On Wednesday 18 January all children in Year 5 and 6 played against Salisbury Cathedral School.  There were some super matches, with scores going both ways.  Our hockey GK’s are being trained by brilliant seniors on a weekly basis and the progress is wonderful to see.  Our netball players are being coached by many, including Chelsea Lewis (Team Bath netballer).  I am feeling short in comparison but wonderful to have such brilliant help.

On to the weekend and sadly the U8 & U9 hockey and netball festivals were cancelled as the pitches and courts were not playable.  So much hard work was put in from the programme, catering and even post height changing!  Next year we will organise the festival in March and hope for better weather.

The senior side of the school played some great fixtures, where many schools cancelled due to hard pitches.  The junior netball sides played Dauntsey’s school at home and there is such a definite improvement in all basic skills.  We won some matches by a lot and lost some by a lot.  A quote from one super young lady (Lily Aldridge) after losing with only two goals on our score pad made my day; ‘I am so proud of all of us today.  We never stopped playing and always believed we could win’.  Some players to mention in the U12 and U13 teams for various reasons:  Evie Kennett and Arabella Steptoe in the shooting circles, Scarlett Slack for interceptions, India Morgan-Nash and Lucy Cooke for feeling absolutely freezing but playing on. The list could go on!

On the away fixtures at Dauntsey’s we came close to winning and again some great team play.  An important quote from Miss Lewis ‘Despite the great loss, I think something this team will cherish for the duration of this season is our ability to get along and bounce back from tough games and losses.’  Such an important part of sport.

On to the hockey.  All boys in Year 7 & 8 played a fixture for Warminster against Clayesmore Prep, along with a few Year 6 boys.  Some tough draws but lots of positives came out of it.  Huron Yuen, Joseph McQuilton, Linus Emuna and Angus Collins were some of our GK’s and many positive words were mentioned in the match reports (a vital person in the team) and many positive words were mentioned in the match reports. Well done to the U13 team who won 2-1!  Away at Portsmouth the U14B and U15B played some tough matches.  Things to work on over the next week.

We move onto the brilliant badminton players who are representing Warminster in a really positive manner.  The two players of the match were Kelvin Ching and Marco Yeung.

The first XI football team shine again against Sherborne International.  The back four looked composed and shook off Sherborne's counter attacks, with Zachary Omeh looking impressive both in the tackle and on the ball. Zachary Omeh was player of the match. Two wins in two weeks.

We move on finally to the OV Netball and Hockey matches.  They were played in great spirit, well most of them.  Quite competitive in some cases!  The players of the matches were Niklas Kraegel, Mabel Tayler and Miss Manship
All in all a good week of sport despite poor conditions.  Lots to look forward to including some prep matches, badminton as well as all the netball, football and hockey.  It will be lighter soon and we look forward to a summer OV sports event.  Date coming soon.

G Butterworth, Assistant Director of Sport