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Rackets

The Rackets team hosted Tonbridge on Tuesday. The first pair won 3/0, and the junior colts came from 0/2 down to win 3/2. A great result, showing real character. On Thursday, Malvern College visited for a friendly, which our senior team won 3/1. Credit here due to Noah Pennant who served particularly well. Both schools bought a group of U14’s for friendly matches. Our little ones (Benji Barnes, Charlie Morison, Barney Thomson, Cesca Sweet & Ned Harris) have been improving quickly recently and have a very exciting future.

Basketball

On Thursday Wellington hosted Charterhouse.

The U18 team captained by Tom Petrie took and early 9-0 lead due to good outside shooting from Ian Tsang and defensive work from Johann Beckers and Nick Calvey. Laurin Scherer also contributed with 12 pts. Despite a valiant effort, a very close game saw Wellington lose 50-55. The U16 sides also played out a close game. Harry Petrie added 13pts and Mattias Seuren 9pts. Man of the match Edson Loh gave every ounce of energy and contributed a season high 24pts. The final score was 54-57 to Charterhouse

Wellington Girls Basketball Team travelled to Downe House school in Newbury on Tuesday for their first match of the term. The girls approached the game with great enthusiasm but some trepidation as for many it was their first competitive game. The first quarter was difficult & ended 2-24. But the Wellington girls were not giving up. They played hard with particularly strong performances from Claudia Judson & Jemima Sunley & reduced the scoring of Downe House significantly. All the palyers contributed & were well captained by Anna Power. There were some lovely baskets from the Wellington girls but Downe House came out victors 41-22.

Real Tennis

The Schools National Doubles Level Real Tennis Championship was held this weekend at Queens (Seniors), Wellington (Juniors) and Radley (Yearlings).

Wellington had 3 pairs at Queens. The first pair (C Vleck and F Bristowe) made a particularly wobbly start in the round robin stages playing well below par. However they held on to win the group stage and then progressed through the semis to easily reach the final: best of 3 sets v Radley’s first pair (1st seeds). This proved to be an excellent final. Radley charged to a 4 – 1 lead in the first set with Wellington errors gifting points. Wellington then  exerted a bit of control and muscled back to 4 all only for Radley to close the first set out 6-4. The second set saw Wellington shift into top gear with Bristowe dominating the court and Vleck defending the galleries. Wellington breezed to a 6-2 set. Unfortunately in the third set errors again began to creep into Wellington’s game and Radley’s consistency saw them take the set (6-2) and the championship.

The third pair (T Offer and J Innes) got to the semis of the grade B (Senior) tournament and the Colts pair (H Pennant and E Distlebrink) got to the semi of the Colts competition at Wellington. Both pairs performed well and should become more competitive over the next few years.

Our Yearlings pair (B Barnes and C Sweet) played competitively in their round robin matches but did not make it through the group stages despite some particularly close matches. This was an excellent performance as Cesca (the only girl in the competition) and Benji have less court experience than their competition. They are both ones to watch for the future.

Netball

Yet another drizzly weekend of weather and this time the netball teams faced Brighton College. Always a tough and competitive fixtures, all girls that played really stepped up to the challenge after what seems like a long half term! The U14BS were the winning team of their age group, winning in the final stages by two! The U14Es were narrowly pipped at the post and lost by two but had an end to end game and are showing plenty of improvement, enthusiasm and excitement when on court and in training. The U15s came up against a strong Brighton year group but the D and E team were victorious and won with comfortable leads and brilliant game play throughout all areas of the court. The U16Bs had a battle on their hands but finished winners by 4 after a well fought match. The U16As and Cs had tough games with a quote from the A team coach of “an amazing game of netball and felt a lot closer throughout”. The College 1sts showed real versatility changing the starting seven each quarter and having a comfortable lead throughout the game. The 2nd ViI had their game snatched from them in the last quarter and 4th ViI kept fighting but lost out at the end. The mighty 3rdVIl scored a win by 1 and Dr Cromarty’s roars were heard throughout.

Well done on a competitive block fixture, enjoy training this week and a restful half term when it arrives!

Football

The Football 1st XI ran out 12-0 winners against St Dunstan’s College.  A totally dominant performance, with four goals from Rustan Smart, braces from Alex Costello, Patrick Mayer and Jacob Kasaska, and individual goals from Seb Young-Smith and Max Burke.  Also away at St Dunstan’s, the 2nd XI were just as ruthless in their 6-1 victory.  Three goals from Hugo Bright, along individual goals from Will Campbell, Theo Burn and Jonny Zilberman, capped off a very positive afternoon in south east London to maintain both squads 100% records in their respective leagues. Back at Wellington, the 3rd XI played the 2nd XI London Schools’ Cup fixture against RGS Guildford, and won the match 3-2.  The 2nd XI will now face UCS in the quarter finals.  Also playing RGS Guildford, the 4th XI fell to a 5-0 loss.  The U16As put in a positive and much improved performance but lost 3-0 to a very strong Sherborne side.  In the U15 league matches against St Dunstan’s, the U15As claimed their first victory of the season, winning 3-0 with two goals from Archie Renwick and one from Charlie Morison.  The U15Bs also maintained their 100% record with an excellent 4-1 victory.

Badminton

On Tuesday, the Badminton team played one of the most closely fought matches of the season against Epsom college. The games saw players diving across the courts or otherwise performing various feats of athleticism to rescue what should have been hopeless points— sometimes coming back to win in style. Such tenacity was shown especially by Johny Hardaker and Anirudh Sangwan, who did very well to beat the second pair of a strong opposition.  Although the day ended in a narrow defeat, there was only one game’s difference in the final score, with the total individual points being pretty much equal as well.

