16 Nov 2015
Sports Report & Video Round-Up

Highlights from this weekend’s fixtures can be seen here.

Sports Report: November 8th-14th

FENCING

On Thursday the fencing team made their way down to Winchester College for one of the toughest matches of the year. 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams all put in commendable performances, showing how fencing at Wellington in developing and going from strength to strength. All matches were very competitive however it was Winchester College who took the victory. All involved can take a lot of positives from the match but special mentions must go to the 1st team epee for a number of superb wrist hits and 3rd former Tara Sallaba for making an 8 - 3 victory in one of her matches in her 1st team debut.

POLO

Our A and B polo teams played Harrow in the arena midweek. The A’s, captained by Alex Stone, with James Crossley and Niels van der Hoeven, were up against tough opposition as Harrow’s team all play off high handicaps. Despite the overall result being a 7-9 loss over 3 chukkas, all three dug in and interrupted Harrow’s play. Well done to Niels playing in his first match for Wellington and to Alex for toughing it out against the boys. The B team, captained by Ossia Montgomerie with Issy Algar and Adam Versteegh played their best match yet. Over 3 chukkas, they convincingly beat Harrow 14 goals to 5. Well done all three, with a special mention to Ossia scoring 7 goals.

HOCKEY

The U14A girls’ hockey team represented Wellington in the County Tournament this week. The girls won all 6-pool matches, which meant they finished outright winners taking them into a Semi-Final match against The Abbey School which they won 1-0. The final against Bradfield was a one sided affair with a resounding 4-0 win resulting in the girls being crowned County Champions! The girls will now progress to the South Regional rounds on Tuesday and we wish them all the best with this.

Wellington’s U16A side successfully qualified from the South heats on Wednesday and will play in the South QF on Tuesday 24th November against Reigate grammar school. If the girls win the game they will compete with three other teams for 2 places at the National Hockey finals held next year.

SQUASH

College 1st V beat Winchester in a fantastic match on Thursday. All games were hard fought and the boys dug deep to win overall 5 - 0.

SHOOTING

Wellington Rifle Club hosted Marlborough College on Thursday at the Wellington range. Marlborough fielded an VIII and reserve pair and Wellington matched it. A close fought match with Wellington winning both sections, by 2 points in the VIII, too narrow for comfort, and a resounding win in the pairs with Chris Vonchek (T) and Ed Atkins (R) both shooting maximum scores on the 5 bull cadet target. In the main event, the VIII, James Hollingdale (M) top scored with a 98 closely followed by Jonathan Lei (T) with 97.

RACKETS

Chris Membrey, Charlie Vleck, and Freddie Bristowe have been seeded in the National Singles Rackets Championships at Queens club later this term. The girls have also entered the national doubles for the first time and are looking strong.

The squad enjoyed a set of wins against Radley midweek with particularly good performances from the seniors and colts.

The club welcomed Sam Northeast to Wellington to play against some of the boys. Sam is the captain of Kent Cricket club and a National Rackets Champion. The boys played well and learned valuable insights prior to their upcoming tournaments.

SATURDAY RESULTS

HOCKEY

After a long week of fixtures the 1st Xl girls put in one of their best performances of the season beating Dauntsey’s 2- 0 in horrific conditions. The way the girls bounced back after their disappointment in the South regionals was exceptional and shows the character within the group.

RUGBY

It was great to see all the College Senior teams on Saturday winning their matches against Epsom. Special mention to the 1st XV who capped off a fine performance with a 22-10 win and also the 2nd XV who continue their unbeaten run. Captained by James Watters, the boys beat Epsom 21-12. Can they make it an unbeaten season with 4 matches to go?

Special mention also to the Rugby U16B team on their excellent team performance against Epsom, winning 17-5 is testament to the commitment the boys have shown so far this season.

Teams of the Week

The LACROSSE team travelled to Haileybury and played brilliantly despite not having any subs and two girls playing in goal who had never done so before. The final score was 6-6 including two goals from Zoe Rice and Mimi Simmons’ first goal ever after just starting lacrosse this term. Georgie Wright and Olivia Grant both took turns in goal helping lead a stellar defensive unit in a great team effort.

The College 5th XV had a fantastic win this week with a close win of 26-24 against Epsom. Play could have gone either side throughout the match and we were 24-12 down at Half Time. The boys fought back bravely and skillfully, despite the elements, to secure a close win in what was some great rugby played. Tries came from Seb Width, Nils Bruening on his return from injury, Richard Pickup, and a blast down the right wing from Saxon Walker. Toby Bryer kicked amazingly.

FOOTBALL

An excellent away win for the 1st XI Footballers with a 2-1 at King Edward's Witley ‪Despite dreadful playing conditions, the boys were determined to win from the outset and arguably could have been more than two goals ahead at half time: Erridge and Tenconi on the score sheet. Wellington controlled the second half with their best performance of the season even if a late consolation goal for King Edward's meant that the score line did not truly reflect the balance of the game.