Football matches versus Canford School fell foul to waterlogged pitches on Friday, three of the six netball fixtures were cancelled due to weather, whilst the other netball teams went back to back in Leweston’s sports hall. The 1st VII narrowly went down 19-22, with Lulu Cope in inspired form at centre. After a tight first quarter 5-5, Warminster rung the changes. Unfortunately too many errors resulted in Leweston pulling away for a six goal lead. A close third quarter left Warminster 8 goals behind. With Lulu Cope making some excellent turnovers and Jannike Smye working tirelessly, a tremendous last quarter saw Warminster come within 3 goals of Leweston. The U12’s got off to a winning start with an excellent team performance in a 6-3 win. Captain Imogen Brumby had an excellent game displaying great composure at the back. With everyone getting on, it was pleasing to see some good partnerships forming. Anna Payne proved an agile force at midcourt, whilst Naomi Watson showed great consistency in her play. Megan Galpin was awarded player of the match but, Johanna Dopheide should be congratulated in scoring 5 out of the 6 goals. This team has plenty of promise and will be one to watch in the coming weeks. The U14’s struggled against a much stronger opposition going down 6-24. Lots of players were able to get court time and the girls never gave up, but they will be hoping to erase the basic errors in this defeat. Lauren Melia deserves praise for her player of the match.

In the boys’ hockey, the U12’s and U13’s faced Chafyn Grove in a set of training games. Warminster always knew that this would possibly be their toughest encounter of the year and so it was. However, credit to the Warminster teams, they never gave up. The senior end faced Clayesmore School. The 1sts dominated proceedings and took a two goal lead through Joel Kleibs and Hector Lyons. However, the heavens opened and finished the game before the final whistle. After a short break in the weather the 2nds were able to play. Despite going a couple of goals down, Warminster battled back into the game through goals from George Elliott and Ross Melia. However a sloppy mistake at the back enabled Clayesmore to come away with a narrow win. Warminster put out a 3rd XI for the first time in the School’s history. Despite quite a heavy loss it was clear that this team has plenty of ability and enthusiasm and will quickly move in the right direction.

The U15B’s lost 0-4 with Stanley Admiral taking the Player of the match. Whilst the U14B’s lost narrowly 0-2, the A’s put in a strong performance in a 1-1 draw. Captain Alfie Dackombe scoring with a reverse into the bottom corner in the last play of the game.

Whilst this was a tough opening week of the season, there is no doubt that the Warminster teams have got plenty of potential. Next week, we look forward to hosting King's Bruton, Dauntsey's and the Royal High School, Bath. We also wish the best of luck to our four cross country runners, Anna Payne, Megan Galpin, Bryce Furlong and Ellen Reynolds competing at Grittleton House at the county round stage.

Christopher Knight, Director of Sport