Warminster’s sports teams were keen to continue the positive momentum they had gained in the first half of term.

In the morning the girls’ netballers faced Bruton School for girls. The U15A and B continued their good form with comprehensive victories. The A’s with goal shooter Robyn Glennard displaying great speed and strength against a towering defender, showed great composure in securing a 23-12 victory. There were also excellent performances from Mabel Taylor, wing defence, Poppy Helm and Lucie Brinker. The B’s continue to improve and didn’t disappoint with a fantastic performance. Millie Dyke and Rose Vickery, player of the match showed some fantastic shooting, whilst Lydia Kington, Emily Cooke and Mia Quick all gelled well as a team. At home the U12’s produced a dominant display in a 21-3 victory. The team began strong and took the game to Bruton. Anna Payne showed great control through centre court, and some fantastic turnovers from defence meant the first quarter ended 6-0. Warminster continued to dominate proceedings in the 2nd quarter. The final 15 allowed Warminster to step up again and some strong attaching work from Naomi Watson, Megan Galpin and Johanna Dopheide meant that the game ended 21-3. Player of the match Johanna Dopheide.

The U13A’s won a close fought encounter 20-15 only pulling away in the last five minutes. A fantastic third quarter, with Lauren Melia feeding Maisie Craven-Smith and Rose Eisden kept Warminster in the game. At 15-15 the game was really in the balance. However, Maisie showed her excellent shooting ability, shooting five unanswered goals to win 20-15. A fantastic game to watch. The U14’s struggled with injuries during the game and despite suffered a 14-6 loss. Alice Robinson fought extremely hard against her opposite player and never gave up. However, an injury to Joanna Moncuse unfortunately ended the game early. The girls senior 1sts and 2nds teams will face Bruton School for Girls on Thursday 10 March.

The senior footballers travelled to Sherborne School. The 1sts on the back of two close defeats were determined to begin this half of the term. They started the game strongly, passing well, keeping possession and moving the ball forward positively. When Sherborne had the ball, they were put under pressure as Mr Denny had instructed. The team went 1-0 down through an own goal but quickly responded with Max Phielepeit rounding the goalkeeper to slot in the goal. Charlie Tippetts scored prior to half time, but Sherborne responded with a goal of their own. In the last quarter of the game, Warminster showed excellent composure and resilience and were rewarded with a straightforward penalty award after good close control by Vincent Helkenberg, and well scored by Ross Melia who was also Player of the match.

The 2nds enjoyed a strong first half, 1-1 against a bigger and more physical Sherborne team. A goal of the season contender has to be Sam Powell’s free kick into the top corner of the net. However, Warminster could not withstand the 2nd half pressure and against a strong wind eventually lost 1-6. Player of the match Moritz Wolf.

The hockey teams continue their successful seasons. The 1sts remain unbeaten with a 4-1 success over Milton Abbey. The pitch was tight and Milton Abbey’s tactics were very evident early on. However, Warminster always had the upper hand although they need to be more clinical in the final 23 if this run is to continue. Goals through Hector Lyons, Josh Haines, Jack Vincent and Ed West secured the win. Hamish Leslie was outstanding in his player of the match award. The team will now face their biggest test next Thursday against Beechen Cliff School. The 2nds also enjoyed success with a 5-2 victory. Henry Taylor gave them an early lead, but were then pegged back through two defensive errors to give Milton Abbey a 2-1 half time lead. After a tactical half time team talk, Warminster came out and dominating proceedings. Goals from Mark Antrobus, Joel Kleibs and two from Oliver Morgan ensured a comfortable 5-2 win. Ben Mrozek player of the match.

At home the U15A team also remain unbeaten with a comprehensive 8-0 victory. A dominant opening, particularly influenced by Robbie Maclean, saw Warminster go in at half time 5-0. The second half did not match up to the first, but nonetheless scored three more for an 8-0 victory. Vagif Gadimov 4 goals, Robbie Maclean 3 and Sean Bailey whilst Alex Halls was player of the match for his assured display at the back.

The U14A’s faced a tough fixture with a number of players absent due to Ten Tors. However, this gave opportunities for a number of other players and they really stepped up to the mark. Marcus Maquilton gave Warminster the lead in the first half through a scrappy penalty corner. However, Milton Abbey forced their way back into the game early into the second half with an equaliser, also through a penalty corner. U14A goalkeeper debutant Milo Stretton-Cox, made a number of key saves before David Aspray stepped up and scored from a penalty corner to take the lead 2-1 The last 15 mins saw the game go back and forth with both teams having opportunities to score. However, Warminster held out for victory. Player of the match Jack Pickford.

The U13 and U12 hockey teams have struggled result wise this term, but they all impressed with their effort levels this week. The U13A’s lost early goals through a lack of discipline and organisation. However, Bryce Furlong and Ed Vickery got Warminster back into the game before half time. Despite their best efforts, Clayesmore closed the game, scoring a further two goals. Player of the match was Bryce Furlong. The B’s put in a much stronger, coherent display than previous weeks. Special mention must go to Archie Fogg, Harry Dyke and Ronan McKeige for their determined effort and Ben Wong for his excellent tackling in defence. Despite their efforts, the team went down 0-3. Harry Dyke player of the match. The U12A’s fought out and extremely tense 4-5 loss. Going a goal down, Warminster responded with a great goal themselves from Charlie Kennett to make it 1-1. The first half ended 2-3 down, with Joshua Butts also scoring. The second half was again really tight and the game could have gone either way. Evan Collier was again influential in keeping Warminster in the game with some wonderful saves. However, it was not to be and a 4-5 loss. Player of the match, Joshua Butts. The U12B’s played one of their best games of the season going down 5-3, with Harry Cole player of the match.

Christopher Knight, Director of Sport