Team of the Week
Running Club Representatives:
Marcus Nye, Angus Neale, Tom Williamson, Ewan Cuttell, James Voisin were all absolutely superb on Thursday acting as the hares and tortoises for the annual St Neots cross country event.
The team not only had to manage their own pace to ensure that they were the right distance ahead of the front runner, but also helped those who were in difficulty and were really encouraging to all who were competing.
They were excellent ambassadors for the College with many parents commenting on how smart they looked in their kit and how polite they were.
Also worthy winners are all those that took part in the Richmond 10km race on Saturday, when everyone else had their sport cancelled!
It was an incredible performance from the 10 runners. The start was freezing and the driving snow and very muddy course meant that the course was treacherously slippy, but all battled on bravely. Between 7 and 9km the runners found themselves heading into a driving wind with the added psychological trauma of actually running past the finish line at 8km before the course looped back on itself. The conditions were brutal, but all runners completed the 10km in under an hour with Charlotte Oglesby leading the pack home in a time of 50 minutes. Gabrielle Steg and Minty Knowles were not far behind, finishing in 51 minutes. Congratulations also to Ms Bidston who finished 3rd overall in her race category!
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This week saw the Boys 1st and 2nd XI football squads in London Independent Schools’ Cup semi-final action. First up, the 2nd XI took on Dulwich on Tuesday. 1-0 down at half time, the squad rallied and created the majority of the better chances during the second half. Hugo Bright’s fantastic equaliser, and a brilliant penalty save from Oliver Roberson, helped to take the tie into extra time. Neither side managed to seal the win during the additional 20 minutes, but a dramatic 3-2 win on penalties for Wellington sees the 2nd XI progress into the final. This will take place on Tuesday at Larges Lane in Bracknell against St Paul’s.
Unfortunately, the 1st XI were unable to follow the 2nd XI into their respective final in their fixture on Wednesday against Brentwood. A stroke of misfortune hit the side during the fixture, missing some excellent chances and hitting the post during a dominant first half display. Brentwood scored two goals in the second half, and Wellington were unable to recover. It was a fantastic achievement to reach the semi-final stage, and all involved should be proud.
Great news … the golf team won the Micklem Trophy, a prestigious event for 8 of the top schools in the country, in a knock out format.
The team had to win three matches, beating very strong teams from Harrow, Bradfield and Stowe in the final. The victory over an extremely strong Bradfield side was especially pleasing as we were probably the underdogs but pulled off a convincing victory. The team not only played to a truly elite level, but impressed all with their team spirit and maturity during the three days of competition. Considering we only have two of the six players in the Upper 6th, with three 5th formers playing pivotal roles, the future is looking very bright indeed! Martha Lewis, Zac Jenkins, Jack Carling, Justin Chan, Oscar Fuentes and Lauren Gooding can be extremely proud of their performances, and the victory caps off a fantastic term where the whole squad’s dedication has been outstanding.
On Tuesday, The Wellington Girls basketball team hosted Downe House school in the return leg of this seasons fixtures. Wellington had come away losers when the 2 sides met earlier in the season, so were keen to set the record straight. Wellington led by Captain Thalissa Inch started the game as they meant to go on with some tough defence & great team work. Early baskets from Alex Prakke & Claudia Judson meant that Wellington led from early on. Downe House did play hard & forced some very strong defence from all Wellington players especially Sara Taylor, Claudia Judson , Jemima Sunley & Betty Rook. Thalissa, despite an injured finger, scored several points , backed up by a couple of amazing high speed lay up from Claudia to ensure tat wellington came out winners at 24-14.
U15 v Winchester lost 66 – 54
On Thursday Wellington travelled to Winchester.
Wellington fell behind early on but good inside baskets from Mattias Seuren kept Wellington in the match. The Wellington team included a number of 3rd form players and both Mark Verevskyi and Hal Butler acquitted themselves well. At the end of the third quarter the match was 50 – 52 with some quick layups and 3point shots from Edson Loh bringing them right back into the match. Despite monumental efforts from Mattias Seuren (20pts) and Man of the Match Edson Loh (25points) the Wellington team lost 66-54.
MOTM – Edson Loh – 25pts
U18 v Winchester won 56 – 50
With many of the Wellington players playing in their final match for the College a determined and somewhat emotional start to the match soon saw the Wellington team playing some of their finest basketball of the season. Miles Russell-Stracey produced some great rebounds and was winning every 50/50 ball. JJ Van Der Spuy was keeping the Winchester point guard quiet and helping himself to some opportune free buckets. Captain Tom Petrie lead from the front with penetrating runs and good outside baskets. Ian Tsang also produced some good long-range shooting and the ever-combative Johann Beckers was going toe to toe with the 6 feet 8” Winchester centre and invariably winning the rebound contest. In the 2nd quarter Conor Lim and Nick Calvey kept up the pressure with the later scoring 3 x 3 point shots which saw Wellington lead 25 – 13 at half time. The 2nd half was more of the same and also saw Alfonso Von Liechtenstein and Rocco Brignone cap a promising first season. Despite a late rally from Winchester the Wellington side always looked comfortable and two baskets from Ian Tsang late on ended any Winchester hopes.
The final score was 56-50.
The U16 boys hockey team encountered strong opposition at the South Heats last week. In the first 2 matches against St Lawrence (champions of Kent) and RGS (champions of Surrey) the boys worked hard and made each game competitive – the match against St Lawrence was a particularly good example of quality hockey – but ultimately lost both 2-0. In the final match against Abingdon, the Wellington boys showed great spirit were the better side for most of the game. However, they were unable to convert their advantage into goals and unfortunately lost the match 1-0. Overall the boys rose to the challenge of a high-class competition, and it was very pleasing to respond by beating Abingdon 1-0 the following Saturday and thereby win their ISHL league.
The badminton team lost narrowly to Epsom college in a well fought fixture. Although this was perhaps not our best day at the office overall, Johny Hardaker and Anirudh Sangwan should be commended for showing fantastic teamwork and winning both their games. The final score was 5-3 to Epsom.
The yearlings and Colts went to QE Barnet VIIs for the first tournament of the half term after The Beast from the East! Both sides performed well in the group – scoring more than 100 points each and conceding very few. The yearlings beat Sutton Valence in the Quarters before falling by a conversion to a strong Berkhamstead side in the semi. The colts lost to Tonbridge in their semi. Both sides had a fantastic day and the lads put on a great show for all watching.