26 Nov 2015
Sports Report and Video Round-Up

Video highlights from this weekend can be viewed here: http://tv.wellingtoncollege.org.uk/view.aspx?id=7812~4s~tgtgzxqh

Sports Report

Football

The 1st XI started slowly against Winchester but took the lead through yet another Mark Erridge header from a corner, his fifth of the season. Much improved after the break, captain Alberto Tenconi doubled the lead with a fine dribble and finish, taking his tally to 10 goals in 11 games. Further goals should have been added but an important milestone was finally reached; the first clean sheet of the season. Final score 2-0.

U15A Girls Hockey

Having had a very good season so far the U15A’s knew they would be up against it versus Cranleigh on Thursday. This would potentially be their best opposition to date and their A game would be needed! The first half was a very evenly matched affair and there was some excellent hockey played by both teams. 0-0 at half time was a fair reflection but Wellington needed to find something special to break the stalemate. With the defence being orchestrated by Amy Rickard, who was having a brilliant game, Wellington came out of the blocks in the second half moving the ball really well down the right hand side of the pitch. Some fantastic interplay between Zara Anichebe, Alice Randall and the forwards started to create more chances in front of goal. Finally Wellington broke through the solid Cranleigh defence and Jess Osborn snuck in a rebounded goal. This is just what Wellington needed and with their heads ups they played with even more fluidity. A short corner saw a sweetly struck shot hit the back board, from Louisa Atherton, who was reviling in the midfield challenge Cranleigh was presenting. She dominated the middle of the park and the rest of the team worked really hard around her to control the game. The game ended 3-0 with Freya Cheer, finding the net, after a few barren weeks but it was good to get her back on the score sheet especially with a couple of tough match coming up.

The win was due to a whole squad effort, where everyone played their part and all should really get a mention in a very well deserved win. Really well done girls.

Fencing

On Thursday the fencing team travelled the short half hour drive to Bradfield College for their next fixture. It was evident that both 1st and 2nd foil teams were putting into practice new tactics worked on during the week. The first team narrowly missed out on victory in foil which went down to the last match but won the sabre and had a dominant 7-2 victory in épée to win take the overall win. The second team put in a strong performance winning 14 of their 18 matches to win. Hit of the day went to Luke Head for keeping his cool and scoring an excellent stop hit to wrist against his attacking appoint at 4-4 to win the bout!

Shooting

Wellington hosted RGS Guildford on Thursday 19th November. RGS are the only Smallbore Team to have recorded a victory against Wellington in the last 8 years so Wellington shooters had been preparing hard for the match. At the half way stage it was neck and neck but the final 4 Wellingtonians held their nerve to take the match by 16 points, a big win under the circumstances.

Squash

Both U15 and U19 boys V won their nationals match on Wednesday against Windsor Boys. The results were 5-0 in both matches. However, many of the games were very close (3-2) and it was only because of the grit and winning determination that the students all won their games. The U15 team have made it to the knockout stages, having not lost a match this term. Well done!

Hockey

On Monday the U16 A indoor team qualified for the South indoor heats by becoming Berkshire County champions. Tuesday the 14A team took part in the south outdoor heats in very wet and windy conditions at Stowe. The team won all three of their games scoring 13 goals without conceding. They will now play Epsom at home on the 28th in the South QF.

Rugby

The 4th XV deserve a special mention. They lacked concentration in the first half and trailed 10-0 at the break against a hungry Cranliegh team. Pleasingly, a lot of clever and determined rugby meant that they levelled and had a kick which would have marked a remarkable comeback. The whole team impressed in the second half with the back row and fly half getting especially 'stuck in'. Final score: 10-10.

Lacrosse vs Marlborough

Coming off of a Team of the Week performance on Saturday, the lacrosse girls finally had a home match on Thursday against Marlborough’s 2nd XII. After a slow start found themselves 1-nil down, Wellington started to overpower the weaker side and scored the next six goals, taking a 6-1 half time lead. Their dominance continued in the second half, scoring 5 more goals. The final score was 11-3, with 6 goals from Annabelle Turner.

Team of the Week

Hockey

On Thursday, the Girls' hockey U15Cs conceded a goal. After 398 minutes of hockey, 45 goals scored, 16 girls involved and 8 different keepers, 1 shot went in. That particular record may have gone, but their grit, determination and downright refusal to let a game get away from them proved too much for a Cranleigh side with some strong individuals. This was a game when individual strength - Jemima Sunley was at her languidly brilliant best, Nellie Bowcock found the top corner and the back four were their usual rock - was outshone by intelligent, classy team play. These girls deserved everything they have achieved, both in turning over a strong side 5-1 on the day, and in the 398 minutes of sheer dominance that went before.

Modern Pentathlon

Oli Strode took part in the South Regional Schools Biathlon Championships on the 14th November over at Aldershot. Oli put in a strong swim over 100m in the long course pool to record the second fastest time in his age group of 1.12.37. Oli followed this up by winning the 1600m run in a time of 5.42 to become regional U14 schools Biathlon champion!