w/c 27th November 2017
On Wednesday 29th November, CAN welcomed Norwich School for a Year 7 rugby festival. For many of our boys it was their first taste of competitive games of rugby and comes on the back of some brilliant progress made by the two classes this half term where students learned about contact rugby for the first time.
All 30 CAN students played three games over the course of the afternoon and made excellent progress with their tackling, rucking, scrummaging, passing and catching and running with the ball. At the end of each game players created a tunnel and shook hands in line with rugby's core values of respect, teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship and enjoyment.
Supporting the event were Bryn Lewis, a coach from our local club link Crusaders RFC to help our students and encourage them to join the club and Stewart Cameron from the RFU as part of the All Schools program.
Well done to all students who took part, they represented the school brilliantly and we are very proud of them.
There will be plenty more opportunities for students to represent the school in festivals after Christmas. If you would like to find out more about our rugby program or would like your child to join Crusaders Rugby Club then please get in touch with me via email
w/c 13th November
On Wednesday 15th November, City Academy girls rugby team welcomed teams from Thetford Academy & Open for a development festival.
The girls played three thirds of 10 minutes with a different focus in each. The first third focused on tackling, second on scrummaging, and the third on rucking. It was fantastic to see the progress made by the girls from all schools. Tries were shared throughout the afternoon between Rhoda, Carina, Favor, Alicia, Morgan, Chloe, Molly and Courtney. Tackler of the day was Morgan who demonstrated excellent technique and bravery.
Well done to all students who represented the school so well.
For more Rugby try our local club link Crusaders Rugby Club. See Mr Moggan for more information.
w/c 16th October
Match Report for Year 11 CAN 1- 0 Sprowston
After a couple of difficult games and losses the Year 11's were up against it all going against a tough Sprowston team. However, our team started off strong with Bita Kiza acting as Assistant Manager and Owen Sexton taking over as Captain and both players leading the team well. We came out showing strong communication with each other, eager for the ball by closing down the Sprowston players, using great vision to pick out our players with through balls for chances on goal, and very strong positioning and team work.
In the first 15mins of the match both Sprowston and CAN were constantly pressing for an opportunity on goal, with Sprowston missing their chances. Chrystian Mane was the drive of our attack every time we got the ball. After many attempts of attacks on goal, Chrystian slotted a through ball to Taylor Rush who calmly took a touch and slotted the ball past the Sprowston keeper. Our boys instantly got their heads back in the game acting as though it was 0-0 so there was no complacency and kept driving forwards putting Sprowston under pressure.
For our supporters on the side line it was a great game to watch, seeing CAN playing the ball around beautifully and putting Sprowston on the back foot. When Sprowston did get past our defence Owen Sexton swept up any loose balls and any chances their attackers had on goal. The second half did not produce any more goals but both teams were a credit to their schools working hard and showing off a great performance. For the last 10mins of the game Sprowston pushed more and more to try and equalise but all our players worked tirelessly to keep them at bay. All in all a great performance!
The Managers Man of the Match was Josh French-Burwood for his excellent work rate, positioning as left back, and defending skill.
The Players Man of the Match was Kane Allen for his determination in midfield, harassing the opposition with tackles and pressure, and his silky dribbling skills.
w/c 9th October 2017
CAN Host Cracking Year 11 Rugby Festival
On Tuesday 10th October CAN hosted over 50 Year 11 students from Sprowston, Hellesdon and Notre Dame for a Year 11 Rugby Festival. CAN played Hellesdon in their first game and narrowly lost 20-15 in an exciting game with Josh and Bita leading from the front. In the second game CAN beat Sprowston 15-0 with Rolandas playing in his debut scoring his first ever try. In our last game we lost to a strong Notre Dame side 15-5. The highlight was Jonathan's barnstorming run that set up Bita for our try. The boys finished each game by creating a tunnel to shake hands with the referee and their opponents. Well done to all students who played the games in a fantastic spirit and represented their school so well. The next festival will be 21st November under floodlights at Norwich Rugby Club.
