SPORTS ROUNDUP

SPORTS ROUNDUP

It has been a busy and hugely rewarding last week of the Spring Term.  We have been extraordinary proud of the pupils and the way they have committed to representing their school with such effort and tenacity.  We often talk with the senior pupils about leaving a legacy for those who will inherit their shirts when they leave Warminster – the seniors have certainly been doing that in abundance recently.

Last Thursday, the U12 boys were our final hockey team of the term to take their turn to attend the West finals at Millfield.  They had a good day and learnt plenty about tournament play through their six games.  The same day, three senior netball teams travelled to Wells for their last fixture of the season.  In miserable conditions there were three competitive games, with the 1st VII battling to an 11-10 victory, the first so the girls tell me over Wells since 2015.  Netball has been really going from strength to strength this year under Mrs Walsh Jones’ leadership – we’re looking forward to next year already!

On Saturday we welcomed OV’s back to Warminster for their annual day of sport.  We had a great afternoon, fantastically organised by Laura Gibson, our Head of Development and Alumni relations. The seniors proved too strong for the OV’s this year, but with several players due to switch sides next year, the 2025 fixtures may well produce different results!

Missing from the School’s Saturday fixtures were Rosie CB, and Chiara G who were both representing Wiltshire in the National School’s Cross Country finals in Pontefract.  They both ran brilliantly (there may well be some school records in danger at house cross country) Rosie coming in 93rd and Chiara finishing just outside of the top 300.  Huge thanks to Mrs Gavazzi who took on the role of Wiltshire team manager for the day – we are told next year’s finals are due to be slightly closer to home!

On Sunday afternoon the senior boy’s sevens squad travelled to London in preparation for the Schools first ever appearance at the Roslyn Park national sevens.  This is an enormous competition where the term ‘luck of the draw’ is fully demonstrated.  On the Monday the boys produced the most complete performance I have seen from them this year in a comfortable victory over King’s Bruton.  Next, they were on the show pitch, their game live streamed on YouTube where they delivered another strong performance and a dominate victory.  In their final, must win group game, the team came up against St Edward’s Oxford who would go on to make it to the quarter finals of the competition.  The boys were a little disappointed with their performance but overall can be very proud of their day.  The direction of their rugby with Mr Ball is nothing but positive and with most of the squad returning for Uppper Sixth, we are excited to see what they can do next year.

On Tuesday the U14 sevens squad had an early 5 o’clock wake up to head to London for their day at Roslyn Park.  Their day ended with 1 victory and 2 losses.  I am sure the experience will be very useful for these boys when they return as U16s and seniors in years to come.

The same afternoon our 1st XI boy’s hockey team (containing several of the previous days sevens squad!) took on Millfield in the quarter finals of the ISHC plate.  After going down 2-0 early in the game the team rallied to draw level at 2-2, only for Millfield to steal the game in the final quarter 3-2.  This result marked the end of the season for the boys, a remarkable effort and one to be enormously proud of.

David Lyons, Director of Sport