SUMMER SPORT REPORT

SUMMER SPORT REPORT

Cricket

With 66 fixtures played to date, and having only lost two games to poor weather, this term’s cricket has been a mixture of great performance and narrow losses.

The 1st XI have played some excellent cricket, beating a strong Dauntsey’s 2nd XI and couple of narrow losses to Milton Abbey and Hampshire Collegiate, almost chasing 149 to win. Our U14 and U15s have had a mixed season. The U15s have lost by less than 10 runs in 3 fixtures, recording good wins against Sexey’s and Kingdown. The U14s have played some excellent cricket, and although haven’t won yet this term, in 5 matches they have lost by less than 15 runs.

Our 13 and 12 teams have had superb seasons. The U13s playing 7 and winning 5 and the U12s with an identical record. The likes of Sam Bell, Oliver Nathan, Charlie Rogers and Max Ellis have been outstanding for the U13s, demonstrating real skill. Our U12 team have been outstanding. Training nearly every lunchtime, their attitude towards cricket is a pleasure to see. They look and play the part every game. Cameron Silva has been the shining light with the bat and as wicketkeeper, and Tom Campbell-Barnard has been a fine captain and a superb leader. In some games we have had 9 bowlers. A credit to them all and exciting cricket times ahead for our two younger year groups.

Finally, our girl’s cricket is really starting to flourish. Maisie Craven-Smith and Lottie Humphries played regularly for the boys this year, and demonstrated how good they both are. Next year we are looking at running a full programme of girl’s cricket with more training and fixtures.

With an improved programme for next year, and continued focus and effort from all our pupils we can start to show real promise in the sport. In the off season we are looking at starting bowling, batting and fielding clinics which will assist our pupil’s development reach the next level.

Colours have been awarded to the following pupils:

Junior Colours – Cameron Silva Napier

Inter Colours – Sean Montgomery & Edward Vickery

Senior Colours – David Aspray

Athletics

Athletics continues to provide our pupils with a genuine option for competitive sport throughout the summer term.

Building upon the success of the previous two seasons, this summer saw Mrs Bell and Mr Denny take a regular group of 12-14 pupils to events at Marlborough College, Millfield School and Canford. Added to this, Warminster hosted the Year 7 and Year 8 and 9 District Athletics trials, an import event in the process of selection for the English Schools’ Championships in July.

Competing as individuals, the School had a number of representatives who had qualified to take part in the Wiltshire County Schools’ Championships in Swindon.

Results:

Anna Galpin in the Minor Girls High Jump – 4th

Megan Galpin in the Junior Girls Javelin – 1st

Harley Pearce in the Junior Boys 1500m – 15th

Charles Broillard in the Inter Boys Discus – 3rd

Alice Thornton in the Inter Girls Long Jump – 4th

The commitment of the likes of Alice Greig, Theo Fitz-Johnson, Dylan Gosden, Robbie Maclean, Scarlett Ridgway, and Emily and Anna Throckmorton should also be noted. They have achieved some fantastic results at the weekend matches, representing the School with great pride.

Whilst the individual successes were a plenty throughout the season, the next stage for development is to ensure that the School begins to compete as a team. This will require a larger number of pupils to select from and more targeted training throughout the season and in the build up to the summer term.

We wish Megan Galpin all the very best at the English Schools’ Championships on 12th July. Following her victory at the South West School’ Championships, she has again been selected for the Wiltshire team. She is also working hard to gain selection for Wales having just finished second at the Welsh U17 Championships. Following this, spent the week in Finland, training at a Javelin camp. What great preparation for the highlight of the season at the national stadium in Birmingham.

Colours have been awarded to the following pupil:

Inter Colours – Megan Galpin

Tennis

This term has been another thoroughly encouraging one out on the tennis courts. With around 90 prep school pupils and 40 senior school pupils having coaching outside of their school hours, the standard across the board continues to elevate. 

On a Saturday we’ve regularly fielded over 10 tennis teams, meaning over 60 pupils are out being active and playing some form of competitive tennis which has been great to see. After several teams went unbeaten last year, we took the decision to branch out our fixtures to enable us to test ourselves against some top tennis playing schools. We hosted very strong Canford, Dauntsey’s and Bishops Wordsworth teams, and remained competitive throughout. At first team level, Oliver Morgan and Mark Antrobus’ winning streak which stretched for over two years came to an end, but the seniors finished the season on a high with a 5-4 win against a skilled Wells Cathedral side. Convincing victories against Milton Abbey, and Downside set the tone for another strong season, and later in the year Oliver Morgan partnered Oliver Halls to win our first annual senior junior tournament. 

The younger boy’s teams have looked to provide an exciting insight into senior tennis for the next few years, with very strong year 9 and 10 teams being fielded on a regular basis. Our Under 15s have notably notched up wins against Dauntsey’s, Milton abbey, Gillingham on a Saturday, as well as defeating the Dauntsey’s A team in the county round robin. A competition in which the boys were only beaten by a very competent Bishops Wordsworth team. The likes of Oliver Halls, Linus Luberichs, Gabriel Travis to name a few should all be aiming for first team honours next year. 

The girls have once again been thoroughly enjoyable to coach and watch. Wins against Lewiston, Bruton School for girls, Godolphin and Dauntsey’s at inter level were promising results to see. The sheer number of girls playing tennis has also been extremely pleasing. Olivia Pratt, Rebecca Pearson and Maisie Fogg can be extremely proud of their service to the first team over the last three years and we thank them for their efforts. The senior first pairing of Valayria Kamenskayaand Olivia Pratt only lost one set all year, and the first team for next year already looks formidable.

The under 14s continue to excel and play extremely well together as a team. Issy Morris and Grace Garner were ever present, playing every A team match, and new addition Holly Batters returned with a 17 wins from 18 sets for the season. Under 12s and 13s had their busiest season to date and also look to be a very promising set of teams for the future. They also beat Dauntsey’s in the county group stages, as well as beating Leweston and Bruton 9-0 in their weekend fixtures. 

Results aside, it’s also just been great to see so many people clearly loving playing- whether competitively or socially, the courts have seen maximum use this summer! We had over 100 people attending our Annual Easter tennis camps and numbers will exceed this for the imminent summer tennis courses. 

Colours have been awarded to the following pupils:

Inters – Linus Luberichs

Seniors – Valeriya Kamenskaya

Mr Tim Watts, Director of Sport