Sporting Highlights - 11 October 2019

Lots to shout about this week from the games field and well done to all who have represented the College in their various disciplines. 

We start with squash:
On Wednesday afternoon the U16s travelled to Charterhouse for Stage 1 of the Nationals playing a triangular fixture with Charterhouse and Churcher's College. Captain Isaac P, Alice C, Thor R, Olly C & Oscar S played immensely well to win the tournament by a huge 15 points. 

It was another successful weekend for the Football Club with wins coming for the 1st, U14A and 'Miller Town' teams last weekend. In the U14A game a number of players had been asked to play up a year, and despite this the team still recorded a pleasing 5-3 win over Bedales. Goals were scored by Josh R, Will P and a brace from George C. Against the Bedales U15A team, our B team played out a very creditable draw. Goals here came from Jude R, Joe E and Jonas M.

In the augural Norris Cup, Miller Town defeated Norris City 5-4, with Mr Miller (team coach, and teacher of Mathematics) earning the bragging rights over Dr Norris (team coach, and teacher of Chemistry) for the near future.

The U15A team tested itself against an academy team from Brighton and Hove Albion. Despite the 6-3 loss, this is the first time in 10 years that the College has fielded a team strong enough to compete against a premier league academy and all the players should be very proud of their performances. Goals were scored by Harry S, Nana O-N and Henry H.

The pick of the results was the 7-1 win over Sevenoaks for the 1st XI. A superb passing performance in the first half with goals from Isaac A, Barney J-D and three from Marvin Y gave the team a comfortable 5-0 lead at the break. Further strikes from Isaac and Jake B stretched the lead in the second period. MVP was Will C. Issac continues to be the top scorer in the College with 10 goals from seven games, but Marvin Y (7 in 7) and Harry S (5 in 5) are hot on his heels!

Of note at this stage of the season is the fact that that the Club has already scored 124 goals. In the WHOLE of last season, we only managed 157! Will that record be broken before Half Term? This weekend, every team in the club will face Winchester with important league matches for the 1st, U15A and U14A teams in that block. 168 players will represent the College tomorrow across 12 teams.

Highlights from the hockey block on Saturday against Christ's Hospital were from the 1st team who won 2-0 with goals from Georgia T and Jade B. It was a great attacking game from the start, with our midfield taking control. Well done to Kitty P and Verity L who made their first appearance playing for the 1sts. This is a fantastic achievement – well done. 

The 3rds, who remain unbeaten, drew 1-1 which was disappointing because they were the stronger team. MVP was awarded to Ruth B because of her great defence and attack. 

Another draw came from the U15B team, who managed to keep up the pressure throughout. Francesca D got MVP for her great play in defence alongside Zoe C who also got MVP for her great play in attack.

Results of the ESSA Sussex Schools Relay Championships (2
 & 9 October 2019) and qualifier for National Schools finals
At last results are in, and for the second year running, well done to Archie N, Teddy B, James R and George C for winning gold and silver in the ESSA (English Schools Swimming Association) Sussex Relay competition for Freestyle and Medley relays. A fantastic result as well over 100 teams, 400+ swimmers took part across two separate galas.

These excellent swims will mean they are strong contenders for selection to the National Finals at the Aquatic Centre in June next year. The highlight was when Teddy was caught on film actually lapping a swimmer from another school!

The Senior Girls, led by Rosie H, did really well too. Considering they had not had time to train recently, they still achieved 4th and 11th places. Well done to Yana M, Selena K and Grace B.

Ben B, Jason T, Charlie B were led in the Senior Boys' team by Damian T, and although boys were on PB pace, the opposition was strong and they finished 9th overall in both relays.

The Intermediate Girls had three regular team swimmers – Grace S, Rosa F and Rania K – and despite best efforts and Harriett helping out on the day, they could only achieve 16th place this time. Two of the team will be able to swim the same races next year and so need to recruit another regular team trainer to get into medal contention and match the Intermediate Boys.

Last Friday, the U15 Boys travelled to Sutton Tennis Academy to compete in the Division 2 Year 9 & 10 LTA Regional Finals Tennis Tournament. To reach the finals, the boys had beaten the likes of Hurst, Lewes Old Grammar, Steyning Grammar and Worth School.

First up on Friday was Colfe’s School; the boys won in straight sets and dropping only five games between them. We then took on Tiffin School in the Grand Final. The boys won all of their singles matches, so went into their doubles feeling confident, ultimately winning 7-5 (George N & Alexander M) 6-0 (Fin R & Will T). The boys finish the 2019 tennis season as champions!