A full first week of fixtures and activities, despite the threat of poor weather.

Saturday started with three brave runners competing in the District Cross Country at Sheldon School, Chippenham.  It was an extremely organised event and it ran like clockwork.  Charlie Godfrey-Faussett was a year young and came 25 out of approximately 50, and Maddie Nickell came 28 out of 50 runners.  Anna Payne, who came 6th, will be running in Truro on Saturday 4 February representing Wiltshire in the South West event.  A fantastic achievement by all. Megan Galpin enjoyed a weekend of coaching by a British Athletics National Javelin coach, Mike McNeill.

Fantastic results for both football teams.  Ross Melia’s team obviously worked so well together and were happy to try out different formations.  Mr Denny said ‘the boys need to remember to train hard and work together as a team both on and off the pitch'.  Mr Denny wins 'quote of the week' and this is appropriate for all teams in every sport.  The 2nd XI have things they can work on. The first being keeping their heads up and working until the end of the match.

We turn to netball and our youngest teams performed brilliantly against Downside.  They had the luxury of a warm sports hall.  The U12 squad worked well together.  The shooters had many scoring opportunities and converted 12 goals.  The beginnings of patterns of ball movement were appearing throughout the match.  The U13 squad are a fantastic group of girls and they were happy to play in many different positions.  Grace Garner (Captain) shone as GA.  When you are the better team it is easy to drop the level of your play but this team showed maturity and continued to play strongly. 

The U14 team played to a good level and have some basic passing skills to work on ready for next week.  A big congratulations to Emily Throckmorton who has never played netball before; she was named as a strong player.  The U15 team had a very tough  match.  Rosa Herring tried to turn it round at half time but the Downside defence were absolutely solid and hard to pass through.  There were positive points in the match, but much practice is needed.

The 1st and 2nd teams both had disappointing results.  The 1st team is top of the Moonrakers Division 2 League in Devizes but their first school fixture was not so successful.  Phoebe Scammell was named as a strong player.  The 2nd team also have much to work on.  Good shooting by Millie Dyke.  Of course in all the matches there were moments of brilliance, but it needs to be consistent.

Over to the hockey matches and the U14A and U15A teams both had very close games.  It seemed that both teams had moments of lapses where the opposition took full advantage.  However Jack Pickford scored a superb goal from a penalty save by the opposition GK which made him player of the match.  The U15B team narrowly lost to Dauntsey’s but huge amounts of running took place, just need to work on slightly more efficient play.

The 1st XI had a great win with two lots of hat-tricks from Josh Haines and Mark Antrobus.  The boys kept the pressure on to finish with many goals.  Rory Lomas received player of the match for the 2nd XI for his work rate.  Always a fantastic reason to win this title as it shows you are a great team player.  A solid first win for this team.

Thank you to Downside for a jolly good, well fought, afternoon of matches.  Return matches to be booked in!

On Wednesday 11 all pupils in Year 5 and 6 played either hockey or netball fixtures against Heywood Prep and Avondale Prep.  Lots of goals scored and like most Warminster teams showed positive hints of a great season.  Also Chelsea Lewis who plays for Team Bath Netball and is a netball coach here at Warminster School, led a great master class at St Francis Prep School.  The girls were inspired!

We look forward to a big day on 21 January, including our U8 & U9 teams in the Prep Netball and Hockey Festival, Old Verlucian netball and hockey matches, plus another full day of fixtures for our teams. 

G Butterworth, Assistant Director of Sport