The latest Sports Roundup from Mr Lyons.

The spring term has continued at quite a pace, with our pupils being very busy with training and fixtures.

Last Thursday our 1st XI and U16 boys hocky both played their respective national cups first round ties.  Freezing conditions necessitated some last-minute logistic changes, but eventually both games went ahead.  The U16s played well but ended on the wrong side of the result in their game with Prior Park – they will meet King’s Bruton in the plate next week.  The 1st XI didn’t quite hit their stride but came away from Monkton Combe with a victory and a challenging second round game away at Kingswood to look forward to.

On the same day three senior netballs teams all played fixtures at home with Dauntsey’s.  We had three great games, and it was wonderful to see so many senior girls out representing the School.

On Saturday, we had a full day of sport.  Beginning at 10.00 o’clock with a well contested netball block fixture with Clifton High and hockey training for our Year 7 and 8 boys. A special mention to our U15 girls, where both teams played particularly well.  The U14 and up boys all played well in their block with Clayesmore, with the U15Bs and 1st XI impressing, with the transfer of what they have been working on in training really evident in their performances.

On Sunday, our U14 sevens squad travelled to Wells for their first competitive action of the year.  They showed some real potential and learnt a lot about how fit one needs to be to play sevens!  They will join the seniors at Roslyn Park sevens this year for the first time and we look forward to watching them develop this season alongside their hockey.

Our U13 boys’ hockey played at the Embley tournament on Wednesday and had a good day and learnt lots about being consistent and how to refocus after break in play during a competition.

This week our U12s and U13s have been in action again with more fixtures with Dauntsey’s and the seniors once again had three teams out playing fixtures with Stonar – the 1st VII playing the fixture under the new bright lights of our sports hall.

Next week, we look forward to lots more netball and hockey fixtures.  Senior football with Downside, area cross country championships and the School’s first ever school table tennis competition!

Finally, I would like to make a gentle reminder about Warminster School sports kit.  I do understand the challenge of buying (and washing!) kit and the frustration that parents may feel when they have purchased new kit, and then see other pupils not wearing it.  Whenever I talk to pupils about their kit, I try to explain the ‘why’ behind wanting them to wear what I ask them to – rather than just telling them it is school rules!  Looking smart and uniform, representing Warminster with pride be it at school or away, to build a sense of belonging. These things are all-important to us, and as ever I would ask for your support in helping to ensure pupils are in the correct kit for games, PE, and fixtures.

I hope you enjoy a quiet weekend full of sport and exercise and look forward to seeing you on a sideline next week.

David Lyons, Director of Sport

Lions XI Sat 27 Jan 2024