Sports Report - February 5th

In a continuing busy schedule, Wrekin teams took to the fields, Astro and courts this week in a number of sports.

GYMNASTICS
Mia Evans won a Bronze medal this weekend in the Under 12s Women’s Artistic National Compulsory Level 1 Competition at Lilleshall. This makes Mia the third best gymnast at this level in the country and she will now go on to compete at the British Championships in March.

CROSS COUNTRY
In rain-swept conditions, running through deep mud, the Cross Country team performed brilliantly. 

In the Year 7 Girls’ race Amelie Owen was 6th and Sinead O'Neill 7th. Losing seven runners to injury and illness meant we could only enter full teams in the Junior Boys’ race.

In the Year 7 Boys’ race Henry Williams was 1st.  In the Junior Girls’, Ruby Richards was 2nd. In the Junior Boys’, the Wrekin 'A' Team: Reuben Crombie (4th), Luca Justice (10th), Harry Sanders and Jacob Crossley, finished in 2nd place. The Wrekin 'B' Team also ran well to finish 4th.

Sophia Malpass ran well to finish 4th in the Inter Girls section and Emily Critchley-Vickers was impressive in her very first race. In the Senior Girls' race Lizzie Benbow ran into the top six, and in the Senior Boys' Oscar Bishton was 7th.

As a result of their placings Ruby, Reuben, Sophia, Lizzie and Oscar were all selected to represent Shropshire in the New Balance English Schools' Championships on 17th March at Temple Newsam Park, Leeds. Have a look at the pictures below. 

BADMINTON
Wrekin played Shrewsbury School on Wednesday.  With some newly promoted team players, we tried out some new pairings in the boys’, girls’ and mixed doubles.  Several matches went to three sets but ultimately Shrewsbury were too strong, beating Wrekin 11-2.

FIVES
On Wednesday Wrekin performed admirably in its first Eton Fives fixture against an older Shrewsbury School side. After several matches Fergus Wilson and Alexei Linger-Kumar won a victory of 12-10, while Charlotte Cave and Isabelle Honicke had a close loss in a tense game. Thomas Du Boulay and Jovan Uppal also made a promising debut on the court. The team look forward to future fixtures both home and away.

BOYS' HOCKEY
A triangular tournament for the Under 14s took place at Bridgnorth Endowed School. Wrekin won the first game 1-0 v Bridgnorth, won the second game 4 -0 v Lacon Childe School, and lost 1-0 to William Brookes School, (conceding the goal in the last five minutes of the game). Thomas Redwood was the top scorer again this week.

SQUASH
Wrekin played excellently to secure their first win of the season over King Edward's School, Birmingham winning 5-0.

LANCASTER RUGBY
The Under 12s continued in their winning ways against Prestfelde School, scoring seven unanswered tries by the last quarter, but missed tackles and some players struggling with the cold conditions led to a fine fight back, resulting in a 7-5 win.  

The Under 13s however lost their shape against a strong Prestfelde team. A few lessons will be learned from their first defeat.

NETBALL
It was another busy week for netball. The Lancaster Under 12 teams had a win and a loss against Shrewsbury High School.  The Firsts were too strong for Stafford Grammar School winning 34-4; the Under 16 team were beaten 18-9.  In a block home fixture against Ellesmere College the Under 14B team and Under 15s lost out, but the Second VII, Under 13, Under 12 A and B teams all had convincing wins. 

Bella Crampton made her debut for the Severn Stars Under 19 National Performance team against London Pulse this weekend, and Macey Lane returned to Wales for training after being selected for the Under 17 European Championships in March.  

Finally, good luck to the First VII who take on Millfield School today in the last eight of the National Independent Schools' Cup at Cheltenham College.