SPORTS ROUND-UP – 3 DECEMBER
Saturday saw Warminster play its final matches of the term against Wycliffe School and Wells Cathedral School.
The 1st XV rugby team finished their season with a pulsating end-to-end match that had it all. Tries, penalties, close calls and a little ill-discipline to round things off. Every time Warminster looked beaten, they bounced back. We were 12-0 down and then back to 12-12 through tries from number 8 Charlie Tippetts and flanker Joe Wilcox with Ed West adding one conversion. Half time saw Warminster down by 3, but an Ed West penalty saw the host level midway through the second half.
However, heartbreak followed for Warminster with five minutes to play. Down to 14 men following injury to the impressive Xander Veitch the team struggled to hold off the strengthening Wycliffe boys and they conceded under the posts to see the game move away from them at the last possible moment.
The U16’s also put in an impressive display against Wycliffe. In their last game of the season, tries from Jacques Kinnison, Robbie Maclean, POM, gave Warminster a first half lead. The second half was far more even, and it was tit for tat with both teams scoring then conceding. Some more brilliant team play resulted in both Maclean and Benson Hsiao being hat-trick players. Other notable performers: Jack Spicer was felling players like the wicked woodsman of the west and the rest of the forwards followed. Tom Davis was solid as an ox in the scrum and out in the backs, hard lines by Brett Riley and Connor Dawn caused havoc. Warminster 50, Wycliffe 31.
The U15’s and U14’s travelled to Wycliffe College and unfortunately came away with two losses.
The final 1st XI girls’ hockey match was played against Wells Cathedral School. This was an end to end, closely fought game. Warminster had chances to score but again their composure in the circle let themselves down at times. The positive side was that they created good chances, shots going wide, good saves and hitting the post.
The 1st XI girls have gelled superbly over the season and this was one of their better all-round performances. The girls should be proud in the way they played and, yes, disappointed with the final score line. POM Lucie Brinker.
Whilst the 2nds had a tough game against an unbeaten Wells side, eventually going down 0-2, Robyn Glennard, POM, the U15’s had an epic battle away at Wells. Warminster scored expertly taken goals by Charlotta Loffler and Alice Robinson whilst, Lauren Meila, who played up from the U14’s, showed great level of skill determination. Lexi Drake played her best game this season making some great tackles whilst Laura Shorto put her body on the line and defended with her life. Izzy Robertson was well deserving of POM this week, she really kept Warminster in the game denying Wells a goal through most parts of the game.
The U14 team had a tough match against a strong Wells team that had beaten Millfield this season. The girls’ defended very well all the way through the match – Olivia Wallis was amazing in defence, including her saves on the line in short corners. Lucy Farey played her best game of the whole season saving most of the shots and the two she let in she could not have done much about. Lucy Farey, POM.
The U13A match was a very close game all the way through. The girls kept playing until the end whistle. There were some great runs from Anna Payne and Megan Galpin, collecting from defence and running it up the wing and crossing it in the D. Also great position and runs from Ellie Harris in forward – Ellie was getting in the right positions for Anna and Megan to cross the ball to her. Anna Payne, POM, with the only goal, was a great hit in a short corner in the left handed corner in the goal.
The U13B team lost their final game of the season 0-1 with Issie Morris, POM. Whilst at home in the early games the U12A’s also lost 0-1 and the B’s went down 0-4. The U12 A’s showed great heart and determination with Zoe Palmer, POM, blossoming as a defender whilst Lucy Rodgerson battled away tirelessly in midfield. Whilst in the U12B’s Arabella Steptoe, POM, made some outstanding saves in goal.
Prep have been busy with all types of physical activity. From Reception class moving round a gymnastics circuit, delivering letters to Father Christmas, to the U11 rugby team performing really well at the Bryanston 7's tournament. Four girls participated in the West Wilts Key Stage 2 gym festival at Springboard gymnastics – they competed to a high standard. Last week saw some inter-house hockey and rugby skills and matches before switching to netball and boy's rugby in lessons ready for next term. It has been a busy and successful term of prep sport in terms of participation, enjoyment and high level of learning.
CG Knight, Director of Sport