Sports round-up – 8th November 2014

For some pupils, the half-term was spent relaxing and recuperating from a busy first half of term. For 62 others, much of the break was spent on a six-day hockey tour to Valkenburg, Holland. Four teams travelled, with each playing four matches. There were training sessions in the mornings followed by excursions to PSV Eindhoven, Disneyland Paris, a waterpark, tobogganing, laser quest and ten pin bowling to keep everyone busy. The tour was a great success and you will be able to read more about it in a later article.

This weekend’s rugby games for the Prep School were all away at Clayesmore Prep. The Under 9 team continued their cracking form with a 9-6 victory whilst the Under 11 team won a terrifically fought game three tries to two.

The Senior School's rugby fixtures were played against Rendcomb College in what is traditionally a very competitive fixture for us. There were three wins and two losses on the day. The big winners were the Under 15A team, whose 50-0 victory demonstrated their continued improvement.  Meanwhile, the Under 16 team bounced back from a narrow defeat against Ryde with a strong performance in a 35-17 win. The Under 13A team also came back from two narrow defeats to beat Rendcomb 34-21, with in-form Mathias Folkesson helping himself to another hat-trick of tries. While the Under 14 team lost heavily, the Under 13B team were extremely unlucky to lose 19-20 with their conversion kick at the end of the game hitting the cross bar.

Girls’ hockey has been helped immensely by the recent tour and this was clearly apparent in their efforts against Milton Abbey and St Mary’s, Shaftesbury. The Under 14 team held a strong St Mary’s side to a 0-0 draw, with Jade Hartley player of the match. The Under 15 team beat St Mary’s 2-1, with goals from Emma McCraith and Ellie Clarke, but lost 0-1 to Milton Abbey. The Under 13A and B teams' games were abandoned mid-match due to the extreme wet weather.

Christopher Knight
Director of Sport