Here’s the link to the video of last Saturday’s action
Many congratulations to both pupils and staff that helped get our sporting season underway last weekend. Saturday afternoon on campus was a festival of sporting activity which was enjoyed by the hundreds that both participated in and supported the teams. There is much to be gained both personally and as a team from participating in organised and competitive sport, as well as the obvious physiologically advantages, all the sportsmen and women at the weekend were faced with a great number of psychological challenges and stiff competition throughout which allowed all involved to develop their ability to perform and make decisions under pressure, work as a team and raise their self-awareness and confidence whilst enjoying themselves. All gaining valuable life skills that will also transfer into the classroom and may even help improve the odd grade or two.
Saturday’s matches against Dulwich saw both bright sunshine and torrential rain. The Yearlings got off to a flying start with 4 wins from 5 and 64-0 win at A team level. The Junior Colts went unbeaten 5 from 5 as did the Colts 3 from 3. At senior, level there were wins for the 4th, 2nd and 1st XV who started the game with 4 quick tries before the rain came. The boys then struggled to play with the severe wet conditions holding on to win 26-21 to a hard fought Dulwich side. The U15 A team game was a very physical affair with Dulwich really strong in the tackle and at the breakdown. Wellington’s defence was excellent and their patience in attack saw them win 17 – 8. Tries from Jake Graham x2 and one from Costi Miller. Man of the Match was Tari Mutu who always looked dangerous in attack and his 40m break was the catalyst for the teams 1st try.
Congratulations to all those who took part in the fixtures against Brighton and Sevenoaks on the weekend. Special mention must go to the 15C side who won 6-0 the 16A & 16C who won 5-0 and the U14A side who recorded a 3-0 win.
The 1st XI began the season with an excellent win against Lingfield College. With a large number of new players, there appeared to be no problems with team cohesion with standout performances throughout the team. Two goals from Jacob Kasaska, and a penalty from Alex Costello, capped off a strong performance. With some bright passages of attacking play and looking comfortable in possession, things are looking positive at this very early stage of the season.
Teams of the Week
The U16A hockey team were keen to improve on last year when they lost the opening fixture against Brighton College. The first 10 minutes were a little scrappy as Brighton competed hard and Wellington took a while to settle in to a new team structure. However a well taken goal by Cordelia Bambury changed the momentum and Wellington then seized control, scoring two more goals before half time. Brighton came back strongly at the beginning of the second half, but Wellington showed good competitive spirit and grit to maintain control. Wellington were always the better team when the ball was passed early to exploit the available space, especially down the right wing, and two more goals took the final score to 5-0. A very pleasing result based on teamwork and a positive attitude.
The U15B Rugby team found themselves in an end to end battle with numerous lead changes. Tries from Langford, Leech and Baring x2 . Wellington were 15 – 24 down with 10 mins to go, but with great ball retention and belief Blake Keijsers scored in the last min to win 29 – 24. A monumental comeback. Man of the Match – Jim Baring who scored 2 tries and was outstanding at the breakdown.
Jimmy 10K run
After another successful Welling10k yesterday, the following deserve a special mention on their performances in either the 5k or 10k races. The first Junior girl back in the 5k was Tara Sallaba and the first Junior boy was Danny Wessely.
Congratulations to 3rd formers Elodie Sinclair and Laurin Scherer on their efforts in the 10k race. Elodie was the first Junior girl to cross the line and Laurin finished 2nd overall behind 6th former Ben Wills. Finally, a big thank you to all for either running, supporting or marshalling. Your support was astounding so give yourselves a pat on the back for your efforts.