SPORTS ROUND-UP – 6 FEBRUARY

SPORTS ROUND-UP – 6 FEBRUARY

The home football matches versus Milton Abbey, the girls U13B Netball and the U14A hockey team with Wells Cathedral School’s astro flooded, were all victims of the weather.

However, with some pitch maintenance in the morning, a good number were still able to be played.

The U13A hockey team played out an epic battle versus Wells. Warminster started slowly with Player of the match Jasper Spandler making a number of good saves. Warminster then got into the game with Sean Montgomery and Ed Vickery providing an outlet for Bryce Furlong. He was a constant threat for Wells and it was indeed Bryce who slotted the ball under the Wells goalkeeper to give Warminster the lead. However, with 30 seconds to go, despite Jasper making another fantastic save with his chest, Wells squeezed in the rebound to ensure a 1-1 draw.

Other morning hockey games for Warminster proved to be tough encounters and they will be working hard to get this right for the second half of term.

The 1st XI hockey team continued their unbeaten run with an outstanding 2-0 victory. Despite again not having their captain, Warminster posed early threats. Five short corners should have yielded the opening goal, but a combination of outstanding saves and poor finishing saw the game still poised at 0-0. Warminster certainly shaded the first half, but Wells, after the break, started to take control in the centre and forced the Warminster defence into a number of last-ditch attempted tackles. However, Warminster then hit Wells twice on the counter attack. First, an outrageous reverse hit on the top of the D by Mark Antrobus, with Jack Vincent raising his stick to deflect it into the goal. He was then again on target with a tap in under the goalkeeper, after an excellent drive down the right and cut in by Hamish Leslie. The weather continued to pour down in the second half and we were lucky to complete the game. This was a great team performance and the team look forward to hosting Gillingham on Thursday.

The 2nds hockey match was moved to the Army Camp due to a waterlogged pitch. Despite trying to play hockey, Warminster’s tactics were ineffective and Wells' more direct style of play, saw them home to victory. The 3rds picked up a match versus Bryanston due to Wells being unable to field a 3rd team. This was a close encounter with the team losing out to goals late on in the game. Congratulations to keeper Xander Veitch for player of the match.

The U15’s continued their unbeaten run with a convincing 3-0 victory. After losing this game 3-2 last year, Warminster were determined to put in a strong performance. After some early opportunities by both teams, it was Warminster who broke the deadlock with Robbie Maclean feeding the ball through to Vagif Gadimov who coolly slotted the ball home. In the second half, Pierre Emorine doubled the lead after receiving a cleverly timed pass by Robbie on the left. Vagif Gadimov, player of the match then scored the third and his second to secure the victory.  Congratulations must also go to Benson Hiaso, Alex Halls, Ben James and Jacques Kinnison who continually frustrated Wells by breaking down play regularly.

The 1st Netballers headed over to Clayesmore for their afternoon fixtures. Buoyed on from their win against St Mary’s Calne during the week, Warminster got off to a quick start. Olivia Pratt and Jannike Smye were tight in defence forcing lots of errors from their opponents and with great timing in their passes Warminster took an 8-4 lead. A period of inconsistency in the second quarter almost allowed Clayesmore back into the game as Warminster, despite having plenty of possession, could not feed the ball through the court. Hattie Leslie brought composure into defence and was strong through court. The final quarter saw Warminster pull away with player of the match Cassie McCormack excellent in her work rate, forcing her opponents to make mistakes. Warminster 29 – Clayesmore 20.

The 2nd squad had to reshuffle again for their match against Clayemsore due to injuries. Fortunately, Jade Hartley and Robyn Glennard stepped up from the U15 team to assist and ultimately strengthen the team. These two players should be commended for playing for both the 2nd team and U15 team in the same afternoon. The 2nd team were keen to take to the court despite their heavy defeat last weekend. Admittedly, they were lacking in team confidence and it was imperative that they started the game well – and they did! Warminster took an early lead with some composed shots from Rebecca Hassan and Jade Hartley. Through the mid-court, Maisie Fogg excelled at WA (she was unlucky not to secure player of the match). Her speed and agility was far superior to her opposing WD and this gave Warminster the edge in the attacking third. Despite the improved skill set by all players, Clayesmore pushed Warminster right to the final whistle. Warminster breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the game. Warminster secured the win 11-8. Celia Wang was player of the match.

This Saturday the U15A travelled to Clayesmore to play their match. Unfortunately, there were only 7 players for this week’s game, which meant that the girls were going to have to be able to work hard for the entire match. Following the 1st and 2nd team games the girls were hopeful that they could also secure a third victory of the day for Warminster School. The first quarter started very strong from all areas on court. Hannah Kirwan, Robyn Glennard and Jade Hartley worked superbly in attack with some lovely feeds coming from Hannah Kirwan and Hattie Dunn. By the end of the first quarter we were winning, the girls just needed to keep up the intensity now for the rest of the game. All the girls played exceptionally well and the final score was 17-12 to Warminster.  A great result.

Sadly the U15B and U14A narrowly lost to Clayesmore at home. Both matches were closely contested but the opponents managed to pull away in the final minutes. The U15B’s recording a 10-14 loss and the U14A narrowly losing 10-12. The U14A’s should be commended for a huge improvement in their performance, with Alice Robinson picking up the vote of player of the match from the opposition and Izzy Robinson as the coaches player. Millie Dyke picked up the U15B coaches player and Lydia Kington was the opposition’s player of the match.

The U13A and U12A travelled to Wells Cathedral for their morning fixtures. The U12A’s got off to a fantastic start. Johanna Dopheide and Megan Galpin have started to gel well in the shooting circle and they started strong. Wells Cathedral were slower to start but managed to force a few balls through to the shooting circle, despite some tight defending from Immie Brumby (C) and Kira Tenk. At the end of the first quarter the game was level at 4-4. Warminster edged into the lead in the second quarter and some well-timed moves from Grace Garner at C and Issie Morris at WA meant the ball transferred efficiently though the mid-court. Conchita Newman’s confidence grew as the game developed and she made some good supportive drives to assist the team. In the final quarter, all of Warminster’s players showed signs of fatigue and despite their outstanding effort levels, they found it hard to maintain the high intensity they demonstrated in the previous three quarters. Without any substitutes, the 7 players had to keep going until the final whistle. Wells Cathedral took advantage of this and brought fresh legs onto the court. Final score was 14-12, although this did not reflect the outstanding performance from Warminster on this occasion. Immie Brumby was player of the match.

The U13’s got off to a promising start against Wells, the first quarter saw them trailing 4-2. They were positive in their attacking movements, finding Maisie Craven-Smith in some great spaces attacking goal. The defensive unit of Charlotte Robinson, Annabelle Jacket and Mathilde Emorine worked well together slowing down the opposition and causing them to make errors. Charlotte had a good game and continued to win the ball throughout the match, she picked up player of the match award. Wells proved too strong in the second half, they were very strong in defence and didn’t allow Warminster to score in the final 20 minutes. The game finished 4-24, disappointing after a good start. Thank you to Immie Brumby who played for the U13A squad.

Chris Knight, Director of Sport