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Team of the Week

This week the U15A Tennis Team travelled to Downe House. The opposition was strong, however all pairs played well and secured a 6-3 victory. Scarlett and Honor Hewett played consistently leading them to win two matches out of three. Belis Yoruk and Honor Woollett won all of their matches and played extremely well. Monet and Audrey had a tight last match however managed to win at 7-5 due to their consistency and optimism. Well done!

Shooting

The Sawyer Cup was cancelled so the team took the opportunity of training with our Private Target Rifles and for most of the team, this was the first time they had used them. Although it was a very wet day at Bisley, the results were pleasing. Congratulations to Egor Vert (R) who was invited to shoot in the team at the Berkshire Open Meeting on Sunday.

Special mention: Jemima Hince L6 Combermere

Jemima had a stunning shooting season in 2017 but has capped it this year in both smallbore indoor shooting and also fullbore on the open range. In small bore she gained the top average in Berkshire County which includes some very seasoned GB Internationals, won the British Schools Senior Championship, top scored for England Schools in the International match and led Wellington to the British Schools league championship. To top it all she came 6th in the British Championship against many Commonwealth Games Internationals winning the GB Junior Title on the way. Fullbore wise she has already toured South Africa as part of the very successful GB U19 team, is a member of the GB Cadet Rifle team ( The Athelings ) that will tour Canada in August and is also a regular member of the County of London fullbore team, one of the most competitive teams in the country. She has also been selected to trial for the GB Junior Team that will compete at the World Championships next year and at the age of 16 will be the youngest on the squad.

Hockey

Congratulations to Robyn Cumberland and Louisa Atherton who represented Reading HC U18 in the National Club Final this weekend and were crowned Champions after beating Ben Rydding HC 5-3 in the final. Sophia Grillo, Milly Crosby and Charlie Harrison-Moore also represented Reading U14 girls at the National Club Finals over the weekend. Well done!

Congratulations to Will Mann who was appointed to umpire at the England Hockey Into Hockey National Finals and after strong performances over the weekend was appointed to the final. Fantastic work Will!

Congratulations also to the girls listed below who have won awards presented at Surbiton Hockey Club this weekend.

  • Autumn Brown – Player of the Year Ladies 2nd Xl
  • Emily Guckian – Player of the Year U16 Girls Cup Squad
  • Colette Staadecker – Best Contribution U16 Girls Wrens Group

Equestrian

The Wellington College Equestrian Club had two teams competing at the Royal Windsor International Horse Show last Saturday in the prestigious Military Services class for the Queen’s Plate and the hotly-contested National Inter-Schools NSEA class.

The Queens Plate is a very competitive show jumping class in the enormous Castle Arena for currently serving military personnel and a few select CCF teams. As if jumping in a huge arena in front of huge crowds and HM The Queen is not enough pressure, the team also consists of only three riders, rather than the usual four, so all three riders scores count. There is absolutely no room for error! Our team consisted of Georgie Murrin (captain), Becky Storer and Ella Evans. All three riders rode class rounds in Phase 1, with Ella and Georgie having just one unlucky pole down and Becky doing a fantastic clear round. The team finished on 8 faults with the fastest collective time of the whole competition, which was enough to get them through to the top 6 and phase 2- the jump off.

In the afternoon, all the competitors took part in a parade to salute HM The Queen before a rider from each of the top 6 finishing teams jumped against the clock. Becky was selected to jump under immense pressure in front of a stadium packed full of spectators and of course HM The Queen’s keen eye, to decide Wellington’s final placing. She had a challenge ahead of her to climb the placings, as Wellington was on the back foot having accumulated 8 faults from the previous round, which were to be carried forward. She would have to ride a CLEAR and FAST round if we were to finish any higher than 6th place. She rode a stunning clear round in a brilliant time to help Wellington climb up from 6th to 3rd place! She also had the fasted clear round of all the under 25 riders, so has received an additional prize for this.

Our other team rode in the National Inter-Schools show jumping competition, which was an incredibly competitive class with over 28 teams who had qualified from all over the UK. Our team consisted of Gus Crewdson (5th form), Roslyn Trainor (4th form), Tash Turner and Allegra Celesia (both 3rd form). All four riders rode fantastic clear rounds to finish on a team score of zero and put us in the placings. It was an anxious wait to see if we could say in the placings while the other teams rode. Unfortunately, our clear rounds were not as fast as some of the lightning-fast pony teams, and we did drop a few places, but the riders had done enough to finish in a very respectable 6th place. This team was made up of all lower and middle school riders, so are definitely going to be the ones to watch for the future!

