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Spring term sports off to a flying start

The new term is underway and with it the girls' netball and boys' hockey and football seasons have begun. On Saturday, eighteen netball teams faced Colston's School during a busy afternoon at Failand. Across the fixture, BGS were dominant, winning fifteen games and losing just three. The narrowest margin of victory was for the U12A and U13B teams who won by just one goal and the largest margin being gained by the U15B team who won by a staggering 41–1.

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The First, Second and Third teams also put in convincing performances and our U16 team have been working hard in preparation for the regional finals in Bournemouth at the end of the month. The level of participation and performance shown in such a short space of time has been exceptional and suggests there is an exciting season ahead. Good luck to all against Dean Close and Dauntsey’s this Saturday.

The boys' hockey season opened with a block fixture against Queen’s Taunton. It was a very successful afternoon for the BGS sides, winning eight of the eleven games, scoring a total of 52 goals and conceding only 11. The U13B team drew 1–1 and the two defeats were both narrow margins; the Third XI only lost very narrowly 2–1 and the U15A 3–2. The First XI played some fantastic hockey to win comfortably 7-0 and there were also big wins for the U12 and U13 A teams. We wish all the teams the best of luck in their fixtures against Millfield and Sherborne this weekend.

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BGS football kicked off the season with four matches against strong King's Worcester teams, with only one victory coming from a tough opening weekend. The First team, coming off the back of a big win against an Old Bristolians side during the Christmas holidays, started slowly but battled hard to get back into the game. It was a tight game throughout with BGS starting to dominate possession and chances late on into the game, until a last minute penalty gave King's Worcester the victory.

The U15s game started with chances early for both teams but BGS capitalised scoring twice within a matter of minutes. King's Worcester got a goal back to make it 2-1, with the BGS defence being tested after relentless pressure from the King's attack. However, another goal after half-time gave BGS the leeway they needed, with a late goal seeing BGS to a 4–1 victory. The U14s were unlucky not to come away with a draw in what was a well matched opening game of the season. The BGS side came from behind to level the score three times, only to concede a fourth in the final minutes of the game.
 
The highlight of the fixtures came from the Second XI. A sluggish start left them 4–0 down inside 20 minutes but the boys fought back to draw the game 4–4. Inspired performances from Hassan in midfield and Guy up front motivated the team in a thrilling game. Good luck to the boys playing in the mid-week fixture against QEH and on Saturday against Marlborough College.

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