Year 8 CAN 6 - 3 Sewell Park
The Year 8's started their season on Monday after being awarded 3 points against Hethersett who failed to get a team together. The boys started well against Sewell Park and took the lead through Marley. Jai then finished off a great move to make it 2-0. Tyler made a superb save to deny Sewell Park's danger man but he eventually beat Tyler with an excellent finish into the corner. Andrew was marshalling the defense superbly for CAN and then struck a goal of the season contender with a great strike from 35 yards to make it 3-1 at half time. Jayden set up Oli for a fourth before CAN had a little wobble and conceded two quick goals. Marley and then Oli fired home to make the full time result 6-3. This win meant that the Year 8's have won their group in the Europa league with 2 wins from 2 and will go through to the next round.
w/c 2nd October 2017
Year 7 CAN 5 - 3 Open Academy
CAN travelled to Open and started well following an excellent dribble and finish from Bailey. Open played some nice passing football but CAN matched them with Bailey scoring with a superb strike. Open continued to press and scored two quick goals before half time, to go into the break at 2-2. Super sub Louie tapped in with his first chance and Gideon fired home following a great spell for CAN. Bailey completed his hat trick to put CAN in a commanding 5-2 lead. Open's lively sub came on to score a consolation for Open but once again CAN's team work, determination and effort was exemplary as they ran out 5-3. Next game is away to OVA on Tuesday 17th October.
Year 7 CAN 6 - 5 Hellesdon
Year 7's played their first game of the season on Tuesday 3rd October away to Hellesdon following a series of training sessions. CAN started well with Alfie testing out the Hellesdon keeper. Hellesdon took the lead against the run of play with a tidy finish from their lively number 10. CAN managed to even up the game when Alfie's corner was deflected in by the goalkeeper for an own goal. Sam then tapped in Alfie's cross at the backpost as CAN got on top largely due to Jacob's excellent positioning at goal kicks and subsequent passing. Hellesdon then scored 3 goals in a crazy 10 minutes before half time despite great defending from Charlie and some superb saves by Riley.
After half time the boys responded with an onslaught on the Hellesdon goal. Kenzie rifled home off the cross bar with his first touch and Alfie added another to make it 4-4. The Hellesdon keeper made some great saves to stop CAN scoring more. Hellesdon went up the other end and scored with one of their few chances in the second half but the CAN boys showed great resilience to keep attacking and not let their heads drop. Alfie then fired in another to complete his hat trick. With a draw looking the most likely result in an absorbing game, Alfie took a dangerous in-swinging corner that the keeper could only palm into his own net to give CAN a 6-5 victory in their first game. All the players, officials and managers shook hands at the end of an excellent encounter and the team were praised for their effort, attitude and desire to work hard for each other. Well done to all who represented the school so well.
w/c 25th September 2017
Year 9 CAN 1 - 8 CNS
The Year 9's started the season off against a difficult opposition who pressed us with every opportunity and eager to gain back possession. Some highlights included Wilondja's stunning free kick which the goalkeeper had no chance of saving, Connor's diving saves and the commitment of all 16 to turn up and play for the team. Training will be on straight after October half-term every week throughout winter.
Managers MOM - Connor Atkins for his outstanding performance in goal preventing the opposition scoring many more than they did, and pulling off some fantastic saves.
Players MOM - Wilondja Rajabu for his tiresome performance all over the pitch from striker to defence.
w/c 11th September 2017
Year 10 CAN 4 - 1 Sewell Park
The Year 10 Football team got their season off to a flying start with a 4-1 win at home to Sewell Park. Delf opened the scoring after 5 minutes with a cool one on one finish. Sewell Park played some attractive football but resolute defending and fine goal keeping from Charoenprasit kept them out. Just before half time CAN hit Sewell Park with a two goal sucker punch as Delf fired home his second and then he set up Izhan for CAN's third to take CAN into half time 3-0 up.
The second half followed the same pattern with Sewell Park having much of the possession but CAN looking dangerous on the counter attack. Charoenprasit was continuing to make some wonder saves in goal but was eventually beaten by a fine strike from distance from Sewell Park's left winger. Almost immediately Delf completed his hat trick with a superb finish from Tempelaars lofted pass. The game continued with chances for both sides as CAN ran out 4-1 winners. Both sets of players should be commended for the sporting manner in which the game was played. Well done to the boys for a great start to the season.