Teams of the Week:
The National U16 Girls Hockey Team
The National U16 Girls hockey side retained their Outdoor title after two days of tough hockey in very hot conditions at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The girls beat The Leys 3-0 and Canford 7-2 on day one which meant they had one foot in the final. Their final pool game was against Trent on the second morning and ended in a 1-1 draw meaning the girls would either play St Georges or Repton in the final. Repton beat St George’s 2-1 meaning Wellington would face Repton in a repeat of last year’s final. At full time honours were even at 1-1 which meant the 2018 title would be decided on penalty strokes. Thanks to outstanding saves by Raph Robeson and cool finishing under pressure from Darcy Bourne, Emily Leeson and Emily Guckian Wellington won 3-1 on penalty strokes.
This means the girls won the double (U16 Indoor and Outdoor National Champions) for the first time in the school’s history. This is an incredible achievement and all the pupils involved should feel extremely proud.
Wellington Wombats aka Yearlings B
“On a glorious sunny day on Saturday the Yearling B team faced an unknown quantity in RGS High Wycombe. In the spirit of ‘challenging the players’ and ensuring everyone did a bit with bat and ball, the teams agreed to play two innings of 12 overs with a flipped order in the second innings. Every player was supportive of the idea and intrigued by the challenge. Wellington won the toss and batted first scoring 68 in 12 overs but with wickets in hand. The openers faced some medium pace but brilliant line and length and were met with a zoned in and well-organised fielding unit. It was clear that the ‘situational challenge’ of two innings would be intriguing. RGS scored 52 in return showcasing some power hitting. The game was evenly poised as the Victoria Sponge, popcorn and prawn sarnies were wolfed down by players and coaches alike. The Wellington second innings started in shaky fashion with the bowlers given the task of opening the batting. A few early wickets and tremors were stabilised by a wonderful 48 runs by Ollie Tomlinson. However, on the verge of his 50 he took a nasty tumble and had to leave the field. RGS in return struggled with the heat of the sun and the spin bowling of Barnie Thomson and Alex Frost who was on redemption mission with the ball that Brett Lee would have been proud of. Unfortunately, Ollie was unable to retake the field given his injury but Mr. Head had the wonderful idea of letting his brother Ben Tomlinson take his place. Ben is set to join the Stanley this September and has already made his Wellington College cricket debut, wonderful stuff. In the end, it was a victory for Wellington but the real victory was for the open-minded attitude of the players, supportive siblings and a brilliant day of everyone contributing with bat and ball”.
On Thursday the Junior A and B team played away at Heathfield. The B team tightly matched which made a very exciting game. After the first innings the score was close putting pressure on the 2nd innings. The girls all played well with an excellent catch by Aleena Islam and excellent bowling from Hannah Williams and Nancy Lindo. Batswoman of the match had to be Arabella Wisbey with her mighty hits. Unfortunately, Wellington lost by half a rounder. The A team showed fantastic fielding from the start as Heathfield proved to be powerful hitters. Pia Cottle’s quick thinking and fantastic arm in the deep field ensured that we kept Heathfield’s score down. Overall score of 15-10 to Heathfield.
London & Middlesex Schools Meeting
A bright sunny day at Bisley and The London & Middlesex Schools meeting. The VIII on the day produced bronze medals this time, RGS Guildford dominating once again, they have a very strong squad this year and are ones to watch. Oscar Farrell and Egor Vert, both Raglan, came to the rescue in the pairs winning by a point with the two four man teams taking silver and bronze. Chris Vonchek (T) found his form again and won the Reserve convincingly.
The boys swimmers headed to the much-anticipated gala at Eton in a triangular with Eton and St. John’s Leatherhead. As has become normal this season, the Inter Boys dominated their competition accumulating 62 points over 40 apiece for Eton and Leatherhead. Junior and Senior boys were not so lucky, and despite strong Wellington swims were overwhelmed by the competition. Highlights include first place finishes logged by Eliot Desforges (Inter 50 Freestyle, Inter 50 Butterfly), Zack Kaemmerlen (Inter 50 Breaststroke), and Toby Redshaw (Inter 50 Backstroke). The Intermediate boys relays (Toby Redshaw, Eliot Desforges, Zack Kaemmerlen, and Zack Sadlier) won both the 4 x 50 Medley and 4 x 50 Freestyle Relays. Personal bests were logged by Matty Groom (100 I.M; 50 Butterfly), Zack Kaemmerlen (100 I.M.), Zack Sadlier (50 Freestyle), Andrey Popov (50 Freestyle), Robbie Skinner (50 Backstroke), and Toby Redshaw (50 Freestyle). Eliot Desforges secured the best Junior Colts 50 Freestyle time of the season, and a new school record in the 50 Butterfly.
