Wrekin College


This term has been action-packed from the word go with a wide range of sports.  Both pupils and staff have been kept busy with lots of quality training sessions and matches.  Sadly, the weather took its toll this week and we were unable to complete the much anticipated “Battle of the Houses” in both rugby and hockey.  Senior Options continue to thrive and they will carry their points over to next term for the “Ultimate House Winner”.

FENCING - Aidan Roberjot and Sophie Shindler have both been part of Wrekin Sword sabre and foil teams fencing against Sutton Coldfield, Stone, Shrewsbury School, Shrewsbury Club, and Adcote Girls' School this term. 

NETBALL  - The term started off with the Under 14s sweeping aside all opposition in the County Tournament, followed by a successful Disneyland Paris Tour where they remained unbeaten over the four days to win the competition.  The First XII team also won all their matches convincingly in the Shropshire Under 19s tournament; both teams now go forward to represent the County at the West Midlands Finals next year.  More recently, the First XII beat a strong Haileybury College side in the Independent Schools' National Netball Cup to finish in the top 16, and now face James Allen’s Girls' School, Dulwich after Christmas.  Macey Lane and Beth Loveday have both represented WASPS netball squads at Under 19 and Under 17 level.

FOOTBALL - Since September, the Lancaster boys have played a total of 14 fixtures with 8 wins and 6 defeats.  In all squads, there has been a good level of ability and a real enthusiasm to perform to their best. Nathan Cox, Joe Brookes, Rio Silva, and Elliot Dolphin, have all been particularly good on a regular basis during training and in matches.  Well done to all the boys.

SWIMMING - All our school swimmers have raced well this term, achieving PBs at various competitions. Holly Townson was selected and swam for the Shropshire county team in October and Ella Townson qualified and swam at the Midland long course championships in November. In the Lancaster House Gala, 5 of 7 boys’ records were broken.  The House swimming relay competition was won by Clarkson and Tudor, and the Lancaster Gala was won by Boscobel.

BADMINTON - This term saw our new team of badminton players face several teams across Shropshire.  The captains led by example and the team turned initial losses into draws and then wins.  Mr Knight has been hugely impressed by both the team spirit and the effort in training and the team will surely progress to further successes next term.  A special mention must go to our captains, who have remained undefeated in all singles matches.  Marsha finished third in the recent Shropshire ladies 18+ competition, despite being in the Fifth Form.  

SENIOR OPTIONS – In the first round of the Senior Options Cup, there were wins for Bayley in the badminton and gym test.  Tudor won the rowing and basketball and York won the table tennis and football.  In a close competition, the minor placings are all important which means the current scores are Bayley and Tudor on 13, York on 10.
In the girls' competition, Roslyn won the gym test, football, rowing, and basketball while Clarkson won the table tennis and badminton.  This gives Roslyn a 10-8 lead. There is all to play for going into the second round, which will be held next term. Well done to everyone who competed on behalf of their House. 

CROSS COUNTRY – This has been a successful term for the growing cross-country squad in what is not normally a competitive term.  Six runners were selected to represent Shropshire in Inter-County events: Ross Corbett, Ruby Richards, Reuben Crombie, Gina Rowlinson, Sophia Malpass, and Henry Williams, they all performed well. Ten Wrekin College pupils represented Telford & Wrekin District in the Shropshire Homes School Games County Final for Years 7-9 held in Shrewsbury. The pupils all ran well but noteworthy were: Henry Williams, 2nd in the Year 7 Boys' race; Reuben Crombie, 2nd in the Year 9 Boys' race. Whilst our only girl runner, Ruby Richards won the Year 9 Girls' race.
Additionally in the Telford & Wrekin League, Henry Williams finished 1st equal overall in Boys' Year 7 section and Nathan Cox 3rd overall in Year 8 Boys'. The Third Form Boys won the Year 9 team event.
Well done to all and good luck for next term’s County races and East Midlands League Competition.


RUGBY - The rugby season has seen some strong results for Wrekin across the majority of the year groups. The Under 14s have shown that Wrekin rugby has a promising future ahead as they showed their potential with a memorable away win at Ellesmere College, much deserved in return for their hard work throughout this season. The Under 15s had a more challenging season playing top opposition on a number of occasions. However, they persevered to gain good victories against local rivals Charlton School and Abraham Darby. Further up the school, the Second team had some good victories but most pleasing of all was the competitiveness shown against strong opposition from larger schools such as Ellesmere College and Adams' Grammar School.

The First XV improved on results from last year by winning six out of their 12 fixtures. Notable wins against Adams' Grammar School and Shrewsbury School stick out as highlights for the season. This success was added to by a cup run that saw them progress into the third round of the Daily Mail Schools' Plate Competition. For making significant contributions to the performance of the First XV as well as providing 100% commitment to fixtures and training throughout the season, both George Perkins and James Davis have been awarded their Full Colours for rugby.


HOCKEY - Girls hockey has enjoyed a successful and promising term. The junior teams have shown ability and represent a really encouraging future for the sport.  The Lancaster squads have produced some excellent results: whilst the senior teams have had thoroughly enjoyable seasons with exceptional team spirit a feature of both the First and Second teams. After a 10-1 defeat in their first match, the First XI went on to win eight of their 11 fixtures and represented Shropshire at the Midlands Regional Zone matches. Excellent wins over Ellesmere College, Shrewsbury High School, Rydal Penrhos School and Solihull School bore testimony to how much the team improved over the term under the excellent leadership of Elysse Lloyd and Lucy Hockenhull. These two players had outstanding seasons and have both been awarded their Full Colours for hockey.

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