Congratulations to Toby Redshaw who had a busy and successful summer and has secured entry into the County Championship meet in the 200, 400, and 1500 Freestyle, 50, 100, and 200 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly, and 200 Individual Medley. Also to Zack Kaemmerlen who competed in the 200 Breaststroke in the Spanish Nationals meet.
The 1st XI continued their fine start to the season with two dominant wins this week. The first victory came against Aldenham School, with a well earned 4-1 scoreline against one of the leading football schools in London. Two goals from Jacob Kasaska, and individual goals from Rustan Smart and Finn Sykes earned the 1st XI a commanding win, with a scoreline that did not flatter the quality of football on show. This was followed by an ISFA Cup Preliminary Round fixture v Canford School. Another excellent team performance resulted in a 6-1 win, with four goals from Jacob Kasaska, and individual goals from Henry Gadd and Maxwell Aitken. The 1st XI will now play Oswestry School on Thursday in the 1st round proper. It has been a memorable week for the 1st XI, with three victories in a row and a total of 18 goals scored.
A fantastic set of fixtures on Saturday with some narrow wins and losses. Great wins by the Yearlings B, C & D the 15C and the Ultras (Senior 5th) and a 24-24 draw for the Colts B . The Colts A game went down to the last play of the game to win 22-19 and the 1st XV had a huge game to come out winners 24-20 and reclaim the Sebastian Adeniran–Olule Rose bowl from Whitgift School.U15 A and B travelled to Whitgift on Saturday. Two incredibly hard fought games, with 2 differing styles. The pace and phase play of Wellington V’s the direct physicality and support play of Whitgift.
The U15B lost 12-14, having dominated possession, playing with great width and pace and having to adjust to the A team taking 3 B team players within the first 15 mins. Leading 12.7 with 6 mins to go the defence that had been so strong against a physical Whitgift could not keep out their strong number 8 who scored under the posts. The last 4 mins saw Wellington attack but could not convert the pressure.
The A team, playing on the Whitgift 1st XV pitch had to adjust to losing 3 backs to injuries in the first half.
As with the B team ,2 different styles. Wellington played their best rugby of the season. Multiple phases with real speed and intensity. 2 tries apiece but Whitgift converting one more penalty led 20.17 with 5 mins to go. Wellington were camped on the Whitgift line with Teague and Baring getting held up. But the Whitgift defence held firm for them to Win 20-17. Two really good games of rugby, players disappointed but their attitude was fantastic. Lessons learnt that they can take into their first NatWest game on Wednesday vs Lord Wandsworth.
The weekend saw another fantastic set of hockey results against Bradfield congratulations to the 2ndXl & 14C who recorded 6-0 wins the 15C who won 10-0 and another fantastic win for the 14A side who won 11-0. Good luck to the U16 side who play in the Berkshire County Tournament on Wednesday/today.
Wellington v Harrow.
The future is looking bright for squash at Wellington. The U15 team of Pennant. Distelbrink. Dundas. Oates and Farah clocked up at 4-1 win. The 1st team lost a very close 4-1 with both Pugh and Gian luca losing tight games 3-2. The 2nd team also won 3-2: with Luke Field having the greatest battle ever lost 2 of his games with a score line of over 23 in sudden death. This must be a school record.
Well done everyone.
Our riders competed at Merrist Wood for NSEA National Qualifiers this weekend in the 90cm and the 1.0m. The 90cm team consisted of Mimi Carling, Rosie Wrigglesworth, Roslyn Trainor and Tash Turner with Imogen Reed riding as an individual. The girls rode brilliantly, but unfortunately there were a few unlucky poles knocked down, finishing in 5th place. The 1.0m class was faced with grit and determination as our riders walked a very ‘up to height’ course, feeling slightly apprehensive. It was a step up the levels for many of our riders, and was certainly not a straight forward course to ease them in! The team consisted of Tash Turner, Imogen Reed, Mimi Carling and Eve Trainor, who all rode absolutely fantastic rounds, finishing in 3rd place, which qualified them for the National Plate. While Rosie Wrigglesworth entered as an individual. This was her first time jumping a meter and she rode a stunning round, finishing with just one unlucky pole down. This was the first competition of the year and it was great to see so many of our younger riders representing the college. We have got many up and coming riders to be watching out for this year!
Teams of the Week
The Wellington girls golf team enjoyed a very successful day at the ISGA Tournament at Sunningdale Heath on Thursday. All 5 girls were rewarded with a prize of some description. Martha Lewis, Izzy Holmes and Lauren Gooding are familiar faces in the winners enclosure but it was very good to welcome two new faces, Ottavia and Giulia Lombardo, to that location. We are looking forward with confidence to the quadrangular tournament with Loretto, Millfield and BB&O this weekend.
Following a demoralising result against Tonbridge the previous week, in which the JC3s lost 50-7, a lot was asked of them to regroup and go again this weekend. Thursday’s training session was very challenging for the team in general as poor levels of motivation still loomed large. However, Saturday morning summoned a freshness in the boys. Despite going behind twice in the match within the first half the team mustered both the courage and belief in the second half to complete a 35-24 win.