Swimming

Over the last two weekends of January, four Wellingtonians competed at the Berkshire & Buckinghamshire County Swimming Championships. Matty Groom qualified for finals in the 50 and 100 m backstroke races, taking 4th place with a new PB in the 50 and 8th place in the 100. Toby Redshaw swam personal bests in all of his 6 events, including the 50 and 100 Freestyle races, the 200 Backstroke, and the 400 Individual Medley. The real highlights for Toby were a new Regional cut in the 800 Freestyle, and a 26-second drop in the 1500 Freestyle, just missing out on the podium but greatly improving his Regional Qualifying time. Eliot Desforges took Bronze in the 50 Freestyle and Silver Medals in both the 100 Freestyle and 50 Butterfly. Over the course of the meet Eliot racked up 6 Regional-Qualifying PBs in 50 m and 100m races for Freestyle, Butterfly, and Breaststroke. Caitlin Loo also competed.

Over the first two weekends in February, Zack Kaemmerlen competed at the Hampshire County Swimming Championships. Zack grabbed new PBs in nearly every race, and took 4th place in the 100 Breaststroke. Better still, he took the silver medal in the 200 Breaststroke, and nabbed two automatic Regional qualification times with PBs in both the 50 and 200 Breaststroke races.

Squash

Great win for the squash team in the Triangular tournament against Radley / Malborough.

Wellington haven’t won this event for a few seasons.

6 players in the team.

3 x seniors 3x u15.

Wellington beat Radley 4-2

Wellington beat Marlborough 5-1.

Well done everyone

Running

On Saturday, Wellington hosted the 23rd Wellington Relays event. The College welcomed 21 other schools to pit their wits against the 2km woodland trail through the woodland behind Swan Lake. Despite the weather, several course records were broken by some very talented runners. In the girls event, Charlotte Oglesby clocked the fastest lap time for the Wellington team and led the senior girls A team to a very credible 4th place overall. James Voisin ran the fastest leg for the Wellington Boys Senior team. The inter girls and boys’ teams were decimated by illness and so Zack Sadleir and Dan Bennett both enjoyed strong runs for the senior boys squad. Rosie George, Clara Herfs, Gabrielle Steg and Angela Hargreaves made up the inter girls team. In a very strong field, they came 4th overall.

Our squad was stretched due to the fact that also on Saturday was the South East inter-counties cross event where we had 3 runners competing. Ben Wills enjoyed an excellent race in a strong field of 70 senior boys to finish 19th – a very good run. Elodie Sinclair had a super run in the very competitive junior girls race and Marcus Nye (3rd form) excelled – he finished 5th in Berkshire and 38th overall. These placings looks like they may be good enough for Ben and Marcus to represent the South East in the English Schools National Championships in March.

Hockey

Congratulations to the Colts1, yearlings1 & 3 for their victories against some very strong Marlborough teams. Good luck to the Yearling who play in their county tournament at home on Wednesday afternoon and the rest of the hockey club who play against Cheltenham on Thursday.

Congratulations also to Autumn Brown & Darcy Bourne on their selection to the England U18 hockey squad and to Emily Leeson on her inclusion into the U16 squad after NAGS training last weekend.

Colts hockey for win County Championships !

The talented U16 squad travelled to Bradfield keen to do well in a very competitive Berkshire County tournament. The Wellington boys responded with skill, control and determination, repeatedly breaking down the array of opposition and their defence to create goal scoring chances, but somehow weren’t able to capitalise. Then, with just seconds remaining in the final game, Wellington forced a short corner and one last chance… In a perfectly executed routine, Ben Wigram received the ball in space and drilled the ball into the corner of the goal. With the very last play of the tournament, the Wellington boys became County champions!

Equestrian

The Wellington riders had a very successful day at Wellington Riding, with plenty of rosettes and even prize money for some! The riders who went were Clara Hornby, Amelie Cruddace, Imogen Reed, Mimi Carling, Rosanna Wrigglesworth, Caitlin Perry and Gus Crewdson.

It was Clara’s first time out for the college, and she did fantastically well to place 4th and 5th in the 70cm and 80cm classes respectively. Amelie and Imi also had success in the 80cm, with Amelie coming 4th, and Imogen coming 6th as the fastest 4 faulter. We then had continued success in the 90cm, with Imogen Reed winning the round on her super speedy Noah, while Gus took 3rd place on his first outing on his new ride Cairo, and Rosanna coming 6th on her horse Lexicon. Gus and Rosie then also rode beautiful rounds in the 1.0m. It is also worth mentioning Caitlin Perry’s two educational rounds with her young horse Leo at his first competition; They are definitely a pair to keep an eye on for next season!

Teams of the Week

Girls Ski Team at the British Schoolgirls’ Races in Flaine.

The event was bigger and the Wellington team more successful than ever before. The A team (Miranda Vesely, Ophelia Vesely and Lucy Bryer, all from Combermere) came 3rd overall – amazing for two thirteen year olds and a fifteen year old, competing against 54 teams with girls in the Under 21 year-old category. In addition, Ophelia Vesely came 2nd in Slalom, 3rd in Giant Slalom and 2nd overall in the under 14 years category, having arrived the night before from the Czech Republic where she was representing GB in the International FIS Ski Races.

Boys Ski Team

We had some individual success, Cosmo Osmond winning and coming 3rd in the GS and Slalom and Charlie OConnor coming 2nd and 3rd  in their respective age groups. The team spirit throughout was fantastic, there was a great deal of support from the more experienced skiers for the younger members of the group and they were a credit to Wellington on and off the slopes.