At home the sole hockey game was the U15 match v Royal High School Bath. This team is growing in confidence the more they play together. Early on Izzy Robinson really kept Warminster in the game making some brilliant saves. However, two brilliant goals by Salome Rotanavunivasa and Lydia Kington then swapped the game in Warminster’s favour. It was great to see Rosa Herring growing in strength, whilst Lottie Loffer’s endless determination and effort is also commendable. Warminster U14 girls’ went down 1-7, struggling with their own marking and speed of the opposition and allowing multiple unopposed entries into the circle. Lauren Melia was a fantastic leader who never gave up and continued to encourage throughout. To match this her work rate was exemplary – leading through her actions. Anna Payne again tore through the opposition but lacked support. Her efforts were repaid by a great individual goal.

The U13 girls worked really hard in their game, particularly as a team. Getting the ball into the D and having lots of shots at goal. Megan Galpin hit the post twice during the game. Throughout, the girls kept going working as a team, this paid off by them scoring 4 goals – Kira TenkMegan Galpin and Anna Payne who scored 2 and only conceding 1. Great goal keeping by Lily Aldridge. The two U13b teams were evenly matched and the game was end to end throughout. There was some great defending from Conchita Newman who was having a great day with no one getting past her. However, at our attacking end Lucy Rodgerson scored two great goals from the edge of the D. These goals were helped by her team mainly POM, India Morgan-Nash. They were in great positions either allowing Lucy to run on with the ball or pass to her team.

The U12a game was also a well fought contest. All the goals were scored in the first half and everything that was discussed at half time was put into practice. The second half was 0-0. Mrs Butterworth was delighted with the girl’s drive and determination. POM Lucy Rodgerson.  The U12b game was also a terrific match. The score is not a true reflection of the fixture. We had many scoring opportunities that we did not convert. RHS scored two of their goals on the break from almost two goals at our attacking end. The girls were so keen to improve and to work for the team. Isobel had a great game in defence. It was fantastic to have some help from the year 6 girls. They are a huge asset to the team. POM Anna Galpin.

In the rugby games versus Ryde, the game plan went awry early as the team was reduced to 14 men due to Ryde not having enough players. Following kick off, Ryde camped in the Warminster 22 for a good 5 minutes. Thankfully defence paid off and they were kept at bay. However, after some sloppy tackles they did break through and scored out wide. Luckily, Warminster responded soon after with a fantastic run by Robbie Maclean. After skipping through 5 tackles and running 80 metres he had the confidence to throw a ridiculous offload as he was going to ground, setting up Ben Wallis for the easiest run in ever. Soon after the break, Ryde scored again and heads began to drop. However, incredibly, Warminster were able to snipe through Ryde defence and Sam Boughton jumped on a loose ball to cash in 5 points. It was at this point that battered and bruised bodies began piling up for Warminster and the physicality became too much. Valiant defence by Stanley Admiraal was not enough to stop Ryde running away with the game. POM Stanley Admiraal.

The U15’s played a frenetic, if disappointing match, which started very brightly with a couple of excellent tries scored by Peter Yau and Joe Widman. Unfortunately, Warminster began to lose their shape a little as Ryde came back into the match, and scored two converted tries. After half time, Ryde continued to exert pressure, and despite another score from Joe the team could not finish the game as strongly as they began it. With some key players due to return from injury, the U15s will be looking forward to showing what they can really do in the next fixture.

The Under 14s travelled with a depleted squad due to 4 concussed players. Both teams took a while to settle into the game.  The sides looked fairly even until the home team spread the ball wide and stretched Warminster’s defence. Under pressure Ben Cook intercepted a pass and ran to just outside the home sides 22, the resulting offload set up a try for Bryce Furlong who scored under the posts.  Although Ryde scored early in the second half, Warminster kept attacking and were awarded a penalty try for yet another high tackle from Ryde and drew level. Unfortunately, Bryce had to come off with a neck injury, then we lost Sean Montgomery and the team seemed to lose confidence. Ryde scored several unanswered tries and the final score was 40-14

The U13’s faced an early start for their away trip to Ryde, IOW. The team enjoyed the experience of taking the hovercraft over to Ryde, although this was not matched on the pitch. Warminster showed glimpses of organised play, but continuous missed tackles enabled the Ryde players to score a number of tries. Warminster’s own points came from the agile and quick Joshua Taylor. A disappointing result for the team, and a lot of work required on their tackling this week. Warminster U12 rugby team also suffered a heavy defeat away at Ryde School. A couple of early tries were given away early but the boys tried to get back into the game, making more of an effort to quell a strong and physical attack by Ryde. Unfortunately, Wolfie Mowbray, who had made several great tackles took a blow to head and he had to watch the remainder of the game from the sideline. Oliver Nathan, Samuel Bell and Charlie Bolton all made a great effort to score with some neat passing and carries down the left flank. Despite the score line the majority of the boys never gave up, continuing to make a great effort to stop the opposition and get something from the game. Charlie Rogers impressed with his constant tenacity, making some excellent tackles and carries in the process.

Next weekend the teams will break up for half term, with the exception of 66 pupils who will be attending the eagerly anticipated Hockey Tour to Noordwijk, Holland.

Chris Knight, Director of Sport