night, 8 of us from Year 5 and 6 went to Darwen Vale to take part in our first round of netball league matches. We had only had one netball practice after school so were a little nervous but super excited!
After finding our positions and figuring out which areas we were allowed to go in, we were off! Our first match was against St James’ Darwen. It was such a close game! Both teams had plenty of opportunities to score and as the match came close to the end we were tied 2:2. However, a last second goal from super shooter Lacie won us the game!
Our second match was a little different. This was against St Barnabas and during this match we learnt that even though netball is a non-contact sport, it can get quite rough! We began to get a little frustrated but our teachers were so incredibly proud of us for managing to keep our heads up and soldier on! Unfortunately we lost this game but learnt an awful lot about how to keep going when things aren’t quite going your way. We will get them next time!
Bring on next week’s match!
Y5/6 Football @ Soccerdome - DPSSA Thursday Football League
Last night (Thursday 19th September), a group of Y5/6 boys went to the Soccerdome to play in the first week of games in the new league season. The team included Ashton, Mckenzie and Tyler from Y5 and Theo, Josh, Zach, Mason and Jack from Y6. The team arrived in high spirits for this week’s games against Holy Trinity and Ashleigh.
The first game against Holy Trinity didn’t start too well as they took an early lead. However, once the group got used to the new environment and the game format they grew into the game and two goals from Jack made it 2-1 at half time. The pace of the game and the strength of the opposition started to take its toll and at the start of the second half Holy Trinity scored an equaliser past Ashton who made some terrific saves in his first game in goal for the Y5-6 team. This then caused the team to REALLY start playing. All of a sudden, everything clicked into place and there was a greater buzz and urgency about the team, passes were being found more accurately, decisions were being made quicker, tackles were more decisive and shots were more powerful. The St James’ team didn’t look back from this point and four second half goals from Jack and a good strike from Mason made the final score 7-2 to St James’s. There were some good performances from all of the players but Theo put in a composed performance as one of the team’s defenders. He was extremely calm under pressure and made some very good decisions when in possession of the ball.
After winning convincingly, the second game of the evening started after a quick drink. The team played against Ashleigh who also came onto the field confident after an opening victory. From the first whistle, Ashleigh tried to dominate possession and use their physical superiority to their advantage. The skill level and team play was stronger from their team who have had lots of experiences together and this led them to take a 2-0 lead at half time with two fantastic goals. The team regrouped at half time with a teamtalk from coach Joel and started the second half positively. There were some close chances but the ball would not go in the net this time!! As the team tried to score, it meant that there were lots of spaces appearing around the pitch. The Ashleigh team exploited these on occasions and despite some brave defending from Theo, Josh and Zach and some brave saves from Ashton, the final score was 5-0 to Ashleigh. They are a strong team but a benchmark to work towards. After the match handshakes and a little reflection on the evenings games, the team left feeling positive and ready for the next round next week.
If anyone is available and would like to come and support the team. They are playing at the Soccerdome for the next five Thursday evenings from 4.00-5.00pm. Well done everyone – a great start to the season and with practices happening on Monday evenings and follow up games on a Thursday, the team will get better and better!
Thank you to all of the parents, families and friends who turned up to support the children throughout the evening. Thank you.
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