It was a very long, and incredibly wet day, but all the riders (and helpers- Imi Reed!) were on top form! We got some really fantastic results, including some wins for our individual riders competing in the showing classes over the weekend too (Bea Wheeler and Claudia De la Hey), but it was the team support and Welly camaraderie that made the day truly special. Well done to everyone who was involved! BRING ON NEXT YEAR!

Tennis

Another big week for the Tennis teams.

Wednesday: The U14 Girls ABCD hosted Cheam, a prep school that has a very strong Tennis program. The college won all matches, but they were particularly tight, especially and C & D level. The U15 girls played another AEGON match against Downe House, and won 6-0. The U15 A Girls have now won their group and will progress to the county finals later this term.

On Saturday the senior boys travelled to New Hall in Chelmsford for Round 2 of their ISL competition. Combined Singles and Doubles, they drew with Tonbridge, beet Dulwich, and beat New Hall and were tied 1st in their group. Sadly, the prizes were awarded to Tonbridge after a total games countback. This is a brilliant effort from the boys, who were on court for 5 hours, and really unfortunate not to come away as champions. The junior teams battled hard at Radley in their ISL competition where they came 3rd. Further teams played matches against strong sides from Charterhouse. The Girls 1st team continued on their winning ways; they had an unsurmountable 7-1 lead against an unbeaten Downe House team when rain stopped play. That’s 10 matches this term without a loss for the senior girls. The U14 girls also deserve recognition as they have now gone 6 wins from 6 matches.

The House Tennis tournament was played on Thursday at 9pm, under the floodlights, over 100 people watched the Combermere beat the Hopetoun in a close final. However the talking point was the Benson, led by Dan Harding, who beat the Beresford 2 sets to 1. The Beresford had held the house tennis trophy since 2013 and were favourites. Well done to everyone who came out to represent their house. The junior finals will be played on Speech Day, Picton v Beresford, and Combermere v Hopetoun.

On Sunday, Minty Knowles, Will Myer and Patrick Mayer completed their LTA level 1 coaching course, and are now qualified Tennis coaches, well done!

Cricket

Week 4 of the cricket season, the cricket club had a midweek block vs Bradfield too which saw the 4th win, the 2nd XI recorded a 4th win on the bounce putting in a professional performance again. Elsewhere the 3rd XI also won with Freddie Mackaness making 62 and Nate Oppenheimer and James Carton taking 3 wickets each, the JC1 recorded a tie with both teams scoring 101 but with the highlight being Adam Laubi with his 4 overs, 2 maidens, 4 wickets for just 2 runs and in the JC3 Tom Proctor took 4 wickets, denied his 5th only by the bails staying on despite the batsman chopping the ball on to the stumps. The Saturday saw most home games abandoned against Marlborough although the 4th XI did get a game in and they secured a win in an 11 over game. Away at Marlborough the weather was better however it was only the Yearlings 2 and 3 who came away with wins but results aside it was great that the Cricket Club was able to put out 14 sides even though the exam season is now in full swing.

The girls cricket team had a great win on Tuesday against Bradfield, winning by 41 runs. What makes this victory impressive is this was only the second match for some of the girls who have trained consistently well since the start of term. Special mention to Milly Crosby and Matilda Noble for their efforts when batting and Iris Taylor, Ellie Hoggarth, Georgia Lea and captain Holly Wright  who bowled superbly to take the wickets. 3rd formers, Matilda Braje, Eloise Beaumont, Piper Lloyd and Annabel Bray all put in incredible performances despite being new to the game only 3 weeks ago and Catch of the day has to go to Sophia Grillo for her acrobatic one-handed catch; great commitment! The team should be incredibly proud of their performance and hopefully there will be many more wins like this throughout their season.

Athletics

Not so sunny Brighton hosted their annual athletics meeting in biblical rain. This did not deter athletes from 7 schools competing and showcasing what a high standard of athletics there is on our circuit. Wellington College athletics club continues to grow and our pupils continue to back up their performances each week. With 10 A string,7 B string victories across all ages and numerous 2nds and 3rds, Wellington put in a strong performance. Highlights were Jasper Johnston winning the senior 200m, Marcus Nye winning and dominating the junior 300 and 800m and Charlie Harrison – Moore winning the Junior Girls Long Jump, high jump and 200m. Thanks to all the athletes that braved the elements but also for the great support they gave each other during the events.