Wellington’s golfers have had a busy first week with a triangular match vs Cranleigh and Stowe and a tournament at West Sussex GC. Tom Dowe played especially well in the triangular and the team of Zac Jenkins, Lauren Gooding, Oscar Fuentes and Justin Chan won the handicap competition at West Sussex. There are matches vs Bradfield on Tuesday 19th and Tonbridge on Thursday 21st and a tournament for the girls at Sunningdale on the 21st.
The 1st XI football continued their good start to the season with a dominating 8-2 victory over RGS Guildford. This result is the largest winning margin since 2015. A completely dominant performance saw braces from Jacob Kasaska and Alex Wessely, with the other goals scored by Artem Naydenov, Rustan Smart, Henry Gadd and Owen Gibbons. This was excellent preparation for the week ahead, with Aldenham School visiting on Tuesday and the ISFA Cup preliminary round fixture against Canford this Saturday. To complete a positive weekend, the U16 Development Squad secured a 2-1 victory over ACS Cobham in a competitive fixture, with their goals coming from Harry Trunck and Will Gadd.
ISFA also held their South Central District trials this weekend, with Artem Naydenov trialing in the U16 group, and Finn Sykes and Maxwell Aitken trialing in the U18 group.
On Saturday, the Badminton team played their first match of the season against Harrow. The team featured a lot of new players, all of whom displayed admirable enthusiasm for a Saturday away match. The games were extremely competitive and everyone performed brilliantly despite being up against a very strong opposition. It’s a steep learning curve, and well done to all those involved for a great start to the season.
The weekend saw another very successful block against Cheltenham. Congratulations to the 14A & 14B on recording fantastic victories. Good luck to the 1st Xl for their County tournament on Wednesday away at Bradfield.
3rd XI Hockey
The girls were a formidable force in the first half, dominating possession, repeatedly drilling the ball into the D. Yet they were unable to find the back board even after a couple of short corners. As the first half drew to a close, Cheltenham became more clinical when shooting, making the most of their fleeting forays into our half and in the last minute were rewarded by a somewhat unexpected goal. The second half was much more evenly weighted. As players became tired they became more physical, as time progressed an air of desperation emerged, the game became end to end. Wellington clearly had more heart, they really wanted the victory but the gods were not on their side and sadly no additional goals were summoned. Final score 1:0 to Cheltenham!
Saturday’s opposition was Tonbridge who won 9 out of the 17 fixtures played. The spoils though went to Wellington winning all the A & B fixtures. There were some close and highly competitive matches as well some excellent wins and some tough losses. Big wins for the Colts 59-12 and the 1st XV 65-7 completed an excellent set of fixtures.
A really competitive game against a physical Tonbridge team. Wellington played the game at pace and with width, creating numerous chances. The constant pressure resulted in tries from Bradbury and Teague. Tonbridge capitalised on mistakes by Wellington at the kick offs, scoring twice.
The second half followed a similar pattern with Wellington creating line break after line break but were not clinical enough to score and put the game out of reach for Tonbridge. Bradbury did score his second try followed quickly by a well worked lineout and Miller scoring from the drive. Tonbridge kept patient and kept the ball to put Wellington under pressure for the last 5 mins, they did score a try but the defence held firm and Wellington won 24 – 17.
Man of the Match: Jim Baring, B team last week, but after his outstanding performance at Dulwich, promoted to the A bench. An early injury meant Jim had to play the majority of the game and continued his great form with really physical runs and defence.
The U15Bs were involved in another end to end battle. 7-7 at half time Mr Carpenter’s team talk provided the platform for what turned into a great half of rugby. Brooke pulled the strings at fly half with Yeldham and Leech scoring great tries. But Tonbridge would not be beaten, 19 all, 2 Minutes to go and Wellington were camped on their line, but the defence would not be breached. A turn over, a great kick and kick chase, Wellington regained the ball and built their attack until they were camped on the Tonbridge line. Penalty after penalty, tap and go, but Wellington could not score. Then the calmness of their coach caught the eye of Clarke, who calmed the situation down, ask for the kicking T and kicked a penalty with 30 seconds to go for Wellington to win 22 – 19!
Teams of the Week
4th Xl Girls Hockey
After a week of hard work on the training ground the girls 4th Xl hockey side put in a tremendous team performance to beat Cheltenham 3-2. All involved worked tirelessly in the hot conditions to grind out a fantastic win
An incredible start to the season with a 13-6 victory against Bradfield! The team dominated the pitch from the very start of the match, and were a solid 7-4 up by half time with some superb goals from Orla Vincent, Alexia Taee, Steph Lampl and Lucy Cunningham. The team maintained their composure and excellent standard in the second half, with some bold saves from new GK Daisy Todd. Well done to Rosie George, Tash Turner, Daisy Todd, Lucy Cunningham, Poppy James and Calypso Carter for impressive debut performances. Particular congratulations to Lucy Cunningham who was voted woman of the match by the opposing team – well deserved. The girls and coaches look forward to an exciting season ahead of us!!