Christmas Term Sports

The badminton team has played two matches against Shrewsbury School, narrowly losing on each occasion.

The cross country team took part in the Telford and Wrekin Schools’ competition with a number of pupils picked to run for Shropshire in an Inter-County event.

In the President’s Cup held at Birmingham University, Wrekin Sword entered two teams.  Tom Holbrook and his team finishing eighth place from a field of 14. Congratulations to Alex Davis (C.09-11) on her selection to the senior women's sabre team to represent Great Britain in Mexico.

The football teams have had another successful term and have remained unbeaten throughout.  Successful results against Shrewsbury School, Lucton and Concorde were amongst the highlights.  Ben Crump has been selected for the Under 17 National Independent Schools’ team and Asa Dean has played for the Shropshire Under 18 county team in games against Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

All the boys have worked on improving their ability and technique which has resulted in some great performances throughout the term from both Under 13 and Under 12 squads.  Over both year groups we had seven wins, one draw and four defeats.  Two boys deserve special recognition.  Curtis Richie, for consistently high participation in both training and matches, and Adam Marshall for his determination and being an all-round team player.

Well done to Holly and Ella Townson and Tess Sanders for already qualifying for next year's West Midlands championships. Also congratulations to Harry Sanders and Poppy Jones for breaking school records in the recent Lancaster Gala.

Congratulations to Tom Gittings and Alex Phillips who completed the Senior Options Indoor Rowing Challenge.  The event included a four-minute, a mile, 3000m and 5000m rows.

With the season starting promptly, any lack of First XV preparation was counter-balanced by the huge endeavour shown in the first three fixtures. A last minute defeat away at KES Birmingham, a draw at home to KES Aston and what was the most heartbreaking loss of the season: the defeat to Adams’ Grammar by a last minute penalty in the first round of the Natwest Cup.  The whole squad can take great pride and heart in the fact there has been a continued improvement throughout the year.

Special mention must go to Lewis Webb and Sam Knight for their selection into the Lambs Under 18 Independent Schools’ rugby squad to play against the Perse School in Cambridge, and we wish them well in the final stages of squad selection in January 2017.

At Under 16/Second XV level, the team recorded excellent wins over Ellesmere College and Adams’ Grammar School this term. Still working as a small squad, a special mention has to go to the boys who are training with the Shropshire Under 16: Charlie Stott, Oliver Davies, Max Swan, Dylan Pickering, Charlie Knight, Harry Mason, Ben Bush and George Hood.  However, the man of the season so far is the hard-hitting Billy Boot - a great addition to the squad this year.

The Under 15 squad have learned a few lessons with tough matches against Old Swinford Hospital School and Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne, but have gelled very well as a squad, aided by important wins over Hereford Cathedral School and county champions Idsall School.  Nick Street, Tom Craddock and captain Luc Barratt have represented Shropshire Under 15s at a recent festival at Worcester’s Sixways stadium and have been retained in a competitive squad.

A number of Under 14s have made outstanding contributions to the Under 15s Natwest Cup squad but need further time to develop some structure and organisation. They have had with good victories over Lucton School and Abraham Darby Academy.  Most improved players have been Jack Ingram and Gabriel Adams. Ben Horton deserves special mention for his effort on the pitch, as do the other boys retained by the Shropshire Under 14 squad: Patrick Ward-Clayton, Ben Murdock and Oliver Stott.

A successful term for the netball teams began with the Under 16 VII winning the county tournament, not losing a game.  The First VII followed that also winning every match to retain the Under 19 county title.  Both teams have now qualified for the West Midlands Regional Finals in January.  The Under 13 VII team have reached the last eight schools nationally in the School Sport Magazine National Schools Under 13 Netball Cup and face a strong Berkhamstead School in January – a superb achievement.  Individually, Nicole Nsiah has been selected for the newly formed Wasps Under 19 squad, with Beth Loveday, Lucy Walker and Elise Nelson, being selected for the development squads.

The girls First XI has had a mixed season with some good early results but illness and injury meant that the strongest team was rarely available in the second half of term and so results suffered. The high point was winning our own Wrekin Sevens Tournament. The team was superbly led by Hollie Winterton and supported by Emma Arundell in goal.  There was also great potential shown by the Under 15 and Under 13 teams. Representing Telford and Wrekin, the Under 14 team were runners up in the County Schools’ Games.

We are very proud to have Lorna MacKenzie playing in the England Under 16  hockey team and follow her career with interest.  Also, Jacob Reid (Archery) and Hollie Williamson (Athletics) have competed internationally this term.

Full colours have been awarded to the following pupils:

Hockey:  Hollie Winterton, Emma Arundell and Lorna MacKenzie
Rugby: Sam Knight

Hockey Senior House Winner: Roslyn 
Hockey Junior House Winners: Clarkson
Rugby Senior House: York
Rugby Junior House: York