The Tennis teams had a great week. On Thursday, the U15 girls got going in their Aegon Championship 1st round. The team of Daisy Bristowe, Sophie Burgess, Honor Wollett & Honor Hewitt played well to win 6-0 at Queen Anne’s, in Caversham. There were further wins for the U15 & U14 teams on the same day.
On Saturday, the Girls played in the ISL at Bradfield. Wellington were the only team to enter two teams, each of twelve players, including players from every year group. The ‘B’ team started well with a win over Cranleigh, and then a draw against Cheltenham Ladies College, but eventually finished 7th in the league. The ‘A’ team started very well, with a hard-earned draw against the favourites, St. Georges Weybridge, and followed this with wins against Epsom, Bradfield, Cranleigh and Cheltenham. Going into the last match (against Wellington B), the A team needed to win 6 out of 6 sets, in order to clinch the title. The B team played with integrity, courage and played well. The U14 B team beat the U14 A team, which meant the trophy was returned to St. Georges. Overall, both teams should be pleased with their performances. The ‘A’ team remain unbeaten, and the B’s showed themselves to be just as strong.
The boys had a block fixture against Winchester. The stand out performance was from the Colts, with a tense 5-4 win.
With the sun blazing on Rockies, Wellington College hosted the Copenhagen Shield with Brighton, Epsom and Cranleigh also competing. To see over 200 athletes competing in such a positive atmosphere was amazing. The level of performances were of the highest level. Brighton were deservedly overall winners, but Wellington College, with 10 A string and 6 B string victories showed the quality of athlete we have and that we can compete with the strongest athletic programs in the country. Highlights were the Inter boys winning their group and Dr Robert Cromarty inspiring a 60% win ratio in the Javelin.
Week 3 saw a midweek block against Radley and also the J Colts had the first round of the County T20 competition which they successfully won. The block against Radley saw some excellent fixtures and individual performances, with the 1st XI recording a victory following a very tight team display of bowling, the 2nd XI also won with Aman Sangha making 124 not out, the 3rd XI lost despite Carton taking 4-29. In a tight game the Colts 2 lost by one wicket with Kit Bloor taking 4 wickets and Tommy Offer 4 catches behind the stumps; the JC2 after a less than solid batting display reaching only 71 saw them still manage a victory thanks in large to Costi Miller taking 5 wickets for just 6 runs and the Yearlings 1, 2 and 3 all also recorded victories in excellent games. The weekend saw fixtures against RGS High Wycombe and Tonbridge. The 1st XI secured a win with Jack Davies making 146 and Monty Bradbury his first 50 for the 1st XI with a score of 61. A number of good results were achieved throughout the club, notably the Colts 1 recording a win over Tonbridge but the weekend’s biggest success were some stunning bowling figures for James Vyvyan taking 3-6, and Jamie Lunnon 3-26 for the 2nd XI, Georgie Ellis taking 6-16 for the Colts 1, Jeevan Sandher taking 5-8 for the JC3 and for the JC2 Joe Smith took 4-4 and Tom Beardmore 3-19.
The Colts B cricket team had experienced a number of narrow defeats leading up to the match against Tonbridge and the prospects didn’t look good at 27 for 3 having won the toss and elected to bat. However an excellent partnership of 77 between Cassius Forshaw and Harry Williams changed the momentum, and a bright innings of 29 not out by Charles Deane helped to push the score to 167 for 7 after the allotted 30 overs. The Tonbridge response started slowly but a number of strong batsmen in the middle order built good partnerships and it became increasingly clear that this would be another close result. The Wellington team showed great energy and spirit in the field with everyone contributing. Particular highlights include a diving stop at square leg by Charlie Bullick to save 3 runs and a direct hit from extra cover by Kit Bloor to run out the Tonbridge top scorer. All 6 bowlers played their part, especially Harry Williams, Marcus Rhodes and Eddie Morison, and it went all the way to the last ball of the match when Tonbridge needed 4 to win. Kit Bloor held his nerve and the Tonbridge batsman was unable to find the boundary and so Wellington won by 1 run. An excellent game of cricket played in the right spirit – well done everyone.