Sports round-up – 28th February 2015

Sports round-up – 28th February 2015

This Saturday saw an early start for the girls’ netball teams against Bruton School for Girls. The senior teams were determined to start this half of term strongly after a mixed first half of term. The 1st VII had a well-deserved 22-15 victory, with the clinical finishing of Claudia Eeles proving decisive. The 2nd VII also enjoyed success with their first victory of the season 19-16. Rhiannon Betts put in a strong player of the match performance.

There was mixed success for the junior teams, with the Under 14B and Under 15B teams winning while the Under 14A and Under 15A teams both lost narrowly. The Under 13 teams continue to make big strides with their effort and enthusiasm but also both went down to Bruton.

The boys’ Under 13C and D hockey teams faced Port Regis. They began the day with great optimism but knew that they would be in for a tough contest. Whilst the Ds were punished by a more clinical opposition, the Cs enjoyed a hard fought 1-0 victory with Ben Cook scoring the only goal.

The 1st XI hosted Clayesmore School who had beaten them comfortably the year before. Warminster weathered the early pressure from Clayesmore before hitting them on the counterattack. Hector Lyons picked the ball up on the top of the D before slotting it to Ed West who stroked it into the back of the net. Soon after, Harry Trusler scored another outstanding goal, roofing it into the net to give Warminster a 2-0 lead. After the break, Warminster stretched their lead further with a great finish from Ed West before a well-worked penalty corner by Clayesmore reduced the deficit. However, Warminster held on for an outstanding win.

The 2nd XI, having given away a sloppy goal at the start of the game, matched their Clayesmore opponents throughout. With a little more composure in the final third, a positive result could have been achieved.

The younger teams all experienced defeats in closely-fought games and will be looking to bounce back next weekend against St John’s, Southsea.

The footballers continue to make progress, although individual errors continue to hamper both sides. There is optimism in the camp despite the 1st XI going down 2-4 against Bristol Cathedral School, with Jonathan Kermode scoring an outstanding individual goal. Despite going 1-0 up through a penalty from Dixon Ma, the 2nd XI also lost.

At the Prep School last weekend, 44 excited children and seven nervous staff headed out for their annual sports tour to Sussex. The pupils played hockey and netball fixtures against Great Walstead School and Hurstpierpoint College. Further details will be available in a web report coming soon.

We have an extremely busy weekend of sport coming up, with matches against St John’s, Southsea, Milton Abbey, and Millfield School for the boys’ hockey and football teams. The Prep School face All Hallows. The School is also hosting an Under 13 Netball festival and girls’ fixtures against Milton Abbey. With this being the Cabaret weekend, match teas will be held in Boniface Hall.

Christopher Knight
Director of Sport