Team of the Week
Mixed 2nd and 3rd Tennis Teams.
In a very tough evenly balanced contest the Wellington teams dug deep and ground out lots of narrow wins to claim a decisive 8-1 victory against both the 2nd and 3rd Marlborough College VI, which did not reflect how tough the matches were. A fantastic afternoon of tennis with some wonderful rallies and great serves and volleys from both sides, but Wellington just had the grit to come out on top. In their first mixed match of the season, the boys and girls worked incredibly well together and the whole afternoon was played with a wonderful fun spirit …, the perfect end to lower sixth exam week!
Week 7 saw the JC1 continue to progress in the County T20 competition with a solid 91 run win, which saw Shiva Bala take a hattrick with the ball too. Saturday saw a big block fixture vs Eton which saw some tough results against some strong Eton sides with a number of Yearlings and JC teams coming out second best, however, a tight win was recorded by the Yearlings 2 by 2 runs, a good win for the JC3 thanks to what was described as an excellent all round cricket performance and the 1st XI recorded a win thanks to a match winning 75 not out from Tom Petrie. Congratulations also to the 2nd XI who recorded a win with Jamie Lunnon take 5 wickets as the pick of the bowlers.
On Saturday afternoon a team made up predominantly of some of college’s junior sailors, competed in a triangular regatta against a team of Old Wellingtonians and a team of parents. The parents’ well-timed starts saw them emerge victorious against college. However, the light winds worked in our favour against the Old Wellingtonians’ heavier boats, resulting in a close-fought but ultimately convincing win for the current students. Followed by a BBQ back at college, this was an enjoyable afternoon for all involved.
Mimi Carling, Imi Reed, Allegra Celesia and Scarlett Creasey went to Merrist Wood Equestrian Centre on Sunday 3rd June to compete in a 90cm and 1m showjumping qualifier for the NSEA National Championships, with the 1m class including a qualifier for the Hickstead Elite class. This was Scarlett’s first competition for Wellington, and Mimi’s second competition on her horse. We were the second to last team to go in the 90cm class, and the team all tried hard, with both Allegra and Imi riding great rounds and getting just 4 faults each. Unfortunately, we did not manage to place as a team this time. In the 1m class we only had three riders – Imi, Scarlett and Allegra, and this was Scarlett’s first 1m class! The fences looked big and it was a tough course, but the girls rode very confidently, with Allegra riding a great clear round, and Imi and Scarlett getting 4 faults each, meaning our team finished on 8 faults! We waited anxiously for the results as the course had proved challenging for most teams, and it was then announced we came second, which qualified the team for both the Hickstead Elite class and the NSEA National Championships, what a fantastic result!
The girls showed strong teamwork during the day, and a great day was had by all.
18 Wellington Athletes competed in the Berkshire County Championships at Reading Stadium on Saturday. The standard across the county is high with many athletes achieving National standards. The Wellington contingent had a strong day with one gold, 2 silvers and 6 bronze medals. The highlights were Issy Wakefield, coming County Champion in the 100m hurdles, equalling the championship record and breaking the College record. Congratulations to Issy as well for being selected for the National Championships in July. Marcus Nye for coming 2nd in the junior boys 800m and Ben Nason for coming 2nd in the junior boys Javelin. Special mention must go to Elodie Sinclair for taking another 8 seconds off her 1500m, in the last 4 weeks she has broken the record 3 times and taken over 30 seconds off the original record. Congratulations to all medal winners and all athletes who competed.
National Under 15’s Doubles.
Five Wellington students took part in the National Open Under 15 doubles and gained valuable match play and tactical experience. Honor Hue Williams, Lucy Bryer, Sophie Orbell and Poppy Johnson all performed brilliantly in the early rounds- despite only having a few months experience they all gave a fantastic account on court. Willem Sweet partnered up with Max Jones in the later rounds and gelled as a pair and played exceptionally well to reach the final against a very experienced pair from Seacourt. Willem was man of the match, performing well under huge pressure from the opponents who were singling him out at every opportunity- Willem never gave up and improved throughout the day- After an epic three setter the title went to Seacourt Tennis Club!
This was a very high level competition with the best players in the Country competing for the title. Wellington had three pairs in the competition and Freddie Bristowe and OW Sam Corbett were unlucky not to reach the final with several close matches in the round robin stages, but it was not to be their day. Congratulations to Radley pair Benedict Yorston and Ned Batstone on winning the Under 19’s National Doubles final.
Match report for fixture v Eton on Thursday 7th June:
For our last fixture of this academic year, our Intermediates/Novices played Eton at Fifield Polo club over four chukkas. Despite the threat of a downpour of rain, and Eton playing half of their A team, we had a great start! Molly Jaques took control of her team and very quickly after Eton scored the first goal of the match, Molly took advantage of their foul near our goal posts and confidently converted a penalty into a goal, ending the first chukka on a 1-1 draw. Alexis Camu, Lottie Harper and Emily Bishton supported Molly very well, all three making some excellent breaks towards the goal. Alexis and Lottie were unlucky not to score more goals, but very well done to Emily and Lottie who were both instrumental in stopping Eton’s boys taking the ball away with some great hooks and ride-offs. The second chukka was another close affair with no goals being scored, and chukka three saw one Eton goal. However, Eton did a little bit of damage in the final chukka playing their strong A/B team against our B/C and came away with three goals. Final score 5-1 to Eton. However, it was a great game to watch, fun was had by all and Molly, Alexis, Lottie and Emily should be proud of their performance!
Thursday 7th June:
900 yards at Bisley, the first time for the newbies, through in an hour of rain and see how they cope, answer, extremely well. Awesome scores from Oscar Farrell (R), Jemima Hince (C) and not far behind Charlie Crosby (B) and Egor Vert (R). Chris Vonchek (T)was the only person to put everything into the bulls eye but at 900 yards that is an impressive performance.
Saturday 9th June:
Back to cadet rifle shooting after a long few weeks on their bespoke rifles. Chris Vonchek (T) and Charlie Crosby (B) adapted best and put in great shoots with Charlie edging out the more experienced Chris. Hal Millard (Bl) put in some of his best scores to date but no one shot badly showing potential for Schools week in July.
Sunday 10th June:
Tricky wind and hot weather made today a trial by hydration. Great scores from all at 300 yards with Ed Atkins (R) leading the field with all shots in the Bullseye. 600 yards tested everyone but Charlie Crosby (Bn) made the best of it winning the range. Back to long range and 900 yards to start, difficult for even the best but Chris Vonchek (T) rounded off a good week taking top score. The last range, 1000 yards, first time for the newbies but undeterred they plugged away getting very credible scores with Sophie Hodge (W) in her first attempt at this distance outclassing everyone to pick up 2 gold medals, an impressive performance. Chris was top on the day with consistent shooting and is now the proud holder of the Sevenoaks Cup.