Sports round-up – 4th October 2014

After a successful open morning, the Senior School's sports teams faced St Edward's, Cheltenham in rugby and Downside in hockey.

The 1st XI continued their strong start to the season with a narrow 3-2 win over Downside.  The winner came in the last few minutes of the game from Jannike Smye. Both the Under 15 and Under 13 teams dominated possession in their matches but could not convert their chances. Both games ended in a draw.

The opposition unfortunately cancelled the 1st XV and Under 16 XV rugby matches but the junior sides put in some strong performances.  The Under 13s dominated their game, with captain David Aspray and Mathias Folkesson scoring three tries each in a convincing 47-5 win.  Despite playing some of their best rugby of the term, the Under 15s lost 0-26 with an outstanding performance from Harry Mayo.  The Under 14s managed their first win of the season, beating St Edward's by a single point with a last-gasp try and conversion.  Well done to Sean Bailey for scoring two tries and to Ollie Morgan for holding his nerve with the final conversion in a Player of the Match performance.

A special mention must go to Hector Lyons who has been selected to attend a HiPAC (High Performance Assessment Camp) for hockey at Lilleshall National Sports Centre over half-term.  Hector will be in a squad of 18 for the Wessex Leopards which represents the South West. There are four squads in all so Hector is one of his age group's top 72 hockey players in the country.  This is fantastic achievement for him.

In the Prep School this week there was an excellent performance from the Under 11 “Lions” rugby team in a convincing 45-21 win over Salisbury Cathedral School.  Not to be outdone, the girls went to the Millfield Under 10 Hockey Festival and beat Clifton College 1-0, All Hallows 1-0, while drawing with both Millfield and Blundells. Well done to all those involved.

Next week the Senior School looks forward to hosting Ryde, Isle of Wight in rugby and King Edward's, Bath in hockey while the Prep School opens its doors for their open morning.

Chris Knight
Director of Sport